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.
Public Health England (PHE) has re-launched the Act FAST stroke campaign, which urges the public to call 999 if they notice any signs of a stroke. While the majority of stokes occur in older people, recent figures from PHE show more first time strokes are now occurring at an earlier age. The average age for males having a stroke fell from 71 to 68 years and for females, 75 to 73 years between 2007 and 2016. Awareness is crucial, so the campaign reaches out to people of all ages.
The local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is proposing changes to the way in which repeat prescriptions for medicines are being handled. As you can imagine, many patients are expressing concern about this. In order to clarify the situation, the Forum has invited a respresentative from the CCG to attend our next Forum meeting to explain what is proposed. For further information, please visit our ‘Forum Events‘ page or follow us on Twitter.
There are currently several consultations on the provision of local health services. Have you had your say? This is our opportunity to help shape parts of the health service for the future.
- Pharmacy service provision
- Helping people stay well and independent in the local community
- Improving patient safety and learning from errors
- Changes in GP services
Details of all of these consultations are on our ‘Have Your Say’ webpage. Make sure you express your views on these important matters.
Marie Curie provides a support line for people living with or caring for someone with a terminal illness
The Marie Curie Support Line is a free and confidential service for people living with or caring for someone with terminal illness. The service provides practical information and emotional support to anyone that is affected by terminal illness. The service will be available throughout the festive period, including the bank holidays. You can find out more about the support line, including full opening hours, and other support services on the Marie Curie website.
One NHS Trust demonstrates how patient feedback led to improved End of Life Care …..
‘Patient feedback is a vital part of improving NHS Services. Listening to feedback from patients and their families on End of Life Care has helped deliver a more dignified, compassionate and professional experience at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospital NHS Trust. Staff in the trust, which provides acute healthcare in outer North East London, have redesigned their processes to make sure that the needs of dying patients and their bereaved relatives are at the heart things. This videoshows how patient feedback was used to create a positive change in services’. (Source: NHS England Issue 60).
Please join the Forum for our meeting on November 23rd when we will be discussing what is happening in the NHS at the current time. For further details, visit our Forum Events page.
Harrogate Voluntary Community Sector (VCS) representatives are needed to help plan services for the future. If you would like to help, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHSTrust is inviting you to attend a meeting on November 27th
For further details, click here.