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Self-Care Week

This week is self-care week. The aim is to raise awareness of different services and resources patients can access with their care. Today we are promoting eConsult. eConsult is an online portal for patients where you can find information about many different conditions as well as consult with your GP online. eConsult is active on our website. You can access it by clicking the 'Consult our doctors online' link on the homepage, or by clicking here.

Flu Vaccinations - Which one should you have?

For adults, there are two different flu vaccinations available this year. The aTIV vaccination is recommended for patients aged 65 and above whereas the Quadrivalent vaccination is advised for patients aged under 65. If you are aged 65 or over, for more information, please click here

Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) - It could save you time!

If you are on regular repeat prescriptions you may benefit from signing up for Electronig Repeat Dispending (eRD). This service automatically sends your repeat prescriptions to your pharmacy without the need for you to request them each time. For more information please click here to watch a short video. To find out if you are eligible for electronic repeat dispensing (eRD) please contact us.

Flu Information

We've updated our flu vaccination page. The new page will give you a one-stop-shop for all information regarding flu vaccinations and how to treat flu if you have caught it. Please click here to visit the page.

Flu Vaccinations - Who is eligible?

To find out if you are eligible for a flu jab, please click here.

If you are unsure if you are eligible, please ask in reception.

If you are eligible and would like a vaccination, please pop in to the surgery at any time during our normal opening hours.

Measles Cases Reach Record High

Measles cases have reached a record high according to a recent World Health Organisation (WHO) report.

More than 41,000 people have been infected in the first six months of 2018, leading to 37 deaths.

A recent outbreak in Chichester has also occurred.

We strongly advise our patients to check that they are fully vaccinated against measles by contacting the practice.

For more information about the recent outbreak please click here.

Flu Clinics

We anticipate flu vaccinations to be available during the week commencing 10th September. Eligible patients will be contacted via text message and email in the first instance. If we do not have your mobile number or email address please contact us to update your contact details.

Eligible patients will be able to attend the practice at any time during surgery opening hours for their vaccination. No appointment is necessary. Stay tuned for further updates!

Flu Season is coming! Are you ready?

Flu season is fast approaching. We will begin offering free flu vaccinations from mid September for all patients aged 65 and above. We will also be offering free flu vaccinations to patients deemed to be at risk of complications if they catch flu. These are for patients with any of the following conditions:

- COPD, Asthma, Diabetes, Heart, Kidney or Liver Disease, Immunosuppressed, Carers (care for a family member/ friend), pregnant.

By having your vaccination done at the surgery you can help us fund future patient services.

More information about dates and childhood immunisations is coming soon.

GDPR - We've updated our privacy notices and GDPR Policy

The law is changing on 25th May 2018. To reflect this, we have updated our privacy notices and GDPR policy. For more information, please click here.

Asthma - Inhaler techniques

We've updated our patient information page with links to videos and information about inhaler techniques. This is a valuable resource for all asthmatics. Please click here to access it.

MJog Messenger via Smartphones

MJog Messenger – smarter healthcare communications

  • Healthcare providers using MJog can send secure healthcare related messages to the MJog Messenger app installed on your smart phone. It is recommended to only install MJog Messenger when directed to do so by your practice.

    Why you should install MJog Messenger

    • It is free and makes responding to messages extremely quick and easy
    • Get your health information direct (including results and reviews)
    • Instant notifications let you know when a new message is received
    • Saves you time and saves your practice money
    • Messages are sent securely and you can PIN protect access to MJog MessengerOnce installed, there is a simple registration process to complete. Don’t worry we have put together a step-by-step guide showing every simple step!
    • Need help? click Here

Call Centre now active! Phone options have changed.

In response to patient feedback, we have streamlined our phone service and created a centralised call centre based out of Cosham Park House surgery. The aim of this call centre is to provide patients with a smooth experience when calling by providing dedicated lines and receptionists to focus on answering phonecalls and reducing wait times. Please be aware that between 13:00 - 14:00 and from 17:30 until the next business day our phone system operates on "emergency only" calls, if you wish to book a routine appointment or have a general enquiry please call during normal operating hours.

All six surgeries (including Heyward Road and Somerstown) can now be reached under the one main number of 023 9200 9191. Please see the phone options below:

  • Select option 1 to book an urgent, on the day appointment
  • Select option 2 to book a routine appointment
  • Select option 3 if you have a general enquiry, this option will then provide a second list of choices:
    • For Cosham Park House or Paulsgrove, press 1
    • For Crookhorn, press 2
    • For Kingston Crescent, press 3
    • For Heyward Road or Somerstown, press 4

Please note that it is important to select the correct option when calling, as making an incorrect choice will delay both yourself and others.

Cervical Screening

Cervical screening is really important. It saves lives. We've updated our page about cervical screening. Please click here for more information

 Keep Antibiotics Working

People are being urged not to ask their doctor for antibiotics as part of a new campaign aimed at tackling growing resistance to the drugs.

An estimated 5,000 people die every year in England because antibiotics no longer work for some infections, according to Public Health England (PHE), which has launched the Keep Antibiotics Working campaign.

Helping to protect your child against meningococcal disease

The meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) vaccine is replacing the routine Meningococcal C (MenC) vaccine. MenACWY vaccination helps to protect your child against four types of meningococcal bacteria (groups A, C, W and Y) that can cause meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning). These diseases are very serious and can kill, especially if not diagnosed early.

Cases of meningococcal W disease ("MenW") in England have increased significantly in recent years, and it is in response to this rise in cases that this vaccine is being introduced. If children have not already received the School Leavers Booster vaccination this may be offered at the same time.

 

 

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