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 just need advice call NHS 111which is free 24 hours a day, seven days a week headaches, coughs and colds, upset stomach can be treated at a local pharmacy – pharmacists are clinically trained [...]
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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 to people and will allow them access to support and help them to manage their own health. “For patients with an ongoing health condition, and for carers of people with at [...]
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 November 2015 to state that it was not commissioned. In November 2017 when it became available on NHS prescription we reviewed that statement. This review was undertaken by our Diabetes working [...]
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 real passion on to work in the community. She became a District Nursing Sister and then moved from nursing into a number of management roles, including becoming a Director of Operations [...]
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 that there was a need for more information on their local health services. People know the services are available, but are often unsure who provides them and how best to access [...]
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. Views can be given by completing the online survey at www.dorsetsvision.nhs.uk/beheard. Printed and easy-read surveys can also be requested via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01305 368073. Views are also being sought at a number [...]
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 2017, and that the report is, in some parts, misleading. Our comments have been published in a full response which can be read here, and we would like to thank Healthwatch [...]
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 and so Dorset CCG and partners are pleased to introduce the Suicide Prevention Plan. The Suicide Prevention Plan is a high level plan with key themes taken from the National Suicide [...]
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 – www.dorsetsvision.nhs.uk/beheard - or by completing a survey and sending it back free of charge to Bournemouth University. Printed surveys can be requested via email email@example.com or by calling 01305 368073. [...]