17 February 2015

Securing a permanent location for Wiltshire’s specialist hospital dementia care ward

After two years in a temporary location in Salisbury, Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group is looking to find a permanent home for 20 specialist hospital dementia care beds and is asking Wiltshire residents to share their views.

There are three viable sites under consideration which include; Charter House in Trowbridge, Green Lane hospital in Devizes and Amblescroft South in Salisbury. Whichever location is taken forward as the preferred location, will provide short term hospital care for those people suffering with the most severe form of dementia, which in Wiltshire affects around 120 people a year, and who require a short period of treatment in a hospital setting.

Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group together with Healthwatch Wiltshire has been consulting with members of the public since December 2014 and has so far listened to the views of over 500 people, including people with dementia their carers, residents, volunteers, community groups and professionals around the county.

Ted Wilson, spokesperson for Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group comments: “We are really keen to hear what people think about the proposed changes. We’re working closely with Healthwatch Wiltshire to coordinate an extensive public consultation, which takes into account the thoughts and views of those people who have been touched by dementia in some way.

“The public consultation process is due to come to an end on 10 March 2015, so there are only a few more weeks left for people to let us know their thoughts. We would urge anyone interested in the outcome of this consultation to go to our website and fill in an online survey, or to request a hard copy questionnaire, telephone or face to face interview from Healthwatch Wiltshire.”

Once the consultation process comes to an end on 10 March, Healthwatch Wiltshire will collate all comments from members of the public taken over the consultation period into a report. This will then be presented to the CCG and will be used to help inform the decision making process.

Full details on the three proposed locations, including costs, can be found in the consultation document available from A link to the questionnaire can also be found on To contact Healthwatch Wiltshire to provide verbal or written feedback please email or call 01225 434218.


Notes for Editors:

  • NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the commissioner of health care services for the population of Wiltshire.  The CCG is led by local GPs who have first-hand experience of what their patients need.The CCG consists of 58 GP member practices and works closely with local partners including Wiltshire Council, local NHS providers, patients and the public to manage existing NHS services and implement new services to ensure that high quality health and social care is delivered to the population as close to their home as possible. Further information can be found on the website

Further information:

Tracy Torr or Lynsey Thorp, Communications, NHS Wiltshire CCG.
T. 01380 736010 E.

Be Clear on Cancer oesophago-gastric cancer roadshow to visit Bristol next week

Event aims to raise awareness that heartburn most days for three weeks or more could be a sign of oesophageal or stomach cancer

A Be Clear on Cancer roadshow is set to visit Bristol next week to raise awareness of the symptoms of oesophageal and stomach cancers. In particular, the roadshow aims to increase understanding that heartburn most days for three weeks or more could be a sign of oesophageal or stomach cancer and anyone who notices the symptoms should see their doctor.

The most recent data reveals that in Bristol, 88 people are diagnosed with oesophageal or stomach cancer (also known as oesophago-gastric cancers) each year, and approximately 64 people die from these diseases annually.

A new survey commissioned by Public Health England has found that nationally only 1 in 2 people (55%) would visit their doctor if they had heartburn most days for three weeks or more.

According to the survey, 59% of respondents did not know that heartburn could be a sign of cancer with just 15% saying they were certain that it is a symptom.

Another symptom highlighted by the roadshow is that of difficulty swallowing food. Here the survey found that 70% did not know food sticking in the throat could be a sign of cancer and just 13% of those surveyed said they were sure it is a symptom.

Early diagnosis is crucial: around 67% of people diagnosed with oesophago-gastric cancers at the earliest stage survive for at least five years. This figure drops to around 3% for those diagnosed at a late stage.

The Be Clear on Cancer roadshow has been visiting shopping centres across England since 28 January and will be in Bristol on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 February at the Broadwalk Shopping Centre in Knowle.

At the event, leaflets will be distributed that provide information on oesophago-gastric cancers and a nurse will also be on hand to talk to anyone who has any questions.

Dr Shona Arora, Centre Director for the Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Public Health England Centre said:

“People may be reluctant to visit their doctor about persistent heartburn, thinking that it’s something they just have to live with, but heartburn most days for three weeks or more could be a sign of cancer.

“The Be Clear on Cancer roadshow in Bristol is a great way for individuals from the local area to find out more about the signs and symptoms of oesophago-gastric cancers. The earlier these cancers are diagnosed, the higher the chance of survival.“

For further information about the signs and symptoms of oesophageal and stomach cancers, click here.


