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.

PRESS RELEASE

25 March 2015

Specialist hospital dementia care in Wiltshire to remain in Salisbury

Following an in-depth public consultation process, Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (Wiltshire CCG) has made the decision to permanently locate 20 specialist hospital dementia care beds in Amblescroft South, Fountain Way, Salisbury.

These beds 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.

The consultation, carried out by independent community champions, Healthwatch Wiltshire took into account the views and opinions of people with dementia, their carers, residents, volunteers, community groups and professionals around the county. Healthwatch Wiltshire delivered its report to Wiltshire CCG following the end of the consultation on 10 March 2015. Nearly three quarters (71%) of those consulted were in favour of continuing to provide specialist hospital dementia care from Amblescroft South, the current temporary location of specialist hospital dementia care in Wiltshire.

Chief Officer, Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Deborah Fielding comments: “Dementia is a real and growing issue for the UK, which is why it’s so important that we get it right here in Wiltshire.

“We reviewed in detail all three of the proposed locations for specialist dementia care in Wiltshire against criteria which included, quality and continuity of service, proximity to an acute hospital, capital costs and the investment opportunity of surplus funds into enhancing dementia support across the county. This review, in conjunction with the views and thoughts contained in Healthwatch Wiltshire’s report led us to the conclusion that Amblescroft South, Fountain Way in Salisbury would be the most effective and efficient location for Wiltshire’s specialist hospital dementia care.

“Throughout the consultation process we have worked closely with our colleagues at Wiltshire Council and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust, who provide our dementia services in Wiltshire, to find the best solution which supports our joint seven year Dementia Care Strategy, whilst working within the constraints of the funding we have available.”

There are no planned changes to how the unit in Amblescroft South currently operates, patients will continue to receive high level specialist care for a short period of time whilst in crisis before being able to return to a community setting.

The three viable sites under consideration were Charter House in Trowbridge, Green Lane hospital in Devizes and Amblescroft South, Fountain Way in Salisbury. The report compiled by Healthwatch Wiltshire can be found at www.healthwatchwiltshire.co.uk and further information about each of the proposed options as well as information presented to Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Governing Body on 24 March can be found by visiting www.wiltshireccg.nhs.uk.

ENDS

Notes for Editors:

  • Specialist dementia care beds for Wilshire patients are also available in St.Martin’s in Bath and the Victoria Centre in Swindon
  • 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 www.wiltshireccg.nhs.uk

Further information:

Tracy Torr or Lynsey Thorp, Communications, NHS Wiltshire CCG.
T. 01380 736010 E. communications.wiltshireccg@nhs.net

NHS health care commissioners given greater responsibility for primary care in Wiltshire 

The commissioning of elements of primary care in Wiltshire may soon be the responsibility of Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, as its expression of interest to embark on joint commissioning in conjunction with NHS England, who manage GP contracts nationally, has been approved.

Pending full approval by Wiltshire CCG’s Governing Body on 24 March 2015, Wiltshire CCG will have the opportunity to further improve primary care services locally for the benefit of patients and local communities by entering into joint commissioning arrangements with NHS England. By tailoring services to meet the needs of Wiltshire residents, the CCG is better placed to deliver its commitment to provide high quality healthcare to all and to keep more people out of hospital and in their own homes.

Deborah Fielding, Chief Officer at Wiltshire CCG comments: “This is a real opportunity for us to ensure that we use our additional responsibilities for the benefit of Wiltshire residents. By working with NHS England we can ensure that primary care services throughout Wiltshire are aligned to our strategic goals and provide the best possible care to people in Wiltshire.

“Given the impact primary health care has on our population, this is a positive move designed to align standards of care right across the county and to focus on delivering the right services, in the right place.”

Jo Cullen, Group Director and leading on Primary Care for Wiltshire CCG said: “Co-commissioning will allow us to deliver our vision to support extended primary care teams which are aligned to community teams, mental health and social care provision. By delivering services in this way we can ensure better integration of health and care services and a more joined-up, seamless approach for patients.”

Wiltshire CCG is one of 87 CCGs across the country to have been approved for joint commissioning subject to constitutional amendments. Wiltshire CCG will take on this additional responsibility from 1 April 2015, pending formal approval on 24 March 2015.

