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Local Offer Live! is an innovative event designed for children and young people with Special Education Educational Needs and/or Disabilities and their parents and carers. They will be able to ask any questions they like, exchange ideas, meet people and attend a fun event in the evening.
A new memory assessment tool designed to improve dementia diagnosis is being introduced into GP practices by Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG).
People with multiple physical and mental health conditions have long felt that the NHS’s one-size-fits-all approach to health and social care does not always meet the complexity of their needs. In line with a national approach to delivering personalised care, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is addressing this problem by increasing access to Personal Health Budgets (PHB) to give patients more choice and control over their own care.
Every five minutes someone in the UK has a stroke. As May is Action On Stroke month, Bedfordshire and Luton Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) are offering advice on how to reduce the risk of suffering from this potentially life threatening condition.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group has published the opening times of local pharmacies for the May bank holidays.
With the Islamic holy month of Ramadan beginning on 6 May, a Luton doctor is advising Muslims on how to stay healthy during the fasting period.
Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) held their first Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Summit last week, where professionals and parent-carers came together. The aim of the summit was to explore how everyone could work together to improve the outcomes and experience of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families and to ensure that they get the support they need.
Twenty-seven years ago, my husband Forbes suffered a devastating brain stem stroke which left him totally paralysed and unable to speak. He was 49 years old.
People across Luton and Bedfordshire are being urged to “think pharmacy first” over the long Easter holiday weekend.
As part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, doctors are urging people in Luton and Bedfordshire not to let fear or embarrassment stop them from seeking help.
Thousands of people in Bedfordshire are being urged to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by making some simple changes to their lifestyle. The plea by NHS Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) comes ahead of Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week, which runs from 1 - 7 April 2019.
Dr Saheli Chaudhury - In this blog I intend to answer the most frequently asked questions and try to ease anxieties about cervical screening.
People living in and around Bromham and the surrounding areas are being asked for their views on re-locating two GP branch surgeries to a new purpose built primary care facility on the border with Biddenham.
Today (Monday 18 March 2019) is National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day and organisations across Bedfordshire are urging people to say something if they see something and help combat child sexual exploitation (CSE).
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) has launched a public consultation in Dunstable on its proposal to develop an integrated health and care Hub in the town centre.
As part of national Nutrition and Hydration Week, dietician Bernice Chiswell from Bedford Hospital highlights the importance of preventing dehydration in older people.
Women between the ages of 25 and 64 in Luton and Bedfordshire are being reminded of the importance of cervical screening.
Dr Saleh Ahmed blogs about his experience of travelling to the African country of Sierra Leone.
We believe that women, their partners and birth partners should be in the driving seat when it comes to pregnancy, labour, birth and post birth care. That’s why we’re working together to improve maternity services in our area.
A short video highlighting how NHS 111 is the number to call for non-emergency medical advice is being shared on social media. The video was shot by Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Luton Clinical Commissioning Group features members of staff from the NHS 111 service in Bedford.
Residents in Bedford Borough will be receiving important healthcare information through their letterboxes in the next few days.
Sue shares her experience of receiving excellent NHS care without going to see her GP.
Advice for parents in Bedfordshire on how best to protect their children from illness this winter is now available online. NHS Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) has uploaded onto its website a recording of its first webinar for parents with young children.
We can all feel a bit down at this time of year. Long dark nights, cold weather and an avalanche of bills can all combine to create the “winter blues”.
As we approach Blue Monday, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is highlighting the mental health services available in the county.
Residents in Bedfordshire are being advised to take extra precautions as colder weather sweeps across the area later this week. NHS Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is warning that prolonged periods of cold weather can be dangerous, especially for the very young, very old or those with chronic diseases.
As any parent will tell you, the winter months are the worst for childhood illnesses. To help parents protect their children from the annual onslaught of colds, flu, sickness and infections, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is running an online advice session presented by a specialist in children’s health.
Parents should ensure they have a well-stocked medicine cabinet during the winter months to help their children recover from minor illnesses. Many minor childhood illnesses can be treated at home, avoiding unnecessary trips to GP surgeries or to A&E, says Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG).
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) says the health system coped well over the Christmas and New Year period, with fewer people attending Bedford Hospital’s A&E department and the number of admissions, was down from previous years.
Update from Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group on Bedford Health Village.
