NHS Doncaster CCG

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News:

  • Doncaster councillor heads up new breast cancer awareness campaign
  • InTouch October 2015 Edition
  • InTouch October 2015 Edition

We are responsible for planning and buying health services in Doncaster.

About Our Services

NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) comprises 43 member practices who have delegated responsibility for running the organisation to a governing body, which is responsible for commissioning healthcare services in Doncaster.


Launching in April 2013, the CCG is in charge of the borough’s over £400 million budget, which aids us in organizing, paying for and monitoring the performance and quality of services in the town.


The CCG is a ‘clinically led’ group, which means that GPs and other healthcare professionals make key decisions. It is a membership organisation, comprising of the 43 member GP practices based in Doncaster, each giving crucial and informed input.


Our aims and priorities are set by GPs, supported by lay members, NHS managers and other health professionals. Together, they have responsibility and freedom to make decisions about the care and services provided for Doncaster and are committed to putting local people at the heart of decision making within the local NHS.


The CCG has responsibility for purchasing and structuring healthcare services for over 300,000 patients in Doncaster and it is our aim to provide the best possible care.


 

Latest news

Doncaster councillor heads up new breast cancer awareness campaign

BreastAware

A leading Doncaster councillor has spoken of the potentially life-saving discovery she made whilst taking an early morning shower.

It was early August 2014 when Councillor Pat Knight, from Hatfield, felt a lump in her left breast that she hadn’t previously detected when doing self-examinations.

She quickly made an appointment to see her GP and within days was referred to Doncaster Royal Infirmary’s (DRI) Jasmine Centre, where diagnostic tests revealed the lump was a two centimetres long tumour.

“Less than four weeks after feeling the lump, I had an operation at DRI to remove it. But, at a follow-up meeting with my consultant the following week, I was told there were still some rogue cancerous cells left behind, so I decided to have a full mastectomy, said Councillor Knight, who represents Doncaster Council’s Hatfield Ward and is also the Chair of the borough’s Health and Wellbeing Board.

“The wound took a while to heal so I started a 15 week course of chemotherapy in December last year, followed by three weeks of radiotherapy, and was told the treatment had been a success at the end of March this year.”

Councillor Knight’s prompt action in feeling something unusual in her breast and then contacting her GP straight away has led to her becoming the patient face behind a newly launched breast cancer awareness campaign in Doncaster.

Be breast aware. Pass it on is supported by the Doncaster Belles’ football team and features players Sue Smith and Kasia Lipka, plus Doncaster GP Dr Pat Barbour, who practises at The Medical Centre, on Frances Street and is a member of NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Governing Body.

Dr Barbour said: “Breast cancer can be treated and beaten if it’s detected early, which is why it’s important that Doncaster women check their breasts regularly, just as Councillor Knight did, and also attend screening sessions when invited.

“My message is ‘If you are aware of any change in your breasts from what is normal to you, tell your doctor without delay’. Acting quickly could save your life.”

The campaign message will appear in local print and social media, on prescription medicine bags and on posters in GP surgeries and pharmacies. The Belles have also agreed to use their game against Oxford United at the Keepmoat on Saturday 3 October to highlight the signs and symptoms of the disease.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in England, with over 41,000 cases being diagnosed each year, including around 250 new cases each year in Doncaster. It’s indiscriminate, targeting women of all ages, as well as some men.

Survival tends to be lower in older women as research shows they are more likely to put off making an appointment with their GP if they suspect they may have the symptoms.

Other research indicates that older women have less knowledge about the other signs of breast cancer. They often assume that a lump is the only sign of the disease.

In reality, there are many possible signs of breast cancer, including:

  • A lump or thickening in your armpit
  • Changes to the skin of your breast
  • Changes to the shape or size of your breast
  • Nipple changes
  • Nipple discharge
  • Pain in your breast
  • Any other unusual or persistent changes to your breasts

“So be breast aware – and pass it on”, added Dr Barbour.

 

Last updated on 23 October 2015.

InTouch October 2015 Edition

The October edition of the CCG’s InTouch newsletter is now available.

In this issue, we look at the CCG’s brand new breast cancer awareness campaign ‘Be Breast Aware. Pass It On’ as well as the opening of the Doncaster Same Day Health Centre.

If you have a story that you think is relevant to the newsletter, please send it to adam.tingle@doncasterccg.nhs.uk and it will be taken into consideration for the next edition.

InTouch is NHS Doncaster CCG’s external newsletter and is published every third Wednesday of the month and is available digitally on the CCG’s website and mirrored throughout social media.

 

Last updated on 23 October 2015.

