World Immunisation Week – Is your child protected?
23 – 29 April 2018

Healthy Living begins with pre-school Vaccinations

This week is World Immunisation Week and Wiltshire Council and NHS Wiltshire CCG are reminding parents and carers the importance of vaccinating their child against a host of serious diseases.   

The vaccinations which children receive in their early years, between birth and when they first go to school, give them safe and effective protection against infections such as meningitis, diphtheria, polio, measles and mumps.  If a child isn’t vaccinated, they are at a higher risk of falling ill.

The uptake of childhood immunisations across Wiltshire is generally good and a vast majority of parents do ensure their child has been fully protected, but there are many children who are missing doses and are therefore at risk.

We want to ensure we give our children the best start in life. We are encouraging parents to protect their families by ensuring their children receive the right vaccines at the right time. It’s important that children have all the required vaccinations prior to starting school. If parents are unsure of their child’s vaccination status, please speak to your GP practice or other child health care professional to make sure your child is up to date.”

We would like to remind all parents to ensure their children have their MMR second dose before 5 years old as this protects them from Measles, Mumps and Rubella, and DTap/IPV Booster which protect against Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis and Polio. These diseases are in circulation and an infection can cause serious compilations, particularly for a child.  But it is not only the child who is protected, vaccination programmes protect the whole population by making it harder for a disease to spread to others.

For further information about vaccinations and to download a personalised vaccination calendar please visit the NHS Choices website.

Pharmacy Bank Holiday Opening Times

Opening times for your local pharmacy services for the upcoming May bank holiday weekend are available below. Please note that these times are subject to change.

Click on the relevant region to bring up the list of opening times for your area.

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April 2018

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Welcome

Hello,

Welcome to April’s edition of ‘in touch’.

Our NHS will soon be celebrating its 70th birthday. All those years ago who would ever have imagined what healthcare would look like now.  The illnesses that we can treat and many of the operations and procedures that needed weeks of recovery have become routine, done in a day and carried out at a local hospital or even a GP surgery!

In this issue the very nature of how and where care is provided, whether that’s in our hospitals, community clinics or GP surgeries continues to evolve. We want to mark this occasion by sharing your memories and reminiscences of the NHS, if you have a story or photo to share, please get in touch – NHS70.wccg@nhs.net.

Earlier this month it was confirmed that the GP led health centre for Devizes can move to its next phase, which is great news. There still remains a considerable amount of detailed planning work to be undertaken and we will keep you updated about the development in future issues of ‘ in touch’.

We are discussing end of life care in this issue. Talking about death is still a taboo subject that so many people choose to ignore. However, talking about death as well as planning for it may not be easy, but it can help us to make the most of life and spare our loved ones from making difficult decisions on our behalf.  

With the arrival of Spring and long awaited sunshine I hope you are enjoying getting out and about in the Wiltshire countryside. We’ve included some information about how to recognise ‘ticks’ and precautions to take to prevent you from being bitten because they are prevalent at this time of year. We hope you find it useful.

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In the news!

Major step forward to development of Devizes Health Centre

Earlier this month, after a commitment of £7million to funding by NHS Property Services , it was confirmed that the GP led health centre for Devizes can move to its next phase.

Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group is leading the project which aims to deliver significant benefit to patients care by creating a modern and sustainable facility for the people of Devizes and the surrounding areas. The commitment to funding from NHS Property Services to fund the construction costs comes as outline planning permission for the development from Wiltshire Council is expected later this month.

Dr Richard Sandford-Hill, Chairman of Wiltshire CCG and lead GP for the project said:

“It’s really exciting to see that the Devizes Health Centre project is taking a significant step forward, and I’m delighted on behalf of the five Devizes GP practices and the CCG. The commitment from NHS Property Services means it’s all systems “go” to work towards the implementation of this important, long awaited scheme that will provide modern, fit for purpose premises for the delivery of healthcare for the people of the Devizes community area. There’s still a lot of work to do, and we look forward to the outcome of the Outline Planning Application, but we’re extremely confident now that we’re well on the way to achieving what we set out to do on behalf of our patients”.

