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19 July 2017, Help us to shape mental health services in Bedfordshire

With one in six Bedfordshire adults expected to experience mental ill health at some point in their lifetime, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is keen to listen to local views on how adult mental health crisis care can be improved.

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17 July 2017, BLOG: Treat bites and stings at home by following some basic tips

Dr Nina Pearson, Clinical Chair for Luton Clinical Commissioning Group talks about the actions you can take at home to care for an insect bite or sting.

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14 July 2017, SUMMER GETS KIDS INTO CYCLING BUT BE PREPARED FOR FIRST AID AT HOME

As any parents or carers know exercise for children has lots of advantages. Strong bones, healthy heart and low cholesterol to name a few

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30 June 2017, Blog: Asthma Friendly Schools

As we head towards the long school summer holiday, whether you are planning a staycation or you’re heading off to some exotic foreign land, don’t let your child’s asthma derail your plans. Lucy from EPUT Community Health Services Bedfordshire blogs about her role as an Associate Practitioner supporting children with asthma and provides tips on how to support children with the condition.

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28 June 2017, NHS Bedfordshire CCG’s Governing Body - held in public

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body meeting held in public will be taking place on Thursday 06 July 2017, 2.00pm - 4.30pm.

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19 June 2017, Bedfordshire CCG out of special measures

NHS England has removed special measures on Bedfordshire’s health body, after it delivered on an improvement plan to stabilise its finances and put the organisation on a firmer footing.

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15 June 2017, Students home for the summer urged to register with a 'holiday GP'

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is urging students returning home to the county for the summer to temporarily register with a GP, to ensure they have access to the health care they need. It’s easy to register with a local GP practice as a temporary patient and registration lasts for up to three months, so it’s valid for the whole summer holiday.

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15 June 2017, Blog: Carers in Bedfordshire highlights the support available to carers

As part of Carers week, Nikki Brandon from Carers in Bedfordshire highlights the support available to carers, including grants available to help carers improve their health and well-being.

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14 June 2017, Alcohol outreach services helping to prevent hospital admissions in Bedfordshire and Luton

Alcohol outreach services in Bedfordshire and Luton are working to prevent hospital admissions for alcoholic liver disease. Locally, hospital admissions for alcoholic liver disease are lower than the national average of 35% (per 100,000 people). In Bedford Borough, the average number of hospital admissions for liver disease relating to alcohol is 25%, in Central Bedfordshire it is 21.6% and in Luton 31.2%*.

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30 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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30 May 2017, Announcement from Dr Alvin Low - Sarah Thompson new BCCG Accountable Officer

Alvin Low, BCCG Chair is delighted to inform that after a formal process last week, the Board has appointed a new Accountable Officer for Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG).

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24 May 2017, Have a healthier diet this Ramadan says Bedfordshire GP

A Bedfordshire GP is calling on the Muslim community to take care of their health and to think about what they eat during the holy month of Ramadan.

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

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

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17 May 2017, Blog: Living with dementia while trying to live life to the full.

This National Dementia Week, Hilary and Steve from Bromham, Bedfordshire talk about living with dementia and what it’s like caring for someone you love while trying to live life to the full.

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08 May 2017, A programme to drive more training nurses into primary care has welcomed its first student

A partnership scheme between, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Bedfordshire University and London Road Surgery in Bedford to support student nurses into General practice has seen its first work placement student.

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05 May 2017, Tribute to Dr Judy Baxter

Ivel Valley GPs and Bedfordshire CCG have paid tribute to Dr Judy Baxter following the news of her death.

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27 April 2017, NHS Bedfordshire CCG’s Governing Body - held in public

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body meeting held in public on Thursday 04 May 2017, 2.00pm - 4.30pm.

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27 April 2017, Blog: The importance of having a fully stocked medicine cabinet

Head of Medicines Optimisation at Bedfordshire Clinical Commission Group, Fiona Garnett writes of the importance of having a fully stocked medicine cabinet.

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25 April 2017, Don’t let hay fever stop you in your tracks

NHS Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is advising residents who are affected by hay fever to take special care during the coming months. Coinciding with National Allergy Awareness Week, the health organisation that commission’s healthcare for the population of Bedfordshire has put together some handy tips to reduce the effects of hay fever.

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13 April 2017, Bowel cancer screening test " Do not put it off

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is urging residents over the age of 60 to take up the free bowel cancer screening test.

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07 April 2017, Biggleswade type 2 diabetes event

Patient Participation Groups in GP Practices in the Ivel Valley area are holding an information event for people with Type 2 Diabetes.

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05 April 2017, Bedfordshire pharmacies Easter opening times

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

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30 March 2017, NHS Bedfordshire says prepare for Easter - order your repeat prescriptions now so you don’t run out of your medication!

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is reminding patients to be prepared and stock-up now for Easter.

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23 March 2017, Laugh your way to wellbeing this Red Nose Day

Laughter Yoga specialist and Bedford resident, Cheryl Green explains why laughing is good for your health.

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23 March 2017, NHS Bedfordshire CCG’s Governing Body held in public

communications@bedfordshireccg.nhs.ukNHS Bedfordshire CCG’s Governing Body – held in public

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23 March 2017, 7 tips for asthmatics in unpredictable weather

Cold air, an increase of pollen in the atmosphere and sudden changes in the weather are par for the course during March and can adversely impact health for asthma sufferers. People with the condition can act to lessen the symptoms and reduce the risk of attacks.

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15 March 2017, Think, spot and speak out against child sexual exploitation in Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is urging people to think, spot and speak out against child abuse and sexual exploitation ahead of a national event on Saturday 18 March 2017.

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13 March 2017, GPs pay tribute to Shefford Health Centre’s Dr Shiv Sekaran

Ivel Valley GPs paid tribute to Dr Shiv Sekaran from Dr Cakebread and Partners, Shefford today, following the news of his sudden death.

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09 March 2017, Have your say on maternity care

NHS England is running an online survey for women who are pregnant or who have had a child in the last two years, to have your say complete the online survey.

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03 March 2017, My battle with quitting smoking

Layla Saunders, ex-smoker and Bedfordshire resident blog about her battle with quitting cigarettes.

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01 March 2017, Stay at home and Self-care if you get the winter vomiting bug

Health bosses in Bedfordshire are urging those with norovirus – or the winter vomiting bug - to stay at home. Norovirus sounds much scarier than it is, and while the symptoms are unpleasant, they usually clear up after a couple of days.

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01 March 2017, GPs pay tribute to Leighton Buzzard’s Dr Tariq Hafez

Leighton Buzzard GPs paid tribute to Dr Tariq Hafez from Leighton Road Surgery today, following the news of his death.

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22 February 2017, Struck down by a stomach bug? Take care... and don't overshare!

When it comes to sickness and diarrhoea, no-one likes it when you overshare – particularly if that means spreading a virus around.

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14 February 2017, Love your Heart this Valentine’s Day

Love your Heart this Valentine’s Day.

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10 February 2017, Antibiotics unlikely to be the answer to your cough, cold or sore throat

An over-reliance on antibiotics could make infections harder to treat.

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10 February 2017, Multi-agency Mental Health Team shortlisted for national award

An initiative to ensure patients experiencing a mental health crisis have fast access to care has been shortlisted for a national award.

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03 February 2017, “I've beaten cancer”

On Cancer Awareness Day, Local volunteer and cancer survivor Dave Simpson tells his story about how he beat cancer.

