Pharmacies open on Bank Holiday Monday, 4 May 2015

Boots, High Street, Chippenham SN15 3ER – 10am-4pm
Lloyds, Hathaway Medical Centre, Chippenham SN14 6GT – 10am-4pm
Morrisons, Malmesbury Road, Chippenham SN14 6UZ – 9am-6pm (closed 1-2 for lunch)
Sainsbury’s, Bath Road, Chippenham SN14 0BJ – 9am-6pm (closed 2-2.30 for lunch)
Boots, The Brittox, Devizes SN10 1AJ – 10am-4pm
Morrisons, Estcourt Street, Devizes SN10 1LA – 9am-6pm (closed 1-2 for lunch)
Boots, High Street, Marlborough SN8 1LT – 10am-4pm
Asda, Bradford Road, Melksham SN12 8LQ – 9am-6pm
Boots, Silver Street, Salisbury SP1 2NG – 10.30am-4.30pm
Tesco, Bourne Centre, Salisbury SP1 2NY – 11am-4pm
PW&JA Hedge, Dummer Lane, Tidworth SO9 7FH – 10am-1pm
Boots, Bethesda Road, Trowbridge BA14 8FZ – 8am-midnight
Tesco, County Way, Trowbridge BA14 7AQ – 11am-4pm

A list of those pharmacies offering the Urgent Repeat Medication Service can be found here.

Nepal

Steve-Rowlands-2014_WEBOnly a week to go to the General election and the whole process has been superceded by the tragic disaster in Nepal; an ever-rising death toll and casualty list, and one’s heart can only go out to all those who have been affected.

Having lived through an earthquake of a magnitude of 7.7 in the Solomon islands ( I believe Nepal’s was 7.8) in which very few people were injured and with just one death, one has to ask why the huge difference with Nepal – where, at time of writing, we are looking at possibly 10,000 deaths and tens of thousands of injuries.

I guess the most important difference between Honiara in the Solomon’s in the 1980s and modern-day Kathmandu in Nepal is the size of the buildings. In Honiara no building was more than one story high and most were built of leaves and wood. Looking at the pictures from Kathmandu, most buildings are made of brick and stone and are many stories high.

The acute death toll would be as a direct result of people being injured from falling buildings, and now, more pressingly, aid is required urgently in order to prevent further death and disease from lack of food, water and shelter.

In Wiltshire we have a strong link with Nepal through the Ghurkha regiment based in Tidworth. Our Sarum Group GP colleagues support a community of Ghurkha family members, many of whom have loved ones in Nepal. I would formally like to urge everyone in our CCG to support the Disasters Emergency Committee fund through the easiest and most effective way that we can – by donating money.  Please give what you can – for millions of people, just a few of your donated pounds will mean the difference between life and death.

Donating is easy – just follow this link: http://www.dec.org.uk/

Thank you.

 

 

Infection Prevention Workshop

NHS Wiltshire CCG Infection Prevention Team are pleased to be hosting an  Infection Prevention Workshop on Wednesday 24th June 2015 at Devizes Sports Club.

The day itself is being split into two halves so we can meet the educational needs of as many different staff as possible. Care home and care agency staff will be welcomed in the morning and GP practice staff in the afternoon The day is suitable for all care staff and our aim is to inform, educate and share best practice from around the county’s varied Health and Social care settings. See poster for further details and share it with colleagues who may be interested.

This is a good opportunity for updating skills and knowledge to add to portfolios for revalidation and all care staff’s continuing professional development.

This event is for health professionals only.

 

Public Health England – Air Pollution 10/11 April 2015

Current forecasts indicate air pollution levels are expected to rise during the course of the week beginning 6 April, with isolated highs or very high levels possible in localised areas today. This is due to locally generated particulate matter combining with pollution blown in from the near continent – and a contribution from Saharan dust.

The levels are not expected to be particularly high across the whole of the South West but they are expected to be moderate to high in Wiltshire; pollution is expected to have cleared the whole of the country by Saturday morning.

Dr Sotiris Vardoulakis, head of the air pollution and climate change group at PHE’s Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards said:

‘Public Health England (PHE) provides advice to Defra on the health effects of air pollution.

‘While most people will not be affected by short term peaks in air pollution, some individuals, particularly those with existing heart or lung conditions, may experience increased symptoms.

‘On occasions where levels are high, adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, should reduce strenuous physical exertion, particularly outdoors, and particularly if they experience symptoms. People with asthma may find they need to use their reliever inhaler more often. Older people should also reduce physical exertion. Anyone experiencing discomfort such as sore eyes, cough or sore throat should consider reducing activity, particularly outdoors.

‘Some parts of the country may record ‘very high’ levels of air pollution. PHE is advising people in those areas to reduce physical exertion, particularly outdoors, especially if they experience symptoms such as a cough or sore throat. Adults and children with lung problems, adults with heart problems, and older people, should avoid strenuous physical activity. People with asthma may find they need to use their reliever inhaler more often.’

Current forecasts indicate air pollution levels are expected to rise during the course of the week, with isolated highs possible in localised areas today, and high or very high levels tomorrow. This is due to locally generated particulate matter combining with pollution blown in from the near continent – and a contribution from Saharan dust.

The pollution is expected to have cleared by Saturday morning and we will be regularly updating this page with the latest forecast and health advice.

Dr Sotiris Vardoulakis, head of the air pollution and climate change group at PHE’s Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards said:

‘PHE provides advice to Defra on the health effects of air pollution.

‘While most people will not be affected by short term peaks in air pollution, some individuals, particularly those with existing heart or lung conditions, may experience increased symptoms.

‘On occasions where levels are high, adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, should reduce strenuous physical exertion, particularly outdoors, and particularly if they experience symptoms. People with asthma may find they need to use their reliever inhaler more often. Older people should also reduce physical exertion. Anyone experiencing discomfort such as sore eyes, cough or sore throat should consider reducing activity, particularly outdoors.

‘Some parts of the country may record ‘very high’ levels of air pollution. PHE is advising people in those areas to reduce physical exertion, particularly outdoors, especially if they experience symptoms such as a cough or sore throat. Adults and children with lung problems, adults with heart problems, and older people, should avoid strenuous physical activity. People with asthma may find they need to use their reliever inhaler more often.’

Forecast

Friday 10 April

Levels of air pollution are forecast to become high in many areas of central, eastern and northern England, with locally very high levels forecast for a time in the far southeast of England. This is due to a combination of pollutants trapped near the ground, a light southeasterly flow bringing additional pollutants from the continent and, in addition, a small amount of Saharan dust in the air. Across the rest of the United Kingdom, levels of air pollution are expected to be mainly moderate.

Outlook

During Saturday, clearer Atlantic air will spread from the northwest across all areas, bringing air pollution levels down to moderate or low during Saturday, and mainly low with isolated moderate levels for Sunday and Monday.

The next Governing Body meeting including the Annual General Meeting will be held in The Corn Exchange, Market Place, Devizes, on Tuesday 22 September 2015.

The Governing Body meeting will take place between 10.30am until 12.30pm
The Annual General Meeting will take place between 1pm until 2.15pm

Members of the public are welcome to attend.

The agenda and related papers can be found under Governing Body meetings.