Four Issues in Tonight’s DriveTime
· Hospitals and Plans
· 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.
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