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01 February 2017, Parents urged to choose the right NHS service when their child gets ill

GPs in Bedfordshire are reminding parents to be aware of the full range of NHS services available to them when their children become ill – to make sure they can choose the best one for their needs.

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26 January 2017, Cervical screening drops to five year low

Women between the ages of 25-64 are being urged to attend cervical screening appointments, as test numbers drop to a five-year low in Bedfordshire.

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18 January 2017, A new scheme to boost the number of GPs in Bedfordshire and address shortages has been launched by Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Bedfordshire resident, Dr Jasmin Ali is the latest recruit to the new training scheme.

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17 January 2017, Bedfordshire carers must look after their health too " and take action to keep illness at bay

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

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16 January 2017, Carers are vital in helping elderly to stay well this winter

As carer for my 96 year old mum I know how this time of the year can be critical for the elderly.

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06 January 2017, New health advice blog from Bedfordshire doctors

A new local health blog which features the clinical expertise of local family doctors has been launched by NHS Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG).

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05 January 2017, Help the elderly to stay well and avoid serious injury as winter bites

With cold winter weather upon us, the NHS in Bedfordshire urges local residents to look out for elderly and vulnerable people and help them to stay well and safe.

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22 December 2016, Feeling unwell? Our new video helps you find medical help

A new video to help people to find the right local health advice or treatment when they feel unwell has just been released by Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

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14 December 2016, Christmas and New Year pharmacy opening times in Bedfordshire

As the Christmas holidays approach it’s important to remember that not all pharmacies will be open over the whole Christmas period.

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13 December 2016, The NHS in Bedfordshire says prepare for Christmas - order your repeat prescriptions now so you don’t run out of your medication!

As Christmas approaches, there are lots of things to think about and medication needs can often get forgotten, but NHS Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is reminding patients to be prepared and stock-up now.

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09 December 2016, Bedfordshire’s Mental Health Street Triage Commended at NHS Awards

Bedfordshire’s multi-agency Mental Health Street Triage has been commended at the annual NHS Business Awards.

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02 December 2016, NHS Bedfordshire CCG aims to boost numbers of nurses in general practice

NHS Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is appointing a new nurse tutor to spearhead a training, skills and development programme for nursing staff. The project will locally tackle the national shortage of qualified nurses who work in general practice.

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24 November 2016, Specialist Fertility Services to remain on the NHS in Bedfordshire

Patients in Bedfordshire will still be able to access specialist fertility services on the NHS following a decision taken at Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s (BCCG’s) Governing Body meeting held today.

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23 November 2016, Hard-hitting play focuses on internet safety and child sexual exploitation

Pupils from Central Bedfordshire have been learning more about internet safety and child sexual exploitation in a hard-hitting play,

Chelsea’s Choice which is currently being performed in upper, secondary and special schools across the area.

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22 November 2016, Gas supply restored to homes in Central Bedfordshire

Gas has now been restored to all those homes in Central Bedfordshire which had been recently cut off following accidental damage to the supply.

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21 November 2016, Gas supply being restored in mid Bedfordshire

Gas has been restored to almost all homes affected by the recent cut to the supply in mid Bedfordshire

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18 November 2016, NHS Bedfordshire CCG’s Governing Body meeting in public

NHS Bedfordshire CCG’s Governing Body meeting in public

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

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

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17 November 2016, Emergency information - gas outage in Ampthill, Clophill and Maulden

Gas outage in Ampthill, Clophill and Maulden.

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17 November 2016, TAKE CARE NOT ANTIBIOTICS

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is reminding local people that we should only use antibiotics when they are absolutely needed to avoid overuse which can lead to resistant infections.  

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14 November 2016, Bedfordshire patients say “self-care” cuts the life threatening risks of diabetes

Bedfordshire patients say “self-care” cuts the life-threatening risks of diabetes

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09 November 2016, Mental health initiative gets boost

A project to make sure patients experiencing a mental health crisis have rapid access to care has received £200,000 to develop and deploy two new specialist vehicles.

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08 November 2016, Horizon Health Choices

A statement from NHS England and Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group regarding Horizon Health Choices

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02 November 2016, Bedfordshire woman says flu jab is a life saver for those with health problems

A Bedfordshire woman who was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease three years ago says flu could prove fatal for people like her who are at risk because of a long-term health condition.

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26 October 2016, Bedfordshire’s pregnant women warned of serious health risk from flu

Health experts in Bedfordshire are strongly advising all pregnant women to have the flu jab to protect their health and the lives of their unborn babies.

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20 October 2016, A new GP training scheme launched in Bedfordshire gains its first recruit

A Bedfordshire GP who is passionate about improving people’s mental health has become the first doctor to join a new GP training scheme launched by Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG).

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12 October 2016, More than 500,000 children in east of England to be offered vaccination against flu

·         Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England launch a major campaign to help children and the vulnerable stay well over the winter months

·         Nationally, more than half a million more children are offered flu vaccination, with the programme extended to those in school year 3

·         Vaccination will help protect millions of people most at risk including young children, the elderly and those with long-term health conditions

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05 October 2016, World Mental Health Day events in Bedfordshire

Events are being held in Bedfordshire on Monday (October 10) as part of World Mental Health Day.

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22 September 2016, Commissioning decision to be deferred

Commissioning decision to be deferred

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16 September 2016, NHS Bedfordshire CCG’s Governing Body meeting in public

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is holding a Governing Body meeting in public on Thursday 22 September 2016.

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05 September 2016, Don’t wait until winter for the flu jab " see your local doctor or pharmacy

Local doctors are urging people in Bedfordshire to have the flu jab well before winter.

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02 September 2016, East London NHS Foundation Trust Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC

Staff at East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) are celebrating after the Trust was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

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31 August 2016, Come along to our AGM on 8 September

Members of the public are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) on Thursday 08 September at 6.00pm at the Rufus Centre's Lockyer Suite, Steppingley Road, Flitwick, Bedfordshire.

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30 August 2016, Ask a pharmacist anytime for advice or medication

 

High street pharmacists can offer advice and medication for a wide range of common illnesses, saving you time in a waiting room, and helping you to feel better faster. 

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22 August 2016, Reaching out in Bedford

The Equality Challenge Unit is conducting research in Bedford to understand the reasons why Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities are not signing up to courses in paramedic science and the under representation of these communities in the paramedic workforce.

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19 August 2016, Unwell at August Bank Holiday? See a pharmacist for medication or ailments

Did you know that your local pharmacist can offer advice and provide medication for a range of common ailments?

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02 August 2016, Ambulance staff and volunteers praised as new figures reveal top three position in patient care targets

The care provided to ambulance patients before they go to hospital is showing ‘continuous improvement’, according to the latest national audit figures.

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02 August 2016, Bedfordshire Mental Health Recovery College

A video promoting a new Mental Health Recovery College for Bedfordshire and Luton has been produced.

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02 August 2016, Healthcare Review work to be continued within Sustainability and Transformation Plan process

It has been agreed by the clinical commissioning groups for Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes and NHS England that the Healthcare Review is to be progressed as an integral part of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) process for Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and Luton.

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29 July 2016, Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan

Introduction to the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan.

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29 July 2016, Ambulance staff and volunteers praised as new figures reveal top three position in patient care targets

The care provided to ambulance patients before they go to hospital is showing ‘continuous improvement’, according to the latest national audit figures.

