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News and updates

04 Mar 2021
It has been brought to our attention that there have been attendances by patients to the Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) for post op wound care. Post op wound care is not part of the UTC remit.

04 Mar 2021
An overview of Long-term Coronavirus and the COVID Pathway

03 Mar 2021
Thank you all for your continued support with blood testing services.

25 Feb 2021
We recently completed the recruitment process for the independent members for the NEL CCG Governing Body.

25 Feb 2021
More than 31,000 women will be offered kits to carry out smear tests at home in a trial to improve cervical screening rates. Swab tests will be provided for women aged 25 to 64 years who are 15 months overdue for their screening appointment in areas of London where take-up is low.

25 Feb 2021
You may be aware from a recent national primary care bulletin, NHS England has offered support to increase GP Capacity in primary care. These arrangements reflect the People Plan commitment to establish GP banks, and replaces the Locum Support Scheme commitment.

24 Feb 2021
The phlebotomy service at Dagenham Library has now closed, Cranham and the Orchards Health Centres blood testing service have returned to a normal services.

23 Feb 2021
CCG colleagues are invited to join this webinar for information and advice on data collection and submission for COVID Oximetry @home services. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

23 Feb 2021
NHSE are launching 40 new mental health support hubs across the country to provide NHS staff with access to mental health services.

23 Feb 2021
This week's bulletin is from Ben Morrin, Deputy Chief Executive who celebrates BHRUT's staff, shares patient's stories and announces the re-opening of the Birth Centre Queen's hospital.

23 Feb 2021
Follow this link to download a copy of the phlebotomy update.

17 Feb 2021
With the Easter bank holiday weekend fast approaching, we wanted to confirm there are currently no plans to ask all of primary care (general practice, community pharmacy, dentistry and optometry) to routinely open again.

16 Feb 2021
The latest phase of our Help Us, Help You campaign urges people worried about possible symptoms of lung cancer to seek advice. It focuses on the key symptom – a cough that lasts for three weeks or more – and aims to reassure people that cancer remains a priority for the NHS.

11 Feb 2021
Adult Safeguarding Referral Flow Chart -London Borough of Redbridge is out for consultation and feedback would be appreciated from all GP practices in the London Borough of Redbridge only (by Monday 15 February).

11 Feb 2021
Please find updated MSK pathways SPA

10 Feb 2021
This service is specifically aimed at people who are managing their diabetes with insulin and provides clinical advice on topics such as: Hyperglycaemia, Hypoglycaemia, sick day rules and missed injections. The helpline is for adults living with diabetes who use insulin to manage their condition and require advice from a team of clinical advisors. Where routine care has been disrupted, the helpline can provide clinical advice to help them understand how to effectively manage their diabetes.

09 Feb 2021
Saint Francis Hospice has set up a homeless project to help ensure some of the most vulnerable people in our local community are able to access the end of life care and support they need.

09 Feb 2021
In order to ensure IBD patients are seen urgently when required and to support GP’s, from Monday 1 March 2021 the BHRUT Gastroenterology team will be running two IBD Rapid Access Clinics per week

09 Feb 2021
At this event you will gain insight from a range of professionals on health service redesign, access to care and acute care – reflecting on present concerns and future dilemmas and plans.

05 Feb 2021
This webinar will explain how the NHS and care home staff are supporting residents who are being monitored remotely using pulse oximetry: why this is important, how this works in care homes, and the range of support and learning materials on offer

04 Feb 2021
This event will be focusing on the rollout of pulse oximetry@home and virtual ward across NEL to support system pressures in the context of the Covid surge and then beyond

04 Feb 2021
BHRUT have been working closely with the independent sector providers to commence outsourcing long waiting patients who are waiting for first appointments or surgery

03 Feb 2021
C the Signs is now live to practices who have signed the DPA

03 Feb 2021
It is now possible to book an early pregnancy scan using eRS Advice and guidance

28 Jan 2021
Do you know of a child who is being cared for by someone who is not a close relative for more than 28 days?

28 Jan 2021
BHRUT have updated the referral form for the Long COVID Clinic taking into consideration updated guidance. This service is for patients who have are thought to have symptoms associated with COVID-19 infection at 12 weeks after the acute episode of illness.

27 Jan 2021
These are really important to help manage demand for the vaccine and avoid worrying messages to patients such as 'we don't know when we will get any vaccine' which has caused serious concern for patients thinking that they may not get vaccinated.

26 Jan 2021
Mind in Havering, Barking & Dagenham can support you and your patients at this time, through their Gateway Telephone Service. They can support residents and communities right across Havering and Barking & Dagenham 7 days a week.

26 Jan 2021
Please download a copy of the current arrangements implemented by BHRUT to support delivery of the Cancer pathways throughout the current Covid peak.

26 Jan 2021
The following tests should be bled onsite at either Queen’s Hospital or King George Hospital due to their limited stability in blood or specific sample collection requirements.

26 Jan 2021
Please be reminded that your local Community Learning Disability Teams are here to support your patients with learning disabilities during this period.

21 Jan 2021
Easy-read guides providing information on coronavirus (COVID-19) and vaccination.

21 Jan 2021
To be delivered virtually.  Nonetheless, you will still be able to mingle in cyberspace, interact with the speakers and enjoy enlivening discussions with one another.

20 Jan 2021
Pulse Oximeters have been issued to practices and NHSE want to know how their use with Covid-19 patients at home (CO@home) is improving care.

20 Jan 2021
B&D are continuing to roll out the evidence based IRIS training to support clinicians in asking about patients experience of DVA in the context of Covid-19 and providing practices with an efficient referral pathway for survivors to receive specialist support.

20 Jan 2021
Bart’s Rapid Access Arrhythmia Clinic has been temporarily suspended due to the redeployment of staff in light of the pandemic.

20 Jan 2021
The ELHCP website has now been updated with the latest messages/ lines regarding priority cohorts. This follows the announcements that, nationally, the programme had now opened to those aged over 70 and the clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) individuals.

19 Jan 2021
The eDec opened for submissions on 30 November 2020. Owing to the current exceptional circumstances it has now been extended to 29th January.

18 Jan 2021
This week's bulletin shares the experiences and successes of the staff within BHRUT and the launch of the King George vaccination hub.

14 Jan 2021
A specialty update for Elective and Diagnostics services at BHRUT.

14 Jan 2021
The charity’s Family Support team has set up the free and confidential service and it is hoping to reach out to all, including the most vulnerable people in the community such as the elderly, along with the black and Asian communities, who have been hardest hit by the virus.

14 Jan 2021
Redbridge residents are invited to attend a virtual public meeting to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccinations and get their questions answered


14 Jan 2021
With the pandemic impacting our everyday lives we want to make sure that parents and young people are aware that we are still here to support them.

14 Jan 2021
With the new lockdown, we are expecting demand for mental health services to continue to increase and the team is working hard across our NEL ICS to ensure we have sufficient capacity.

14 Jan 2021
The BHR CCG Chairs will be hosting these every Wednesday at 7pm, via MS Teams, commencing on Wednesday 20 January.

14 Jan 2021
The pressure on the NHS, in this second wave of COVID, is unprecedented and all parts of the system are feeling this. One of the greatest concerns is the demand on hospitals and pressure on beds with a forecast that demand will exceed supply next week.

13 Jan 2021
The GLA has supported Doctors of the World in producing translated Wellbeing Guidance.

13 Jan 2021
Congratulations to BHRUT's Red2Green team who have reduced the number of patients in our beds for 21 days or more – known as ‘super-stranded’ patients – from 199 to 98.

12 Jan 2021
Doctors Jagan John (Chair of Barking and Dagenham CCG) and Anil Mehta (Chair of Redbridge CCG) were on hand to support hospital doctors as the NHS comes under ever greater pressure as a result of the Covid/winter double whammy.

06 Jan 2021
It is with deep sadness that we share with you the loss of a valued GP and member of Havering CCG, Dr Abdul-Razaq Abdullah to COVID-19.

28 Dec 2020
Our local hospitals across north east London are currently under huge pressure. It is important we maximise the alternatives for patients where possible. The CCGs are working with our local councils to put out messages to patients encouraging them to seek help from NHS 111 first.

23 Dec 2020
Practices are now able to book inter-borough referrals via EMIS across BHR.

23 Dec 2020
We are pleased to inform you that practices are now able book inter-borough referrals via EMIS across BHR.

23 Dec 2020
Dr Anju Gupta and Richard Clements explain how improvements in the quality of diabetes care were achieved, and variation reduced, in a socioeconomically deprived London borough

22 Dec 2020
Please note that the Redbridge MASH will be closed on each public holiday plus the LBR additional statutory day which this year is 31 December.

21 Dec 2020
Please note that breast screening appointments are deemed as essential activity and therefore exempt from restrictions on movements imposed in tier 4 areas.

16 Dec 2020
The NEL PPE team provides the latest news on plans in place to make sure organisations across north east London have access to the PPE they need to keep staff safe. This includes details on how to access emergency escalation routes if required.

16 Dec 2020
BHRUT have shared a video walkthrough of their new Covid vaccination hub at Queen’s Hospital, Romford.

10 Dec 2020
Last week, Public Health England published new data revealing a dramatic gap in life expectancy between those with severe mental illness and those without.