Finding the right health advice and treatment over the Easter bank holiday

The four day break over Easter can sometimes catch people off guard when it comes to planning for their healthcare needs. With GP surgeries in Wiltshire closed on 3rd and 6th April 2015, Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group is asking people to plan ahead and to consider the range of options available to them if they need medical advice or treatment over the bank holiday.

Dr Steve Rowlands, Chair for Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “A&E admissions during the Easter break often reach similar peaks to those seen at Christmas. Those figures can be attributed, in part, to people attending A&E for less serious illnesses and injuries. It’s important therefore, that people are aware, and understand the alternative routes to health advice and treatment they have access to.

“For a minor health problem it may be possible to seek advice and treatment from your local pharmacy, many of which will be open over the holidays. For sprains, dislocations, minor cuts and burns or minor eye injuries then one of the two minor injury units in the county will be open, as well as the walk-in centre in Salisbury. If you’re not sure, then call the 111 service, they will be able to advise you on the most appropriate place to go for advice or treatment. If you need urgent medical assistance for a serious or life threatening condition then always telephone 999 straight away.

“We would also strongly recommend that people think ahead and check that they have enough of their routine medication to see them through the four day weekend. If you need to order more, it is advisable to request it well in advance of the bank holiday to ensure that you receive it in time.

“Our priority is always to ensure that people get the help they need, when they need it. By making the right choices and taking personal responsibility, people can not only help keep themselves well, but also help to reduce the impact on the health system over what is traditionally a busy period for A&E departments in Wiltshire.”

For a list of pharmacies that are open over the Easter bank holiday click here. Pharmacists are experts on medicines and how they work. They can also offer advice on common complaints such as coughs, colds, aches and pains and other health issues and help to decide whether it’s necessary to see a doctor.

For location and opening times of Minor Injury Units in Wiltshire visit www.wiltshireccg.nhs.uk. Minor Injuries Units are for patients with less serious injuries, such as sprains, cuts and grazes. No appointments are required and they are led by qualified nurse practitioners.

The Salisbury walk-in centre is open from 0800 – 2000 everyday, including bank holidays. The centre is run by a team of experienced doctors and nurses and is based on a first come first served basis, unless someone is acutely unwell and needs immediate attention. For details on how to find the Salisbury walk-in centre visit http://www.salisburywalkincentre.co.uk.

NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free from landlines and mobiles. It is staffed by a team of fully trained advisers, supported by experienced nurses and paramedics. Healthcare advice can be given over the telephone or you may be directed to a local service that can help you best.

If a medical situation is life threatening, you should always phone 999. Serious injuries, loss of consciousness, chest pain or suspected stroke are medical emergencies and you should not hesitate to call 999.

Wiltshire Pharmacies

Easter Opening Hours

Good Friday

Boots, High Street, Chippenham SN15 3ER – 8.30am-5.30pm
Lloyds, Hathaway Medical Centre, Chippenham SN14 6GT – 10am-4pm
Morrisons, Cepen Park North, Chippenham SN15 3JP – 9am-6pm
Sainsbury’s, Bath Road, Chippenham SN14 0BJ – 8am-8pm
Morrisons, Estcourt Street, Devizes SN10 1LA – 9am-6pm
Boots, The Brittox, Devizes SN10 1AR – 8.30am-5.30pm
Boots, High Street, Marlborough SN8 1LT – 10am-4pm
Asda, Bradford Road, Melksham SN12 8LQ – 9am-6pm
Tesco, Bourne Centre, Salisbury SP1 2NY – 11am-4pm
Superdrug, Old George Mall, Salisbury SP1 2AG – 8.30am-5.30pm
Boots, Silver Street, Salisbury SP1 2NG – 8.30am-5.30pm
Asda, Orbital Shopping Park, Swindon SN25 4YX – 9am-6pm
Asda, Tewkesbury Way, Swindon SN5 7DL – 9am-6pm
Boots, Orbital Shopping Park, Swindon SN25 4AN – 8.30am-9pm
Boots, Greenbridge Retail Park, Swindon SN3 3SG – 8.30am-6pm
Boots, Brunel Plaza, Swindon SN1 1LF – 8am-6pm
Lloyds, Moredon Road, Swindon SN2 2JG – 10am-4pm
Morrisons, Haydon Wick, Swindon SN2 3QQ – 9am-6pm
Sainsbury’s, Oxford Road, Swindon SN3 4EW – 7am-11pm
Sainsbury’s Bridgemead, Swindon SN5 7YH – 8am-10pm
Sainsbury’s Stratton St Margaret, Swindon SN3 4EW – 7am-11pm
Tesco, Ocotal Way, Swindon SN1 2EH – 8am-8pm
Boots, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8FZ – 8am-midnight
Tesco, County Way, Trowbridge BA14 7AQ – 11am-4pm
Superdrug, The Shires, Trowbridge BA14 8AT – 9am-5.30pm