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22 July 2016, Bedfordshire health professionals urge residents to avoid A&E unless their condition is serious or life threatening.

Bedfordshire health professionals urge residents to avoid A&E unless their condition is serious or life threatening.

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19 July 2016, Heatwave health advice: look out for those who are vulnerable in hot weather and help them keep cool and well

While most people enjoy sunny weather, very high temperatures are a real health risk for many, especially older people, babies or very young children, and anyone with breathing problems or many other health conditions.

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14 July 2016, Street triage is team effort to save lives

Street triage is team effort to save lives

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06 July 2016, Healthcare Review in discussions to ensure alignment with local Sustainability Transformation Plan

Given the importance of aligning plans for the future of local healthcare, discussions are now underway to ensure the direction of travel for the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review is consistent with the developing Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.

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23 June 2016, INSPIRED BY A SUMMER OF SPORT? KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH SPRAINS AND STRAINS

Doctors at Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group are warning people to take a few simple steps to avoid a sprain or strain.

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10 June 2016, Healthcare Review Joint Committee meeting postponed

Joint Statement from NHS England and the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review. Decision taken to postpone the proposed Healthcare Review Joint Committee meeting on 14 June.

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08 June 2016, Healthcare Review - recommendations on future of local hospital services to be considered

The Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review has shared its recommendations for the future of hospital services in Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes.

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03 June 2016, Luton & Dunstable Hospital rated ‘good’ by the CQC

Today the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published its report into care provided by the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (L&D) and awarded an overall rating of ‘good’, with some areas rated as ‘outstanding’.

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02 June 2016, Mental Health Commitment to Carers open invitation to launch event

Bedfordshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Service, in partnership with Carers in Bedfordshire, is creating a practical Commitment to Carers Plan for Bedfordshire.

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25 May 2016, GB secondary care clinician

BCCG has appointed Dr Robert Sherwin to the Governing Body as Secondary Care Clinician.

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25 May 2016, Health commissioners say full range of stroke services for Bedfordshire residents will continue and are set to improve

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) wants to reassure local residents that they will continue to have access to hospital based stroke care, including a Hyperacute Stroke Unit (HASU), despite the recent announcement that the HASU at Bedford Hospital, is no longer viable following the resignation of a consultant.

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17 May 2016, Warmer weather can take your breath away so keep your inhaler handy if you have lung problems

As summer approaches, the hay fever season can bring difficulties for people with breathing problems such as asthma.

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09 May 2016, Healthcare Review - next Joint Committee meeting 14 June 2016

This event is now postponed. The next meeting of the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review Joint Committee will take place on 14 June at 5.30pm in Bedfordshire. Please register if you'd like to attend.

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06 May 2016, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group appoint new Director for Acute Commissioning

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Director for Acute Commissioning, Donna Derby.

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03 May 2016, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group begins formal consultation on prioritising funds for local NHS services

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is inviting local people to give their views on the future provision of three locally funded services, by taking part in a public consultation which runs from 3 May to 24 July 2016.

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22 April 2016, Advice for patients during industrial action

Advice for patients during industrial action

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21 April 2016, The “big pedal” can get kids into cycling but be prepared for first aid at home

With the weather getting warmer many children are biking or scooting to school as part of The Big Pedal which runs this week until 29 April to encourage families to cycle, and the NHS is advising parents to be prepared for treating minor injuries.

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20 April 2016, Bedfordshire CCG welcomes report which praises Bedford hospital and will support improvements

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) welcomes the latest Care Quality Commission (CQC) report on Bedford Hospital which praised the Trust for its dementia facilities and care, and recognises some areas of outstanding practice including safer treatment for aneurysms, the birthing pool for high-risk mums and less disruptive imaging for critical care patients.

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08 April 2016, New Chair elected for NHS Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is delighted to announce the appointment of its new Chair, Dr Alvin Low who has been elected to the role by fellow GPs from the 55 member practices in Bedfordshire. 

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08 April 2016, Bedfordshire residents to be consulted on prioritising funds for local NHS services

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) recently asked local people to give their views on whether specialist fertility treatment, gluten-free food and over-the counter medicines should continue to be funded by the NHS.

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06 April 2016, Advice to patients during the industrial action April 2016

The NHS is working hard to ensure that as few patients as possible are affected by the industrial action planned during April 2016, but some services will need to change.

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04 April 2016, BCCG Pre-Consultation Engagement Statement

BCCG has recently undertaken a piece of pre-engagement activity to gauge the views of local public and stakeholders and explore the possibility of consulting the public on the future of the following being available on the NHS in Bedfordshire:

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16 March 2016, Healthcare Review - first Joint Committee meeting

The first meeting of the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review Joint Committee will take place on 23 March at 10am in Milton Keynes. Please register if you'd like to attend. 

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16 March 2016, Have your say on GP out of hours and NHS111 services - Survey now closed

We would like to hear your views and experiences of the NHS111 phone line and local GP surgery out of hours services as we plan future improvements. Take our online survey - Survey now closed.

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11 March 2016, Healthcare Review, new website and social media

The Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review has launched a new joint website at www.BedsandMKhealth.org, replacing the two separate sites at www.yourhealthinbedfordshire.co.uk and www.shapingMKhealth.co.uk.

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10 March 2016, Mental health and five ways to wellbeing

Partners organisations responsible for promoting Five Ways to Wellbeing – an initiative to encourage people to think differently when it comes to mental health – came together to mark its five-month milestone last week.

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09 March 2016, Advice to patients during the industrial action March & April 2016

The NHS is working hard to ensure that as few patients as possible are affected by the industrial action planned during March & April 2016, but some services will need to change.

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04 March 2016, Bedfordshire shines at national patient experience awards

Two Bedfordshire organisations have had success at the Patient Experience Network National Awards held in Birmingham on Wednesday 2 March.

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29 February 2016, BEDFORDSHIRE CCG IS FINALIST FOR NATIONAL PATIENT EXPERIENCE AWARD

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) has reached the finals for the Patient Experience Network National Awards (PENNA) for patient engagement.

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19 February 2016, Bedfordshire’s mental health service is first NHS Trust to run Duke of Edinburgh Awards

East LondonFoundation NHS Trust (ELFT) has become the first NHS trust in the country torun The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE). The programme will be usedspecifically to support young people who use Bedfordshire and Luton MentalHealth and Wellbeing Services.

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09 February 2016, Bedford Hospital is prepared for junior doctor strike action

Plans are in place at Bedford Hospital to keep patients safe if junior doctor strike action goes ahead on Wednesday 10 February.

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09 February 2016, Junior doctor strike - Advice to patients

Advice to patients during the industrial action on 10 February 2016

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26 January 2016, Take prompt action to treat winter illness

BCCG urges residents in Bedfordshire to take prompt action against winter illness.

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15 January 2016, Keep warm and well as winter bites in bedfordshire

As the icy winter weather continues, older people and those with health problems are advised to take extra care to look after their health. Follow five top tips from Bedfordshire CCG to help you stay warm and well during icy spells: some may seem obvious, but they could help you to stay warmer and maintain good health over the coming weeks.

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12 January 2016, Junior doctors' strike - advice for patients

Due to industrial action, hospitals are under particular pressure today. If you are unwell get advice from a pharmacist, your GP or call NHS111. You can be seen without an appointment at NHS walk-in centres. Visit nhs.uk for information about local services.

