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GP News 03 January 2020

Hospital Capacity: Friday 03 January 

As you will all be aware, we are now in the midst of winter and all parts of the health service are experiencing increased demand and pressures. We wanted to start by thanking you for all of your hard work over the festive season and into the New Year.

We also wanted to share specific updates on our local hospitals:

Addenbrooke’s Hospital

Around a third of the hospital’s wards now contain patients with flu or other respiratory viruses, which has led to severe pressure and limited capacity at the moment.

The team has asked that all urgent and emergency referrals are discussed with the hospital prior to admission by calling the GP liaison sister on 01223 274445. If you need to speak to specialist Consultants for advice and early access to outpatient clinics, you can find the information in GP connect.

North West Anglia Foundation Trust

There are currently long waiting times in both Peterborough City Hospital and Hinchingbrooke EDs, with severe pressure and limited capacity across the hospitals as well.

The team has asked that referrals to the Emergency Department at Peterborough City Hospital are made by calling 01733 678776 first, or 01733 678716 for frail elderly patients. For any other referrals please call the switchboard on 01733 678000

For patients who require acute assessment at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, either in Ambulatory Care or the Acute Assessment Unit (AAU), please call the AAU GP hotline on 01480 416462. To discuss potential alternative management pathways please call the GP switchboard number on 01480 416252 and ask for the Medical Registrar on bleep 1116.

Urgent Treatment Centres and Minor Injury Units

Providers have confirmed that all MIUs and UTCs across the system are fully staffed all day today, with no significant pressures reported.

NHS 111

Herts Urgent Care have confirmed that the CAS and OOHs are fully staffed until 11pm across the system, with current call volumes within the expected range.

We are sharing messages via social media to encourage people to self care, call NHS 111 and/or visit their local Pharmacist as well, to reduce pressures on both Primary and Secondary care during this particularly busy time.

We want to emphasise how much we appreciate the incredible work you do during these busy winter months. 

If you have any concerns regarding the impact of hospital capacity on your practice, please do not hesitate to contact our Accountable Officer, Jan Thomas, about this via CAPCCG.AO@nhs.net

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CCG Education Events

Gastroenterology and Cardiology 

Primary Care Networks

  • Come and hear how PCNs are developing around the country.  We are lucky to have the following speakers:
    • Dr Nikki Kanani | Medical Director for Primary Care for the NHS in England
    • Mani Dhesi | Transformation Director SDSmyhealthcare Federation, covering 360,000 patients and 56 practices in Birmingham
    • Dr Jeanine Smirl | Clinical Director of Norwich PCN
  • Thursday 12 March 2020 | 13:00-15:00 | Huntingdon Racecourse   
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Central Alerting System (CAS)

Ranitidine: All Formulations. Supply Disruption Alert - Second Update

This alert provides a further update on the supply status of ranitidine products, including advice on the management of affected patients.

This is an update to SDA/2019/005(U). CAS Liaison Officers should close off SDA/2019/005(U) if it is still open, noting in the comments box that it has been superceded by this alert.

  • You can view further details of this alert by clicking on the following link: View Alert

Convulex (Valproic Acid) 150mg, 300mg And 500mg Capsules - Supply Disruption Alert

The following presentations of Convulex® (valproic acid) capsules are likely to be out of stock until April 2020:

  • Convulex® 150mg capsules ? anticipated out of stock week commencing 30th December 2019 
  • Convulex® 300mg capsules ? anticipated out of stock week commencing 10th February 2020
  • Convulex® 500mg capsules ? currently out of stock.

This alert contains advice on the management of affected patients.

  • You can view further details of this alert by clicking on the following link: View Alert

Congratulations to Dr Nalini Jitendra Modha

The CCG would like to congratulate Dr Nalini Modha, GP at Thistlemoor Medical Centre, on being awarded Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to the NHS in the 2020 New Year's Honours List.

Dr Modha pioneered work in the 90s and 2000s relating to workforce development related to healthcare assistants and nurses, bringing the idea of HCA’s from the USA and personalised this to primary care and the NHS among other achievements. 

Dr Modha said: "I am surprised, astonished and humbled to have received the honour. This recognition is a massive tribute to those that have supported me over the years, firstly my husband and son who work alongside me and secondly some managers in the NHS (including the CCG's Accountable Officer Jan Thomas) who have supported our vision for delivering healthcare in a different way focussed on multi-professional work and ensuring the GP concentrates on where they add most value to the consultation. I have thoroughly enjoyed focussing on a deprived population within Peterborough as I feel this is where we can make a real difference. Working at Thistlemoor has been and continues to be an absolute pleasure".

NHS England & NHS Improvement

East of England Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism  Regional Team Newsletter

Public Health England

Newsletter: Microbe Winter 2019. This edition of Microbe features:

  • Human Respiratory Viruses currently circulating in the East of England
  • Influenza - your questions answered 
  • How does selective urine culture affect patients?
  • H pylori infection - investigation and treatment
  • Tick Borne Encephalitis
  • Hepatitis E Virus (HEV) 
  • Noroviruses and Handwashing.

Integrated Lifestyle Service - Expressions of Interest

Expressions of interest are being sought from organisations/companies keen to explore a collaboration in response to the Integrated Lifestyle Service, being procured by Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council.

Interest from organisations that have a successful track record of providing services that support communities and individuals to lead healthier, independent lives are welcomed. 

For more information and to express interest please click here. (Expression of interest window closes 10 Jan 2020). 

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Local training opportunities

Local events are now being collated on the Training Hub website, we recommend you check this link for the latest training available for practices in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough https://cptraininghub.nhs.uk

The inclusion of external courses and events within GP News does not imply endorsement by NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG or any association with their operators.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to check external links are from a reliable source please be mindful when requested to input personal information into third party links.
GP News 03 January 2020