The NHS and leading burns surgeons have issued new first aid guidance to help ensure victims of acid attacks get the right help fast.
The assistance for victims comes as new data from NHS England show the number of people requiring specialist medical help for this type of assault is on the rise. In 2014, 16 people required specialist medical advice, rising to 25 in 2015 and increasing further to 32 last year. The level of demand for specialist burns help so far in 2017 suggests there will be another rise in patient numbers this year.
We introduced a staff Achievement of the Month Award aligned to the CCG values. The monthly award, which has been ongoing since last year, gives staff the opportunity to recognise and/or thank individual colleagues or teams for something they have done over the previous month.
We are pleased to announce that the latest winner is Vanessa Ridout, Executive Assistant to Lynn Millar, Director of Primary Care. Vanessa was nominated by her colleagues in the Primary Care Team for transforming the administrative support to the team and constantly providing advice, support and reassurance. Her nomination, and subsequent winning of the award, reflects the CCGs value of “we are honest, accessible and we listen”.
As the August Bank Holiday approaches we want to remind patients to be prepared and to check what medications they need. We encourage patients to collect their repeat prescriptions in plenty of time as GP practices will be closed on Monday 28 August and many pharmacies will have limited opening hours that day.
If for some reason patients do run out of medication, they should speak to a community pharmacist or to contact NHS 111 for advice. Information on which community pharmacies are open during this period can be found online.