Flu Fighters set to return at Wolverhampton CCG’s Annual General Meeting

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Members of the public are invited to attend NHS Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday 18 September 2019.

The AGM will be taking place at The Hayward Suite, Billy Wright Stand, The Molineux Stadium, Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4QR at 12.30pm.

The event will include a performance from the Flu Fighters, who have been sent on a mission to increase the number of children who receive their free nasal spray.

The Flu Fighters were successful in their quest last year; the Flu Fighters campaign – devised by the City of Wolverhampton Council, Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust – helped bring about a 13% increase in the number of children who received their free nasal spray in 2018.

Flu Fighters return for The Battle of Planet Bogey

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A unique campaign which encouraged thousands more children in Wolverhampton to have their flu vaccine last year is set to return.planet bogey

The Flu Fighters campaign - devised by the City of Wolverhampton Council, Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group and the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust - helped bring about a 13% increase in the number of children who received their free nasal spray in 2018.

It saw a colourful storybook, Flu Fighters Versus Chilly, Achy and Snotty, distributed to thousands of pupils across the city, and helped ensure over 3,000 more children received the vaccination last winter, compared to the year before.

Flu Fighters Versus Chilly, Achy and Snotty told the story of three slimy alien invaders from the Planet Bogey who came to Earth "to spread disease and make Wolverhampton's children cough, splutter and sneeze". Fortunately, their dastardly plans are thwarted by a watchful nurse who protects our young heroes by giving them the nasal spray and turning them into Flu Fighters.

Now, following the success of their first outing, the Flu Fighters are returning - and preparing for The Battle of Planet Bogey. It sees our brave heroes blast off from Earth to take the fight to the aliens on their home planet.

Tettenhall Medical Practice consultation drop-in event for proposed closure of Wood Road Branch Surgery

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Patients and the public living in Tettenhall are being urged to attend a drop-in event about the future of Wood Road branch GP practice, part of Tettenhall Medical Practice, on Wednesday 11 September 2019 from 4pm – 8pm at Linden House, 211 Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton WV6 ODD.

Local people are invited to drop in at any time between 4pm and 8pm.No booking is required. People attending will be able to meet with local clinicians, ask questions and find out more about the proposed closure of the branch surgery. There will be a number of exhibition stands with key information on travel and transport, appointments, prescriptions, primary care and buildings.

The drop-in event is being held as part of the public consultation around the future of the branch surgery in Wood Road, which has been extended until Sunday 15 September 2019. More than 1013 patients and local people have already responded to the consultation and 177 people have attended six consultation events.

The consultation was launched on Tuesday 7 May 2019 following a request from GPs at the Medical Practice to close the branch surgery. They told the CCG and patients that difficulties recruiting GPs to vacant posts meant they were unable to 'deliver the services we would like to from this branch'.

Dr Helen Hibbs, Accountable Officer at Wolverhampton CCG, said:

“We are committed to giving local people every opportunity to have their say, so we are pleased to be holding this special drop in event on 11 September. We value the feedback we have already received and thank everyone who has taken the time to share their views with us.

“This consultation is very important to us and we are listening carefully to the views of local people. Everyone can be assured that we will take into consideration all views before making a decision.

“It’s important for everyone to understand that recruiting GPs is a significant challenge across the country. As a CCG we have risen to the challenge by making a significant difference to the patient experience in Wolverhampton. Our GP practices are embracing new and innovative ways of working through primary care networks which this year resulted in over 24,000 extra appointments being made available at four hubs in different geographical locations in Wolverhampton.

“Primary care networks are bringing general practices together to work at scale and make general practice more resilient by improving the ability of practices to recruit and retain staff; to manage financial and estates pressures; to provide a wider range of services to patients and to integrate more easily with the wider health and care system.”

The consultation survey and all information about the consultation including events and the answers to frequently asked questions are available on the Tettenhall Medical Practice website http://www.tettenhallmedicalpractice.nhs.uk/contact-us-3/

Plea for Wolverhampton residents to take care of their urology health

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Wolverhampton residents are being encouraged to take care of their urology health as it is estimated that one in two people will be affected by a urology condition in their lifetime. NHS Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has issued the plea ahead of Urology Awareness Month.  

Urology Awareness Month, which takes place this September, is being organised by The Urology Foundation, the only charity in the UK that tackles all urology diseases. The celebrity Stephen Fry is a keen supporter and has shared a very frank account of his encounter with prostate cancer in a special video which can be seen at https://youtu.be/9yDNAc8YS9c

Urology is the field of medicine that focuses on the urinary tract and the male genital organs. Urology health is vital to a person’s quality of life. Urology diseases relate to the urinary system and male reproductive organs. They include cancers such as bladder, prostate, kidney, and testicular. It also includes incontinence, kidney stones, male infertility, and many other debilitating diseases.

Diseases and cancers of the kidneys, bladder, prostate and the male reproductive system are becoming more prevalent and devastating the lives of millions of men, women and children in the UK. For example, if testicular cancer is caught early enough, it has a 99% survival rate. Meanwhile, prostate cancer is only at its most deadly when it has had time to spread to the bone.

Dr Salma Reehana, Chair of NHS Wolverhampton CCG, said:

“Catching a urology disease early is the best way to prevent it from becoming deadly, but the stigma around urology problems means that many people go undiagnosed. So, we are urging everyone to spot the signs and take action. The signs to look out for include lumps and bumps, painful and uncomfortable swellings, aches in the groin or lower back, blood in pee.

“Clearly, men and women can often feel embarrassed talking to their GP about problems connected to this particular area of their bodies. Symptoms do not necessarily mean cancer but it is important to get them checked out. Even if a cancer diagnosis does occur it’s so important to remember that early diagnosis increases the chance of a patient’s’ survival. So, it is vital that people seek help if they have any symptoms.”

For more information about Urology Awareness Month visit https://bit.ly/2xHX9Ul