Monthly Archives: August 2017

Chiltern and Aylesbury Vale CCGs AGM – 14 September 2017

The two NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups serving Buckinghamshire will be holding their 2017 AGMs on Thursday, 14 September, and all members of the public are welcome to attend.

Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern CCGs, which work in collaboration, will hold the event at The Gateway in Aylesbury, from 6.30pm to 8pm.

Please come along for the chance to hear about the CCGs’ activities over the last year, learn about their plans for the future of healthcare in Bucks, and ask questions about your local health services.

The meeting will also be live streamed, meaning anyone with an internet connection can watch. Questions can be submitted ahead of time, asked live or tweeted during the event, when they can be answered by CCG staff.

Click here to view the AGM poster with full details.

The AGM will take place at The Gateway, Aylesbury Vale District Council, Gatehouse Road Aylesbury HP19 8FF

You can submit questions in advance to and during the meeting via Twitter @bucksccgs using the hashtag #askBucksCCGs

The meeting will also be live-streamed on Facebook, at

Pharmacy Opening Times – August Bank Holiday weekend

Please click here for details of which pharmacies will be open, and their operating hours, across Buckinghamshire during the August Bank Holiday 2017 (28 August).

Where possible, please also plan ahead to make sure you get any repeat prescriptions ahead of the break.

Please note – pharmacy opening hours on Bank Holidays are voluntary and are, therefore, subject to change. Patients are advised to check if pharmacies are open by telephone before making a journey.

You can also use our online Health Help Now service to help you find pharmacies that are open in your area by clicking here.

Please click on the county name you require for pharmacy opening times for Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

Dementia information films for BME community launched in Bucks

Two new short films aiming to raise awareness of dementia, particularly for people from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds, are now available for members of the public to view online.

The locally made films form part of ongoing work by NHS Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Groups, together with Buckinghamshire County Council, to reduce stigma of the condition and raise awareness within diverse communities. The aim is for individuals to benefit from early diagnosis and be supported to live independently in their own home for longer.

The films were screened at a special launch event held at Buckinghamshire New University (BNU) on Thursday, 13 July.

One film, ‘Living Well With Memories’ features clinical advice on prevention and management of dementia, including practical day-to-day tips and guidance on support available.

The other, entitled ‘My Life, My Memories’, focuses on the experiences of several people affected by dementia from different communities within the Buckinghamshire area. It offers a number of insights into the way cultural sensitivities can allow for more effective care for patients.

Both were made by Dr Mahuya Kanjilal of Bucks New University, who has extensive experience of making films highlighting health and social care issues as they impact the BME community. The project was also supported by NHS England South Central.

The screenings were followed by a Q&A sessions with a panel of key members of the project which included GPs Dr Sian Roberts and Dr Rashmi Sawhney, who gave advice and insight into the challenges surrounding dementia and caring for someone with the condition.

Dr Sawhney, Chiltern CCG’s Locality Clinical Director for Wycombe, said: “We really hope lots of people watch these videos –they have very useful advice regarding risk factors for dementia, the advantages of early diagnosis and for managing the condition, and they give a great insight into what it is like to see loved ones affected by it. We hope the focus on BME communities means the films will be especially useful to anyone of those backgrounds.

Dr Roberts, Mental Health and Learning Disability Clinical Director for both CCGs, said: “The audience at our launch screenings responded really positively to the films and gave us excellent feedback. The following Q&A session was fantastic – people were asking lots of great questions about coping with dementia and gave us a number of ideas for taking our project further. We really hope the learning from these films can be shared widely to have a positive impact on healthcare in Bucks and beyond – for use both by the general public and healthcare professionals.”

The films can be viewed at the following links:

Living Well With Memories

My Life, My Memories