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I think it is terrible and very shortsighted that Greenwich have stopped the 12 month health review. You are sacrificing the health of babies for a quick win of saving money. Offering a clinic instead assumes a parent or carer is able to recognise that there is something wrong with their child in the first place. Its a disgrace.

Dear Alison

Oxleas has been commissioned to provide the new 0-19 years public health nursing service in Greenwich. The new service commenced on 1st September, with a programme of developments to the way services are delivered.

Our new Health Advice Sessions are delivered across Greenwich every day of the week, from Monday morning to Friday afternoon, and all families can attend these sessions to discuss their child’s health and progress.

In addition, Greenwich has introduced a series of ‘Key touchpoints’ beginning during pregnancy and continuing through the early weeks of life and throughout the school years.

There are new options for families to access the key touchpoints, and our teams will ensure that each child and family has at least three face to face key touchpoint contacts before their child starts school. Many children will receive up to seven face to face key touchpoint contacts, and our health visitors and school nurses will also be offering families addition, personalised support at times of need.

At each of the key touchpoint times for 0-4 years, families will receive an email providing health and development related information, with links to online resources.
In the case of the 10-12 month review, all families will receive the email or a letter, with an invitation to bring their baby to the Health Advice Session to discuss their progress. If any concerns are identified a face to face review of the baby’s health and development will be arranged.

The service will be developing further options for providing key touchpoint contact, and opportunities to seek advice if parents have concerns about their child, which will include online services such as virtual nurse through Skype. Many families have expressed their preference for online or instant contact in this way.

If you would like to discuss this matter further, please feel free to email me at stephen.whitmore@nhs.net.

Kind regards

Stephen Whitmore
Director of Children and Young People's Services

I would like to give a big thank you to Mr Mcfarlane, Ryan and the rest of the team for the outstanding service and care I have received. They were able to put me at ease throughout the whole process, even on the operating table! I now have a pair of very happy feet with no pain. Thank you again.

Dear Carol

Many thanks for leaving such a lovely comment in relation to the podiatric surgery service and for the care Mr McFarlane and his team provided during your recent procedure.

I have passed your compliment onto the team; we are delighted to hear you no longer have any pain and wish you well for the future.

Best wishes

Lisa Thompson
Head of Service - Specialist Teams (Adult Community Services)

For at least the last ten years I have received outstanding treatment from nurses Alison and Juliet at the Manor Brook Medical Centre for persistent leg ulcers. Although the symptoms come and go and never completely heal (so far) the ladies never lose patience and are always seeking different methods to improve my quality of life. I would like to bring to the attention of the Authority their outstanding contribution to the well being of their many patients. Personally, I feel as if I am being treated as a privately paying patient; it could not be bettered. Thank you all so much.

Dear Maurice

Thank you so much for taking the time to comment on the excellent service you received from Alison and the tissue viability team.

I will pass on your kind words to Alison and I know that she and the team will appreciate your generous feedback.

With kind regards

Liz Penn
Head of Long Term Conditions

I'm so outraged that the weigh in and walk in clinics have reduced to such a small amount. When my baby was first born this service was a lifeline and meant not having to go to the doctor for advice.

The manor brook clinic has been closed and we are told to go to 2 different sites, both only open 3 hours a week. Having seen how busy manor brook was I can only imagine these two places serving the whole of the Blackheath / kidbrooke area are going to be a complete nightmare.

How is this 'improving lives' or supporting new mums? It's only going to stop people attending and potentially risking these poor little ones health.

A response would be appreciated.

Dear Katie

The new 0-19 years public health nursing service has been commissioned by the Royal London Borough of Greeenwich to deliver services to families in Greenwich in partnership with other local services and organisations. Health visiting services (0-4 years) are working closely with Children's Centres including delivering health advice sessions in Children's Centres across the borough.

Health advice sessions provide an opportunity for parents and carers to discuss their child's day to day health and progress and any concerns they may have with a member of our experienced and skilled teams, and at the same time to introduce parents to the wide range of services offered through Children’s Centres.

The new health advice sessions are planned across the borough so that there is a session available every morning and afternoon of each working day, with health visitors available for at least one session per day.

The new health advice drop in sessions are longer than previous baby clinics and have been designed to offer not only the support of the HV service but to provide access and support from the Children's Centre for parents who have a range of needs.

The redesign of our service includes a new offer of pre-birth home visits and contact with the health visitor 6-8 weeks postnatally, as well as additional support for families when needed. This offer is particularly focussed on first time mothers and those who are vulnerable.

