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Linden Medical Group Patients To Have Their Say On Plans


Patients registered with Linden Medical Group are encouraged to have their say on the proposed closure of their branch surgery, Doctors’ Corner, in Wollaton.


Currently patients are seen at both Stapleford and Wollaton sites. The proposed change would see patients benefitting from additional appointments and greater continuity of care in the modern and purpose built premises in Stapleford Care Centre.


What would this mean for patients?

  • All registered patients, including patients who are usually seen at the Wollaton branch, would be offered appointments at Stapleford if they need to see a GP or a Nurse.
  • Home visits would continue for all frail and housebound patients.
  • Patients who choose not to remain registered with the practice would be supported and offered advice on how to re-register with a different practice.


Linden Medical Group is working closely with its Patient Participation Group, the CCG and NHS England to ensure all patients and stakeholders have their say between now and 28 March 2016.


A patient information letter, feedback questionnaire and details of two public events can be found on Linden's website - click here to view. 

Views Needed on Talking Therapies


Click here to complete a survey about how best we can support adults with mild, moderate and severe common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders. We want to provide services that are effective in helping people recover, stay well and live as independently as possible.


Primary care psychological therapies (PCPT) – sometimes called talking therapies – are already available and can meet the needs of many people with common mental health problems. However, for people who have not recovered through PCPT or where PCPT is not deemed suitable, we need to assess whether any alternative options can be provided.


We are carrying out this survey to gather feedback from local people who may use these services. This will help us determine whether we need to make any changes to current services and, if so, what kind of services people might be likely to use. Please help us by taking the survey:

Important Strike Information




Information from Nottingham University Hospitals:


National junior doctors' strikes have been confirmed for today (Tuesday 12 January). We recognise and value the crucial contributions of our junior doctors and acknowledge their right to strike over their concerns about the proposed new contract.


Our consultants, nurses and wider teams across NUH have been working together to ensure patient safety over the days we will be managing with fewer junior doctors.


Unless you have been notified, please attend our hospitals for your appointment or surgery as normal today.

Patients whose appointment or operation has been cancelled due to the strike have been notified and we ask that those patients do not attend our hospitals today. We will contact you with a new date as soon as possible.


If you have any questions about your outpatient appointment or operations please call:

Outpatient appointment: Call the appropriate department directly (the phone number on your appointment letter). If you don't know the number, please call 0115 924 9924 (QMC) or 0115 969 1169 (City) Operation: Contact the relevant department or your consultant's secretary directly via 0115 924 9924 (QMC) or 0115 969 1169 (City) 


We are planning for the subsequent strikes planned for 26 January and 10 February. We will be in contact with patients in due course if their operations or clinic appointments are affected.


Antibiotics not always the answer


Don't go straight for the antibiotics if you are feeling ill - is the warning from GPs across Broxtowe. Many patients ask for antibiotics when visiting their GP as they assume a course of antibiotics is a cure-all solution. However the overuse of antibiotics can result in infections becoming resistant to the drug so they do not work.


Dr Mansford, Chief Clinical Officer of NHS Nottingham West CCG said: "Fighting infections is a growing problem due to antibiotic resistance.  It is driven by overusing antibiotics, prescribing them inappropriately and patient's not finishing the course. To slow down the development of antibiotic resistance, it is important to use antibiotics in the right way – to use the right drug, at the right dose, at the right time, for the right duration. Antibiotics should be taken as prescribed and never saved for later or shared with others."


What patients should do:

·         take only the antibiotics as prescribed

·         not skip doses of antibiotics

·         ensure antibiotics are taken at regular intervals

·         never save some for later

·         don't stop taking them even if you feel better

·         not share antibiotics with others.


Speak to your GP if you are given antibiotics and are concerned or visit the following page on NHS Choices for more information. For more information on staying well this winter visit

Christmas & New Year Pharmacy Opening Times


Pharmacy opening times

The NHS is encouraging people in Nottinghamshire to plan their healthcare during the festive season. With advice on common illnesses and the best medicines to treat them, visiting the pharmacist can save you time in the waiting room and help you feel better fast.