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 make sure they have the right medicines to see them through the festive period.
Bedfordshire and Luton Clinical Commissioning Groups are urging residents aged 65 and over, to take up their free NHS flu vaccination before winter takes hold.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is offering a unique opportunity for members of the public to get involved in shaping local health services.
Parents and carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are being asked to give their views on the services they access in Bedford Borough.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body meeting held in public will be taking place on Thursday 08 November-18, 2.00pm - 4.30pm.
Staff from Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes CCGs welcomed Patricia Davies, Joint Accountable Officer and Chris Ford, Joint Chief Financial Office.
The NSPCC and Bedfordshire safeguarding boards this week launched a Neglect Matters campaign to combat child and adolescent neglect across the county.
The children’s charity has teamed up with local authorities and health organisations to push the issue of neglect into the public eye and let Bedfordshire’s young people know where to find help.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is pleased to confirm that a new service providing community phlebotomy (blood tests) will be provided from Dunstable Health Centre in Priory Gardens, Dunstable as from Monday 22 October 2018.
Monday 1 October saw the opening of the Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) which offers patients access to same day GP and Nurse appointments from 11am until 11pm, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Partners at Putnoe Medical Centre have today signed a new two year contract to continue to deliver walk-in services north of the river in Bedford.
Doctors in Luton and Bedfordshire are urging more pregnant women and young children to get their free flu vaccine as soon as possible, to protect their health.
Boys and young men can be the victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE).
This is the message that local sports personalities and role models in Bedfordshire are helping to push out over the next few weeks, as part of a new social media awareness campaign.
Following consultation with residents, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Partners at Putnoe Medical Centre have agreed a new two year contract to continue to deliver walk in services north of the river.
NHS Bedfordshire CCG’s Governing Body – held in public
BCCG statement on the Putnoe Walk-in Centre Consultation.
Bedfordshire residents are invited to attend a public meeting about future plans for Putnoe Walk-in Centre and NHS urgent care in Bedfordshire, on Monday 13 August at Kings House, 245 Ampthill Road, Bedford MK42 9AZ from 6.45pm – 8.45pm.
The NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups for Bedfordshire and Luton are advising anyone who has a lung condition to take some simple steps to stay on top of symptoms and prevent their health conditions from becoming more severe.
Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Groups have today announced the appointment of a new Accountable Officer, Patricia Davies, who will join the leadership team in November.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) has launched a formal public consultation on its plans to close Putnoe Walk-in Centre and move walk-in services to a new Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) based at Bedford Hospital which will provide medical tests and longer opening.
Three members of staff from Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) are excited to be attending the prestigious national celebration to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS at Westminster Abbey, on Thursday 5 July.
As nurses we took great pride in our appearance
Dee Dillistone is a busy working mum with three children and she is grateful to the NHS for the excellent care she received when she broke her back. Here is her story to celebrate the NHS 70th birthday.
As the NHS celebrates 70 years, we share the story of two nurses at Bedford Hospital who fell in love.
Jim Playle from Bedfordshire is grateful that the NHS has taken such great care of his parents.
Hot weather can pose a real health risk for many, especially older people, babies or very young children, and anyone with breathing problems or many other health conditions.
Diane Clay was born in 1945 and at the age of three developed bronchial pneumonia and was treated in hospital using some of the first antibiotics to be used to treat civilians, at the very beginning of the NHS.
Local GP Dr Jenny Wilson organises park run – free running events, in Bedford and says it is the ideal activity to help people to get fit, and meet others as it is so sociable.
Riz, who started her journey in the NHS as an Adult Nurse 22 years ago, has a sister who works as a Practice Nurse, one who is an Occupational Therapist and another sister who is a Dental Hygienist.
Somara Baig from Luton who has serious health conditions including Multiple Sclerosis, says she wouldn’t have managed to keep going without the NHS staff who have made such a difference to her life.
Putnoe Walk-in Centre - Update
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is committed to providing access to high quality health services for all Bedfordshire patients. The provision of walk-in services is part of this, together with extended access to primary care services and access to an Urgent Treatment Centre which is planned to open in October 2018.
Following ongoing local discussions, BCCG is planning a public consultation on the walk-in centre starting in July 2018. In the mean-time we are continuing to explore options for walk-in services, north of the river, in Bedford which we will reassess following the consultation outcome.