Easter Sunday

Lloyds, Hathaway Medical Centre, Chippenham SN14 6GT – 9am-10pm
Lloyds, Rowden Hill, Chippenham SN15 2SD – 3pm-5pm
Rowlands, Pembroke Street, Bemerton Heath, Salisbury SP2 8JD – 3pm-5pm
Hawthorn, Cricklade Road, Swindon SN2 1AE – 10am-2pm
Sparcells, Peatmoor, Swindon SN5 5AN – 10am-12noon and 4pm-6pm
Swindon Pharmacy, Hawthorn Medical Centre, Swindon SN2 1UU – 2pm-6pm
Cohens, Wingfield Road, Trowbridge BA14 9EN – 11am-1pm
Cohens, Bradfield Road, Trowbridge BA14 9AR – 11am-1pm
Lloyds, North Street, Wilton SP2 0HA – 11am-1pm

Easter Monday

Boots, High Street, Chippenham SN15 3ER – 10am-4pm
Lloyds, Hathaway Medical Centre, Chippenham SN14 6GT – 10am-5.30pm
Morrisons, Cepen Park North, Chippenham SN15 3JP – 9am-6pm
Sainsbury’s, Bath Road, Chippenham SN14 0BJ – 9am-7pm
Morrisons, Estcourt Street, Devizes SN10 1LA – 9am-6pm
Boots, The Brittox, Devizes SN10 1AR – 10am-4pm
Boots, High Street, Marlborough SN8 1LT – 10am-4pm
Asda, Bradford Road, Melksham SN12 8LQ – 9am-6pm
Tesco, Bourne Centre, Salisbury SP1 2NY – 11am-4pm
Boots, Silver Street, Salisbury SP1 2NG – 8.30am-5.30pm
Asda, Orbital Shopping Park, Swindon SN25 4YX – 9am-6pm
Asda, Tewkesbury Way, Swindon SN5 7DL – 9am-6pm
Boots, Stratton Road, Swindon SN3 3SG – 8.30am-6pm
Boots, Orbital Shopping Park, Swindon SN25 4AN – 9am-6pm
Boots, Brunel Plaza, Swindon SN1 1LF – 10am-5pm
Morrisons, Haydon Wick, Swindon SN2 3QQ – 9am-6pm
Sainsbury’s, Oxford Road, Swindon SN3 4EW – 9am-7pm
Sainsbury’s, Bridgemead, Swindon SN5 7YH – 9am-7pm
Sainsbury’s, Stratton St Margaret, Swindon SN3 4EW – 9am-7pm
Tesco, Ocotal Way, Swindon SN1 2EH – 9am-6pm
Boots, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8FZ – 8am-midnight
Tesco, County Way, Trowbridge BA14 7AQ – 11am-4pm

 

Farewell to Steve Rowlands as new Chair of Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group is elected

Following a two year term as Chair of Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (Wiltshire CCG), Dr Steve Rowlands will be stepping down on 30th June 2015 and handing the responsibility of Chairing the commissioning of Wiltshire’s health services to newly elected Dr Peter Jenkins.

Dr Jenkins, who was elected through a majority vote process by the Wiltshire GPs who make up the CCG membership of 58 practices, will be responsible for shaping the CCG with members of its Governing Body.

