WARNING! The Food Standards Agency warns of bacteria found in frozen vegetable products – lots of products recalled. Complete list here: https://bit.ly/2N5Tuoe If you have purchased any of these items, you are advised DO NOT EAT them.
Personal wheelchair budgets are being introduced and will replace the wheelchair voucher scheme. There has been a public consultation about extending the legal rights to have personal health budgets, including for people accessing wheelchair services. If you would like further information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A national survey conducted by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) shows some improvements in people’s hospital experiences but highlights concerns around discharge and inequalities for those with mental health conditions. To read more please follow this link.
Do you have a personal health budget?
Have your say on proposals to extend rights to have personal health budgets. Easy read version of consultation now available http://ow.ly/Ory130k3OZG together with lots of helpful information about personal health budget. Closing date June 8th.
NHS Digital are introducing a new tool that people can use to opt out of their confidential patient information being used for reasons other than their individual care and treatment.This is part of a vision to improve patients’ trust and confidence in how data is looked after by the health and social care system, following the failure of the Care.data project two years ago. Further information is available on our Have Your Say page.
The national data opt-out will be available for the public online from 25th May at https://digital.nhs.uk/services/national-data-opt-out-programme
For those who do not want to or cannot access the service digitally there will be also be a national telephone service available on 0300 303 5678.
Join the Over 50s Forum at our meeting May 24th when we will be finding out about the expanding role of community pharmacists and also about the risk and recognition of sepsis. For further details, please go to our ‘Forum Events‘ page.
As one of the events taking place during Dementia Action Week (May 21st – 25th), there will be two free performances of ‘Don’t Leave Me Now’ – a play about dementia. The performances will take place at St Wilfrid’s Parish Hall, at 3pm and 6.30pm
You can find more information here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dont-leave-me-now-a-play-about-dementia-tickets-43339840630
Tickets are free and groups are welcome. Any donations received on the day will go to Alzheimer’s Society.
The approved plans for a specialised facility to be built on the outskirts of Harrogate have been put on hold, pending the outcome of a local consultation. There is the possibility that patients will have to travel out of the district to receive care. For patients living with dementia this would be extremely stressful – away from familiar surroundings and people.
To find out how you can express your views and attend a public event to discuss this issue, please visit our ‘Have your say‘ page. There are less than 2 weeks to make your views known.
A timely reminder from the Money Saving Expert …..
3m EHICs expired last year and weren’t renewed – check yours now. It’s free and gets free or discounted medical care if you fall ill in Europe. See how to check and get a free EHIC.