Worcester News Article – 10th January

As we start 2022 health and social care services are again facing challenges due to the impact of Covid-19 and winter pressures. There has been a huge effort nationally and locally to deliver booster vaccinations, with GP practices, vaccination centres, pharmacies, walk-in centres and pop-up sessions over the festive period, including 24-hour vaccination sessions being delivered at the Artrix in Bromsgrove. Boosters and second vaccinations for 12 to 15 year olds are still being delivered across the county, along with first and second doses for anyone who has not yet had them. Vaccinations can be booked via the NHS website or by calling 119.

To help ease the pressures on hospitals at this busy time, local NHS services are encouraging people to find out more about the advice and services available for those needing urgent care, including NHS 111, Minor Injury Units and local pharmacies. NHS 111 phone and online services are able to give information about local Minor Injuries Units, book out of hours GP appointments and time slots at Accident and Emergency if required.

Worcestershire County Council are currently seeking public views on local pharmacy services. They are carrying out a survey to help inform their Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment, which looks at the current provision of pharmacy services in the area, if this meets the current and future needs of the population and if there are any gaps. The survey will help them to better understand the views of people in Worcestershire. You can complete the survey online on the Worcestershire County Council website.

We will be holding our first Public Board Meeting of the year on Thursday 27th January, which will be at 10am online via Zoom. We will be hearing from Matthew Hopkins, Chief Executive of the Worcestershire Acute Hospital NHS Trust about the plans for reconfiguration and development of their services. We will also be having a presentation on Worcestershire’s Adult Safeguarding Annual Report. The link to join the meeting, full agenda and papers will be available on our website prior to the meeting, so please join us.

You can also find more information about our work and how to give your feedback about local services anonymously via our website – www.healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk or contact us on info@healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk or 01386 550264.