Welcome to the Practice!
A big welcome to our newest member of the Practice, Dr Dawn Webster. Dr Webster enjoys all aspects of General Practice but particularly children and young people. Her working days will be Monday AM & PM, Tuesday AM & PM, Wednesday AM and Friday AM & PM.
Phase 4 Electronic Prescriptions
NHS Digital are introducing a new phase in Electronic Prescriptions. From February 2020, patients without a nominated pharmacy will be given an electronic token (also known as a 'printed paper copy') at the GP Practice. The token will be given to patients (or their representative) and can be taken to any pharmacy in england. To read more, please click here.
Joint 4th Place!
The NHS has published figures that rank Preston’s GP surgeries based on overall patient experience. The information is available on the NHS GP Patient Survey website, and is based on responses provided by patients in the annual survey that is sent to more than one million adults who are registered with a GP in England. Click here to see the article.
New Social Media techniques used to boost cancer screenings!
Hundreds of practice's across the country have been taught how social media can improve health thanks to the success of one of NHS Digital’s Widening Digital Participation projects. As a practice, we had the opportunity for one of our team members to become a Digital Champion and since received some fantastic results. Head to NHS Digital to hear more about our journey so far.
From 1st November 2019, the surgery can no longer provide certain Travel Vaccinations. Please read this leaflet for more information on the services we can/cannot provide and who provides vaccinations that aren't provided by the NHS.
Have you or somebody you know, served in the armed forces or emergency services?
'Dig In' is a charity support group for people who have served in the armed foces or emergency services and are inviting you to join their group. For more information click here or visit their website.
We strongly advise that you vaccinate your children. Vaccinating against harmful diseases provides the best protection for your children. Please contact the surgery or click here for more information.
Remember to book your child vaccinations from Redmoor Health on Vimeo.
No Faxes - 1st November 2019
From 1st November 2019 as per changes to the GP contract, we will no longer have access to Fax machines for NHS work or patient correspondence. We ask that any information is sent via E-mail or post.
Thank you in advance
Controlled Drugs (CDs)
As a practice, we have decided that since Controlled Drugs can now go via the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) we will now start sending your Controlled Drug to a nominated pharmacy of your choice. This is the most efficient and safest way of dealing with your medication.
Please contact the surgery with your most preferred pharmacy for us to send your medication to.
You can also change your nominated pharmacy via your online access log in.
Gabapentin and Pregablin changes
From 1st April 2019, Gabapentin and Pregablin will be reclassified as a Controlled drug.
What does this mean for you?
- You are still able to receive the items for legitimate use on prescription, but there will be stronger controls in place.
- The items will no longer be able to go on repeat dispensing or be given to you for more than 28 days.
Advice on the use of talc
Following recent news coverage from the United States, please find guidance at the following link on the use of talc and a summary of the evidence.
Talc usage - findings & guidance
Transport from Royal Preston Hospital to Chorley Hospital
If you have trouble getting to Chorley Hospital for certain appointments, please note that there is a shuttle bus service that travels between Royal Preston Hospital and Chorley Hospital during weekdays.
More information on this can be found on the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals website.
Important changes to Prescribing
It has been decided by the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) that From 5 December 2016 the funding of certain types of medicines or treatments that are readily available ‘over the counter’ in pharmacies or on the shelves in shops and supermarkets will stop. This means your GP will no longer be able to prescribe these (exceptions apply)
The types of medicines and treatments that fall into this category include:
- Treatments for minor ailments, including medicines like paracetamol, ibuprofen, head lice lotion and indigestion tablets.
- Treatments where there is little evidence that they have a real clinical benefit, including cough syrups, nasal congestion sprays, sore throat products and vitamin supplements.
Prescribing Self care FAQs
The CCG has decided to stop Gluten Free Food Products on Prescription. Patients will be expected to purchase these foods if required. We advise that such Patients maintain a healthy gluten-free diet.
Click on the link below for further information
Family & Friends Test
The Friends and Family Test (FFT) is an important feedback tool that supports the fundamental principle that people who use NHS services should have the opportunity to provide feedback on their experience. It asks people if they would recommend the services they have used and offers a range of responses. When combined with supplementary follow-up questions, the FFT provides a mechanism to highlight both good and poor patient experience. This kind of feedback is vital in transforming NHS services and supporting patient choice. The FFT has just become available to many additional patients, going live in 8000 GP practices across England. From January 2015 it will roll out to mental health and community health services and from 1 April 2015, it will be expanded to NHS dental practices, ambulance services, patient transport services, acute hospitals outpatients and day cases. The feedback gathered through the FFT is being used in NHS organisations across the country to stimulate local improvement and empower staff to carry out the sorts of changes that make a real difference to patients and their care. While the results will not be statistically comparable against other organisations because of the various data collection methods, FFT will continue to provide a broad measure of patient experience that can be used alongside other data to inform service improvement and patient choice.
To fill in one of the feedback forms, simply click here to download and print, or drop in to the surgery and they will be available on the reception desk. Once complete, please put them in the feedback box.
The NHS is changing and services are being restructured. These reforms will impact upon the way that clinical data are collected, shared and analysed. Under the powers of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 (HSCA), the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) can, under certain circumstances, require Personal Confidential Data (PCD) from GP practices without seeking patient consent. One of the first initiatives using these new powers is the care.data service.
An easy-read leaflet is available by clicking this link.
Dementia Friends Champion
A Dementia Friends Champion is a volunteer who encourages others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community. They do this by giving them information about the personal impact of dementia, and what they can do to help. To become a Dementia Friend please click this link to watch a short video and join the other champions today!
Dementia Support in the Preston Area here or read the booklet to find out more.