Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Health Matters. Hospitals, Pharmacies, Stay Well, and GP Online Systems

Four Issues in Tonight’s DriveTime

·         Hospitals and Plans
·         Pharmacies
·         Stay Well
·         GP Online Systems

1. Hospitals. Good news – future for SACH seems more positive than at any time in the last four years; there is a high probability that it will be expanded and re-furbished and that its future is for the provision of planned care. Bad news it’s likely to take a while because of the impact of new way of operating called Sustainability & Transformation Plans (STPs). The area now includes North Herts and West Essex; and Harlow has real hospital issues too!

The new emphasis will be on keeping people out of hospital and increasing health & wellbeing in the community.

2. Pharmacies
Up to a third of the 26 pharmacies in the St Albans District area could close. The issue – Government believes all parts of the health service are suffering – and pharmacies should suffer too;  but the way they are implementing it is wrong – should incentivise quality!

The DEC cuts are happening; but there is time to encourage this to be looked at again before the APR 2017 cuts occur. Go to https://goo.gl/forms/CSTASS3GlD0Klzz23  to have your say.

3. Stay Well
the NHS is running a “Keep warm, stay well” campaign. Get a flu jab, keep warm and active, as soon as you start to feel unwell ask for advice from a local pharmacist, get information about heating bills and home insulation. For more information visit www.nhs.uk/staywell

4. GP Online Services
GP practices have online services, including appointment booking, ordering of repeat prescriptions and access to summary information in records – giving patients more control over their health and wellbeing, making services more convenient, personal and efficient.  For more information contact your GP practice or visit here 
And finally – Hemel Urgent Care now shuts at 10:00pm

And finally finally – very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year

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