People living with mental health problems will showcase their creativity while raising awareness of living with conditions such as psychosis, anxiety and depression at a special exhibition taking place next week.
Patients are urged to help the NHS by using healthcare services wisely over the Easter weekend. Going to the right place for treatment or advice will mean everyone can get the help they need more quickly.
For minor inuries and illness, peope shoulf self-care at home using a well stocked first aid kit, containing antispetic cream, plasters and painkillers.
A wide range of healthcare advice on minor illnesses, infections, headaches, emergency contraception and coughs and colds, is also available from local pharmacists, many of which are open over the weekend.
If it is urgent but not an emergency you can call NHS 111. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the freephone number is manned by trained advisors who can offer advice or arrange for you to see a doctor or nurse if appropriate.
The NHS walk-in centre at Rouen House in Rouen Road, Norwich, is open between 7am and 9pm every day. A nurse-led centre, it can help with a range of issues, including minor cuts and wounds, strains and sprains, flu-like symptoms, skin complaints and stomach problems. You can simply walk in, without an appointment.
The Minor Injuries Unit based at Cromer is also open seven days a week, from 8am to 8pm. Patients can turn up without an appointment and receive treatment for minor injuries such as minor wounds, burns or simple fractures.
Finally, anyone who needs a repeat prescription is being encouraged to order and collect it in advance of the bank holiday weekend. Pharmacies and NHS 111 can help with emergency prescriptions where necessary.
For a list of pharmacies in Norfolk which will be open over the Easter weekend, visit http://www.england.nhs.uk/mids-east/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2017/03/norfolk-easter-opening-hours-17.pdf
If you are experiencing mental health difficulties, new NHS services can provide a range of treatment and support, regardless of when you left the armed forces. This includes recognising the early signs of mental health problems and providing access to early treatment and support, as well as therapeutic treatment for complex mental health difficulties and psychological trauma. Patients are also provided with help, where appropriate, with employment, reduction in alcohol consumption, housing and social support.
To access these services, you must meet the following criteria:
- be a resident in England
- have served in the UK armed forces for a full day
- be registered with a GP practice in England or be willing to register with a GP
- be able to provide your military service number or another form of acceptable proof of eligibility.
If you meet these criteria, you can self-refer or request referral via a health care professional or service charity.
Upon receipt of referral, you will be offered an initial face to face assessment within two weeks and where appropriate a first clinical appointment two weeks thereafter. To find out more, speak to a health care professional or service charity or use the contact details here to get in contact with your local service. pdf Veterans Mental Health TIL services brief LAUNCH April 2017 (118 KB)
Everyone knows that feeding babies with breastmilk is best.
- Breast milk is the best food your baby can have - it's tailor-made for your baby.
- Breast milk boosts your baby’s ability to fight illness and infection in their first six months. Babies who aren't breastfed are more likely to get diarrhoea and respiratory infections.
- Breastfeeding lowers your risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer, and burns about 500 calories a day.
Our ambition is to increase the proportion of breastfeeding mothers who would like to maintain breastfeeding, but are currently struggling to do so. 78% of Norwich mums breastfeed their new born on day 1, but this quickly drops to 51% by the 6 week check-up - below the national average.
Sadly 90% of mums report they give up feeding before they had intended to, because of barriers which makes breastfeeding unsustainable for them. We need your support to help to remove some of these barriers
The call comes as part of the ongoing 'Your Medicines, Your NHS' campaign, which aims to reduce the £4.7m* cost of medicine wasted in Norfolk and Waveney each year.
The final phase concentrates on using generic medicines wherever appropriate, as opposed to branded products which can be up to 80% more expensive. Using the strapline "cost effective medicine", health bosses hope to raise awareness that on occasions, GPs may prescribe non-branded medicines (generic), which do exactly the same job and have been tested to the same rigorous standards as the well-known branded versions. Savings on generic medicines can then be reinvested into health services elsewhere.
The campaign has been organised by Norfolk and Waveney's five clinical commissioning groups - Great Yarmouth and Waveney, North Norfolk, West Norfolk, Norwich and South Norfolk - which together spent £167m on 23 million prescription items between March 2015 and 2016.
Prescribing generic medicines has saved the NHS £7.1 billion since 1976 and allowed more than 490 million more items to be prescribed without an increase in total spending**. Currently, nearly eight out of 10 prescriptions in the UK are for generic drugs.
Ian Small, Head of Medicines Management for the Norfolk CCGs, said: "We hope that people will take on board this important message and help us to save the NHS money by supporting the use of cost effective medicines whenever they can."
To find out more about the campaign, visit www.greatyarmouthandwaveneyccg.nhs.uk and click on the links from the homepage. Alternatively, you can follow the campaign on Twitter @YourMED_YourNHS and use the hashtags #costeffectivemedicine and #yourmedicines.
Can your community group come up with a really innovative way to help people in the Norwich area lead healthier and happier lives?
Because you can now apply for thousands of pounds of funding from Healthy Norwich, the campaign run by the NHS and local councils to improve lifestyles and promote good health.
