With children across Swindon looking forward to week of messing about, playing outside and generally enjoying being off school, parents are being reminded of the healthcare options available to them should their little one have an accident or become ill.

The government is working with pharmaceutical companies, suppliers and the NHS to make sure patients continue to receive the medication they need after March 29, should the UK leave the European Union without an agreed continuity deal.

Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group fully understands that the recent problems some patients at some GP surgeries across the town have faced – particularly when trying to make appointments over the telephone – have been completely unacceptable.

The Great Western Hospital in Swindon is set to become the first in the country to pilot an innovative scheme that offers extra support to young patients with a hidden disability.

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People in need of medical advice can now get the help they need by using the new NHS 111 online service. 

People in Swindon, Bath and North East Somerset and other parts of Wiltshire who are suffering from minor illnesses such as sore throats, coughs, colds and tummy troubles are being advised to seek help from their local pharmacist rather than booking an appointment with their GP or visiting the Emergency Department.

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is working with Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group to help older people across the town move between care homes and hospital – and vice versa – with minimal delay and without added stress or anxiety.

Dr Sarah Bruen has been appointed as the interim Clinical Chair of Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group.

Dr Peter Mack has resigned from the position of Clinical Chair at Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group with immediate effect.