Adult safeguarding data published

NHS Digital has recently published the Safeguarding Adult Collection (SAC) for 2016-17 which is a data return made by all local authorities on their adult safeguarding work. The return details adults at risk for whom safeguarding concerns or enquiries (an investigation) was opened during this period.

The report can be found here 

The Norfolk Adult Safeguarding Board has completed a benchmarking exercise using the report and the results can be found here.

Dance to Health sessions start in Norfolk in January

If you are an older person who has had a fall or is worried about falling, Dance to Health is a FREE and fun falls prevention session. No Dance experience necessary!

Why not pop along to the taster sessions in Norwich on:

1/ Bowthorpe Care Village – Friday 15th December, 10am-12noon
2/ Bob Carter Centre - Monday 8th January, 10.30am-12.30pm
3/ Harford Community Centre - Wednesday 10th January, 10am-12noon
4/ The Costessey Centre - Thursday 11th January, 10am-12noon
5/ Norman Centre - Thursday 11th January, 2-4pm
6/ Roxley Hall - Friday 12th January, 2-4pm
Weekly sessions start from the middle of January 2018.

Please don't ask your doctor for 'over the counter' medicines

People in Norfolk and Waveney are being urged not to ask their doctor for everyday medicines like paracetamol as part of a new campaign.

Norfolk and Waveney’s NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups are asking GPs not to routinely prescribe ‘over the counter medicines’ for some common conditions, unless in exceptional clinical circumstances.

Instead, people are being encouraged to buy them at a pharmacy or shop so that the NHS can spend the money it would otherwise cost on other areas of healthcare. If more people self-care for minor ailments, it could also free up important appointment time at GP practices.

Your GP appointment - keep it or cancel it

GPs across central Norfolk are reminding patients who have booked an appointment to keep it or cancel it.

Everyone knows that GPs and practice nurses are really busy. They try to offer as many appointments as possible on the day, or to suit each patient.
But if people fail to show, it means someone else could have had that appointment.

Added up, the number of minutes attributed to ‘did not attends’ by GP practices in central Norfolk equates to something like 7 doctors a year.

Patients given a voice on NHS transformation plans

Patients across Norfolk and Waveney will get to have their say on plans to transform the region’s health and care system at a series of consultation events being held later next month (November 2017)

The events have been organised by consumer champion, Healthwatch Norfolk, following public concerns over a lack of available information on future plans for local services under the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).

Ambulance response times

The ambulance service is now working to meet new response times, being introduced across the country.

When you dial 999, the ambulance operators are now given more time to talk with you and decide the most appropriate response. The average times for a response have been changed and they differ depending on how serious the emergency is. The ambulance service will always try to get to those people who are in most need and the new standards will help them dedicate the right resource for the right outcome.

You can read more in this pdf infographic (589 KB) .

Remember - our ambulance service is really busy. Please only dial 999 if it is a genuine emergency. If it is urgent but not an emergency then call 111.