DEMENTIA AWARENESS WEEK 18TH - 24TH MAY 2015
Dementia Awareness Week is supported by the Alzheimer's Society. The Alzheimer's Society is a UK charity which provides support and research for those affected by Dementia.
In the UK, there are about 800,000 people with Dementia, it is estimated that around 400,000 people have Dementia but do not know it. By raising awareness about this condition, it is hoped that more people will be diagnosed earlier, giving more time for them to come to terms with future symptoms.
For more information please go to www.alzheimers.org.uk or http://www.westhampshireccg.nhs.uk/your-health/dementia-awareness-campaign-2015
For Eastleigh residents this webpage provides a useful summary about what local (non-clinical) services are available:
The Surgery will be CLOSED on Thursday 4 June from 1pm so that our GP's, Practice Nurses and Health Care Assistants can join the TARGET session.
Our telephone lines will be open as normal.
If you need medical help in a hurry you can use the normal Out of Hours service by dialling 111.
The surgery reception will remain open and will be working normally.
TARGET stands for Time for Audit Research Governance and Training. This programme has worked very effectively in other parts of Hampshire and the sessions are well attended as the GPs and practice nurses find it useful to set aside dedicated time to work with their colleagues from other practices.
Thank you for your co-operation.
Phlebotomy Services (Blood Samples)
All 5 practices in Eastleigh Southern Parishes have joined together to form a company called Eastleigh Southern Parishes Network Ltd. We created this company so that we could bid for the current Phlebotomy service which was going out to tender and ensure that the patients of Eastleigh Southern Parishes could continue to have a phlebotomy service within their own practice.
Blackthorn Health Centre will continue to provide the same service of Phlebotomy to its patients as before, but in addition to this our patients will have the choice of having their blood taken at the 4 other practices if it is more convenient.
See the page under Services – Phlebotomy for more detailed information
Friends & Family Test
The Friends and Family Test is a way of gathering anonymous feedback about your recent experience and it will help us to understand what we do well, and what aspects of the care we offer could be improved.
After any type of contact with the Practice you will have the opportunity to answer 2 simple questions
1. How likely are you to recommend our GP Practice to friends and family ?
2. Can you tell us why you gave that response ?
Ways to respond :
You can follow this link : www.leavemyfeedback.com/4656
You can complete a form in Reception
You can complete on the i-pad in Reception
For full details visit : www.nhs.uk/friendsandfamily
See also the Friends & Family Test page on this website (tab on left of home screen) for FAQs and a copy of the relevent forms
We are changing the way in which we book a Telephone call with a GP. Telephone calls would normally be put on the screen for a GP to call either morning or afternoon.
We are now going to trial a timed Telephone call so you will be given a time that the GP will call you. This will be treated in the same way as an appointment so whilst every endeavour will be made to call at the exact time if a GP is unavoidably running late then your call will be as near as possible to the time given.
Put Patients First - Back General Practice
General Practice is currently campaigning for more funding and more GPs.
As you may have seen, the College’s Put patients first: Back general practice campaign, run in partnership with the National Association for Patient Participation, secured front page splashes in the Times and Sun on Monday – highlighting the impact of the funding crisis in general practice.
Both newspapers reported on the latest RCGP research demonstrating that, as a result of the funding crisis, on more than 51m occasions in 2013/14 patients will not be able to secure an appointment with their GP or practice nurse.
Please visit the website below and put your name behind this campaign.
On Line Services
We at Blackthorn Health Centre are improving our range of on-line facilities for our patients.
For those of you who already use the system to book and cancel GP appointments, and order repeat prescriptions on line - you are now able to view your medication history and allergies. You will however, need to complete a new Registration Form at Reception and bring along 2 forms of ID (one must show your address).
For those not yet registered you will need to complete a form at Reception and bring along 2 forms of ID (one must show your address)
Once registered, you will be issued with a Registration token which will enable you to create a unique user name and password. Please note the Registration Token is only valid for 40 days, therefore we strongly recommend that you activate your account as soon as you receive this.
Please be aware of the following points :
1. This service is designed for individual users, therefore a separate form is required for each family member.
2. We strongly recommend individual email addresses and mobile numbers, otherwise your appointment details may be visible to other family members.
3. By providing us with your email address and/or mobile number, you agree to us using it to communicate with you via email/text message regarding your healthcare.
