Earlier this month we were delighted to hear that Surrey Heartlands has been allocated over £11m of capital funding as part of a recent national announcement; you can read more about our successful bids below.

As a partnership we are continuing our journey towards becoming a more integrated health and care system which we know will be better for patients and staff – see our update below, particularly around our emerging Integrated Care Partnerships which are working at a more local level.

And I’m really pleased to introduce our first patient story, a short film you can watch here, which showcases the type of success our Xpert Diabetes programme is having for local residents.

Thanks to everyone who will be working hard in the NHS across Surrey Heartlands over Christmas and the New Year; our local NHS continues to make sure people can get the help they need during the festive break.  Please use the services carefully. Pharmacists are a great source of advice and NHS 111 is available 24/7. Of course if it’s a medical emergency you must call 999.

Equally, if you have a neighbour who lives alone or may need help in any way please check to ensure they are managing. Christmas can be a difficult time for people living on their own. Look out for my blog appearing on our website on Monday.

It just remains for me to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year on behalf of Surrey Heartlands, and we look forward to continuing to work with you all next year.

With very best seasonal wishes,

Dr Claire Fuller, Senior Responsible Officer for Surrey Heartlands