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26 May 2017, Blog: Keep your energy levels high this Ramadan

The Clinical Director of Luton Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Uzma Sarwar, gives her advice on how to maintain your energy levels during the month of fasting. 

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17 May 2017, Respite ‘worth its weight in gold’, says Husband

Local man has praised respite services in Luton that have supported him to care for his wife in their family home.

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10 May 2017, Blog: Walk all over an unhealthy heart

The cardiovascularclinical lead at Luton Clinical Commissioning Group and local GP, Dr ChiragBakhai, tells us how walking can promote the health of your heart.

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02 May 2017, Asthma patients are urged to update their personal action plan to prevent attacks

Asthma patients are urged to update their personal action plan to prevent attacks

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28 April 2017, Pharmacy opening times over the May Bank Holidays

The following Luton and Bedfordshire pharmacies will be open during the May Bank Holidays. 

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05 April 2017, Bedfordshire pharmacies Easter opening times

Luton Clinical Commissioning Group (LCCG) is reminding patients that pharmacies will be open over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

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03 April 2017, Next steps on the Five Year Forward View: NHS England sets out action to deliver NHS care fit for the future

   

As the NHS approaches its 70th anniversary the health service has published the plan setting out how it will deliver practical improvements in areas prized by patients and the public – cancer, mental health and GP access – while transforming the way that care is delivered to ease pressure on hospitals by helping frail and older people live healthier, more independent lives.

These measures, probably the biggest national move towards integrated care currently under way in any Western country, will also help to put the service on a more sustainable footing for the future.

With the NHS under pressure this plan, Next Steps On The NHS Five Year Forward View, also details an accelerated drive to improve efficiency and use of technology in order to deliver better care and meet rising demand within the constraints of available resources.

Two-and-a-half years on from the publication of the widely-welcomed NHS Five Year Forward View, the plan spells out what has been achieved and the changes which will take place across the health service in key areas:
  • Improved cancer care aimed at saving an extra 5,000 lives a year through new one-stop testing centres, screening programmes and state of the art radiotherapy machines.
  • Boosting mental health services by increasing beds for children and young people to cut out of area care, more beds for new mothers and more mental health professionals in the community and hospitals to prevent crisis admissions. 
  • Better access to GP services with everyone benefiting from extended opening in the evenings and weekends, newly designated ‘Urgent Treatment Centres’ and an enhanced 111 service to ease pressure on A&Es.
  • Better care for older people by bringing together services provided by GPs, hospitals, therapists, nurses and care staff, cutting emergency admissions and time spent in hospitals.
  • Driving efficiency and tackling waste to make money invested in the NHS go further in delivering the services and staff that patients want, including the latest treatments and technology.

    Launching the plan, NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens said: “Heading into our 70th year, public support for the NHS is as strong as ever but so too are the pressures on our frontline staff.

    “Today we chart a course for practical care improvements for the next few years. We do not underestimate the challenges but, get these right, and patients, staff and the tax-paying public will notice the benefits.”

    The document outlines significant progress made over the last three years, including record high cancer survival rates, 8,000 extra doctors and nurses, the first ever waiting time standards for mental health treatment being introduced and met, and cutting waste – in particular agency staffing bills.

    It also, however, frankly sets out where progress has not been as quick, with rising pressure on A&E and acute wards partly caused by delayed transfers of care.

    Katherine Murphy, Chief Executive of the Patients Association, said: “We welcome this delivery plan, and will work with NHS England to ensure it is delivered successfully and engages with patients nationally and locally.

    “This is essential both to ensure that the importance of change is understood by everyone, and to get input from patients about how new and re-designed services can meet their needs.

    “We call on decision-makers nationally and locally to support this process, to ensure that NHS services work well for patients now and in the future.”

    Sir David Behan, Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission, said: “The NHS and the wider health and care system needs a clear direction of travel if it is to meet both the current and future demands of the people across the country, who deserve nothing less than safe, high quality and compassionate care. Through our inspections, the case for change has never been more obvious.

    “It is important that leaders across health reach out to their colleagues in local authorities to break down organisational barriers so that collectively, they can ensure people’s needs are always put first.

    “The good news is that we are seeing this already through our inspection findings, with the development of the sustainability and transformational plans, and with the Government’s additional investment in social care.

