Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Health Matters; NHS Rationing, Christmas Opening, 111, and Good Neighbours



Five Issues in Tonight’s DriveTime

  • Don’t Give Your GP A Hard Time!
  • Christmas Opening Hours
  • The 111 Service
  • Twelve Tips for Winter
  • Be A Good Neighbour


1. New NHS Rationing 

Back in the Summer our local Clinical Commissioning Group held a “Let’s Talk” Campaign. The outcome – rationing – and it’s already started.

·        From 12 October:
o   IVF and other specialist fertility treatments are no longer funded. The decision is to be reviewed after one year. One treatment cycle for ‘paused’ patients.
·        From 1 December:
o   Stop prescribing over-the-counter medicines and gluten-free food
o   Female sterilisation only funded in exceptional circumstances
o   Vasectomies to be done locally – not in hospital.
·        In Early 2018
o   Fitness for elective surgery – Decision to require increased weight loss for obese and morbidly obese patients and for smokers to quit before non‐urgent surgery
So if your GP suddenly tells you that one of these situations has arisen and he can’t do anything about it, don’t give him a hard time! For all the details:

2. Christmas Opening Hours

This is a good time to check that you have enough of your medications to cover the Christmas/ New Year period. As Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are on a Monday this year, that period from Friday 22nd DEC to WED 3rd JAN will be a long ten days! Repeat prescriptions will need to be ordered in good time – typically before TUE DEC 19 so there’s just a week left!

And check out the opening hours for both your Surgery and Pharmacy. Opening hours will be published on the Commissioning Group web site, but weren’t live at the time of posting this blog! Go to http://hertsvalleysccg.nhs.uk/

3. The 111 Service

If you face a medical problem, “who you gonna call?” (with acknowledgement to Ghostbusters!). For years we would naturally go for 999, but, that’s no longer the best answer! The 111 service is greatly improved and should be your first priority; even if it’s an emergency, they can still handle it. Of course, if it’s an issue of life and death, it’s still best to go for 999!

4. Twelve Tips for Winter
Are you ready for winter? Here’s a great 12-point checklist and see how ready you are. Here’s the url

I scored just 8/12; can you beat that?

5. Be A Good Neighbour

With Christmas coming up, do try and remember anyone who may be lonely or infirm. This is a period in which we make the most of our time with family and friends; but it can also a time when people on their own are at their lowest ebb. So do try and share that Christmas Spirit with them


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

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