Dr Ken Deacon, Medical Director at NHS England in Nottinghamshire said: "Your local pharmacy can help you with more than you might think. Pharmacists offer expert, confidential advice and treatment for many minor health problems."


Many pharmacies will remain open over the Christmas holidays, when some other services may have reduced opening hours.


"As most GP surgeries will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day we would also encourage patients to order any medication they need in plenty of time so they have a good supply during the festive period," added Dr Deacon.



Pharmacy opening hours in Nottinghamshire over the Christmas holidays can be found here.

Cancer Drugs Fund Consultation


NHS England and NICE have launched a 12-week public consultation - - seeking views about proposals for the future direction of the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF).


During the consultation period, which runs until 11 February 2016, NHS England and NICE will be hosting a number of face-to-face events, and webinars, to enable everyone to hear more about the proposals, and to ask questions. The aim of these events is to provide an opportunity to learn more, and clarify any points.

There will be two webinars before Christmas on Thursday, December 17 at 11am and 1pm. Each of the webinars will last for approximately 1.5 hours and are both open to anybody with an interest in the future direction of the CDF. Additional webinars will be organised in the New Year, some of which will be targeted at specific audiences e.g. patient groups and charities.


Each webinar is limited to 40 places. Once capacity for a webinar has been reached, you will not be able to join. In this case, please register for another event, or look out for details of further events in the New Year. To register for the webinars, please go to:


There will be two face-to-face events in January. Anybody with an interest in the future of the Cancer Drugs Fund is welcome to attend. Please note that places are limited, so please do register early if you wish to attend.


The first will take place in London on Wednesday 13 January, from 10am to 12.30pm and the second in Manchester on Friday 15 January from 2pm to 4.30pm. Registration details for both events can be found at:

Order repeat prescriptions in time for Christmas



Health leaders in Nottinghamshire advising patients not to leave it too late to order and collect repeat prescriptions this Christmas. Running out of daily medication over the festive period could have serious consequences for patients who rely on them to control heart and breathing problems. 


Many GP practices will have limited opening hours during the Christmas holidays and the majority of pharmacies will also be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. 


Dr Guy Mansford, GP and chief clinical officer for NHS Nottingham West Clinical Commissioning Group said: “The busy festive period can make it difficult to remember the important, everyday things such as ordering repeat prescriptions. This is especially important, as those with long term conditions rely on their prescribed medication to help them keep their condition under control. It’s important to order repeat prescriptions at least a week in advance so that the festive season can be enjoyed in good health”  

eople are also being advised to double check that they are prepared with sufficient over-the-counter remedies so that minor illnesses and injuries can be managed at home. Local pharmacies can provide useful advice and deal with minor ailments without people having to see their GP about winter bugs like coughs, colds, sore throats, stomach upsets and flu.” 

Ditch the razor & grow some fuzz to beat bowel cancer

BBClogoWe're backing this year's Decembeard campaign; a national hair growing crusade in which men ditch their razors for the month of December to help raise awareness of bowel cancer.


We're using the campaign to call on everyone to be more familiar with the symptoms of bowel cancer; its causing factors and to identify the early signs of the disease and save more lives. They are also using the campaign to issue a reminder to people about the importance of screening for early detection of the disease.


Bowel cancer is the second biggest killer of men and women in the UK and is the most common cause of death in men after lung cancer. The disease is the fourth most common cancer in men and women in the UK. In 2011, there were more than 41,500 new cases of bowel cancer in the UK: 23,171 (56%) in men and 18,410 (44%) in women.


The incidence of bowel cancer in Nottinghamshire is higher than the national average (53.2 per 100,000 compared with the national average of 46.5 per 100,000)*. In the UK between 2009 and 2011, an average 43% of bowel cancer cases were diagnosed in people aged 75 years and over, and 95% were diagnosed in those aged 50 and over. More than 2,100 patients under the age of 50 are also diagnosed with the disease each year, with three out of five of those diagnosed under the age of 50 having stage three or four bowel cancer.


