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ePanel Round-up: February 2019

Help shape the FUTURE of health and care  

We would like to invite you to a discussion on the future for health and care services, and to help us prioritise changes and improvements that need to be made to ensure our populations continue to have the best possible care.

Now that the NHS Long Term Plan has been published, it is the right time for us to talk with our communities about what the areas are that we need to focus on to ensure services remain sustainable and right for patients.

These discussions will build on what we have already heard through our “Big Health and Care Conversation” across the area, and help us think about how we use the available money for health and care in the best possible way: “We can do anything, but not everything”.

Our discussions will be focused  on the FUTURE of health and care:

Facing up to our challenges
Understanding need
Transforming services
Unwarranted variation – ensuring this does not happen
Resources and how we use them most effectively
Equality of access and care for our diverse population

We have a number of opportunities to join our discussions in person however there will be an online survey for anyone who is unable to attend.
  • Tuesday 19 March | 5 - 7pm | The Barn, Field Place, The Boulevard, Worthing, BN13 1NP 
  • Wednesday 20 March | 10am - 12noon | The Assembly Room, Chichester District Council, North Street, PO19 1LQ
  • Wednesday 27 March | 2pm - 4pm | The Grange Community Centre, Bepton Road, Midhurst, GU29 9HD
Places will be on a first come first served basis so book your place today

The Lawns Surgery closure

Dr Shlosberg, the GP Partner at The Lawns Surgery in Rustington, has formally informed NHS Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), of his intention to retire this summer, and as a result The Lawns Surgery will close on 30 June 2019.

We know that Dr Shlosberg has made such a significant contribution to healthcare in the Rustington area over the last 24 years and he will be greatly missed by his patients.

On his decision to retire Dr Shlosberg said:

“I have not wanted this day to come but I have made a decision that I will be retiring at the end of June this year.

“It has been an absolute honour to be a doctor in this town and to serve the patients we have at The Lawns and I have been incredibly lucky over my career.

Letters will be sent to every patient and there will be drop in sessions and information over the next few weeks to explain what the next steps will be.

The CCG is working closely with Dr Shlosberg and the GP practices in the Arun locality to consider the available options and how all of the patients at The Lawns Surgery can continue to receive the best possible care from 01 July 2019.

The CCG’s priority is to make sure that all patients can continue to see a doctor and get medical help when you need to. For patients registered with The Lawns Surgery this continues to be with Dr Shlosberg at the practice and there is no immediate change to this arrangement.

Family fun for all ages! 

The Regis BIG Event is happening on Saturday 2 March 2019 and is open to everyone who would like to find out more about what is happening in the Bognor Regis area to help you keep healthy, stay well and feel good.

Doors open at 10.30am at the Arun Leisure Centre, Felpham Way, Bognor Regis, PO22 8ED with information and activities continuing throughout the day until 3.30pm. The aim is to provide a one-stop shop for local health and care information.

There are a number of activities and taster sessions that you can try out, including:
  • Free NHS Health Checks
  • Mindfulness, Yoga and T’ai Chi
  • Fitness activities
  • Free soft play and storytelling for children 
In addition, if you come and talk to us about what is working well or where you think changes to health and social care need to be made, you can swim for free.

Come along and enjoy the fun - everyone welcome!

Stay warm and well  

As we are in winter and after the freezing temperatures last week health bosses are reminding people that keeping your home warm is essential to staying well – especially if you have young children, are over 65, have reduced mobility or live with a long term health condition.

Public Health England advises that you should heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F) in winter, while rooms in which infants sleep should be heated to between 16-20°C.

Energy bills can be a worry during winter, but there are a few things you can do to heat your home more efficiently and keep those bills down:
  • Make sure you are on the best energy tariff – if you haven’t switched recently, then there is a good chance you are paying more than you need to;
  • Check if you are entitled to receive the Warm Home Discount and other financial help to install insulation or a more efficient heating system;
  • If you use heating oil, LPG, propane, coal or wood to heat your home, make sure you have enough to avoid running out and having to pay more for an urgent delivery.
Your local district or borough council has home energy advisors on hand to help eligible households to stay well and warm. They can provide free-tailored advice on switching, reducing your bills and getting home energy improvements, such as insulation and a new boiler, installed.  You may be eligible for a visit if you live on a low income or have a long-term health condition or disability.

Contact your local council for more information
Adur and Worthing Local Energy Advice Partnership telephone 0800 060 7567 or by email
Arun and Chichester Wellbeing Home Team telephone 01903 737862 or by email
More detail and further advice on staying warm and well is available at the West Sussex Energy website.  

Love your gloves

As we have outlined above and seeing as February is statistically the coldest month of the year, it is important to wrap up warm. This is particularly important for people suffering from Raynauds Phenomenon which is a condition affecting around 10 million people in the UK. Raynaud's affects your blood circulation. When you are cold, anxious or stressed, your fingers and toes may become over-sensitive and symptoms can include:
  • cold fingers and toes;
  • numbness or tingling in fingers and toes;
  • stinging or throbbing pain when warming your skin;
  • changes to skin colour due to stress or a change in temperature.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet, not smoking and exercising regularly can all help improve circulation. Keeping your home warm and wearing gloves and socks can also ease discomfort.

If you experience any of the above symptoms or are at all concerned then contact your GP. Further information and support is available from Scleroderma and Raynauds UK.

Pop-Up Dementia Hub

Do you care for or live with someone with dementia? If you want to find out what support is available or where to find information then visit one of the pop-up sessions in Worthing over the coming months.

There will be a variety of information available including leaflets as well as details on services and how you can access them. The sessions are being held at St Lawrence Surgery, 79 St Lawrence Avenue, Worthing, BN14 7JL between 8am and 1pm on the following dates:
  • Tuesday 5 March
  • Tuesday 7 May
  • Tuesday 2 July
  • Tuesday 3 September
  • Tuesday 5 November

If you would like more information then contact the Worthing Dementia Friendly Communities Coordinator on 07903 720 208 or by email  Lynsey Tran 

Invite to a public meeting about health services in Midhurst

People in and around Midhurst are invited to a public meeting on 26 February from 3-5pm at the South Downs Centre to talk about new ways to improve health and care services locally.

It follows the temporary closure of inpatient beds at the Bailey Unit in Midhurst Community Hospital, and aims to update on the work that has been happening to look at how local people could be supported in the best possible way.

If you would like to join the meeting, please visit the CCG website to register your place.

Read the latest news from our partner organisations... 

Coastal bites

  • Praise for Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust as it is rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.
  • Arun Community Transport is a volunteer run service providing transport for people who have difficulty using public transport to get to doctor or hospital appointments. To register or make a  booking contact 01903 792110. 
  • Making a Change4Life by swapping to lower sugar options can help reduce the risk of serious illness such as Type 2 Diabetes.
  • If you were unable to attend in person, videos from the CCGs January Governing Body meeting are now available to watch on our website.
  • NHS England currently have a number of online consultations which you may like to participate in. They are on a range of topics including prescribed medication and radiotherapy.
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