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More GP appointments available through 111
With winter pressures hitting hard in the NHS, both locally and nationally, innovative health partners in Kingston are the first in south west London to offer more GP appointments to patients via the NHS 111 service.  Kingston Extended Primary Care Service,  which is provided by Kingston GP Chambers have worked with the 111 service to enable access to the GP extended hours appointment booking system. This means that NHS 111 staff can now book a GP appointment for Kingston patients at the weekend & Bank Holidays. This new service has been available since December 23rd and offers the 111 service some 216 appointments every weekend.
 
Director of Primary Care for Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group, Kathryn MacDermott, commented: “Making extra GP appointments available to be directly booked by NHS 111 staff was not the easiest thing to set up, but we were determined to ensure we offered as many ways as possible to prevent Kingston people going to the Emergency Department when they didn’t need to. NHS services are always stretched in the winter months, so this is another option to try and keep the local system moving. We expect the number of appointments being booked through the 111 service will continue to increase and are grateful to all the organisations that have worked hard to make this happen.”
 
You can find out more about the GP extended hours here.
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15 December 2017
Kingston Hospital Emergency Department

Tuesday December 12, 2017

The Emergency Department (A&E) at Kingston Hospital is extremely busy today. People are being asked to only think of going to A&E if their condition is extremely serious or life-threatening. There are a number of other options available.

12 December 2017
Tips to stay well this winter

NHS Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group is supporting the national 2017/18 Stay Well This Winter campaign.

The Stay Well This Winter campaign is a joint initiative from NHS England and Public Health England, to help people, and particularly those with long-term health conditions, children under 5 and those over 65, prepare for winter and ward off common winter illnesses.

Winter can be seriously bad for health - increasing the risk of blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes for those with a long-term health condition or who are over 65, whilst young children can readily pick up and spread illnesses amongst their wider circle - including family members of all ages.

There are a number of things you can do to prepare against the cold weather:

  • At the first sign of a cough or a cold, get immediate advice from your pharmacist before it gets more serious.
  • Speak to your pharmacist about medicines you should have in stock over winter.
  • Pick up prescription medications before the Christmas holidays start as many GPs and pharmacies will close over the holidays.
  • It is important to keep warm in winter, so heat your home to at least 18꙳C (65꙳F), if you can, you might prefer your living room to be slightly warmer.
  • Make sure you get your flu jab.
  • If you need help over the holiday period when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 or visit www.nhs.uk

These tips can help you and your family prepare for winter, stay well and get well quickly.

For further health information visit https://www.nhs.uk/staywell/

For information support with benefits and heating, visit the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Council website: https://www.kingston.gov.uk/info/200361/help_with_money_and_legal_issues/1140/benefits/8

01 December 2017
Kingston CCG email addresses have changed

This is an important message for anyone who has tried to contact us by email since Friday 3 November. Due to changes with our email systems, we may not have received all emails addressed to the communications mailbox (communications@kingstonccg.nhs.uk ).  Please could we ask you to re-send your message to our new communications inbox which is:

kingstonccg.communications@swlondon.nhs.uk 

 

If you have us on your mailing list or regularly contact a member of CCG staff, please update your records with this change of email. 

These changes have happened in order to support greater collaboration between clinical commissioning groups in south west London.  

Kingston CCG is an early adopter of this change and effective Monday 6 November 2017 all of our email addresses became @swlondon.nhs.uk 

Note, the first part of the email address ie the persons name, remains in the same format - only the second part of the email address has changed.  

 

All Kingston CCG email addresses now read - @swlondon.nhs.uk

 

 

 

 

08 November 2017
Are you at risk of flu?

Are you at risk of the flu?

Protect yourself and your family – get a free flu jab

 

Autumn is here and it's time for those at greatest risk from flu to protect themselves and their families and stay well this winter with a free flu vaccination. 

Flu is a highly contagious virus that anyone can catch and it can be a really serious illness for some people. 

Children aged 2-3 and those in reception class and school years one, two three and four are eligible for the free flu vaccination*.  For children, it’s not an injection but a simple, painless nasal spray and parents are being encouraged to help protect their children from flu by taking up the offer of the vaccination. 

  • If your children are aged 2 and 3 their nasal spray vaccine is available through your GP – contact your GP surgery to make an appointment. 
  • School children in reception class through to year 4 will be offered their nasal spray vaccine through their school. Forms should be sent home to parents. 

Free flu jabs are also available for those at greater risk from flu including; people with long term health conditions, people who have a suppressed immune system, pregnant women and everyone aged over 65.  You can get your jab from your GP, midwife and also from some community pharmacies. 

NHS Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting this year's Stay Well This Winter campaign, led by NHS England and Public Health England, and is encouraging everyone eligible to get vaccinated. 

