Cancellation of Walk-In Clinics
Please be aware that we will be ceasing our emergency walk-in clinics with effect from the end of February 2018.
Against a background of increasing demand and reduced resources, we are continually looking at ways to improve access to GP appointments and advice. We will therefore be stopping the walk-in clinics currently operating between 10.30-11.30am on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.
Instead, we will be offering an increased number of telephone appointments and urgent, same day, appointments. There should also be increased availability of pre-bookable appointments with your preferred GP.
We will evaluate the effectiveness over a three month period of March-June and would welcome your feedback during this time.
In recent years community pharmacies have increasingly requested repeat prescriptions on patients’ behalf yet they are not always precisely aware what the patient has and has not run out of, or whether they are still regularly taking all the medicines prescribed, and this can generate waste eg NICE states that between a third and a half of medicines that are prescribed for long-term conditions are not used as recommended.
We have been asked, in conjunction with our patients and local pharmacies, to review our repeat prescribing system and to encourage patients or their carer to request their own repeat prescriptions. For those that can use a computer or smartphone, this is likely to be the easiest way to request repeat medicines; alternatively the repeat request slip can be used.
We have leaflets within the practice that can help guide you through this process but will be moving to the new system of direct patient request over the next couple of months and thank you for your support.
Repeat Prescription Poster Repeat Prescriptions Guidance
We have 2 new salaried doctors joining us in September 2017. We welcome Dr Pratyusha Mohan and Dr Azadeh Ovaici to the team.
Dr Mohan will be working on Mondays and Wednesdays and Dr Ovaici on Tuesdays.
We are delighted that Dr Nicholas Collinson will become a Partner with Drs Saral Anand, Salene Kumar and Mrs Carole Challen from June 2016.
Information Sharing - How information about you helps to provide better care - see the new Patient Information Leaflet
We are now giving an extra vaccination to babies to protect them against a vomiting and diarrhoea bug. Rotavirus infection is the most common cause of gastroenteritis in children under five and nearly every child currently gets the condition at some point. The new oral vaccine will be given to babies at 2 and 3 months old alongisde the baby's other childhood vaccinations.
Measles can be a very serious disease; your child is at risk if s/he hasn't had the MMR vaccination with 2 doses needed for best protection. Make an appointment with the practice nurses.
Whooping Cough & Pregnancy:
There is a lot of whooping cough around at the moment and babies who are too young to start their vaccinations are at greatest risk. Expectant mothers can help protect their babies by getting vaccinated against whooping cough from week 28 of their pregnancy. This will be offered during routine antenatal appointments here or with the midwife. Pregnant ladies should also have the flu vaccine – both vaccines can be given at the same time as they don’t interfere with each other. More info is available from http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/whooping-cough-vaccination-pregnant.aspx
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