A first-of-its-kind project which provided thousands of vulnerable patients with extra support to help them keep well during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic has been shortlisted for two prestigious national awards.
COVID Protect has been named as a finalist in the “Connecting Services and Information” and “Primary Care Innovation of the Year” categories of the Health Service Journal Awards 2021.
Suitable people in Norfolk and Waveney will soon be given the option to swap to a more environmentally-friendly “greener” inhaler which could reduce their carbon footprint by the equivalent of driving around 1,740 miles a year.
The NHS, supported by NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is promoting the use of dry powder inhalers (DPI) instead of metered dose inhalers (MDIs) for respiratory conditions such as asthma and COPD.
Pregnant and breast-feeding women and their partners can now access Covid-19 vaccinations at a new clinic being launched by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Jo Metcalfe, Clinical Operations Lead for the Norfolk and Waveney Vaccination Centres run by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust said:
The NHS in Norfolk and Waveney is reminding people of the range of healthcare services which are available over the bank holiday weekend – including NHS 111, pharmacies and minor injuries units.
Anyone who has an urgent medical problem and is not sure what to do should think NHS111 first, and call either 111 or visit 111.nhs.uk for help and advice. They can direct callers to the most appropriate place and even book a GP consultation or slot at an emergency department (ED) if necessary.