Service users at the forefront in design of ‘live well’ resources

People living with respiratory illness in Northamptonshire are playing a central role in empowering themselves to choose well, stay well and live well with their condition. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) describes a range of conditions that cause breathing difficulties, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. People with COPD can do a lot to help [...]

By | 2019-11-14T08:24:50+00:00 November 5th, 2019|Care in your area, News, Respiratory care|0 Comments

Ned’s story inspires parents to back flu vaccination campaign

A couple who lost one of their identical twin baby sons to flu are campaigning for people to be vaccinated to prevent such tragedies happening to others. Nikki Shaw, 32, and Dan Rowe, 36, from Market Harborough, had their sons Ned and Gus on December 7, 2018, at Leicester Royal Infirmary. Six [...]

Shared care records are coming soon to Northamptonshire

A major project to modernise the way essential records are shared between organisations providing health and care services in Northamptonshire is set for lift-off in the coming weeks. The Northamptonshire Care Record will ensure NHS and social care professionals have instant access to the information they need to make decisions about our care. The [...]

Specialist nurse support aims to improve respiratory care

Dr Az Ali People living with lung conditions in Northamptonshire are being supported to receive better and more joined-up care under a newly launched Partnership initiative. Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership is working with National Services for Health Improvement (NSHI) to provide targeted support for local GP practices and help them improve [...]

By | 2019-11-14T08:27:29+00:00 October 10th, 2019|Care in your area, News, Respiratory care|0 Comments

Rapid Response team getting ready for action this winter

A new specialist team is set to launch in Northamptonshire next month providing dedicated urgent care for some of our county’s most vulnerable citizens. The Northamptonshire Rapid Response service will attend urgent calls to help frail older people who have suffered falls, as well as people living in care homes with nonlife- threatening health [...]

By | 2019-11-14T08:27:37+00:00 October 10th, 2019|Care in your area, Frailty, News, Urgent and emergency care|0 Comments

Successful trial initiative helps frail patients avoid long hospital stays

Vulnerable older people attending Northamptonshire’s A&Es are being helped to get the care and support they need more quickly – and avoid potentially lengthy stays in hospital beds – under a successful collaborative trial programme. NHCP’s new Frailty Assessment Team brings together specialist professionals from a range of services across the local [...]

New test for GPs to rule out bowel cancer introduced across Northamptonshire

Faster and more accurate testing for signs of bowel cancer is being introduced by GP practices across Northamptonshire. The new test, the Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT), was launched in July across the county for patients aged 60 and over with change of bowel habit. FIT works by determining whether there is blood in a person’s [...]

By | 2019-10-02T12:43:03+00:00 September 6th, 2019|Cancer, Care in your area, News|0 Comments

Fighting flu – winter vaccination is everybody’s business

Last year nearly 2,400 people had to be admitted to hospital with flu or flu-related complications – the vast majority during the winter period. Yet many of these admissions could have been avoided altogether if the patients had received the flu and pneumonia vaccinations they were entitled to get for free. Both illnesses are potentially [...]

Extra Care availability supports ageing well in Northamptonshire

Balmoral Place Extra Care scheme in Northampton Vacancies are now available in Northamptonshire for specialist housing which supports independent living for older people – and health and care professionals are being encouraged to refer people they think may be eligible. ‘Extra Care’ housing refers to a group of self-contained homes, often apartments, with [...]

By | 2019-11-14T08:55:07+00:00 September 6th, 2019|Care in your area, Frailty, News|0 Comments

County social prescribing service takes a step forward

Proposals to bring a county-wide social prescribing service to Northamptonshire have moved a step closer after business plans received unanimous local support. Social prescribing is a way of helping people to manage their own mental and physical health and wellbeing by referring them to non-medical services in their local community. Northamptonshire Health and Care [...]

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