Norwich GP surgery opens new rooms

Opening of extension at Tuckswood.JPGIt was a day to celebrate at Tuckswood Surgery in Norwich, as two brand new consulting rooms and three refurbished rooms were officially opened.

The ribbon cutting ceremony was carried out by Dr Chris Hutchinson – well known and well loved by patients for whom he was family doctor for 35 years and who retired at Christmas.

Two GP practices in 'soft merger'

Drs Cafferty and CopsonTwo GP practices in Norwich will be forming a closer working partnership, for the benefit of both patients and their staff teams.

Newmarket Road Surgery and St Stephens Gate Medical Practice have begun a ‘soft merger’ which means they can share accommodation, staff, services and data systems. It also means staff at both sites will have access to each other’s patient lists to enable them to share NHS services at both practices.

Norwich GPs become ‘breastfeeding champions’ to support local mums and babies

Dr Clare Aitchison low resMore than half of the GP Practices in Norwich have become accredited in the new Norwich Breastfeeding Friendly Surgery scheme.

It means much more than GP surgeries being somewhere that mums are welcomed to feed their babies naturally. Each practice has GPs who have signed up to be breastfeeding champions. Their aim is to encourage mums to breastfeed their newborns for at least six months – longer if they wish to. They want to offer as much guidance and support as possible so that mums feel empowered to continue breastfeeding, through the good days and through any difficulties.

One of the Norwich GPs who is championing breastfeeding is Dr Clare Aitchison from Magdalen Medical Practice (pictured).

She said: “GPs receive very little training in breastfeeding support yet we are often where new mums turn to for help and advice.

“As a GP but also a mum of three children and a trained breastfeeding peer supporter I know how important breastfeeding is to those who want to do it.

"There are also huge health benefits to both baby and mum, and consequently huge savings that can be made to the NHS through an intervention that is essentially free to do.”

Listen to Dr Clare here

“Healthy Norwich” pumps cash into local groups to help people live healthier lives

Healthy Norwich logoHealthy Norwich, the campaign to help people lead healthier lives, is giving out more than £42,000 in grants to local groups.

The money is being spent on backing 11 projects that will make Norwich a better place to live and work.

This is the third year in a row that Healthy Norwich has given grants to local groups. Most of the projects this year will promote good mental health in Norwich and parts of Broadland.

The money comes from NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group, one of the main partners in Healthy Norwich and is administered by Norfolk Community Foundation.