NOVEMBER 2020 PPG MAGAZINE ARTICLE
News from Bottisham Medical Practice Patients’ Participation Group
Meeting: We held our first meeting via Zoom on 7 October, having suspended meetings at the start of lockdown. Notes of this will be available on the Practice website.
Equipment: We are pleased to be able to report that the Doppler Machine is on order and that a nursing trolley has been purchased with funds provided by our generous patients.
Social Prescriber: Chloe Burgess is the practice’s new social prescriber and now working at the Practice one day a week. Patients can self-refer to her and there is an item on the website which gives details of this. Her role is to help patients who have social needs to find the appropriate help. She will also work with Nurse Carol on diabetes support.
Appointments: The Practice will continue to operate the telephone and video consultations, with patients being invited in for face to face appointments where clinically necessary. The waiting room is now open with 4 patients being able to sit in the waiting area at one time. Please remember your face masks when attending the practice.
Dispensary: The practice have been working hard over the last few months to improve the dispensary service. In the coming weeks details will be put in patients repeat medication bags as to how they can sign up for the new delivery service. The practice hopes this will reduce the turnaround time for repeat medication and also the queues as we head into winter.
Next meeting: To be arranged and will be held virtually via Zoom.
Bottisham Patients’ Participation Group
HELP THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19
Do you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19?
Join a COVID-19 clinical trial
Bottisham Medical Practicer is supporting The PRINCIPLE trial which aims to find treatments that reduce hospital admission and improve symptoms for people with COVID-19. You could be eligible to join if
You have had these symptoms for fewer than 15 days:
- new continuous cough or high temperature or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell
- OR have a positive test for SARS-Co-V2 infection with COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days
- You are aged 50 to 64 with a pre-existing illness
- You are aged 65 and above
Find out more
Please visit www.principletrial.org to find out how to take part in an Urgent Public Health Clinical Trial for COVID-19 Treatments
IMMUNISATIONS AND VACCINATIONS
During a pandemic it is more important than ever to keep up with infant, child and adult immunisations to prevent outbreaks of other diseases.
Essential, routine vaccinations like the MMR jab can save a child’s life.
As long as those attending appointments, including parents of babies or children, do not have symptoms or are not self-isolating because someone in the household is displaying symptoms, all scheduled vaccinations should go ahead as normal. Delaying vaccination increases the risk of serious diseases, having vaccines at the right time gives your child the best protection.
Parents and carers should check their child's Red Book or NHS UK to make sure they are up to date with all their vaccinations.
Infants who are 1 year of age need their 1 year booster immunisations and MMR to protect them against measles, mumps and rubella.
Children also need their pre-school boosters before they start primary school.
Please contact us if your child is overdue for their vaccinations and make a planned appointment.
CANCELLING YOUR APPOINTMENT
If you are unable to attend an appointment with one of the doctors or nurses, please let us know as soon as possible to enable us to offer the appointment to someone else.