As the August Bank Holiday weekend approaches, Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GWH) are asking people to think ahead and help their local NHS by using the most appropriate local healthcare service over the bank holiday.

The Active 10 campaign has been launched by Public Health England and a new walking app aims to get Swindon’s masses moving.

A quarter of adults in the town do less than half-an-hour’s exercise a week, according to official statistics.

Swindon Borough Council is backing a national campaign aiming to get everyone to do at least 10-minutes’ brisk walking a day as a way to boost people’s health.

The first edition of the new STP Newsletter is out now and can be viewed here.  

Please be aware that opening times for pharmacies over the Bank Holiday weekend will be limited.  See the list for details of who is open and when.

NHS England has partnered with NHS Clinical Commissioners to support Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in ensuring that they can use their prescribing resources effectively and deliver best patient outcomes from the medicines that their local population uses. CCGs asked for a nationally co-ordinated approach to the development of commissioning guidance in this area to ensure consistency and address unwanted variation.

Our Annual General Meeting took place on Thursday 20 July 2017 at the Pilgrim Centre, Swindon. 

We started the meeting with a look back on 2016/17, setting out what our challenges and achievements were, and how we spent our £265m allocation on healthcare for Swindon and Shrivenham residents. 

Patients in the Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) area are set to benefit from expansion of diabetes prevention programme as NHS England drives forward changes to support people to live healthier lives

A major fire exercise will take place tomorrow at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon (Thursday 22 June) from midday until 9.30pm.    

Medvivo has been selected to the preferred provider stage of a procurement process to run integrated urgent care services across Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Swindon and Wiltshire.  The healthcare provider, which has very recently been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by CQC, will be the lead provider, working in collaboration with Vocare and Banes Enhanced Medical Services (BEMS+). 

New parents are being invited to a one-off workshop to help improve maternity services in Swindon and the surrounding area.

If you have become a parent in the past year, the Maternity Experience Whose Shoes? workshop will give you the chance to share your experiences with maternity staff and other healthcare professionals, as well as other new parents.