    “For the Next Steps on the Five Year Forward View to be a success, it should not just be seen as a plan for the NHS but for local authorities to actively engage in too. Only this will bring about real and sustainable improvements in quality.”

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07 February 2017, When it’s urgent but not an emergency call 111 for a direct line to the NHS

People in Luton who need urgent but not emergency care are being urged to call NHS 111 – the round-the-clock direct line to the NHS.

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31 January 2017, Do you know which NHS service to use when you need help?

So where do you go, and what do you do, if you or your family start to feel unwell?

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27 January 2017, Coping with Caring - Funded learning opportunities for carers

If you are a carer, or care for someone with dementia, Luton Adult Learning and their partners Liferoots and Noah Academy are offering *funded learning/training and support programmes to help carers develop confidence and resilience.

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18 January 2017, Luton carers must look after their health too - and take action to keep illness at bay

People who care for loved-ones in Luton are being urged not to neglect their own health this winter.

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13 January 2017, Healthwatch Board Meeting: Your chance to have a say on health & social care changes

Healthwatch Luton will hold their Open Board Meeting on Thursday 26 January 2017.

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13 January 2017, Information regarding the closure of Whipperley and Moakes Medical Centres

Stakeholder Briefing regarding the closure of the two Practices.

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13 January 2017, Appointment of External Auditors

NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups are required to procure and locally appoint their own auditors from 2017/18.

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20 December 2016, Look out for friends, family and neighbours this Christmas

Whilst some people are dreaming of a white Christmas, snowy and icy conditions can be difficult, particularly for older people

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19 December 2016, Local people encouraged to ask 'Could it be Sepsis?'

Could it be Sepsis?

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28 November 2016, NHS Luton and NHS Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) announce new Integrated Urgent Care service

NHS Luton and NHS Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) have announced their preferred bidder for a new Integrated Urgent Care service.

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18 November 2016, Luton CCG challenges Royal College of Psychiatrist’s research on mental health spending

Figures quoted were revealed to be inaccurate.

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05 October 2016, STP Approved Public Board Paper Statement 2016

This briefing is designed to provide an update on the work of the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan.  

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13 September 2016, Heatwave warning

Public Health England (PHE) is encouraging people to take extra care to stay cool after the Met Office on Monday warned of "heatwave conditions over the next few days".

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13 September 2016, ELFT shortlisted for two Prestigious Awards

East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) has been shortlisted for two national awards in the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards.

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07 September 2016, L & D named one of twelve digital exemplars in the country

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (L&D) has been named as one of 12 NHS national leaders that will pioneer the use of information technology in healthcare provision, transforming care for patients. Read more here. 

 
 

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17 August 2016, Young people urged to get vaccinated against meningitis and septicaemia before starting university

Public Health England (PHE) is urging young people going to college or university this autumn to get vaccinated against meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning), to protect against rising cases of Meningitis serotype W (MenW), one of the most aggressive and deadly strains of Meningitis.

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10 August 2016, New arrangements announced for four GP practices in Luton

Luton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS England have announced new arrangements for four GP practices with contracts due to expire in early 2017, following consultation with patients, the public and stakeholders. These practices are: Moakes Medical Centre, Whipperley Medical Centre, Sundon Park Health Centre, and Town Centre GP Surgery including the Walk-in Centre.

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09 August 2016, Changes to GP Practices - Survey Results

Luton CCG and NHS England recently carried out a comprehensive review to ensure that future arrangements for primary care services are sustainable and of high quality. These services will be provided in line with national, evidence-based best practice, and they will also offer the best value for money.

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20 July 2016, Advice for being sun safe during the heatwave

During the heatwave Luton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is urging people to enjoy the sun and high temperatures safely.

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18 July 2016, Support to tackle childhood obesity

 

To mark National Childhood Obesity Week, a number of key health organisations in Luton, including the Council’s Flying Start teamand Luton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) came together to share information and advice with local parents.



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18 July 2016, Enjoy the summer sun and stay safe

 

Luton CCG is urging people to enjoy the sun and warm temperatures safely.


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29 June 2016, Counsultation update - decision expected End July

Moakes Medical Centre, Whipperley Medical Centre, Sundon Park Health Centre and theTown Centre GP Surgery/Walk-in Centre service.