Dr Steve Rowlands comments: “Much has changed since I began my clinical career a number of years ago, but what remains unwavering, regardless of what job people do within the NHS, is the commitment to delivering the best possible service, where the patient is at the centre. This theme has been core to Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group since it was authorised in 2013.

“As with the NHS nationally, the CCG has been faced with challenging financial constraints which has meant that we have had to make some difficult decisions. However, our vision has always been to provide people in Wiltshire with the right services, at the right time, locally to them.

“I’m proud to have been part of helping to develop health services in Wiltshire that are aligned to the needs and demands of a growing and increasingly ageing population, now and into the future.”

Commenting on his new post, Dr Jenkins, who is currently Senior Partner at Avon Valley Practice said: “I’m delighted to be voted as the new Chair of Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group. Having spent two years as the GP Medical Advisor to Wiltshire CCG, I have a sound understanding of the organisation. I’m under no illusion that with the current financial challenges facing the NHS, this will be an easy role; however, I’m committed to ensuring that the CCG is in the best possible position to enable it to deliver on the objectives set in its five year plan.

“Providing fair access to high quality, locally delivered health services, with people encouraged to take a personal responsibility for their health, is key. Health services in Wiltshire need to adapt to current and future demand and population trends. I’m convinced that by continuing to work closely with our partners across health and social care services, as well as voluntary organisations, we will be able to provide strong, sustainable health services now and for future generations”.

Deborah Fielding, Chief Officer at Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, remarks: “Our CCG has undergone a rapid period of development and the process has been successfully overseen by Steve as our Clinical Chairman. In particular, Steve has made significant contributions to the way we’ve been able to re-shape primary care services closer to home. On behalf of the CCG Board I want to thank Steve for his outstanding commitment to health care services in our area, and the changes he has overseen. I’m confident that Peter will build on the great work already happening within the CCG to continue to drive it forward and to explore new opportunities and ways of working, and I look forward to welcoming him on 1st July.

 

PRESS RELEASE

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 www.wiltshireccg.nhs.uk. A link to the questionnaire can also be found on www.wiltshireccg.nhs.uk. To contact Healthwatch Wiltshire to provide verbal or written feedback please email info@healthwatchwiltshire.co.uk or call 01225 434218.

ENDS

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 www.wiltshireccg.nhs.uk

Further information:

Tracy Torr or Lynsey Thorp, Communications, NHS Wiltshire CCG.
T. 01380 736010 E. communications.wiltshireccg@nhs.net

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: tracy.torr@nhs.net

Community Child Health Services

Community Child Health Services in Wiltshire – The Way Forward

What are Community Child Services?

Children’s Community Health Services are a group of 14 different services for children:

  • Health Visiting Service
  • Family Nurse Partnership
  • School Nursing and National Child Measurement programme
  • School-aged immunisation programme
  • Children’s Learning Disability Nursing
  • Integrated Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Children’s Community Nursing
  • Community Paediatrics
  • Community Paediatric Audiology (West Wiltshire only)
  • Safeguarding Named Nurses
  • Looked After Children
  • Portage (Salisbury area only)
  • Child Health Information Service (CHIS)

In Wiltshire, these services are currently delivered by five separate organisations.

Creating a single Community Child Health Service for Wiltshire

As a result of listening to, consulting and involving service users, it has been determined that services and support for the county’s children and young people can be delivered more consistently and equitably through the delivery of services via a single contract, creating a service model for a single Community Child Health Service.

Consistent and equitable community health and support for Wiltshire’s children and young people

Wiltshire CCG, Wiltshire Council and NHS England are jointly re-commissioning the services to create a single Community Child Health Service for Wiltshire. It will mean that every child, young person and their family across the county, no matter where they live, will have access to the same level of services and support. Services will be easier to access and there will be a potential for improved joint work with GPs, Wiltshire Council and other partners.

Thank you for helping shape your new service

Service users have been at the heart of consultation and engagement on this new service. As well as public events there have been regular meetings, workshops, children and young people and parent/carer focus groups and on-line surveys. The new service, to be in place for April 2016, will deliver consistent and equitable levels of service and support throughout Wiltshire that is shaped by you.

