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Heat-health alerts from NHS England

In the wake of the Met Office’s amber warning for extreme high temperatures across our region over the next few days, please find a link to the latest advice and information from NHS England

https://www.nhs.uk/Live-well/seasonal-health/heatwave-how-to-cope-in-hot-weather/

Would you like to help us develop the practice?

If yes, why not join our patient participation group.

Ask at reception for details or visit the 'have your say' page.

Lung Health Checks.

People who live in Doncaster aged from 55 to less than 75, who smoke or used to smoke and have a Doncaster GP will be offered a free NHS lung health check.

Run by specially-trained nurses, lung health checks aim to find out how well your lungs are working.

A lung health check can give you the reassurance that your lungs are healthy or can help find problems early – often before you notice anything is wrong. If lung conditions, or other problems with your breathing or lungs are found early, treatment could be simpler and more successful.

Invites to patients will go out in the next 3-4 weeks.

Important information: changes about how you place your order for repeat medications The NHS across Doncaster are making changes to the way you can order your repeat prescription.

Your community pharmacy will no longer be able to order your repeat medication, but you will be able to order your repeat medication directly with the practice, using the repeat ordering slip by phone or online.

There is nothing to worry about you will continue to receive the repeat medications that you take. Please find attached a leaflet which explains more about these changes. These changes will take effect from Tuesday 4 January 2022. If after reading the leaflet you have further questions or concerns, please contact the surgery.

For further information, visit the following Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group webpage: Changes to repeat prescription ordering systems – Medicines Management (doncasterccg.nhs.uk)

or contact donccg.medicinesmanagementadmin@nhs.net

Booster Programme Update

The UK government & JCVI have announced this morning (15/11) that the Covid booster programme is to be rolled out to over 40's, and that 16-17yr olds are to be offered a second dose.

Please can we ask that you DO NOT call your surgery to enquire about this.  All eligible patients will receive an invitation once we have received the formal go ahead.

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.

Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Practitioner

We now have two Advanced Nurse Practitioners at the practice. This leaflet explains their role within the practice. The ANPs are highly trained specialist nurses who have undertaken additional education in order to provide advanced nursing care and prescribe. 

The ANPs can provide treatment and advice for many problems for which you may have seen a doctor in the past. Their main areas of expertise are in the management of common illnesses and long term conditions. 

Appointments. 

Routine Nurse Practitioner appointments are available every weekday for common illnesses and other long-standing conditions, and can be booked up to a week in advance. 

The ANPs can assess and examine you, make a diagnosis and provide advice and treatment including a prescription, if required. They can make referrals to hospital doctors or other health care professionals, and admit patients into hospital where necessary. 

The ANPs will work closely with your GP and liaise frequently with him/her about your care. 

Common Illnesses and Long-standing Conditions. 

In patients over 3 months old the ANPs can see things such as:- 

Wounds, scalds, burns, rashes, acute back pain, joint sprains, shingles, oral thrush, acute chest infection. Dizziness, giddiness, unusual headache, conjunctivitis, sticky discharging eye, sty. Diarrhoea, constipation, piles vomiting. Urinary tract infections, cystitis, vaginal thrush, soreness, lump or discharge. Tonsillitis, earache, cough, swollen glands, sinusitis, sore throat, colds and flu-like illnesses, raised temperature that show no improvement after one week of pharmacists advice and home treatment. NB. A cough may persist for up to three or four weeks after other cold/flu symptoms have gone. 

The ANPs can also see and treat many long standing conditions such as asthma, eczema, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, raised cholesterol levels, diabetes, epilepsy and respiratory disease. 

There are also many other problems that the ANPs are able to help you with. For example, menstrual disorders, unexplained weight loss, breast lumps, sexual health advice, change of contraceptive pill or method, depression. 

Some patients, often those with complex and long-standing medical problems, may need an appointment with a doctor. The nurse practitioner is usually able to assess the situation and, in some cases, will organise initial blood tests and other investigations prior to arranging a follow-up appointment with the GP. 

We hope that you will find this service will complement and improve the care you already receive, but please be assured that a doctor’s appointment will always be available should you prefer.



 
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