56-year-old Alison Ingleby recently had concerns about a change in colour of a large area of pigmentation on her chest. As all areas of the NHS across Lancashire and South Cumbria had quickly adapted to the Covid-19 pandemic, Alison’s GP was able to examine her through a video consultation and quickly referred her to a specialist for a biopsy.
As winter approaches and further coronavirus outbreaks are anticipated, the NHS in Lancashire and South Cumbria have been allocated a share of new government funding to upgrade urgent and emergency care facilities. Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust will receive a total of £10.2m to improve facilities and services for local people.
During the coronavirus pandemic, partners in Lancashire and South Cumbria worked together to provide housing and healthcare support to around 1,500 homeless people. Colleagues from across housing, social care, health, other public sector and voluntary, community, social enterprise and faith sector organisations came together to safeguard rough sleepers and other vulnerable homeless people from COVID-19.
A free mental health service available to everyone living in Lancashire and South Cumbria has been renamed. Big White Wall has supported thousands of people across the region over the past few years, but from today (5 August 2020) will be known as Togetherall.
A digital communication tool is being rolled out across primary and secondary care in Lancashire and South Cumbria. The web-based system, known as ‘Advice and Guidance’ (A&G) allows GPs (and other clinicians working within primary care) to seek help from specialists within secondary care, at the touch of a button.
The Integrated Care System Digital team has continued to respond at pace to the impact of COVID-19 on our primary care workforce and our patients, and the need to support the implementation of a Digital First approach across the GP practices in Lancashire and South Cumbria.
Health and care partners in Lancashire and South Cumbria have today launched the next phase of their suicide prevention campaign encouraging residents to keep talking throughout the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic.
Together with hospital trusts across the region, Lancashire and South Cumbria Cancer Alliance is reassuring people that it is safe to attend cancer appointments during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. People who are being tested or treated for cancer are being urged to keep their appointments. New measures are in place to help protect patients and staff from coronavirus, it is important to not delay cancer treatment.
To enable GPs and primary care colleagues to more easily identify patients who are potentially in the last year of their life and support improved care planning, a new clinical search tool has been tested out by the Lancashire and South Cumbria Palliative and End of Life Clinical Network, in collaboration with colleagues across the North West and North East London. The “EARLY” clinical search tool was first developed in Lancashire and South Cumbria by Dr Andrew Fletcher with the support of Midlands and Lancashire CSU. It uses clinical codes within EMIS and SYSTM1 to identify patients who could potentially benefit from individualised care planning to support improved end of life care.
Have you had a video consultation with your GP? We’re currently seeking patients from across Lancashire and South Cumbria to take part in research and tell us their thoughts about video consultations.
Health care leaders from across Lancashire and South Cumbria have come together to reassure patients it is safe for them to attend hospitals for operations and appointments.
Local councils, Lancashire Police, support agencies, the NHS and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner have come together to create the #NoExcuseForAbuse campaign.
New government advice has been updated for people who are shielding from coronavirus (COVID-19). The government has this week relaxed some of the shielding measures to allow those who have been shielding to go out once a day and, if they live alone, to see one person from outside their household. Social distancing must be maintained at all times.
Coproduction is at the heart of everything we do when using a personalised care approach to mental and physical health. Personalised care is the care that is best for the person; by giving individuals time to talk about their needs, and how these can be met in partnership with a healthcare professional.
As lockdown eases due to the continuing fall in coronavirus (COVID-19) infection rates, local organisations in Lancashire and South Cumbria are reminding residents of the best ways to stay safe, reduce the risk of spreading the virus and save lives.