We're recruiting for our new Admiral Nurse service

The NHS and Dementia UK are advertising for a senior dementia nurse to lead their new Admiral Nursing service in central Norfolk.

And the amount of money being invested into the service, to help local people live more positively with dementia, has risen by £100,000 to £700,000 a year.

New inpatient unit for new mums

New mothers with serious mental health problems will be able to receive specialist inpatient help closer to home when Norfolk and Suffolk NHS FT opens the region’s first dedicated mother and baby mental health unit.

The eight-bed unit - which will ensure mums and their newborns can stay together while the mother is receiving acute psychiatric care - will be based at Hellesdon Hospital, in Norwich. Due to open in 2018, it will take referrals from across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, as well as other parts of the country.

Mental health acute capacity review

An independent report exploring initiatives aimed at relieving the pressure on local mental health beds has been published in full.

The independent review was jointly commissioned by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS FT (NSFT) and the NHS clinical commissioning groups in Norfolk and Waveney in response to increasing demands on mental health services. This has resulted in some patients needing to be sent for inpatient care out of the local area at times of high pressure.

NSFT has made it a priority to reduce the number of out of area placements of its patients but as demand for all Trust services has increased - in 2015-16, NSFT saw 22,000 more patients than in 2012-13 - OOAs have also increased.
 

Advice clinics at the doctor's

Cotman Senior Support at the Doctors Team 1People over the age of 60 in Norwich who would like a little extra help with housing issues or their benefits are being invited to use an advice service based in two GP surgeries.

Cotman Housing Association is running a pilot scheme called “Senior Support at the doctors” from both Lionwood Surgery and St Stephens Gate surgery. Trained advisors are running clinics that people can just ‘walk in’ and ask about, make an appointment or be referred by their GP or nurse.

The sort of things they can help with include housing, adaptations at home to make everyday living easier and safer, advice on getting help at home, benefits, care alarms and making new friends or finding new things to do for a fulfilling life. The overall aim is to help people keep independent at home and reduce loneliness.

Special event asks “what can you do?”

People from across Norfolk and Waveney will be encouraged to plan for their future, speak openly to their loved ones about death and make dying well a natural part of a good life at a special event next week.

Taking place at The Forum in Norwich on Tuesday 9 May, the drop-in event has been organised to tie in with national Dying Matters awareness week, which this year has the theme “what can you do?”

For health care over Easter

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