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SHORTAGE OF BLOOD TAKING EQUIPMENT

A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests.

Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems, will still get one but where your clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled.

Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available.

If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.

FACE MASKS.

While certain COVID-19 restrictions are set to ease from the 19th of July as a health provider we politely ask that all patient attending St. Vincent Medical Centre or Hollybush Health Centre continue to wear face covering until further notice.  This is to ensure that we are taking every possible precaution to protect our patients and team members.

We would like to update you on how are services are running here at the surgery.

For the foreseeable future, many GP appointments will continue to be carried out over the phone through e-consultation or video consultation, if there is a clinical need for you to come into the practice you WILL be booked a face to face appointment.  We have also begun to introduce routine face to face appointments to our rotas.  You will be asked which appointment you would prefer when you call the surgery.

The Nursing Team are working hard to ensure their service is running as normally as possible.

Covid vaccines are now available to everybody over 18, all patients will be contacted in due course.

If you have an appointment to come into the surgery please:

Attend alone

Wear a face covering

Come as close to your appointment time as possible

DO NOT attend if you have any signs or symptoms of Covid-19

We appreciate that the telephone lines can be busy, we are working as hard as possible to keep any delay to a minimum, alternatively please email non-urgent queries to donccg.77thorneroadreception@nhs.net

Face Coverings 

We are beginning to increase the patients coming to the Practice, if you are attend we ask that you wear a face covering that covers your mouth and nose ,such as multi layered scarf, if you do not have a mask. This is to protect both you and our staff. Please bear with the staff when attending, they are doing their very best to keep both you and us as safe as possible.

 

Face coverings do NOT replace social distancing. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, and/or high temperature, and/or loss of, or change in your normal sense of smell or taste – anosmia), do NOT attend the surgery, you and your household must isolate at home: wearing a face covering does NOT change this. You should arrange to have a test for COVID-19 via gov.uk or calling 119.

We are pleased to announce that we now have two Health & Wellbeing Coaches working with the Practice.

What is Health Coaching?

Health coaching is a service which aims to create positive long-term lifestyle changes surrounding health and personal wellbeing.

Often patients receive advice on how to make healthy lifestyle changes. They may already be aware of this information, but circumstances make these changes difficult to start or maintain.

This is where health coaching comes in. Unlike other services, health coaching encourages you to take control of your own health and wellbeing, through conversational methods designed to improve motivation, introduce health behaviours  and develop ways of living a healthier life that works for you.  

“Health Coaching is a Partnership”

Patients will be offered up to 6 sessions initially, which can be taken as and when is convenient to you. In the sessions, our coaches will discuss your goals, help set a specific aim, support your progress in achieving your goals, as well as getting to know the supports and challenges in your life. In between sessions, you have to opportunity to put the changes into practise and discover what works for you.

What goals do we work with?

 

Weight Loss

If you have a health concern impacted by your weight or simply wish to feel more comfortable in your body, then we can work with you to make realistic and lasting lifestyle changes

More active lifestyle /exercise

Increasing activity can help improve quality of life, physical and mental wellbeing. However, this has become more difficult with the rising prevalence of desk jobs, car transport, and sedentary activities. Health coaching helps patients to look at increasing activity in their life.

Maintaining a healthier diet

Having a healthy, varied diet can help manage health conditions and prevent future ill health. We work with patients to identify what the reasons are behind a less healthy diet, to find healthier alternatives and how to maintain healthy habits.

 Reducing stress and low mood

Physical and mental  health are closely  interlinked. A disturbance of one often impacts the other. We can help patients identify  and address triggers which may impair their mental health and discover activities to help improve wellbeing and regain balance.

Managing health conditions

(Diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease) Lifestyle can have a dramatic impact on pre-existing health conditions. Clients who have received health advice for a condition but struggle to integrate this into their life may benefit from health coaching.

 If you feel that this service may be of use to you please contact our reception who can help you book your first telephone appointment.

 

  

       

        

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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