Further information: Public presentation: The Way Forward. 18 November 2014.

Any questions?

Please feel free to contact Wiltshire CCG’s Communications team on 01380 736010 or email us

The Vision
The Wiltshire Children & Young People’s Plan sets out the Joint vision of improving outcomes for children and young people in Wiltshire; promoting safeguarding; reducing, preventing and mitigating the effects of child poverty; and enabling resilient individuals, families and communities.

To deliver this vision within Community Child Health Services we will make sure that children and young people in Wiltshire have the best possible start in life by the delivery of an over-arching model of Community Child Health service that delivers accessible, high quality services meeting the identified needs of children, young people and families.

Survey Update

Thank you to all those who have taken part in our online surveys – your input has been invaluable. We’ve listened to all your thoughts, comments and suggestions and they have helped shape the new service.

Please note that Community Child Health Services in Wiltshire exclude those provided in Swindon

PRESS RELEASE: Thursday, 15 January 2015

INTEGRATION OF BATH HOSPITALS

As the proposed acquisition of the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD) – or ‘The Min,’ by the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust (RUH) moves closer, NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Chairman, Dr Stephen Rowlands, comments:

“As one of the commissioners of RNHRD’s services, we are pleased that the acquisition is progressing as planned; there will be benefits to patients as well as to both hospitals.”

Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group commissions the healthcare services for almost half a million people within Wiltshire. This includes general and specialist hospital services in Bath, Salisbury and Swindon as well as a wide range of further hospital and community health related services throughout the county.

Dr Rowlands, continued, “The proposed acquisition will ensure continuity of the highly regarded specialist services which RNHRD provides. The RNHRD is renowned internationally for its rheumatology, pain and fatigue services. We are fully reassured that, moving forward, patient care will not only be maintained but enhanced, too.”

Wiltshire CCG will continue to work with RNHRD, RUH and neighbouring CCGs as the acquisition progresses, and is confident that there will be no disruption of service to patients.

The Board and Governors of both the RNHRD and RUH have formally approved the proposal. Subject to the approval of Monitor (the sector regulator for Health Services), the acquisition could take place early in 2015.

ENDS

Further information:

Sarah Tranter or Lynsey Thorp, Communications, NHS Wiltshire CCG.
T. 01380 736010
E. communications.wiltshireccg@nhs.net

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 www.wiltshireccg.nhs.uk
  • The RNHRD NHS FT is a national specialist rehabilitation and rheumatology hospital based in Bath. Offering services to adults, children and young people, the trust has expertise in general and complex:
    • Rheumatological conditions
    • Chronic pain management including Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
    • Fatigue Management (CFS/ME and cancer survivorship fatigue)
    • The RNHRD has an excellent reputation for research both nationally and internationally. Research informs their treatment programmes and contributes to a better understanding of many of the conditions in which they specialise
  • More information can be found online at www.ruh.nhs.uk/about/ and www.rnhrd.nhs.uk/about-us

Press Release from RUH and The Min

Wiltshire Joint Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy
Draft for consultation

Mental health is ‘everybody’’s business’ and poor mental health can have a devastating impact on the quality of life for everyone involved as well as have a significant impact on the national economy.

The draft Wiltshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy provides the strategic direction for Wiltshire Council and NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in promoting mental health and wellbeing and supporting people with mental health problems and their carers over the next seven years.

The aim of the Strategy is to create environments and communities that will keep people well across their lifetime, achieving and sustaining good mental health and wellbeing for all. It focuses around six outcomes:
  • More people will have good mental health
  • More people with mental health problems will recover
  • More people with mental health problems will have good physical health
  • More people will have a positive experience of care and support
  • Fewer people will suffer avoidable harm
  • Fewer people will experience stigma and discrimination
Wiltshire CCG and Wiltshire Council would like your views on the consultation document and encourage you to complete a questionnaire as part of the consultation process. Should you wish to feedback in a different way, we would welcome your suggestions about how you would like to do this either by email PublicHealth@wiltshire.gov.uk or by telephone to Karen Spence 01225 713094.

