Here’s our monthly compilation of latest facts and figures related to local and national health and care services.
£5m: the amount Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is set to get from the government, to help its patient records at the hospital to go ‘paper-free’. Trust chief Executive Steve McManus said: “We have ambitious plans for using digital technology in innovative ways to make a real difference to patient care, and for integrating and sharing information both internally and with our local health and social care partners.”
6 Reading GP practices are interested in recruiting doctors from overseas to fill vacant posts. Local NHS officials are now deciding whether to apply to take part in a national overseas recruitment campaign being organised by NHS England. The figures were revealed at the latest meeting of the Primary Care Commissioning Committee, a mostly doctor-led group of decision-makers. The practices who expressed interest are: Chatham Street, Circuit Lane Surgery, Kennet Surgery, London Street, Priory Avenue Surgery and University Medical Group.
40% of pregnant women who gave birth in hospital did not know they had the right to choose which hospital to have their baby at, according to a national survey. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) – which checks the safety and quality of hospitals – arranged the research as part of a new campaign, called #Yourbirthplan, aimed at educating women that they have the right to make choices about where they give birth, whether that is at home, at a midwife-led unit, or a hospital ward overseen by a consultant. CQC reports can help women compare the quality of maternity services. Healthwatch Reading research has previously found that some women are ‘diverted’ away from their preferred place of birth due to staffing problems. We know that the local NHS is trying to recruit more midwives, but there may still be times women are denied a choice. If you want advice about this, call our team on 0118 9372295.
43 annual health checks for people with learning disabilities were carried out by Reading GP practices in the first three months of 2017-2018 – a very small number out of 1,053 eligible people. A local action plan is now being draw up to increase this number to ensure a national target is met of 75% of eligible people having this check, by 2020. People with learning disabilities often have difficulty in recognising illness, communicating their needs and accessing services, but regular checks can help discover treatable conditions and get people used to visiting health professionals.
246 hospital admissions were avoided, as a result of people being helped earlier by the Street Triage service, according to latest figures. Street triage refers to a service where clinical mental health professionals (MHPs) accompany and/or assist police at incidents where the possible mental ill health of an individual gives rise to concern. Thames Valley Police (TVP) in partnership with Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BHFT) provide a street triage service in Berkshire West (Wokingham, West Berkshire and Reading LA areas) providing dedicated MHPs working alongside police. The service will target incidents reported to police where individuals appear to be in immediate need of support for their mental ill health or following a mental health welfare/incident call made to the police.
83,000 extra GP appointments in the evening or at weekends were made available to people in South Reading in the last year. This is according to figures made public at the annual general meeting of the South Reading Clinical Commissioning Group.