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Stalbridge Surgery to close following retirement

NHS Dorset CCG has received formal notice from Dr Clayton at Stalbridge Surgery, of his intention to retire on 31 December 2018. As a result – despite a considerable amount of work by Dr Clayton and NHS Dorset CCG to explore other options – the surgery will close from this date. Whilst the surgery will close at the end of December 2018, it will continue to deliver services up until [...]

Views wanted on Physiotherapy services

The NHS in Dorset is inviting people in Dorset to have a say on how physiotherapy services are offered and delivered in the county. The findings will be used to help improve services in the future. Views are welcomed from anyone over the age of 16 who has either received services in the last 12 months, or is currently receiving physiotherapy for a musculoskeletal condition. Local GP and Clinical Delivery [...]

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group takes place on 11 July 2018 at which we will be presenting our Annual Report and Accounts 2017/18. It will be held at the Hamworthy Club, Magna Road, Canford Magna, Wimborne, Dorset  BH21 3AP from 9.30am – 11.30am. 

Support for people living in BH23

Highcliffe Medical Centre in Christchurch is set to take part in a new drop-in service for all residents of the BH23 postcode. The service, named the 'BH23 Drop-in - health, wealth & wellbeing support' is being run by Sovereign and Somerford ARC with support from the Highcliffe practice. It aims to give local people access to  advice about a wide range of social issues, such as employment, training and careers advice, housing, [...]

New urgent care team to help patients get on-the-day care from their GP practice

The Blackmore Vale Partnership is putting together an ‘urgent care on-the-day’ team to help patients get the care they need when they need it. Made up of GPs, nurse practitioners, a paramedic and pharmacist, the team will help improve access for people that have an ‘urgent health need’ – a new health condition that has developed within the previous two weeks. People will still have access to routine telephone appointments [...]

Wessex partnership to help lead the way in improving the health and care experience in Dorset and beyond.

A Wessex bid, including Dorset has been chosen as one of three areas in the UK to become a Local Health and Care Record Exemplar (LHCRE). The aim of the LHCRE is to build upon the existing care record applications and give health and care staff more complete and faster access to information about the people in their care, whether they live in Dorset, Hampshire or the Isle of Wight. [...]

Know your services and help ease pressure on your NHS.

Dorset's NHS services are currently facing increased pressure in the run up to the Bank Holiday weekend, including an rise in people using emergency departments (A&E). With this in mind, we are reminding people that getting the right care in the right place can not only help local NHS services, but can also help you get the right care more quickly. Dorset has a number of services across the county [...]

Dementia – take action

It is said that across the UK someone develops dementia every three minutes, and whilst it is more common amongst older people, around 1 in every twenty cases will affect someone aged between 40 and 65. During Dementia Action Week 2018 NHS Dorset CCG will be raising awareness of the condition, asking people living in and around Dorset to seek help if they are concerned either for themselves or a [...]

MSK Physiotherapy Services Review

The NHS in Dorset is reviewing the way that physiotherapy services are offered and delivered. The findings will be used to help improve services in the future. We have developed a view seeking survey aimed at musculoskeletal (MSK) physiotherapy patients, carers and professionals.  The survey goes live on 17th May 2018 and runs for 6 weeks, until the 27th June 2018. What we’d like you to do: Complete the survey yourself.  The survey [...]

Your GP practice patient group – what does it do?

The work of local GP Patient Participation Groups will be showcased at two networking events later this month. Local people are being asked to come along and get involved. Patient Participation Groups run in most GP practices across Dorset enabling patients to advise and inform the practice on what matters most to them and helping to identify local health issues. Events take place in Wimborne and Dorchester, each featuring short [...]

Help ease the pressure on local services

With the next bank holiday quickly approaching, people are being reminded that getting the right care in the right place can help you get seen quicker. It can also help local services such as emergency departments (A&E) who have recently come under increased pressure across the county. If you are taken ill there are a number of ways to get help: if you are not sure where to go or [...]

New services to benefit patients at Highcliffe Medical Centre

Registered patients are set to benefit from two new free services being offered at Highcliffe Medical Centre in Christchurch. The practice now offers patients over the age of 18 self-management health coaching appointments, as well as appointments for social prescribing. Rebecca Loveys, Assistant Practice Manager at Highcliffe, said: “We are really excited to be able to offer these new services to our patients. We think they’ll really make a difference [...]

Freestyle Libre – updated position May 2018

In Dorset we have always maintained an evidence based and cost effectiveness approach to making decisions on medicines and devices. We aim to adhere to the statutory requirements to fund and commission drugs and devices with NICE technology appraisals within the required timescales and advise on medicines which are most cost effective and have a strong evidence base. In the case of Freestyle Libre®, we published a commissioning statement in [...]

