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University Hospitals of North Midlands Has A Second Day Of Computer Issues

The University Hospitals of North Midlands is currently having issues with its computer network, this is causing some appointments to be cancelled. We believe that access to certain internal systems has now been restored, but the issue has not yet been fully resolved.

The UHNM IT team is currently working with the network provider to resolve the ongoing issues.

Staff cannot call patients to tell them their appointment is cancelled as they are unable to access their records.

The Trust has said they will continue to update patients through the UHNM Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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This is the second day of disruption and in a statement on Facebook UHNM said :-

We would like to apologise to patients for the ongoing IT disruption we are currently experiencing, which is having an impact on our clinical services across Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital.

Our network provider is working tirelessly to identify and resolve the issues and all our staff are working hard to minimise impact. Both hospital sites remain open, however we have cancelled adult and paediatric outpatient appointments today (Wed 3 July). Where there are exceptions patients will be contacted directly by UHNM.

Patients who are scheduled for routine elective surgery are being reviewed on a case by case basis.

Patients will be contacted to rearrange their outpatient appointments as soon as possible.

We are working with our partners to ensure patients are discharged home in a timely manner and that people are not sent to hospital unless absolutely necessary.

New £5m GP Surgery & Pharmacy For Longton

Patients have just had the chance to have a preview of a new £5 million health centre that will transform delivery of services in the Longton area from 2021. Plans were displayed yesterday at a drop in session at St Paul’s Church Hall.

The new Longton South Primary Care Centre will provide GP and other primary care services on a large new-build site off Greendock Street in Longton.

The new health centre which is NHS funded, will replace two existing GP surgeries – Longton Hall Surgery in Longton Hall Road and the Longton branch of Willow Bank Surgery. The two surgeries currently have 12,000 patients, but the new site will be able to accommodate expected growth in the local area.

Practice Manager and Managing Partner Mike Sheldon said: “This is a really exciting development for our patients, for our staff and for NHS services in the south of Stoke-on-Trent.

“This will be a truly modern centre that will be efficient and economical to run, meaning we can really spend more on patient services and less on things like heating and maintenance.

“It will be easier to reach by public transport but also have more car parking, including provision for parking for disabled patients. There will also be an on-site pharmacy.”

The Willow Bank, Longton site has already closed after the landlord served notice on the leased building to make way for retail development.

Artist’s impression of the proposed Longton South Primary Care Centre site.

Mike said: “It means our Longton patients are currently having to travel to our branch at Meir Primary Care Centre, which is a fantastic facility but is not convenient for all of them. I am sure they will welcome being back in Longton.”

The larger health centre means there will also be opportunities to deliver a wider range of services, and it could become a base for more health professionals including specialist Advanced Nurse Practitioners and therapists, and be used for clinical training. The centre could also act as a base for some local voluntary services.

Mike added: “Our staff are excited about the plans for the new site and I think most of them would like to move in tomorrow.”

Dr Lorna Clarson, Clinical Chair of Stoke-on-Trent CCG said: “We are proud to have secured this investment for primary care in Stoke-on-Trent.  General practice and wider community care teams are the heart of healthcare for our patients, and this new build will ensure that these services will be delivered from state-of-the-art premises.

“We are delighted to be working with our practices to ensure that the new building will meet the needs of their staff and patients  with enough space for them to grow to provide services for our growing and ageing population.”

It is planned for building work to start on the new site in around 12 months time, if planning permission is secured.

Changes To NHS Prescription Charges

Regulations have been laid before Parliament to increase certain National Health Service charges in England from 1 April 2019.

In the 2015 spending review, the government committed to support the Five Year Forward View with £10 billion investment in real terms by 2020 to 2021 to fund frontline NHS services. Alongside this, the government expects the NHS to deliver £22 billion of efficiency savings to secure the best value from NHS resources and primary care must play its part.

This year, therefore, we have increased the prescription charge by 20 pence from £8.80 to £9 for each medicine or appliance dispensed. To ensure that those with the greatest need, and who are not already exempt from the charge, are protected we have frozen the cost of the prescription prepayment certificates (PPC) for another year. The 3-month PPC remains at £29.10 and the cost of the annual PPC will stay at £104. Taken together, this means prescription charge income is expected to rise broadly in line with inflation.

Charges for wigs and fabric supports will also be increased in line with inflation.

Details of the revised charges for 2019 to 2020 can be found below.

Prescription charges

  • Single charge: £9
  • 3-month PPC (no change): £29.10
  • 12-month PPC (no change): £104

Wigs and fabric supports

  • Surgical bra: £29.50
  • Abdominal or spinal support: £44.55
  • Stock modacrylic wig: £72.80
  • Partial human hair wig: £192.85
  • Full bespoke human hair wig: £282