We will ensure regular updates are made available and publish plans as they progress.
Dementia Action Week takes place from 21-27 May. This year there will be a range of activities across Bedfordshire set up by local organisations including The Alzheimer’s Society, Carers in Bedfordshire and the Tibbs Dementia Foundation, to support those living with dementia and their carers. The events are supported by Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, which commission dementia care and support services locally.
For over 44 years, Eileen McMahon has volunteered at the Luton & Dunstable Hospital (L&D), helping hundreds of patients to feel confident in their own skin.
Dr Uzma Sarwar, former Clinical Director of Luton Clinical Commissioning Group, gives advice on how to maintain your energy levels during the month of fasting.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is reminding patients that pharmacies will be open over the May bank holiday weekend.
There are not many people who can say they helped to create the first NHS counselling service for the people of Luton, but Jeannie Szumski can claim just that.
The 70 day countdown to the NHS birthday in Bedfordshire and Luton begins on 26 April 2018 with the story of a little girl who was saved from dying of sepsis, thanks to quick thinking NHS staff.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedford Borough Council are delighted that the new Bedfordshire Community Health Services which is being provided by East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) together with Cambridgeshire Community Services (CCS) NHS Trust has successfully launched.
On Wednesday 11 April the Rt. Hon. Alistair Burt MP joined doctors and patients at the official opening of new GP premises in the heart of Sandy.
People in Bedfordshire are being urged to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by leading a healthier lifestyle.
David Foord was just 16 years old when he gave up attending his usual P.E. lesson on a Wednesday afternoon to volunteer his time to work in a local care home. Growing up with a close family member suffering from mental illness had reinforced his career choice, and even though he was still studying in sixth form at school, David already knew he wanted a career in a care profession.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) has secured approximately £0.5million additional funds for improving diabetes healthcare for the second year running, following a successful bid to NHS England (NHSE).
Bedford GPs and Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group have paid tribute to Dr Paresh Lathia following the news of his sudden death.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) and Luton Clinical Commissioning Group (LCCG) are reminding patients that pharmacies can help with a wide range of minor ailments and many will be open over the four-day Easter weekend.
Clinical Chair, Dr Alvin Low has resigned from Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, with immediate effect, after 2 years at the helm of the organisation.
The Clinical Commissioning Groups across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes are urging local residents to provide feedback about their experiences of local maternity services.
Brian from Bedfordshire shared his story about why he loves the NHS for Bedfordshire and Luton Clinical Commissioning Groups’ NHS70th birthday celebrations. To share your story about why the NHS is special, email the CCGs at NHS70.Stories@nhs.net
The East of England Ambulance Service now average over 3000 calls to their 999 control rooms every day and the rising demand has dramatically increased the pressure on the emergency services. Dave Tamarro, who has worked in emergency services for over 22 years, and is currently a paramedic for East of England Ambulance Service, asks us to make the right call when we feel unwell.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group would like to reassure patients of Pemberley Surgery that the practice is not closing. It has been brought to our attention that posters are being distributed locally, which incorrectly state that Pemberley Surgery is to close.
Receiving an MBE from the Queen for ‘Services to Healthcare and Patients’ was one of the highlights of Janet Graham’s 51 years in the NHS.
After 70 years of the NHS - it’s hard to imagine not having a wide range of free healthcare services available right at your finger-tips.
Dave Simpson from Flitwick beat cancer, thanks to life-saving treatment and care from NHS staff, and surprisingly, he says his life is better now than it was before his cancer diagnosis.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedford Borough Council are delighted to confirm that East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) will be delivering Community Health Services in Bedfordshire from 1 April 2018.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Luton Clinical Commissioning Group are asking members of the public to consider whether they know the right NHS service to use when they suffer an injury or become ill this winter. With A&E departments busier than ever and with the bad weather expected to increase pressure on hospitals this weekend, it’s more important than ever to know which service is the right one for you.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body meeting held in public will be taking place on Thursday 01 March 2018, 2.00pm - 4.30pm.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is advising anyone who is suffering with vomiting and/or diarrhoea not to visit GP surgeries and to avoid visiting loved ones in hospitals or care homes, to help prevent the spread of the winter vomiting bug.
