NHSE Patients in Control

There is increasing focus in the NHS on supporting patients to be in control of their own health and well being. To make this a reality, future services, care and support are going to need to be increasingly driven by what matters most to patients and carers. An exciting project is taking place across the Midlands and East working with patients and carers to understand, from their own perspective, what is important to them in managing their health and care better.

Your views matter - what  help do you need to  manage and make decisions about your health and well being? What helps you feel in control of your own care and what gets in the way?

Better information means better care

A new system to collect information from patient’s medical records that will help to provide a ‘joined-up’ picture of the country’s health and social care needs is currently underway in Lincolnshire.

Every week, the NHS collects millions of pieces of data about the nature of people’s health, the way services are accessed and the types of treatments provided to support our nations’ health and wellbeing.

Health chiefs reveal top 10 stress busters

Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure. And coupled with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, it is the reason for one in five visits to GPs.

Stress can affect people from all walks of life as illustrated by the recent withdrawal of England test cricketer Jonathan Trott from the Ashes series in Australia.

Stock up your medicine cabinet

As the temperature drops, you’re probably stocking up on cans of soup, and digging out your hat, scarf and gloves from the back of the chest of drawers.

However, have you also thought about stocking up your medicine cabinet so that you’re prepared for the usual winter coughs, colds and bugs?

Think you need antibiotics?

Responsible use of antibiotics is the theme behind recent Antibiotics Awareness campaigns across Europe. We all know that antibiotics have revolutionised the way we treat infections but some bacteria is now building up a resistance making infection prevention a challenge and when we do need them, antibiotics less effective. 

Antibiotics will not treat viruses such as common colds, they simply don’t work. If you have a cold your immune system will help you recover.  There are many ways you can get help without seeing your GP. Talk to your pharmacist about taking paracetamol or an over-the-counter cold remedy or contact NHS 111 if you want to check you’re doing the right thing.  Resting, drinking fluids and washing your hands regularly with soap and water all help to reduce the spread of infection.  Only visit your GP when necessary and use antibiotics responsibly - your GP will be able to advise you whether antibiotics will help.

Shape your health services on the health bus

Free health checks will be available to anyone visiting the NHS health bus, calling at a stop near you between 28 October and 1 November 2013.

People from Bourne, Holbeach, Market Deeping, Spalding and Stamford can have their blood pressure, diabetes risk and lung age checked by a health professional at one of the six stops.

We are celebrating Global Handwashing Day

Let’s help prevent the spread of infections

Global Handwashing Day aims to encourage you to maintain good hand hygiene to combat the spread of infection.

Every year, around 200 million people from 100 different countries take part in Global Handwashing Day.

Stamford GP says ' Take acton for a healthy heart'

This year’s global ‘World Heart Day’ on 29th September is being supported by NHS South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (SLCCG) the, the body responsible for planning and buying health services in and around Stamford and Bourne area.

SLCCG is raising awareness of the campaign locally, to help people understand the risks of developing heart disease and how it can be prevented.

Green light for South Lincolnshire CGG

NHS South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been awarded full responsibility for planning and buying health services for people living in and around Stamford, Bourne, Spalding, Market Deeping, Holbeach and Long Sutton.

The CCG is one of four emerging NHS organisations in Lincolnshire that was assessed against 119 criteria as part of a rigorous scrutiny exercise known as authorisation.

Stop the pressure

It costs the NHS more than £3.8 million every day to treat pressure ulcers. But what are pressure ulcers? Lynne Moody, Executive Nurse explains:

A pressure ulcer is damage that occurs on the skin and underlying tissue.