Dates for Your Diary
We will be closed from 12 midday on the following dates to allow for staff training:
19th January 2017
28th March 2017
03 August 2015 New Childhood immunisation Schedule published
10 June 2015 Ramadan 2015
For asthmatics - check out this link and here
For Diabetics - this is your link
Remember - it is very important to look after your health during this period. NHS Choices also has some excellent advice on healthy eating - you can find this here
03 June 2015 Named GP for every patient regardless of age
By the end of June 2015, we will have completed this excercise. If you would like to know which GP you have been allocated, you can contact the surgery and we will let you know. Just because we have allocated a GP to you, it does not in any way effect the care you recieve from the Practice and you are still free to choose to see any doctor that you wish. You should also note that this not guarantee that you will be able to see your named GP.
What follows is an extract from the actual contract. If you require any further assistance or infomration, please let us know
Does the requirement mean 24-hour responsibility for patients?
No. The named GP will not:
- take on vicarious responsibility for the work of other doctors or health professionals
- take on 24-hour responsibility for the patient, or have to change their working hours. The requirement does not imply personal availability for GPs throughout the working week
- be the only GP or clinician who will provide care to that patient
Can patients choose their own named GP?
In the first instance, patients should simply be allocated a named GP. However, if a patient requests a particular GP, reasonable efforts should be made to accommodate their preference, recognising that there are occasions when the practice may not feel the patient's preference is suitable.
Do patients have to see the named GP when they book an appointment with the practice?
No. Patients can and should feel free to choose to see any GP or nurse in the practice in line with current arrangements. However, some practices may see this change as a way to encourage and promote a greater degree of continuity of care for patients.
02 June 2015 Diabetics and Ramadan
12 April 2015 Open Visiting at Local Hospitals
07 April 2015 Safe, Open Care Statistics Published for March 2015
01 April 2015 New Dental Charges from 1st April 2015
16 February 2015 New law on driving having taken certain medication drugs
A new law on driving after taking certain drugs (including some medicines) is coming into force on March 2015.
For further details see here
21 January 2015 Do you have asthma? Cold weather warning
Extreme cold weather is forecast for the next few days. Three quarters of people with asthma find cold air makes their condition worse, and it can increase risk of a potentially life-threatening asthma attack, so it’s vital you get prepared. Sadly, three people die every day because of asthma attacks, and two-thirds of these deaths are preventable. It is absolutely crucial you get help for an asthma attack. Further information can be found here to help you manage your condition
13 January 2015 Infection Control Annual Report
We have just finalised our annual infection control report - you can read it here
15 December 2014 The Truth about A&E attendees !!!
15 December 2014 Online weight management advice
OnLine Weight Managment Advice Clinic
Join the online discussion from the 15th January 2015 till 22nd January 2015 by clicking here
02 December 2014 2nd December Norovirus
The Norovirus is back
What is norovirus?
Norovirus is the most common stomach bug in the UK, and has a peak season during the winter months (roughly around October/November to March/April). It causes vomiting and diarrhoea, with symptoms lasting around one to two days, though the severity and duration of symptoms can vary between individuals. Or, as The Times reports, “Tis the season for the the vomiting bug”.
Norovirus is a highly contagious virus, meaning that only a few viral particles are required to cause infection. It is passed on by virus particles picked up on the hands being transferred to the mouth (e.g. through touching contaminated surfaces or eating contaminated food). It can also be spread by inhaling small airborne particles of the virus (e.g. if someone nearby has profuse vomiting).
As it is so contagious, it’s frequently the cause of outbreaks in places where people are gathered together, such as schools, childcare centres, care homes and hospital wards.
It's vital that people don’t visit GP surgeries, hospitals, schools and care homes if they think they may be infected. For the vast majority of people, the norovirus is a self-limiting virus, meaning that symptoms will clear up by themselves and no specific treatment is effective, or needed. However, as with any diarrhoea and vomiting bug, dehydration is the main risk, particularly for vulnerable people, such as the young or elderly with a pre-existing illness or weakened immune system could be at risk of complications if exposed to the virus.. Therefore, regular fluids are very important.
Should I seek medical advice?
In most cases, medical advice is not required, as the body can usually shake off the virus after one or two days. Advice is usually only required if your body is showing signs of severe dehydration, such as:
- severe thirst
- dry, wrinkled skin
- an inability to urinate
- sunken eyes
- a weak pulse
- a rapid heartbeat
- cold hands and feet
Even then, it is better to call 111 than to visit your GP or local hospital in person, as this will help to limit the potential spread of infection.
What are the main ways to prevent norovirus spreading?
As norovirus is highly contagious, the key ways of stopping the virus spreading centre on:
•effective hand washing
•isolation or exclusion of the infected individual (e.g. from school or work)
•effective cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces (e.g. bathrooms and toilets)
For more informtion please visit the NHS information by clicking here.
01 December 2014 1st December Cold Weather Update
Cold Weather Update - Winter health advice
Cold weather doesn't have to go hand in hand with illness.
Here are some simple things you can do to help yourself
stay well this winter.
Keep warm – this may help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes and pneumonia.
Eat well – food gives you energy, which helps to keep you warm. So, try to have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day.
Get a flu jab – flu vaccination is offered free of charge to people who are at risk, to ensure that they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications.
Form more information on how to stay well in winter visit the NHS website by clicking here.
21 August 2014 You went to A&E – for WHAT!
21 August 2014 Coughs and colds
With winter comes the season for coughs and colds – don’t be surprised if your doctor does not give you a prescription for antibiotics – instead see how you can help yourself by following this link
01 August 2014 Shingles Vaccination
We shall shortly start this year’s shingles vaccination programme – to find out if you are eligible, click here.
10 July 2014 Care Quality Commission
We are now registered with the Care Quality Commission – an organisation which regulates health services and ensures compliance across a range of standards – click here for further details.
05 June 2014 Out of Hours
When we are closed – if you need urgent medical help ring 111
07 May 2014 Mens Health Forum
Are you a man who has a niggling problem but either can’t get to the surgery or think it might go away if you leave it long enough? Well, we might have a solution for you. Mens Health Forum have an on line service available Sunday and Wednesday evenings – just visit their site here for confidential advice from a GP or just to find out more.