09 Dec 2020
Please download the infographic

09 Dec 2020
Following the concern raised by the finance committee in October 2019, that more than one scan was conducted for a Female Pelvis ultrasound referral, a report was presented to the finance committee in November 2020.

08 Dec 2020
Please find an important update on Saint Francis Hospice's services - including service modifications during COVID-19 times for you, your patients and their carers.

03 Dec 2020
The Enhanced Service (ES) specification for the Covid-19 vaccination programme was released last night. There is a requirement for practices to opt in to the ES via email to their CCG. 23:59 on Monday 7 December.

03 Dec 2020
Jane Milligan, NELCA AO, received a Provost award at last night’s RCGP NEL Faculty AGM, In addition, three new north east London fellows were also announced: Dr Farzana Hussain from Newham, Dr Anil Mehta Chair of Redbridge CCG and Dr Ann Baldwin from Havering.

03 Dec 2020
A series of virtual conference sessions what will enable you to keep up to date on policy, best practice and peer engagement

03 Dec 2020
To equip vaccinators and people involved in the healthy child programme with the tools to answer parental concerns about childhood immunisations. Three sessions Dec/Jan/March

03 Dec 2020
For primary care network staff in any role, this webinar will look at how to support people with communication challenges.

02 Dec 2020
This news has created significant interest in the vaccine and while we wait for national messaging and detailed information on the rollout, we have prepared the following messages for you to use on practice websites and for practice staff

27 Nov 2020
Health Education England’s (HEE) Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) team has published a national strategic vision for simulation and immersive technologies in health and care. This vision explores how simulation-based programmes can help enhance education, clinical practice and staff wellbeing within the health and care sector.

26 Nov 2020
AbbaMoor Surgery (Harold Hill Health Centre - Havering) and Fullwell Cross Medical Centre and Newbury Group Practice – Redbridge are offering Phlebotomy appointments. You can refer your patients using the remote consultation tool in EMIS.

26 Nov 2020
Dr Anju Gupta, clinical director and diabetes clinical lead for B&D CCG, will seek to ensure ‘best practice diabetes care’ from across the UK is implemented locally.

25 Nov 2020
Babies born to mothers who are hepatitis B positive need to be given a dose of the hepatitis B vaccine within 24 hours of their birth, followed by further doses at 4, 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age, plus a final dose when they're 1 year old.

25 Nov 2020
Message from our CCGs Chairs, Jagan John, Atul Aggarwal and Anil Mehta, Ceri Jacob – Managing Director BHR CCGs and Jane Milligan – Accountable Officer NELCA

24 Nov 2020
Following DHSC’s announcement about the extension of the flu vaccination programme to 50 to 64 year olds, please find updated flu stock guidance for general practices and pharmacies.

19 Nov 2020
NEL Cancer Alliance has produced two videos aimed at encouraging patients to come in for treatment and showing that it is safe to do so.

19 Nov 2020
We have produced a summary guide of our local mental health services

18 Nov 2020
C the Signs is a clinical decision support tool designed by clinicians to help GPs rapidly identify and manage patients at risk of cancer at the earliest and most curable stage.

13 Nov 2020
Guidance for pre-school, primary and secondary school years


09 Nov 2020
Please see the latest DHSC flu stock guidance.

05 Nov 2020
NHSE update on the national medicines delivery service for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

05 Nov 2020
Whatever the concern, experienced Gateway Telephone staff can provide support by listening, helping with information and providing signposting to opportunities for mental health prevention, treatment and recovery.

04 Nov 2020
They have a number of staff vacancies in their paediatric department and several of their paediatricians are shielding. In order to keep their patients safe, they will be temporarily closing their paediatric ED at KGH overnight, between 9pm and 9am.

28 Oct 2020
Dr Fahad Farooqi - Lead Consultant Cardiologist from BHRUT provided chest pain training.

22 Oct 2020
Practices who have not yet registered for the national PPE portal which is now available to provide all Covid related PPE, free of charge to primary care.

21 Oct 2020
Update following the vote by GP members of the seven north east London CCGs on the proposals to form a new North East London CCG.

14 Oct 2020
'In total that day my surgery vaccinated 1256 patients’

08 Oct 2020
To help support your conversation with at-risk patients, we have put together a toolkit of resources for GP practices to use

07 Oct 2020
Most of the services that were partial or fully suspended have now resumed and they are working to address any impacts of service full or partial closures.

30 Sep 2020
Practices have been sent the final LIS documentation, a change log to show the amendments made following feedback and a comparison document between the “offer” in BHR and that in City and Hackney and Tower Hamlets.

24 Sep 2020
NHS England have confirmed that we should be returning to business as usual and endeavouring to ensure that everyone over 14 years old with a learning disability is offered a health check this year.

24 Sep 2020
BHRUT are running a 4 week pilot from 28 September – 23 October from 9am - 5pm weekdays. During this period you will be able to speak to an ED consultant about specific patient cases, amongst other things.

24 Sep 2020
In light of the restrictions put in place due to COVID, the availability of lung function testing across the country is limited at the moment.

24 Sep 2020
All GPs are reminded that when referring a patient on the Urology 2WW pathway that the requirement is for an MRI request form, clearly marked “2WW”, to accompany all 2ww referrals forms.

17 Sep 2020
NELFT has established a dedicated email for GPs/practice staff (not patients) to use for requesting an urgent blood test for patients. Please use this dedicated provision for any high risk patients that require an urgent blood test

17 Sep 2020
As most of you will now be aware, Ette Chiwaka, passed away on 29 August 2020 following a very short and sudden illness.

10 Sep 2020
The NHSmail Refresh involves moving NHSmail mailboxes from the current Exchange on-premise service into Exchange Online. This is to enable improvements now and in the future.

03 Sep 2020
Please take five minutes to complete this short survey. We want to gather information from BHR practices on workforce capacity in relation to flu immunisations.

03 Sep 2020
As part of the recovery of diabetic eye screening services, it has been agreed that patients that had a retinal screening grade of R0M0 (retinopathy zero, maculopathy zero; meaning no eye damage) can have their invitation delayed by a maximum of 12 months (24 months from their last attended retinal screening appointment).

01 Sep 2020
This is a fabulous opportunity to receive high quality and accredited training through IRIS, a Nationally recognised primary care focussed programme, specifically aimed at supporting and empowering GPs and General Practice to recognise and manage DVA.

28 Aug 2020
You are warmly invited to BHR CCGs’ joint 2020 virtual AGM on Thursday 24 September, from 1.30-2.30pm.

27 Aug 2020
The Hurley Group continues to provide post-operative care clinics at the Harold Wood Polyclinic building in Gubbins Lane.

27 Aug 2020
Following work with BHRUT, we are able to confirm that blood tests for children under 12 can now be booked with the Childrens’ Outpatients service at BHRUT. You do not need to contact a consultant paediatrician before making such a referral.

27 Aug 2020
The CCG and NELFT have agreed that A&G should be extended to mental health services as part of a much broader scheme of work to transform community mental health services.

20 Aug 2020
From Friday (21 August), NELFT will be relocating its phlebotomy service from Victoria Centre in Romford to the Long Term Conditions Centre (near to Harold Wood Polyclinic).

20 Aug 2020
Barking & Dagenham Primary Care Alliance (BDPCA) hosted a webinar with keynote speakers, Dr Adam Ainley - Respiratory Consultant Chest Clinic, King George Hospital and Dr Ramneek Hara - B&D Respiratory Lead and Clinical Director.

18 Aug 2020
There is some anecdotal evidence that 50-64 year olds are trying to book in for flu vaccines and so the national flu comms lead has prepared some copy that GPs can use on websites etc that makes it clear that 50-64 year olds will not be vaccinated until November at the earliest, and only then if there is vaccine available.

13 Aug 2020
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in the number of patients declining referrals to secondary care. Information has been provided to the CCGs about how GPs should consider approaching patients who have declined treatment.

11 Aug 2020
The North East London Cancer Alliance has made available 15 dermoscopes to BHR CCGs to test whether dermoscopy can help GPs assess skin lesions. They are looking for enthusiastic clinicians and GP practices to take part in the pilot.

11 Aug 2020
We have had reports of patients arriving for blood testing appointments without the printed copy of their test form. Please ensure all patients are provided with a paper blood form and are reminded to take this with them. The form is required in order to process a blood test.

06 Aug 2020
We are writing to share with you a number of supporting documents we have developed to both build on and bring together our vision for how we will work in partnership across north east London to provide the best health and care possible for our local populations.

05 Aug 2020
Apologies that we have been a little late updating on the LIS.

04 Aug 2020
This edition covers the youth violence commission final report and what is trauma informed care.

23 Jul 2020
Your feedback will help us work with the Trust to continue to improve this vital service and ensure we provide our patients with the best possible care in a timely way.

21 Jul 2020
Following a series of arrests in West Yorkshire this week, it has been identified that a large quantity of NERDS ROPE sweets containing cannabis oil have been industrially manufactured.

21 Jul 2020
The Trust had reported that the spoil rate of kits was quite high, with a number of bottles over filled, under filled or the labelling not correctly filled out. GPs were equally concerned by the numbers of rejected tests, and there has been a discussion about actions to ensure patient testing is improved.

02 Jun 2020
This Volunteers’ Week we want to say thank you to those in your practice who have given up their time, and gone out of their way to help us in north east London manage our response to coronavirus.