4. These details will not be shared with other Companies.
5. You can opt out of email/SMS messaging by contacting the surgery.
6. Our existing system via our own website for repeat medications will continue to be operational for 3 months.
A local practice has reported that a patient has received what appears to be a bogus call. The caller identified himself as ‘Mr Matthews’ from ‘The Medical Care Centre’. He stated that the recipient had missed an appointment and offered to go to see them. It is reported that he was very insistent.
This appears to be an attempt to gain inappropriate access to a patient’s property and/or to obtain personal information. Patients should always confirm a caller’s identity, if necessary by calling the caller back on a known and verified telephone number, before providing any personal information over the phone. Patients should not admit any callers to their homes unless they are expecting the visit and are sure that the visitor is genuine. Identity should be checked before admitting anyone they do not know. If in doubt, contact the Police and do not allow entry. Further advice and information can be found here:
The following legislative changes came into force on Tuesday 10th June.
Tramadol will become a schedule 3 controlled drug.
This will mean:
By Law Tramadol will no longer be able to be issued as a repeat item and only one month can be issued at a time.
GPs can only issue Tramadol as an acute item which may mean your prescription request will take longer than 48 working hours.
By Law the prescription (FP10) will only be valid for one month from date of issue.
By Law the Pharmacy will not be able to give an emergency supply if you run out when your surgery is closed.
All tramadol prescriptions must be signed for (if you collect from the surgery you will be asked to sign on collection, if your prescription goes straight to a pharmacy they will sign on your behalf.)
Your GP cares
Do you need more time with your GP?
Your GP wants this too.
People are living longer and have more complex health needs. In the UK there are now more than 10 million people aged 65 and over.
More people are living with a chronic condition, with many supported in the community by their GP and their practice team. For these patients, the ten minutes available in a standard appointment simply isn’t long enough.
There is more demand than ever for GP services – more patients to see, more test results to read, more paperwork. Yet there are still the same number of hours in the day.
Your GP and practice team care about the current situation and want to work with patients and government to find solutions and provide a better service.
The BMA is calling for long term sustainable investment in GP services now to:
• Attract, retain and expand the number of GPs
• Expand the number of practice staff
• Improve the premises that GP services are provided from
Show your support for your local GP surgery. Join the campaign at http://bma.org.uk/working-for-change/your-gp-cares
Tell @TheBMA on Twitter why you care about your GP practice #YourGPcares
Watch this this video on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iy4CVGlSDP8
The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Counter Fraud Team has been made aware of a hoax email being circulated to patients suggesting that the email has been sent by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.)
The email informs the patient of the outcome of blood tests which indicate that the patient may have cancer and then asks them to click on a link contained within the email. Clicking the link downloads viruses to the user's computer. All information contained in the email is false.
Enquiries have been made with NICE, whose website is currently showing a message advising that they are aware of the scam, this can be seen at http://www.nice.org.uk/
We wish to reassure our patients that Blackthorn Health Centre would NOT email results to our patients in this way under any circumstance.
Eastleigh Borough Council
Have a Home not a Hazard
Are you struggling to move around your home? Have you fallen or almost fallen recently?
Are you feeling less able to enjoy your home as you once did?
If you are 65 and over or disabled, EBC are there to help with their Slips, Trips & Falls Prevention Scheme.
EBC officers will come out to you and carry out a free home environment assessment. They can make suggestions of what small changes can be made to help keep you steady and safe in your home and can help in arranging any works or changes you decide on making.
Suggested changes may be items such as:
- securing loose flooring
- marking changes in level
- lowering or making thresholds easier
- better footwear
- clearing pathways
They can also give you information about other fall prevention services, such as classes that help to improve your stability. Their aim is to ensure you feel confident and steady; to help you to enjoy your home again and to stay active and independent as long as possible.
For further information on the Slips, Trips & Falls Prevention Scheme contact:
Housing & Environmental Health,
Eastleigh Borough Council, Civic Offices, Leigh Road Eastleigh SO50 9YN
Tel: 023 8068 8366
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. About 48,000 women get breast cancer in Britain each year. Most (eight out of 10) are over 50, but younger women, and in rare cases, men, can also get breast cancer. The causes of breast cancer are not fully understood. This means it is difficult to say why one woman may develop breast cancer and another may not.
The risk of developing breast cancer increases as you get older. Breast cancer is most common among women over 50 who have been through the menopause. Eight out of 10 cases of breast cancer occur in women over 50.