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26 April 2016, Advice for patients during industrial action

The NHS is working hard to ensure that as few patients as possible are affected by the industrial action planned for Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 April 2016.

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22 April 2016, Response to Royal College of Surgeons

Luton CCG responds to the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) 'Smokers and overweight patients' report.

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14 April 2016, Police STOP Terrorists’ & Extremists’ Online Presence campaign

Luton CCG is supporting a national ‘STOP Terrorists’ & Extremists’ Online Presence campaign that goes live on the 15th April 2016.

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07 April 2016, Have your say on the future services of GP surgeries and Walk-in Centre

Luton CCG and NHS England want patients' views about services at four GP practices. They are, Moakes Medical Centre, Whipperley Medical Centre, Sundon Park Health Centre, Town Centre GP Surgery which includes the Walk-in Centre that's in the same building.
 

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23 March 2016, Have your say on the future services of GP surgeries and Walk-in Centre

Give us your views about the future services of four practices - Moakes Medical Centre, Whipperley Medical Centre, Sundon Park Health Centre, and Town Centre GP Surgery - as well as the Walk-in Centre based in the same building at Town Centre Surgery.

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23 March 2016, Easter 2016 pharmacies opening times

Pharmacies opening times during Easter 2016 

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18 March 2016, Have your say on local GP out of hours and NHS111 services.

Luton residents are being asked to give their views and experiences of GP out of hours and NHS 111 services.

 

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10 March 2016, Update: Junior doctors’ industrial action

The industrial action continues today and there has beenwidespread media coverage. NHS England has put out the following Moreinformation

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09 March 2016, Junior doctors’ industrial action

The industrial action started this morning at 8am with widespread media coverage. See the statistics on cancelled operations here
 

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18 February 2016, Managing your asthma in the cold weather

Advice on managing asthma during cold weather.

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17 February 2016, Campaign urges people to tell their doctor if they notice blood in their pee

'Blood in Pee campaign' aims to raise awareness about contacting your GP is you see blood when you pee.

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15 February 2016, Be Aware of Norovirus

The vulnerable and those with long-term health conditions in Luton should take extra care during this cold spell to avoid norovirus also known as the winter vomiting bug

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15 February 2016, Health and social care leaders’ new leadership collaborative

Health and social care leaders are enhancing their skills as part of a new leadership collaborative. 

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11 February 2016, Developing mental health services for England

NHS England is asking armed forces veterans in Luton to share their experience of mental health services and help improve future care across the country.

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10 February 2016, Junior doctors’ strike - Advice to patients

The NHS is working hard to ensure that as few patients as possible are affected bythe industrial action planned for the 10 February 2016, but some services willneed to change.

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14 January 2016, Stay healthy as cold snap moves in

With the recent Met Office weather warnings, Luton Clinical Commissioning Group (LCCG) is reminding everyone to do all they can to stay healthy this winter.

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04 December 2015, Exercise moderation over the Christmas period

Many people enjoy a drink over Christmas and New Year but it is important not to overdo it. Luton Clinical Commissioning Group, Luton Borough Council and Bedfordshire Police are advising people to exercise restraint when drinking alcohol over the festive period.

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17 November 2015, Take advantage of the free flu jab this winter

With winter illnesses already starting to spread, it’s important that we do all we can to stay well throughout the colder months. NHS Luton Clinical Commissioning Group (LCCG) is advising people who may be at a higher risk of becoming ill to get their free flu jab from their local pharmacy or GP.

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17 November 2015, Stay healthy this winter

With the colder months approaching quickly, Luton Clinical Commissioning Group (LCCG) is reminding everyone to do all they can to stay healthy this winter.

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17 November 2015, Are you looking after yourself?

Luton Council and Luton Clinical Commissioning Group are supporting national Self-Care Week from 16-22 November. This NHS campaign encourages all of us to look after ourselves and our loved ones by becoming actively involved in improving our own health and wellbeing, especially those with long term conditions such as diabetes or chronic respiratory problems.

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27 October 2015, LCCG wins two national PrescQIPP awards for innovative project

LCCG has received two prestigious awards...

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19 August 2015, Pharmacy opening hours over August Bank Holiday

Changes to opening times on Monday 31st

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30 June 2015, How to avoid heat exhaustion this Summer

Check out these tips...

