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Thornton residents’ chance to share views with the NHS

People living on the Fylde Coast are being given the chance to share their views on the NHS at a drop-in session at Thornton library in Thornton, on 11 June 2019 between 10 am and noon.

The two Fylde Coast Clinical Commissioning Groups, which are the organisations that ‘buy’ and plan health services in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre, are inviting residents to attend a ‘Your Voice’ session in St Annes to share any compliments, comments or complaints that they may have about local NHS services.

The Your Voice sessions have been a popular mechanism for people to share their views in Blackpool for some time and in the spirit of working more closely across the whole Fylde Coast the sessions have been arranged all over the Fylde coast. One of the drop-in sessions will be held in each of the ten established neighbourhoods from Lytham St Annes to Knott End.

The NHS has also joined forces with Lancashire County Council and Blackpool Council to hold the meetings in local libraries giving people easier access.

If you are unable to attend one of these planned sessions but would like to share your views on local services you can do so via the CCG’s website at: www.fyldecoastccgs.nhs.uk/get-involved/.

Any queries contact the CCG communications and engagement team on 01253 956821.

Have your say on seven updated NHS policies

People living across the Fylde Coast have been invited to have their say on seven proposed updated NHS policies, which have been brought into line with national policy following instruction from NHS England.

NHS England has recently introduced mandatory guidance for a range of surgical procedures which clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) – the organisations which plan and buy health and care services – are expected to adopt as clinical policies.

Where clinical policies already exist, the CCGs need to align them with the new guidance. Seven existing policies held by the CCGs on the Fylde Coast need to be amended to align with the NHS England guidance. 

It comes as part of work by the NHS across Lancashire to standardise policies to ensure a consistent and fair approach; update current policies in accordance with national guidelines and best clinical practice; and to make sure it is using its limited resources to maximum effect.

The CCGs across Lancashire and South Cumbria wish to inform patients and members of the public about these new policies and to invite them to consider if the introduction of these policies will have an adverse effect on patients or groups of patients.  If this is the case, there may be something the CCGs can do to minimise the impact of this.

To view the policies and have their say, people can visit https://www.healthierlsc.co.uk/commissioningpolicy/current-clinical-policy-reviews

The updated policies are:

  • Surgical treatment of carpel tunnel syndrome (pressure on a nerve in the wrist causing tingling, numbness and pain in the hand and fingers)
  • Tonsillectomy/adeno-tonsillectomy (removal of tonsils)
  • Surgical release of trigger finger (swelling of tendons causing difficulty moving the finger)
  • Management of otitis media with effusion (fluid build-up in the middle ear) using grommets
  • Breast reduction surgery
  • Surgical management of gynaecomastia (enlarged male breasts)
  • Removal of benign skin lesions

Dr Amanda Doyle OBE, chief clinical officer for NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), said: “CCGs must take account of the latest guidance when formulating their commissioning polices.  In this instance NHS England has issued the latest guidance on these procedures.  We need to ensure they are introduced in an open, fair and transparent manner.

“A key role for the CCG is to inform residents of these changes and to give them an opportunity to raise any concerns.

“I would encourage any resident with an interest in these policies to visit the CCG website and have their say.”

Comments on the policies will close on Monday 1 July 2019.

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Are you taking Gabapentin or Pregabalin?

Important Changes:

There are changes that may affect you.  These changes follow a government consultation because of concerns around possible misuse and mean that these medicines become Controlled Drugs (CDs).  The medicines themselves will not change, but there will be more rules on how they are prescribed and dispensed.

What does this mean for me?

Currently Gabapentin and Pregabalin prescriptions cannot be sent to your pharmacy using the electronic prescription service (EPS).  If you usually have your prescriptions sent to the pharmacy in this way you may need to collect a prescription from your surgery, or ask your pharmacy to do this.

If you use the repeat dispensing “batch” service (RD) this will no longer be available for these medication and your pharmacy will not be able to dispense any outstanding batches.

