It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our friend and colleague Margaret Wheatcroft.
Margaret was one of our CCG Board Lay Members, having been a part of the CCG since it was established in 2013, and working as a non-executive director for the Primary Care Trust before that. She was a former Nursing Director at Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals and had a very distinguished career. Apart from her role as a Board member, she was very well known and extremely popular amongst many of our staff and partners. She chaired our Clinical Governance and Primary Medical Care Commissioning Committees among many other duties. She will be remembered as a very warm and caring person and a respected professional. We will miss her wise counsel and friendship greatly. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this difficult time.
Wednesday 8 March is No Smoking Day and a calendar date for your diary if you smoke and are considering giving up.
Choosing to stop smoking is one of the most important decisions you can make because by quitting, you will look and feel better and lower the health risks of cardiovascular disease - you may even win brownie points with relatives and friends who want to see you kick the habit.
Come and meet your local NHS team on our community bus, coming to a location near you!
We have teamed up with We Make Southampton for health roadshows across the city.
Throughout the roadshows we will be joined by a variety of medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists and hospital consultants, to offer advice and information to help you feel more confident in managing your health.
We’ll be able to talk to you about everything from healthy lifestyles to managing with long term illness and what to do if you need urgent help with your health.
The bus will be traveling across the city, a full list of dates are on our website, with more dates coming soon.
We look forward to seeing you on board for a chat and a cuppa.
This Saturday it is World Cancer Day and here in Southampton, the NHS is constantly working to reduce the number of instances of cancer within the city.
From the innovative research that takes place at the centres based here in Southampton, to the GP practices across the city, making referrals and treating new cancer patients every day, as well as the Macmillan nurses and NHS Cancer network, striving to find new and more effective ways to support prevention, increase survival rates and educate the local population about the benefits of screening – Cancer is never off the agenda.
Far from it. Cancer is here – everyday.
The number of people being diagnosed with cancer in Southampton, is higher than the average across England. Over the coming weeks and months, the NHS in Southampton will be engaging and raising awareness across the city about the need to improve these statistics.
It's Time to Talk Day and we are joining the conversation about mental health.
Time to Talk Day is organised by Time to Change, who want to get more people talking openly about mental health and help end mental health discrimination.
1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year, but many of us are too afraid to talk about it. Being open about mental health and ready to listen can make a positive difference to someone’s life.
Talking about mental health doesn’t need to be difficult. It can be as simple as making the time to have a cup of tea or go for a walk, and listening to someone talk about how they feel.
So why not take five to have a chat over a cuppa or at lunchtime tomorrow, and simply ask someone how their day is going?
Visit www.time-to-change.org.uk to find out more about Time to Talk Day.