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West Lancashire residents are knitting, walking and gardening their way to good health

SEWING, working out at the gym and singing are just some of the ways that Skelmersdale residents are boosting their health and wellbeing, thanks to a successful social prescribing pilot. Other than prescribing medicine, whenever possible GPs have started referring to a team of social prescribers who are equipped to help individuals improve their health […]

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Help Us Help You This Easter Bank Holiday

WITH Easter just around the corner, it is really important that everyone knows what health services are available and when, so that you can help us help you if you or a loved one falls ill. Help us Help You In West Lancashire there are a range of health services to support people if they […]

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Implementation of revised and updated clinical policies

We wish to bring to the attention of patients and members of the public that six new clinical commissioning policies on the following treatments have been approved by the CCG.  These are: Policy for the commissioning of arthroscopic shoulder decompression surgery for the management of subacromial pain Policy for adult snoring surgery (in the absence […]

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Mental health drop in sessions rolled out seven-days a week

MENTAL health support drop-in sessions now rolled out seven-days a week in Skelmersdale. Originally launched in August 2018 and based at the Skelmersdale PULSE (Unit 73, Concourse Shopping Centre, Skelmersdale, WN8 6LN), under the name Three Little Birds. A specialist mental health drop-in support session for any residents living in West Lancashire were held weekly, […]

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West Lancashire residents advised to check their risk of Type 2 diabetes

RESIDENTS are being encouraged to check whether they are at risk of Type 2 diabetes this Diabetes Prevention Week (Monday 1 April to Sunday 7 April 2019). Throughout Diabetes Prevention Week, a series of diabetes awareness and prevention roadshow events will take place at the following locations in West Lancashire.  These are drop-in sessions free […]

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Notice for patients with diabetes

Changes in patient access to Flash Glucose Monitors (including the FreeStyle Libre®) for diabetics in Lancashire and South Cumbria. NHS England have now launched the national criteria for accessing Flash Glucose Monitors, such as the FreeStyle Libre®.  This has been done to unify patient access to these devices across the country. All 8 Clinical Commissioning […]

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Innovative red bag rolled out across West Lancashire

CARE home residents across West Lancashire are to benefit from an innovative new scheme following a successful pilot. The ‘red bag’, was launched as a pilot scheme in June 2018 by NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). It aims to help support care home residents when admitted to hospital by putting all of their […]

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CCG’s listen to patients and service providers to improve hearing aid services

NHS hearing aid service providers met health chiefs in Nelson, Lancashire today to learn about new arrangements for the commissioning (buying) of NHS hearing aids services in Lancashire and South Cumbria.   The event, organised by NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) was run an behalf of all CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) across Lancashire […]

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GP-turned priest returns to general practice

A Lancashire community priest who also works as a GP has spoken about her decision to return to medicine, as a new national campaign aims to encourage family doctors back into general practice. The Reverend Dr Anne Kazich, 49, who splits her time between working as a Church of England minister and a GP in […]

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New provider for Children’s Audiology Services in West Lancashire

From Friday 1 February 2019 children’s audiology services for West Lancashire patients has been provided by Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.  This change follows a recent serving of notice by both Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the former providers of the service.  The children’s audiology service encompasses: […]

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