Controlled Drug prescriptions must be dispensed by your pharmacist within 28days of the date on the prescription (Most prescriptions can be dispensed up to 6 months after this date)

If you are owed any medication by the pharmacy this also needs to be collected within 28 days of the date of the prescription.

The quantity on your prescription may also be reduced.  It is recommended that a maximum of 30 days of CDs should be prescribed, to ensure safety.  The prescribing of controlled drugs is closely monitored.  This may also mean that you are called in for more regular reviews to make sure that your medication is still working.

Please make sure that you order your prescription a few days before you run out as Pharmacists are not allowed to provide emergency supplies or loans for controlled drugs without a prescription.

You (or your representative) collecting the prescription may be asked for proof of identity and will be asked to sign that you have received these.

Do I need to do anything?

If you currently get your prescriptions through the Electronic Prescriptions Service (EPS) or RD (batch prescriptions) then speak to your pharmacist or staff at the practice.

If you have a green ‘paper’ prescription for Gabapentin or Pregabalin please make sure that you get this dispensed before 1st April 2019.

If you are ‘owed’ any Gabapentin or Pregabalin from your pharmacy please make sure you collect this before 1st April 2019.

When you next request a prescription, please be aware that these changes will be inforce.  This is a nationwide change to the regulations and your GP and Pharmacist are legally required to change practice.

New community clinics to tackle liver disease in Fleetwood

A new clinic to tackle liver disease is to be launched in Fleetwood.

Concerned about the high and rising rates of liver disease in the town, GPs have come together to develop the community clinics service which will provide more appointments within the community and reduce the number of people needing to travel to Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

It is believed the service will reduce the number of people suffering from liver failure by identifying disease earlier on and providing support and treatment at an earlier stage.

Dr Mark Spencer, a GP in Fleetwood, said: “There were more than 700 hospital admissions for people in Fleetwood suffering from liver disease in 2017/18 and we really want to do something to stop this.

“Hepatitis C is a disease that can very often lead to liver failure or liver cancer and in Wyre detection rates are far too low. This new service will help us to spot hepatitis C earlier and do something about it.

“The establishment of the clinic will reduce the number of people having to go to hospital, providing high quality care which is more accessible in terms of quicker access and being closer to home within a community health setting.”

The clinic will be based at the Mount View Practice at Fleetwood Health and Wellbeing Centre every other Friday. It will include a nurse and specialist nurse from the existing Blackpool-based service provided by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Inspire Liver Disease services, as well as a GP and clinic nurse. There will be additional support from a consultant who will continue to be based at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Peter Tinson, chief operating officer at NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We are pleased to support this initiative developed by the GPs in Fleetwood.

“Offering services closer to home and in community settings is what local people told us they wanted, and this is exactly what this service will offer to the people of Fleetwood.”

Your chance to share views with the NHS

Fylde Coast residents are being given the chance to share their views on the NHS through a series of drop-in sessions throughout the year with the first chance this week.

The two Fylde Coast clinical commissioning groups the organisations that ‘buy’ and plan health services in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre, are inviting residents to attend any one of 12 ‘Your Voice’ sessions to share any compliments, comments or complaints that they may have about local NHS services.

The sessions are an ideal opportunity to provide feedback on a recent experience of an NHS service or give views on the CCG’s plans and priorities with views shared with commissioners during their decision making and with quality teams to monitor any issues patients may have. They operate on a drop-in basis so there is no need to make an appointment.

The NHS has also joined forces with Lancashire County Council and Blackpool Council to hold the meetings in local libraries giving people easier access.

