Free Service supporting People living with Type 2 Diabetes (Healthy Living)
Healthy Living is a free, online NHS programme that supports people to live well with type 2 diabetes.
It includes information and advice about:
- type 2 diabetes
- eating well
- becoming more active
- how to look after your body and mind
- other NHS services and support
- living with diabetes, including driving, working and travelling
You can use the Healthy Living programme whenever suits you, and for as long as you need - there is no limit to access so you can learn at your own pace. It can also be used alongside any other diabetes programmes or education you may be taking part in.
CHANGES TO COVID-19 BOOSTER VACCINE DOSE
After 12 February 2023, you will not be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose.
Some people at increased risk, for example, because of age or certain medical conditions, may be offered a seasonal booster later this year. If you are eligible for this, the NHS will contact you when it’s your turn to get vaccinated.
If you have not had a 1st or 2nd dose of COVID vaccine and are eligible you can still do so at any time at a Walk-in Vaccination Clinic:-
How to get a 1st and 2nd dose of COVID-19 vaccine
If you are aged 5 or over and had a severely weakened immune system when you had your first 2 doses of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, you may be offered an additional primary dose (3rd dose) before any booster doses:-
How to get an additional primary course of COVID-19 vaccine
Find a Walk-in COVID Vaccination Site or visit The Vaccinators
STREP A & SCARLET FEVER
There are currently high rates of Group A strep and scarlet fever in the UK. Scarlet fever, which is caused by the bacteria Group A streptococcus, is usually a mild illness but it is highly infectious. It much more common in children than in adults; it is important that children with scarlet fever are seen by a healthcare professional so that they can be started on antibiotics. Click here for the latest guidance ond the symptoms to look out for.
We are now pleased to again be offering this service. Please contact the surgery on 01223 810030 for further information or to arrange your appointment.
Appointment Reminders via Text...
This service has now resumed. Please make sure we have the correct mobile number on your records to be able to receive these texts.
Face to face consultations require you to arrive on time at the surgery.
Telephone consultations: As outlined on the message you'll receive, an approximate time of call will be given and we ask for your patience whilst awaiting for the call.
It is really important to please remember to cancel/rearrange any appointments you can no longer attend.
Community Pharmacist Consultations
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We are participating in a new service that will direct patients to the most appropriate healthcare professional when booking an appointment, which may be a local community pharmacist either virtually or at their pharmacy.
We believe this is a good thing, as your local pharmacist is a highly trained and skilled clinician experienced in treating minor illnesses, and should be quicker. This will help free up GPs to deal with more complex health needs and ensure that everyone gets treated at the right time, by the right healthcare professional.
We will be listening to patients about their experience of using this service to inform how we can improve things, and so are keen to hear your views. You will be advised how to give this feedback when you access the Community Pharmacy Service.
Hospital Waiting Times
The Covid19 pandemic has added to the strain on all NHS services. As a result of this, waiting list times for outpatient and specialist appointments and procedures have increased for everybody.
We appreciate that this can cause worry and uncertainty about when you will eventually receive an appointment. The practice has no direct access to the hospital appointment lists.
If you have been referred by your GP/are waiting for :
- An outpatient appointment
- An appointment for hospital tests (eg scans)
- A date for an operation or other treatment
- A follow-up from your hospital team
You can now use the new NHS My Planned Care platform that is available online and will provide direct access to the latest average wait time for appointments and operations for local hospitals, as well as helpful advice and support for patients whilst they wait.
NHS My Planned Care is updated weekly, is easy-to-use and has ‘open access’ which enables carers, friends, relatives to also access information on someone else’s behalf.
Alternatively, patients who have already been in correspondence with hospitals regarding their planned care can also contact the relevant department or service. Details of which can be found on previous letters patients will have received or by contacting the hospital’s Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS).
Only call the practice if your condition has genuinely deteriorated, when you will be reviewed by one of the clinical team and appropriate action can be taken in regard to your care.