FLU CLINICS - final clinic - Thursday 22 November. If you are eligible - find out here - and have not yet booked - please do so now...
Have you considered eConsult? See it now on the home page
eConsult has been developed by NHS doctors and has been in use in many practices in London since 2014. You can complete an on-line eConsult questionnaire about a specific problem, or raise a general query with our GPs anytime of the day or night. You are guaranteed a response by the end of the working day after we receive the eConsult. We hope the system might save some patients a visit to the surgery, freeing up time for those who need it.
It's National Self-Care Week
This is an NHS-backed co-ordinated campaign to help give us all confidence to take control of those minor health issues that crop up from time to time. They have some really useful fact sheets - on everything from heartburn and low back pain, through acne and constipation to eczema and sprains an strains. See for yourself at www.selfcareforum.org/fact-sheets/
Welcome: Dr Purnell
Dr Nicki Purnell joined the practice in October as a returning doctor. This means that having taken some time out of general practice she is being supported by the NHS to pick up her career. She works on Monday mornings and all day on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. She currently has longer (30minute) appointments, whilst she is settling back into the role. Dr Fellows provides her mentorship in the practice.
Improved Access: you can now see a GP or nurse later in the evening or on a Saturday or Sunday morning
We are working with Bentley Village Surgery, Boundaries Surgery in Four Marks and Chawton Park Surgery as ‘The A31 Group of Practices’, to offer patients access to additional GP and nurse appointments. From the beginning of May it has been possible to book routine appointments with a GP or nurse on weekday evenings until 8:00pm and on Saturday mornings from 8:00am – 10:00am. The clinicians working in these clinics are not available for urgent or emergency medical needs or for home visits.
To book an 'Improved Access' appointment, please speak to a member of our reception team by calling on 01420 84676 or popping into the practice. Unfortunately the constraints of the 'shared IT system' means that currently you can only book these appointments during our normal hours (8:00am - 6:30pm Monday - Friday), and they cannot be booked on-line. If available, you will be offered an appointment one of the four participating surgeries.
These sessions are staffed by doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants and receptionists from across the group of practices. You will be asked for your consent to share your medical records before an appointment is made for you with a clinician who does not routinely work for The Wilson Practice; if you provide consent it will enable that person to see your medical records and enter the details of your consultation into them.
NEW FROM 1 October is a link with HantDoc (North Hampshire Urgent Care) to offer routine GP appointments on Sunday mornings (9am - 12 noon) for patients across North Hampshire. These 15 minute appointments are at Basingstoke Hospital (RG24 9NA) and are also bookable through Reception.
Connect to Support Hampshire: health, including mental health and dementia, learning and physical disabilities and older people's health information and advice for all
Connect to Support Hampshire is a source of information and advice, as well as a directory of services available for adults in Hampshire.
This website can be used to assist in sign-posting patients to services, key resources and websites that can help with many areas of life including:
- Coping in later life
- Mental Health
- Health and Well-being (including Well-being Centres)
- Learning and physical disabilities
Important message – especially for 24-year old women – but actually for all women aged 24 – 64:
“A smear test lasts 5 minutes – the impact of cervical cancer lasts a lifetime”
If you are 24 you will be receiving your first-ever invitation for a smear test in the next few months. It’s a late-ish ‘coming of age’ event – and one you should not ignore.
You’ll be invited for a smear every five years – but as the poster says – it’s five minutes from your life – and it could save your life – so don’t miss your first one.
For more information – including a really helpful and reassuring video about what to expect at a smear test – check out www.jostrust.org.uk
Measles is on the increase in England - are you protected?
We welcome and are grateful for your feedback
We welcome patient feedback on the care and treatment we provide, and suggestions for changes or improvements you would like the practice to consider. You can complete a very simple paper survey in the surgery, or you can do it on-line by clicking 'Would you recommend?' (below) or at www.leavemyfeedback.com/4674. You can also leave feedback on the NHS Choices website (www.nhs.uk). Your views are important to us. Thank you for taking the time to respond.
Why might you want to see your medical records? You can check results of blood tests, refer back to recent consultations, check your medications or immunisation dates and refresh your memory before attending an outpatient appointment, for example; and of course, you can ensure we have your latest contact details. Click here for an application form. You will need to come to the surgery in person with the completed form plus photo ID and proof of address to register for this service.
If you are a CARER, for a family member or someone else, please let Reception know
There are a number of services, including a FREE FLU JAB, available to carers to help them look after their own health. Please take a look at the Carers section below.