30 Apr 2020
In case you’re not all aware, there has been a new process brought in for GP practices to get their bank details changed on the SBS system for payment.

27 Mar 2020
We have received updates regarding the Cancer Alliance and a Q&A about people living with cancer during the current pandemic. You can download both of these on this page.

23 Mar 2020
This is a reminder that people in Barking & Dagenham and Havering have access to a community-based Parkinson’s disease nurse specialist service, provided by North East London Foundation Trust. This is in addition to the service in Redbridge, which went live earlier this year.

18 Mar 2020
Due to the recent increase in Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and subsequent media coverage, we are aware that mental health difficulties within the community have also been on the rise

13 Mar 2020
Yesterday the government announced that they are moving from the containment to the delay phase of its plan to tackle coronavirus. This aims to delay and lower the peak impact of the virus.

13 Mar 2020
London Ambulance Service (LAS) are asking primary care to only consider the use of LAS for patient transfer as a last resort where all other options have been ruled out.

10 Mar 2020
A Charity Bike Ride and Golf day for patients and staff.


10 Mar 2020
Barts Health have been talking to community groups, patients and staff to hear their views on their emerging plans for the Whipps Cross Hospital redevelopment.

06 Mar 2020
The February edition of Paediatric Pearls has now been published.

06 Mar 2020
Do you currently send BHRUT faxes? If so, then please note that the Trust will be phasing out all of its fax machines by 31 March 2020.

05 Mar 2020
NHS England is concerned that patients seeking information on coronavirus are being directed to call 111, rather than use NHS 111 online. NHS 111 is experiencing very high call volumes.

04 Mar 2020
If your practice would like to sign up but has not already done so follow this link to sign-up.

04 Mar 2020
Moorfields A&E has seen a significant rise in patients being sent from GP practices, often from very long distances, where closer emergency ophthalmic provision is available. In many cases, patients are sent to A&E without any discussion or referral letter

02 Mar 2020
From 17 March 2020, a new equation for the calculation of estimated glomerular filtration rate in patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) suggested in the NICE guideline on CKD (2014)1 will be implemented

27 Feb 2020
This sets out what practices need to do in the case of a patient presenting with potential coronavirus symptoms.

11 Feb 2020
The series of webinars are designed to support immunisers to fulfil the requirement for annual immunisation updates and are free to access.

11 Feb 2020
The project aims to improve the support provided to students and inform the development of a referral pathways toolkit to improve the effectiveness of the referral system between London’s HEIs and NHS care providers.

11 Feb 2020
Royal Holloway University of London have developed a pack of information for GPs to understand more about working with people with personality disorders, or personality difficulties (PD). For example, this may include some challenging behaviours GPs see on a regular basis.

10 Feb 2020
NHS Counter Fraud experts have warned that fraudsters are impersonating patients in order to dupe GPs into providing evidence of ill health in order to make bogus holiday travel insurance claims.

07 Feb 2020
Our Joint Committee of Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Groups agreed the final content of our written NHS continuing healthcare placements policy.

31 Jan 2020
We are writing to inform you that the arrangements under the Special Allocation Scheme (SAS) will be changing

30 Jan 2020
It’s not too late for patients to have their Flu vaccination, and please ensure that all flu vaccinations have been entered on your clinical system.

29 Jan 2020
Please be advised that the Cardiology polling range within E-RS is being reduced to enable the Trust to book urgent patients as a priority and then book the remaining patients in chronological order from Monday 17th February 2020.

29 Jan 2020
Fifteen Champions were recruited to raise awareness of cancer amongst high risk communities, to dispel myths and misconceptions about cancer, to make people aware of when, where and how to seek help.

29 Jan 2020
Barking and Dagenham CHD Service business continuity planning arrangements have been reviewed and in line with the staffing that they have available to them the service currently remains in business continuity.

28 Jan 2020
Residents in Redbridge who have heart or lung conditions can now subscribe to receive alerts when air quality from pollution, UV or pollen levels across the borough is poor

28 Jan 2020
GPs in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge should now offer FIT to patients without rectal bleeding who meet the following symptom criteria

28 Jan 2020
As flu is still circulating in the community, people at the greatest risk of contracting flu are still being encouraged to have their flu vaccination this winter

28 Jan 2020
A new contract to provide Community Urgent Treatment Centres and Out of Hours Home Visiting (OOHHV) service has been awarded to PELC

27 Jan 2020
BHRCCG’s are pleased to announce that funding for the Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) business case has been approved.

24 Jan 2020
The London Fire Brigade have confirmed that a fire is currently ongoing this morning (Friday, January 24) at the Chadwell Heath industrial estate in Dagenham

24 Jan 2020
People in Redbridge will now have access to a community-based Parkinson’s disease nurse specialist service, provided by North East London Foundation Trust

23 Jan 2020
You will be aware of the evolving situation in China where, as of 23rd January 2020 it has been reported that around 571 people have been identified with respiratory infections caused by a novel coronavirus.

23 Jan 2020
BHRUT has been reviewing what King George and Queen’s hospitals should look like in the future.

22 Jan 2020
This week is the annual Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust cervical cancer prevention week and we encourage you to share information in the attached briefing about prevention of cervical cancer and how people can reduce their risk.

22 Jan 2020
Queen’s Hospital, King George Hospital and Whipps Cross Hospital are currently under extreme pressure, exacerbated by the onset of cold and icy weather.

16 Jan 2020
This half-day update will enable collaboration and refresh knowledge.

16 Jan 2020
As part of the neonatal hep B programme, a failsafe process has been developed which involves the CHIS (Child Health Information System) following up practices where vaccinations are missed or delayed.

15 Jan 2020
A final report summarising the findings from their consultation on this proposed move was published on Monday 13 January 2020.

15 Jan 2020
Towards the end of last year, BHRUT had been experiencing issues with responding to Urology A&G requests. The service has confirmed that they have now responded to all open requests, however, they need time to put in place sustainable processes.

14 Jan 2020
The Faster Diagnosis Standard for Cancer will be introduced across London in April 2020. This means that Trusts are required to work to this Standard and to inform all patients, referred under urgent suspected cancer pathway, whether they have cancer or not, within 28 days of the referral.

02 Jan 2020
Please find details of the community catch up clinics where residents and patients can attend if they have missed any of their school aged vaccinations and flu vaccinations.

31 Dec 2019
From the 1 January 2020, GPs and secondary care will be able to refer Redbridge patients who are 18+ and require one of the services provided by the Redbridge Respiratory team

31 Dec 2019
NELFT provide a mental health assessment service for adults aged 18 to 65 that need to access community mental health services. The team provides an initial mental health assessment .

27 Dec 2019
Currently Barts are using the Hologic panther analyser and will upgrade to the Roche Cobas analyser from 6 January 2020.

27 Dec 2019
Paediatric attendances across our area are currently very high and our Urgent Care Clinical Directors are working hard with our partners to address this. We urgently need your help to address this issue.

18 Dec 2019
A scheme that works to help older frail patients to be discharged safely and more quickly from our local hospitals is now working with care homes across Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge.

18 Dec 2019
GPs are asked to make sure they are following the gynaecology pathways that were developed under ‘Improving Referrals Together’ (IRT). These clinically developed pathways were jointly agreed between BHR CCGs and BHRUT, with appropriate red flags and compliance.

17 Dec 2019
After a temporary pause, NHSE/I will be relaunching the cervical screening text reminder project across London region

05 Dec 2019
The post holder will be required to contribute to the primary care development work of the Clinical Effectiveness Group. This work will involve supporting local CCGs, GP Federations and Networks with on-going programmes, such as the Local Improvement Services and Quality & Outcomes Framework (QOF) providing a range of training and education services to GP practices.

05 Dec 2019
Details on how a patient accesses the new NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service for urgent supply of repeat medications when the GP practice is closed.

04 Dec 2019
A reminder to practices who have not completed their Edec.

04 Dec 2019
This month's edition covers CROUP and VEOID

29 Nov 2019
As you are aware from next Monday December 2, 2019 all cervical screening samples across London will be processed and reported by Cervical Screening London (CSL)

29 Nov 2019
The tool supports GP providers to meet required IPC standards and provides assurance to commissioners

28 Nov 2019
It has come to light that some practices are delaying babies first vaccinations due to a delay in their 6 week check appointment. The national immunisation team have provided assurance that the 8 week vaccinations should be delivered on time even if the baby has not had their 6 week check.

28 Nov 2019
Over the last few months there has been a steady increase in patients referred on the gynae 2WW cancer pathway, where they do not meet the referral criteria. This is placing undue pressure on the team at BHRUT and delaying the pathway for patients who do need a speedy referral for potential cancer.

26 Nov 2019
The NELFT Memory Service will host an A&G pilot which will run from now until January 2020. We will then review the pilot and plan to then extend the A&G service across older adults’ mental health services and adult mental health services.

26 Nov 2019
In line with Cabinet Office guidance on the conduct of public service business during a pre-election period, Camden CCG (as the lead commissioner) has agreed to pause the process until after the General Election on 12 December 2019.