The next step in the project will involve us concluding the outline business case, including a commitment to fund the future costs of running the health centre. If the outline business case is approved, work on developing the detailed design of the scheme can be begin to inform the full business case, which would then need to be approved by us and NHS England.

The health centre development is part of a wider scheme that involves the release of land at Marshall Road for housing, and, in due course, the outdated community hospital in the town.

We will keep you updated on the development of the health centre in future issues of the newsletter.

Help us celebrate 70 years of the NHS

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service as it celebrates its birthday on 5 July 2018.

It’s an organisation woven into the very fabric of our way of life with each and every one of us using its services in some shape or form at some time.

To get here from 1948, the NHS has been constantly evolving and adapting to meet changing needs and expectations. All those years ago who would ever have imagined that we would be able to map the human brain, carry out heart transplants and immunise against so many diseases.

We want to mark the occasion by sharing local people’s memories and reminiscences of the NHS – either because they have worked for the service, or have received NHS treatment over the last 70 years. In particular, we are keen to hear from anyone who was born on 5th July 1948 and shares the same birthday as the NHS.

People can share their memories and photos by emailing the Communications Team at NHS70.wccg@nhs.net or by post to Communications, Wiltshire CCG, Southgate House, Pans Lane, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 5EQ. If you are sending any original photographs and would like them returned, please include your name and contact address.

Founded on the principle of free, high quality health care for all the NHS has evolved to meet our changing needs through new treatments, pioneering surgeries and technical innovations – helping us to live longer and better lives. None of this would be possible without the skill, dedication and compassion of NHS staff, as well as the many volunteers, charities and communities that support us and work tirelessly to provide care and support for everyone.

Do get in touch if you:
You share the same birthday as the NHS – were you one of the first babies to be born on 5 July 1948 in the NHS? You have recollections of working for the local NHS in Wiltshire (past and present) during the last 70 years You have received treatment or care from the NHS in Wiltshire and would like to share your story You can share any memories of our hospitals in Wiltshire, particularly if you have any old photographs of our hospitals (past and present) or the staff who worked in them We are especially interested in any memories and photographs from 1948, the year the NHS was founded and to hear from those who were born in 1948

Annual General Meeting

We are holding our annual general meeting in the conference room at Southgate House, Pans Lane, Devizes on Tuesday 26 June starting at 9.30am.

This event provides you with the opportunity to learn about what the clinical commissioning group has achieved in the past year and allows you to ask questions and find out more about our plans for the future – You can also pick up a copy of our annual report and accounts on the day.

Doors will be open from 9am for registration, and the AGM will take place between 9.30 – 10.30am.

If you would like to attend the AGM, please email tracy.torr@nhs.net by Friday 15 June 2018.


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Focus on End of Life Care

End of life care

Being told that you or someone you love and care for has a life limiting illness is tough news to receive. The care an individual needs at this time will be focused upon supporting them to have the best possible quality of life, independence and control over their life and care.

We believe that care at the end of a person’s life is vitally important and know that there is only one chance to get it right. Our end of life strategy sets out our local vision, which is for all patients at the end of life, together with those closest to them, are able to express their needs and wishes, and that as far as clinically appropriate, these needs and wishes are met.

What is end of life care?

Palliative and end of life care is about treatment and care focusing on the need of the whole person as well as their family, carers and friends. It is not just about managing pain and other symptoms but includes support to deal with emotional needs, social and spiritual needs, care in bereavement and help dealing with the financial effects of facing and of life situation.

End of life care includes palliative care, but can start earlier. If you have a terminal illness, or are approaching the end of your life, it may be a good idea to make plans in advance for the future of your care. Planning ahead in this way is sometimes called advance care planning. It involves thinking and talking about your wishes for how you are cared for in the final months of your life.

People usually carry out advance care planning because they have condition that is expected to get worse, which may mean they will not be able to make decisions, or communicated their decisions in the future. However, anyone can plan for their future care, whether they are approaching the end of their life or not. Advance care planning can help you let people know your wishes and feelings while you still can. Your wishes and preferences can then be shared with your family, carers, GP and others as appropriate.

