Representatives from Wiltshire CCG will be at the Marlborough Area Board on 30 September.  It starts at 5.30pm and runs until 8.30pm and is being held at Marlborough Town Hall, High Street, Marlborough SN8 1AA.

There will be a Health Fair, which is open throughout the event, and a presentation on the Better Care Fund by the CCG between 7 and 7.30pm.

Representatives from Wiltshire Council will also be there.

For more information see Wiltshire Council’s website.


Prevalence of women giving birth who classed themselves as smokeNew figures released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show that Wiltshire has the highest levels of immunisation for most routine childhood vaccinations, with MMR coverage for children aged two and over hitting the WHO target of 95%.  The average for England overall is below the WHO target at 92.7% so this is excellent news for WIltshire.

The full report can be viewed here:


Health Fairs

Wiltshire Council are holding health fairs at their Area Board meetings where GPs and executive members of Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group are attending and where members of the public can go along and find out about local health services within their community and future plans for health services within Wiltshire.

The health fairs are being held throughout Wiltshire and more information on what dates and time the next meetings are can be found on Wiltshire Council’s website – click here

As part of World Sepsis Day, Great Western Hospital held an event last Friday and invited, as guest of honour, Ann Brady, who developed septicaemia last August.  Her life was saved by the care and skill she received at the hospital.

Sepsis kills more than 37,000 people a year.  It can develop from a minor infection or even a bite and see the body attack its own organs and tissue.

For more about this story, see This is Wiltshire or Great Western Hospital’s website

World Sepsis Day website

The 100 Day Challenge is an internal programme launched by Wiltshire CCG and Wiltshire Council on 1 September, to improve the way health and social care professionals work together for the people of Wiltshire.  It will end on 9 December 2014.

The Salisbury Journal has launched a new appeal for Salisbury District Hospital’s breast cancer unit.  Their aim is raise £750,000.

The new facilities will make it possible to deliver care for breast cancer patients in one place and enable the dedicated team to deliver a diagnosis on the same day.  Clinics and counselling rooms will also be on hand, which will reduce the number of visits to the hospital and provide a positive environment that will aid recovery.

So far, over £190,000 has been raised.

See also Salisbury Journal:

Salisbury District Hospital


It’s been a year since Salisbury District Hospital began offering the Macmillan Cancer Support programme.  The programme lasts for eight weeks and is offered to all cancer patients at the hospital.

A Macmillan adviser is on hand to go through exercise plans, relaxation techniques, discuss any financial worries, diet and any problems with sleeping.

For further information about how Macmillan can help you:

Salisbury District Hospital:


Stoptober, the 28-day stop smoking challenge from Public Health England is encouraging smokers in Wiltshire to swap their fags for gags, to help them quit for good this October.

The campaign is supported by comedians Al Murray, Paddy McGuiness and others who will use their humour to help smokers during the 28 day challenge.

For more information go here.