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Asthma suffers warned of risks of flu

21st October 2016

People with asthma and other chronic respiratory conditions are being urged by health leaders in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to get vaccinated from flu, in order to protect themselves this winter.

People who suffer from asthma but control it well, using inhalers or following an asthma plan, often think that the flu jab isn’t free for them or, as their asthma is under control, they wouldn’t need it.

30% of eligible patients in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland still not taking up the flu jab

20th September 2016

Flu might be the last thing on many people’s minds at the moment, but a call is going out to thousands of people living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) not to put their lives at risk by not taking advantage of their free flu vaccination.

In England one in three people are entitled to a free flu vaccination, yet last year only 70% of those eligible in LLR took up the offer, leaving thousands of people at risk of catching the potentially deadly illness rather than have the ‘flu jab’, possibly ending up in A&E or being admitted to hospital.

West Leicestershire CCG event to inform patients about local health services

25th August 2016

The organisation which commissions NHS services in West Leicestershire, West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is inviting residents to find out more about local health services and how they are run.

The event will take place on Tuesday 20 September 2016, at Burleigh Court, Loughborough LE11 3GR, starting at 5pm with registration, refreshments and an exhibition of local providers and services.

Don’t let the warmer weather take your breath away

19th August 2016

Doctors from across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are urging people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) to understand how to manage their symptoms as the weather heats up.


Over 900,000 people in the UK are currently living with COPD, and it can make summer a struggle rather than a pleasure. Heat, humidity and sudden changes in weather can make it harder to breathe and trigger symptoms, such as shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing.


Patients invited to share their views about repeat prescription ordering

18th August 2016

The three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) are reviewing the process for repeat prescriptions and are inviting people to share their views. A repeat prescription is for medication that a doctor has authorised on a patient’s file which can be supplied for a certain period of time, and on a regular basis without having to see the doctor each time.

New ways of working for our urgent and emergency care services

12th July 2016

In Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, we are working to provide urgent care which is patient centred, supporting them to navigate a seamless journey through health and social care, and making sure they get the right care, first time.

As part of this work we are currently looking at a pilot scheme which will enhance the services offered by NHS 111, offering access to health and care specialists for appropriate patients over the phone and streamlining the navigation through health and social care services for patients who need it.

Care Home improvements workshop success

12th July 2016

Over the course of the last few months we have been visiting care homes across the West Leicestershire area to talk to staff, residents and their families about what matters most to them, and listening to their experiences of care and caring.

This is part of our work to look at the current care home provision and services in the area, how services are being delivered and if there are improvements that can be made in order to make sure that people living in care homes in the area live and die well.

Patients reminded to seek help from NHS 111 for non-life threatening emergencies

21st June 2016

Clinicians in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are urging people to remember to call 111 for medical advice, unless it is a serious of life threatening emergency. The recent hot weather can cause dehydration and overheating, aggravating symptoms for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing, or are susceptible to heat exhaustion or heatstroke.

Have your say on possible changes to availability of paracetamol and gluten-free foods on prescription

15th June 2016

The three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR), who plan and pay for local healthcare services in the area, are investigating ways they can reduce the amount they spend on prescribing items which are also freely available to buy in supermarkets and community pharmacies.

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