Patients aged 60 to 74 will automatically be sent an invitation and a screening kit to do the test at home. The testing kit is a very simple way to collect small samples on a special card at home. There are clear instructions sent with the kit. People then send the card in a hygienically sealed, prepaid envelope to a laboratory for testing. They will be sent the results of the test by post within two weeks.


Decembeard participants will grow their beards during the month of December to help raise funds and awareness for the charity. The campaign has been backed by famous personalities including comedian and actor Eddie Izzard, whose mother died from bowel cancer, and former England Rugby star, Matt Dawson who lost his grandfather to the disease.


Decembeard is hosted by national charity, Beating Bowel Cancer which has been saving lives from the disease by raising awareness of symptoms, promoting early diagnosis and encouraging open access to treatments. Decembeard  has grown to become one of the most engaging health promotion campaigns since Movember.


Around 1 in 20 people in the UK will develop bowel cancer during their lifetime, and with around 40,000 new cases every year, health leaders are urging patients to seek advice from their GP if they discover the following symptoms:

  • Blood in faeces
  • Change in bowel habits (more frequent, looser stools)
  • Abdominal pain.


Dr Guy Mansford, chief clinical officer for NHS Nottingham West Clinical Commissioning Group: "It is so important that people are more familiar with the symptoms and that sent them, complete their home testing kits after they have landed on their doormat. Bowel cancer is one of the most treatable cancers if it can be detected early yet is still remains one of the biggest killers. Family history is a factor but other  factors are lack of exercise, obesity, high alcohol intake and smoking. The home testing kit is simple, straightforward and could save your life"


Almost 9 in 10 cases of bowel cancer are in patients over the age of sixty. Sign up and show your support for this year's Decembeard challenge, visit to register.

Eastwood GP Practice 'Outstanding'

CQC-LogoThe Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found the quality of care provided by Church Walk Surgery in Eastwood to be 'Outstanding' following an inspection carried out in August 2015.


Inspectors found patients were treated with compassion, dignity and respect and they were involved in their care and decisions about their treatment. The surgery provides services to approximately 11,500 patients. The full report of the inspection can be read here.


Nigel Hallam, Chairman of NHS Nottingham West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: "It's a fantastic achievement for Church Walk Surgery to be rated outstanding by the CQC. I'd like to congratulate both the practice staff and patient participation group for putting patients at the centre of everything they do and delivering a first class service."


Under CQC's new programme of inspections, all GP practices are being given a rating according to whether they are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led. The report highlights a number of areas of outstanding practice including:   

  • There was a strong focus on continuous learning and improvement at all levels within the practice. The practice team was forward thinking and took part in local pilot schemes to improve outcomes for patients in the area. For example, the partners had taken a lead role in the design of care pathways for a range of long term conditions and the development of the local GP provider company (Primary Integrated Community Services Ltd). As a result, community services were developed to treat and manage conditions such as respiratory conditions, heart failure and cardiology, pain and non-malignant palliative care. Outcomes achieved for patients included services being delivered closer to home, reduction in secondary care referrals and hospital admissions.
  • The patient participation group (PPG) had strong links with the local community through facilitating health promotion events and local support groups for lung related health needs and carers. Additionally, the PPG worked in collaboration with two other PPGs to ensure the wider community benefited from the activities they held. Patient feedback showed patients had enjoyed the informative events and received useful information on healthy lifestyle advice.

Janet Williamson, Deputy Chief Inspector of General Practice and Dentistry in CQC's Central region said: "The practice had a clear vision which had quality and safety as its top priority. A business plan was in place, which was monitored, regularly reviewed and discussed with all staff. High standards were promoted and owned by all the practice staff and there was evidence of good team working across all staff roles. Feedback from patients was excellent and staff went above and beyond their level of duty to care for patients. The practice also had a positive working atmosphere and was committed to continuing to improve services for its patients.


"The practice had a highly motivated and committed staff team to enable them to deliver well-led services. All staff we spoke with said they were proud of the organisation as a place to work. There was a very open, positive and supportive culture. This was evident by the response to incidents, significant events and complaints. All of this hard work pays off in making a real difference to patients – which is why we have found this practice to be Outstanding."


