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We publish a newsletter which is sent to all members, doctors surgeries, libraries, national and local politicians. The newsletter includes details of our events together with news about advances in the treatment of epilepsy and changes in benefits available to members. To see the latest edition View here

The next meeting of Epilepsy HERE will be held  at Canterbury Umbrella Centre ,St Peter's Place, Canterbury,Kent,CT1 2DB on Tuesday 5th Sepeptember 2017uly 2017 at 7.30 pm 

The next Coffee Break meeting at Whitstable United Reformed Church, Middle Wall, Whitstale   on Tuesday 19th September 2017 from 10.00-11.30 a.m. Why not come along to meet us and chat about whatever you like

The table in the garden of The Vicarage, The Length, St Nicholas at Wade selling garden plants and dispensing information on epilepsy on the weekend of Open Gardens on 3rd and 4th June 2017 raised £100 and we gave out many brochures. Our thanks to Mother Karen and the Friends of St Nicholas at Wade Church.

 

 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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