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08 January 2016, Better facilities for GP patients in Biggleswade as Ivel Medical Centre moves to new premises

On Monday 18 January, Ivel Medical Centre in Biggleswade will open the doors of their new premises on Chestnut Avenue - opposite the public car park and next to the ambulance and fire stations. The new surgery has been completely refurbished to provide patients and staff with a modern, more spacious facility and better disabled access to the building.

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05 January 2016, New lifeline for smokers in Bedfordshire

“Thank you for helping my mummy.”

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15 December 2015, CQC praises health services for vulnerable children in Bedford Borough

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has praised health services for children’s safeguarding and for looked after children in Bedford Borough following a review which took place in May.

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08 December 2015, Local health chiefs publish new Healthcare Review timeline

Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes health commissioners have today published a new timeline for the Healthcare Review, a programme which began last year and is looking at ways to improve future local healthcare across both regions.

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02 December 2015, Bedfordshire CCG aims for new joined up approach for better community health services

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG)wants to design a new model of community health services that will meet the needs of a growing and ageing population.

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30 November 2015, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is holding a Governing Body meeting in public on Thursday 3 Dec

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is holding a Governing Body meeting in public on Thursday 3 December 2015, 2.00pm - 4.30pm.

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30 November 2015, Bedford Hospital prepares for possible junior doctor strike action

PLANS are in place to keep patients safe if the junior doctor strike action goes ahead on Tuesday 1 December. That is the message from Bedford Hospital as it finalises its preparations.

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27 November 2015, Pregnant women and young children need the flu vaccine

Pregnant women and young children are more at risk of health complications if they catch flu. The flu vaccine offers the best protection and is available free form your GP or from many pharmacies.

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19 November 2015, Take care not antibiotics

We should use antibiotics only when they’re needed to keep them effective against bacterial infection. 

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13 November 2015, Local children’s hospitals to trial new ‘care techniques’ in bid to reduce preventable deaths

Half a million pound programme expands to Bedford Hospitalin a bid reduce avoidable death and harm to acutely sick children 

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06 November 2015, People urged to ‘Take Notice’ as part of mental health campaign

PEOPLE in Bedfordshire are being encouraged to ‘Take Notice’ during November to improve their feelings of happiness and wellbeing as part of the county’s Five Ways to Wellbeing health initiative.

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06 November 2015, A milestone for Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group as it appoints new Accountable Officer and new Chief Finance Officer

Bedfordshire CCG appoints new Accountable Officer and new Chief Finance Officer

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30 October 2015, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is holding a Governing Body meeting in public on Thursday 5 November 2015

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is holding a Governing Body meeting in public on Thursday 5 November 2015

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16 October 2015, Over 65? Get your flu jab now: it’s free because you need it

Autumn is here and the nights are drawing in, so it’s really important we take the time to look after ourselves, and one of the best things we can do is get the flu jab.

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16 October 2015, Be active to boost your happiness and wellbeing: Bedfordshire is full of local opportunities

“Be Active” is one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing which can help people to boost their feelings of mental wellbeing. The campaign is currently running in Bedfordshire and is all about practical things we can do in our everyday lives to boost levels of happiness. 

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08 October 2015, Get Online Week

This year Get Online week is running from 12 - 18 October.  The events are coordinated by the Tinder Foundation, who developed the getting started with online services course. 

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01 October 2015, Be 4 x more likely to quit this Stoptober!

Last year over 250,000 people across England and Wales successfully quit smoking thanks to Stoptober, the biggest mass participation 28-day stop smoking challenge from Public Health England.

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28 September 2015, GP with a passion for integrated care is Bedford’s new locality chair

Bedford GP Dr David Howard has been appointed chair of the Bedford locality for Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG).

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24 September 2015, GPs urge people at risk to get flu jab to stay well this winter

GPs are urging people to have the flu jab as winter approaches, and say it is especially important for people who are at risk of more serious health complications from flu.

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22 September 2015, Governing Body meeting in public - Thursday 1 October

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is holding an Extra-ordinary* Governing Body meeting in public on Thursday 1 October 2015, 9.00am - 11.30am.

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18 September 2015, Five Ways to Wellbeing

Earlier this year a three-year campaign called Five Ways to Wellbeing was launched in Bedfordshire to help people take practical steps to improve their feelings of wellbeing. This month we are focusing on the ‘Connect’ aspect of the campaign. 

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11 September 2015, New lay member appointed to health governing body

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) has appointed a new laymember to its governing body. Saqhib Ali has been appointed as lay member for governanceand audit.

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11 September 2015, Have your say on Speech and Language Therapy Service

People who use the Speech and Language Therapy (S&LT) service in Bedfordshire are being asked for their views on how it meets users’ needs.

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07 September 2015, Help yourself to better mental health with BCCG’s new online guides: they’re so much more than a booklet

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) haslaunched a range of mental health self-help guides to give people easy accessto advice about a range mental health problems.

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04 September 2015, 'Pull Through' - NHS Defibrillator Awareness Film

A video has been produced aimed at encouraging workplaces to have defibrillators.

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02 September 2015, Leaving home for the first time? Here’s what you need to know about the NHS

It’s that time of year when students are making plans to leave home for the first time for college or university. But if it’s the first time away from home, do you know what to do if you need medical help?

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27 August 2015, Governing Body meeting in public - Thursday 3 September

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is holding a Governing Body meeting in public on Thursday 3 September.

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21 August 2015, Feeling unwell over the August Bank Holiday? Ask your pharmacist

Local pharmacies can offer advice and provide medication at bank holidays

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19 August 2015, Would you know what to do if your child is unwell or injured?

New online factsheets give advice to parents and carers

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12 August 2015, All residents of care home safely moved to new accommodation

Following a decision at Luton magistrates’ court on Friday 7 August, resulting in the closure of Old Village School, a privately owned nursing home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, all the residents have been safely moved to new accommodation.

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30 July 2015, Don’t let the festival heat leave you crying in the rain

Don't let severe sunburn, heat stroke or heat exhaustion ruin your fun at a music festival this summer: follow our top health tips.   

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24 July 2015, BCCG appoints finance expert as new lay member of Governing Body

BCCG appoints finance expert as new lay member of Governing Body

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17 July 2015, Warmer weather can spell trouble for over 6,400 Bedfordshire residents with lung conditions

Most of us love the summer when we can enjoy warmer weather and sunnier days, but, if you’re one of 900,000 people in the UK with a lung condition it’s not such a pleasant time.

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30 June 2015, How to avoid heat exhaustion this summer

How to avoid heat exhaustion this summer

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25 June 2015, New GP surgery for Biggleswade becomes a reality

Local people who are patients of the Ivel Medical Centre in Biggleswade can look forward to having a modern spacious GP surgery later this year now that work has started at the Acorn Centre, following a ground-breaking ceremony on Thursday 25 June.

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19 June 2015, BCCG publishes annual report

Our Annual Report & Accounts 2014/15 are now available.

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17 June 2015, Move over Wimbledon: Bedford pensioner plays tennis nearly every day to stay fit and well

A retired Bedford man has made a personal pledge to look after his health by continuing to play tennis every other day: he is passionate that people should take personal action to look after their health.

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15 June 2015, Governing Body meeting in public - Thursday 18 June

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is holding a Governing Body meeting in public on Thursday 18 June 2.00pm - 4.30pm.

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11 June 2015, Any Qualified Provider (AQP) process

BCCG and Luton CCG are working together to procure qualified organisations to provide the following services for Bedfordshire residents: audiology (over 55 adult hearing), diagnostics (non-obstetric ultrasound service) and diagnostics (MRI service).

