Making the most of your GP appointment
Have you ever wondered how to get the most out of your GP appointment? You might be surprised at some of the ideas here https://www.healthwatch.co.uk/advic.../10-top-tips-get-most-out-your-gp-appointment
Not sure who you should see about a medical issue you are having. Take a look at this chart to see what is most appropriate for you. https://www.nwas.nhs.uk/media/1271786/thermometer.pdf
Online patient access
Have you thought about signing up for online patient access. You may be able to request appointments, and repeat medications and can do this when the surgery isn’t open. Not only that, you won’t need to spend time waiting on the phone or coming into surgery to make your request. Signing up is a straightforward process which our reception team can help with if needed. We’ll need to see some ID to make sure you’re requesting access to the right records, and then you are good to go. Take a look at our practice website, or ask in surgery today.
MND awareness month
With the death of Stephen Hawking in 2018, Motor Neurone Disease hit the headlines, but what about the financial hardship sufferers face? https://www.mndassociation.org/get-involved/campaigning/take-action/mnd-costs/
Stillbirth and neonatal death awareness
SANDS raise awareness of stillbirth and neonatal death. SANDS are helping people to find the words to talk to families who have suffered a loss and to provide support at the hardest moments. #findingyourway2019
20th June - National clean air day
Following on from Breathe easy week, what could be more important to the health of millions than clean air? It is estimated that poor air quality contributes to 1 in 13 cases of lung cancer. Find out more about how you can help make clean air available to all here https://www.cleanairday.org.uk/Pages/Category/the-facts
Breathe easy week
Feeling short of breath sometimes can be completely normal, but would you know whether you need to seek advice? https://breathtest.blf.org.uk/
Children’s hospice week
#ChildrensHospiceWeek This week is children's hospice week. In the UK there are 49,000 children and their families living with life-limiting conditions. Without the network of children’s hospices, life for these families would look very different. You can find out about the work http://www.togetherforshortlives.org.uk/about-us/
Men’s health week
Take some time to think about the men in your life this week. Sunday is Fathers’ day, and for that reason this week has been chosen to highlight the avoidable health problems which men suffer from. The average lifespan for a man is shorter than that for a woman, encourage the men in your life to seek advice, treatment and a healthy lifestyle.
37 - This men’s health week we’re focusing on men’s health by numbers – if your waist is greater than 37 inches, you are at greater risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Your waist size isn’t necessarily the trouser size you wear. https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/lifestyle/why-is-my-waist-size-important/
14 - This men’s health week we’re focusing on men’s health by numbers – If you drink more than 14 units of alcohol each week, you could be drinking too much. There may be some associated side effects you’ve not thought about. https://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/alcohol-faqs
Someone is diagnosed with diabetes every two minutes. Do you know what puts you at risk of becoming diabetic? https://www.diabetes.org.uk/preventing-type-2-diabetes/diabetes-risk-factors #TalkAboutDiabetes
One in fifteen people have diabetes, including one million with type 2 who haven’t yet been diagnosed. There are two main types of diabetes, but there are other rarer types too. https://www.diabetes.org.uk/diabetes-the-basics
Do you know the main symptoms you may have if you are suffering from diabetes? Excessive thirst and needing to go to the toilet a lot are symptoms you might want to get checked. https://www.diabetes.org.uk/diabetes-the-basics/diabetes-symptoms
If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, did you know that it is possible for some people to put their diabetes into remission? Diet and lifestyle changes are key to this, find out more here https://www.diabetes.org.uk/diabetes-the-basics/type-2-reverse
National patient participation week
It’s time to celebrate our fantastic patient participation group (PPG). Run by and for the benefit of patients, our volunteers give up some of their time to help inform and improve our Practice by giving us impartial views and advice on patient care. If you’re interested in becoming a member of our PPG, please contact the practice manager.
