Measles - information for parents

A national catch-up programme to increase MMR vaccination uptake in children and teenagers has been announced by Public Health England, NHS England and the Department of Health. The aim of the programme is to prevent measles outbreaks by vaccinating as many unvaccinated and partially vaccinated 10-16 year olds as possible in time for the next school year.

Parents whose children have not been immunised - and now want them to have the jab - should contact their GP

Tracy wins top nursing award

Tracy Williams, one of our Governing Body members, has won a top nursing award. Tracy Williams QNI Award

Tracy won the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Award for Outstanding Service from the Queen’s Nursing Institute.

The award was founded in 1994 and is presented to nurses or midwives who have given service to patients and the profession, over and above the call of duty; and have made a particularly distinguished contribution to the health of people in the community.

Find Bank Holiday care

The NHS has issued advice about how to find the most appropriate health care closer to home this Bank Holiday weekend.

For most of us, minor injuries and illnesses can be treated using our own medicines cabinet at home. There is really clear advice at www.nhs.uk about what to put in a medicine cabinet, including painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol, diahhorea treatments, rehydration salts, antihistamines and sunscreen.

Next stop might be a pharmacy. Community pharmacies can advise and help you treat a very wide range of problems – some are open on Bank Holiday Monday.

New hi-tec diagnosis-gadget being trialed

A new way of helping to diagnose skin “lesions” is being tested at five GP Practices in Norwich. For patients it may mean a speedier diagnosis if they have a blemish or mark on their skin which is worrying them.

Those who need to see a consultant for further investigation or treatment will be referred for an appointment - but the majority of patients whose skin mole or blemish is harmless could be spared an unnecessary trip to hospital.

Timber Hill walk-in centre

Contrary to a media story published today, the walk-in centre at Timber Hill in Norwich is not ‘at risk of closure’. Neither has NHS Norwich CCG any intention of seeking the closure of the walk-in centre.

The Chair of NHS Norwich CCG, Dr Chris Price, said: “It is misleading to suggest NHS Norwich CCG is ‘considering’ closing the walk-in centre or that it is ‘at risk’. This is simply one of five scenarios presented within a proper scientific study to show us the impact the walk-in centre has on health care in Norwich.

Improving emergency care

Delays in admitting patients to hospital in central Norfolk have been significantly reduced since Easter.

The impact of improvements made by the local NHS working together have been published by NHS Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group.

Healthy Norwich - takes the pledge

We all have  responsibility for our own health and wellbeing. Sometimes just the smallest step or action can make a difference. Sometimes we need some support to help us make that change.

Whether you are an individual, business, organisation or community group, you can get involved.