We would like to reassure the public that the strike on Wednesday 10 February will only affect planned hospital appointments and all other health services throughout Southampton remain unaffected. If people have an urgent medical condition they should still contact their GP practice or phone NHS 111, which is the fast and easy way to get the right medical help, 24 hours a day seven days a week. The Emergency Department at Southampton General Hospital will operate as usual throughout the strike action and should be used in the event of a life-threatening situation.
Any patients with hospital appointments and who will be affected by strike action will be contacted via telephone beforehand and told that their appointment has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.
Further advice from the local hospital is available on the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust website.
Local NHS and Council chiefs are urging people to have their say on plans to redesign mental health services in Southampton.
Dr Sue Robinson, Clinical Chair, NHS Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and local GP said: “Every year one in four people in Southampton experiences a mental health problem. Add to that the fact that most of us know someone who is experiencing or has experienced mental health problems and we start to see how crucial it is for the city to have excellent mental health services.”
Southampton City CCG has therefore launched a public consultation, called Mental Health Matters, in conjunction with Southampton City Council and Health and Wellbeing Board. It sets out plans for the future of services aimed at supporting people and their families who are affected by this common health issue.
January 24-30 is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week.
Eight women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every day in the UK and it is the most common cancer in women under 35. However, 1 in 3 of 25-29 year olds do not take up their smear test invitation with the uptake falling year on year.
Smear tests are crucial to the eradication of cervical cancer as they can detect abnormal cells on the cervix before they develop into cancer.
For more information about cervical cancer and to get involved in the #SmearforSmear campaign visit www.jostrust.org.uk
With the festive season fast approaching, local doctors want to help make sure you know about the local health services here for you over the holiday period.
Local GP and Chair of NHS Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Sue Robinson, said: "We all know the lead up to Christmas is busy, and we might not be thinking about our health as we get ready for the holidays, so we hope these simple tips will help to let you know about the services and support available here in Southampton.”
Have you stocked up on the medicine you need ahead of the Christmas holiday?
That’s the question being asked by local GPs who are urging people in Southampton to plan ahead for their medicines this festive season.
Joining up your care - Joan's Story
Watch Joan’s story to find out more about how joining up care will make things better for local people. The Better Care Southampton project, led by Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Southampton City Council aims to join up health and social care services in the city as well as increasing involvement from the voluntary sector. With thanks to Gloucestershire CCG for their support in producing this animation.