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11 June 2015, GPs help to combat the diabetes legacy

Bedfordshire patients talk about their fears and the impact of living with diabetes, and diabetes expert Dr Taru Patel advises early diagnosis to combat the devastating legacy of this disease

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09 June 2015, Bedfordshire's carers cafes are a lifeline

Carers’ cafes in Bedfordshire are a lifeline for local people and offer a friendly welcome to carers, as well as those they look after, in a sociable environment where experienced staff are on hand to offer support and help. 

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05 June 2015, Don’t let allergies ruin summer: get help from your local pharmacy

With warmer summer weather and rising temperatures, people enjoy spending more time outdoors enjoying the sunshine. But for some it can be the start of months of misery caused by allergies such as hay fever, asthma and eczema.
Hay fever is the most common allergic disorder and can make everyday life tough, affecting social plans, emotional wellbeing and performance at work or school.

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05 June 2015, Annual General Meeting - 9 July 2015

Members of the public are invited to attend the NHS Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Annual General Meeting.

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29 May 2015, Patient power helps GPs give great care

Patients and GPs in Bedfordshire are getting together in patient participation groups (PPG) to help local practices to improve services for local people and ensure that the voice of the patient is heard.

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29 May 2015, Bedfordshire’s new dementia website helps GPs, patients and carers

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) has launched a website to help GPs to support people with dementia, and their families and carers: anyone concerned about memory loss is encouraged to see their GP.

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22 May 2015, Another Parkinson's nurse for Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire is to have an additional specialist nurse to support people with Parkinson's disease thanks to the joint efforts of Parkinson’s UK, local Parkinson’s champions and Bedfordshire CCG.

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21 May 2015, BCCG reports £43.2m deficit for 2014/15 and outlines strategy to eliminate debt

At its Governing Body meeting today, BCCG announced a final end of year deficit for 2014/15 of £43.2m. The CCG also outlined initial proposals for taking the CCG out of deficit and returning it to a position where it can commission sustainable health services for Bedfordshire patients.

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14 May 2015, Diversity champions needed for Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is inviting local people or organisations who represent or support different parts of the community to become diversity champions.


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13 May 2015, Positive about disabled people - Bedfordshire CCG gets employer award

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) has once again achieved the UK Government award for employers, Positive About Disabled People, also called the two ticks scheme.

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12 May 2015, Five ways to wellbeing

Five ways to wellbeing is a campaign of actions that people can take to make a positive difference to their feelings of overall happiness and wellbeing.

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07 May 2015, Community health champion for Bedford

Bedford is to get its first community health champion to drive improvements in health among residents of some of the most disadvantaged areas of the town.

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05 May 2015, Bedford Hospital is officially baby friendly

Bedford Hospital has gained Baby Friendly accreditation from UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) for meeting thehighest standards in supporting infant feeding.

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29 April 2015, Welcoming the new Bedfordshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Service

Carers and service users were given the opportunity to meet with senior staff from the Bedfordshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Service when they attended a welcome meeting last week.

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24 April 2015, Hospital at home gives great service

A service, which has been piloted at Bedford Hospital, has been hailed a success after it has helped more than 10 patients to be cared for in their own homes after just four weeks.

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01 April 2015, Local health scheme helps more people at life’s end to remain at home

Specialist training in Bedfordshire for ambulance crews is allowing more people to remain at home for palliative care towards the end of their life, rather than face a trip to hospital. 

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31 March 2015, Local people pledge support for NHS in Bedfordshire with Choose Well

More than 300 local people made personal pledges over the winter to do their bit for the local NHS by making responsible choices for urgent NHS care and looking after themselves.  Over 75% of those who made a pledge said they would use A&E only in a real emergency.

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24 March 2015, Feeling unwell over the Easter Bank Holiday? Ask your pharmacist or visit Putnoe Walk-in Centre

People sometimes go to A&E with common illnesses, aches and pains over bank holidays as their GP surgery is closed. Did you know your pharmacist can issue an emergency supply of any medication that isn’t a controlled drug? Or that Putnoe Walk-in Centre will be open 8 am – 6.30pm, even on Easter Sunday?

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18 March 2015, Bedfordshire CCG appoints new accountable officer

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group has appointed Nick Robinson as full-time accountable officer on an interim basis following the resignation of Dunstable GP Dr Paul Hassan.

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10 March 2015, New mental health and learning disability service for Bedfordshire

It has been confirmed that East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) will begin providing mental health, specialist learning disability and child and adolescent mental health services for Bedfordshire from 1 April 2015. The new service has been commissioned by Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG), in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedford Borough Council and will be called the Bedfordshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Service. 

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10 March 2015, Pioneering project gives carers and service users chance to shape the future of mental healthcare in Bedfordshire

Carers and services users are changing the shape of mental health services in Bedfordshire by helping Bedfordshire CCG select a new provider. 

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27 February 2015, Is your medicine cabinet stocked up?

It is always best to be prepared. That’s why the advice from Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is to have a well-stocked medicine cabinet for times when you or your family are feeling under the weather. 

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20 February 2015, Help keep Norovirus out - call, don't visit

LOCAL clinicians are asking patients and visitors to support them in helping to keep the Norovirus bug out of the hospital and GP surgeries this winter. It follows an increase in the number of cases reported in the community.

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13 February 2015, Bedfordshire residents asked to report breathlessness to their GP

Do you get out of breath doing everyday things? If the answer is yes, please speak to your GP as it could be a sign of serious disease.

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13 February 2015, Top results for A&E waits at Bedford Hospital thanks to teamwork

Bedford Hospital’s A&E waiting times are among the best in the country and well ahead of the national trend thanks to co-ordinated teamwork by health and social care services across Bedfordshire.

 

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09 February 2015, Bedfordshire CCG confirms substantive appointment of Chair

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) has announced that Interim Chair Steve Hone has now been appointed for a three year term as Chair of the organisation. The announcement was made at a public meeting of BCCG’s Governing Body held at Astral Park, Leighton Buzzard on 04 February 2015. 

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05 February 2015, North Bedfordshire Primary and Acute Care Programme takes shape

At a meeting held in public on 4 February, members of BCCG's Governing Body agreed the current course of action and proposed next steps for the North Bedfordshire Primary and Acute Programme, a joint project between BCCG, Bedford Hospital and Bedford GPs that aims to explore different models for a modern district general hospital in Bedford that supports integrated care, is clinically and financially viable and which can meet the clinical standards of the future.

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02 February 2015, Choose well to stay well this winter, says Bedford Blues captain

Bedford Blues captain Nick Fenton-Wells (centre) has pledged to look after local NHS services by choosing well this winter and only using A&E in a real emergency.

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02 February 2015, Public invited to a Governing Body meeting - 4 February 2015


Members of the public are invited to attend Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Governing Body meeting on Wednesday 4 February 2015 from 2.00pm – 4.30 pm.

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02 February 2015, Choose Well to stay well in cold weather

The Met Office has forecast a cold week ahead, with a likelihood of snow and ice. Bedfordshire residents are encouraged to look after themselves and their families by wearing sensible shoes when it’s icy, wrapping up warm in the cold and checking on elderly neighbours. 