Chris Harvey, Head of Adult Safeguarding for Luton Clinical Commissioning Group (LCCG) was one of the first male nurses to train at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) at Stanmore, Middlesex.
This Valentine’s Day two Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are inviting local people to share their stories about why they love the NHS.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and the Partners at The Putnoe Medical Centre have agreed to extend the contract for the Walk in Centre for a further six months, while a new Urgent Treatment Centre is set up in Bedford.
Bedfordshire, Luton and Hertfordshire CCGs have agreed a new contract with East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) to deliver non-emergency patient transport.
BCCG placed in Special Measures
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body meeting held in public will be taking place on Thursday 25 January 2018, 2.00pm - 4.30pm.
Bedford Hospital NHS Trust is dealing with very high numbers of patients with a lot of pressure in particular on Accident and Emergency Services. This means it’s really important to look get medical help from the right place.
So where can you go for medical help?
If you visit, look after or help a frail elderly person, look out for signs that they are unwell and take action to get the help they need right away – A&E is rarely the right place to go.
Christmas can be such a busy time that everyday tasks such as ordering medication get forgotten, so GPs in Bedfordshire and Luton are reminding people who have repeat prescriptions to order their medication well in advance to avoid running out during the festive holidays.
People with diabetes need not miss out on festive food and fun if a healthy diet and active lifestyle is maintained; says local diabetes champion and health leaders.
Free healthcare advice will be provided through social media by our team of Pharmacists between 1:30pm to 2:30pm on 29th November 2017 organised by Luton Clinical Commissioning Group and Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG’s).
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedford Borough Council are delighted to announce that East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) is the preferred bidder to provide Community Health Services in Bedfordshire for the next 5 years.
It is estimated that 4.5 million people are living with diabetes and that around 700 people are diagnosed with the disease every day. That’s the equivalent of one person every two minutes.
Health leaders at Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Luton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are urging local people to use their local Pharmacists to help them stay well this winter.
Dr Sanjay Sharma, local GP and Chair of the Chiltern Vale Locality for Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, talks about keeping well this winter and the alternatives to A&E when you need medical treatment.
A well prepared medicine cabinet can cost under £6 and can help keep children healthy during the winter months, say Luton and Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body meeting held in public will be taking place on Thursday 2nd November 2017, 2.00pm - 4.30pm.
Clinical Commissioning Groups in Bedfordshire and Luton are joining forces to encourage the parents and carers of children under 5 to use A&E for emergencies only this winter.
The clinical commissioning groups in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Luton, together with the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST), have continued to make good progress to put in place a reliable transport service for patients that use the service.
The East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST), the new caretaker provider of non-urgent patient transport services, is putting in place new arrangements to provide transport services in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Luton.
Patients suffering minor eye problems in Bedfordshire will be able to receive free NHS eye treatment for minor conditions in selected local opticians.
Since last Friday, Clinical Commissioning Groups in Bedfordshire, Luton and Hertfordshire have been working hard to transfer patient transport services over to East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, who is the new caretaker provider.
Clinical Commissioning Groups in Bedfordshire, Luton and Hertfordshire have been working hard to transfer patient transport services over to East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, the new caretaker provider of non-emergency patient transport, after Private Ambulance Service informed us that it was no longer able to fulfil the terms of its contract.
Following the closure of Private Ambulance Service, Clinical Commissioning Groups in Bedfordshire, Luton and Hertfordshire are working hard this weekend to transfer patient journeys over to East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, who is the new provider.
East of England Ambulance Service has been awarded a caretaker contract to provide non-emergency patient transport in Bedfordshire, Luton and Hertfordshire
Important announcement regarding the Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group & Luton Clinical Commissioning Group are encouraging all pregnant women to get their free flu vaccination before the flu virus starts circulating.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is reminding those with asthma to take some simple steps to help ease symptoms and prevent them from becoming more severe.
NHS Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is holding its fourth Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 21 September 2017
Many people across Bedfordshire are affected by mental ill health. Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG), the health body responsible for commissioning mental health services locally, has been asking service users how adult mental health crisis care can be improved. The feedback received will be used to inform the development of crisis care in the region.
Residents in Bedfordshire are being asked to give their views on plans for health care, after Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group released its plans for the year ahead.
Local health commissioner, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is joining forces with a number of supermarkets throughout September to tackle mental health concerns in the area.