22 Nov 2019
Admiral Nurses provide the specialist dementia support that families may need

22 Nov 2019
Independent Age will be leading the Reconnections pilot in Barking & Dagenham and Havering

22 Nov 2019
The Healthy Well workstream lead by Dr Usman Khan, is currently developing the BHR Prevention Offer for older people and frail in our local area

22 Nov 2019
Our End of Life strategy document for BHR sets out our intentions as partners to transform our end-of-life and palliative provision for the local population

22 Nov 2019
Local community voluntary organisations are playing a huge role in supporting the health and wellbeing of our local frail population’s health and well-being

22 Nov 2019
The Community Falls service is now accepting referrals from GPs, other healthcare services, residential homes and voluntary sector services in Redbridge

22 Nov 2019
#StopThePressure day is raising awareness of pressure ulcers, and improving efforts to prevent them

21 Nov 2019
Local Redbridge GPs, led by Dr Shabana Ali, set up a stall outside Marks and Spencer in South Woodford on Tuesday (19 November), where they taught them how to measure their pulse rate to check for the symptoms atrial fibrillation.

19 Nov 2019
As this week is World Antibiotics Awareness Week, to support the national campaign, Can you remind your patients to use antibiotics responsibly.

18 Nov 2019
We have been advised of a supply issue with these two medicines, Advice is available for GPs and practices where patients are currently prescribed these medications.

18 Nov 2019
As you are aware there have been delays to the supply of the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), Fluenz Tetra, that has affected both general practice and the schools programme.

14 Nov 2019
November 18-24 will mark this year's global Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Awareness Week, organised by the AF Association

13 Nov 2019
Havering care homes are now able to provide better, joined-up care for local people thanks to an award-winning partnership scheme between The Healthy London Partnership, Accenture and NHS Digital.

12 Nov 2019
As you will be aware, we have recently undertaken a North East London wide exercise to standardise our POLCE policy – this has been completed and the new, North East London Evidence Based Interventions Policy (NEL EBI), took effect from 1 Nov 2019.

12 Nov 2019
Suttons Avenue Surgery is looking to recruit a practice manager

12 Nov 2019
In response to local health needs and national guidance, BHR CCGs and our local providers have reviewed the need to introduce an acute Diabetic Foot Care Pathway.

05 Nov 2019
From December 2019 London will have a new cervical screening service. You will need to generate an electronic request form via our on-line ordering system tQuest.

01 Nov 2019
Probable case of Hepatitis A in a child attending Parkhill Infants School, Redbridge

29 Oct 2019
The toolkit covers topics such as overcoming challenges and supplier system functionality and will support GP practices, clinicians and primary care networks to successfully adopt and integrate online consultations into a comprehensive primary care offering.

29 Oct 2019
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is hosting an event to celebrate 100 years of professional pride on the anniversary of the Nurses Registration Act 1919. Taking place at St Thomas’ Hospital

24 Oct 2019
Please download the briefing note from PHE.

23 Oct 2019
It has been brought to our attention that patients may be targeted by this latest flu jab fraud scam. The fraudster’s aim is to trick unsuspecting patients, particularly the elderly or more vulnerable patients, into handing over their bank card details by claiming to be taking a nominal payment for a flu jab.

22 Oct 2019
From October 2019 Barts Health will be rolling out the digitalisation of the inpatient nursing documentation as the first phase of the WeConnect programme.

22 Oct 2019
Staff can access support 24/7 through a dedicated phoneline and a crisis text service available through the night.

11 Oct 2019
It is important that you book staff from your practice to be trained in the new system to ensure they know how the new ordering system works.

10 Oct 2019
From 15 October 2019 patients will be able to choose to receive NHS-funded in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment from Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT).

09 Oct 2019
The BHR CCG Chairs have developed an exciting opportunity for Primary Care Networks across Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge to propose, develop and pilot new and innovative ways of working to improve the delivery and quality of primary care services to local people - the Pilot in Primary Care (PiP).

08 Oct 2019
As part of initiatives to tackle health inequalities, BHR CCG has developed a Local Incentive Scheme (LIS) which aims to support an increase in the number of completed annual physical health checks for people on the GP SMI (severe mental illnesses) QOF (Quality and Outcomes) register.

08 Oct 2019
At our recent AGM the three BHR CCG Chairs handed out several awards to practices to recognise the great work that is happening in our patch.

01 Oct 2019
Following discussions between GPs and hospital clinicians, the CCGs have agreed to fund additional prescription of Maxidex eye drops for cataract surgery patients who are advised to use more than the standard dosage of eye drops prescribed following surgery.

01 Oct 2019
Please note that the information for patients on nhs.uk around continuity of medicines supply in the event of a no-deal EU exit has been updated


30 Sep 2019
The consultation on our proposed continuing healthcare placements policy has now closed. We would like to thank everyone who responded to the consultation, we appreciate you taking the time to comment.

30 Sep 2019
We are about to introduce a Specialist Falls Practitioner as part of the Falls Prevention Scheme within the Older People and Frailty Transformation Programme

26 Sep 2019
Martindale Pharmaceuticals Limited is recalling a batch of Bisacodyl 10mg Suppositories due to an issue with homogeneity.

26 Sep 2019
From 1 October 2019 your new Clinical Waste Contractor will be Cannon Hygiene Ltd.

25 Sep 2019
The Special Flu edition 299 of Vaccine update is now available.

23 Sep 2019
On 1st of May 2019 Community Diagnostics (aka Concordia) changed their company name to Omnes Healthcare Ltd however their brand name remains as Community Outpatients

19 Sep 2019
With effect from Monday 7 October, practices can start ordering the child flu vaccinations.

18 Sep 2019
This one day course is aimed to improve the skills in interpreting clinical radiological cases in children of all ages.

18 Sep 2019
A new clinic for over-18 women who have been affected by female genital mutilation (FGM) is opening as part of a medical centre in Chingford.

16 Sep 2019
Don’t forget to tell us what you think of our proposed continuing healthcare placements policy by 5pm on Monday 30 September.

12 Sep 2019
The national flu programme 2019/20 has now been published.

11 Sep 2019
NHS England London Region has published an updated PGD on its website which can be accessed at http://www.england.nhs.uk/london/immunis-team/

03 Sep 2019
This important annual campaign raises awareness of male specific cancers – prostate, testicular and penile cancer

30 Aug 2019
The contact process for booking non-emergency patient transport is changing for patient journeys undertaken to Moorfields Eye Hospital.

29 Aug 2019
NHS England South West have launched a new patient story about opioids and chronic pain - Sean’s Story - as a short film.

21 Aug 2019
We have had to reschedule the date of the Annual Learning Disabilities Health Check Conference to Thursday 31 October.

20 Aug 2019
NHS Resolution has updated their website with definitive guidance to General Practice on the administration of travel vaccinations.

13 Aug 2019
The guidance contains helpful information to assist GPs in their decision-making and to guide referrals for patients with a stammer.

08 Aug 2019
The aim of this letter is to set out the legal position relating to re-infibulation and piercing in order to inform NHS reporting on FGM and to highlight potential safeguarding risks that need to be addressed by NHS Trusts and GP Practices when re-infibulation and piercing cases are identified.

07 Aug 2019
From 1 August 2019, the administration service supporting the national cervical screening programme, previously managed by Primary Care Support England (PCSE) transferred to the NHS.

07 Aug 2019
Tubes may contain a hole or be damaged or deformed, potentially causing blood leakage and/or an inadequate blood-to-additive ratio leading to incorrect test results.

07 Aug 2019
Their specialist clinics offer a one-stop-shop for the bulk of the tests which range from ECGs, echocardiograms, exercise tests and holters. If you are suspicious that a patient has one of these conditions or has a first-degree relative with one, please refer them to the service via the electronic referral system.

02 Aug 2019
Child Health Information Services (CHIS) have a vital role in ensuring that all children in a locality are identified and that their screening and immunisation status is recorded.

31 Jul 2019
As recently reported by Public Health England, STI’s are at a 40 year high. Want to know more?

31 Jul 2019
This pilot pre-post toolkit survey should be completed when your practice has completed the Toolkit. There is one submission per practice.

23 Jul 2019
We will be holding the annual BHR LD Health Check conference on Thursday 19th September, 12pm to 4pm at the CEME conference centre in Rainham

22 Jul 2019
Age UK has announced the commencement of a series of classes designed to reduce the risk of falls for over 65s. Starting 23 July in Havering, and 24 July in Dagenham, the weekly events will cost just £3 per session.

18 Jul 2019
For the past three months we have been examining what Queen’s Hospital in Romford and King George Hospital in Ilford will look like in the future as part of developing a new clinical strategy.

17 Jul 2019
New guidance has been issued to assist GP Practices regarding the use of Open Exeter to update Prior Notification Lists (PNL), and also Non Responders

17 Jul 2019
Please be aware that there is an important drug supply issue

17 Jul 2019
Please be aware that there is an important drug supply issue

15 Jul 2019
Today, two women in England will die from cervical cancer. Deaths that could’ve been prevented by early regular screening

09 Jul 2019
As you will be aware, BHRUT has significant capacity constraints in certain specialties, which have created considerable backlogs of patients on waiting lists.

08 Jul 2019
BHR CCGs has launched an online survey to seek feedback on our proposed written continuing healthcare (CHC) placements policy. We want to hear what you think of our proposed policy - your views will help us shape the final policy.

04 Jul 2019
NHS England London Region has published two updated PGDs on its website.

04 Jul 2019
In response to queries regarding the MMR 2019/20 CQRS manual service, an expanded clinical code cluster list containing all relevant codes for the MMR service can now be accessed on the NHS Digital website.