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16 January 2015, BCCG agrees way forward for Bedfordshire healthcare

At a meeting of its Governing Body on 7 January, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group agreed the way forward for the development of healthcare in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire, following on from the recommendations contained in the progress report from the Bedfordshire & Milton Keynes Healthcare Review.

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13 January 2015, New lay member appointed to health governing body

BCCG has appointed a new lay member to its governing body.

David Coombs, has joined the group as a new co-opted lay member (finance) for an initial six month period.

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23 December 2014, New provider for Bedfordshire’s mental health and learning disability services announced

Today (23 December), the Bedfordshire commissioners of £40m mental health, specialist learning disability and child and adolescent mental health services announced its preferred bidder for future services.  

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19 December 2014, Additional Governing Body meeting - 7 January 2015

An additional meeting for BCCG Governing Body to formally respond to the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review Progress Report

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18 December 2014, Day at the River Festival leads to vital early treatment for cancer

A chance visit to the NHS Bedfordshire marquee at this year’s Bedford River Festival resulted in vital early treatment for skin cancer for Ann Hester

 

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08 December 2014, Mental health crisis care agreement signed

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

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02 December 2014, Local healthcare plans take shape

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) brought together patients, carers and other members of the public on 26 November, to share the findings and recommendations from the recently-published Bedfordshire & Milton Keynes Healthcare Review Progress Report and to explain the next steps for developing health and social care for local people.

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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.

Key organisations in Bedfordshire and Luton, including health, police, fire, local authorities, drug and alcohol support services, and criminal justice are committing to prevent mental health crises where possible, and providing effective emergency response systems when a crisis does occur.

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28 November 2014, GPs call on local residents to help shape local healthcare

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is calling on people in Bedfordshire to help shape local health services by joining its public membership scheme.

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26 November 2014, Take care, not antibiotics

With the flu season upon us members of the public may be tempted to ask their doctor for antibiotics in place of rest and over the counter remedies. However, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is advising against the use of antibiotics for coughs, colds and flu.

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26 November 2014, Public invited to Governing Body meeting " Wednesday 3 December

Members of the public are invited to attend Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Governing Body meeting on Wednesday 3 December 2014, 2.00pm - 4.30pm. 

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19 November 2014, Cold or Flu? Can you spot the difference?

Bedfordshire CCG is issuing advice to help people decide whether they have a cold or flu, as well as help them understand and manage their symptoms this Self Care Week (17 -23 November 2014).

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08 November 2014, Free flu jabs for people with long-term health conditions

Clinical commissioners join forces with local councils to encourage people with serious health conditions, such as heart disease, chronic respiratory problems and diabetes, to sign up for a free flu jab.

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07 November 2014, Campaign urges older people to seek early advice from their pharmacist

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is supporting the NHS winter campaign, ‘Feeling under the weather?’

 

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05 November 2014, Ivel Medical Centre showcased plans for new surgery

On Saturday (1 Nov), over 200 patients and the public took the opportunity to look at architect plans and take in the surroundings for the proposed new Ivel Medical Centre.

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30 October 2014, Public invited to Governing Body meeting on 5 November

Members of the public are invited to attend Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Governing Body meeting on Wednesday 5 November 

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29 October 2014, Ivel Medical Centre to showcase its new surgery premises

Ivel Medical Centre, in Biggleswade, is showcasing plans for its new, refurbished premises at the Acorn Centre on Chestnut Avenue.

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29 October 2014, Report outlines roadmap for a healthy future for local healthcare

Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review progress report sets out recommendations to secure the future of health services across Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes.

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20 October 2014, Local Waitrose manager appointed to health governing body

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) has appointed a new lay member to its governing body. 

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15 October 2014, Ebola update

If you have travelled to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia within the last 3 weeks and are worried about symptoms (such as fever, chills, muscle aches, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, sore throat or rash), you should stay at home and immediately telephone 111 and explain you have recently visited West Africa.  

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14 October 2014, Last few weeks of consultation on IVF services

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s (BCCG) consultation on speciality fertility services – in particular IVF – closes in three weeks.

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09 October 2014, Public invited to Governing Body meeting

Members of the public are invited to attend Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Governing Body meeting on Wednesday 15 October 2014 1.00pm - 4.00pm. 

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02 October 2014, “Stay safe from flu this winter,” say local GPs

GPs in Bedfordshire are urging patients at greatest risk from flu (‘influenza’) to protect themselves by getting a free flu jab.

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26 September 2014, Success for BCCG’s first Annual General Meeting

Over 70 people attended BCCG’s Annual General Meeting last night (25 September). 

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12 September 2014, Public consultation on IVF services

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is consulting local people on speciality fertility services – in particular IVF – and is inviting everyone to take part and give their views.

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12 September 2014, BCCG Annual General Meeting

Find out how your local NHS services are commissioned – Annual General Meeting - 25 September

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12 August 2014, IVF Consultation goes live

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s IVF consultation is now live.

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25 July 2014, Patients speak up on hospital models

Health commissioners have told local patients and clinicians that they will only take forward options for changes to local health services that can deliver improvements for patients.

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25 July 2014, Getting healthy - down on the River

A big thank you to everyone who joined us in the health tent at Bedford River Festival at the weekend (19 and 20 July).

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25 July 2014, Help your local hospital

Bedford Hospital’s A&E department is urging people to ask themselves: “Is A&E for me?” following one of the busiest weeks so far this year.  

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25 July 2014, CAMHS consultation and engagement evaluation report published

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) alongside its commissioning partner, Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council, is committed to a programme of transformation for mental health and learning disability services. 

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18 July 2014, Bedfordshire PEPS service shortlisted for National Patient Safety Award

The Bedfordshire Partnership for Excellence in Palliative Support (PEPS), reached the top eight finalists for the prestigious National Patient Safety Awards held in London on Tuesday 15 July.

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17 July 2014, River Festival activities

Have a sneak preview at some of the activities the “all about your health” marquee have lined up for the River Festival this weekend (19 and 20 July)

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14 July 2014, Healthcare Review events update

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group are continuing to talk to local people about their ambitions for local healthcare as part of the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review.

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11 July 2014, Healthcare Review narrows hospital options

The Bedfordshire Milton Keynes Healthcare Review is carrying out detailed analysis on five potential options for delivering hospital care to local people.

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10 July 2014, Commissioners hold open meetings for service providers

More than 90 people from 58 potential providers of health services came along to an open meeting on 25 June, where Bedfordshire CCG and Milton Keynes CCG joined forces to share the latest thinking from the Healthcare Review. There was a good range of organisations in attendance, both large and small, including Bedford Hospital Trust, Milton Keynes Hospital, medical specialist organisations, hospices, voluntary sector organisations and pharmaceutical companies.

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10 July 2014, ‘All About Your Health’ - Bedford River Festival

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be hosting the ‘all about your health’ marquee at the Bedford River Festival next weekend on 19 to 20 July. Working in partnership with local health providers the marquee will be located on the embankment next to the Butterfly Bridge and will be packed full of health information, various activities and tips and advice for a healthy lifestyle.

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09 July 2014, Meet your local PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Service) team in Bedfordshire from the 14 to 20 July 2014

Next week the PALS team from Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) alongside other local PALS teams in Bedfordshire will be hosting a number of events throughout the county to help raise awareness of PALS.

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03 July 2014, Bedford GPs brief local councillors on the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review

At a special briefing for Bedford Borough councillors, GP commissioners presented the Review's vision to provide better care closer to people's homes by expanding the range of services available at GP surgeries and in the community.