Dr Naz Jivani, a local Kingston GP and Chair of Kingston CCG, said, "Flu can be a really unpleasant illness in children as they suffer the same symptoms as adults including fever, chills and aching muscles. The flu vaccination will help protect your child from flu as well as reducing the chance of flu spreading to other members of the family. 

"If you have children aged two to three or a child in reception class or year one, two, three or four*, make sure you take up their free flu vaccination. 

"The nasal spray vaccination is a quick, painless and effective way for children to be protected without the need for injections.

"Pregnant women, people over the age of 65 or those with a long term condition or a suppressed immune system should also make sure they get the flu jab as flu can lead to serious complications.

People in receipt of a carer’s allowance are also eligible for a free flu jab, and this will help them protect the people they care for from flu.” he added. 

For more information about the nasal spray vaccination and the flu jab visit http://www.nhs.uk/staywell/

Visit this list of community pharmacists providing the flu jab locally.

 

*Children aged 2 and 3 and those in reception class to year four are eligible for a free flu vaccine (nasal spray). Click here for more detailed information.

03 November 2017
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Kingston supports Ask About Asthma campaign

Kingston CCG is supporting the Healthy London Partnership's Ask About Asthma campaign which began this week.

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15 September 2017
Kingston CCG Annual General Meeting Announced

The 2017 Annual General Meeting of Kingston CCG is taking place on Tuesday September 12th, 2017 at the King's Centre, Coppard Gardens, Chessington and we'd love you to join us.

Patients, public and interested parties are welcome to come along at 12:45pm to meet CCG key staff before the meeting starts at 1:15pm.

We'll be reviewing the challenges and successes of 2016/17 and taking a look at key elements of the new cancer strategy and mental health strategy for Kingston residents.

There's also the chance to ask questions of the CCG's senior team.

If you want to join us, simply register with us via an email to communications@kingstonccg.nhs.uk by September 4th, 2017. Any questions you may have should also be sent through to the same email address, again by September 4th.

 

08 August 2017
Thrive London: improving Londoner's mental health and wellbeing

Residents in Kingston are being invited to join a new citywide movement that aims to get all Londoners talking about mental health and wellbeing, and taking action to make London the happiest, healthiest city in the world.

04 July 2017
Breaking down barriers during Learning Disability Week

19th to 25th of June

Healthcare professionals and employers in Kingston are urged to consider how they can improve the lives of people with a learning disability during Learning Disability Week. The awareness week aims to remove the barriers faced by people with a learning disability to ensure they enjoy the same quality of life as the population as a whole.

According to Public Health England, people with learning disabilities have poorer health than the general population, much of which is avoidable. These health inequalities often start early in life and can result from barriers they face in accessing timely, appropriate and effective health care. Kingston GP's would like to remind you that you are entitled to an annual health check with your GP surgery. Mencap is using this year’s Learning Disability Week to urge employers Kingston to think about the benefits of employing people with a learning disability - both for the person with a learning disability and also for the organisation in which they work. The charity notes that in London, fewer than 8 per cent of adults known to have a learning disability are in paid employment – and this is the highest in the UK.

 

Dr. Naz Jivani local GP and CCG Clinical Chair said: “People with learning disabilities have the same rights to health, employment and a quality of life as does the population as a whole. I encourage all health and business partner organisations to make it a priority to reduce inequalities experienced by people with learning disabilities.”

 

During the week Mencap will share:

  • the thoughts and experience of people with a  learning disability who are in paid work
  • research that highlights the benefits of employing people with a learning disability
  • employers’ experiences of working with people with a learning disability.

 

According to Mencap, benefits to a business include:

  • high quality staff who are skilled, loyal and hard-working
  • demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity in the workplace.

 

National resources include:

Mencap employers’ resources [online] at:  https://www.mencap.org.uk/learning-disability-explained/resources-employers

 

Skills for Health learning disabilities competence framework [online] at: http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/services/item/449-learning-disabilities

 

Mencap Learning Disability Week resources [online] at: https://www.mencap.org.uk/get-involved/learning-disability-week-2017

 

13 June 2017
Recognizing Kingston’s Carers

Carers Week is all about reminding people of the tireless dedication of carers and the positive impact of their thankless work. GP’s in Kingston are encouraging locals to spare a thought for carers in the community.

12 June 2017
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30 May 2017
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Three Kingston Pharmacies open on May Bank Holiday

Three Kingston Pharmacies will be open this coming May Bank Holiday - Monday May 1st.

 

27 April 2017
April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

April is bowel cancer awareness month, and a special opportunity to raise awareness of bowel cancer.   During the month, patients and healthcare professionals across Kingston CCG are encouraged to get bowel problems checked out, and if they are aged between 60-74, to take a free NHS bowel cancer test.

03 April 2017
Prostate & Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

In the UK over 44,000 men are affected with prostate cancer per year, while one in every 54 women develop ovarian cancer.