Palliative care helps to make you as comfortable as possible by relieving pain and other distressing symptoms while providing psychological, social and spiritual support for you and your family or carers. This is called holistic approach to care, as it deals with the ‘whole’ person rather than just one aspect of their care.

Talking about death doesn’t bring death closer. It’s about planning for life. Without communication and understanding, death and terminal illness can be a lonely and stressful experience, both for the person who is dying and for their friends and family. There may be practical matters as well as care issues. Though hard to start these conversations, most people find it a great relief once it’s brought up.

Further information

Your GP is a good place to start if you want to discuss end of life, but you can also find lots of helpful information online:

Macmillan Cancer Support – advice and support for end of life
Dying matters – general information about preparing for a good death for the public and professionals
Terminal illness support from Marie Curie – at some stages all of us have to face the fact that we (or our loved ones) have a life limiting condition and are coming towards the end of our lives
Prospect Hospice – our local hospice
NHS Choices – general information about end of life care
What to expect when someone important to you is dying – a guide for carers, families and friends of dying people
Palliative and end of life care – a factsheet from Marie Curie

 

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Campaign 

One You: Nutrition

Eating out has become very common place and a quarter of our calories intake comes from eating out, meaning many of us are consuming more calories than we realise – an average of 200 to 300 extra calories per day. Over time, these extra calories can creep up on us and cause an unhealthy weight gain.

Public Health England’s One You campaign aims to help you be more aware of the calories you consume on the go and is encouraging people to make healthier choices, whether you are picking up breakfast on the way to work, having lunch at your desk or buying everyday meals.

This calorie creep is contributing to our county’s obesity problem which causes a range of health issues, including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and some cancers.

One simple tip can help you make healthier choices while out and about – aim for 400-600-600. Try and stick to around 400 calories for breakfast, 600 calories for lunch and 600 calories for dinner, plus a couple of healthier snacks and drinks in-between.

So if you are looking to eat a little healthier, try a healthier choice today and aim for 400-600-600, because there is only One You: Nutrition.

Beware, ticks are lurking!

With the arrival of Spring, the CCG is advising you to brush up on your knowledge of ticks, what they are, where they live, the diseases they can carry, and how to minimise your risk of infection.

Ticks are small, spider like creatures that feed on the blood of animals, including people. They can be found in woodlands, grasslands, moorland, heathland and some urban parks and gardens.

Ticks are present in most parts of the country and are about the size of a poppy seed, and whilst irritating, most tick bites are harmless however; some ticks are infected with bacteria which can cause Lyme disease.

Symptoms of Lyme disease can include:

A high temperature (fever), headaches, tiredness (fatigue), muscle and joint pain, chills and neck stiffness and a characteristic skin rash that looks like a bulls-eye.

To minimise your risk of being bitten, take these steps to help protect yourself:
  • Keep to paths and away from long grass or overgrown vegetation if possible, as ticks crawl up long grass in their search for a feed
  • Wear appropriate clothing in tick infested areas (long sleeved shirt and long trousers tucked into socks).  Light coloured fabrics are useful, as it is easier to see ticks against a light background
  • Consider using insect repellents, e.g. DEET
  • Inspect skin frequently and remove any attached ticks
  • At the end of the day, check again thoroughly for ticks, especially in skin folds
  • Make sure that children’s head and neck areas, including scalps, are properly checked 
  • Check that ticks are not brought home on clothes
  • Check that pets do not bring ticks into the home on their fur

If you have been bitten by a diseased tick, symptoms of Lyme disease usually appear between 3 and 30 days. You should make a GP appointment as soon as possible and remember to tell them you were bitten by a tick. More information on tick bites can be found on our website.

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Wiltshire residents urged to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes

The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) is launching a Diabetes Prevention week campaign from 16 – 22 April 2018, and Wiltshire residents are being urged to eat healthily and be more active in order to help reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes. 

The campaign is also aiming to raise the awareness of the causes of Type 2 diabetes and the complications associated with it.