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24 June 2014, Local healthcare review - wider discussions now ensure high quality care for our patients in future

Dr Paul Hassan and Dr Nicola Smith, clinical leads at Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes CCGs respectively, have responded to British Medical Association Chairman Mark Porter’s concerns about the Bedfordshire and MIlton Keynes Healthcare Review.

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11 June 2014, Helping carers in Bedfordshire

 This week is Carers Week (9-15 June) and to celebrate Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) has launched a carers pack to help provide support and advice to carers across the county.

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28 May 2014, Clinical commissioners join forces with Sight Concern

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) has joined forces with Sight Concern Bedfordshire (SCB) to involve people with visual impairment in the Bedfordshire/Milton Keynes review of healthcare across the county.

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23 May 2014, Get your questions about NHS services answered

Advisors from Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) will be on hand to answer questions about local health services at Bedford Central Library on Wednesday 28 May

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22 May 2014, Keep well this summer

With summer approaching and half term around the corner many of us will be spending more time outdoors or planning day trips and holidays away.

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16 May 2014, Doctors ask for more time to consider future of Bedfordshire healthcare

The review of healthcare across Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes has been extended for a month to give clinical advisers more time to analyse and discuss the complex issues that the review has thrown up.

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15 May 2014, Mental health, learning disabilities, child and adolescent health services procurement news update

BCCG is currently involved in the procurement process for mental health, learning disabilities, and child and adolescent mental health services.

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12 May 2014, Get your questions about NHS services answered

Advisors from Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) will be on hand to answer questions about local health services at Leighton Buzzard Library on Tuesday 13 May.

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02 May 2014, Stakeholders share their views as Health Review takes shape

At our third Stakeholder Forum on 30 April, delegates were invited to share their views on the latest thinking relating to service standards, evaluation criteria and the concept of a ‘hub and spoke’ model for out-of-hospital care.

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30 April 2014, Get your questions about NHS services answered

Advisors from Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) will be on hand to answer questions about local health services at Sandy Library on Thursday 8 May.

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23 April 2014, GP asks shoppers to ask themselves “Is A&E for me?”

Bedfordshire GP Dr Fran Ross, was on hand at Asda in Biggleswade recently to answer residents burning questions about urgent care options.

With emergency department admissions rising, Bedfordshire CCG is running a campaign to encourage people to use A&E appropriately. This means knowing what the alternatives are including GPs, practice nurses, pharmacies and personal medicine cabinets.

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15 April 2014, New Bedford meeting seeks public’s views on local healthcare

Bedfordshire GPs are inviting even more people to take part in a wide ranging review of the county’s healthcare by holding an additional public meeting in Bedford in May.

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15 April 2014, Clinical commissioners give go ahead for musculoskeletal service that will improve care for thousands of local people

People in Bedfordshire with debilitating musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions such as back ache and tennis elbow are set to get faster, more appropriate treatment closer to home, thanks to a pioneering new service.

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11 April 2014, Leighton Buzzard GP cycling for bowel cancer cure

Leighton Buzzard GP, Chris Marshall is cycling the 100-mile Prudential Ride London this summer to raise money for Bowel Cancer UK.

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09 April 2014, Doctors call for urgent changes to healthcare in Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes

Clinical commissioners in Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes have called for urgent changes to local health services. They want more collaboration across hospitals, community and GP services and they want a health system that focuses on results rather than the number of patients treated.

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08 April 2014, Carers and GPs working together

Carers were given the opportunity to reflect on what their GP has done well and what they think their GP could have done better, or differently, to support them. Bedford Borough Council recently hosted another of its meeting of the Carers’ Forum on behalf of the Bedford Borough Carers’ Partnership Board.  

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04 April 2014, Innovative service helps people stay home at end of their life

More Bedfordshire patients with a life-limiting illness are able to die at home thanks to an innovative partnership between charity Sue Ryder, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and local health and care services.

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02 April 2014, Bedfordshire CCG appoints Steve Hone as interim Chair

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) today announced Steve Hone as its new interim Chair. Steve brings great experience to the role of Chair of the CCG, having served as Chair of Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for seven years.

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18 March 2014, Mental health services continue as new provider is sought

Bedfordshire CCG has begun the procurement process for mental health, learning disability and child and adolescent mental health services.  Local clinicians and patients will select the best providers of care.

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12 March 2014, Bedfordshire GPs to hold public meetings for health review

Bedfordshire GPs are set to hold a series of public meetings at which they’ll be calling on patients and the public to take part in a wide-ranging review of healthcare in the county. They want to involve the community in redesigning and developing local healthcare.

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11 February 2014, Calling all those interested in joining a stakeholder forum on healthcare services in Bedfordshire

GPs from Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) are calling on Bedfordshire residents to help shape the future of healthcare services in the county by joining a new stakeholder forum.

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23 January 2014, Award-winning approach to diabetes care

An innovative Bedfordshire programme to help improve the care people with diabetes receive has scooped an award.

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22 January 2014, Ambulances for children make a return to Bedford Hospital

Ambulances responding to 999 calls can now bring children straight to Bedford Hospital’s A&E department instead of taking them to a neighbouring hospital.

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20 January 2014, Avoid slips, trips and falls - The 'Winter 3' top tips

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is reminding older residents to start planning as the weather will begin to change.  With wet and cold weather forecast for the coming weeks it’s important to take appropriate measures to ensure you stay safe and healthy.

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14 January 2014, Feeling unwell? Ask your pharmacist and save time

People sometimes go to their GP or A&E with common illnesses, aches and pains that they could treat themselves and with advice from their pharmacist.

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13 January 2014, Local commissioners and national NHS bodies join forces to support a review of patient services in Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes

Monitor, NHS England and the NHS Trust Development Authority have agreed to support a strategic review of local health services in Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes with the aim of improving healthcare for local people.

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17 December 2013, Bedford GPs step up to keep patients out of A&E this winter

Local GPs are increasing their hours and services to keep more of their patients out of casualty this winter.

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17 December 2013, Protect your child against flu

Local NHS leaders are backing a new national campaign to get all toddlers and small children vaccinated against winter flu via a new nasal spray. 

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06 December 2013, Keep warm keep well

 Keep warm, keep well this winter

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04 December 2013, Bedfordshire CCG agrees terms of reference for major review

Bedfordshire CCG governing body today agreed the terms of reference for a major review of hospital and community health services in Bedfordshire next year

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28 November 2013, Locality Profile reports now available

Five Locality Profile reports have been compiled by the Public Health teams at Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Councils.

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20 November 2013, Be Health Conscious - Self Care for Life and Take Control

Bedfordshire CCG wants people to become more health conscious and choose healthy options that will impact positively on their physical health as well as their mental wellbeing and self-esteem.

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18 November 2013, A report on BCCG's paediatric pre-consultation engagement is now available

As part of a review of children’s services in Bedfordshire, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) undertook a thorough pre-consultation process that ran between 23 August 2013 and 31 October 2013. A report of this work is now available.

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14 November 2013, GET THE JAB, GET FLU SAFE

As winter approaches it’s time for those at greatest risk from flu to protect themselves and their families, and get flu safe with a free flu jab from their GP.

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07 November 2013, Bedfordshire CCG signs up to full review of local health services that will include children’s health

BCCG is working with Milton Keynes CCG and three national agencies (Monitor, Trust Development Authority (TDA) and NHS England) to review acute and community health services in both CCG areas.