02 Jul 2019
As of 8 July BHRUT will no longer be undertaking urine pregnancy testing at their laboratory.

02 Jul 2019
Are you a Health & Social Care professional passionate of improving the quality of life for people with learning disabilities?

26 Jun 2019
Clinical leads for mental health from the CCGs and NELFT have shared evidence-based advice and guidance to help GPs support patients who may be in need of ongoing psychological help following the fire at Barking Riverside on 6 June.

24 Jun 2019
Nursing staff working in GP practices, out-of-hours services, walk-in centres and prison primary care services in England are set to receive automatic funded indemnity cover against clinical negligence claims.

21 Jun 2019
Millions of pounds worth of NHS community equipment items are thrown away each year by people who no longer have a need for them. Please encourage your patients to let us know when they have a piece of equipment they no longer need.

20 Jun 2019
The deadline for completed submissions is Monday 15 July 2019.

20 Jun 2019
This alert gives advice for all healthcare professionals who prescribe, dispense or administer Epanutin oral suspension.

20 Jun 2019
Practices should ensure that any registered healthcare professional who is due to administer vaccinations under this PGD is made aware of this updated version.

14 Jun 2019
We are pleased to inform you that BHRUT is now live with QFIT testing

13 Jun 2019
The roadshow aims to raise awareness of the signs, symptoms and risk factors amongst African and Caribbean men, their families and anyone concerned about the disease.

11 Jun 2019
BHRUT has informed us that they have available capacity for hips and knees – can I please ask you to bear this in mind when having choice of provider discussions with any patients that you are referring for hip and knee issues.

11 Jun 2019
There are more than £12.8 billion reasons why carers are important to London. And that’s just the unpaid contribution they make every year in financial terms. London’s 700,000-plus unpaid carers are the unsung heroes in our communities.

03 Jun 2019
A detailed piece of work is being undertaken by the CCGs on the apparent imbalance between the number of CAMHS access issues

30 May 2019
Alison Hopkins, CEO of Accelerate CIC, is urging people to play their part by checking their own and others’ legs and feet for 10 possible problems including swollen, tender legs or sores that won’t heal

29 May 2019
Public Health England have alerted us to the increased numbers of cases of measles and mumps in London

23 May 2019
I am pleased to inform you that BHRUT will be starting qFIT testing on Monday 3rd June 2019. The test kits are now available and you should be receiving them within the next week.

17 May 2019
In April 2019, CQC introduced a new process of annual regulatory reviews and focused inspections for practices rated Good or Outstanding.

15 May 2019
You will be aware that there is a mounting body of evidence which suggests that doses above 120mg morphine equivalent per day are ineffective in the treatment of non-cancer chronic pain and can lead to harm.

15 May 2019
Since September 2018, BHR CCGs have been working with local service providers and our residents, to identify opportunities to transform the lives of our older adults, through supporting them in ageing well.

14 May 2019
These are exciting times for patients having digital access to GP records and services.

13 May 2019
From 27 May 2019, Barts Health NHS Trust is making changes to its urine culture criteria

13 May 2019
Immunisers can access free monthly immunisation update training via webinars designed to support them to fulfil the requirement for annual immunisation updates.

01 May 2019
The Clinical Effectiveness Group (CEG) has arranged four free QOF changes 2019 workshops

25 Apr 2019
Duke Elder Eye Unit at St George’s Hospital Tooting, will be re-opening Wednesday 1st May

17 Apr 2019
NE London Commissioning Alliance has advised that NE London practices can sign up for continuations from 2018/19 of the Extended Hours Access DES (Q1 only), Learning Disabilities Health Check Scheme DES, Out of Area Registration (OOAR) Enhanced Service and Minor Surgery Enhanced Service.

17 Apr 2019
BHRUT will be going live with a Referral Assessment Service (RAS) on e-RS for Audiology and Sleep Apnoea services from Monday 29 April 2019.

12 Apr 2019
The benefits and opportunities available to young and newly-qualified GPs in east London came under the spotlight at an event hosted by the local NHS.

10 Apr 2019
The RCGP Research and Surveillance Centre is looking for new members to join its sentinel practice network.

03 Apr 2019
From 1 April 2019, BHR CCGs has introduced a prior approval process for Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM), with a standardised referral pathway for children, young people and adults.

03 Apr 2019
NHS England London Region has published an updated PGD on its website.

28 Mar 2019
The new NHS England General Practice Workload Tool dashboard is now completed, giving practices access to their appointment data for the first time.

28 Mar 2019
NHSE have organised a number of webinars to inform practice staff about the NHS App, each webinar will consist of about 20 minutes presentation on the particular topic area and followed by 30 minutes of questions and answers.

27 Mar 2019
The new BHR Minor Surgery DES enables practices to provide MS services for their own registered list and, if they chose, to receive referrals from other non-participating GP practices.

20 Mar 2019
The north east London clinical lead for perinatal mental health is offering training to GPs and practice staff to enhance knowledge and understanding of perinatal mental health issues.

20 Mar 2019
North East London Commissioning Alliance has written to all practices outlining Enhanced Service claims and payment processes for 2018/19

19 Mar 2019
This update contains, QOF Year-end actions required and user support contact details

14 Mar 2019
SilverCloud is a digital option for therapy that gives patients greater choice and is an additional resource alongside existing methods of delivering Talking Therapies.

14 Mar 2019
The workshop is aimed at non-clinical general practice staff, and will equip and empower them to raise cancer awareness in their community.

14 Mar 2019
BHR IT Team are in the process of upgrading the NHS mail accounts for all GP’s that participate in MDT video conferencing sessions.

05 Mar 2019
Solace Advocacy & Support Service (SASS) will run free awareness training sessions on sexual abuse throughout March and the beginning of April.

05 Mar 2019
The NHS App was launched in Barking and Dagenham on Monday 4 March 2019, and available for patients to download from the Apple App store and Google Playstore.

28 Feb 2019
A recent review of the latest available published FFT data (relating to December 2018) showed that over half of Barking & Dagenham CCG’s practices (61%) hadn’t submitted any data.

27 Feb 2019
There are 17 GP Practice contracts across London that are due to expire in 2019 or early 2020 and that are currently intended to be re-procured as part of Tranche 7 (T7) of London’s APMS Procurement Programme.

27 Feb 2019
This is a reminder that all practices should now be ordering flu vaccines for their 2019/20 populations.

25 Feb 2019
We contacted you in May 2018 to inform you of changes that we are introducing to transport services that take your patients to and from the hospitals managed by Barts Health NHS Trust. Changes were originally planned to be introduced in September 2018, however this date was postponed in order to make a smooth transition. The changes will now be in place from March 2019

21 Feb 2019
As part of the evaluation of this work we are keen to receive feedback - no more than 3 minutes to complete!

20 Feb 2019
From 1 April 2019, gabapentin and pregabalin will be reclassified as Schedule 3 controlled drugs.

15 Feb 2019
Take five minutes to give your feedback on the CCG by filling in the short 360o stakeholder online survey. By filling in the survey you will help the CCGs to continue to improve and understand our members' views.

13 Feb 2019
To coincide with Children’s Mental Health Week 2019, the Healthy London Partnership have published Children and young people with eating disorders: Guidelines for primary care professionals which advise on spotting the signs of eating disorders as well as when and how to refer children and young people to the community eating disorders service for specialist support.

11 Feb 2019
NHSE have advised CCGs that data extractions are taking place on Immform now.

06 Feb 2019
All practices will have received an email inviting you to complete a 360o survey about your CCG

04 Feb 2019
BHR CCGs and NELFT are currently working together on the transformation of the IAPT Talking Therapies service across Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge.

31 Jan 2019
Public Health England has issued a new notification form for you to complete and a poster for your surgery.

28 Jan 2019
The SUMMIT study, beginning in spring 2019, aims to recruit approximately 50,000 people from north and east London.

25 Jan 2019
I would like to remind you of the key contact numbers, circulated previously, which would allow you to refer direct to specialty and significantly reduce pressure in ED.

24 Jan 2019
This letter published 23 January 2019 provides further information on seasonal flu vaccines for 2019/20.

22 Jan 2019
NHS Digital has contacted all GP practices in England because some might be using Read and CTV3 code 685..‘Cervical neoplasia screening’ as an administrative code or problem heading to manage cervical screening recalls.

22 Jan 2019
On 4 February, NHS England will launch the Help Us Help You ‘Pharmacy Advice’ campaign, which will position pharmacies as the first place to go to for advice on minor health concerns, such as coughs, colds, tummy troubles and aches and pains.

21 Jan 2019
Please see guidance for GPs and Practice Nurses in relation to patients requesting additional drugs as a result of uncertainty over Brexit.

17 Jan 2019
The Men ACWY vaccine was introduced into the national immunisation programme in summer 2015 to respond to a national outbreak of invasive meningococcal group W (MenW) disease

17 Jan 2019
Thank you for your work on the Diabetes LIS. The Clinical Effectiveness Group have complied a set of results for 14 January 2019.

14 Jan 2019
An opportunity has arisen to host a final year international medical student who wishes to undertake a placement in primary care in London this summer.

