Upper Lea Valley Locality Group
There are 16 GP practices in the Upper Lea Valley Locality, covering the area of Hertford, Hoddesdon, Ware and Buntingford. They provide care for a population of over 122,000 with a budget for 2014/15 of £117.5m.
Most of the health budget is spent on acute hospital care which includes emergency treatment, planned operations, tests and investigations.
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Dr Martyn Davies – managing respiratory pathway redesign with Lorraine Paget (nurse lead for long term conditions)
Dr Jay Kuruvatti – mental health lead
Dr Jacqui Sheridan – prescribing lead
Dr Funmi Subair – patient participation lead
Dr Gerry McCabe – supporting diabetes developments
Lucy Eldon – Practice nurse lead
Rachael Hunt – practice manager representative
Here are some of the projects we've been working on over the past year:
Carers project; GP practices in partnership with 'Carers in Herts' are prioritising the health of local carers by being better at identifying carers and supporting their health and wellbeing. Each practice now has a ‘carer champion’ who will help support and raise the profile of carers in the community.
Leg Ulcer Project; the Upper Lea Valley locality is developing a service where practice nurses will receive extra training to treat leg ulcers (a common problem in older people whose skin is more fragile). This project will make sure all patients have access to a nurse with the right skills and equipment to look after them in their GP surgery.
Patient Access; Park Lane Surgery in Broxbourne is piloting a new way for patients to get in touch with their surgery. Instead of booking an appointment with a receptionist, patients will speak directly to a GP to see whether they need an appointment. As a result waiting times have been reduced and overall patient experience has been improved.
Patient Participation Groups; representatives from local GP patient groups are active in the locality patient group, meeting regularly so that their views can be taken into account when local health services are planned. A patient member is currently working with Dr Gerry McCabe, local nurses and other patients to promote awareness of diabetes and is also organising a public event in Hertford this summer.
Watton at Stone
• Over 75’s Health Checks
• Winter Pressure Schemes
• Enhanced Commissioning Framework
• NHS Health Checks
• Care Homes Enhanced Service
• Carers Project
• Map of Medicine
• Weight Watchers / Slimming World Referral
• Childhood Obesity Project
• Leg Ulcer Project
Key health priorities
• Improving early diagnoses and management of cancer
• Improving the health and wellbeing of the frail and elderly
• Reducing obesity levels