Medicines Review

Norwich GPs and trained pharmacists/pharmacy technicians have been working side by side to undertake a review of medicines prescribed to patients in residential homes to make sure they remain safe and well.

So far about 400 patients’ medicines have been collectively reviewed, in more than 20 residential homes.

Dr David Goldser, from the CCG, said: “Often, patients in care homes have a number of repeat medications which need review and adjustment to reflect their current medical condition”

“We commissioned Practices to carry out a wide scale review across residential homes with the emphasis on the quality of prescribing and safety of patient care”.

New Virtual Ward - YourNorwich

Norwich's new Virtual Ward is up and running - helping more patients to remain safe and well at home, rather than need a hospital bed. YourNorwich

It is run by expert nurses and therapists from Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C) and is a major part of NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group’s YourNorwich programme, to develop and integrate health and care in the community.

Since December, more than 100 patients who were medically stable have been discharged early from hospital and were able to return home, or referred to the virtual ward by their GP rather than needing to go into a hospital.

Once home, they have been looked after by the specialist team of nurses and therapists, usually for between 3-5 days. The patients have received the same level of care and monitoring that they would have received in hospital, which is why it is called a ‘virtual ward’.

Quickest way to health care this winter

A major new campaign is being launched in Norwich to help people find NHS help quickly, when their GP in unavailable. 111
It highlights the fastest and easiest ways to find help when you need it – by using services wisely.
The health service needs members of the public to choose services wisely this winter, to reduce pressures on doctors and nurses - and keep waiting times to a minimum.

NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has devised some simple advice, which sets out the quickest ways to find the care you need if your GP Practice is unavailable.

1 Ring 111 - the average waiting time to get through is 60 seconds. This is a free-to-call NHS telephone line, with trained local staff. They will either give you the advice you need or arrange for an appointment with a doctor or nurse. Also call 111 to ask for the out of hours GP service.

Go dry for January

A group of staff at NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group have pledged to join the Dry January campaign and give up alcohol for a month. Dry January 2015 low res

They’re inviting everyone in Norwich to come on board and support Dry January too.

“We want people to have a great time and still be healthy,” said CCG Governing Body Member and Queen’s Nurse, Tracy Williams.

“You really can go to that party, turn up for that pub quiz or go for that long weekend away, and if you ditch the wine and beer and choose a soft drink instead you really will feel the health benefits

Healthy Norwich - thousands of pounds in grants

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Healthy Norwich – the campaign to help people lead healthier lives - is offering thousands of pounds in grants to fund local projects.

Up to £70,000 is on offer for activities or projects that help make Norwich a healthier place to live and work in.

Each project can apply for up to £5,000 - so each will have to be judged on how many people it reaches, who will benefit and whether it will deliver long lasting benefits.

Every application will have to show how it will support one or all of Healthy Norwich’s key themes - healthy weight, stopping smoking or preventing smoking and affordable warmth.

People’s mental health and reducing health inequalities amongst vulnerable groups and deprived communities underpin everything Healthy Norwich does.

Governing Body meets in public

The Governing Body of NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is meeting in public on Tuesday (March 24th, 2015).

The meeting is being held between 2 and 5pm in The Council Chamber of Norwich City Hall.

New Future for 111/OOH Services

A five-year contract to run the NHS 111 service and out of hours urgent primary care services in Norfolk and the Wisbech area of Cambridgeshire has been awarded to an experienced social enterprise, called IC24.

IC24 provides the NHS 111 and OOH service in Great Yarmouth and Waveney, and in South Essex.  It also runs the NHS 111 service within North Essex along with primary care out of hours services throughout Northamptonshire, Kent, Sussex and East Surrey.