Both diseases typically affect men and women over 50 years, with the risk increasing with age. A family history of ovarian or prostate cancer is also a significant risk factor.

06 March 2017
Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Early intervention is crucial to combatting eating disorders and provides the focus for Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW), running from 27 February to 5 March 2017.

24 February 2017
Don’t let inherited heart disease break your heart

February is The British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) Heart Month. To support the BHF, the Kingston CCG is raising awareness of the sudden devastation caused by inherited heart disease (IHD). Inherited heart disease is heartless and it can strike anyone at any time, shattering the lives of people it leaves behind.  

01 February 2017
Kingston Health and Care Forum to discuss future of local health services

People in Kingston are being encouraged to attend an open Health and Care Forum to discuss the future of local health services. The Forum will take place on Wednesday, 8 February between 6:00pm and 9:00pm at the Kingsmeadow Function Rooms, Jack Goodchild Way, 422a Kingston Road, Kingston KT1 3PB.

18 January 2017
‘Talking healthcare’: Local NHS launches new ‘conversation’ with people in south west London

People in Croydon, Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth are being asked for their input as the local NHS continues to plan for the future of healthcare in south west London.

16 January 2017
Take Charge On First Signs of Illness- Stay Well This Winter

Winter came early in 2016 with a late November cold snap registering below freezing temperatures across the UK. Now that we have survived Christmas – and with it the first leg of the winter season – it’s important that we brace ourselves for the long and potentially gruelling remainder.

11 January 2017
Be Food Smart

The UK consumes nearly three times more sugar than the maximum daily recommendation. To tackle this Change4Life have developed the Be Food Smart app – with a simple scan, families can see what’s in their food and drinks, along with some handy hints and tips!

06 January 2017
Do something good for ‘U’ this JanUary

GPs in Kingston are supporting National Obesity week (9-15th January) – ‘do something good for ‘U’ this JanUary’. Encouraging local people in the borough to consider looking at the small lifestyle changes they can make to either prevent or address obesity.

06 January 2017
Dry January 2017
New Year, New You. It's Dry January!

Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is inviting local residents to save money, lose weight and sleep better this New Year by giving up alcohol for the month of January.

31 December 2016
New Accountable Officer for south west London CCGs

Five clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in south west London have today announced the appointment of Sarah Blow as the new Accountable Officer for NHS Kingston, Merton, Richmond and Wandsworth CCGs from 2017/18 and NHS Sutton CCG from April 2018.

21 December 2016
GP and pharmacy opening times over festive break

Find out when NHS services across Kingston are open during the festive break

20 December 2016
Get set for Christmas – how to stay well this winter

NHS Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group urges local residents to prepare now for the Christmas and New Year festive season.

08 December 2016
World AIDS Day
Join the fight against HIV stigma on World AIDS Day

GPs across Kingston are calling on local residents to support World Aids Day on 1 December, which this year focuses on challenging stigma and attitudes towards the disease.

 

01 December 2016
Vibrant future for Kingston Hospital

Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group has welcomed the opening of a new dementia ward at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - and praised the Trust's supportive approach to treatment of the condition.

24 November 2016
Self Care
Learning how to self care for a healthier future in Kingston

Kingston Borough Council and local GPs are calling on local residents to learn more about looking after their own health during Self Care Week, which runs from 14-20 November.

14 November 2016
Ask Your Pharmacist 2016
How well do you know your local pharmacist?

7 November marks the launch of Ask Your Pharmacist Week; an annual event supported by Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) that raises awareness of the wide range of services pharmacists can offer.

05 November 2016
Movember 2016
'Grow your Mo' for men's health this Movember

Kingston GPs are calling on local residents to ‘grow their mo’s’ this month to show their support for men’s health.

02 November 2016
Kingston CCG supports Great Weight Debate to tackle childhood obesity

Residents in Kingston are being invited to share their views on how children in the borough can be supported to lead healthier lives as part of a new London-wide conversation on childhood obesity.

 

27 October 2016
Stay Well This winter
Get the jab to protect yourself against flu this winter, says Kingston GPs

With the temperature dropping in recent weeks, autumn is well and truly upon us – which means that bugs like the flu are on the rise. GPs in Kingston are encouraging local residents to make sure they stay well over the coming months by getting the flu jab.

12 October 2016
WAD 2016
World Arthritis Day returns on 12 October

12 October marks World Arthritis Day, and Kingston GPs are calling on local residents to raise awareness and support the 350 million people worldwide who suffer from arthritis-related conditions – 10 million of whom live in the UK.

07 October 2016
Stoptober 2016
Stub it out during Stoptober

Each year thousands of people quit smoking for 28 days with Stoptober, and Kingston CCG is supporting the event this year by encouraging more local residents to join the road to quitting for good.

05 October 2016

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