InTouch October 2015 Edition

InTouch

The October edition of the CCG’s InTouch newsletter is now available.

In this issue, we look at the CCG’s brand new breast cancer awareness campaign ‘Be Breast Aware. Pass It On’ as well as the opening of the Doncaster Same Day Health Centre.

If you have a story that you think is relevant to the newsletter, please send it to adam.tingle@doncasterccg.nhs.uk and it will be taken into consideration for the next edition.

InTouch is NHS Doncaster CCG’s external newsletter and is published every third Wednesday of the month and is available digitally on the CCG’s website and mirrored throughout social media.

 

Last updated on 23 October 2015.

Doncaster CCG Supports World Mental Health Day

Mental Health Day

NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be celebrating this year’s World Mental Health Day.

Taking place on Saturday 10 October, the event aims to raise awareness of what can be done to ensure that people with mental health problems can live with dignity. One in four adults and one in ten children are likely to have a mental health problem in any given year. This can have a profound impact on the lives of tens of millions of people in the UK, and can affect their ability to sustain relationships, work, or just get through the day.

Mental health is one of the CCG’s key clinical priorities for improvement. As part of this work, in partnership with Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, the organization has just launched the single point of access (SPA) for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.

The SPA team operates around the clock, every day of the year, with specially trained handlers, supported by clinicians, on hand to answer calls. Responding to those in need, the caller is directed to the most appropriate service, ranging from advice and support to treatment.

In simple terms, it means that anyone who is experiencing a serious mental health problem, such as wanting to self-harm or having suicidal thoughts, can ring a single telephone number, 01302 566999, where they will have fast access to a healthcare professional who can help them.

The CCG is also currently re-developing the ‘recovery house’. This service gives patients who are in mental health crisis a ‘recovery house’ in which to stay for up to seven days, recuperate and work with services to help them get better.

Working in partnership with peer support organizations such as the People Focused Group (PFG), service users, voluntary sectors and other providers, the CCG aims to produce a high quality outline for the service that will be ready for 2016/17.

Andrea Butcher, Head of Strategy and Delivery for Mental Health at the CCG, said: “Events such as World Mental Health Day give us the chance to reflect on the work that we’re doing for the people of Doncaster and also understand what else needs to be done.

“Mental health forms a core part of the CCG’s clinical priorities and we are always looking at ways how we can improve critical services that help those who are in crisis or at a very low point in their life and need help accessing the treatment they need.”

 

Last updated on 23 October 2015.

Doncaster pharmacists begin new lung cancer detection scheme

Laura Sharp consults with customer

A new health pilot has started in Doncaster enabling pharmacists to refer patients presenting with symptoms of lung cancer for a chest x-ray.

Developed, in partnership with local GPs, and funded by NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the ACE Pharmacy pilot aims to diagnose people with the cancer earlier, leading to quicker treatment and a better outcome. It is hoped that by giving pharmacists the ability to refer for chest x-rays it will also pick up local people who are less likely to seek help from their GP for a persistent cough or other symptoms of the disease.

In preparation for the 12-month trial, over 30 pharmacists have been trained to identify signs of the illness by Alan German, a local lung cancer survivor, Dr Moe Kyi, Lung Cancer Lead at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals, and Radiology Department staff at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

The yearlong pilot will cover over 70,000 people in the borough and pick out those seeking help for recurrent illnesses such as chest pains, persistent coughs and weightloss that might be symptomatic of the early stages of the disease.

Nationally, lung cancer is the second most common cancer in men and women after prostate and breast cancer with 241 cases of the disease in the town in 2014/15. Doncaster has over 15,000 more smokers than in similar sized areas, with incidents of lung cancer in women being 68% higher than the national average.

Although more difficult to treat than other forms of the disease, early diagnosis of lung cancer can increase chances of survival, and getting the most effective and appropriate treatment is key for the best possible outcome.

Dr Nick Tupper, Doncaster CCG chair, said: “The ACE Pharmacy pilot is another example of the innovative and wider work we do in Doncaster to make sure we catch the symptoms and signs of cancers as soon as possible.

“By training some of our pharmacists how to spot the disease, we hope that we can pick up those people who wouldn’t ordinarily see their GP before their cancer is more advanced and less treatable.”

Dr Moe Kyi said: “By the time a patient suspected of lung cancer is admitted to hospital and a diagnosis is made, the disease can be very advanced and therefore less treatable. Community pharmacists are friendly, easily accessible and have wealth of knowledge. Having the right training and the ability to refer for a chest x-ray means our pharmacists may be able to identify patients who would be more likely to present late to us at the hospital.”