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26 June 2015, LCCG's new monthly newsletter

'Update' is the new monthly newsletter from LCCG.

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24 June 2015, Update to the Patient Transport Services online system

Scheduled Upgrade

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22 June 2015, Passionate about healthcare research?

An exciting new research studentship contributing to the management of chronic and mental health conditions in Luton.

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17 June 2015, Luton and Central Bedfordshire Mental Health Unit on Calnwood Road Luton

Improvements to wards at the Luton and Central Bedfordshire Mental health Unit

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15 June 2015, Think you need antibiotics?

Think you need antibiotics?

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12 June 2015, Any Qualified Provider (AQP) Procurement Process

 

Any Qualified Provider (AQP) Procurement Process

 

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23 April 2015, Follow us on Twitter!

Regular news & updates.

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20 April 2015, Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections in Luton

Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections in Luton.

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01 April 2015, Common sense approach to illness over Easter

Common sense approach to illness over Easter

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31 March 2015, Have a healthy Easter break

Have a healthy Easter Break

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17 February 2015, Local CCG campaign to save money

Local CCG campaign to save money

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27 January 2015, Have you got flu?

With flu levelspeaking around this time of year, Luton’s CCG is reminding us all to take basicsteps to look after ourselves. 

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20 January 2015, Is A&E for you?

Emergency healthservices across Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire are reaching crisis point thisweek.  

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20 January 2015, Local hospitals struggling to cope

Emergency healthservices across Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire are reaching crisis point thisweek.  Accident and Emergency departments are struggling to cope with thenumber of patients arriving at their doors and the ambulance service isseverely stretched.

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20 January 2015, Keep well this Christmas with your local pharmacy

Christmas is a time forfamily and celebration.  But with so many sweet treats close to hand, overindulgence can cause a few health problems.

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02 December 2014, Keep yourself healthy this winter

Luton’s CCG has launched a campaign to help local people to stay as healthy as possible this winter and to make the best possible use of the range of medical services available.

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02 December 2014, Declaration of Support for Mental Health Crisis Care

A partnership agreement to improve outcomes for people experiencing mental health crisis will be signed by partners from across Bedfordshire and Luton.

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12 November 2014, Are you feeling under the weather?

Luton CCG is supporting the new NHS national public awareness campaign to persuade people to seek advice early from their local pharmacist if they are ‘Feeling under the weather’.

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10 November 2014, CCG announces new provider for community services

NHS Luton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has announced the preferred bidder for the contract for ault and children's community health services in Luton as Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT).

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22 October 2014, Have you had your flu vaccination?

With the flu season fast approaching, Luton’s Clinical Commissioning Group (LCCG) is encouraging anyone who has been offered a free flu vaccination to make sure they visit their GP soon, in line with the national campaign launched by Public Health England.

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22 October 2014, What do you think about your local GP practice?

A campaign to encourage residents to take part in their local GP’s Patient Participation Group is being launched by Luton’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) next Thursday (30th) at The Surgery, 30 The Green, Hockwell Ring LU4 9PG from 10.30am-12.30pm. 

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14 October 2014, CCG announces new providers for mental health and intermediate services

Luton’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has awarded two contracts for local mental health care to a new provider, the East London Foundation Trust, and a contract for intermediate care services to Virgin Care. 

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13 August 2014, Your Say Your Way Event

Loving the Summer

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23 July 2014, Samaritans' calls for people to talk for annual awareness campaign

Samaritans' annual awareness month, Talk to Us, is taking place throughout July.

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03 April 2014, World Autism Day

World Autism Day: Find out more about this condition that affects more than 700,000 people in the UK. Visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4G0HTIUBlI&feature=youtube_gdata

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03 April 2014, Make Sure it's a Feel Good Friday

health advice for Easter bank holiday weekend 

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07 March 2014, Virtual Dementia Tour & Luton Dementia Action Alliance Event

Luton Dementia Action Alliance (LDAA) is holding a 2 day awareness raising event in the Mall on the 26th & 27th March 2014. 

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06 March 2014, Free NHS Health Check

If you are aged between 40 and 74 contact your GP for your free NHS health check. 

