Healthwatch Hartlepool News - August 2019
Community Engagement Events in August
Healthwatch Hartlepool are holding a number of community engagement events in August. Members of the public are invited to come along and tell Healthwatch about their experiences good or bad, of health and social care services.
- The Annexe, Wharton Terrace, Wed 7th August, 10am-12 noon
- Headland Library, Tues 27th August, 10 am– 12 noon
- Hartlepool Hospital, Wed 28th August, 10am -12noon
- Central Library, Thurs 29th August, 10.15am - 12noon
- ORCEL, Wynyard Rd, Every Wed 10am - 12noon
Changes to repeat prescriptions in County Durham and Tees Valley
From September 2 2019, community pharmacies will no longer be able to order repeat medication for patients. Instead patients will order their medication directly from their GP practice. Patients will still receive the medication that they need, but the way they order it will change. NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have already ensured work is well under way to ensure this process is as smooth as possible for patients.
Dr Janet Walker, Medical Director for Tees Valley CCGs, said: “We have made the decision to revise Repeat Prescription Ordering Systems in order to improve patient safety and reduce medical waste. The changes will ensure patients only receive the exact medication they need and it should make a huge difference. “The project has been adopted from similar work already implemented in other areas such as Sunderland, South Sefton and Luton. Because of this, we know the positive impact we will be able to make for patients. “The five CCGs working on the project are excited to see the results of the changes made.” The changes to repeat prescribing are being made by NHS South Tees CCG, Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG, Darlington CCG, North Durham CCG and Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG.
There will be a small number of patients for whom the changes will not be suitable and it may be appropriate for their local pharmacy to continue to support them with ordering repeat medication. As part of the project, GP practices will identify these patients and special arrangements will be put in place for them.
England’s top midwife warns ‘tens of thousands’ still smoking during pregnancy
Women who smoke during pregnancy are putting themselves and their baby at risk of serious harm unless they kick the habit, the NHS has warned.
The NHS’ chief midwife has spoken out as new statistics show that although fewer adults overall are smoking, and maternity smoking specifically has fallen from 92,123 women ten years ago, last year more than 61,399 mums-to-be – more than one in ten of all pregnant women – were still smoking at the time they gave birth. As part of the health service’s Long Term Plan for England, all pregnant women will be offered specialist ‘Quit smoking’ advice, and an electronic carbon monoxide test during antenatal appointments.
The new data show Blackpool, Corby, Durham and Mansfield are among a number of areas where more than one in five mums-to-be is a smoker at the time of labour; while expectant mothers in the London region are least likely to be smokers, with fewer than one in 20. Although the number of women smoking while pregnant has fallen by nearly a third in the past decade from 14.6% of all pregnancies in 2008/9 to 10.6% in 2018/19, the rate of decrease has slowed in recent years.
As well as being a leading cause of cancer, lighting up during pregnancy causes particular health problems for women and even death for their babies, as well as leading to complications in adulthood as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, chief midwifery officer for England, said: “Having a baby in this country is now safer than ever but smoking while carrying a baby puts both parent and child at avoidable and potentially deadly risk. No woman should have to experience the heartbreak of stillbirth, and quitting smoking is absolutely vital for a healthy mum and a healthy baby. The NHS Long Term Plan sets out a programme of measures including stop smoking classes for all pregnant women, which will make giving birth even safer, and build on progress in NHS care which has helped reduce stillbirths by 20%.”
The statistics today from NHS Digital, which also include figures on the prevalence of smoking by age, prescriptions data, E-cigarette prevalence, hospital admissions and death due to smoking, show that the number of adult cigarette smokers in England has dropped by around 1.8m from 7.7m in 2011 to 5.9m in 2018.
The government has set a national ambition to reduce the number of women smoking at the time of delivery to less than 6% of all pregnancies by 2022. Two-thirds of areas in London achieved this target with parts of the capital seeing rates of between 1% and 3%. At the other end of the scale is Blackpool, where more one in four women continued to smoke all the way up to the birth of their child.
NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) showed 20.5% smoke at time of delivery, while NHS Blackpool CCG showed 25.7%, NHS Mansfield and Ashfield CCG showed 21.4% and NHS Corby CCG showed 20.4%.
On smoking during pregnancy, NHS action means that all pregnant women will be offered an electronic carbon monoxide test at their antenatal appointments.
Enter and View
Part of the local Healthwatch work programme is to carry out Enter & View visits. Enter & View visits are conducted by a small team of trained Healthwatch volunteers, who are prepared as ‘Authorised Representatives’ to conduct visits to health and social care premises.
Enter & View is the opportunity for Healthwatch Hartlepool to:
· Enter publicly funded health and social care premises to see and hear first-hand experiences about the service.
· Observe how the service is delivered, often by using a themed approach.
· Collect the views of service users (patients and residents) at the point of service delivery.
· Collect the views of carers and relatives through evidence-based feedback by observing the nature and quality of services.
· Report to providers, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Local Authorities, Commissioners, Healthwatch England and other relevant partners.
Enter & View visits are carried out as ‘announced visits’ within a given timescale. They can happen if people tell us there is a problem with a service but, equally, they can occur when services have a good reputation – so we can learn about and share examples of what a service does well.
Recently published Enter and View reports include;
· West View Lodge Care Home
· Rossmere Park Care Home
· Wynyard Woods Care Home
· Ward 36, University Hospital of North Tees
Full training is given to new Enter & View team members;
For further details on how to get involved in Enter & View visits, please contact Healthwatch Hartlepool at the address below.
To view any of Healthwatch Hartlepool`s reports please visit www.healthwatchhartlepool.co.uk/reports
To receive a paper copy of any of Healthwatch Hartlepool`s reports, please contact
Dementia Advisory Service
The Dementia Advisory Service based at The Bridge, Villiers Street, Hartlepool, are holding various events in August including;
Dementia awareness sessions - Each of the sessions lasts approximately 45 mins. To book a place please contact a member of the team on 01429 868 587
Friday 2nd August - 10am
Tuesday 13th August - 11am
Wednesday 28th August - 2pm
Memory Lane Café - 9th August
Salvation Army Hall, Park Road, Hartlepool; 12 noon until 3pm - Our café provides a unique opportunity for carers and people living with Dementia to continue with their social life in a relaxed and formal setting. A care support team will be on hand to provide emotional and practical advice
Entertainment is provided and there will also be a speaker at the group, Light refreshments and lunch are provided so why not come along and find out about services available to you.
Project 65 is a FREE Mobile Device Loan Service available to any Hartlepool resident aged 65, or over and provides 1:1 support, home visits and twice-weekly drop-in sessions at the Centre for Independent Living. Why not give it a go and learn new skills, keep in touch with friends in a new way, find out what`s going on in your community. For further details contact
Incontrol-able CIC, 01429 401742
Mobile; 07990 554 844
The next 50+ Forum meeting is taking place on the 14th August at 1:30pm at St Josephs Court Sheltered Housing Scheme, Victoria Road, Hartlepool. For further information please contact Healthwatch Hartlepool on 01429 - 288146
Unhappy with your NHS treatment or care?
On the third Wednesday of every month 9.30am - 12pm, your local I.C.A Advocate will be at the Healthwatch Hartlepool Office, the ORCEL Centre, Wynyard Road, Hartlepool, TS25 3LB. This service is by appointment only.
Please call 01429 - 288146 or
Freephone: 0808 802 3000
For further information please visit; www.carersfederation.co.uk
Future Healthwatch Meetings
Acute & Elders; Tuesday 10th Sept, 10am - 12noon, at the C.E.T.L, Brierton Lane, Hartlepool, TS25 4AF
Primary Health & Social Care; Tuesday 8th Oct 10am - 12noon, at the C.E.T.L Brierton Lane, Hartlepool, TS25 4AF
Need More Information? Contact Tony
The ORCEL Centre
Hartlepool TS25 3LB
Tel: (01429) 288146