The summer holidays are over and it’s time for children to go back to school. It’s important that parents are prepared to deal with the common illnesses such as colds and coughs, as well as scrapes and bumps kids pick up at school.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body meeting held in public will be taking place on Thursday 07 September 2017, 2.00pm - 4.30pm.
With one in six Bedfordshire adults expected to experience mental ill health at some point in their lifetime, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG), the health body responsible for commissioning services locally, is keen to listen to views on how adult mental health crisis care can be improved.
Bedfordshire resident Felicity Stocker blogs on what mental health crisis means to her and how the service can be improved, encouraging people to take part in the Mental Health Crisis Care survey.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, as a member of the local STP footprint, has secured £470,000 of funding to invest in Diabetes care and treatment programmes across the county.
The summer holidays are now in full swing, but you didn’t envisage your little one falling ill, leaving them fed up, confined to the sofa watching TV.
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.
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.
As any parents or carers know exercise for children has lots of advantages. Strong bones, healthy heart and low cholesterol to name a few
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.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body meeting held in public will be taking place on Thursday 06 July 2017, 2.00pm - 4.30pm.
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.
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.
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.
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%*.
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.
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).
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.
Local man has praised respite services in Bedfordshire that have supported him to care for his wife in their family home.
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.
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.
Ivel Valley GPs and Bedfordshire CCG have paid tribute to Dr Judy Baxter following the news of her death.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body meeting held in public on Thursday 04 May 2017, 2.00pm - 4.30pm.
Head of Medicines Optimisation at Bedfordshire Clinical Commission Group, Fiona Garnett writes of the importance of having a fully stocked medicine cabinet.
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.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is urging residents over the age of 60 to take up the free bowel cancer screening test.
Patient Participation Groups in GP Practices in the Ivel Valley area are holding an information event for people with Type 2 Diabetes.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is reminding patients that pharmacies will be open over the Easter bank holiday weekend.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is reminding patients to be prepared and stock-up now for Easter.
Laughter Yoga specialist and Bedford resident, Cheryl Green explains why laughing is good for your health.
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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.
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.
Ivel Valley GPs paid tribute to Dr Shiv Sekaran from Dr Cakebread and Partners, Shefford today, following the news of his sudden death.
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.
Layla Saunders, ex-smoker and Bedfordshire resident blog about her battle with quitting cigarettes.
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.
Leighton Buzzard GPs paid tribute to Dr Tariq Hafez from Leighton Road Surgery today, following the news of his death.
When it comes to sickness and diarrhoea, no-one likes it when you overshare – particularly if that means spreading a virus around.
Love your Heart this Valentine’s Day.
An over-reliance on antibiotics could make infections harder to treat.
An initiative to ensure patients experiencing a mental health crisis have fast access to care has been shortlisted for a national award.
On Cancer Awareness Day, Local volunteer and cancer survivor Dave Simpson tells his story about how he beat cancer.
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.
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.
Bedfordshire resident, Dr Jasmin Ali is the latest recruit to the new training scheme.
People who care for loved-ones in Bedfordshire are being urged not to neglect their own health this winter.
As carer for my 96 year old mum I know how this time of the year can be critical for the elderly.
A new local health blog which features the clinical expertise of local family doctors has been launched by NHS Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG).
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.
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.
As the Christmas holidays approach it’s important to remember that not all pharmacies will be open over the whole Christmas period.
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.
Bedfordshire’s multi-agency Mental Health Street Triage has been commended at the annual NHS Business Awards.
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.
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.
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.
Gas has now been restored to all those homes in Central Bedfordshire which had been recently cut off following accidental damage to the supply.
Gas has been restored to almost all homes affected by the recent cut to the supply in mid Bedfordshire
NHS Bedfordshire CCG’s Governing Body meeting in public
NHS Bedfordshire and NHS Luton Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) announce new Integrated Urgent Care service
Gas outage in Ampthill, Clophill and Maulden.
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.
Bedfordshire patients say “self-care” cuts the life-threatening risks of diabetes
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.
A statement from NHS England and Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group regarding Horizon Health Choices
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.
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.
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).
· 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
Events are being held in Bedfordshire on Monday (October 10) as part of World Mental Health Day.
Commissioning decision to be deferred
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is holding a Governing Body meeting in public on Thursday 22 September 2016.