If you have anything you’d like to say about health services in your area simply visit one of the below locations at the specified time:

  • Wednesday 23 January, 1pm-3pm, Layton Library Blackpool.
  • Tuesday 12 February, 10.30am-2pm, Fleetwood Library, Fleetwood.
  • Tuesday 12 March, 10am-12pm, Blackpool Central Library, Blackpool.
  • Tuesday 9 April, 1pm-3pm, St Annes Library – (To be confirmed, please check website before attending).
  • Tuesday 14 May, 1pm-3pm, Moor Park Library, Blackpool.
  • Tuesday 11 June, 10am-12pm, Thornton Library.
  • Wednesday 10 July, 10am-12pm, Anchorsholme Library, Blackpool.
  • Wednesday 14 August, 2pm-4pm, Kirkham Library
  • Tuesday 10 September, 10am-12pm, Garstang Library
  • Tuesday 10 October, 1pm-3pm, Palatine Library, Blackpool.
  • Tuesday 12 November, 10am-12pm, Knott End Library
  • Tuesday 10 December, 1pm-3pm, Central Library, Blackpool.

Dr Amanda Doyle OBE, a local GP and chief clinical officer for both NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), said: “Good or bad, we really value the views of residents and want to make sure that everybody has an opportunity to share theirs with us. The Your Voice sessions are an ideal opportunity to talk face-to-face with a member of our engagement team.

“All of the views and experiences gathered will help us to make sure that residents living in all neighbourhoods receive services of the highest standard, now and in the future.”

If you are unable to attend one of these planned sessions but would like to share your views on local services you can do so via the CCG’s website at: www.fyldecoastccgs.nhs.uk/get-involved/.

NHS Long Term Plan ‘an endorsement of what we’ve been doing across the Fylde Coast and Lancashire and South Cumbria

Health leaders across the Fylde Coast have welcomed the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan.

The 133-page plan, which was published today (Monday 7 Janaury 2019), outlines the priorities for the health service over the next decade.

It describes how the NHS will make sure people get the best start in life, and how patients can expect world-class care for major health problems.

The plan also details how different organisations should work closer together to make sure health and care services are more joined up and delivered in the right place and at the right time for local people and their families.

It outlines how services should be joined up within neighbourhoods – geographical communities with populations of typically between 30,000 to 50,000 – to support people to stay well.

Moreover, the plan describes how the NHS needs to take stronger action to reduce health inequalities, citing premature deaths in Blackpool – the most deprived part of the country – as being twice as high as affluent areas of England. To address health inequalities, the plan states that a bigger share of funding will go to areas with the highest health inequalities.

Dr Amanda Doyle OBE, a local GP and chief clinical officer for both NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), said: “We are delighted that there will be a significant increase in relative investment in primary and community care, which will see expanded neighbourhood teams working together in a more joined up way – from GPs, pharmacists and district nurses to physiotherapists, social care workers and colleagues in the voluntary sector. We also applaud the move to strengthen work on preventing ill health and tackling health inequalities. I am proud that we are going further than ever before to improve care quality and outcomes for key priority areas, including cancer, mental health, learning disability and autism, diabetes, stroke and children’s health.

“The plan clearly endorses what we have been doing for some time in terms of partnership working and bringing services together. We enjoy extremely strong working relationships with our local authority partners, as well as those from the voluntary, community and faith sector and the many groups of people who volunteer their time to help shape and improve health and care services.

“We are confident that closer integration of services and partnership working is vital to improve the experience of patients and also to support people to keep well. People often fall through the gaps which exist between organisations; bringing services and teams together will help to stop this.

“We are looking forward to working in partnership with local authority, public sector and voluntary and community organisations over the coming months to involve local people, health and care staff and our partners in the detail of the work which is taking place and how we will deliver the Long Term Plan.”

One example of how closer collaborative work has improved services on the Fylde Coast includes neighbourhood care teams, which bring groups of GP practices together with community health services, social care, mental health services, and others, to provide joined-up health and wellbeing services.Working together in this way, the teams can make a complete assessment of a person’s health, wellbeing and social needs and liaise with their colleagues to make sure they receive the right support.