11 Jan 2019
Groundbreaking work by GPs in Barking and Dagenham is delivering major improvements in care for local diabetes patients. All 37 practices in the borough took part in a scheme which sought to reduce variation and improve outcomes. This has led to a big increase in type 2 diabetes diagnosis rates and better advice and support for those living with the condition.

11 Jan 2019
You can direct patients with an urgent need to NHS 111 for an assessment by a clinician over the phone, if you aren’t able to assess them yourself or at the practice that day.

10 Jan 2019
Background, implications, useful links and contacts can be found in the briefing note.

09 Jan 2019
The aim is to ensure that when individuals do need to be referred to a specialist service, that they see the right consultant, along with all relevant information at hand, first time, and with better feedback to GPs from secondary care.

07 Jan 2019
The plan sets out the NHS’s ambitions for the next 10 years to ensure the service is ‘fit for the future as needs change’.

07 Jan 2019
They are covering a number of interesting and important topics that support nurses in keeping up to date as an immuniser but also inform best practice.

07 Jan 2019
From January, a number of new sites will be providing the MECS element of the Community Ophthalmology service as part of the service provided by Evoluti.

03 Jan 2019
Surveillance data indicates an increase in influenza cases in the community. Prescribers may now prescribe and pharmacists may now supply antiviral medicines for the prophylaxis and treatment of influenza at NHS expense.

02 Jan 2019
Please continue to do all you can to help care for patients locally and do not refer patients into Queen’s and King George hospital Emergency Departments unless it is absolutely essential.

20 Dec 2018
We have been notified by Waltham Forest CCG of high levels of norovirus in the Waltham Forest local community, we have therefore been asked to remind all BHR GP practices to help limit the spread of norovirus.

20 Dec 2018
There is still a large cohort of patients across BHR that remains unvaccinated and we need your continued support and work to vaccinate these patients.


12 Dec 2018
Following a number of asthma related child deaths across our local boroughs, the 3 LSCBs across Havering, Barking and Dagenham and Redbridge will facilitate a half day learning event to highlight the importance of asthma planning and effective safeguarding for children with asthma.

07 Dec 2018
PHE launched a ‘Primary Care Immunisation Update’ Webinar series - a FREE training resource for immunisers working in primary care in London.

07 Dec 2018
The new service will provide a single point of triage for Community Ophthalmology referrals. This will be available to book directly via ERS.

06 Dec 2018
Clinical correspondence sent in error to GP practices is still being forwarded to PCSE



29 Nov 2018
This provides a number of options or categories to choose from and once sent you will receive an acknowledgement email to confirm submission

21 Nov 2018
As part of our Talking Therapies programme, we are proud to announce that in early 2019 we will be launching computerised cognitive behavioural therapy.

20 Nov 2018
The RCGP Research and Surveillance Centre, an active research and surveillance unit and sentinel network, is inviting practices to join its network.

09 Nov 2018
World Antibiotic Awareness Week runs 12 to 18 November 2018 and European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) is on 18 November 2018.

09 Nov 2018
We want to change and improve the way we provide community urgent care services in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge.

08 Nov 2018
A Capacity Alert has been added to the e-RS system for General Surgery at BHRUT due to capacity constraints

08 Nov 2018
We have added an extra training date (13 December) to help practices ensure they have enough staff trained on how to manage their e-RS worklist on a daily basis.

07 Nov 2018
Free Cancer Education – Early Diagnosis & LWBC


01 Nov 2018
Further important information for GP Practices around aTIV stocks and deliveries.

01 Nov 2018
Within the past couple of weeks multiple BHR practices have been required to declare an Significant Incident (SI) for 2WW patients and urgent referrals as they’d failed to frequently check their e-RS worklists for patient/referral updates. To make sure you have enough staff who know how to do this, and your practice has good understanding of e-RS and how it works we are hold free e-RS training events, run in collaboration with NHS Digital.

30 Oct 2018
Within the past couple of weeks, a BHR practice was required to declare an Significant Incident (SI) for a 2WW patient as they’d failed to frequently check their e-RS worklists for patient/referral updates

26 Oct 2018
Referrals should be emailed to the trusts cancer referral office on bhr-tr.crooffice@nhs.net

25 Oct 2018
NHS England London Region has published an Addendum to the IM Influenza PGD v06.00 on its website

18 Oct 2018
There is currently a disruption in the supply of EpiPen® and EpiPen Junior® adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs). Supplies are now critical and NHS England are implementing controls on the supply of 150 microgram AAI’s.

17 Oct 2018
Public Health England's NHS text messaging service for women due a cervical screening aims to improve the uptake of screening.

17 Oct 2018
The 2018/19 eDEC is open for submissions from 24 October to 5 December 2018.

17 Oct 2018
A recently issued Public Health England letter highlights the availability of PCR testing.

11 Oct 2018
A group of newly-trained family doctors have started work in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge as part of a successful scheme to boost the local GP workforce.


10 Oct 2018
NHS England London Region has published a new Patient Group Direction (PGD) on its website.

10 Oct 2018
Barking and Dagenham has been ranked 9th best in England in a league table rating performance on patient flow between the boundaries of health and social care.

27 Sep 2018
Make sure your practice takes action by 30 September in preparation for practice IT changes

24 Sep 2018
UCLH are providing access to GatewayC for all staff based in any primary care practice in NCEL for up to 12 months.

10 Sep 2018
You are invited to a dedicated event to hear first-hand how surgeons at Barts are using innovative robotic surgery to drive forward huge improvements for Barts Health patients.

10 Sep 2018
This guidance includes failsafe processes, roles and responsibilities across each part of the screening pathway to ensure patient safety.

07 Sep 2018
We have received a number of queries from the public regarding the prescription of AAIs and so we wanted to remind you of the CCG’s policy.

07 Sep 2018
As you may know Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge, (BHR CCGs’) are putting in place more efficient and effective IT systems for GP practices to manage or support patient health checks, children’s immunisation services, retinopathy screening and care plans.

03 Sep 2018
From today (Monday 3 September) you can only refer patients to Consultant-led outpatient services at Whipps Cross using NHS e-Referral System (ERS).

29 Aug 2018
As you know, from Monday, 3 September, you will no longer be able to refer your patients to Consultant-led outpatient services at Whipps Cross University Hospital. Referrals can only be made via NHS e-Referral System (ERS).

24 Aug 2018
Details of what the guide covers.

23 Aug 2018
Following our visit today, we are assured of the safety of services provided by PELC at KGH

22 Aug 2018
Please help us to raise awareness of the service with your patients by displaying the posters in your waiting room, and reminding patients to call NHS 111 if they need urgent treatment advice when your practice is closed.

22 Aug 2018

20 Aug 2018
The Maternity team at BHRUT run a dedicated helpline for new and expectant mums, giving advice and support on all aspects of pregnancy, birth and early motherhood.

20 Aug 2018
A list of reminders when making 2WW referral

16 Aug 2018
This year’s AGM will take place on 25 September from 1.15pm to 2pm at Maritime House, 1 Linton Road, Barking, IG11 8HG in the ground floor boardroom.

16 Aug 2018
This edition features patient focus group, social media and an update on staffing.

15 Aug 2018
It is imperative all practices monitor and manage their e-RS worklist on a daily basis.

13 Aug 2018
Please ensure you and your practice is ready for this change which will mean you will no longer be able to refer your patients to Consultant-led outpatient services at Whipps Cross through paper referrals.

09 Aug 2018
The BHR Community Ear, Nose and Throat service went live on Monday 2 July – and the service has been well used in its first few weeks of operation.

09 Aug 2018
GPs can refer patients to the Community Treatment Team, which provides short-term, intensive care and support to people aged 18 and older who are experiencing an urgent health and/or social care crisis.

09 Aug 2018
Please note that with immediate effect all GP referrals to the BHRUT anticoagulation service will need to be made on a GP referral headed letter via e-RS (the electronic referral system).

07 Aug 2018
The National Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) has launched in Havering and Redbridge and now been rolled out across Barking and Dagenham.

07 Aug 2018
We encourage all GP practices to sign up to the Housebound Incentive Scheme 2018/2019.

30 Jul 2018
Completed claim forms and clearly reconcilable supporting evidence should be submitted via email by the 15th of each month, in order to be paid in the following month’s payment run.

30 Jul 2018
The MenACWY immunisation programme is important for ensuring direct protection for eligible patients from meningococcal disease.

26 Jul 2018
The new service is now the key point of contact for anyone who requires urgent care advice or treatment outside of normal GP practice opening hours. It means people will get the right care, in the right place, first time.

25 Jul 2018
PHE has published a briefing note for the management of tetanus prone wounds during the current supply shortage.

25 Jul 2018
The met office have issued a level 3 hot weather alert.

23 Jul 2018
With the heatwave set to intensify this week, we wanted to remind you of a number of simple precautions to share with your patients, notably vulnerable individuals.


19 Jul 2018
GPs are alerted to changes in eligibility for VZIG in pregnant women

19 Jul 2018
This is for information only and GP practices should continue to refer their “at risk” patients to the appropriate clinics

16 Jul 2018
From today you can only refer patients to Consultant-led outpatient services at BHRUT using NHS e-Referral System (ERS).

13 Jul 2018
Don't get caught out, find here all you need to know to make the change to e-referrals

12 Jul 2018
As you know, from next Monday, 16 July, you will no longer be able to refer your patients to Consultant-led outpatient services at BHRUT through paper referrals.

