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Be prepared for accidents during the summer holidays

9th July 2015

With the summer holidays about to start in Leicestershire, the NHS is encouraging parents to plan ahead and make sure they are fully prepared for the inevitable knocks, scrapes and grazes.

More than two million children under the age of 15 experience accidents in and around the home every year. Those under four years of age have the most bumps due to a combination of developing dexterity, curiosity and spirit of adventure1. Some basic first aid knowledge and supplies will help you cope when accidents happen.

Patient perspective report is a “shining example” of making a difference to healthcare

7th July 2015

A report by Healthwatch Leicestershire about a week spent at Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI) has been highly commended at the prestigious Healthwatch Network Awards of Achievement 2015.

The Awards showcase and reward the individuals and teams across the network who have demonstrated exceptional impact within local communities.


4th July 2015

New film urges people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to look out for and report signs of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

• Hard hitting film spells out the facts and dangers about FGM
• Impending summer holiday season a peak time for FGM activity
• Girls at risk of “procedure that will devastate her life for ever” warns leading FGM expert

National award recognises patients’ voices make a difference

26th June 2015

Healthwatch Leicestershire has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award as part of the Healthwatch Network Awards of Achievement 2015.

The Awards showcase and reward the individuals and teams across the network who have demonstrated exceptional impact within local communities.

The nomination for Healthwatch Leicestershire is for its report ‘A Week at Leicester Royal Infirmary: The patient perspective’, in the category ‘Making a Difference to Healthcare’.

Longer fasting hours during Ramadan 2015

17th June 2015

With Ramadan starting this week, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across Leicester City, Leicestershire and Rutland are urging practicing Muslims to make sure they keep healthy while fasting.

Because Ramadan falls in the UK’s mid-summer this year, when daylight hours are at their longest, their fast will be greater than for Muslims in more equatorial countries.

Carers Week 8 – 14 June 2015: New scheme to support carers in Leicestershire

3rd June 2015

There are currently an estimated 70,000 unpaid carers in Leicestershire. This is a physically and emotionally demanding task, with carers being more likely to suffer from ill health than those without caring responsibilities.

To support carers in the area West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG are working collaboratively with Leicestershire County Council to commission a new service to identify carers earlier and provide them with advice and support to better care for themselves, as well as for their loved ones.

Don't let allergies ruin your summer

2nd June 2015

For some people the warmer temperatures bring misery in the form of allergies such as asthma, hay fever and eczema.

These allergies have trebled in the last 20 years, with one in two people having one or more allergy before the age of 18.

East Leicestershire and Rutland and West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are advising people to visit their local pharmacy to get advice and treatment for allergies.

New plans to support people with dementia in Leicestershire and Rutland

13th May 2015

• A range of schemes are being introduced across Leicestershire and Rutland to support patients living with dementia.
• Services have also been commissioned from the Alzheimer’s Society to provide support for patients both whilst in hospital and in the community as well as for carers.
• West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Leicester City CCG and East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG are supporting Dementia Awareness Week 17-23 May with the theme “Life doesn’t end when dementia begins”.

Tell us your views on health services for people with diabetes

5th May 2015

People living in Leicester city, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) are being asked for their views to help improve services for patients with diabetes.

There are two diabetes services that people are invited to comment on: a patient education course for patients who have been diagnosed with diabetes in the last 12 months, which operates across LLR, and an Integrated Community Diabetes Service for patients in Leicester city.


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