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NHS England has approved the merger of the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in the west of Berkshire. The four local CCGs, including North and West Reading, South Reading, Newbury and District and Wokingham...

Nearly 40 community volunteers are undergoing training in Reading over the next two months to become Macmillan Cancer Champions as part of a project looking to address inequalities in cancer care.

FreeStyle Libre® is a form of “continuous flash glucose monitoring”, with glucose readings provided by scanning a sensor. It was the first of these technologies to be added to the national Drug Tariff on 1 November 2017. It is important to note that the Drug Tariff is not a list of recommended products and NHS organisations and prescribers are not obligated to supply every item ...

Patients in Berkshire suffering high levels of pain have had their wait for a specialist appointment reduced from nine months to just one, saving the NHS more than £200k a year. Berkshire patients with a range of pain symptoms were unnecessarily being referred to Pain, Trauma and Orthopaedics, Neurology and Rheumatology outpatients for further tests and consultant appointments ...

A consistent response and Berkshire-wide cooperation and support is at the heart of the new Berkshire Adults Safeguarding Policy and Procedures website launched today (22 November) The new website provides valuable information on safeguarding across the whole of Berkshire. It helps people learn what to look out for, as well as how to report concerns and instances of abuse.  I ...

Earlier this year, Berkshire West CCGs asked local people to give us their views on our proposals for changes to what is available on NHS prescription. We’re grateful to more than 750 people who took the time to give us their views. Since the consultation closed, we have collated and analysed the responses we received and produced this report. The recommendations, which includ ...

The Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield made a special visit to the *Berkshire West area on Wednesday 15 November. She came to find out more about the Emotional Health Academy, a unique West Berkshire scheme that is offering a new model of earlier help for young people who would normally have a long wait to access over stretched mental health services. The vis ...

We have now received formal approval from NHS England for the proposed merger of the four Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), including; North and West Reading, South Reading, Newbury and District and Wokingham into one CCG to be called Berkshire West CCG. The merger will come into formal effect on 1st April 2018 and we will work to establish new structure and ...

Knowing your blood pressure is key to protecting health Health partners across Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire are working together during September as part of a Berkshire Blood Pressure Awareness campaign to increase the amount of residents having a blood pressure check. Free blood pressure checking events (18-24 Sep 2017) 1 in 4 adults are likely to have high blo ...

People across the Thames Valley (Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire) will have new and improved access to urgent care services from today (5 September 2017). The new Thames Valley IUC 111 service will help people access a wide range of clinical care through a single call, including dental, pharmacy and mental health services, ensuring patients get the right care, first ...

If you need medical help and are unsure what to do, call NHS 111 for help and advice. They are available 24 hours a day.