Update from the Hinckley Community Health Services Project Board – April 2019

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As you know, West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been working with patients, carers, staff and stakeholders to reconfigure community health services in the Hinckley and Bosworth area in recent years.

The £8 million in capital awarded by the Department of Health at the end of last year means that intensive work is currently taking place to update the information that will go into the refresh of a document called a Pre-Consultation Business Case (PCBC).  This document, which has to be approved by NHS England and NHS Improvement, before consultation with the public can begin, explains in detail what the case is for changing and improving services.  It tells the story of how proposals have been developed and discusses the strong clinical reasons for change. It also outlines how patients and the public have been involved so far, and how the proposal will uphold the values of the NHS Constitutions, particularly patient choice

Overseeing all the work that goes into gathering information to refresh this document is a Project Board.  The Board comprises of all the key partners involved in the project – local GPs, the local GP Federation, Hinckley and Bosworth Council, West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Community Ventures.  It also comprises of the providers of local services – The Alliance and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and owners of the District Hospital – NHS Property Services.  In addition, the group also has a representative of the Locality Patient Participation Group for general practices in Hinckley and Bosworth and a member of the Better Care Together Patient and Public Involvement Group.

The Project Group members are working with a range of stakeholders, including staff, architects and clinicians to have the PCBC refresh completed and approved in order to start a consultation with the public later this year.  They are also aligning the Hinckley proposals to other work that is happening to redesign community services across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Just by way of reminding people – the proposal, which will be consulted on, focuses on using the investment to make better use of all available existing space in Hinckley Health Centre (Hill Street) and at Hinckley and Bosworth Community Hospital (Sunnyside) by:

  • refurbishing Hinckley Health Centre, to accommodate X-Ray/Ultrasound, physiotherapy and increase the number of consulting rooms;
  • creating a combined day case surgery and endoscopy unit with day-case beds at Sunnyside, which will provide an increased range of day case procedures and cancer screening services for local patients; and
  • Relocation of the out-of-hours primary care service from Hinckley and Bosworth Community Hospital (Sunnyside) into the new developed Urgent Care Hub in Hinckley Health Centre providing out-of-hours urgent care for local patients.
  • Removing services from buildings like Hinckley and District Hospital that are unfortunately not fit for purpose and relocate physiotherapy services into Hinckley Health Centre.
  • Relocating some inpatient beds from Sunnyside to provide space for day-case beds

We will update you again in June.  In the meantime further background information can be found on the West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group website.

Cervical screening saves lives

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Today Public Health England, with support from NHS England, have launched the first ever national cervical screening campaign aimed at women who are eligible for screening (those aged 25-64).

Around 2,600 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in England each year and around 690 women die from the disease. It is estimated that if everyone attended screening regularly, 83% of cervical cancer cases could be prevented; however, attendance is at a 20-year low, with one in four women in the UK not attending their cervical screening.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the risks of cervical cancer and highlight the preventative benefits of screening. We are encouragng women to respond to their screening invitation letters and, if they missed previous invites, to book an appointment with their GP practice.

The key campaign is messages are:

  • Cervical screening can stop cancer before it starts by preventing potentially harmful cells from developing
  • Don’t ignore your cervical screening invite. If you missed your last cervical screening, book an appointment with your GP practice now
  • For more information, visit nhs.uk/cervicalscreening

Drop-in to discuss NHS improvement plans

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BCT Outreach posters March 19NHS partners will be visiting public venues in Coalville, Shepshed and Blaby in March to discuss proposed improvements to the healthcare that patients receive in hospital, at home and in the local community.

The drop-in sessions will be held on:

  • Thursday 21 March 2019, 10.00 – 4.00pm, Blaby Library, Lutterworth Road, Blaby LE8 4DW

The public can just drop-in for a chat and have a look at informative displays that include plans that could see significant investment in the outdated acute hospital estate in Leicester that will significantly improve services for the benefit of the local population.

People will also be able to talk to representatives from NHS partner organisations about what matters most to them about NHS services.  They can also hear about the progress being made to keep more people well and out of hospital and provide better care in a crisis, as well as discussing the changes that will deliver more care close to home - particularly for those people who have one or more long term condition and those in need of high quality specialist care. 

Further information on the work of the NHS can be found by visiting the Better Care Together website – the partnership site for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland www.bettercareleicester.nhs.uk

Living with cancer events

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Lets Talk About CancerFind out about services for people living with cancer, and tell us what you think.

Are you undergoing treatment for cancer or have you recently completed treatment?

We would like to hear your views on how we deliver information and advice to people living with, and beyond, cancer in Leicester. Macmillan Cancer Support and the NHS have developed the Recovery Package and we would value your opinion on how the package will work best for people in our local communities.

How to share your views

If you would like a paper copy sent to you, please call us on 0116 295 1116

  • Come to one of our events.

We are holding a series of events where we would really appreciate your time in coming along to share your views on the information and support that’s currently available and what would be most helpful in future.

What will happen at the events?

At each event you can hear about the Recovery Package, hear from cancer nurse specialists and Macmillan information staff who will be giving advice and answering your questions about cancer treatment and living with cancer. Anyone who is affected by cancer, including carers and family members, are welcome.

The event lasts for two hours and you can stay for all or some of the presentations. Feedback from all our ‘Let’s Talk About Cancer’ events taking place across Leicestershire will be available in July 2019.

Event details:

Each event starts at 11.00am and ends at 2.00pm. You can stay for all or some of the presentations.

In the list below, please click on the date for the event you are interested in, to see more details and to reserve a place for yourself.

Alternatively, you can call us on 0116 295 1116.

What is the Recovery Package?

It is an overall support and self-management package for people affected by cancer – it gives tailored information and advice on different aspects of living: physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle, how to manage the consequences of treatment, and information, financial and work support.

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