02 Jul 2018
A scheme designed to support better co-ordination of care for care home residents who need to go to hospital for emergency care is being launched in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge.

27 Jun 2018
Following yesterday’s network outage, NELFT has confirmed that its IT and phone systems are now up and running, and the trust is operating business as usual across its services.

26 Jun 2018
With the current heatwave set to last, we wanted to remind you of a number of simple precautions to share with your patients, notably vulnerable individuals.


25 Jun 2018
From 16 July 2018 all GP referrals to BHRUT Consultant-led outpatient services can only be made via NHS e-Referral System.

21 Jun 2018
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has today published a report on the quality of the surgical service at Whipps Cross Hospital

14 Jun 2018
Download the latest edition.

14 Jun 2018
Leadership, communication and collaboration are among the key drivers of improvement in general practice in a new report published by the Care Quality Commission

13 Jun 2018
NHS England (London region) has developed a best practice guide and a handy poster on immunisation call/recall to assist GP practices to develop and embed an effective invite reminder system


03 Jun 2018
BHRUT did not achieve the Referral to Treatment standard in April as planned.

01 Jun 2018
BHRUT has sustained delivery of the 62-day urgent GP referral to first treatment cancer standard – achieving the standard for eight consecutive months.

31 May 2018
Patient feedback is being sought on the simple wound care service in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge.

31 May 2018
The London STP’s Improvement Grant Programme is inviting applications from GP contractors for schemes to be delivered in the 2019/20 financial year.

30 May 2018
We are pleased to welcome our new Cancer Research UK Facilitator, Lubna Patel, who will be working closely with GP Cancer Leads/Macmillan GPs to support practices across Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge.

25 May 2018
As you may be aware, BHR CCGs and BHRUT are working on a joint scheme called ‘Improving Referrals Together’, which has involved clinicians from secondary care and primary care coming together to develop referral pathways for our most challenged specialties.

24 May 2018
BHRUT is facing significant operational issues due to the fire in the Endoscopy Unit (Clinical Diagnostic Unit (CDU) at Queen’s Hospital on Sunday 13 May.

24 May 2018
Read the changes that have been made to the referral form.

21 May 2018
As the implementation of e-RS and paper switch off is imminent, we strongly advise at least one representative per practice attend.

15 May 2018
Please see the guidance from the CMO around Use of Antiviral Medicines

15 May 2018
NHS London Clinical Networks have produced a guide for GPs on the things to consider when seeing patient groups

11 May 2018
NHS England has published the Protocol in respect of locum cover or GP performer payments for parental and sickness leave

10 May 2018
Read the new Macmillan toolkit

09 May 2018
The Medical Directorate have requested that all GP Practices are reminded to check both GP register and the Performers List before employing doctors as locums.

03 May 2018
Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the CCG's communications. We will updated you on the outcomes of the review in due course.

02 May 2018
NHS England London Region has published an updated Patient Group Direction (PGD)

02 May 2018
The NHS England London Region 2018/19 Enhanced Services Online Sign up is now available to all GP Practices in London and the sign up portal will be open until midnight Sunday 10 June 2018.

01 May 2018
London Ambulance Service has advised that as of Monday 30 April, they will no longer be providing patient transport

25 Apr 2018
Nearly 3,000 cases of syphilis were diagnosed in London in 2016 and high numbers continue to be diagnosed.

20 Apr 2018
With hay fever season upon us we though it worth reminding GPs about the decision to stop prescribing (OTC) medicines used to treat mild to moderate hayfever.

19 Apr 2018
This message is about an issue affecting automated data submission for Vision practices. Practices have two options and this message details how to ensure you receive your payments.

18 Apr 2018
A short newsletter for lead GPs and practice managers has been produced

13 Apr 2018
Queen Mary Practice in South Woodford and Ilford Lane Surgery in Ilford are both looking for a part-time salaried GP and Practice Nurse.

09 Apr 2018
There are currently a very large number of patients in the emergency department at Queen’s and King George Hospitals. This is putting significant pressure on services across the trust.

06 Apr 2018
Play your part in the CCG's quality alert process.

05 Apr 2018
we are writing to remind you of the approaching deadline for ordering flu vaccines.

05 Apr 2018
This is a notice to practices regarding the Extra Contractual Patient Transport Service process for patients that require ambulance transport to outpatient appointments.

04 Apr 2018
Thank you to the GPs and GP Federation staff who joined us for a workshop on March 7 to discuss key themes being explored in the community urgent care review.

03 Apr 2018
Referral forms and a guide to the referral process are available for the new North East London Wheelchair service in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge.

03 Apr 2018
These services have been made available to offer for participation

03 Apr 2018
A letter from Publish Health England which includes important information about the current epidemiology

03 Apr 2018
The GMS contract changes for 18/19 have been finalised.

29 Mar 2018
A reminder that since 1 February 2018, pregnant women attending BHRUT hospitals for their antenatal care are able to get pertussis and seasonal influenza vaccinations from their maternity units

27 Mar 2018
We're planning for a very busy Easter holiday period, and you can help by reminding your patients to use local health services wisely over the bank holiday weekend and school holiday period.

27 Mar 2018
Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge clinical commissioning groups (BHR CCGs) are looking to roll out a new enhanced healthcare service for residents in local nursing homes.

26 Mar 2018
We want to cut down on what the CCG sends you – saving you precious time, while making sure you still get the important information you need. To help us to do this, please complete a short survey.

09 Mar 2018
NHSE is asking GPs and Community Pharmacists to ensure their influenza vaccine orders for the 2018/19 season use the most effective vaccines for the population.

08 Mar 2018
From 1 April 2018 a new wheelchair service will be provided across Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge.

08 Mar 2018
Help to reduce the number of patients attending A&E or having an emergency hospital admission due to acute kidney injury by supporting the ‘Sick Day Rules’ initiative.

05 Mar 2018
Barts Health NHS Trust has informed us that there is a historic backlog of electronic referrals for neurophysiology test appointments for patients that were referred during 2017.

05 Mar 2018
The February edition of Paediatric Pearls has now been published.

02 Mar 2018
Every practice will receive a call from the supporting call centre that lasts no longer than four minutes. Please ensure your practices are aware and have been briefed.

01 Mar 2018
NHS England London Region has published an updated Patient Group Direction (PGD) on its website.

01 Mar 2018
To prepare for QOF achievement information collection at year-end, practices need to complete a number of actions.

28 Feb 2018
Public Health England has launched a national campaign aimed at raising awareness of the symptoms of breast cancer in women aged 70 and over.

07 Feb 2018
This process concentrates on decreasing and eliminating future active TB cases in England and is both evidence based and cost-effective.

06 Feb 2018
BHR CCGs are facilitating and supporting our GPs locally, to ensure delivery of this national target.

31 Jan 2018
This notice extends the validity of the PCV PGD v01.00 till 31 January 2019

30 Jan 2018
Just a reminder that as from Thursday 1 February 2018, all GPs need to use the Single Points of Access for Dermatology, MSK and Gastroenterology referrals.

29 Jan 2018
This is a reminder that our new community dermatology service provided by DMC Healthcare continues to have capacity. The service offer effective, high quality, accessible care closer to home, with the aim of improving improve access through a single point of referral.

25 Jan 2018
Three opportunities from Diabetes UK

22 Jan 2018
Reminders for practices regarding the seasonal flu programme as the reporting period draws to a close.

17 Jan 2018
The General Practice Forward View is committed to providing financial support to every GP practice that is a tenant in an NHS Property Services or Community Health Partnerships building.

15 Jan 2018
NHS England are offering fully funded one-to-one tailored coaching for GPs.

15 Jan 2018
We wanted to take this opportunity to highlight what we’ve been working on over the last year.

10 Jan 2018
An algorithm with the various Hepatitis B vaccination schedules for babies, depending on date of birth, maternal hepatitis B status and other family members with hepatitis B has been produced.

02 Jan 2018
As you know, at the end of November the CCGs’ three governing bodies approved a further set of recommendations, developed by your GP clinical leads, related to the recent ‘Spending NHS Money Wisely 2’ public consultation.

28 Dec 2017
Please see below and attached details for our gender identity information event for you to share with your GPs and GP practices.

21 Dec 2017
Practices are reminded that our GP access hubs will be operating on all days during the holiday period – including Christmas Day.

20 Dec 2017
Some practices have queried the data that is appearing on Immform for their child flu vaccinations.

19 Dec 2017
Please remind patients that they can save time and access quicker and more appropriate treatment by visiting their local pharmacist.

15 Dec 2017
Yesterday, the CCG governing bodies for BHR agreed to stop funding or restrict access to a number of treatments, medicines and procedures as they look to make further savings for the local NHS.

11 Dec 2017
Vaccination UK have created an email account which practices can contact directly if they are experiencing issues with their automatic GP notification service.

07 Dec 2017
Following a GP alert, the CCG has recently been made aware of a potential gap in service provision from NELFT one of our community health service providers.

01 Dec 2017
As part of our local winter planning, GPs, pharmacists and hospital clinicians have put together a handy advice sheet.

30 Nov 2017
NHS England have advised that this waiting list will be temporarily closed from this Friday 1 December 2017 for an initial period of four months.

30 Nov 2017
London will be moving to a new National standard service specification for Occupational Health (OH) services to primary care this Friday 1 December 2017.

