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DRUG alert Epistasus    

Drug alert number: EL (16)A/06

Date issued: 25th May 2016

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a class 2 patient level recall to be actioned within 48 hours, for a batch of:

Epistatus 10mg/ml oromucosal solution pack size 1 x 5ml (Special Products Limited) Unlicensed Special (as Midazolam Maleate)

Batch number: 73234

Expiry Date: October 2017

Special Products Limited is recalling the above batch because in approximately 47% of units, the neck adaptor, which reduces the size of the opening to accommodate the oral syringes, is the wrong size and is not compatible with the syringes.

Epilepsy Society - Have your say

Epilepsy Society is currently running a survey for people affected by epilepsy.

This is to help shape our new strategy, setting out our plans for what we want to achieve over the next three years. 

Your response will help us to understand what matters most to you and to prioritise how we spend our charitable funding to ensure we are making the biggest difference to people with epilepsy.

This survey will take no longer than ten minutes to complete.  All answers are anonymous and you do not have to give your name or contact details.

You can fill in our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BDTBBXF

 For the latest News from the International Alliance of Patients Associations (IAPO) click here

New Clinical Chair for Canterbury and Coastal CCG

Dr Sarah Philips from Newton Place Surgery in Faversham has replaced Dr Mark Jones as Clinical Chair of the Canterbury and Coastal CCG the body which commissions health services in Canterbury, Faversham and Sandwich area.


NHS in East Kent to combine 111 and out of hours care

The new service will combine 111 the emergency number, with out of hours service providing care fro patients who need to see a GP urgently when the practice they normally attend is closed. This will be further enhanced with a crae navigation service which will help patirnts with more complex needs to remain at home. Care navigation enables healthcare professionals look at the holistic needs of the patient. They will be enabled to  refer patients to different services such as a district nurse to dress wounds or an occupational therapist to carry out an equipment assessment. The CCG intend to award the contract to run the new integrated urgent care service to Primecare. .At present 11 can only refer callers to a single place. A new call centre will be located in East Kent to receive calls from East Kent.

Introducing a better quality transport service

A new and improved patient transport service is being launched across Kent and Medway on 1 July 2016. Tough new measures to raise standards are being introduced, with greater emphasis on customer care and getting patients home from hospital promptly.

The service, which is for people who cannot get to their NHS funded hospital or clinic appointment in any other way because of their medical or physical condition, is provided by G4S. The company is taking over from NSL whose contract expires on 30 June.

G4S’s performance will be measured against a Patient Charter, developed by people who use patient transport services in Kent and Medway. There are tighter timescale targets for picking up and dropping off patients, and for how long they spend in transit.

Patients have been involved in preparations for the start of the new service and in making it easier for the PTS eligibility criteria to be applied in a completely fair and consistent way.

The bookings line is a freephone number open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

G4S started taking and making calls from 20 June for appointments from 1 July onwards.

Until 30 June, the bookings line number will remain 08432 241 888.

From 1 July, the bookings line number will be 0800 096 0211.

All bookings made with NSL for dates from 1 July onwards are being transferred to G4S and patients are being phoned to personally reassure them of this.

For further information about the new patient transport service in Kent and Medway, including alternatives for people who are not eligible for patient transport, please visit www.km-pts.co.uk

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