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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:



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
Committees in Common
17 October 2017
Kingston supports Ask About Asthma campaign

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


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
Neurodevelopmental Assessment Service

Kingston CCG Statement re Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Neurodevelopmental Assessment Service

30 May 2017
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
New weekend walk in primary care service opens in Kingston

From Saturday 1 October patients with urgent conditions will be able to walk in without an appointment to be seen and treated by a GP or nurse at the weekend.

28 September 2016
Kingston GPs call for smokers to 'stub it out'

Stoptober is back and Kingston GPs are supporting the cause by urging smokers to rise to the challenge and quit smoking for good.


21 September 2016
Second Primary Care Commissioning Committee to meet on 12 September

The second meeting of Kingston CCG's Primary Care Commissioning Committee is set to meet on 12 September at the King's Centre in Chessington.

09 September 2016
Be Clear on Cancer - resp
Persistent cough or breathlessness? Get it checked out, say Kingston GPs

GPs across Kingston are backing a new public health campaign to raise awareness of the importance of getting respiratory problems checked out to rule out underlying health problems.

01 August 2016
Kingston GPs join forces in support of World Breastfeeding Week

GPs in Kingston are joining the global movement to highlight the importance of breastfeeding in giving children the best start in life and setting a path for future wellbeing during World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August).

01 August 2016
Local GPs call on Kingston residents to support World Hepatitis Day

On 28 July, Kingston GPs are encouraging local residents to join the fight against viral hepatitis in support of World Hepatitis Day (WHD). 

28 July 2016
Summer is here at last! Make sure you stay well in the hot weather

Summer has been a long time coming this year, but it looks like the weather is finally set to warm up from this week. Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it’s too hot for too long there are health risks. You can avoid feeling uncomfortable or unwell by making sure you are prepared for summer. 

18 July 2016
Closure of Gray’s Medical Practice in Chessington

Grays Medical Practice in Chessington has given notice of planned closure on 30 September 2016.

16 June 2016
Take a breathe of fresh air during Breathe Easy Week

Pollution, smoking, chest infections – the list of things that can affect our breathing is endless, and some of them we have little control over.  However, there’s a great deal we can do to give our lungs a break.

13 June 2016
Men's Health Week 2016
Beat stress during Men's Health Awareness Week

Stress is a normal part of everyday life. However, letting stress build up can cause all manner of problems.

10 June 2016
Get the facts this Diabetes Awareness Week
Kingston GPs set the record straight during Diabetes Awareness Week

Kingston GPs are encouraging local people to find out the truth about diabetes and what it’s like to live with the condition during Diabetes Awareness Week, which runs from 12-18 June.

10 June 2016
Kingston CCG publishes Annual Report and Accounts for 2015/16

Kingston CCG has published its' Annual Report and Accounts for 2015/16.

08 June 2016
Mental Health Awareness Week 2016
Good relationships are key to mental wellbeing, say Kingston GPs

GPs across Kingston are encouraging local people to build better relationships as a way of combatting mental health problems as Mental Health Awareness Week gets underway.

13 May 2016
Dementia Awareness Week 2016
Kingston GPs encourage residents to open up about dementia

GPs in Kingston are encouraging local people who are worried about dementia to confront their fears during Dementia Awareness Week from 15-21 May.

13 May 2016
Feedback sought on new toolkit to improve children’s asthma care

A new asthma toolkit is being developed to support health professionals and schools in Kingston to provide better care for children and young people with asthma in London.

12 May 2016
New integrated urgent care service launches

Patients in Kingston who need 24/7 urgent medical help will soon be able to benefit from a new Integrated Urgent Care service.  

12 May 2016
Need to call on the NHS this weekend? Save time by getting it right, say Kingston GPs

Many of us are looking forward to the long bank holiday weekend ahead – and GP’s in Kingston are asking patients to make the most of the extra day off work by using the most appropriate NHS service if they need medical help or advice.


27 April 2016
Kingston NHS committed to delivering patient care during latest junior doctors strike

Local residents are being encouraged to plan ahead and know where to go for medical help as junior doctors in south west London and Surrey gear up for the next round of NHS strikes.

25 April 2016

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