Flu (Fluenz) Clinics for School Aged Children
Has your child missed their School Flu appointment? If so, there are clinics arranged at the Oak Tree Centre in Huntingdon, which you can book by calling Tel: 01354 644284.
Orthodontic Care -Patient Survey
Have you recently used orthodontic services and would like to share your views? Then please take a look at the poster below with details of the patient survey where you can share your views.
Patient Survery Poster
Use the NHS wisely this winter
Every time you visit your GP it costs the NHS £45 (this is the average cost calculated by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group for a GP consultation, cost of medication, and dispensing fee). You can treat minor winter illnesses such as colds and coughs, sore throats, and upset stomachs easily at home with medicines, which you can easily buy at low cost from your local pharmacy.
So be prepared and stock up on winter essentials today (available from the Surgery dispensary):
- pain relief (paracetamol)
- cough and sore throat remedies
- first aid kit
- upset stomach treatment
- rehydration treatment
- heartburn and indigestion treatment
Having these winter essentials at hand will not only save you time and help you to feel better quicker, but help save the NHS much needed resources.
Your local pharmacist can also offer you advice and guidance on the best treatment for you – no appointment needed. Pharmacists are available on every high street and in supermarkets with many open evenings and weekends.
Now’s the time to get your free flu jab!
Patients in at risk groups are being reminded to get their free flu jab. Adults over 65; those with long term health conditions; children aged two to eight; carers and pregnant women may all be eligible.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people see their GP and tens of thousands are hospitalised because of flu. Symptoms of flu can be very unpleasant and last for several weeks. It can lead to more serious complications like middle ear infections in children, and pneumonia or bronchitis for those with underlying health conditions, and in some cases it can be fatal.
Flu is a highly contagious illness that spreads rapidly through the population. It can cause serious complications for at risk groups, such as the elderly, expectant mothers and people with long term health conditions.
Although it’s not possible to know which strains of flu will circulate each winter, the flu vaccination is still the best protection against an unpredictable virus which can cause severe illness and deaths amongst vulnerable groups.
Vaccines are available between October 2017 and March 2018, so contact your GP or pharmacy now – it’s free because you need it. For more information visit www.nhs.uk/staywell
Speak Your Mind - A new mental health magazine!
Produced by people with their own experiences of health challenges, Speak Your Mind magazine has been created not only to give people access to the wealth of support and information out there, but also to give readers the opportunity to share their experiences and learn from each other. That might be through telling their personal story in the magazine, explaining their approach to wellness or sharing a poem they find inspirational.
To download the magazine for free go to http://www.cpft.nhs.uk/about-us/recovery-college-east.htm
Bedfordshire Hospital Patient Transport
Please note: this is for Bedfordshire, Luton and Hertfordshire patients (October 2017)
Clinical Commissioning Groups in Bedfordshire, Luton and Hertfordshire have been working hard to transfer patient transport services over to East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, the new caretaker provider of non-emergency patient transport, after Private Ambulance Service informed us that it was no longer able to fulfil the terms of its contract.
They are focussing our recovery work on patients that need transport services most, by prioritising appointments for renal, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and discharges from hospital. They are reviewing all outpatient appointments from 10 and 11 October 2017, in order to prioritise their need for patient transport, and ask patients who are able to walk or make their own way to appointments to do so.
Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Luton CCGs will reimburse patients for their transport if they save their receipt.
The call centre for taking patient bookings is now live, and can be contacted on tel: 01603 481 208 (Bedfordshire, Luton and Hertfordshire)
Sent on behalf of CCGs in Bedfordshire, Luton and Hertfordshire
Autumn is here - are 'Self Care' aware?
.. the Kids returned to school, and the bugs have arrived... No sooner do the kids start a new term than they pick up some lurgy or other.
Coughs and colds, upset tummies, sickness bugs and headlice are among some of the main culprits, all of which can be treated at home with basic medicine available from your local pharmacy - no GP appointment or prescription required! Alternatively practice nurses, can help with lots of minor conditions which mean you don’t need to see a GP.
