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From 1 April 2015 people in East Leicestershire and Rutland will benefit from access to a new healthcare service. This service will provide patients with greater access to healthcare for injuries and illnesses that need treating that day but are not life threatening. The service is available seven days a week – accessible through local GP services and urgent care centres.
This new urgent care service was developed following extensive consultation with people in the area during 2014 and through on-going engagement with patients, GPs and other healthcare professionals, as well as key partners including Healthwatch Leicestershire and Healthwatch Rutland. More »
Dr Girish Purohit, Governing Body member for East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group (ELR CCG) and its clinical lead on urgent care, said: "We are really pleased to be able to provide this new service which I feel will be of great benefit to the local population. People told us they wanted to be treated locally and quickly for injuries and illnesses that need to be seen that day but are not emergencies and this service does just that.
"It replaces a disjointed service where some patients had access to urgent care services locally, but the opening times varied depending on where in the area you lived. From 1 April, opening times will be extended and consistent and access to services will be seven days a week."
During GP opening hours people can access treatment through their GP practice or at the Oadby Urgent Care Centre. During evenings, weekends and bank holidays they can visit Urgent Care Centres in Market Harborough, Oakham, Melton Mowbray and Oadby.
Working in partnership with the public and other healthcare organisations has been key throughout the development of the service.
Sue Staples, Board Member of Healthwatch Leicestershire, said: "As the local patient 'voice' for the Leicestershire, Healthwatch Leicestershire in its role as Consumer Champion has played an active role within the urgent care project group scrutinising and supporting the project at all stages from pre-engagement, through the public consultation, to helping to ensure implementation on time.
"We feel assured that this exciting new service starting on April 1 will provide our patients with a long-awaited and much improved urgent care service with more choice, nearer to home, greater accessibility, longer opening hours, and thus helping to prevent unnecessary visits and relieve pressure on the Emergency Department at the Leicester Royal Infirmary."
Over the coming weeks ELR CCG will be working hard to inform people in East Leicestershire and Rutland about the new service and direct them to where they can best get treated.
Tim Sacks, Chief Operating Officer for ELR CCG, adds: "We have invested a lot of time and resource into making sure we can reach as many people as possible with information about the new service. As well as putting information into GP surgeries and pharmacies, we are also working with key stakeholders to get information into community venues including libraries and leisure centres.
"Extensive information about the service is available on our website and we are mailing all households in the area in May with information to make it easier to choose the right service for treatment.
"We are encouraging people to keep information about the opening times and locations of the urgent care services handy so that when they need them they know where to go. We would also ask that they share this information with friends and family living in East Leicestershire and Rutland."
The new service will be run by Northern Doctors Urgent Care, who was selected after a thorough procurement process in 2014, working in partnership with local GPs. » Less
People across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are being encouraged to get prepared for the Easter bank holiday and make sure they have sufficient stock of any prescription medicine they might need.
As many GP surgeries will not be open from Good Friday (3 April 2015) to bank holiday Monday (6 April), it is important that those who make use of repeat prescriptions check now to ensure that their supply will last until at least Tuesday 7 April.
Professor Mayur Lakhani, a Leicestershire GP speaking on behalf of the CCGs, said: "It is important that people check all their medications to make sure that they have a reasonable supply which will last over the bank holiday period. It is likely that Tuesday 7 April will be a busy day for GP surgeries following the holiday break, so I urge everyone to make sure that they have enough medication to last them until towards the end of the week." More »
It is also recommended that people keep a well-stocked medicine cabinet so they can deal with any minor injuries and illnesses that occur in the holiday period, or to visit their local pharmacist for advice about the right treatment.
Professor Lakhani continued: "Encouraging self-care is extremely important, as it allows people to take control of their own health and wellbeing. This includes taking responsibility for their medications, as well as treating their own minor illnesses using over the counter medicines when appropriate. I urge people to stay away from A&E, unless it really is a life-threatening accident or emergency. By choosing self-care or using one of the other services available, people will be able to get the right treatment at the right time and allow medical staff in A&E to concentrate on treating patients who are seriously ill or injured."
