Patients are advised that a change to national guidance means from 1 December, only bread and bread mix gluten-free products will be available on NHS prescription. This brings Medway in line with Department of Health Guidance.

Patients, members of the public and healthcare practitioners are being reminded of the importance of self-care as part of a national initiative supported by Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

National Self-Care Week runs from 12 to 18 November and is an opportunity for everyone – including doctors and nurses – to consider how they look after themselves.

Have your say on new dermatology service

Residents of Medway, Swale, Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley are being asked for their views on a new dermatology service for north Kent.

Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is responsible for planning and buying local NHS services, is leading the procurement on behalf of Medway, Swale and Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Groups.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to prevent adult abuse and this Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week (Oct 8-12), residents of Kent and Medway are urged to ‘See It, Report It, Stop It’.

During the 8th to the 12th of October, the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board, will highlight the problems of isolation and exploitation within the county and encourage the public to report any concerns.

1 October 2018

Patients benefiting from improved access to GPs

Some 300,000 patients in Medway can now benefit from improved access to GP services.

From 1 October 2018, patients registered in Medway can book GP appointments in the evenings and weekends at one of the new Primary Care Hubs within Healthy Living Centres.

The NHS in Kent and Medway has today published the preferred option for three new specialist ‘hyper acute stroke units’ to be introduced across the county. This is part of an ongoing review of urgent stroke services led by local doctors and other clinicians. The aim is to reorganise services so that specialist stroke staff can more consistently deliver high quality care around the clock, and in so doing reduce deaths and long-term disability from stroke for local people

Following a period of public engagement, the decision on a proposal to merge five Medway GP sites into three has been postponed.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Primary Care Commissioning Committee (PCCC), the group responsible for planning and buying primary care services (ie GP surgeries) for Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), on 29 August 2018.

An initiative to empower members of the community to lead healthier, happier lives has been shortlisted for a national award.

Run by Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Involving Medway is a finalist in the Community or Primary Care Services Redesign category of the HSJ Awards 2018. This award recognises the way healthcare providers have successfully made changes to the delivery of services, paying particular attention to increased collaborative working. HSJ, Health Service Journal, is a national news service which covers the NHS, healthcare management and health policy.

A group of 10 volunteers from Arches Local in Chatham were rewarded for their hard work with a free day out at Diggerland for their families.

Medway Council are developing a fostering model based around a supportive, inclusive community that provides a stable and caring environment for children with complex needs to heal before finding their forever home.

Summer Bank Holiday

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The Met Office has declared a Level 3 alert in relation to the current heatwave. Heatwaves can be dangerous, especially for the very young or very old or those with chronic disease.

You are invited to the NHS Medway CCG Annual General Meeting.

 NHS Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) plans and buys wheelchair services for patients across Kent and Medway on behalf of the eight CCGs. In April 2017 the eight CCGs awarded a contract to Millbrook Healthcare to provide these services.

The Kent and Medway clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) strive to provide patients with high quality, cost-effective and compassionate care.

Over the years it has emerged that not all treatments routinely offered by the NHS are effective or good value for money. We have to ensure we spend the money available to us to achieve maximum benefit for our population.

Therefore, we have a thorough and meticulous process, led by doctors and other health professionals, to review the evidence for specific treatments, and put in place criteria if appropriate.