Remember that children can get between eight to 10 colds a year, and a cough can last at least three weeks before it starts to improve. Visiting your GP and getting medication on prescription, which could be easily bought over the counter, costs the local NHS approximately £45 each time you visit.
For further information on treatment of common childhood illnesses you can view or download the local NHS ‘Your Guide to Childhood Illnesses’. A handy guide on common childhood illnesses for parents of children under six, it also has information about spotting the signs of a serious illness and local NHS services.
link to the guide is:
.. Young Adults have arrived university
Whether you’re a fresher or in your final year or a parent of a university student, we have a few basic health care tips for students.
1. Get the ACWY vaccine It protects against four different strains of the meningococcal bacteria that cause meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia): A, C, W and Y. Ask your GP practice for the vaccine.
2. Register with a GP when you get to university You never know when you might need medical help. If you take any regular medicines that are only available on prescription, for example the contraceptive pill, make sure you have enough to last the term or until you can register with a doctor close the university.
3. Take a first aid kit with you. It might not be the most exciting thing to pack but a first aid kit with plasters, painkillers, treat for upset stomachs, thermometer, tweezers, insect bite cream or spray and antiseptic cream is a good start.
.. Stock up your medicine cabinet
Autumn is a good time of the year to give your medicine cabinet a review, before winter comes. Below is a good basic first aid kit that all homes should have, it means you have the right things for basic first aid, and it’ll also save you a trip to the pharmacy if you’re not feeling well. You can stock up your first aid kit at the Surgery
First Aid kits should include:
• plasters, tweezers, scissors and safety pins
• small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings and sticky tape
• at least two sterile eye dressings
• triangular bandages and disposable sterile gloves
• alcohol-free cleansing wipes and a thermometer
• skin rash cream such as hydrocortisone and antiseptic cream
• painkillers such as paracetamol , aspirin (not to be given to children under 16), or ibuprofen
• cough medicine and antihistamine tablets
• eye wash and eye bath
Have a look at our Advice for Young Patients page for information about going off to university and your health. There is also a good list on the dispensary services page for what to stock up your medicines cabinet with.
Our next patient event will be 12.30 on Wednesday 24 January 2018 at the Surgery. We will be taking a look at visiting the Surgery from the perspective of a patient living with Dementia. This may be useful if you are a carer or have a family member who you would like to help.
October / November 2017 - Staff Update
As we say goodbye to receptionist Lindsay, we will soon be welcoming Helen into the team in November.
Our September / October newsletter is now available from the link below
Sept & October Surgery Newsletter
Friends and Family Test
Would you recommend our GP practice to friends and family if they needed similar care and treatment?
Please fill in a Friends and Family form available in the waiting room and drop it into the Surgery box, all responses are anonymous.
If you would like to give us feedback on our services, please feel free to email the surgery and add the subject Friends & Family within your text. Our email address is email@example.com .
Getting to the Surgery
There is a Bus Service for Great Staughton, details are available from the following link: https://greatstaughton.com/2016/06/20/new-bus-service-to-huntingdon/
Booking Patient Transport for Hospital Appointments
Patients can book hospital transport or the Hospital will book your transport for you directly. For more details, please read the item below from further information.
Prism: The new mental health service in your GP surgery
Prism (Primary care Service for Mental health) is a new service run by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) and launched in Great Staughton Surgery on 14 August.
The service, which runs Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, has rolled out to 37 surgeries around the county. It provides specialist mental health support for GP surgeries so that patients with mental health conditions can access prompt advice and support, receive help in a community setting and experience a more joined-up approach to care. Prism is for anyone aged between 17-65 years with mental health conditions and is based on a person’s needs rather than their diagnosis.
You can find out more about the service on our website here - http://www.cpft.nhs.uk/services/prism-service.htm