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West Leicestershire CCG appoints External Auditor

27th January 2017

The West Leicestershire CCG Governing Body has appointed Grant Thornton LLP to be the CCG’s external auditor with effect from 1 April 2017 following a recommendation by the CCG’s Auditor Panel.

The appointment is in accordance with the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.

The appointment is for a period of three years, with the option to extend the contract at the end of the period for a further two years.

NHS calls for views on fairer and sustainable Continuing Healthcare

19th January 2017

Members of the public and local patients receiving Continuing Healthcare (CHC) funding are being invited to take part in a public consultation on changes to a policy which aims to make CHC funding fairer and sustainable for all eligible patients across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR).

The local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) responsible for LLR - East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG, Leicester City CCG and West Leicestershire CCG are proposing changes to the current ‘Settings of Care’ policy.

People urged to support their loved ones after leaving hospital

11th January 2017

The local emergency department in Leicester is currently extremely busy, with many seriously ill patients in the department requiring admission to hospital.

To support Leicester’s Hospitals in admitting those who need to be in an acute hospital setting, the local NHS is moving patients who are medically fit for discharge to settings suitable for the needs of patients across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, but that may be different from settings that patients might expect.

Christmas Pharmacy Opening Times in Leicestershire and Rutland

19th December 2016

As the Christmas holidays approach it’s important to remember that not all pharmacies will be open over the whole Christmas period.

Dr Aly Rashid, Medical Director for NHS England in Leicestershire and Rutland, said:

“A lot of people don’t realise how useful their pharmacy can be and they can help you with more than you might think. Pharmacists offer expert, confidential advice and treatment for many minor health problems, particularly winter illnesses such as sore throats and runny noses.

Parents in the East Midlands urged to spot the deadly signs of sepsis

16th December 2016

A nationwide campaign to help parents spot the symptoms of sepsis to protect young children and save lives has been launched today by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

The campaign is principally aimed at parents and carers of young children aged 0-4 and will include a new film featuring mother and campaigner Melissa Mead, who lost her baby son William to sepsis in December 2014.

The UK Sepsis Trust estimates that there are more than 120,000 cases of sepsis and around 37,000 deaths each year in England.

Patients are urged to seek help early this winter

9th December 2016

Doctors in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are urging people to seek help early this winter if they fall ill, rather than waiting until their condition gets worse.

This is particularly important for those who are over 65s, children aged 0-5, and people who are living with a long term condition, such as diabetes, heart disease or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. These groups are more at risk of developing complications from minor illnesses such as coughs and colds.

Drop in session for patients at Centre Surgery

7th December 2016

West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is offering people a chance to speak directly to commissioners about the future of Centre Surgery in Hinckley and Bosworth.

The CCG has started a process to ensure that GP services are maintained in The Centre Surgery in Hinckley, following communication from the current GPs that they will end their contract to provide GP care at the end of March 2017.

CCG working with practice to maintain GP services

18th November 2016

West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is leading the process to ensure that GP services are maintained in The Centre Surgery in Hinckley, following communication from the current contract holders that they will end their contract to provide GP care in April 2017.

The Centre Surgery, which was awarded an overall ‘good’ rating by the Care Quality Commission in July this year, will remain open as usual and patients will be able to continue to receive the care they need from existing staff.

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