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Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes CCGs: Health body’s controversial merger of Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes passes one GP’s ‘poo test’

The creation of one single clinical commissioning group covering Bedfordshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes, has been heavily criticised by local councillors for taking decision-making away from local people.

Those attacks continued at the joint annual meeting of three dying organisations which are being glued together to form the new body that holds the purse strings for hospital and community health services.

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Date set for joint Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes CCGs AGM

For the first time the organisations responsible for commissioning NHS services across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes will hold a joint Annual General Meeting.

The meeting will be held virtually on 29 September from 5:30 – 7:15pm and members of the public are invited to attend and it gives them the opportunity to any questions they have about health services locally.

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Proposal for major change in how healthcare is organised in Bedfordshire

Public survey launched on proposed change to how healthcare is organised in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes

At present there are three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) serving Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK). Each CCG is made up of clinicians, GP Member Practices and NHS managers.

A proposal is now being considered to bring together all three CCGs to form one organisation by April 2021. This would be called ‘NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group’.

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New urgent eye care service now available in Bedfordshire

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on the availability of a number of routine health services. As part of the local NHS recovery plan Bedfordshire and Luton Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have launched the new service to ensure the public can access urgent eye care.

Patients who have a new minor eye complaint can call a dedicated Freephone number, without the need for a referral from a GP or other healthcare professional.

After an initial assessment, patients will then be called by a clinician who will provide a telephone or video consultation and recommend treatment.

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If you are feeling unwell – contact your GP

A senior doctor is reassuring people in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) that GP services are available if they are feeling unwell.

What has changed is the way many GP services are now being delivered. Where possible consultations are now conducted remotely over the telephone or by video link.

If a face-to-face appointment is necessary, the patient will be told what to do.

All patients should first contact their GP practice either online, by an app or by phone to be assessed.

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Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Commissioning Collaborative celebrates those who care for others

This week is National Carers Week (8 – 14 June), and the contribution unpaid carers make to families and communities throughout the region has been praised by Dr Nicola Smith, clinical chair of Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) Commissioning Collaborative.

In recent months carers have had to face new challenges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This has seen many people taking on even more responsibility to support a relative or friend.

However, while caring for others can be a rewarding and life-affirming experience, it can often come with difficulties and pressures that can affect the health and well-being of the carer.

Dr Smith said:

“If you are a carer the best way you can support the person you’re caring for is to stay fit and healthy. All carers should inform their GP of their caring responsibilities.”

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Give your views on how Bedfordshire’s NHS services are performing during the pandemic

A public survey has been launched to allow people across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) to share their experiences of local healthcare services during the coronavirus pandemic.

The coronavirus pandemic has presented considerable challenges to healthcare. This has resulted in changes to the way many services are delivered.

To assess how well these changes are working, local health commissioners are seeking the views of the public.

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What to do if you are feeling unwell this bank holiday weekend

Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Commissioning Collaborative has published advice for people seeking medical assistance over the Spring Bank Holiday.

GP surgeries across the region will be closed for the three-day holiday weekend, opening again on Tuesday 26 May.

Anyone feeling unwell during this time and in urgent need of medical help or advice should use the NHS111 online service https://111.nhs.uk/ or call NHS111.

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Inspectors demand action after critical SEND inspection

Education and health leaders in Central Bedfordshire have been instructed to provide a Written Statement of Action following a critical inspection into Special Education Needs provision in the area.

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission conducted a joint inspection in November to judge the area’s effectiveness in implementing the disability and special educational needs reforms as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014. The report was made public today (24 February 2020).

The inspection was carried out between 18 November 2019 and 22 November 2019. Inspectors spoke with children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), parents and carers, local authority officers and National Health Service (NHS) officers.

They also visited a range of providers and spoke to leaders, staff and governors about how they are implementing the SEND reforms.

The letter to Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group included a list of findings following the joint inspection.

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Bedfordshire and Luton Clinical Commissioning Groups highlight carers’ important work

Bedfordshire and Luton Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) are highlighting the important work done by carers and the help available to them.

40,000 carers across Bedfordshire provide unpaid support to family and friends, who could not manage without their help.

They make a huge contribution to improving the lives of older, disabled and chronically ill people, many of whom would otherwise need residential care.

Caring for a family member or close friend can be very rewarding. But this responsibility can, over a period of time, also become physically and emotionally challenging.

So all carers should take steps to maintain their own health and well-being and be aware of the support on offer.

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