 

 

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06 March 2014, Healthwatch Luton Review of GP Services Information & Planning Session

Following the work of the Volunteer Champions, Board Members and Staff, Healthwatch Luton will be in a position to present and discuss the results from their GP review.

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05 December 2013, Cold or Flu?

NHS England is issuing advice to help people decide whether they have a cold or flu as well as help them understand and manage your symptoms.

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05 December 2013, Get ready for winter: stock up your medicine cabinet

However, have you thought about stocking up your medicine cabinet so that you’re prepared for the usual winter coughs, colds and bugs?

 

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05 December 2013, Take control of your Long Term Condition

If you, or someone you know, has a health condition - such as asthma, diabetes, MS, or a chest, heart, liver or kidney complaint – take control this winter by taking a few simple steps.

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05 December 2013, Think you need antibiotics?

We all know that antibiotics have revolutionised the way we treat infections but some bacteria is now building up a resistance making infection prevention a challenge and when we do need them, antibiotics less effective. 

 

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05 December 2013, Those with Long Term Conditions, get flu safe!

Luton Clinical Commissioning Group is appealing for people with long term conditions such as diabetes or liver and kidney problems to protect themselves and get their seasonal flu vaccinations. Those with heart problems or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) should also call their GP surgery as soon as possible to book a free flu vaccination.

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30 October 2013, Campaign website urging people to ask themselves www.isAandEforme.co.uk is a real hit

Communities in Luton urged to think twice before going to A&E with minor illnesses and injuries, are more aware of local NHS services as a local campaign proves a hit.

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04 October 2013, There’s more to the NHS than just A&E

Shoppers in Luton pit their wits playing scratch cards asking where they should go for treatment of minor illnesses and injuries, last week.

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16 September 2013, ‘Come and See me’ call local health professionals to help find the best NHS service for you

Local events will give people more information on local services and when to use them, to support Luton CCGs 'is A&E for me' campaign.  

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12 June 2013, Luton GPs urge local people to sign up for free health check

Luton GPs are calling on local residents to take advantage of free health checks available at their GP surgery. The call comes as Public Health England identifies Luton as having one of the highest early death rates in the country.

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21 May 2013, Don't let hay fever keep you indoors this spring

Itchy, watery eyes, sneezing and runny noses are the most common symptoms for hay fever, but a little forward planning could make last summer’s sneezes a distant memory.

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19 March 2013, Make Sure it’s a Feel Good Friday

With Easter bank holiday just around the corner, make sure you have the medication you need and are aware when your nearest pharmacy is open.

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19 March 2013, COPD: Know it. Check it. Treat it.

Nearly 2000 people living in Luton have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) but are unaware of it.

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26 February 2013, Luton Clinical Commissioning Group Appoints Carol Hill

Luton Clinical Commissioning Group (Luton CCG) has appointed Carol Hill as Accountable Officer. 

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26 February 2013, Luton Clinical Commissioning Group Authorised

The NHS Commissioning Board has confirmed that Luton Clinical Commissioning Group (LCCG) will be formally authorised. This means that LCCG will take charge of its budget, and of planning and commissioning most NHS health care for the people of Luton, from 1 April 2013.

 

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23 January 2013, Wrap up warm and keep well, as winter chill hits

As temperatures plummet below zero, keep warm and keep well this winter with these simple steps.

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21 January 2013, Publication of LCCG draft Commissioning Intentions 2013-14

Luton Clinical Commissioning Group (LCCG) have today published their draft Commissioning Intentions document for 2013-14.

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20 December 2012, Keep well this Christmas with your local pharmacy

There are 45 pharmacies across Luton, offering free expert advice on a wide range of health issues and medicines. You can see your pharmacist without the need for an appointment.


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12 November 2012, Health Trust scoops top prize to boost links with community

Beating hundreds of other competitors, Luton Clinical Commissioning Group has secured £10,000 to deliver on a project, which will directly impact upon lives of Luton residents

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30 October 2012, Ask your pharmacist

Take an active interest in your medicines and wellbeing during Ask your Pharmacist week from 5-12 November and visit your local pharmacy for support and advice.  They offer free expert advice on a wide range of health issues, support for self care and medicines to treat common complaints such as coughs and colds, flu, sore throats, earache, backache, stomach upsets and cuts and grazes.

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