The Chair and Vice Chair of the Wiltshire Health and Wellbeing Board

Mrs Jane Scott OBE and Dr Stephen Rowlands

Invite you to attend a presentation to hear the principles, objectives and proposed outcomes of the procurement being undertaken on behalf of the members of the adult health community who receive Wiltshire’s Adult Community Services

The event is being held on Monday 23 February 2015, 6pm to 7pm
(arrival 5.30pm for a 6pm start)

At The Atrium, County Hall, Trowbridge, BA14 8JN

To reserve a place, please email by 3pm on Friday 20 February 2015

Visitor parking at County Hall is available free of charge outside the main building on Bythesea Road.  Further spaces are available on the other side of Bythesea Road.

Media Statement

12th February 2015

Westbury Community Hospital

It is well documented that the ownership of Westbury Hospital transferred to NHS Property Services when Wiltshire Primary Care Trust was abolished in March 2013 as a result of the Health and Social Care Act 2013. In line with the Department of Health guidelines, there was a requirement for Trusts to dispose of land and building no longer needed for operational requirements. Information about the transfer of services to the new White Horse Health Centre was shared widely and publicly in Westbury and the surrounding villages before, during and after the closure of the hospital. Since the time of its opening in 2013, many additional services have been introduced. The state of the art health centre was designed and built with the support of the Town Council and will serve the local community for many years to come. Local patients are supported to keep well closer to their own homes for longer, in order to avoid them having to be admitted to hospital.

Dr Debbie Beale, Senior Partner, White Horse Medical Centre, said “Westbury Hospital was a well-loved institution that provided many local services, which are now provided within Westbury and some in Warminster. The new health centre has improved our primary care facilities and the practice continues to work with the community team, local trusts and CCG to continue to provide services as locally as possible to the people of Westbury and Wiltshire. We are particularly excited by the development of a drop in x-ray service run by Salisbury NHS trust on a Monday and Wednesday, which has already avoided admissions and visits to the local A and E department.”

Contact details for further information:

Tracy Torr, Communications and Engagement Officer
T: 01380 736010, E:

New campaign encourages people in the South West to act FAST if they experience stroke symptoms

  • Annual ‘Act FAST’ campaign launches to highlight the symptoms of stroke
  • 10,000 strokes could be prevented annually if mini strokes were spotted and treated
  • 35% of people in the South West would recognise the warning signs which could mean a major stroke is imminent (compared with 37% at a national level)
  • 12,500 people in the South West suffer a stroke each year

Public Health England (PHE) is today (Monday 2 February 2015) launching the annual ‘Act FAST’ campaign, which highlights the common symptoms of stroke and mini strokes and encourages people to call 999 if they notice the symptoms in others or experience them themselves.

Since the Act FAST campaign launched in 2009, an additional 38,600 people have got to hospital within the vital three-hour window meaning that stroke sufferers receive the immediate medical treatment required. This not only results in a greater chance of better recovery, but since the campaign launch over 4,000 fewer people have become disabled as a result of a stroke.

A mini stroke has similar symptoms to a full stroke, except that these symptoms last for a much shorter amount of time. Without immediate treatment, around one in five of those who experience a mini stroke will go on to have a full stroke within a few days.

Early intervention following a mini stroke can greatly reduce the risk of having another stroke. However, while 53% of people surveyed in the South West cite stroke as one of the top three conditions they are most concerned about (compared with 59% at a national level).  New research reveals today that only 29% in the South West would call 999 if they experienced the symptoms of a mini stroke (compared with 45% at a national level).2

The campaign urges people to Act FAST if they notice any of the following symptoms, even if they disappear within a short space of time:

  • Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
  • Arms – can they raise both their arms and keep them there?
  • Speech – is their speech slurred? If they notice any of these symptoms it is
  • Time – time to call 999 if you see any single one of these signs

This year’s campaign will also target African and Caribbean and South Asian communities, as findings reveal they are two times likely to be at a risk of stroke.

Professor Julia Verne, Director of the Knowledge and Intelligence Team for Public Health England in the South West said:

“The impressive results from previous Act FAST campaigns show just how important it is that we continue to raise awareness of the symptoms of stroke.

“Highlighting the importance of treating mini strokes with the same urgency as strokes can also make a huge difference – around 10,000 strokes could be prevented annually if mini strokes were treated in time. That’s why the Act FAST campaign encourages people experiencing stroke-like symptoms to call 999.”

Nikki Hill, Deputy Director of External Affairs at the Stroke Association said:

We know that sadly, far too many people dismiss their early warning signs of stroke and delay calling 999. Stroke is a medical emergency and getting the right treatment fast can save lives.

“Through this latest campaign we hope as many people as possible know how to act FAST and help reduce the devastating impact a stroke can have.”


Issued by PHE South West Press Office, 2 Rivergate, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6EH.  For further information, please contact 0117 968 9161/2.  Follow us on Twitter: @PHE_AGW@PHE_DCS@PHE_uk.

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