Being a carer can mean that you feel lonely or isolated because you don’t have the same opportunities to socialise as you might otherwise do. You can find out what support might be available for you here. https://www.carersweek.org/about-us/supporters
BNF healthy eating week
This week – take some time to focus on what you eat. It’s the British Nutrition Foundations’ healthy eating week. You can find out more about UK healthy eating guidelines here https://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving/healthydiet/eatwell.html
It's really important to eat a healthy breakfast as part of a healthy diet. Do you know what makes a healthy breakfast? https://www.nutrition.org.uk/attachments/article/1208/Have breakfast challenge guide - adults.pdf
How much fibre is in your 5-a-day? Can you complete the super challenge each day? https://www.nutrition.org.uk/attachments/article/1209/Have 5 A DAY challenge guide - adults.pdf
Are you drinking enough? You should drink a minimum of 6 to 8 glasses of unsweetened drinks each day to stay hydrated. https://www.nutrition.org.uk/attachments/article/1210/Drink plenty challenge guide - adults.pdf
Small changes can make a big difference. Try some of these simple tips to increase the amount of activity you do. https://www.nutrition.org.uk/attachments/article/1211/Get active challenge guide - adults.pdf
Do you sometimes struggle to get to sleep? It’s really important to get good quality sleep as part of your day. https://www.nutrition.org.uk/attachments/article/1212/Sleep well challenge guide - adults.pdf
8th June - Wear purple for JIA National Rheumatoid Arthritis society
8th June is wear purple for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Day(JIA). JIA is inflammation of the joints of unknown cause diagnosed in children. For many children diagnosed, this will be a lifelong condition, and may require treatment with some medications which require weekly monitoring. Why not wear purple today? #WearPurpleforJIA2019 https://www.facebook.com/wearpurpleforjia/
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis can be a painful condition and can even start as a baby. If your child has had symptoms of pain for over 6 weeks, it might be worth getting them checked. https://www.jia.org.uk/symptoms-of-jia
National patient participation week
Next week is patient participation week. Do you know what a patient participation group is? Would you consider joining ours
7th June - Tourette's awareness day
Could you move for Tourette's syndome? Tourettes action are asking you to move more to help raise funds for Tourettes awareness. https://www.tourettes-action.org.uk/news-278-move-for-tourettes.html
March for Men
June sees loads of events for march for men in aid of prostate cancer. Pop along to support those who are marching, or join a walk yourself – time to get those training shoes on! https://prostatecanceruk.org/get-involved/march-for-men
Improving access to routine GP appointments
Following a review of our appointments system we are aiming to improve access to routine GP appointments to ensure patients who should see a GP, see one in a more timely manner.
In many cases patients do not need to see a GP and we want to avoid those patients waiting for a routine GP appointment when they could be helped much sooner by one of our highly skilled, multi-disciplinary team which includes our Pharmacy Team, Nurses and secretarial team.
To allow this to happen from Wednesday 20th February when you request a GP appointment or telephone call our trained receptionists will ask you a few questions as they do now, to ensure the patient does not have an urgent problem or an issue another that could be dealt with by another member of the team. If not the receptionist will then arrange for one of our Advanced Nurse Practitioners to telephone the patient back that day, or if the request comes late in the day early the next morning at a specified time.
The nurse will then ask for a brief description of the problem and arrange the appropriate appointment which could be investigations, a GP appointment or same day Duty Team appointment.
Please be assured this will not change our ability to see patients on the same day (Duty Team) as we do now. By doing this we hope to increase the availability of routine GP appointments.
If you request a private referral for a medical condition, please be aware that that referral criteria that your doctor follows is the same for private or NHS referrals. It would have to be deemed to be clinically necessary by the doctor that you see. It is also important that you know that having been referred into the private system, if the consultant you see requires any blood tests or x-rays that they will be undertaken in the private hospital and hence you will be charged fees for those.
As we work for the NHS and are funded by the NHS, we do not have the ability to take blood tests on behalf of private consultants as we do secondary care consultants in NHS hospitals
IS YOUR DATA UP TO DATE?
Primary care services will be contacting households in order to improve the accuracy of patient registration details.
Confirming accurate address details for your household details will ensure a more efficient delivery of healthcare, such as test results and screening notifications.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO?
Should you receive an enquiry in an official NHS envelope relating to conformation of address details, please ensure you respond.
Contact the GP reception today if your details require updating!
Practice Update - DNA Policy
Due to the pressure on our appointments system and the high level of patients who DNA (Did Not Attend) it has been necessary for the practice to bring in a DNA policy. The first time a patient fails to attend a booked appointment they will be sent a DNA (Did not Attend) letter reminding them that in future they must cancel appointments if they are unable to attend. Within a 12 month period if a patient receives 3 DNA (Did not Attend) letters we will consider advising the patient to register with another GP practice.
To avoid being sent a DNA letter please cancel any unwanted appointments allowing a minimum of 24 hours notice by calling the reception 01691 648054