Out of hours services will be available for those with an urgent need to see their GP as well as urgent care centres, which can treat minor burns, cuts and wounds, infections and rashes, as well as stomach ache, vomiting and diarrhoea, and health advice is also available by calling NHS 111, which is available 24 hours a day.
More Leicestershire homes and businesses gearing up to reach the high-speed broadband fast lane
A £9.2 million contract to expand high-speed broadband to even more rural communities across Leicestershire was signed on Friday 13th March.
The partnership between Leicestershire County Council and BT will see more than 10,000 extra homes and businesses get access to fibre broadband technology as part of the Government's Superfast Extension Programme.
The latest multi-million pound Superfast Leicestershire contract, signed at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough, includes £3.45m from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), £2.3m from BT, £2m from the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) as part of its Local Growth Deal and £1.45m from the county council. More »
Pam Posnett, Leicestershire County Council's cabinet member for rural broadband, said: "This contract builds on the success of our current rollout and will enable us to drive broadband speeds up across rural Leicestershire.
"This is an exciting project that is continuing at pace, connecting more communities and businesses together thanks to the internet."
Steve Henderson, BT's regional director for next generation access, said, "The Superfast Leicestershire partnership has already made fibre broadband available to tens of thousands of homes and businesses across the county. This has transformed the way people use the internet, the services that local businesses are able to provide, and the way that everyone can learn online. We're delighted to have been selected by the council to work with them to extend that reach even further in the coming years."
Areas of the county expected to benefit from the contract extension and get access to fibre for the first time include Frisby on the Wreake, Eastwell, Seagrave, Shawell, Lockington, Congerstone, and Orton-on-the-Hill, as well as additional parts of South Wigston, Stoney, Stanton, Blaby, Ullesthorpe and Burton on the Wolds.
A revised interactive map is now available on the Superfast Leicestershire website that shows the full expected coverage across the county. The first properties to benefit from this latest phase are expected to go live towards the end of 2016, with the rollout expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
More than 25,000 premises already have access to superfast broadband thanks to the first Superfast Leicestershire contract signed between Leicestershire County Council and BT in 2013. As part of this work, 124 green roadside fibre cabinets have already been installed and more than 270kms of fibre cable laid.
Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said: "Today's announcement marks the next step in the transformation of the digital landscape of Leicestershire. We want as many people as possible to enjoy the benefits of superfast broadband, and this new £9.2 million investment will help us reach another 10,000 local homes and businesses. By 2017, 95% of the UK will be able to access superfast speeds and I congratulate Superfast Leicestershire for the remarkable progress they have made already in helping us deliver this."
The Leicestershire & Rutland Churches Project has had a complete update and after a hiatus of two years new entries are starting to be added. The first has been the fine church at Theddingworth.
We have access to engravings, old church plans and some old images which we will be adding. We are always looking for old images, stories or anecdotes on our local churches, so if you have any information please get in touch.
Members of the public are invited to attend the governing body meeting of NHS East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) at 9am on Tuesday 17 March 2015.
The meeting will be held at the Pera Innovation Park, Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE13 0PB.
The agenda will include an update on the progress and improvements made following the publication of Learning Lessons to Improve Care Review in July 2014. The review focused on care received by patients in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland between March 2012 and June 2013. It looked at the care the patients had received before admission to hospital, during their stay in hospital and after being discharged, including care from local GP and social care services. The review was designed to shine a light on the quality and appropriateness of care rather than clinical outcomes. More »
Alongside this, there will be a separate report about Healthwatch Leicestershire's recent first-hand observations of care at Leicester hospitals.
East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG is looking forward to the launch of its improved urgent care services for patients with minor injuries and illness, which starts in April. There will be an update report about the progress of the mobilisation and Northern Doctors Urgent Care, the main provider of these services at the urgent care centres across East Leicestershire and Rutland. Representatives of Northern Doctors Urgent Care will also be at the meeting to answer questions.
Those attending the meeting will have an opportunity to ask questions about items on the agenda. People unable to attend can submit questions in advance by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
URGENT – CAN YOU HELP?
