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Plans to make best use of our community hospitals move a step closer

Last month our governing body discussed looking into how to make best use of our community hospitals in Southampton, by co-locating our physical rehab beds for older people with those for older people with mental health problems at the Western, and in turn releasing space at the RSH for several new care developments.

This would involve relocating rehabilitation wards from Royal South Hants Hospitals into a new, purpose-built accommodation at the Western Community Hospital, increasing bed numbers and providing modern facilities. Find out more

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We're supporting Time to Talk Day, to get more people talking about mental health

We’re supporting Time to Talk Day this Thursday 1 February

Mental health matters in Southampton, and we should be able to talk about it anywhere. That’s why we're supporting Time to Talk Day this Thursday 1 February.

One in four of us will experience a mental health problem. By choosing to be open about mental health, we are all part of a movement that’s changing the conversation and ensuring that no one is made to feel isolated or alone for having a mental health problem.

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A graphic recording of the discussions which took place at an event to celebrate and reflect on the GP liaison scheme.

GPs and consultants working together to improve patient care in Southampton

Clinicians in Southampton have been celebrating the success of an innovative scheme in which consultants and GPs came together to help bring about greater integration between hospitals and GP surgeries.

The scheme, known as the GP-Consultant Liaison Scheme, involved consultants and GPs spending time in pairs shadowing one another in each other’s roles.

 

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Medicine at a pharmacy

Conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care: A consultation on guidance for CCGs

NHS England has launched a public consultation on reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for 33 minor, short-term health concerns.

In the year prior to June 2017, the NHS spent approximately £569 million on prescriptions for medicines which can be purchased over the counter from a pharmacy and other outlets such as supermarkets.  

Some over the counter products currently prescribed are quickly and easily available in community pharmacies where the public can also ask for an NHS consultation with a pharmacist if they are unsure about what treatment they need for minor conditions. Find out more and take part in the consultation.

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