Local doctors are urging people in Bedfordshire to have the flu jab well before winter.
Staff at East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) are celebrating after the Trust was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
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.
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.
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.
Did you know that your local pharmacist can offer advice and provide medication for a range of common ailments?
The care provided to ambulance patients before they go to hospital is showing ‘continuous improvement’, according to the latest national audit figures.
A video promoting a new Mental Health Recovery College for Bedfordshire and Luton has been produced.
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.
Introduction to the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan.
The care provided to ambulance patients before they go to hospital is showing ‘continuous improvement’, according to the latest national audit figures.
Bedfordshire health professionals urge residents to avoid A&E unless their condition is serious or life threatening.
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.
Street triage is team effort to save lives
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.
Doctors at Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group are warning people to take a few simple steps to avoid a sprain or strain.
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.
The Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review has shared its recommendations for the future of hospital services in Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes.
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’.
Bedfordshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Service, in partnership with Carers in Bedfordshire, is creating a practical Commitment to Carers Plan for Bedfordshire.
BCCG has appointed Dr Robert Sherwin to the Governing Body as Secondary Care Clinician.
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.
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.
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.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) has reached the finals for the Patient Experience Network National Awards (PENNA) for patient engagement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We should use antibiotics only when they’re needed to keep them effective against bacterial infection.
Half a million pound programme expands to Bedford Hospitalin a bid reduce avoidable death and harm to acutely sick children
Bedfordshire CCG appoints new Accountable Officer and new Chief Finance Officer
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.
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.
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.
People who use the Speech and Language Therapy (S<) service in Bedfordshire are being asked for their views on how it meets users’ needs.
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.
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?
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is holding a Governing Body meeting in public on Thursday 3 September.
Local pharmacies can offer advice and provide medication at bank holidays
New online factsheets give advice to parents and carers
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is inviting local people or organisations who represent or support different parts of the community to become diversity champions.
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.
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.
Bedford Hospital has gained Baby Friendly accreditation from UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) for meeting thehighest standards in supporting infant feeding.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Carers and services users are changing the shape of mental health services in Bedfordshire by helping Bedfordshire CCG select a new provider.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An additional meeting for BCCG Governing Body to formally respond to the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review Progress Report
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
A partnership agreement to improve outcomes for people experiencing mental health crisis has been signed by partners from across Bedfordshire and Luton.
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.
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.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is calling on people in Bedfordshire to help shape local health services by joining its public membership scheme.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is calling on people in Bedfordshire to help shape local health services by joining its public membership scheme.
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.
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.
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).
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is supporting the NHS winter campaign, ‘Feeling under the weather?’
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.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) has appointed a new lay member to its governing body.
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.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s (BCCG) consultation on speciality fertility services – in particular IVF – closes in three weeks.
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.
GPs in Bedfordshire are urging patients at greatest risk from flu (‘influenza’) to protect themselves by getting a free flu jab.
Over 70 people attended BCCG’s Annual General Meeting last night (25 September).
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s IVF consultation is now live.
A big thank you to everyone who joined us in the health tent at Bedford River Festival at the weekend (19 and 20 July).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leighton Buzzard GP, Chris Marshall is cycling the 100-mile Prudential Ride London this summer to raise money for Bowel Cancer UK.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Local GPs are increasing their hours and services to keep more of their patients out of casualty this winter.
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.
Keep warm, keep well this winter
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.
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.
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.
GPs donned their stethoscopes to become Street Doctors at Dunstable Health Fair.
Bedfordshire families will get a chance to have their say on the future model of paediatric services via a new website.
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.
From Monday 16 September some paediatric services will return to Bedford Hospital.
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.
New shuttle service will run from Bedford Hospital for families who need to travel to other hospitals in the area.
Bedford Hospital will close some of its paediatric services by 1 August this year.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has ‘gone live’ this week
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.
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.
As the cold and wintry weather sets in, the NHS in Bedfordshire is reminding residents to keep warm and keep well.
Doctors and nurses in Bedfordshire have been given the green light to take control of local health budgets.
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.
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG), announces the appointment of Brian Rolfe as its new Chair Designate.
Prominent Bedfordshire GP, Dr Paul Hassan, has been appointed as the Chief Clinical Officer Designate for Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG).
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.”