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New, simpler test introduced for patients with bowel problems

15th February 2018

Clinicians and health organisations across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have introduced a new approach to testing bowel problems, with the aim of speeding up diagnosis for patients.

Previously, patients with symptoms that could indicate bowel cancer were all referred, by their GP, to University of Leicester Hospitals NHS Trust (UHL) for a colon scan. This involves the use of dye and X-rays to examine the inside of the bowel. However, some patients are now being given an initial simple test that they can carry out in the privacy of their own home.

What’s your experience of the repeat prescription process?

24th January 2018

West Leicestershire CCG is undertaking a review of repeat prescription processes, to understand if there are ways they can be improved for patients, pharmacies and practices.

Patients who regularly request repeat medicines via their GP, pharmacist or another service are being invited to answer a short survey about how they manage their repeat prescriptions and how well they think the process works for them. The feedback from the survey will be used to determine if improvements can be made and how any potential changes might impact patients.

Women urged to take up screening as part of Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

24th January 2018

Nationally, two women every day lose their lives to cervical cancer, with 75 per cent of cases preventable through screening.

In West Leicestershire, in 2016/17, 77 per cent of women aged 25-64 years who were eligible for screening had their routine smear test. This is above the national average of 72%, but still below the target of 80%.
West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group is encouraging all women aged 25 – 64 years to attend their smear test.

Help to protect yourself from infection and prevent the spread of flu this winter

19th January 2018

Health leaders in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are urging people to protect themselves against the flu this winter.

Once flu is circulating, apart from vaccination, good hand hygiene is the main way to prevent it spreading.

Dr James Ogle, GP in Leicestershire said: “Preventing the spread of germs is the most effective way to slow the spread of flu. And it’s easy to follow a few simple steps to help protect yourself and your loved ones this winter.

COPD and Asthma suffers urged to take care this winter

3rd January 2018

Doctors from across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are urging people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) to understand how to manage their symptoms as the weather gets cold.

Over 900,000 people in the UK are currently living with COPD, and it can make winter a struggle. Cold temperatures and sudden changes in weather can make it harder to breathe and trigger symptoms, such as shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing.

Don't start New Year 2018 in an ambulance

29th December 2017
Don't start New Year 2018 in an ambulance

After a very busy Christmas period our ambulance service is preparing for New Year’s Eve with a plea to those celebrating to start 2018 safe and well.
The traditional party night puts more demand on 999 call takers, ambulance dispatchers, clinicians in the control centre and ambulance crews, than any other time of the year.
While most people will drink responsibly, unfortunately there are some who will overdo it.

Take the necessary precautions this winter and avoid any unwanted trips to A&E

29th December 2017

As the cold weather returns, the risk of falls and slips increases especially with the current icy and slippery conditions. Health chiefs at Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland CCGs are encouraging residents to plan ahead and take the appropriate measures to ensure you stay safe and healthy as the new year approaches.

With the temperatures forecast to remain low, slips and falls become more likely especially during wet, cold and icy conditions.

Helpful tips to stay safe this winter:

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