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03 September 2018
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:



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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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

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