13 Nov 2017
5,000 deaths are caused every year in England because antibiotics no longer work for some infections. The #KeepAntibioticsWorking campaign encourages the public to take their healthcare professional's advice on antibiotics. We all have a part to play in tackling antibiotic resistance.

09 Nov 2017
The workshop aims to bring together GPs to discuss local and national examples of new models and ways of thinking; learn from and network with peers; and help co-design the next steps for local adoption

02 Nov 2017
A new, free e-learning course which meets the requirements of 3 year NHS cervical sample taking update training is now available

31 Oct 2017
The CCG has created a Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge GP Practice Dashboard which consists of activity data on elective and non-elective care.

25 Oct 2017
NHS England London Region has published an updated Patient Group Direction for shingles



12 Oct 2017
From Monday 6 November you should begin to use new email addresses to contact the North East London Team.

11 Oct 2017
To help these patients and to speed up diagnosis, the UCLH Cancer Collaborative is currently piloting five multidisciplinary diagnostic centres.

05 Oct 2017
Vaccination UK is responsible for ensuring that all practices receive timely school-aged vaccination data across BHR.

28 Sep 2017
NHS England has commissioned the North of England Commissioning Support Unit practice in England.

20 Sep 2017
We want to hear your views! Barking and Dagenham CCG has launched ‘Spending NHS money wisely 2’, a consultation to look at how we can reduce spending in certain areas as one of the ways to address our financial deficit of £55 million.

16 Sep 2017
Please remind staff of your business continuity plan, and ensure it is up to date.

07 Sep 2017
Please complete your latest GP Workload Collection by 10 September 2017. Remember, this a legal requirement for all practices.

01 Sep 2017
As set out in the 2016 regulations, every GP practice in England is required to submit an online return twice a year through the Primary Care Web Tool.

31 Aug 2017
The London Ambulance Service has provided practical advice on what to do after an acid attack

25 Aug 2017
Barking and Dagenham Clinical Commissioning Group has secured a share of over £1.2 million funding from NHS England to recruit GPs from overseas.

23 Aug 2017
Strontium ranelate, used for the treatment of osteoporosis in post-menopausal women and adult men at high risk of bone fracture, will be discontinued worldwide in August 2017

18 Aug 2017
Bringing together CCG staff, GPs, our local health and social care partners, and patients, our AGM on 26 September will highlight our work over the past year, and look ahead to the year to come.

17 Aug 2017
Mid-August saw BHRUT hit the 92% Referral To Treatment (RTT) incomplete standard for the first time in three years, following the success of the joint recovery programme, developed and delivered in partnership with BHR CCGs and local GPs.

09 Aug 2017
NHS Smokefree now provides bespoke telephone support for Londoners who call the national helpline number - 0300 123 0044. Please encourage smokers who want to quit to call the helpline.

09 Aug 2017
Are you a GP trainee interested in developing your skills in paediatrics? Would you like to participate in a program that seeks to break down barriers between primary and secondary care?

07 Aug 2017
Read more about a proposed change commissioning beds at Meadow Court, a nursing home in Goodmayes.

02 Aug 2017
The UK Sepsis Trust and All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sepsis invite you to complete a short survey.

31 Jul 2017
As part of the ongoing work by health and social care partners to improve local urgent and emergency care services, the CCG is looking in detail at how we can improve community urgent care services.

28 Jul 2017
NHS England has published a General Practice Nursing ten point action plan to help provide a highly-skilled workforce.


26 Jul 2017
This two-day dementia training course has been designed specifically for practice managers, who are integral to the patient experience, the running of their surgeries and supporting colleagues.


21 Jul 2017
NHS England has confirmed the process for reimbursing Care Quality Commission (CQC) fees in the London region.

18 Jul 2017
GPs can still prescribe dental products when it is an important part of the care they are providing for a patient, despite changes to dental prescribing following the 'Spending NHS Money Wisely' consultation.

17 Jul 2017
A vital survey about your training needs.

07 Jul 2017
The three CCG’s have developed a communications toolkit to help you understand the changes agreed following the recent ‘Spending NHS Money Wisely’ public consultation.

06 Jul 2017
We are pleased to inform you that a new multidisciplinary diagnostic clinic (MDC) is launching at Barking, Having and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) for patients where there is a strong suspicion of a cancer diagnosis.

04 Jul 2017
Barking and Dagenham CEPN is currently seeking experienced practice nurses who would like to enhance their clinical practice in primary care by becoming an advanced clinical practitioner.

30 Jun 2017
Don’t get caught out, there’s still time to prepare for your CQC re-inspection.

28 Jun 2017
An interim independent evaluation of the pilot has highlighted particularly positive health outcomes for patients from care homes supported by the practice.

28 Jun 2017
Please urgently update workforce data on the Primary Care Web Tool or local HEE Tool by Thursday 29 June in order to influence the June 30 data extraction.

23 Jun 2017
GPs are urged to consider how they are engaging with Patient Participation Groups this week.

22 Jun 2017
Following the recent terrorist attacks and traumatic events in London, NHS England has developed a number of key messages and pathways to support those affected.


20 Jun 2017
Help the CCG bid for NHSE international GP recruitment funding by filling in our short survey.

13 Jun 2017
Primary Care Training Needs Analysis now available online

13 Jun 2017
An information sheet on guidance on Primary Care Response to recent traumatic incidents

12 Jun 2017
Message from NHS England on current turnaround times on cervical screening test results

31 May 2017
Feedback, news and updates on the CCG’s GP alert service.

23 May 2017
Opportunities for PPG members to volunteer as a community health champions and help their neighbours to achieve healthier lives.

19 May 2017
Update from Barts and BHRUT on Thursday 18 May

15 May 2017
Information on the NHS cyber attack that can be used as a guide in discussions with patients. It is intended to help you answer questions from patients as they arise.

12 May 2017
The RIS and PACS Imaging systems have now been restored and we are working hard to recover our business as usual position as soon as possible.

21 Apr 2017
HealthUnlocked would like to hear your feedback on a new social prescribing tool they are developing across Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge.

27 Mar 2017
It has become apparent that since the MSK pathway was implemented, practices are experiencing a number of problems with the e-referral process. We have made a step-by-step guide to overcome these issues and ensure a smooth process.

23 Mar 2017
Public Health England has established an outbreak control team to investigate an ongoing outbreak of Hepatitis A in London among men who have sex with men.

07 Mar 2017
Read the latest CQC report on BHRUT and our response as commissioners to the Trust being taken out of special measures.

14 Feb 2017
Updates on our plans to transform urgent and emergency care

31 Jan 2017
Look out for details of upcoming events and training in the right-hand column of the intranet homepage.

25 Jan 2017
Please note that the new Barking and Dagenham CCG email address is barkdag.bdccg2@nhs.net

18 Jan 2017
Extra urgent GP appointments are now available as hubs open 8am-8pm on weekends

22 Dec 2016
Please help us to remind patients to choose the right service during the festive season to keep A&E free for those who need it most.



22 Sep 2016
Find out here what happened at our AGM.


17 Aug 2016
Don't miss our AGM which will now be held at Barking Town Hall, rather than Maritime House.

17 Aug 2016
Can you help us encourage more women to choose Barking Community Birth Centre

10 Aug 2016
Read the August chair's bulletin

29 Jul 2016
Please help us to recognise those who have really made a difference by nominating someone you know, or yourself, for an award before 22 August.

11 Jul 2016
From 11-24 July we will be trying something new at Queen’s Hospital A&E in Romford.

06 Jul 2016
The National Diabetes Audit (NDA) is the one of the largest annual clinical audits in the world, integrating data from both primary and secondary care sources, making it the most comprehensive audit of its kind.

01 Jul 2016
Welcome to the July edition of the Chair’s bulletin. This includes a range of updates including on primary care, mental health and new arrangements for services at BHRUT as well as community services.

30 Jun 2016
A referral form has been developed which includes details of those practices you can refer to in the borough.

30 Jun 2016
Referrals and waiting times for patients at BHRUT

15 Jun 2016

15 Jun 2016

06 Jun 2016
Read the latest news from your chair.

06 Jun 2016
Urgent GP appointments are available every day in Barking and Dagenham, see the full details here.

02 Jun 2016
Weekly updates are being issued so that you can be kept up to date and assured of our efforts and our proposals to address this issue on behalf of both our members and our patients.

02 Jun 2016
Find out more about ECG scheme that provides instant interpretation of results and treatment plan.

12 May 2016
To help raise awareness of Talking Therapies amongst your patients we will soon be sending your practice some printed leaflets and posters which we would be most grateful if you could display in your waiting rooms.

06 May 2016
Dermatology referral forms for EMIS, Vision and PhaseOne are now available on the dermatology service page.

04 May 2016
From Tuesday 3 May Barking and Dagenham CCG will be based at a new office, and staff will have new phone numbers and email addresses. See their new contact details and office location here.

14 Apr 2016
The CCGs have been working with our health providers and have plans in place to protect the safety and welfare of patients.

08 Mar 2016
The CCGs have been working with our health providers and have plans in place to protect the safety and welfare of patients.

07 Mar 2016
Last month BHRUT updated you on the enormous amount of work taking place at Queen’s and King George Hospitals to see patients who have been waiting too long for their treatment.

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