Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Health Matters - May 10 2016

Four Issues in Tonight’s DriveTime

1. A New Health Hub for St Albans?
Plans are evolving for a new Health Hub in St Albans; the District Council and a developer, Angle Property, are drawing up plans to redevelop buildings and land near the corner of Victoria Street and Bricket Road. The current Community Health Facility will be at least double its current size. Three surgeries are interested – Maltings, Parkbury House, and Harvey House.

Angle Property is holding a CONSULTATION about its plans for the site, at Marlborough Road Methodist Church Hall.

* Friday 13th May 2pm - 6pm
* Saturday 14th May 10am - 1pm.

2. An Extra £2.4bn for Primary Care
Five critical commitments from NHS for GP Surgeries
2.1 An increase in funding – it has been declining for over 10 years as a percentage of NHS Funding
2.2 Workforce Support – there is a real issue over recruitment and retention of GPs and this will be addressed at last
2.3 Reducing the Workload
2.4 Investment in Premises and IT
2.5 New Models of Care

3. Repeat Prescriptions
Reducing waste - £3bn of medicines wasted a year in our area; new rules for repeat prescriptions. Repeat Prescription Form on Order online. You can’t order them over the telephone any more!

4. Patient Opt-Outs
Patients have been able to “opt out” of their data being available for “secondary use” (i.e. not for their direct care) for over 2 years – but the NHS has not been able to process them – until now! But just last week it emerged that the Royal Free had released 5 years worth of records to Google -including records of people who had opted out!

So, is it time for you to reconsider whether you should opt out? Full details here

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