The money will fund small projects that encourage and support local people to lead healthier lives. For example to prevent people from smoking, to support their mental wellbeing or help people maintain a healthy weight.
£40,000 is being offered in grants by NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group, one of the partners in Healthy Norwich, in association with Norfolk Community Foundation. If there are enough really good ideas, it will consider making more money available. Each grant will be for a maximum of £5,000 but time is running out, applications need to be in by 5pm on 13th April, 2017.
You can apply online at http://www.norfolkfoundation.com/funds/health-wellbeing-innovation-grants-2016-2018/.
The CCG, as part of it's Healthy Norwich programme, invites every practice to become officially Breastfeeding Friendly.
This scheme aims to support all health colleagues working in Norwich GP surgeries, to provide breastfeeding mothers and their families with helpful advice and guidance. By joining the scheme, your practice will be provided with:
- Training and guidance to help support breastfeeding mothers.
- Signage to display on your premises to show that you are a Breastfeeding Friendly surgery.
- Further information on how to make your practice Breastfeeding Friendly and provision of a breastfeeding policy that can be adapted for your surgery.
- Your practice can be advertised as Breastfeeding Friendly, a status which the CQC has previously referred to as outstanding.
- GP Champions will be encouraged to also join the GP Infant feeding network - A national network of primary care professionals advocating for improvements in infant feeding practice. For more details please see www.gpifn.org.uk
Breastfeeding in Norwich
About 78% of new mums in Norwich start off breastfeeding. By the 4-6week check-up this drops to about 51%, considerably lower than the national average. National data shows 90% of women who stop breastfeeding in the first six weeks are giving up feeding before they actual want to, due to significant barriers that make breastfeeding "unsustainable".
By 6 months, 34% of UK babies receive some breast milk, but only 1–2% are solely given breast milk. This proportion is significantly behind many other European and western countries.
Breastfeeding mums should feel supported by all health professionals and their community to breastfeed for as long as they wish to. The Department of Health and the World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of an infant’s life, and then breastfeeding alongside solid food for as long as mother and baby are happy to continue.
Why increasing breastfeeding rates is important for your practice?
Not only does breastfeeding help to develop a secure parent-infant relationship and attachment, it also protects babies fro gastrointestinal infections, chest infections, ear infections, urine infections, risk of sudden infant death syndrome, childhood diabetes, eczema, obesity, atopic diseases.
Babies that are breastfed have 15% fewer GP consultations than babies fed on artificial formula during their first 6 months of life (McConnachie, A. et al ). This is because breast milk is the most appropriate form of nutrition for all infants due to its nutritional and immunological advantages. National UK evidence reports that if breastfeeding rates at 4 months increased to 45% there would be fewer hospital admissions and GP consultations with gastrointestinal infections, respiratory tract infections, acute otitis media, necrotising enterocolitis.
By avoiding the costs of treating just these four acute diseases in infants, more than £17 million could be saved annually nationwide.
The study also reports that if half of the women who currently do not breastfeed were to do so for up to the first 18 months, there would be fewer cases of breast cancer and an increase in breast cancer related quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs). This would save the health service more than £21 million and result in an incremental benefit of more than £41 million over the lifetime of each annual cohort of first-time mothers.
Breastfeeding not only protects mothers from breast cancer, but also ovarian cancer and loss of iron stores.
Practice champion for breastfeeding
Within each practice, we aim to have a GP breastfeeding champion who will be the contact for breastfeeding related issues and responsible for information sharing within the practice. They will also ensure a high quality of breastfeeding support offered to mothers and their families.
It is hoped this will result in increased efficiency through reduced readmissions and improved community health across the practice catchment area.
The practice champion will have free access to the RCGP/UNICEF online breastfeeding training package (0.5 CPD points). The training package provides GPs with all the information they require to support mothers to breastfeed. They will also be invited to a free annual half day training event (worth 4 CPD points).
The practice champion will also become a member of the GP Infant Feeding Network and signposting to specific resources for prescribing in breastfeeding.
Practices will be provided with the infant feeding policy for Norwich and are welcome to adapt it for their own practice use.
This will ensure that all staff within the practice understand their roles and responsibilities in supporting expectant and new mothers, their partners and families, to feed and care for their baby in ways which support optimum health and wellbeing. The policy is also designed to support good professional practice in order to maintain standards. Once signed, your practice will:
• Support and encourage methods known to facilitate breastfeeding
• Discuss the importance of breastfeeding with pregnant women to enable them to make fully informed choices, without judgement.
• Be aware of barriers which prevent mothers from breastfeeding for as long as they want.
• Prescribe appropriate treatments which will not undermine breastfeeding
• Refer breastfeeding problems to appropriately skilled members of staff and partner agencies
• Support mothers in the decisions on how to feed their babies in a non-judgemental manner.
• Adopt a maximising breastmilk outlook when supporting mothers, encouraging combination feeding rather than exclusive formula feeding.
Further research on the importance of breastfeeding can be found online at: http://www.unicef.org.uk/BabyFriendly/