Diabetes is a long-term condition that affects the body’s ability to process sugar or glucose.  Early symptoms of diabetes include feeling very thirsty, feeling very tired and experiencing blurred vision. 

Diabetes can have serious health consequences; however, with careful management, people with diabetes can continue to lead full, healthy and active lives.

Type 2 diabetes is linked to lifestyle and it is estimated that over five million people in England are at high risk of developing the condition which in many cases can be prevented, so now more than ever is the time to support people to reduce their risk of developing the condition, as the need for prevention has never been greater.

Dr Andrew Girdher, GP at Box Surgery said,
“The Diabetes Prevention Programme offers a proven approach to support people who have been identified as being at risk to maintain a healthy weight and be more active; two factors which can significantly reduce the risk of developing the condition.

Participants learn how to eat healthily, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes.”

If you have been told you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, are registered at a GP practice in Wiltshire and haven’t already been referred to the programme, you can ask your GP or nurse to refer you.

If you haven’t been told you are at risk, you could go to www.riskscore.diabetes.co.uk to get an estimate of your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and if you are, ask your GP or practice nurse for a blood test to check your blood sugar levels. 

You can find out more about the Diabetes Prevention Programme at www.england.nhs.uk/ndpp

Help us celebrate 70 years of the NHS

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service (NHS) as it celebrates its birthday on July 5 2018.  In the seven decades since it was founded in 1948 hundreds of millions of people have benefited from its services.

You can find us on social media – follow us and keep up to date with our latest posts as we celebrate the decades of the NHS during our countdown to the NHS’s 70th birthday on 5 July 2018.

    

 

Wiltshire CCG wants to mark the occasion by sharing local people’s memories and reminiscences of the NHS – either because they have worked for the service, or have received NHS treatment over the last 70 years.  In particular, the CCG is keen to hear from anyone who was born on 5th July 1948 and shares the same birthday as the NHS.

Dr Richard Sandford-Hill, Chair of Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group said,
“We’re welcoming stories and photographs from patients, staff, volunteers – anyone who has a memory to share and a story to tell”. 

People can share their memories and photos by emailing the Communications Team on NHS70.wccg@nhs.net or by post to Communications, Wiltshire CCG, Southgate House, Pans Lane, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 5EQ.  If you are sending any original photographs and would like them returned, please include your name and contact address.

Founded on the principle of free high quality health care for all, the NHS has evolved to meet our changing needs through new treatments, pioneering surgeries and technical innovations – helping us live longer and better lives.

None of this would be possible without the skill, dedication and compassion of NHS staff, as well as the many volunteers, charities and communities that support us and work tirelessly to provide care and support for everyone.

Please get in touch if:

  • You share the same birthday as the NHS – were you one of the first babies to be born on 5 July 1948 in the NHS?
  • You have recollections of working for the local NHS in Wiltshire (past and present) during the last 70 years
  • You have received treatment or care from the NHS in Wiltshire and would like to share your story
  • You can share any memories of our hospitals in Wiltshire, particularly if you have any old photographs of our hospitals (past and present) or the staff who worked in them
  • We are especially interested in any memories and photographs from 1948, the year the NHS was founded – and to hear from those who were born in 1948.

Don’t let ticks ruin your outside fun this Spring!

With the arrival of Spring Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group is advising people to brush up on their knowledge of ticks, tiny spider-like creatures found in woodland and long grass, to minimise their risk of infection, especially during outdoor activities, like camping or hiking.

Ticks are present in most parts of the country and can be found in forests, woodland, heaths, moorland areas and urban parks.  Whilst irritating, most tick bites are harmless however, some ticks are infected with bacteria which can cause Lyme disease.

Dr Lindsay Kinlin, said
“Ticks that can transmit Lyme disease are very small – about the size of a poppy seed – and can easily be overlooked, so it is important to check regularly for attached ticks on the skin. 

Ticks prefer warm, moist places on your body, especially the groin area, waist, arm pits, behind the knee and along the hair line, so look out for anything as tiny as a freckle or a speck of dirt.”

