Make it a happy new year

Apologies to our followers for the lack of recent blogs – we’ve been focused on preparing for our authorisation visit. The visit was a crucial moment in our development where we had to demonstrate to a team of inspectors that we are capable of taking over the reins of health service commissioning from next April.

I’m delighted to report that inspectors described us as an ‘excellent CCG which has made good progress in setting out its clinical and service priorities’. More importantly the Inspectors also noted that we have ‘patients at the heart of everything’ we do and a ‘strong focus on quality and outcomes’. I hope that gives the people of North Kirklees confidence about their future healthcare.

Despite our successful authorisation visit, we are not complacent about the amount of work that needs to be done between now and April 2013, particularly on the challenges we face in helping people understand the clinical service transformation around Mid Yorkshire Hospital Services. There will be much more about this in the New Year.

I’d like to wish you all a happy and healthy New Year and in true GP style urge you to be aware of two things: make sure you have a well stocked medicine cabinet to help with coughs, colds and tummy upsets and that you have good supplies of any prescription medicines you need.

Also be alert to Norovirus – a highly infectious bug which is spreading rapidly around communities causing severe vomiting and diarrhoea. There’s no cure, other than to rest and drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration and preferably keep away from other people for 48 hours.

Good hygiene may prevent you from catching Norovirus in the first place – get into the habit of washing your hands as often as possible. The germs can be picked up from any surface and get into your system if you touch your face/lips or eat anything without first washing your hands . A simple precaution like washing your hands regularly could save you (and your nearest and dearest) from a ruined seasonal break.

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