Safer Sleep Week

Safer Sleep WeekFrom the 14-20 March 2016 The Lullaby Trust and partners aim to make sure parents in the UK know the importance of safer sleep and are aware of how to reduce the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

It is not possible for any manufacturer to say that a particular product will prevent SIDS. It is possible, however, to significantly lower the chances of it happening by following this safer sleep guidance.  This advice is based on strong scientific evidence where, unlike many products, safety has been proven. (more…)

Transformation Plan for Young People

NHS Ashford CCG



The Kent Transformation Plan for Children, Young People and Young Adults has just been published. The Kent Transformation Plan was developed with children, young people, professionals and partners who have been working locally and across Clinical Commissioning Groups to deal with the challenging issues of mental health and wellbeing.

Local and county-wide needs have been examined and provision and good practice and have developed and designed for a whole-system for Kent which puts children, young people and young adults at the heart of services. (more…)

Release the pressure

Kent County CouncilLife can get really tough sometimes, but talking can help. A highly trained and experienced team waiting to provide you with support to get you back on track. So if you are beginning to feel the pressure, don’t suffer in silence.

Prefer to chat online rather than over the phone? A web chat service, is also available.

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in Kent. If you know someone who’s starting to feel the pressure ask them to call 0800 107 0160

Support is free and confidential, provided by an independent charity and funded by Kent County Council.

Parents reminded to use Health Help Now

Ashford CCGParents and carers across east Kent are being reminded about where to go if they need NHS help for themselves or their children over the school half term.

The February school break is a busy period for NHS services and it is important that people use the right service when they are ill or injured.

Dr Navin Kumta, Chair of NHS Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “There is nothing more frustrating than not knowing what to do when you or your children are poorly. (more…)

Public invited to CCG engagement day

Ashford CCGPatients and members of the public are invited to help shape a new public and patient engagement strategy for NHS Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The CCG’s draft one year plan and five-year vision will be shared and there will be the opportunity to discuss how the CCG can work with patients and the public more closely.

The event is being held at the Singleton Environment Centre, Wesley School Road, Ashford, TN23 5LW, on Wednesday 30 March. Coffee from 9am, starting 9.30am to 4.30pm.

The invitation is open to patients, voluntary sector organisations, patient participation groups, parish councillors or any interested member of the community.

For further information or to register to attend, please email or phone 03000 424815 or fill in an invitation

NHS Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group 9 February 2016

Vascular Service Public Event

Ashford CCGNHS England is holding a public event in February as part of a review of specialist vascular services across Kent and Medway.

The review has been set up to ensure that services meet national standards, using best practice to improve patient experience and outcomes.

Following a number of public listening events where the case for change was discussed, NHS England would now like to engage people who have used these services, their representatives and carers in more detail. (more…)

Learn to Fix your Bicycle

cycle repairs photoCycleWorkshops offer beginners the opportunity to learn the basics of bicycle maintenance – bike setup, puncture repair, brake and gear adjustment.  The relaxed 4-hour sessions are delivered at Cycle Circle’s workshop in Norfolk Drive, Ashford (TN23 4FB).

The cost is subsidised by Active Ashford – just £20 (and redeemable against tools on the day).

You can book one of the dates via Cycle Circle’s website

  • 13th February, 2016
  • 9th April, 2016
  • 4th June, 2016
  • 10th September, 2016

All of the workshops run from 10.00 – 14.00

We have added these dates to our calendar