Another example is work being done in neighbourhoods, often led by patients and the public, to improve health and wellbeing through initiatives which reduce social isolation and boost physical and mental health. Examples include Just Good Friends in Lytham which provides a lifeline for many people who feel isolated and a series of citizens’ inquiries in Blackpool which have opened up conversations with some of our seldom heard residents.

Dr Doyle said: “On the Fylde Coast we were an early pioneer of neighbourhoods and these have helped bring health and care services together with the voluntary sector and local people to improve health and wellbeing. The 10-year plan endorses this and will allow us to further build on this important work.”

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Notes to editors

 

  • For more information about the NHS Long Term Plan visit: www.longtermplan.nhs.uk
  • For more information about the work and priorities of Healthier Fylde Coast, the partnership of NHS, local authority, public services and community organisations for the area, visit: https://healthierfyldecoast.nhs.uk
  • Dr Amanda Doyle is also chief officer for Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria

 

Have your say on proposed new NHS policy

People living across the Fylde Coast have been invited to have their say on a proposed new NHS policy for arthroscopic shoulder decompression (surgery) for subacromial pain (a common cause of shoulder pain and disability) in both men and women.

It comes as part of work by the NHS across Lancashire to standardise policies to ensure a consistent and fair approach; update current policies in accordance with national guidelines and best clinical practice; and to make sure it is using its limited resources to maximum effect.

Full details of the changes can be found within the policy. People are invited to read the revised draft policy and to complete a survey by visiting www.healthierlsc.co.uk/arthroscopic-shoulder-decompression-policy.

Dr Amanda Doyle OBE, a Fylde Coast GP who is also accountable officer for NHS Blackpool CCG and interim accountable officer for NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG, said: “We need to ensure this is done in an open, fair and transparent way while also taking into account the limited resources we have.

“A key role for the CCGs is to develop clinical policies that help us make decisions about the use of those limited resources.

“I would encourage any resident with an interest in these policies to visit the CCG websites and have their say.”

The survey will close on Friday 1 February 2019.


 

The Joint Committee of CCGs planned for Thursday 10th January 2019 has been cancelled

The Joint Committee of CCGs has been cancelled on Thursday 10th January as the agenda had been structured to focus around the NHS Long Term Plan which has not yet been published.

Focus on the publication, which had originally been timed for December, would have enabled system leaders and committee members to examine some of the current work taking place in Lancashire and South Cumbria on several of the plan’s priorities as well as holding a discussion about the Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria approach to engagement with the public and other stakeholders.

Publication of the NHS Long Term Plan has been delayed into January with timing subject to agreement of ministers.

The next meeting of the Joint Committee of CCGs is scheduled for Thursday 7th March 1pm to 3pm.

For more information email healthier.lsc@nhs.net or follow us on Twitter @HealthierLSC

Evening and weekend general practice appointments service extended

Appointments with GPs, nurses and other healthcare professionals have been made available between 8am and 2pm every Saturday in Garstang.

The service, initially at Garstang Medical Practice in Kepple Lane, is in addition to the evening and weekend appointments already on offer to people living in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre based at Blackpool, Fleetwood and Freckleton.

To book an appointment, people can either contact their own GP practice or call 01253 952950 after 6.30pm Monday to Friday and from 8am to 8pm Saturday and Sunday.

Dr John Miles, senior partner at Garstang Medical Practice, said: “The extension to the service is an exciting opportunity to provide access to general practice in a way that suits the needs of the population.”

Pre-bookable and same-day routine appointments are available to anyone who lives in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

The service is also available at Whitegate Health Centre in Blackpool from 6.30pm to 8pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 8pm at weekends; Fleetwood Health and Wellbeing Centre in Dock Street from 6.30pm to 9pm Monday to Wednesday, 6.30pm to 8pm Thursday and Friday and 8am to 2pm at weekends; and Freckleton Health Centre in Douglas Drive on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6.30pm to 9.30pm and 8am to 2pm at weekends.