If you have had a cough for more than three weeks, persistent breathlessness, unexplained tiredness and weight loss, or an ache or pain when breathing or coughing, go and see you GP.

 

Last updated on 29 October 2015.

Where to get your flu jab in Doncaster

FluFighter

It’s that time of year again when the nights draw in and the weather turns cold. Stay Well this Winter and fight the flu by getting your jab.

For most people, a bout of flu makes you feel miserable but it’s not a serious illness. If you are generally healthy, you will usually recover from it within a week.

But some people are more at risk of developing potentially serious health problems from flu, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. The NHS offers the injected flu vaccine free of charge to the following groups:

  • are 65 years old or over
  • children aged six months to two years at risk of flu
  • are pregnant
  • have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, asthma and heart disease
  • are very overweight
  • are living in a long-stay care home
  • receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for someone who may be at risk if you fall ill

If you do not fit the above criteria, you can still request a jab at the following locations:

Weldricks Pharmacy, 40-42 East Laith Gate
Weldricks Pharmacy, 81 Sandringham Road, Intake
Weldricks Pharmacy, 44 Church Street, Conisbrough
Weldricks Pharmacy, 14 High Street, Carcroft
Weldricks Pharmacy, The Hatfield Health Centre, Hatfield
Weldricks Pharmacy, 100 Amersall Road, Scawthorpe
Weldricks Pharmacy, 54 Brecks Lane, Kirksandle
Weldricks Pharmacy, St Wilfrid’s Court, Cantley
Weldricks Pharmacy, 38 High Street, Bawtry
Weldricks Pharmacy, 2-4 Finkle Street, Thorne
Weldricks Pharmacy, 35 Grand Lane, Rossington
Weldricks Pharmacy, THE Orchard Centre, Moorends
Weldricks Pharmacy, 235 Sprotbrough Road
Weldricks Pharmacy, Field Road, Stainforth
Weldricks Pharmacy, 122 Thorne Road,
Weldricks Pharmacy, Martinwells Centre, Edlington
Weldricks Pharmacy, 13 The Parade, Armthorpe
J M McGill Ltd. 125 Wath Road Mexborough
J M McGill Ltd. 65-67 Carr House Road
J M McGill Ltd. 66 Hexthorpe Rd
J M McGill Ltd. 94 High Street Dunsville
J M McGill Ltd. 120 Sandford Rd
J M McGill Ltd. 56 Edlington Lane
J M McGill Ltd. 14 Main Street Sprotbrough
J M McGill Ltd. 106 Warmsworth Road
J M McGill Ltd. Scott’s Practice Greenfield Lane
Pharmacy, The New Surgery, Adwick Road. Mexborough
Boots, 5 Finkle Street, Thorne
Boots, The White Wings Centre Spa Pool Road Askern
Boots, 11 Church Street Askern
Boots, 10/11 The Wheatley Centre
Boots, 47-48 Market Place
Boots, 13-15 Frenchgate
D & R Sharp Chemist Ltd, Unit 4 Barnsley Road
D & R Sharp Chemists Ltd, High Street Bentley
D & R Sharp Chemists Ltd, 59 Montrose Avenue Intake
Tesco Pharmacy, Woodfield Way Balby
Rowlands Pharmacy, St John’s Church, Balby
Well Pharmacy. High Street, Bentley
Well Pharmacy, 240 Great North Road Woodlands
Well Pharmacy, Grange Lane, Rossington
Asda Pharmacy Asda Pharmacy Carcroft, High Street
Chestnut Pharmacy, The Pharmacy Unit, Chestnut Avenue, Carcrof
LloydsPharmacy, Adwick Road Adwick Road, Adwick Road, , Mexborough
LloydsPharmacy, Cusworth Lane Cusworth Lane, Cusworth Lane
LloydsPharmacy, Woodside View Woodside View, Woodlands, Woodlands
LloydsPharmacy, Mexborough Mexborough, 24 High Street, , Mexborough
LloydsPharmacy, Tickhill Tickhill, 3 Market Place, Tickhill
LloydsPharmacy, Thorne Road Thorne Road, Rear Of 83b Thorne Road
LloydsPharmacy, Woodlands Woodlands, 2 Princess Street, Woodlands
LloydsPharmacy, West Bessacarr West Bessacarr, 34 Nostell Place,
Sainsbury’s Pharmacy Thorne Road, Edenthorpe
Misterton Pharmacy Marsh Lane, Misterton

 

Last updated on 29 October 2015.

Last updated on 04 November 2015.

Information supplied by NHS Doncaster CCG