Dr Kelvin Lim, GP at Church Walk Surgery said: "We have a dedicated team that are committed to delivering excellent and innovative healthcare to our community. We are pleased this has been recognised by the CQC and it will serve as a further motivating factor for us to ensure we deliver a service for the needs of our patients."

Parents urged to protect their child from flu as winter sets in


With autumn well underway and coughs, colds and flu already starting to circulate, senior health officials and GPs in Nottinghamshire are urging parents of children between the ages of two and seven to make sure their child has their flu nasal vaccination.


Children in Nottinghamshire aged 2-7 are being vaccinated as part of NHS England's annual flu vaccination programme.  


The nasal spray vaccination is available free on the NHS. It's quick, effective and painless, say health commissioners, and is and available to children aged 2-4 years, as well as those in school years one and two. 


The vaccination is given by squirting a single dose of nasal spray up each nostril.  Not only is it needle-free, it works even better than the injected flu vaccine, with fewer side effects.   


The call to action is part of NHS England's Stay Well this Winter campaign which includes protecting the public from flu. Now the organisations responsible for planning and buying health services across parts of the county have thrown their weight behind a national campaign to get children vaccinated.


Dr Guy Mansford, GP and Chief Clinical Officer of NHS Nottingham West Clinical Commissioning Group said: "Children with the flu virus experience the same symptoms as adults, including fever, chills and aching muscles. Some children may develop complications such as bronchitis, pneumonia and painful middle ear infection which may need hospital treatment.  In rare serious cases, it can even be fatal.


"We know that children can easily spread germs through bad hygiene, such as sneezing and not washing their hands properly.  Vaccinating your child will not only protect them but also help to reduce the chance of flu spreading to others, especially amongst the vulnerable, such as babies, older people, pregnant women and people with serious long-term illnesses, even one that is well managed.  Primary school pilots using the vaccine have proved very effective in preventing the spread of flu in the wider community".


Children in school years one and two will be offered flu vaccination as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme. Parents of children aged 2, 3 and 4 year olds should have already been contacted by their GP about getting their child vaccinated before the winter.  Those who have not, are asked to contact their GP practice or practice nurse.


For more information about vaccines and the alternatives that may be available, visit: or

Gluten-Free Consultation (now closed)



This consultation has now closed


The consultation has closed for people in South Nottinghamshire to have their say on the provision of gluten-free foods on prescription.


Some gluten free foods like bread, flour and pasta are currently available on prescription for people who have coeliac disease -  a common digestive condition, triggered by the protein gluten which is found in wheat, barley and rye.


Health commissioners from three NHS clinical commissioning groups are consulting on whether the NHS should continue to provide prescriptions for gluten free foods for the populations they serve.


Health experts say that as a protein, gluten is not essential to people's diet and can be replaced by other foods.  Many gluten-free alternatives are also widely available in supermarkets and health food shops, including pasta, pizza bases and bread.


Prescriptions for gluten free foods have been available for more than over 30 years when their stocks were more limited in supermarkets, grocers and even restaurants. Since then, the availability of gluten-free foods has increased dramatically and many non-coeliac patients have taken the decision to exclude gluten from their diet. Bread is currently the most popular item on prescription.


Dr Guy Mansford, GP and chief clinical officer for NHS Nottingham West Clinical Commissioning Group said: "Gluten is not essential to people's diets and many basic foods such as meat, vegetables, cheese, potatoes and rice are naturally free from gluten. Many gluten-free alternatives are now widely available in supermarkets and health food shops. It is vital we provide the best value for taxpayers' money. We understand the proposals to withdraw or limit gluten-free foods on prescription may have an impact on some patients with coeliac disease. That's why we are keen to hear as many views as possible to help inform the outcome of the consultation."


Patients registered with a GP in areas served by Nottingham North and East CCG, Rushcliffe CCG and Nottingham West CCG are being asked to give their views about three options being proposed by health commissioners; stopping all prescribing of gluten-free foods; limiting prescriptions to 8 units of bread and/or flour each month, or to limit the products available to flour only (maximum of 4 units per month).


