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#HelpMyNHS launch calls residents to action - 1 December 2017

Residents in Brighton and Hove are being called to action to help the NHS provide the best possible care this winter.

Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group has launched a campaign to help people become aware of all the services available, so they can get the right care and free up essential emergency and GP services for those most in need.

#HelpMyNHS calls on the public to play their part by adopting small behavioural changes to ease pressures on local health and care services, saving them for those in the most need. It asks people to:

  • #HelpMyAandE by highlighting the alternative services to A&E and when these should be used.
  • #HelpMyGP by using of GP appointments properly, take steps to help prevent getting ill and self-manage minor illnesses, as well as using alternative services, such as pharmacists.

A dedicated campaign website at highlights these alternatives to A&E visits or GP appointments, and is tailored to include listings on services available to the public across Sussex.

The campaign comes as winter is expected to be extremely difficult for the NHS, especially on A&E departments and GP surgeries as they cope with increasing numbers of people seeking treatment.

Dr David Supple, Brighton GP and Chair of NHS Brighton and Hove CCG, said: “The NHS is doing everything it can with the resources it has to prepare for the extra pressures we expect to face this winter, now we are calling the public to action to HelpMyNHS by ensuring they access the right service for their needs at the right time.

“We have found one of the main reasons services aren’t being used properly is a lack of awareness of the other services outside of GP appointments and A&E when there are fantastic alternatives like Walk in Centres that offer quicker treatment closer to home.”

Warning over the risks of taking antibiotics when not needed - 23 October 2017

Residents are being warned the unnecessary use of antibiotics puts them at risk of more severe and longer illnesses, as the bugs the medicine kills become more resistant to the treatment.

The NHS is urging patients to trust doctors and nurses advice on whether they need antibiotics and if they are prescribed, to take them as directed, never save them for use later on or share with others.

 Antibiotics help ward off infections during surgery and treat serious bacterial infections, such as pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis. However, they have increasingly been used for everyday viral infections (such as colds or flu) where they are not effective.

Katy Jackson, Chief Pharmacist at Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk of more severe or longer illness.

 “Antibiotics becoming less effective is one of the biggest threats facing medicine today. Everyone can play their part by taking doctors and nurses’ advice on antibiotics as it is vital we use this precious resource in the right way - the right drug, at the right dose, at the right time for the right duration.”

More information on effective antibiotic use.

Big Health and Care Conversation launched - 3 July 2017

The Big Health and Care Conversation has been launched to give local residents the opportunity to improve health and social care services

UK music star launches CCG's #IAMWHOLE campaign - 10 October 2016

Monday 10 October 2016 – on World Mental Health Day 2016, UK music star Jordan Stephens (Rizzle Kicks) launches #IAMWHOLE – an anti-stigma mental health campaign for the NHS, in partnership with the world’s largest youth charity YMCA. 

Online GP guide for supporting trans patients launched - 29 January 2016

News release about the launch of online GP Guide for supporting Trans Patients

Bowel cancer campaign backed by Stephanie Moore - 14 January 2016

News release about Brighton and Hove's 'Speak Up Against Cancer' bowel cancer awareness campaign, supported by Albion in the Community, England World Cup Captain, Bobby Moore's widow, Stephanie Moore, Brighton and Hove City Council and Brighton and Hove CCG.

Comedian Dom Joly pranks for NHS 111 campaign - 30 November 2015

TV prankster Dom Joly has swapped his “I’m on the phone” catchphrase for “call 111” in support of a new campaign launched today by the NHS in Sussex to raise public awareness of when to use the free, 24-hour 111 helpline this winter. 

Experts issue warning on antibiotic resistance - 16 November 2015

Why medicines experts are asking the public and prescribers in Brighton and Hove to become 'antibiotics guardians' during this year's World Antibiotics Awareness Week.

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Breathe Better, Waste Less - 7 September 2015

A new 'Breathe Better Waste Less' project has been launched by the NHS in Brighton and Hove to support patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) while reducing pharmaceutical waste across the city.

CCG launches new stop smoking programme - 11 March 2015

On No Smoking Day 2015, the CCG called on smokers in the city to try a new way to stop smoking. ‘Smoke Free Me’ is a unique, free programme designed by psychologists especially for Brighton & Hove residents.