Most ticks do not carry the infection, but if one is found it should be removed promptly.  Infected ticks are unlikely to transmit Lyme disease if they are removed in the early stages of attachment, generally the tick must be attached to an individual for 36 to 48 hours or more before it can spread the disease.  They can be removed with tweezers or special tick hooks, by pulling them gently upwards away from the skin.

To minimise the risk of being bitten, take these steps to protect yourself:

  • Keep to paths and away from long grass or overgrown vegetation if possible, as ticks crawl up long grass in their search for a feed
  • Wear appropriate clothing in tick infested areas (long sleeved shirt and long trousers tucked into socks). Light coloured fabrics are useful, as it is easier to see ticks against a light background
  • Consider using insect repellents, e.g. DEET
  • Inspect skin frequently and remove any attached ticks
  • At the end of the day, check again thoroughly for ticks, especially in skin folds
  • Make sure that children’s head and neck areas, including scalps, are properly checked
  • Check that ticks are not brought home on clothes
  • Check that pets do not bring ticks into the home on their fur

If you have been bitten by a diseased tick, symptoms of Lyme disease usually appear between 3 and 30 days and are similar to those of influenza.  If you are having flu-like symptoms, head-aches, muscle pain or joint pain, accompanied by a bulls-eye rash pattern on your skin you should make a GP appointment as soon as possible and remember to tell them you were bitten by a tick.

Major step forward to development of Devizes Health Centre

We are thrilled to announce that the GP-led Health Centre for Devizes can move to its next phase, after a commitment of £7million to funding.

The project, which we have led, aims to deliver significant benefits to patient care by creating a modern and sustainable facility for the people of Devizes and the surrounding area.

NHS Property Services (NHSPS), which owns the site of the proposed new development at Marshall Road, has this week confirmed it can commit to funding the construction phase of the project subject to conditions including the approval of the business cases by  NHS England and ourselves at Wiltshire CCG.

The commitment from NHSPS to fund the construction costs comes as outline planning permission for the development from Wiltshire Council is expected later this month.  However, the funding commitment marks a considerable move in respect to the scheme’s delivery.  We have held ongoing discussions regarding the proposal with NHS England and NHS Property Services to secure a solution to the complex ownership, planning, leasing and funding arrangements for the last three years.    

Dr Richard Sandford-Hill, Chairman of Wiltshire CCG and lead GP for the project said: 

“It’s really exciting to see that the Devizes Health Centre project is taking a significant step forward, and I’m delighted on behalf of the five Devizes GP practices and the CCG.  The commitment from NHS Property Services means it’s all systems “go” to work towards the implementation of this important, long awaited scheme that will provide modern, fit for purpose premises for the delivery of healthcare for the people of the Devizes community area.  There’s still a lot of work to do, and we look forward to the outcome of the Outline Planning Application, but we’re extremely confident now that we’re well on the way to achieving what we set out to do on behalf of our patients”.

The next step in the project will involve us concluding the outline business case, including a commitment to fund the future costs of running the health centre. 

If the outline business case is approved, work on developing the detailed design of the scheme can begin to inform the full business case, which would  then need to be approved by us and by NHS England.

Andrew Strange, Senior Strategy Manager at NHS Property Services, said:

“This is an important stage of the project.  There is still a long way to go and we will continue to work closely with the CCG and future occupiers to develop the scheme”.

The health centre development is part of a wider scheme that involves the release of land at Marshall Road for housing, and, in due course, the outdated community hospital in the town.

Annual General Meeting

Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group will be holding its Annual General Meeting at Southgate House, Pans Lane, Devizes on Tuesday 26 June at 9.30am.

Our AGM offers members of the public, patients and staff the opportunity to hear about what the CCG has achieved in the past year and allows people to come along and ask questions and find out more about our plans for the future.

Copies of the annual report and accounts will also be available on the day.

Doors will be open for registration at 9am and the AGM will take place between 9.30– 10.30am. 

Refreshments will be available from registration.

If you would like to attend the AGM, please email communications.wiltshireccg@nhs.net