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Why are we making changes?

Your NHS is facing a massive financial challenge. Nationally, your NHS needs to save £22bn by 2020/21. This year, 2016/17, NHS Bradford City and NHS Bradford Districts clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) need to save £13m. 

To make savings we need to work together. There are no additional resources available, savings need to be made now so that we can meet increasing demand and ensure that local services continue to meet your needs. 

We are looking at how to be more innovative, more productive and help you use your NHS resources better whilst making sure services are still of the highest quality.

How can you get involved?

To make sure you get the most out of every NHS pound spent in Bradford, we're asking you to take more control of your health and change the way you use some of your NHS services. Some things that we need you to do are:  

  1. take the medicines you are given - the most expensive medicines are the ones not taken. 50% of medicines are not taken as directed within 10 days of being prescribed.  
  2. not asking for medicines you don't need - check what you've got at home first. Your NHS can't reuse medicines once they have been given out. 
  3. use your NHS to the best - sometimes your GP isn't the best person to see, you can see your pharmacist, quickly without an appointment.
  4. buy some medicines from shops instead - it's cheaper to buy medicines for short term, minor illnesses, from your supermarket or pharmacy. 

Join in with the campaign on social media. Follow us on Facebook, @NHSinBradford or on Twitter, @NHSBDCCG and use #ItsOurNHS to show your support for making a change.

What are we doing?

We will be looking at your whole patient journey and seeing how we can transform your services to give you a better experience. We are also looking at how we can innovate, be more productive, prevent your NHS resources being used inappropriately and ensure your services are high quality.

confidentialityWould you like to make your record shareable to services that might care for you in the future or the services that are currently taking care of you?

Would you like your doctor to be able to see information recorded by those other services?

You now have the choice to ask your practice to make it possible to share your records should the need arise. Setting this up does not mean that anyone can look at your records. They still have to ask for your permission. If you would like to arrange this option please ask at reception.  The choice you record can be changed at any time.




If you have difficulty remembering your appointment. Sign up for our SMS text reminder service. Ask at reception for details.


The NHS Friends and Family Test

Have your say to improve your care

We would like your feedback on the care or treatment we give you

any time you visit your GP or have contact with the practice. It doesn’t

take long.

Put us to the test and tell us what is working and what we can improve. You can say what

you think without giving your name and we will use the information to plan improvements to

our services.

Stay Well This Winter

Stay well this winter with the help of a new NHS website

Winter is traditionally a very busy time for GPs and hospitals. It brings with it illnesses and ailments such as flu, coughs and colds and Norovirus (the winter vomiting bug.)

That’s why it pays to be prepared so that you can stay well during this period. And a new campaign, launched by doctors in Bradford and Airedale, will help you do exactly that.

Listen out for adverts which will be aired on local radio stations and take a look at the new site online,

Here you’ll find great health advice which will enable you to enjoy a happy and healthy winter, Christmas and New Year. And if you are unfortunate enough to become ill, there is a wealth of information which will help you make the right choices.

Is your medicine cabinet stocked up?

If the contents of your medicine cabinet or first-aid kit amount to nothing more than a tube of out-of-date insect repellent, then it’s time to stock up! Did you realise that many illnesses such as coughs and colds cannot be treated with antibiotics? There’s no need to bother your GP. Instead you can treat yourself successfully and safely at home with self care.

You never know when you might fall ill, so it’s always best to keep a range of everyday medicines at home just in case. Make sure you have remedies for colds and sniffles, such as painkillers like paracetamol and ibuprofen, as well as cough linctus and lozenges and sprays for sore throats. Your local pharmacist will be able to advise you on the best remedies. You can read all about treating winter colds on the new website.

Use your pharmacist

Don’t forget: Your pharmacist is a great source of advice and help when you are feeling unwell – and you don’t even have to make an appointment. Find out when your local pharmacy is open and keep a note of the times. Check out the website to see the services your pharmacist offers.

Plan ahead with prescriptions

Do you take pills or medication regularly? If so, make sure you are well stocked up over the winter period, particularly if the weather is bad and you cannot get out. Plan ahead with prescriptions. Don’t leave things until the last minute and risk the danger of running out of your medicines.

Check your symptoms

The new website will also help you check your symptoms if you do begin to feel unwell. The NHS Symptoms Checker is simple and quick to use and will enable you to diagnose and recognise your problem. You can also use it for a family member or friend, and it will tell you what kind of treatment you may need.

Slips and trips

Winter is the time of year when many of us fall victim to slips and trips because of the icy weather and the slippery conditions under foot. Use your head when it comes to your feet! Invest in sensible footwear with good grips. But if you do take a tumble, many aches and sprains can be treated with self-care at home without an unnecessary trip to A&E. Read all about PRICE – Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation – on the new website and how to avoid HARM – Heat, Alcohol, Running, Massage.

Beat those winter aches and pains

Winter can bring on aches and pain or even make your arthritis seem worse. The colder weather can also mean cold hands and feet due to a common condition called Raynaud’s syndrome. The new website has advice on how to treat these conditions. It also has great tips about staying active – exercise is not just for the summer! And you can also read about the best foods to beat the winter blues and avoid winter weight gain.

Where and when to get help

Self-care is the perfect solution for many minor ailments but if you need medical help fast, there are lots of solutions. You can call your GP surgery. Outside of normal surgery hours you’ll be directed to the out-of-hours service. You can also call NHS 111, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and for minor injuries there are MIUs (Minor Injuries Units) or Walk-In centres. The new site also has advice about dental emergencies.

A&E is for real emergencies

Did you know every year millions of people go to A&E when they don’t need to? Make sure your visit is really necessary or you could either face a lengthy wait or stop someone who really needs the service from being seen. Head to the website  for help and advice about what to do when feeling unwell or in an emergency.

There’s no need to worry about the winter months if you wrap up warm and are prepared. And the campaign will help you enjoy them. Keep dropping by to see new information and advice being added and updated. Make sure this website is your new winter friend!


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