The NHS is rolling out around 150 Urgent Treatment Centres nationally and the team at the current Minor Injuries Unit, run by Care UK at the Royal South Hants Hospital, have been awarded the contract to run the enhanced service that comes into effect later this year.
The Southampton Urgent Treatment Centre will be based at the same location as the current Minor Injuries Unit, in the Fanshawe Wing of the Royal South Hants Hospital. The service will be led by an experienced team of clinicians who can offer treatment for a range of minor injuries and illnesses as well as offering x-ray facilities and a range of diagnostic testing. Find out more.
A new pilot Social Wellbeing Clinic for those with a need for social care support, usually as a result of a physical condition or impairment, has launched at Woolston Lodge Surgery, as part of a wider service hub providing information to the community.
Trialling for four months and taking place every Friday, the clinic will offer tailored support for GP-referred adults aged 18 and over with a physical or mental impairment impacting on their independence, that may lead to social care needs.
It is estimated that cervical screening saves around 5,000 lives each year1 but cervical screening is at a 20-year low2, with one in four women in the UK not attending their test3.
Here in Southampton 67% of those eligible for cervical screening attended, with women aged 25-49 the least likely to attend4.
Dr Sarah Young, local GP and Clinical Lead for cancer at NHS Southampton City CCG said: “Two women die every day from cervical cancer in England5. Regular screenings can help reduce that number, which is why it’s so important you attend your screening when invited.
We’re supporting the ‘Cervical Screening Saves Lives’ campaign which has launched to highlight the benefits of screening and remind women that cervical screening can stop cancer before it starts.” Find out more.
There are a range of services available in Southampton to help your family stay well.
Including the support pharmacists can provide for minor illnesses, evening and weekend GP appointments, mental health services and the Minor Injuries Unit at the Royal South Hants Hospital.
A partnership between Southampton City Council and Solent NHS Trust has seen a reduction in assessment and rehabilitation waiting times for those with a visual or hearing impairment as a result of the collaboration.
The joint team provide rehab and reablement city-wide to adults over 18 who have vision, hearing or dual sensory loss that is significantly affecting their ability to live independently. The team contains specialist health and social care staff who support people in their own homes and care settings to increase awareness of the impact of sensory loss, and ensure that timely support and any rehabilitation they need is received at an early stage so that they can be given the skills to maintain and regain independence.