Children’s Blood Test Clinic survey
The children’s blood test clinic for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, which is also known as the Paediatric Phlebotomy Service, is available for babies, children and young people up to the age of 16 whose GP has referred them for a blood test. This specialist service operates from three clinics in Leicester city: Braunstone Health and Social Care Centre, Westcotes Health Centre and Merlyn Vaz Health and Social Care Centre.
At the moment, the service is run by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust under one contract. This contract is coming to an end in September 2018 so it is an opportunity to consider how this service could best be run in the future, and whether any changes are needed.
There are two options that we are considering.
- We can keep the children’s blood test clinic as one service and one contract as it is now. Depending on who wins the contract, the location of the clinics may change, but all blood tests would be carried out by the same provider.
- We could split the service into two and have two contracts. This would mean that the service for babies and children between 0 to 10 years would be delivered by a specialist provider. Children and young people between 10 and 16 could potentially have their service provided by a local GP practice.
We are committed to buying and developing the best quality services we can for children, young people and their families, so we want to know what you think about the current children’s blood test clinic and what you may want in the future. You can tell us by completing the survey online at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Childrensbloodclinic
The survey is open until 6 May 2018.
Treatments for lower back pain
The three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland announced in November 2018 that they were introducing more effective care for lower back pain.
The changes, being put into place by the CCGs together with Leicester’s Hospitals, came in response to new guidance that was published in November 2016 by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommending how lower back pain should be treated.
As a result of the changes that are being introduced to how the condition is treated, the CCGs began an eight-week period of engagement on 1 November 2017 with patients being treated for lower back pain. The aim was to inform patients of the changes and find out from them how the changes will impact them and what they would find beneficial to treat lower back pain. The engagement has come to an end and the results will now be used to inform the development and refinement of back pain treatment options in the future.
Further information and the lower back pain engagement report is available here.
There are no currently active consultations.