20th October 2017
As the Christmas holidays approach it’s important to remember that not all pharmacies will be open over the whole Christmas period.
Dr Aly Rashid, Medical Director for NHS England in Leicestershire and Rutland, said:
“A lot of people don’t realise how useful their pharmacy can be and they can help you with more than you might think. Pharmacists offer expert, confidential advice and treatment for many minor health problems, particularly winter illnesses such as sore throats and runny noses.
At the time of year when the entire health system comes under increased pressure, people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are being reminded to choose the right health service if they or a member of their family begin to feel unwell this winter.
A nationwide campaign to help parents spot the symptoms of sepsis to protect young children and save lives has been launched today by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
The campaign is principally aimed at parents and carers of young children aged 0-4 and will include a new film featuring mother and campaigner Melissa Mead, who lost her baby son William to sepsis in December 2014.
The UK Sepsis Trust estimates that there are more than 120,000 cases of sepsis and around 37,000 deaths each year in England.
Doctors in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are urging people to seek help early this winter if they fall ill, rather than waiting until their condition gets worse.
This is particularly important for those who are over 65s, children aged 0-5, and people who are living with a long term condition, such as diabetes, heart disease or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. These groups are more at risk of developing complications from minor illnesses such as coughs and colds.
West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is offering people a chance to speak directly to commissioners about the future of Centre Surgery in Hinckley and Bosworth.
The CCG has started a process to ensure that GP services are maintained in The Centre Surgery in Hinckley, following communication from the current GPs that they will end their contract to provide GP care at the end of March 2017.
West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is leading the process to ensure that GP services are maintained in The Centre Surgery in Hinckley, following communication from the current contract holders that they will end their contract to provide GP care in April 2017.
The Centre Surgery, which was awarded an overall ‘good’ rating by the Care Quality Commission in July this year, will remain open as usual and patients will be able to continue to receive the care they need from existing staff.
Over 800 people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have had their say on the availability of paracetamol and gluten-free foods on prescription in a survey undertaken by the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in the area, in conjunction with Healthwatch Leicestershire.
As part of their ongoing efficiency drive to ensure that NHS resources are used fairly across the entire population, CCGs have been looking at the way which they prescribe products which are also available to buy cheaply in pharmacies and supermarkets.
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.
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.