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Daffodils set the standard for end of life care

GP surgeries in Kingston will now be able to display a ‘daffodil mark’ as a sign of commitment to improving end of life care

15 February 2019
Health officials urge older residents to get their flu jab

Doctors in the borough of Kingston are calling on older residents to get
their free flu vaccine as soon as possible, before much colder weather
arrives.

01 February 2019
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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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