Easter Newsletter: Easter newsletter 2014.pdf
EASTER OPENING HOUR FOR MUCH BIRCH SURGERY
Friday 18 April GOOD FRIDAY - CLOSED
Monday 21 April - EASTER MONDAY - CLOSED
Tuesday 22 April - NORMAL SURGERY OPENING 8:00 - 6:30
If you need medical advice whilst the surgery is closed please telephone NHS 111 on Freephone 111
If you require URGENT medical attention out of hours please dial 999
INFORMATION: Please ensure that you read the leaflets and information about CARE.DATA sharing from the Health and Social care Information Centre.
Chaperones: If you feel you would like a Chaperone present at your Consultation, please inform your Doctor/Nurse, who will be more than happy to arrange this for you.
DISPENSARY REPEAT MEDICATION
Please help us by bringing in your repeat medication slip when requesting your medication. We are not always able to print off repeat slips while you wait. Thank you for your help with this.
SHINGLES: There is a new national shingles immunisation programme for people aged 70 to 79 which has been introduced by the Department of Health from September to help protect those most at risk from shingles. We will shortly be inviting those eligible to attend for vaccination. Please note that from September 2013 the vaccine will only be offered to those aged 70 and 79. Other age groups will be introuduced in the fuutre to ensure that all people aged 70 - 79 are offered vaccination.
SHINGLES VACCINATIONS - UPDATE - Due to an on-going delay in the supply of the Shingles vaccine Zostavax (R) into the UK we are only able to vaccinate a limited number of patients at this time. We do apologise for any inconvenience caused and will contact patients unable to have the vaccination as soon as further supplies become available. Drs Davies, Johnson, England and Seftel. 8.10.2013
MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella catch-up Service) - Outbreaks of measles in England have been increasing in the last two years with an annual total of 1,920 confirmed cases in 2012. If you have children aged 10 - 16 who have not received any MMR vaccinations or only received a single dose and children over 16 who have not received any vaccinations please contact the surgery to arrange for them to have these vaccinations.
Dial 999 immediately if you suspect that you or someone you know is having a heart attack Symptoms include: chest pain; pain in other parts of the body-it can feel as if the pain is travelling from your chest to your arms; shortness of breath; feeling or being sick; an overwhelming sense of anxiety; feeling light headed; coughing; wheezing
In an emergency please ring NHS 111 -
Dial 111 if you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation.
When you book appointments on line through your EMIS ACCESS - please make sure that you check that the appointment is with the doctor you would like to see - if the clinic session is covered by a locum doctor it will say so by the Partner's name.
Travel Information/Yellow Fever Information Download here the travel assessment/Pre-travel risk assessment form.pdf - for further leaflets and yellow fever assessment forms go to our practice information page
Consent to text to your mobile - to remind you of longer than normal appointments (i.e. medicals) we like to contact you to remind you of your appointment. if you would like us to have your mobile number to contact you or text you please contact reception and complete a consent to text form.
PRESCRIPTONS ORDERED VIA EMIS ACCESS ON LINE - Please note it takes 48 hours for all prescription orders to be ready to collect (if you order after 12.30 mid-day it is 48 hours from the NEXT DAY) Please note .. if your order is a 'special order' this can take up to 7-10 days to process.
Urgent Healthcare Information Out of normal GP Surgery Hours: In an emergency please phone 999 as usual. If you have any concerning health care problems please RING 111. This service is now run by the West Midlands Ambulance Service who will be able to offer you very good advice. If you have general health problems that would require a doctor's appointment then the Asda GP Access Centre will be open 8:00 - 8:00 every day including Bank Holidays. Their telephone number is 0330 1239309. Drs Davies, Johnson, England & Seftel
VISITING HOSPITALS OVER THE WINTER PERIOD: If you are planning to visit someone in hospital in the county it is being advised to stay at home if you or family members have had diarrhoea, vomiting or 'flu like' symptoms in the last four days. Symptoms of Norovirus include diarrhoea and vomiting and, just like flu, the virus can seriously affect vulnerable patients. These stomach bugs are highly contagious and can spread rapidly anywhere that people are gathered, such as schools or offices. If you are worried about prolonged symptoms ring your GP. They will be able to provide advice for people who are at greater risk from dehydration from diarrhoea and vomiting, such as children under the age of five or the elderly. Good hand hygiene can help to limit the spread of the infection.