Monthly Archives: November 2015

New Extended Hours Primary Care Service to launch in December 2015

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Extended Access Poster

Bracknell and Ascot Clinical Commissioning Group is delighted to announce that extended hours services will begin from December 1st 2015, to support the health and wellbeing of time-pressed local residents.

Patients registered with a GP practice within Bracknell and Ascot who find it difficult to attend an appointment during the working day, or who need longer consultations, may find that the new Extended Hours service is particularly helpful.

This 12 month pilot scheme will offer an extended hours primary care service, based upon the future model of care that we developed with patients, carers and healthcare professionals earlier this year. The service will provide:

  • Routine appointments for planned primary care.
  • General Practitioner, nurse and health care assistant appointments.
  • The new times on offer are 18.30 – 20.00 Monday to Friday and between 08.00 –14.00 on Saturdays.
  • A central Bracknell location with plenty of parking and close to public transport, hosted at the Boundary House Surgery.
  • Longer appointment times, with 15 minutes appointments, longer than the usual 10-minute slots.
  • Patients will be able to call their GP surgery in the usual way and their surgery will be able to book an appointment quickly and easily directly into the Extended Hours service.

Dr Jackie McGlynn, CCG Medical Director and Ascot GP said, “We anticipate that this will be an excellent addition to our existing primary care services in Bracknell and Ascot which will improve access for local people, run by local GPs and practice nurses”

We are using the pilot project to test and evaluate some new ways of working. These include some tests and examinations carried out on the day, often with results given there and then, as the service will have the latest diagnostic equipment. The provision of near patient testing will support the Healthchecks plus service, in which patients will receive same day test results for cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Patients in Bracknell and Ascot will begin to see information about the Extended Hours services in their own GP surgery from November 2015.

Click to view the Extended Access Patient Leaflet

Click to view the Extended Access Patient Poster

 

Self-Care Week – helping you help yourself

Get ready for national Self-Care Week and health and wellbeing events taking place in the borough between 16 and 22 November.

Look out for the Street Doctors where you can get a Health Check, pick up useful advice on how to quit smoking, manage your weight and get your blood pressure checked. The Street Doctors will be at different locations in Bracknell Forest throughout the week.

There will also be staff from “Talking Therapies”, part of Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, who will answer questions about mental health.

Across the Borough, there will be free events such as Zumba at Sandhurst Memorial Hall on 17 November, or Tai-Chi at the Warren Community Centre, in Martins Heron, on 19 November. Email the ASCHH Commissioning Team or call 01344 352765 to book your place.

Self-Care Week is being supported by Bracknell Forest Council and partners, Bracknell and Ascot Clinical Commissioning Group (BACCG), Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, HealthWatch Bracknell Forest and Shopmobility.

Cllr Dale Birch, Bracknell Forest Council’s Executive Member for adult services, health and housing, said: “Self-Care Week is about people making time to look after themselves, which is why we are encouraging residents to stay fit and healthy as well as being informed about how to deal with minor ailments and long term conditions.”

Dr Martin Kittel, from BACCG, said: “When people take good care of their own health it has benefits for everyone. They spend less time at the GP and other appointments and get more enjoyment out of life. Our local hospitals also save time and money because they will be under increasing pressure as winter draws near.”

As part of the Self-Care Week, there will be a School Poster Competition with opportunities to win some fantastic prizes including family tickets to The Look Out and Coral Reef, all generously donated by partners and providers supporting the event.

If your family is spending more time on the couch than at the local park why not visit a children’s centre during the week for family-friendly events?  For information about local children’s centres, go to the council’s children’s centre web page.

Visit our Self-Care Week web page for more information and a full schedule of events. For further information, please email the ASCHH Commissioning Team.