Want to meet people, get some exercise and help a local charity raise much needed funds? We urgently require a lottery collector to call four-weekly on small, established rounds in the areas of New Parks (Keightley Road) & Braunstone Frith (Cuffling Drive/Tatlow Road) areas.
Would you or someone you know be interested in collecting LOROS Lottery subscriptions for us? Maybe you have just moved house and don't know anyone in your area? We are desperately looking for anyone with a couple of hours to spare. There is no cold calling involved and everyone on the round has indicated that they would like a collector to call. Most importantly, it is a very worthwhile way of supporting LOROS. More »
Give the Lottery Office a call on (0116) 2318430 if you would like to have an informal chat and find out more about becoming a LOROS Lottery Collector. » Less
Save Our Slum Petition
There is a proposal to demolish a block of old shops on Belgrave Gate in an historic area: just opposite is Lee Street, where Joseph Merrick, the "Elephant Man", was born.
Behind the row of Georgian shops at 122-130 Belgrave Gate, are two rare "one up, one down" cottages on what was Garden Street Place, plus a cottage facing on to what is now Garden Street.
What makes this Garden Street island special, is that it includes slums that escaped the various 'slum clearance' programmes of the 20th century. More »
These small cottages on Garden Street and the former Garden Street Square, or Court C, Garden Street, are rare survivors. They are Leicester's only remaining slum buildings that include shops and still face on to a street.
The shops on Belgrave Gate are an important part of the street scene and their demolition would prove a particular loss to the individual character of the city and its history.
Though currently run down, despite their external appearance, some of the buildings retain many of their original historical features. Preserving and reusing this block of buildings is an important city heritage concern.
Click here to View the planning application on the Leicester.gov website. (opens in new page)
Click here to submit your comments on line (opens in new page)
You can submit your comments prior to the potential destruction of these historic buildings by sending an email, quoting application number 20142339, 22-132 Belgrave Gate, adding your name, address and reason of objection, to: email@example.com
Original story from Mr Leicester Leicester Mercury link below:
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Housebuilder Morris Homes, which is developing its Abbey Quarter site in Leicester, has been awarded with a prestigious industry 'oscar' for the quality of its homes.
The business' site manager Gregg Taylor was crowned one of the best in England after being named runner up in the medium housebuilder category of the National Housebuilding Council's (NHBC) Pride in the Job Supreme Awards.
Recognised for his meticulous attention to detail during the construction process, the judges also awarded Gregg for his technical skills, quality workmanship and the health and safety procedures he implements. More »
This is the fifth award for Gregg in the last three years, and comes after he received the NHBC 'Seal of Excellence' last year for his commitment to building quality homes.
Adam Knight, regional managing director at Morris, said: "Winning a renowned NHBC Supreme Award is a fantastic achievement and testament to the hard work and commitment our site managers put into building quality homes for buyers.
"We pride ourselves on our close attention to detail, from the landscaping of the development to the finishing touches on our homes, and our focus is to continue building properties for buyers in Leicester that meet our consistently high standards."
Morris is currently building more quality homes at its Abbey Quarter development on Abbey Park Road road, where it has just four three-bedroom homes left on sale.
The properties are priced from £194,750 or £155,800* when purchased using the Help to Buy scheme.
For more information on the homes and schemes available at Abbey Quarter visit the sales office at Abbey Park Road, Leicester, LE4 5AP (open Thursday to Monday 10.30am – 5.30pm), call 0116 2530970 or visit morrishomes.co.uk » Less
With hospital A&E departments, GPs and urgent care centres under pressure, patients with minor ailments in West Leicestershire are being urged to make their local pharmacy their first port of call.
The new Pharmacy First service has been launched by West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which plans and pays for many of the area's NHS services
Many winter ailments – coughs, colds, sore throats, dry skin – along with other complaints such as constipation and diarrhoea, joint or muscle pain, allergies, rashes, conjunctivitis, cuts and grazes can be treated under the new scheme without the need for a GP appointment. More »
Pharmacy First is available to patients who currently receive free prescriptions and are registered with a GP in the area. Under the service, eligible patients will receive a consultation with the pharmacist about their minor ailment. If pharmacists feel an over-the-counter medicine is appropriate to treat the problem they will be able to supply a product listed under the scheme free of charge.
