April 2014

Choose Better this May Day Bank Holiday weekend

30th April 2014

Ahead of this year’s May Day Bank Holiday weekend, the CCG is encouraging people looking to make the most of their time off, by doing DIY, gardening or enjoying a day out, to Choose Better and use the right option should they suffer a minor illness or injury such as a bruise, sprain, minor wound or fracture.

We want to make sure everyone knows the best place to go in order to get the most suitable treatment as quickly as possible and leave A&E free for those who need it most.

Parents and older people targeted in new Choose Better guides

30th April 2014

The youngest and oldest users of NHS services in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are being targeted in two new Choose Better guides.

Professor Mayur Lakhani, GP and West Leicestershire CCG chair, said: “We hope families and older people will find these two new guides helpful in directing them to the right service at the right time.”

Parents Choose Better short film:

Depression Awareness Week

24th April 2014

We are supporting this year’s Depression Awareness Week (26 April to 3 May) by highlighting the mental health services available to local people.  This follows the appointment of a new provider of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) and Mental Health Facilitator services for Leicestershire earlier this month.

Visit your pharmacist for allergy advice

24th April 2014

As part of Allergy Awareness Week (28 April to 4 May 2014), we are asking people to Choose Better by visiting their pharmacist to get advice on treatments for minor allergies.

Allergy is widespread in the UK, with around 21 million adults suffering from at least one allergy at some time in their lives. The numbers are increasing every year and as many as half of those affected are children according to the charity Allergy UK.

Everyone counts

4th April 2014

Over 100 people attended a pioneering event in Loughborough last week which for the first time involved patients and the public in the design of their local health and care services.  

Hosted by the three clinical commissioning groups in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, the unique event was opened by the Professor Mayur Lakhani GP and the new Chair of West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group who organised the event.

Innovative health partnership to provide care in the community

3rd April 2014

A new health Alliance has been formed to provide Community Elective Care services in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR).

The Alliance has been formed by University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, LLR Provider Company Limited, East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and West Leicestershire CCG.

From 1 April, the Alliance took over from Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (DCHS) which has provided the Elective Care services in LLR for the last three years.

Help shape NHS cosmetic surgery

2nd April 2014

Local NHS leaders would like your help in deciding which changes to make to their policy on funding cosmetic surgery.

The public image of ‘plastic surgery’ has been shaped by media coverage of private surgeons enhancing people’s body image. However, some cosmetic surgery is available to NHS patients, but only if there is compelling clinical evidence for it.