Scarlet Fever Advice

The Department of Health have notified Practices in Wiltshire of an increase in the reported cases of scarlet fever.  This increase is above what is usually expected at this time of year.  Scarlet fever is most common in children between the ages of two and eight years and is usually treated with antibiotics.  Children will need to be excluded from visiting their childminder, nursery or school to help minimise spreading the infection.  More information about the symptoms and what to do if you suspect your child has scarlet fever can be found from the NHS Choices Website here.  The Department of Health have also produced an advice letter for patients which can be downloaded below.

 

Scarlet Fever Increased Incidence - Info[...]
Microsoft Word document [130.7 KB]

Patient choice

Since 1 April 2008, you have the right to choose the hospital you want to be treated at.

A dramatic expansion of patient choice in the NHS got under way in April 2008.

 

Surveys have consistently shown that patients want choice. The 2005 British Social Attitudes survey revealed that 65% of patients said they wanted choice of treatment, 63% wanted a choice of hospital and 53% welcomed a choice of appointment time.

 

The introduction of free choice means that patients referred to see a specialist can choose where they will be treated. They can choose from any hospital that meets NHS standards.

 

Under free choice, if you and your GP decide that you need to see a specialist, you'll be able to choose the hospital that best suits your needs. This is provided by a Choose and Booking service, where the patient has the option to book their own appointment at a hospital of their choice and with a range of appointments at their convenience.  Your GP may also decide to refer you to a specialist referral service with a dedicated service advisor who can guide you through the most appropriate hospital to meet your personal needs.

 

Should you have any questions, please get in touch with us.  We'll be happy to help. Contact Reception at beversbrook@nhs.net 

 

Source: www.nhs.uk

Important emergency telephone numbers:

Service Telephone number

A&E

 

999

NHS Direct

 

0845 4647

WMS GP Out Of Hours

 

 0300 1115717