Public views sought on changes to healthcare

People living in Castle Point, Rochford and Southend-on-Sea are being asked for their views on proposed changes to healthcare. The two local NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) – NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG and NHS Southend CCG - are jointly updating their Service Restriction Policies (SRP) and seeking views on a number of changes within the document.

NHS Southend CCG Chair Dr José Garcia Lobera said: “Most CCGs have a Service Restriction Policy (SRP) which sets out the clinical criteria for a large range of medical treatments and procedures. This is an important document as it explains which treatments are not available through the NHS and those treatments which are available but only if a patient matches certain criteria.

“The NHS Five Year Forward View outlines three key areas for change that are needed if the NHS is going to be sustainable now and in the future, which are (i) health and wellbeing, (ii) quality of care and (iii) NHS finance and efficiency. We must therefore ensure treatments and procedures provided locally are based on good clinical evidence and value. This has led us to suggest some changes to our SRP, and we want local people to have a look at these proposed changes and let us know what they think.”

More than 12,000 GP appointments are wasted every month

A new campaign targeting people who don’t cancel their GP appointments starts today across mid and south Essex.

More than 12,000 slots are wasted every month across the patch due to people failing to show up to their surgeries after booking out time with a GP.

GP leaders say the missed appointments are contributing to increased waiting times in practice and could be contributing to more people with minor illnesses going to local A&E departments for treatment.

Don't let your medicines pile up

Local residents across south east Essex are being asked to only order medicines they need and to not share medications with anyone else.

When taking regular medicines on repeat prescription, it can be tempting to order the same items every time 'just in case' - a quick check in your medicine cabinet is all it takes to avoid a lot of waste.

Wasted prescription medicines cost the NHS around £300m each year - that's a lot of medicines being prescribed for patients but not taken. Residents should let their local pharmacy know if they are receiving too much of regular medicines and take any unused or out-of-date medicines back to them to be disposed of safely – it is important that residents do not give unused medications to anyone else. 

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