Professor Mayur Lakhani, practicing GP and chair of West Leicestershire CCG, said: "I urge all eligible people to try this service wherever possible, it's an excellent scheme. Pharmacists should be the go-to people for minor illnesses. We need to increase people's awareness of the clinical skills of pharmacists and the services they offer. The NHS Pharmacy First service not only increases patients' choices, but it also allows GPs to focus on our many patients with more complex needs."
Although the Pharmacy First scheme is only available to those who already qualify for free prescriptions, pharmacists should still be the first option for anyone who has a minor ailment which can be treated by over the counter medicines, such as sore throats, coughs and colds. Apart from expert advice on a wide range of health issues and supplying medicines to treat common complaints, patients can also access support for self-care via their pharmacy. Consultations are conducted in a private space, not at the pharmacy counter.
Kishan Kotecha, (pictured) pharmacist and manager of Earl Shilton Pharmacy, said: "Many people don't realise the wide range of additional services available - we pharmacists do so much more than dispense prescriptions. We see patients without an appointment - that's always been one of our main advantages - and you will get advice from qualified pharmacy staff.
"Pharmacists are highly qualified healthcare professionals who have undertaken five years of education and training for this specialist role. And if we think you need to see somebody else – if it's something we can't deal with – we will refer you on."
Eligible patients can register for the Pharmacy First minor ailments service with any pharmacy taking part. You can register at any time – you don't have to make an appointment. Also remember that even if you don't qualify to use the free Pharmacy First service you can still go to any pharmacy to receive expert professional advice or buy over the counter medicines to treat your minor illness or complaint.
When you register, your pharmacist may ask you for some information, including your name, date of birth and postcode, and possibly proof that you are exempt from paying prescription charges. If you regularly use a pharmacy they may already have this information recorded but try to remember to take proof of exemption with you.
Your pharmacist will complete a computerised form and will ask for your consent to share information about your minor ailment and any medication supplied with your GP. You need to give your consent to be eligible to use the service. » Less
Explore the county on a local parish walk
If you feel like strolling around an historic town or rambling through the woods, exploring on foot is a great way to relax, discover new places and keep active. Most people in the county live within 500 meters of a footpath, meaning many sights and attractions are only a short distance away.
You can now see all local parish walks on our new website.
Morris Homes is holding a special event this weekend to give buyers in Leicester expert advice on the schemes available to help them achieve their move into their dream home.
The event on 7th and 8th February will take place at Morris' Abbey Quarter development on Abbey Park Road. An Independent Financial Advisor will be on hand to explain how, by using the Help to Buy scheme, buyers only need to raise 5% of the value of the home as a deposit. This makes it possible to buy a property at Abbey Quarter with a deposit from less than £8,000. More »
A selection of offers will be available to those who reserve a selected plot at the event and complete by 31st March 2015, such as £500 toward legal fees, stamp duty paid and fitted flooring throughout, to help lower the cost for buyers as they set up in their new home.
Sales advisors will also be on hand to talk about the two and three-bedroom homes currently on sale at Abbey Quarter, which include the Budworth, a stylish two-bedroom property with an open plan kitchen and dining area.
Cindy Cade, regional sales director at Morris, said: "The event is a great way for us to give buyers awareness of the support available, and our Independent Financial Advisor will be on hand to answer any questions they may have.
"We've created exclusive offers for those who reserve at the event to help reduce moving costs. We want people to know that there is help out there to ensure that their move onto the property ladder is as simple as possible."
Morris' range of two and three-bedroom homes on sale at Abbey Quarter are priced from £157,750 or £126,200 with Help to Buy*.
For more information on the properties and schemes available at Abbey Quarter visit the sales office at Abbey Park Road, Leicester, LE4 5AP, (open Thursday to Monday, 10.30am to 5.30pm), call 0116 2530970 or visit morrishomes.co.uk.
