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OCCG Connect Newsletter – January 2015

David Smith, Chief Executive at OCCG

David Smith, Chief Executive at OCCG

A message from the Chief Executive

We started the year with the welcome news that OCCG has been given more money to spend on local health services in 2015/16 compared to this year, 2014/15. The money allocated by the government to pay for services in Oxfordshire increased by 6.4%, which included an additional £19.7m more than expected. How we decide to use this extra income will depend on our spending priorities for the coming year and beyond, which will be underpinned by our commitment to delivering high quality and effective health care in Oxfordshire.

You are probably aware that there has been very high demand for local NHS services over the past month. This is to be expected at this time of year when there are more cases of winter illnesses and flu around, but it is putting extra pressure on local hospitals especially at A&E. You can help by choosing the best service to treat your condition. If you feel unwell call NHS 111 for advice and support 24 hours a day, or make an appointment to see your local GP.  You can also talk to your high street pharmacist about over the counter remedies to treat coughs and colds. Remember, A&E is for life threatening emergencies only.

And, it is not too late to have a flu vaccination. This is important for people aged over 65 and for people ‘at risk’ from the complications of flu such as patients with conditions such as heart disease and diabetes or pregnant women. Please, contact your GP today to book a free appointment.

You’ll be pleased to know that we’ll be holding our Governing Body meetings in each of OCCG’s six localities this year. We want to give you the opportunity, wherever you live in the county, to join us and help shape local health services. Come along to the next meeting in Wantage Civic Centre on Thursday 29 January (9.30am to 12.15pm). You can submit a question beforehand; more details on how to do this are here.

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