All women between 50 and 70 years of age should be screened for breast cancer every three years as part of the NHS Breast screening Programme. Women over the age of 70 are still eligible to be screened and can arrange this through their GP.
British Heart Foundation
Coronary heart disease is the UK's single biggest killer.
Keeping your heart healthy, whatever your age, is the most important thing you can do to help prevent and manage heart disease.
Taking exercise, eating a healthy diet, encouraging children to be heart healthy and being aware of dangers such as smoking, drinking, high blood pressure, and stress are all important for your long term heart health, whether you currently have heart disease or not.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with a heart problem, you may be feeling worried, overwhelmed or anxious.
Sometimes, understanding your heart problem and knowing the facts can help you come to terms with it and help you to feel less worried.
When it comes to anything heart-related, British Heart Foundation can make sure that you have all the information, support and guidance you need.
Call British Heart Foundation on 0300 330 3311 (similar cost to 01 or 02 numbers).
Lines are open 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday.
Diarrhoea and vomiting
If you have diarrhoea and vomiting, possibly with flu like symptoms, stay at home, drink plenty of fluids and take paracetamol. It should pass in 48 hours but if not, or if you have any concerns, call NHS 111 or your doctor. Please do not go to A&E, stay at home and don’t risk infecting others.
Continuity of Care
Continuity of care
Sometimes when you have been to see a GP they will ask you to come back for a follow up appointment.
To ensure continuity of your care please make this appointment before you leave the surgery to enable you to see the same GP.
It is not always appropriate to see a different GP if another GP is already dealing with your current medical problem.
Abdominal aortic screening
Are you a man aged 65+?
AAA screening is a simple ultrasound test which the NHS offers free of charge to all men in the year they turn 65.
Men are six times more likely to have this type of aneurysm than women.The chance of having an aneurysm increases with age.
For more information please telephone your local screening programme office:
Telephone 023 8120 6279 or aaa.screening.nhs.uk
Sharing of information
Summary Care Record (SCR) is an extract of your GP records for use in an emergency and out of hours care settings. For more information: www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk or Tel: 0300 123 3020
Hampshire Health Record (HHR) is an extract from your GP Records and hospital records available for clinical staff where ever they are treating you. For more information : firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 0300 123 1519
Update from NHS England
You may be aware from reports in the media that the care.data programme has been paused. This is to allow more time for the public to learn about why their information will be shared and how to opt-out, should they wish to.
NHS England have now confirmed they will:
- Start to collect data from GP surgeries in the Autumn, instead of the Spring.
- Work with patients and professional groups, such as the BMA and Healthwatch, to promote awareness and ensure information is accessible and far-reaching.
Health & Social Care information centre (hscic) Information about you and the care you receive is shared,in a secure system,by healthcare staff to support your treatment and care. Identifiers will be your NHS number and Post code but not your name or date of birth. Information will be used by researchers and those planning health services. More information can be found at : www.nhs.uk/caredata
You are able to opt out of any of the above. Please put your request in writing to the surgery clearly stating which system you wish to opt out of.
During the Month of April 4,369 patient consultations were carried out. 177 appointments equating to 34.5 hours of Healthcare professional time was wasted due to patients not attending appointments.
Wherever possible please cancel an appointment if you no longer need it.
You can cancel by telephoning us on: 02380 453110
or via this website.
If you are registered for on line appointment booking you may cancel your GP appointment through that facility as well.
Thank you for your co-operation.
At Blackthorn Health Centre we send a lot of correspondence by post. Due to the sheer volume of work and escalating costs, we do where appropriate, use a Company called Docmail to print and send letters.
To ensure we comply with Data Protection and Information Governance Legislation and Guidance, we have approval from Hampshire Primary Care Trust for using Docmail. Over 1500 GP Practices in the UK use Docmail. Your data is held on a secure server for 28 days and only use for its intended purposes. After this period it is securely removed from the server permanently.
HOWEVER, IF YOU WISH TO OPT OUT OF THIS SERVICE OR HAVE ANY QUERIES PLEASE CONTACT THE PRACTICE.
CFH DOCMAIL (Continue Forms Holdings) say this about information security :
The Docmail website uses the highest strengh 128 bit encryption, so you can be sure that your details will be safe. Once your mailing details hit our servers you are then in the hands of one of the UK's most secure production facilities. The CFH production site has the highest levels of both physical and IT security which enables us to process your mailing with complete assurance.
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