NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire update

 

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group, or CCG, is the part of the NHS which plans and pays for services. Today's update is focussed on what is happening locally in relation to the Covid-19 virus and how it impacts on NHS services in Ashfield. 

 

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG has produced a bulletin to update the general public on what is happening in our area. To read this, or any of the other stories, please click on the links below.

 

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG Bulletin

Help us to help you: NHS urges public to get care when they need it

GP leaders urge patients not to ignore signs of cancer during coronavirus outbreak

 

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG Bulletin 

 

Click HERE or on the image below to download the first bulletin from the CCG. The bulletin is very informative and includes accessible information on Covid-19 for Deaf BSL users and an update on NHS Volunteer Responders. In addition, the bulletin provides information on:

 

  • Developments in the response plan to Covid-19.
  • Plans to manage extra demand on hospital services. 
  • Developments with regard to GP practices.
  • Impact on non Covid-19 services and how they are managed.
  • Support for local care homes.
  • Progress with testing.
  • Progress with distributing PPE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Help us help you: NHS urges public to get care when they need it

 

The head of the NHS has today launched a major new drive to persuade the public to seek the urgent care and treatment they need. NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens warned that delays in getting treatment due to coronavirus fears pose a long term risk to people’s health. The plea comes alongside new findings that four in ten people are too concerned about being a burden on the NHS to seek help from their GP. Seeking medical help is one of the four reasons that people can safely leave home, in line with government guidance.

 

And Sir Simon stressed that the NHS is still there for patients without coronavirus who need urgent and emergency services for stroke, heart attack, and other killer conditions. While NHS staff have worked hard to put in place measures allowing people to access care safely – such as splitting services into Covid and non-Covid – attendances at Accident and Emergency departments are so far on course to be one million lower this April than last.

 

Click HERE to read the full story on the NHS England website. 

 

GP leaders urge patients not to ignore signs of cancer during coronavirus outbreak

 

NHS warns about risk of cancer patients postponing contact with GPs. Warning follows ‘stark’ drop in number of urgent cancer cases. The number of patients reporting urgent symptoms of cancer has fallen to a record low, prompting concerns patients are putting off diagnosis and treatment during the coronavirus outbreak.

 

Figures released by the main two cancer treatment centres in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire show that the number of new cases requiring assessment for potential cancer has fallen by more than 65 per cent since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak.

 

The marked change could mean that thousands of patients are putting their lives at risk by waiting longer with symptoms of cancer. Dr Thilan Bartholomeuz, who is a local GP and CCG Cancer Lead, said: “The stark drop in the number of patients seeking help for urgent cancer tests is extremely worrying. “Patients could be losing years of life as a result of delaying action, as most cancers are more easily cured or treated in the earliest stages of the disease. “It could also mean that there is wave of patients out there who will be in need of treatment for more advanced cancer when the country emerges from the Coronavirus outbreak.”

 

In England patients who display signs and symptoms of cancer are referred to a cancer centre such as a local hospital for urgent investigation within two weeks. However, nine in every 10 people referred this way will not be diagnosed with cancer.

 

To read the full story on the NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire website please click HERE.

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