On our website today we have published a list of those Wiltshire pharmacies that will be open over the Christmas and New Year period.

The full list, with opening times, can be found here.

Survey on End of Life experiences

Wiltshire CCG would like to hear about your experience of end of life care in Wiltshire.  The survey is being run by the Patients Association and is completely anonymous.

If you would like to take part please click here.

PRESS RELEASE: Thursday 4 December 2014

KEEP A&E AND 999 FOR MEDICAL EMERGENCIES, NHS REMINDS PATIENTS IN WILTSHIRE

GPs from NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) re urging people to make sure they choose the most appropriate care for their ailments this winter.

Forecast colder weather this week indicates that winter has arrived, bringing with it increased demand on NHS services particularly from elderly and vulnerable patients.

Dr Peter Jenkins, GP Medical Adviser for Wiltshire CCG, said: “Even without severe weather – such as snow or prolonged sub-zero temperatures – the arrival of winter invariably means the NHS as a whole faces considerable challenges in dealing with greater numbers of patients.

“The NHS nationally and locally plans thoroughly for that increased demand, but we also need help from people in finding the most appropriate way to treat their ailments.”

Colder weather and viruses lead to an increase in the number of people – particularly those with a respiratory condition – being admitted to hospital as an emergency.

The CCG has therefore produced the following list of top tips to help people plan and ensure they are able to receive the most appropriate and timely treatment during winter:

  • Ensure you have sufficient over-the-counter medicines to treat minor ailments such as coughs, colds, cuts and scratches. The NHS Choices website has further information about sensible items to keep in your medicine cabinet at home.
  • If you feel unwell, particularly if you are elderly, seeking early advice from your GP or pharmacist could prevent a minor ailment becoming more serious. The NHS Feeling Under the Weather? campaign is aimed at people over 60 – or anyone aged over 45 looking after elderly relatives or neighbours – encouraging them to get early health advice.
  • If you have an ongoing medical condition requiring repeat prescriptions, ensure you have sufficient supplies to avoid running out when you GP surgeries is closed or over the Christmas holiday period.
  • Your local pharmacist is a good source of information, advice and treatment for a wide range of minor ailments.
  • For urgent medical needs that are not emergencies, NHS 111 is a free national phone number able to provide advice at any time on where and how to receive the most appropriate treatment.
  • This year’s NHS Flu campaign is encouraging all those who are eligible for the free flu vaccination to take up the offer. It is targeted at those with long-term health conditions, pregnant women and parents of children aged 2-4. Wiltshire CCG is supporting the campaign by providing background advice and guidance on who is eligible for a free flu jab and the important of getting one.
  • Keep a look-out for elderly or vulnerable neighbours to ensure they are staying safe and well.
  • If you have any symptoms of vomiting or diarrhoea, stay away from hospitals – including visiting friends or relatives. Norovirus, often called the winter vomiting bug, is highly contagious and can spread quickly in hospitals.
  • Don’t go to a hospital A&E department or dial 999 for an ambulance unless it is for a serious or life-threatening emergency.

“Clearly there are times when attending A&E or dialling 999 is the right course of action. However, using these services for less serious conditions does not mean a patient will receive quicker treatment, and may result in a delay for someone else whose condition is serious or even life-threatening,” said Dr Jenkins.

“Taking a few easy and sensible precautions now, along with using the best way to receive treatment if needed, can help ensure the NHS continues to provide high-quality, appropriate care for everyone needing it this winter.”

 

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Feeling Under the Weather?

NHS Wiltshire CCG is supporting the NHS winter campaign, ‘Feeling under the weather?’.

The campaign is urging older people to seek early advice from their pharmacist for minor winter illnesses.  It is targeted at the over 60s, and also at those aged 45 and above who often look after an older friend, neighbour or relative.

If you’re over 60 a minor illness can get worse quickly.  The campaign encourages people feeling under the weather with a bad cough, trouble breathing, a cold or sore throat, to pop down to their local pharmacy for quick health advice.

The campaign will run from 27 October for six weeks, and adverts will appear on the radio and press, as well in supermarkets and local pharmacies.

Feeling under the weather? leaflet