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30 October 2013, BCCG looks to wider review of health services in Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is using its engagement with local people into the future of children’s health services in Bedford to consider a wider review of health services in Bedfordshire.

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22 October 2013, Bedfordshire CCG appoints interim Chair

Bedfordshire CCG has appointed Sheila Childerhouse as its interim Chair.

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21 October 2013, Young people have their say on the future of children’s health in Bedford

Bedford students are getting involved in the consultation process to determine the future of children's healthcare in Bedford.

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17 October 2013, ME sufferers get care closer to home

A local pilot service for ME sufferers, which was launched in May is making a real difference to people’s lives. 

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07 October 2013, Dunstable GPs take to the streets

GPs donned their stethoscopes to become Street Doctors at Dunstable Health Fair.

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20 September 2013, Help and advice about local health services

Local people are invited to come and find out about PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Service) during PALS Awareness Week, 23-27 September 2013. 

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19 September 2013, Have your say on the future of children’s services

Bedfordshire families will get a chance to have their say on the future model of paediatric services via a new website.

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18 September 2013, Free health checks at the Dunstable Town Fayre

People visiting the Dunstable Town Fayre on Saturday 21 September will be able to speak to the street doctor, get a free health check and even get a free foot screening assessment.

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13 September 2013, More children's services returning to Bedford Hospital

From Monday 16 September some paediatric services will return to Bedford Hospital.  

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23 August 2013, Listening to the town

GPs in Bedford are working with local people and Bedford Hospital NHS Trust to determine how children’s services will return to the town.

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12 August 2013, Clinical commissioners unveil innovative new plans to improve care for thousands of local people who suffer from musculoskeletal conditions

Bedfordshire clinical commissioners today unveiled their innovative plans to improve care for local people who suffer from chronic and debilitating musculoskeletal conditions, investing £120million over the next five years in an integrated system of care and support that will be tailored around patients' needs. 

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25 July 2013, Free shuttle bus goes live

Free shuttle buses begin today for families whose children are being treated at Milton Keynes or Luton and Dunstable hospitals.

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19 July 2013, Free shuttle transport from Bedford Hospital

New shuttle service will run from Bedford Hospital for families who need to travel to other hospitals in the area. 

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18 July 2013, Changes to paediatric services at Bedford Hospital

Bedford Hospital will close some of its paediatric services by 1 August this year.

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01 July 2013, Sweet smell of success

A man from central Bedfordshire has achieved a personal goal with the help of the Falls Response Service, funded by Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Central Bedfordshire Council.

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19 June 2013, Put your best foot forward

Keep your feet healthy this Falls Awareness Week with a little help from the falls response service. 

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14 June 2013, Local people help shape plans for healthcare

More than 70 people from across Bedfordshire gathered at the Rufus Centre on 4 June to talk about plans to develop healthcare across the county. The event brought together representatives from the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group membership scheme, GP practice participation groups and our stakeholders.

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10 June 2013, Over 50’s encouraged to age well

Staff from Bedfordshire CCG were on hand to talk health with the over-50s in Bedford last week at the town’s annual Ageing Well Exhibition. “It’s been a great opportunity to promote healthy living among a group of people who are keen to learn more about what’s available,” said BCCG strategic engagement co-ordinator Sarah Frisby.

“It’s also been an opportunity for this group to find out how they can get more involved in the decisions we are making about healthcare in Bedfordshire.”

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31 May 2013, Bedfordshire CCG publishes its first public prospectus

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group has set out its plans for improving the health of local people over the coming year in its first public prospectus.  Better care, better health, better value has been written and designed with the public and patients in mind and brings together several other public documents in an easy-to-read format.

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17 May 2013, 111 roll out in Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) remains committed to the roll out of the national 111 service.

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16 May 2013, Local people invited to help shape health plans

Join other members of the public at a special event in Flitwick on Tuesday 4 June 2013 to find out about and take part in discussions on our plans for local health services over the next few years. 

 

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29 April 2013, Parents urged to get children vaccinated against measles

A national catch-up programme to increase MMR vaccination uptake in children and teenagers has been announced by Public Health England, NHS England and the Department of Health.

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23 April 2013, Complaints handling on behalf of Bedfordshire CCG

If you are not satisfied with the care you have received from local health services provided or funded by Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, you can make a complaint.  

Your complaint will be handled by Central Eastern Commissioning Support Unit (CSU) – part of the NHS – on behalf of Bedfordshire CCG.   

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05 April 2013, Bedfordshire doctors take the reins over NHS spending

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has ‘gone live’ this week

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02 April 2013, Bedfordshire GPs take charge of local healthcare funds

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has ‘gone live’ this week, taking over formal responsibility for commissioning the majority of healthcare for the people of Bedfordshire.

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28 March 2013, Don't make A&E choc a block this Easter

Think twice about heading straight to A&E this Easter weekend if you are unwell and consider alternatives, such as local pharmacies, NHS Direct or local Walk-in Centres.

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28 March 2013, Get up, get moving

Working together wins money pot to get people up and in to sport Bedfordshire.

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15 January 2013, Remember to keep warm, keep well

As the cold and wintry weather sets in, the NHS in Bedfordshire is reminding residents to keep warm and keep well.

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21 December 2012, Publication of BCCG draft Commissioning Intentions 2013-14

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group have today published their draft Commissioning Intentions document for 2013-14.

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18 December 2012, Pharmacy opening times over the Christmas period

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group has published details of pharmacy opening times for the Christmas and New Year period, so that people know where they can go for advice and treatment on minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, flu and tummy upsets.

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11 December 2012, Bedfordshire GPs take control of local NHS budget

Doctors and nurses in Bedfordshire have been given the green light to take control of local health budgets.

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13 November 2012, Get well soon without antibiotics

Now that the cold weather has arrived and more of us are getting coughs, colds and sore throats, health experts in Bedfordshire are reminding people that antibiotics do not work against infections caused by viruses.

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30 October 2012, Ask your pharmacist

This week is Ask Your Pharmacist week and all are encouraged to make the most of their local chemist's services and knowledge.

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12 September 2012, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group appoints new Chair

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG), announces the appointment of Brian Rolfe as its new Chair Designate.

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28 August 2012, Bedfordshire GP appointed to top local NHS role

Prominent Bedfordshire GP, Dr Paul Hassan, has been appointed as the Chief Clinical Officer Designate for Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG).

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19 July 2012, It’s ‘all about your health’ at this year’s Bedford river festival

People visiting NHS Bedfordshire’s ‘all about your health’ marquee during next weekend’s river festival will be able to speak to the resident street doctor, try their hand at fun and healthy exercises or even get a free health MOT.

Working with health partners, including Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Bedford Hospital and South Essex Partnership Trust (SEPT), the marquee will be located on the Embankment next to the Butterfly Bridge and will be packed full of health information, tips and advice for a healthy lifestyle, and fun activities and games to take part in.

People will be also able to speak to members of the newly-formed Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, which is due to take over commissioning responsibilities from the PCT next April.

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is using the festival to launch its membership scheme, which is designed to give local people a voice in how their health services are run. Dr Paul Hassan, local GP and Chair of the Bedfordshire CCG, said: “I hope people visiting our marquee will find the range of activities enjoyable and the information useful in helping them to lead healthier lifestyles.

“We also want to encourage people to sign up to our membership scheme, so that they can receive regular news about our plans, find out about our challenges and achievements and most importantly, have their say to help us do it better.”

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