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Potential Travel Disruption

On the 29th and 31st July, Sutton Park will be hosting the Commonwealth Games Triathlon event. Please take this into consideration when travelling to medical appointments on either of these days, as there will be road closures in place for the cycling part of the event and additional traffic in the area. If you have an appointment at either James Preston of Ashfurlong on Friday 29th July, we will try to contact you directly to ensure you leave additional travel time.

4th Coronavirus Vaccine

All over 75 year old’s will shortly be invited for their 4th booster of the COVID vaccine. These appointments will be remaining at the Sutton Town Hall and we will be contacting patients once the appointments are available to book. We thank you for your patience.

In the meantime, please make sure your contact details are up to date so that we can get in touch.

For more information, please see the government website: A guide to the spring booster for those aged 75 years and older residents in care homes – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Covid Booster Vaccine

In line with the Government’s announcement, the NHS is aiming to offer every adult the chance to book a COVID-19 booster vaccine by the end of the year. This means our practice is now prioritising the booster rollout.

As part of this, some of our routine services may be stood down temporarily to allow us to focus on protecting as many patients as possible.

We are still there for anyone who may need care for an urgent need, but would ask for patience as we support this key national priority over the coming weeks. We hope to be able to stand back up any services as soon as possible and will update this page as soon as we know more.

Please don’t forget there are many services available for you, depending on your condition. These include:

  • Self-care – this is the best choice to treat minor illnesses and injuries such as hangovers, coughs, colds, grazes, small cuts or sore throats. Many of these can bet treated at home simply with over-the-counter medicines and plenty of rest.
  • Pharmacy – Pharmacists can advise on and treat a range of symptoms. They can support you with things such as diarrhoea, earaches, painful coughs, sticky eyes, teething and rashes.
  • NHS 111 – you can access 111 online or via the telephone. This is for any urgent but non-life threatening health concerns. They will be able to signpost you to the relevant service and provide advice where appropriate, or book you in to an Urgent Treatment Centre.
  • A&E / 999 – you should only attend A&E or dial 999 in a life-threatening emergency such as severe bleeding, breathing difficulties and severe chest pain.

If you are now eligible for your COVID-19 booster please book for it as soon as you can, it is vital as many people as possible get boosted as soon as possible. Please do not ring the practice regarding your boosters, instead visit www.birminghamandsolihullcovidvaccine.nhs.uk/ or call 119 to book an appointment or to find a walk-in clinic near you. You can also find out more about who is eligible, how the vaccine is given and other frequently asked questions. If you are a housebound patient, there is a community team which will be coming out to you to vaccinate you, so please do not contact your GP as the team will be making contact with you.

Support your surgery so it can be there to support you

GPs, their teams and patients have faced an extremely challenging time during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Face-to-face contact has had to be limited across all NHS services to protect you and keep you safe from the risk of infection. We know that it’s been frustrating for some of you who have not always been able to book a face-to-face GP appointment.

Despite lockdown measures lifting, we must be honest and tell you that the pandemic has not ended, the threat of COVID – 19 remains and general practice will continue to struggle to meet the growing needs of patients. This isn’t the way we want it to be.

But there are millions of patients whose treatment has been delayed now seeking help, more tests to administer and more bureaucracy, as well as millions more vaccine appointments to deliver in the coming months.

We can’t meet this challenge, without more support. General practice desperately needs help, which is why we’re calling on the Government to provide the funding needed to provide better services, more GPs, and staff to see you promptly, and sufficient safe space in waiting areas and for staff to see you.

Your GP surgery needs your support, so it can be there to support you.

Please take a minute to sign our petition and show your support for your local practice by visiting www.bma.org.uk/supportyoursurgery.

#SupportYourSurgery

Electronic Repeat Dispensing

If you get regular or repeat prescriptions, you could save time by switching to electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD).

eRD sends your prescriptions electronically from your GP surgery to a pharmacy of your choice. It’s easy to use and you don’t need a computer or electronic device. Ask your GP or pharmacist to set it up for you.

eRD allows your GP to prescribe your regular medicines for up to a year. It’s reliable, secure and confidential. Your regular prescriptions are stored securely on the NHS database, so they’ll be ready at the pharmacy each time you need them.

Using eRD you can:

  • save time by avoiding unnecessary trips or calls to your GP every time you need to order a repeat prescription
  • order or cancel your repeat prescriptions online (if your GP practice offers this service)
  • pick up your repeat prescriptions directly from your pharmacy without having to visit your GP
  • spend less time waiting for your prescription in the pharmacy or GP practice
  • save paper – you won’t need a paper prescription to collect your medicine from the pharmacy

For more information about eRD and how it works, ask at your GP surgery or pharmacy, or visit the NHS website: www.nhs.uk/eRD

Become and Antibiotic Guardian – Find out more

 

 

I am an Antibiotic Guardian. Find out more here.

Will you be an Antibiotic Guardian?

The national Antibiotic Guardian campaign aims to raise awareness on how to use antibiotics in a responsible way that will help keep them effective for the future. We are encouraging our patients to take part by watching the Antibiotic Guardian video, choosing a pledge and becoming an Antibiotic Guardian at www.antibioticguardian.com.

Did you know?

  • It is estimated that at least 5,000 deaths are caused every year in England because antibiotics no longer work for some infections.
  • These antibiotic ‘resistant’ infections don’t just infect you; they can spread to other people in close contact with you.
  • It is important we use our existing antibiotics wisely and make sure these lifesaving medicines continue to stay effective for ourselves, our children and grandchildren.
  • Without urgent action from all of us, common infections, minor injuries and routine operations will become much riskier.
  • Antibiotics should only be taken when prescribed by a health professional.

Colds and most coughs, sinusitis, otitis media (earache) and sore throats often get better without antibiotics. Your GP may not prescribe antibiotics for these conditions but your local pharmacy can help provide self-care advice and suitable over the counter medicines to treat your symptoms.

Current Campaign TV Advertisement (Keep Antibiotics Working):

Available at: https://youtu.be/ef4QHUS5760