Talking Health Monday 16 January 2017

 

 
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Monday 16 January 2017
  News Update  
  SHARE YOUR VIEWS ON OUR PLANS TO IMPROVE HEALTH SERVICES  
  Kassam Stadium The NHS in Oxfordshire wants to hear what you think on possible changes to some local health services as part of the first phase of the 'The Big Health and Care Consultation' we've launched today, Monday 16 January.

Over the next three months you'll have the opportunity to share your views on our plans for maternity and planned and critical care at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury, as well as stroke services and hospital beds across the county. 

You can also join us at one of our events over the next three months to enable you to take part in discussions with doctors and NHS staff to make your views known on our proposals. You can also share your views via a survey.  

To read our proposals and to take part in the survey click here and for details on dates of the events see the story below. You can request a paper copy of both the proposals and the survey by calling 01865 334638 or email cscsu.talkinghealth@nhs.net

The consultation runs until 9 April 2017.

 
 
     
  TAKE PART IN A DISCUSSION ON OUR PLANS AT AN EVENT NEAR YOU  
  Kassam Stadium We're holding 12 consultation events as part of the 'The Big Health and Care Conversation' across the county, where you can talk to clinicians and NHS staff and share your views on our proposals to change some health services (see story above).

Places will be limited according to venue size, so please book to attend one of the events to be held on the following dates:
  • Thursday 26 January, 7pm – 9pm in Banbury
  • Thursday 2 February, 2pm – 4pm in Chipping Norton
  • Tuesday 7 February, 3pm – 5pm in Wantage
  • Thursday 9 February, 7pm – 9pm in Oxford
  • Monday 13 February, 10am – 12pm in Didcot
  • Thursday 16 February, 6pm – 8pm in Witney
  • Tuesday 21 February, 3pm – 5pm in Bicester
  • Monday 27 February, 10.30am – 12.30pm in Brackley
  • Thursday 2 March, 8pm – 10pm in Henley
  • Monday 6 March, 8pm – 10pm in Wallingford
  • Thursday 16 March, 7pm – 9pm in Banbury
  • Thursday 23 March, 6.30pm – 8.30pm in Abingdon
Your venue will be confirmed when you reserve a place by calling 01865 334638 or email cscsu.talkinghealth@nhs.net
 
     
  JOIN OCCG AT THE BOARD MEETING IN JUBILEE HOUSE - 26 JANUARY  
  Kassam Stadium Local residents are invited to attend the meeting on Thursday 26 January 2016 at Jubilee House, John Smith Drive, Oxford Business Park (South), Cowley, OX4 2LH (9am to 12.45pm).

It will include an update on the progress OCCG is making to improve patient care further, and a report on its finances. For more information on how to submit a question to the Board click here 

Parking at Jubilee House is very limited. To find alternative nearby parking and how to get to the building click here
 
 
     
  BUS CAMPAIGN TO ENSURE MORE YOUNG CHILDREN HAVE A FLU JAB   
  Kassam Stadium There’s still time to protect young children from flu this winter.
 
That’s the message being taken on the road in the form of advertisements on the back of some Oxfordshire buses.
 
The campaign is aimed at parents to ensure their children aged two, three or four get a free flu vaccination in the form of a simple, painless nasal spray from their GP practice. For more information click here

Remember, a free flu jab is also available at GP practices for people with a learning disability, their families and carers - watch a video which explains how a flu vaccination can help protect them click here  

 
 
     
  Reminders  
  READ THE DRAFT SUSTAINABILITY AND TRANSFORMATION PLAN   
  Proposals are being developed to improve health and care in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West to help our communities be the healthiest they can be, while making sure that services are affordable for years to come.
 
The Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) will set out the challenges and opportunities facing NHS and care services across the area. To view the draft plan click here and a summary click here

To read a letter from David Smith, the local STP Lead, which was issued to local stakeholders on the draft STP plan, click here   
 
 
 
     
  LOCAL PHARMACIES CAN HELP KEEP YOU WELL THIS WINTER  
  If you start to feel unwell this winter remember your high street pharmacy can help.   
 
Carol Trower, CEO, Local Pharmaceutical Committee: said: 'During winter most coughs, colds and sneezes are viral and can be dealt with by pharmacists.
 
'You don’t need an appointment to see a pharmacist and most pharmacies have private consultation areas, so they are a good first port of call. Your pharmacist will say if you need further medical attention.'
 
If your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 and speak to an adviser who will direct you to a local service that is open. 

To watch a short film which explains how pharmacists can help you stay well click here 
 
 
 
     
  FIND LOCAL HEALTH SERVICES USING THE SMART PHONE APP   
  OCCG's phone app can help you find local health services quickly. 

‘Health and Care Oxfordshire’ provides advice on when it might be best to visit a pharmacist or a GP, when to call NHS 111, and when self-care at home might be more appropriate. It highlights the type of injuries or illnesses seen at minor injuries units and first aid units in Oxfordshire.

To download the app for iphones click here and for Androids click here
 
     
  Partnership Information  
  PATENTS ENCOURAGED TO BE 'FOOD SMART' WITH THEIR CHILDREN   
 

A health campaign reveals that children are consuming half the daily recommended sugar intake before school.

Public Health England is helping parents identify the health harms of children eating and drinking too much sugar, saturated fat and salt, including becoming overweight or obese and developing tooth decay.

For more information on the campaign click here 

 
     
  GET INVOLVED IN YOUNG CARERS DAY - 26 JANUARY    
 

The event will recognise the challenges faced  by young carers that prevent them achieving their hopes and dreams unless they have the right support in place.

The day will highlight how some of the 700,000 young carers across the UK are caring for their sick or disabled mum, dad, brother or sister and how it is impacting their lives.

To find out how you can get involved click here 

 
     
  HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE SALE OF SUGARY DRINKS IN HOSPITALS   
 

NHS England’s Chief Executive Simon Stevens is calling on patients and the public to have their say in a ten week consultation on plans to cut the sales of sugary drinks sold in hospitals. 

The formal consultation gives details of a proposed new fee to be paid by vendors and seeks views on an outright ban, as well as alternative measures to reduce sales of sugary drinks. To take part in the consultation, which closes on Wednesday 18 January 2017, click here

 
     
  PARENTS URGED TO SPOT THE DEADLY SIGNS OF SEPSIS  
  A nationwide campaign to help parents spot the symptoms of sepsis to protect young children and save lives is underway. The UK Sepsis Trust estimates that there are more than 120,000 cases of sepsis resulting in around 37,000 deaths among adults and children each year in England. For further information on the campaign click here  
     
  REGISTER FOR A NEW PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT EBULLETIN   
  A new ebulletin is being launched in January 2017 called Involvement Matters. It will cover stories and news articles in the Thames Valley and Milton Keynes on involvement of patients, carers and the public in healthcare, health research, health commissioning and health education. The newsletter will be published regularly so if want to join the mailing list email the editor at: ppi@phc.ox.ac.uk  
     
  Locality News  
  LOCALITY PPG FORUM 'PUBLIC' MEETINGS IN OXFORDSHIRE  
  There will be further public meetings taking place in the localities over the next few months. We'll provide you with more details of these meetings via this newsletter once they have been finalised.  
     
 
Please contact Richard McCrann at South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit
Communications Team if you have any questions about this e-bulletin: richard.mccrann@nhs.net