Quickest way to health care this winter

A major new campaign is being launched in Norwich to help people find NHS help quickly, when their GP in unavailable. 111
It highlights the fastest and easiest ways to find help when you need it – by using services wisely.
The health service needs members of the public to choose services wisely this winter, to reduce pressures on doctors and nurses - and keep waiting times to a minimum.

NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has devised some simple advice, which sets out the quickest ways to find the care you need if your GP Practice is unavailable.

1 Ring 111 - the average waiting time to get through is 60 seconds. This is a free-to-call NHS telephone line, with trained local staff. They will either give you the advice you need or arrange for an appointment with a doctor or nurse. Also call 111 to ask for the out of hours GP service.

Go dry for January

A group of staff at NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group have pledged to join the Dry January campaign and give up alcohol for a month. Dry January 2015 low res

They’re inviting everyone in Norwich to come on board and support Dry January too.

“We want people to have a great time and still be healthy,” said CCG Governing Body Member and Queen’s Nurse, Tracy Williams.

“You really can go to that party, turn up for that pub quiz or go for that long weekend away, and if you ditch the wine and beer and choose a soft drink instead you really will feel the health benefits


YourNorwich LogoYourNorwich is our programme to transform and integrate health and care in the communities of Norwich.

We want to join up and strengthen local health and care services in the community. It's likely there’ll be a particular focus on helping older patients and people with long-term conditions to stay safe and well at home rather than to go to hospital.

YourNorwich schemes which have been introduced so far include:

  • HomeWard
  • Intravenous medicines given at home rather than in hospital
  • A volunteer patient support scheme run by Age UK Norwich
  • Additional community heart failure nurse specialists 
  • A website which helps patients find local help provided by voluntary organisations working in Norwich

Healthy Norwich - thousands of pounds in grants

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Healthy Norwich – the campaign to help people lead healthier lives - is offering thousands of pounds in grants to fund local projects.

Up to £70,000 is on offer for activities or projects that help make Norwich a healthier place to live and work in.

Each project can apply for up to £5,000 - so each will have to be judged on how many people it reaches, who will benefit and whether it will deliver long lasting benefits.

Every application will have to show how it will support one or all of Healthy Norwich’s key themes - healthy weight, stopping smoking or preventing smoking and affordable warmth.

People’s mental health and reducing health inequalities amongst vulnerable groups and deprived communities underpin everything Healthy Norwich does.

Governing Body meets in public

The Governing Body of NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is meeting in public on Tuesday (March 24th, 2015).

The meeting is being held between 2 and 5pm in The Council Chamber of Norwich City Hall.