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NEWS RELEASE

September 2018

Flu vaccine appointments are now available to book for all eligible patients. Click here for more information.

Building work is now complete ahead of schedule and full use of the car park is available for our patients once again.  Thank you for everyone’s patience while the building work was being undertaken.  Work is now underway to furnish the 5 additional consulting rooms and get them up and running.  More updates to follow soon.

In August 237 patients failed to attend their appointments resulting in over 65 hours of wasted surgery time.  Please ring and cancel your appointment if you are not able to come to the surgery, so your appointment can be used by someone else.

July 2018

Patient Information Evening - if you were unable to attend, please click here for the presentation.

Be Clear on Cancer – for more details click here.

New Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Clinic starting soon.

June 2018

PLEASE BE AWARE THERE ARE BUILDING WORKS CURRENTLY UNDERWAY AT THE HEALTH CENTRE.  WE APOLOGISE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.

Online Consultations

From Wednesday 13th June you will be able to consult with the surgery online, avoiding telephone calls, delays in getting an appointment and receive a prompt response.

Out of Hours
For urgent medical problems when the surgery is closed you can call NHS 111 on 111.

Extended Opening Hours

We are open on Monday evenings from 6.30 pm until 8.00 pm and Wednesday mornings from 7.00 am to 8.00 am.  Please note these appointments are for patients who are unable to attend during our normal opening hours.

Text Messaging

Missed appointments increase waiting times for all our patients.  To help improve our patient services, we will send you a FREE reminder via text before your appointment.  Should you no longer need your appointment early cancellation will enable us to provide care to another patient.  It couldn't be easier to register - simply provide your mobile phone number and a day or so before your next appointment you will receive a reminder detailing the date and time direct to your mobile phone.  Sign up now!  Never miss another appointment.

 

 

 

NHS Prescribing Guidelines

NHS England frees up millions of pounds which could be used for frontline services

NHS England has today published guidance to free up to almost £100 million for frontline care each year by curbing prescriptions for ‘over the counter’ medicines such as those for constipation and athletes foot.

Curbing routine prescribing for minor, short-term conditions, many of which will cure themselves or cause no long term effect on health, will free up NHS funds for frontline care.

The guidance will not affect prescribing of over the counter items for longer term or more complex conditions or where minor illnesses are symptomatic or a side effect of something more serious.

The NHS each year spends:

£22.8 million on constipation – enough to fund around 900 community nurses

£3 million on athletes foot and other fungal infections – enough to fund 810 hip ops

£2.8 million on Diarrhoea – enough to fund 2912 cataract operations

The new over the counter medicines guidance will curb the routine prescribing of products that are for:

A self-limiting condition, which does not require any medical advice or treatment as it will clear up on its own, such as sore throats, coughs and colds

A condition that is suitable for self-care, which can be treated with items that can easily be purchased over the counter from a pharmacy, such as indigestion, mouth ulcers and warts and verrucae.

Other over-the-counter products currently prescribed include remedies for dandruff, indigestion, mouth ulcers and travel sickness. Each year the NHS also spends 4.5 million on dandruff shampoos, £7.5 million on indigestion and heartburn, and £5.5 million on mouth ulcers.

 



 
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