Appointment of first Director of Primary and Community Care

Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group has appointed Sally Sandcraft as its first ever Director of Primary and Community Care, following a national recruitment process. Sally has worked for the CCG since its inception and has been Interim Director of Primary and Community Care since February 2018.   Her background is in nursing and senior management. Having qualified as a registered nurse in 1989, Sally worked in a hospital setting before pursing her [...]

The Royal Crescent and Preston Road Practice to hold Healthy Living Event

The Royal Crescent and Preston Road Practice is holding a Healthy Living event to help people learn more about their local health services. The practice decided to hold the event after a survey designed by its Patient Participation Group (PPG) showed that patients wanted more information on local health services available to them. Tracey Scorer, PPG Co-ordinator at the Royal Crescent and Preston Road Practice, said: “Our patients told us [...]

Services for young people – have your say

There are just over two weeks left for young people, parents and carers who use physical healthcare services in Dorset to give their feedback on what’s good and what could be done better across the county. Views given will help inform improvements to services for local children and young people up to the age of 25, including bringing care closer and identifying problems at an earlier stage enabling earlier interventions. [...]

The Dorset Local Maternity System’s response to Healthwatch Dorset’s report: Baby Steps

The Dorset Local Maternity System (LMS) supported Healthwatch Dorset's independent investigation on maternity services. The findings will supplement the comprehensive engagement work being carried out for the Better Births Early Adopter Programme. However, while we agree in principle with the key themes raised in the report, we feel that it doesn't fully reflect the amount of engagement work that has taken place throughout the project, which has been running since February [...]

Support available for people at risk of Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a common condition that causes the level of sugar in the blood to become too high. Caused by problems with insulin in the body it can often be linked with being overweight or physically inactive, and if left untreated it can lead to serious problems with your eyes, heart and feet. The good news is that people can reduce their risk by making changes to their [...]

Dorset’s Draft Suicide Prevention Plan

Suicide Prevention is high on the agenda and a key part of the Mental Health Five Year Forward View and every area across the country is expected to have a Suicide Prevention Plan published by the end of April 2018. Suicide has a profound effect on families, friends and local communities and across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole an average of 70 people a year die as a result of suicide [...]

Views wanted on healthcare services for children and young people in Dorset

Young people, parents and carers who use healthcare services in Dorset are being asked to give feedback on what’s good and what could be done better. Views given will help inform improvements to services for local children and young people up to the age of 25, including bringing care closer and identifying problems at an earlier stage enabling earlier interventions. Views can be given online via the Dorset's Vision website [...]

Wootton Lodge Dental Practice Closure

NHS England is supporting patients at a Bournemouth dental practice after being advised that the practice had gone into liquidation. Patients registered with the practice are being advised to contact 111 if they require a dentist urgently. Meanwhile NHS England is working with other local practices to redirect patients who have appointments over the next few weeks. Patients at the practice who do not need urgent treatment or have an [...]

AHPs Into Action

Healthcare professionals from across the county gathered together on Friday 9 February for the Dorset AHPs into Action conference. AHPs into Action was launched in 2017 and is a strategy for using Allied Health Professions to transform health, care and wellbeing. The conference was aimed at sharing ideas and inspiring discussions about how this can be achieved in Dorset , both for patients and for the staff delivering the services. [...]

Significant pressures on the NHS

A spokesperson for NHS Dorset CCG “There are significant pressures on the NHS as a result of the severe weather. We are keen to keep patients and staff safe. We have asked General Practices to ensure patients are able to access essential services but some patients who are booked in for routine appointments are likely to be asked to attend their surgery once the severe weather has passed. The [...]

FreeStyle Libre Sensors

Dorset CCG published a commissioning statement about Freestyle Libre sensors in November 2015, which was updated in December 2017 following a review by the Diabetes Working Group, the Dorset Medicines Advisory Group, and approval by the CCG’s Clinical Commissioning Committee. This is available from the pan-Dorset Formulary, a publicly available website. Please follow this link to see the Formulary status and click on the PDF document entitled Commissioning Statement on [...]

Take care and stay safe this weekend

As we head into the weekend, Dorset's NHS services continue to be under pressure as a result of the extreme weather conditions, and staff are urging people to stay safe and think ahead if going out in icy conditions. A spokesperson for NHS Dorset CCG “We want Dorset residents to stay safe this weekend, and would advise people to avoid going out into the icy conditions if possible. Icy [...]

Avoid visiting friends and family in hospital while the weather is bad

NHS services are encouraging friends and family of people in hospital not to visit while the severe weather continues. A spokesperson from NHS Dorset CCG said: "we are keen to keep patients and their friends and family safe, and while the severe weather continues we would advise those thinking of visiting friends and family currently in hospital to stay home unless absolutely necessary. As well as the risk on [...]

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