For more information on the event call 0845 601 5667. » Less
Charnwood Drawing & Painting Club LoughboroughArt Demonstration by Charles Bezzina January 27th 7pm - 9.15pm Woodbrook Vale High School Grasmere Road Loughborough LE11 2STThis year Charles was awarded a commission to do one of the London book benches which were created to raise money for the National Literacy Trust. The 50 brightly coloured benches were scattered around the capital over the summer in the Books about Town project, a collaboration between public art impresarios Wild in Art and the National Literacy Trust, to celebrate London's literary history while raising money for the NLT's work to improve literacy in the UK. The theme of Charles bench was Scott of the Antarctica, which also went on view at the Maritime Museum. The sale of the benches raised over £250,000 for the charity.Charles has some exciting projects lined up for 2015 including numerous trips to Thailand, Malta, Greenland, Canada and Norway to see the Northern Lights. Charles continues to offers demonstrations and workshops inspired by his travels.
With only eight properties remaining at Morris Homes' popular Abbey Quarter development, the housebuilder is urging buyers in Leicester to move quickly so they don't miss out.
The final two and three-bedroom properties available at the contemporary city centre development on Abbey Park Lane include the two-bedroom Budworth. The house boasts an open plan kitchen and dining area with French doors leading to the rear garden, as well as a downstairs cloakroom.
The three-bedroom Belton show home is also due to go on sale at the site in the next few weeks. Designed across three floors, the property offers flexible living ideal for growing families, and features a master bedroom spanning the entire top floor. More »
The last remaining properties are priced from £157,750 or £126,200 with the Government's Help to Buy scheme*. With the initiative, only 5% of the value of the home is needed as a deposit, making it possible to buy a property at Abbey Quarter with a deposit from less than £8,000.
Cindy Cade, regional sales director at Morris, said: "There's lots of support available for people purchasing one of the last homes on sale at Abbey Quarter. The site is a popular development and gives buyers in Leicester the chance to live in a stylish new home in a great city centre location, so it's not surprising that there are now only a few properties remaining at the site.
"The homes are ideal for first-time buyers and young families, and we're not expecting them to be around for much longer, so we would urge anybody interested to get in touch with our sales team as soon as possible."
For more information on the properties and schemes available at Abbey Quarter visit the sales office at Abbey Park Road, Leicester, LE4 5AP (open Thursday to Monday, 10:30am to 5:30pm), call 0116 253 0970 or visit morrishomes.co.uk. » Less
Leicester based, used commercial vehicle stockist Van Monster has released its Man with a Van survey. The project aims to establish just how varied van drivers are these days in comparison to the white van man culture of years gone by.
The survey only takes a couple of minutes to complete and one lucky respondent will win £50 for giving a quick snapshot of their life on and off the road. Rather stay anonymous? Not a problem, as the survey can also be completed without providing contact details. More »
A call has gone out to honour Leicestershire people and places in the second round of Leicestershire County Council's Green Plaque Awards scheme.
Nominations are now open for the scheme at http://www.leics.gov.uk/greenplaques with a closing date of Friday 23rd January when a dozen of the county's most famous people and buildings will be shortlisted by a panel of judges, before votes are sought for the top six from the general public.
The scheme has had a successful first year with the public nominating and voting for the local people and places they wanted to see honoured with an Award. More »
The first six recipients included writer and comedian Graham Chapman from Melton, Burbage's Dambuster pilot Geoffrey Rice, social reformer Charles Booth from Thringstone, teacher/missionary Alice Young from Enderby, Kibworth Harcourt's First World War hero James Lochhead Jack and The John Taylor Bellfoundry in Loughborough.
Details of the scheme so far, photos of the events in honour of the six finalists from 2014 and the criteria we use to evaluate nominations are all available at http://www.leics.gov.uk/greenplaques. » Less
Award-winning Leicestershire-based housing developer Waters Homes has given a donation to the WaterAid charity that will help train a team of village pump mechanics.
The trained mechanics will help maintain a fresh water system and give families access to safe drinking water in areas of need overseas.
