Patients in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have been benefiting from the new Clinical Navigation Hub, which has been trialled over the last few months. The service has already shown to be radically changing patients’ interactions with the NHS, making sure they get appropriate care, as soon as possible, and in the first six months of the year has saved over 1800 users a trip to A&E.
20th October 2017
Patients in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are being urged to get their repeat prescriptions in good time in preparation for the bank holiday weekend.
From Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August most GP surgeries will be closed and a lot of pharmacies will be open for reduced hours, and some will be closed all together. Because of this, it’s a good idea to make sure you have plenty of your prescription medicine at home, to prevent a last minute rush for a new supply.
Members of the public have been invited to attend West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Conference, Annual General Meeting (AGM), and Exhibition, which takes place on Monday, 11 September at Hollywell Court.
The event, which runs from 5:00pm to 6:00pm, is an opportunity for local people to come and hear about the work that has gone on to deliver and improve local health care services, and will focus on how the CCG are integrating services to improve care for patients in West Leicestershire.
The CCG has extended its consultation on the whether certain medicines should be available on prescription. The consultation covers treatments for minor ailments, such as hay fever, athlete’s foot and mild eczema which are available without a prescription from a pharmacist. It also includes Vitamin D supplements in some cases.
Views are also being sought on whether specialised infant formula which can be prescribed for babies with reflux or lactose intolerance should be available on prescription.
Health commissioners responsible for buying NHS services for the people of West Leicestershire have officially been recognised as “outstanding”.
NHS England, the national regulator, has published annual assurance ratings for all Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across the country. West Leicestershire CCG is one of a minority of CCGs in the country to have received the highest possible rating.
Patients are set to benefit from an £800,000 cash injection awarded by NHS England to the three local CCGs to help standardise, improve and expand diabetes prevention and education services across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
The funding, which is part of the NHS England Transformation Fund, is to be used on supporting GP practices to monitor patients with diabetes in the community, help diabetes patients staying in hospital, and provide more structured diabetes education sessions for high risk patients.
NHS West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) want to understand how people would be affected if they had to buy certain over the counter medicines, instead of requesting a prescription for some minor conditions.
Minor ailments, such as hay fever, athlete’s foot and mild eczema are treatable with medicines which can be purchased without prescription from a pharmacist. Local pharmacists or chemists are highly knowledgeable about a wide range of minor conditions and can offer patients advice about the best course of treatment.
With schools across the county soon closing for the summer holidays, health professionals want to make sure all parents are well prepared for a safe summer.
Cuts, bruises and sunburn are all potential accidents which may occur, so it’s good to have essential over the counter medicines/treatments ready beforehand just in case anything happens.
A spokesperson from West Leicestershire CCG said “We support the key principle of updating the Continuing Health Care - Settings of Care policy to ensure the ongoing quality and safety of services delivered to patients, as well as making the most effective use of our resources. Following a detailed discussion of the report at our Governing Board meeting today, we have agreed to defer the decision to approve a final policy until early 2018.
Off on your holidays soon? If so, make sure you add ordering your repeat prescription to the list of pre-holiday essentials planning.
Local people are being urged to make sure they have the medications they need while they enjoy a break to avoid the hassle of trying to order an emergency prescription, particularly if they are away from home. Not ordering the medicines you need could spoil your holiday and of course have an impact on your health and wellbeing.