The 90 day consultation will run from Monday 3 August to Friday 30 October and health commissioners are asking people to complete a short survey to help them to understand what people think about the different options.


Symptoms of coeliac disease range from being mild to severe and can include abdominal pain, diarrhoea, nausea, weight loss, headaches and osteoporosis. There is no cure for coeliac disease, but switching to a gluten-free diet can help.


Dr Paul Oliver, GP and Clinical lead for NHS Nottingham North and East CCG said "We appreciate that these proposals will not be popular to many but we are proposing the changes because gluten free foods are more widely available now in supermarkets and at more affordable prices than ever before. With ever increasing demand for services, the NHS must evaluate everything it provides."


The three commissioning organisations currently estimate that £245,000 is spent on prescribed gluten free foods each year across the areas they serve.  


People can complete the survey online at: The full consultation document is available at the bottom of this page. Alternatively you can call PALS on 0800 028 3693 to request a printed version or complete over the telephone.


Drop-in sessions are taking place at the following locations for people to give their views:



Nottingham West area:

  • Thursday 3 Sept, 5.15pm-7pm, Stapleford Library
  • Tuesday 8 September, 2.30-4.30pm, Beeston Library



Nottingham North & East area - all 2-5pm:

  • Monday 14 September, Carlton Hill Library, Carlton Hill, NG4 1JE
  • Friday 18 September Hucknall Tescos Ashgate Road Hucknall NG15 7UQ
  • Monday 21 September, Arnold Library, 161 Front St, NG5 7EE


  • Rushcliffe area:
  • Tuesday 18 August 5.00 – 6.30 pm Bingham Library
  • Thursday 20 August 5.00 – 6.30 pm West Bridgford Library
  • Wednesday 2 September 10.00 – 12.00 noon East Leake Library
  • Thursday 24 September 9.30 – 11.30 am Bingham Library
  • Friday 25 September 1.00 – 3.00 pm West Bridgford Library
  • Tuesday 8 October 4.00 – 5.30 pm East Leake Library


People over 65 urged to get their free flu jab now


Patients over 65 are reminded to protect themselves against flu this winter with a free vaccination. "It's free because you need it" is the message from health bosses who are urging people to get to their local flu clinic or enquire with their local pharmacy to see if they offer the vaccination.


The call comes as NHS England and Public Health England have rolled out its national campaign to keep people well during the winter.


Commissioners say that the vaccination is the best possible protection against the flu virus during the autumn and winter months when people over 65 are more likely to suffer complications if they  contract the virus. In winter 2013/14, over 9001 people nationwide were admitted to hospital with confirmed cases of flu and 10 per cent of all patients admitted died as a result of the flu virus.


Dr Paul Oliver GP clinical lead for NHS Nottingham North and East CCG said: "Even if people have had the vaccination before it's important to get it again because the type of virus in circulation changes every year and so the vaccine changes too. Flu is a really unpleasant illness, particularly for those over 65. You are more likely to become seriously ill and have complications like pneumonia or make an existing condition worse if you catch it. This may result in an unwanted hospital stay and can even be fatal.


"Flu tends to circulate between September and March. The flu vaccine is available now, so I would urge anyone who is offered a free flu vaccination to visit their GP or pharmacy now. It's quick, safe and free if you're over 65".


People are asked to look out for a letter from their GP telling them about the dates and times of their flu clinics. This year many pharmacies are also offering the flu jab too so people are asked to check if their local branch is participating. People who care for someone over 65 are also advised to get vaccinated too, so that they can protect themselves and the person they care for.

Smokers are halfway to health this Stoptober

stoptober--smokefree logo

Health commissioners are congratulating smokers who reached the halfway point of the NHS Stoptober challenge and remain smokefree so far this month.


Health bosses say that the benefits may already be apparent; including a new found sense of smell and taste, improved circulation and fitness levels, brighter skin, not to mention, extra money in the pocket.


Stoptober has been adopted by the NHS to urge smokers to give up the habit for the month of October. Over a quarter of a million people across the country signed up to the Stoptober challenge last year and is backed this year by comedians Al (The Pub Landlord) Murray, Rhod Gilbert, and Bill Bailey.


