Major drive to reduce medicine waste

We've launched a campaign aimed at reducing unnecessary waste of medicines. Pharmacist Chris Hurn

About £4.9 million is lost each year in Norfolk through medicine wastage. Our campaign calls upon patients to:

  • Only order what you need
  • Return unwanted medicines to your pharmacy for safe disposal
  • Take your medicines with you when you go to hospital

Finding urgent care

People in Norfolk are being reminded to choose well when they need medical advice or care – and that help is often close at hand.

The Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) for Norwich, North Norfolk and South Norfolk are issuing advice about how to find the most appropriate health care closer to home, so if people need health advice or care from the NHS, they know how to find it.

For most of us, minor injuries and illnesses can be treated using our own medicines cabinet at home. There is advice online at about what to keep in a medicine cabinet, including plasters, bandages and painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol, diarrhoea treatments, rehydration salts, antihistamines and sunscreen.

"Help us to help you" Norwich GPs

GP Practices in Norwich are asking patients: “Help us to help you”  - to free up more time for appointments.

They’ve published some really simple and sensible requests to patients, that could make a lot of difference to busy GPs and nurses. Download them here: 

Vote for Dementia Friendly Norfolk

On Wednesday 26 November members of the public can vote by phone for the ‘Dementia Friendly Norfolk’ project to receive funding. So, please spread the word! A film about the project will be featured on ITV Anglia Evening News on Wednesday 26 November.

Self care - it's good for you!

It is Self Care Week from November 17-26, 2014. self care week logo

The Self Care Week message is “Self care for life – be healthy this winter” and GPs in Norwich are encouraging people to help themselves stay healthier – mentally and physically.

Dr Mike Laurence from Bacon Road Medical Centre in Norwich said: “Everyone knows that the NHS comes under much more pressure when the weather is colder and when more bugs circulate.   

We're getting the NHS ready for winter

We're getting ready for winter - and that means making sure the local health 'system' can cope with more illness and accidents.

NHS and social care organisations are working in close partnership to deliver a range of initiatives and services to ensure patients receive the best possible care.

Among the measures already in place is the Urgent Care Centre(UCC) at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital which reopened this month after a successful trial last winter when it helped meet rising demand and prompted positive feedbackfrom patients and their families.

Join the Dry January Campaign

Can you steer clear of booze for 31 days? 

With the festive excess gone, Healthy Norwich is challenging city residents to join Dry January 2015. You can download the leaflet here.

Dry January is a national campaign to give up alcohol for 31 days and give yourself a healthier start to the new year.

By banishing the booze you can save money, lose weight, feel better and even break bad habits that may have been creeping up on you unawares.

Dry January 2015 is organised by Alcohol Concern. Last year more than 17,000 people all over the UK  signed up to the  campaign. Many were sponsored to raise money or held Dry January events at work or in their communities.