Successful trial initiative helps frail patients avoid long hospital stays

Vulnerable older people attending Northamptonshire’s A&Es are being helped to get the care and support they need more quickly – and avoid potentially lengthy stays in hospital beds – under a successful collaborative trial programme. NHCP’s new Frailty Assessment Team brings together specialist professionals from a range of services across the local [...]

New test for GPs to rule out bowel cancer introduced across Northamptonshire

Faster and more accurate testing for signs of bowel cancer is being introduced by GP practices across Northamptonshire. The new test, the Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT), was launched in July across the county for patients aged 60 and over with change of bowel habit. FIT works by determining whether there is blood in a person’s [...]

By |2019-10-02T12:43:03+01:00September 6th, 2019|Cancer, Care in your area, News|0 Comments

Fighting flu – winter vaccination is everybody’s business

Last year nearly 2,400 people had to be admitted to hospital with flu or flu-related complications – the vast majority during the winter period. Yet many of these admissions could have been avoided altogether if the patients had received the flu and pneumonia vaccinations they were entitled to get for free. Both illnesses are potentially [...]

Extra Care availability supports ageing well in Northamptonshire

Balmoral Place Extra Care scheme in Northampton Vacancies are now available in Northamptonshire for specialist housing which supports independent living for older people – and health and care professionals are being encouraged to refer people they think may be eligible. ‘Extra Care’ housing refers to a group of self-contained homes, often apartments, with [...]

By |2019-11-21T09:51:53+00:00September 6th, 2019|Care in your area, Frailty, News|0 Comments

County social prescribing service takes a step forward

Proposals to bring a county-wide social prescribing service to Northamptonshire have moved a step closer after business plans received unanimous local support. Social prescribing is a way of helping people to manage their own mental and physical health and wellbeing by referring them to non-medical services in their local community. Northamptonshire Health and Care [...]

Laying new pathways towards better care this winter

Our urgent and emergency care services come under particular pressure in winter. Colder weather and seasonal illnesses like flu put frail older people and those with longterm illnesses especially at risk of becoming acutely unwell at this time of year. This pressure affects every part of Northamptonshire’s NHS and social care services, and that’s [...]

By |2019-09-06T09:17:51+01:00September 6th, 2019|Care in your area, News, Urgent and emergency care|0 Comments

Healthy town projects funded to improve local wellbeing

Northamptonshire County Council’s Public Health team is working with the county’s seven district Health and Wellbeing Forums to invest in innovative healthy town projects that contribute to local area health and wellbeing and help deliver on local priorities. This investment recognises the important role local organisations play in improving the health and wellbeing of our [...]

Leadership programme to aid Primary Care Network success

Leaders of Northamptonshire’s new Primary Care Networks (PCNs) will this month embark on a new learning support programme helping them to develop successfully together. PCNs are local collaborations of GP practices which have been set up to improve health and care for their communities. There are 16 PCNs covering the whole of our county, each [...]

Case study: Breathing Space

Empowering better health and wellbeing for people with respiratory illness A Breathing Space dance session in full swing People in Northamptonshire with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are benefiting from dedicated support to make living with their condition easier. Breathing Space is one of a number of local services available [...]

Breathfest celebration showcases wealth of local support for people with breathing conditions

A celebration of local support services for people living with respiratory conditions in Northamptonshire was held in June as part of national Carers Week. Northamptonshire Carers’ ‘Breathfest’ event took place at Moulton Community Centre to showcase the amount and variety of services available across the county for those who have conditions affecting their lungs [...]

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