So far the clinics have been well attended and client feedback has been positive.

For more information please visit our Health Visiting Service page: http://oxleas.nhs.uk/services/service/childrens-health-visiting-serv/

Kind regards

Helen Day Barnes
Service Manager
Universal Children's Services

Whomever it may concern,

My daughter Emily attended Ferryview Medical centre Speech and Language on 31st August 2016 and the audiology at PlumsteadHealth clinic on the 2nd September 2016. Her hearing was significantly reduced and she needed a follow up appointment. I have not recieved any follow up letter or any results from her test. My Gp wont give me a refereral till i get the results from the audiology department but I can never get hold of anyone at the department. My call constantly gets cut off , my husband even drove down to talk to someone, no one was at the desk or in the department. The fact the information is not readily available on the system and that I am the one running around trying to resolve this issue is quite frustrating.

I would like someone to contact me with the relevant information so that I can fix my daughters ears before she attends school nect year.

Kind Regards, Lesley

Dear Lesley

Thank you for letting us know that you were having difficulty making contact with our service to follow up on an appointment, and to check that your GP had received the relevant report.

As explained on the telephone the premises you visited is not part of Oxleas and the service you visited previously is not based there. I do however apologise that you had such difficulties making contact with us, and I will let the practice where the treatment was delivered know that this has been an issue.

Your appointment was due to be processed in order that you received an appointment for November. I have provided you with the relevant telephone number in order that you can now make that appointment direct. With regard to the GP report I have asked that this is resent today.

I hope that you now feel that the issues are resolved but please contact me again if further issues arise.

Kind regards

Maria
Head Of Nursing

Recently, I have again had fine service from the Garland Road Health Center. I could not ask for better. The "good work" is really being kept up!

Dear Joe

On behalf of Mr. McFarlane and his team I would like to thank you for taking the time to comment on the fine service you received from our Specialist Foot Service at Garland Road. The team work hard to provide high quality services and they will appreciate your feedback which I will pass onto them,

Best wishes

Lisa Thompson
Head of Service - Specialist Teams (Adult Community Services)

We went to the Brook Lane centre on Friday 7th Oct. We were seen by Alison who went above and beyond her duty to my Husband and would like to say a big thank you for her help and advice.

Dear June

Thank you so much for taking the time to feedback on the excellent care your husband received from Alison at the tissue viability clinic.

I will pass on your kind words to Alison and I know she will be delighted that the help and advice she offered has been so appreciated.

Kind regards
Liz Penn
Head of Long Term Conditions

Am I able to go to any of the above health centres for my baby boy? I was only given a list of 3 from my gp but they aren't that easy to get to.

Thanks,

Dear Charlotte

Thank you for your query.

I have sent you a list of our child health clinics in Bexley and the new health advice sessions that we are running in Greenwich. You are very welcome to attend our sessions at your own GP surgery or at any of our community venues.

This is an exciting time for Oxleas as we transform our services to respond to the health needs of local children and families. Our clinics and health advice sessions provide the opportunity for parents to see a member of our health visiting team to discuss their baby's progress and any concerns they may have.

The team will be happy to discuss personalised health promotion information and advice to support families during their child's early years.

Kind regards

Stephen Whitmore
Director, Children and Young People's Services

Podiatry service
I which to convey the excellent service I have received from the Podiatry team Mr Andrew Macfarlane and Ryan have been fantastic. Ryan did the nerve block with expertise and confidence and Mr Macfarlane is an excellent surgeon
I had my rt bunion fixed on the 16/9/16 and 23/9/16
The nursing staff and theatre staff also are excellent
Thankyou

Dear Dr. Cristofoli,

Thank you for taking the time to comment about the service you received from our podiatric surgery team.

I am pleased you considered the service you received to be excellent and I hope you are recovering well from your procedure. I know Mr. Macfarlane and Ryan will be delighted to receive your feedback.

Best wishes,

Lisa Thompson
Head of Service - Specialist Teams (Adult Community Services)

I was seen by a lovely nurse Tracey, she was kind, funny and very helpful when I visited. The good thing about the visit is that I was very nervous and she put me at ease and was not judgemental which I think is fantastic when you come into a sexual health clinic,

Dear Marie

Thank you for your time in providing us with this feedback.

It is very nice to hear you have had such a positive experience of our service, and I am glad we have been able to support you and put you at ease.

Should you require any further support from us in the future please do not hesitate to contact us.

Your kind comments will be fed back to the team and to Tracy.

Yours sincerely

Dan Smith
Interim Manager - CASH

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