FLU SEASON 2019/20
Don't let the FLU catch you! Yes, it's that time of year again.
Every season, influenza does more damage than most people realize. It can affect your child or parent, a friend or family member, a colleague or loved one. 😞
If you are over 65, pregnant, have a child 2-3yrs of age, a carer or have a long term health condition, or perhaps you're unsure?
Please call the surgery or book online to arrange your flu jab - We have clinics on the following dates:
Over 65yr clinics -
Saturday 28th September at Ingol Health Centre
Saturday 5th October at Ingol Health Centre
Thursday 10th October at Broadway Surgery
Under 65yr clinics -
Saturday 26th October at Ingol Health Centre
Wednesday 30th October at Broadway Surgery
Tuesday 26th November at Ingol Health Centre
Wednesday 27th November at Broadway Surgery
Thursday 28th November at Broadway Surgery
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
Wednesday evening clinics @ Broadway Surgery
From Wednesday 3rd July 2019, our Assistant Practitioners, Aimie & Alicia will be holding evening clinics each Wednesday between 18:30 - 21:00 at our Broadway Surgery.
The reception team are able to book you in for your NHS Health Check, Annual & 6 monthly Health reviews, Results, Carers & Cancer reviews, Blood Pressure Check and New Patient Check. Please contact the surgery to arrange an appointment.
NHS Health Checks video with subtitles from Redmoor Health on Vimeo.
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.