The NHS will be consulting on the future of Rothbury’s beds and I would urge those who feel strongly about this to take part to ensure local peoples’ views are taken into account and the strength of feeling is registered. Once the details of the consultation are known, I will publicise them on my website and to everyone who has contacted me about this issue.
The growing pressures on adult social care have been hitting the headlines as the NHS looks at how to tackle our ageing population whilst trying to offer more choice in care.
NHS figures for the use of those beds were low, but I believe they should remain available for those who would prefer inpatient palliative care to receiving it at home. I have been working with community campaigners and the local NHS team, and we have had some productive meetings.
At this time of year, it is crucial that we use pharmacies where possible to do our bit in easing the pressure on GPs. Many pharmacies run minor ailment schemes, with consultations for common problems like aches and pains, skin conditions and stomach upsets, on top of advice they give for stopping smoking, sprains, flu vaccines and medicine reviews.