Smoking is still the biggest cause of preventable illness and premature deaths in the country, accounting for almost 80,000 deaths in England every year. Smoking is responsible for around 1,300 deaths across Nottinghamshire every year (HSCIC, 2013). The main causes of death are cardiovascular disease, cancers and respiratory disease.


Smoking is also the single biggest cause of inequalities in death rates and life expectancy between the richest and poorest in our communities. On average in Nottinghamshire County this difference in life expectancy is 8.5 years and tobacco contributes to half of this difference.


Giving up smoking for any period can have a surprising effect on health almost immediately says Dr Guy Mansford, chief clinical officer for NHS Nottingham West CCG: "I congratulate smokers who are giving it a go this October. It's not easy to give up an addiction but they can already be assured that they have made huge strides towards better health. For example, smokers' pulse rates can return to normal just 20 minutes after stopping smoking.


"After 8 hours nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in blood can reduce by more than half and oxygen levels return to normal. After 48 hours carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body and lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris. After two days there is no nicotine in the body and after just three days breathing becomes easier, bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase."


At this point in the 28 day programme, smokers may find they need extra support to keep them motivated. Those who have not already done so can contact their local smoking cessation group or visit NHS Choices for more information. It's not too late to sign up for Stoptober visit the website and make a difference to you and your family's health today.


Get up to £2500 for Broxtowe Health Projects



Local community groups and organisations in Broxtowe are being invited to apply for up to £2,500 worth of funding to help improve health and wellbeing in the borough.


It’s part of the Lifestyle Fund launched by NHS Nottingham West Clinical Commissioning Group, in which grants of up to £2,500 are available to fund projects and self-help groups that seek to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities. It aims to tackle local health priorities such as smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise.


In 2014, the fund successfully supported 26 local community projects and groups across Broxtowe including support groups for people with dementia to an exercise group for people living with Parkinson’s disease.

The grants also helped to fund an Eastwood based respiratory support group called Breathe Easy, a project to support victims of domestic violence and an allotment society who support people with learning disabilities.


This year, applications are being sought to tackle priority areas such as smoking cessation, healthy eating, reducing substance misuse and alcohol related harm; support for older people; improving mental health, supporting physical activity, tackling domestic violence, supporting people with the poorest health, sexual health and reduction of teenage pregnancy and supporting people with learning disabilities.


The CCG hopes to attract a variety of health and wellbeing projects once again.


Dr Guy Mansford, chief clinical officer for NHS Nottingham West Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Healthcare starts at home, so funding groups who help others like them is a very important step because it can change perception that support for good health and wellbeing is only provided in the hospital or the GP surgery and allows the community to take a role in supporting each other. I very much look forward to once again, receiving a broad range of applications.”

An application form and information sheet can be found below. The deadline for recieving applications is 5pm on Thursday 15 October 2015. For further information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Come Along to our AGM - 24 September



People living across Broxtowe are invited to find out more about local health services at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of NHS Nottingham West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).


It is taking place on Thursday 24 September, 6-8pm, at The Haven Centre, Wadsworth Road, Stapleford, NG9 8BD.


The CCG is the clinically-led organisation responsible for planning and buying health services for 94,000 people across the area. A health marketplace will begin at 6pm when guests will be able to talk to experts from partner organisations such as East Midlands Ambulance Service, Carers Trust and British Red Cross. This will be followed by the AGM which will commence at 6.30pm when the CCG's Annual Report and Accounts for 2014/15 will be presented. The public will also have the opportunity to ask questions to members of the Governing Body, which includes Doctors.



Dr Mansford, Chief Clinical Officer at the CCG said: "We greatly value our close working relationships with patients, carers and partners who help us to develop the health services that people in our area rely on. Our AGM will give people an opportunity to hear about our achievements over the last year and how we've used our funding to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Nottingham West. Examples include improved access to GP Practices and our focus on the early diagnosis of dementia."



To register your attendance for the event or to submit a question to the Governing Body, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 0115 8835224. The full Annual Report can be downloaded below.



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