NHS 111 is the non-emergency service staffed by highly trained advisers, supported by healthcare professionals and available 24/7, 365 days a year with free calls from mobiles and landlines. NHS England has worked with self-advocacy groups to produce a film helping people with a learning disability, autism or both, to understand more about NHS 111. The film is also being used during training for the services’ advisers to help them better understand the needs of people with a learning disability, autism, or both.
NHS South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group has assumed responsibility for commissioning General Practice in their respective areas. The CCG has assumed responsibility for “delegated commissioning” from April 1 2017.
Delegated commissioning refers to the process whereby CCGs are granted greater powers to directly commission primary medical services. This includes contractual GP performance management and budget management. However, it excludes all functions relating to individual GP performance management. It also excludes the commissioning of dental community pharmacy and eye health services. These services will be retained by NHS England.
PHE campaign aims to improve breastfeeding rates as around half the region’s mums don’t breastfeed 6-8 weeks after birth. Public Health England (PHE) has launched the Start4Life Breastfeeding Friend (BFF), an interactive chatbot tool to help guide new mums through their first weeks of breastfeeding.
As Easter approaches health chiefs are reminding patients to be prepared and to check what medications they need to order their prescriptions in advance of the Bank Holiday weekend.
GP online services allow you to access a range of services via your computer or mobile device. Once you have signed up to the service, you will be able to:
- book or cancel appointments online with a GP or nurse
- renew or order repeat prescriptions online
- view parts of your GP health record, including information about medication, allergies, vaccinations, previous illnesses and test results
The service is free. Everyone who is registered with a GP can have access to their practice's online services. It is quick and easy to use, anywhere and at anytime. It is secure and only available to patients who signed up for it and received their log-in details.
If you want to register for GP online services you will need to fill out a form at the surgery and show two forms of ID one of which should have a photo (such as a UK passport or driving licence) and the other should have your address (such as a council tax bill). If you don’t have photo ID or anything with your address on it, it doesn’t mean you will not be able to use online services, our practice staff may be able to help.
To register for GP online services, drop in and ask your GP practice, or to find out more visit the NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk/GPonlineservices
If you are not yet registered with a GP practice see our information about how to register with a GP practice.