NHS prescription charge
The government is consulting on aligning the upper age exemption for NHS prescription charges with the State Pension age (SPA). In 2019, around £600 million was generated in revenue from prescription charges for frontline NHS services. Currently, people receive free prescriptions when they turn 60 in England, whereas the SPA is now 66.
The consultation is seeking views from the public and healthcare professionals on options for change including building in a period of protection so those aged between 60 to 65 can continue to benefit from free prescriptions if the upper age exemption rises.
Community Diagnostics Hubs
Shropshire has been selected as one of the first places in the country to launch a pioneering community diagnostic health hub. Health experts are now calling on local people to share their views on the new diagnostic health centre that will offer multiple tests at the same time, making it much easier for people to get tested and provide faster results meaning interventions can happen sooner and lives can be saved. Led by Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin (STW) Integrated Care System, the Community Diagnostic Hub (CDH) is set to transform how services such as MRI scans, ultrasounds, X-rays and blood tests are carried out to local people.
Complete the survey here (closes 7th July)
Do you have a Disability and/or Sight Impairment and regularly use taxi services?
Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin has recently received feedback regarding people’s views and experiences of using local taxi services, and are now keen to explore what is working well and what requires improvements.
This is a very short survey which can be completed in minutes. Access the survey here.
Consultation on Telford ward boundaries
A 10-week public consultation is inviting proposals for new council wards and ward boundaries for Telford and Wrekin Council. The consultation will close on 2 August 2021.
There is more advice on the Local Government Boundary Commission website about how you can get involved in the consultation, as well as guidance explaining the process and how to take part. You can also access interactive maps of the current ward boundaries across Telford and Wrekin.
Patient Experience in BAME Communities
As part of Black History Month, the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust have developed a survey to explore patient experience in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, following national data which shows people who describe themselves as BAME report poorer patient experiences compared to people who describe themselves as White.
Whilst it is acknowledged BAME is a term that covers a wide range of people with a very diverse range of needs, the survey aims to understand what the barriers to a positive patient experience are and what the Trust can do to best support our BAME patients.
If you are happy and able to do so, can you please complete this short survey. It can be accessed via Survey Monkey.