Dominic Waters, development director at Waters Homes explains:
"We wanted to have a positive impact on the people who need our charity the most and thought that helping provide clean, safe water was fitting. Our gift will enable the WaterAid charity to provide instant access to clean water for a number of people or help put the infrastructure in place that ensures regular access to water for a larger community." More »
WaterAid works with local partners around the world to help communities access safe water and sanitation, using its experience and research to influence decision-makers to do more to provide these vital services.
The charity only uses practical technologies to ensure the right skills exist in communities so they can keep them working long into the future. By working with local partners it is able to invest in the future of local communities so that they can continue the good work. This is an essential part of WaterAid's work, as it believes it is the most progressive and sustainable approach.
Waters Homes is a family run housing development business based in Glenfield, Leicester, which possesses a fantastic portfolio of individual, modern, comfortable and affordable homes across the East Midlands.
For more on Waters Homes and its developments, visit www.watershomes.co.uk.
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The Vaughan Archaeological & Historical Society opens the New Year with a talk on the Medieval Earls of Leicester by Guy Raynor at 7.15pm on Friday 9 January. The event begins the second half of its winter season of meetings in its new home - Saint Christopher's Church at the Samworth Enterprise Academy, 50 Trenant Road, Leicester LE2 6UA.
Later talks include An Introduction to the Archaeology of Roman Leicester by Laura Hadland of Leicester Museums (6 Feb) and The Battle of Agincourt 1415 is discussed by Professor Norman Housley of Leicester University (13 March). The Society's annual lecture celebrating its connection with the noted historian W. G. Hoskins is given by the county's leading archaeologist Peter Liddle on Friday 17 April 2015. The subject will be The Vikings in Leicestershire. More »
Meetings start at 7.15pm. Visitors are welcome (fee £3). » Less
January 2015 - what better time to embrace new learning opportunities for your future wellbeing and prosperity?
If your New Year's resolution is to boost your job prospects, pursue a new interest, learn IT skills, improve your health and wellbeing or to brush up on English and Maths for FREE, now's the time to get back into learning!
The GoLearn spring 2015 course programme offers you an inspiring range of learning opportunities. Choose from part-time day, evening and weekend courses at venues across Leicestershire with huge discounts available for learners on certain benefits, or courses may even be FREE! More »
There are a variety of enjoyable courses where you can learn useful new skills that will positively impact on your life. With 100s of inspirational part-time courses to choose from - some leading to a recognised qualification - discover the many ways you can improve your health and wellbeing during 2015!
• Over spent at Christmas? Learn how to get to grip with your finances
• Low self-esteem? Discover how to improve your confidence
• Need a creative outlet? Express yourself on a cookery, art, writing or pottery class
• Over indulged during the festive season? Improve your health and fitness with Pilates, ballet or yoga
• Is music the soundtrack of your life? Sing for your wellbeing or learn to play the guitar
• Inspired by fabric and textiles? Need to update your wardrobe? Master the art of sewing and stitch crafts
• Lacking confidence with computers or your new Tablet? Learn the basics and more!
Find your ideal course and enrol now! Download a course brochure or search and enrol online at www.leics.gov.uk/GoLearn, call 0800 988 0308 or pick up a copy from any Leicestershire Libraries or Adult Learning Enrolment centre. » Less
Help celebrate young people's achievements in your community by sending in your nomination for the Lord-Lieutenant's Award for Young People 2015. The Lord-Lieutenant's Award for Young People 2015 aims to identify, celebrate and reward the very best examples of achievement by young people in Leicester and Leicestershire.
The award is open to 13 to 19 year olds, and individuals can be nominated by other young people, their school, parent / carer, or any other agency or individual.
The categories for 2015 are: More »
- Young Braveheart
- Young Volunteer
- Young Sportsperson
- Young Artist
Plus over the coming four years there will be a special category dedicated to commemorating the centenary of the First World War. This year we are looking for a Young Poet to help commemorate the Centenary of the First World War through poetry.
The closing date for entries for the 2015 awards is 31 January 2015.