Here is our Autumn newsletter with information about surgery closures, Christmas Bank Holiday opening, the introduction of a new SMS messaging service, purchases from out patient fund, details about seasonal ‘flu clinics, welcoming student doctors in the practice and using Patient Access to manage your bookings and medication orders.
To mark National Self Care Week, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT), North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group are raising awareness of establishing support for self care across communities, families and generations.
More needs to be done to support everyone to look after their own health. Empowering people to self care has many benefits for their short and long term health which is more important as people are living longer.
This year’s theme is ‘engaging and empowering people’ to look after their own health, their family’s health and aims to help individuals take control of their own health throughout their life. This includes helping people better understand how to look after any minor ailments or long-term conditions they may have and how to prevent ill health by choosing healthy options for good physical and mental wellbeing.
Clare Parker, Executive Director of Quality & Nursing from CPFT said: “We want people to feel good about themselves,taking care of their physical and mental wellbeing as a lifelong habit to improve personal resilience. There is lots of advice and information available, making simple and positive changes to our lifestyles with exercise, diet and sleep can bring about benefits”.
Your local pharmacy and NHS Choices can help you to gain a greater understanding of how you can prevent long-term conditions. They can provide advice for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, Chronic Pulmonary Obstructive Disease and many other conditions.
Anyone eligible for a flu jab should make an appointment to get this done. This can protect you and your family against the serious effects of flu and associated complications.”
Here are some more simple steps to Self Care for Life and help to prevent avoidable conditions:
- Eat well, live well. It is important that we get the nutrients we need and avoid excessive amounts of salt, fat and sugar to improve our diet. Information is available from the NHS Choices website or ask your pharmacist for advice on managing your weight.
- Move more! You don’t need to go expensive gyms, just walk the dog, play football with the kids, leave the car at home, ignore the bus, take the stairs, turn up the music and dance!!
- Stop smoking – Is one of the biggest benefits to health. Ask your local pharmacist about stop smoking services.
- Sleep and relaxation. A good night’s sleep is essential to good physical and mental wellbeing so make sure you get at least 7 hours sleep a night. We have such busy lives that we sometimes forget to take time out to relax. Find time in the day to be still and quieten your mind, holistic exercise such as yoga can also be helpful.
- Flu vaccination – Make an appointment for your flu vaccination. It is impossible to get the flu from the flu vaccine because the adult vaccine doesn’t contain live viruses. A very small number of people experience side effects such as aching muscles, but this is simply the immune system responding to the vaccine.
The surgery closes for essential staff training once a month.
The surgery will be closed at 1pm on Thursday November 16th
We will reopen on Friday 17th November at 8am.
Please allow extra time when ordering prescriptions and remember that you will not be able to collect items while the surgery is shut.
Emergency GP cover will be provided by Cumbria Health on Call, but please call 111 for medical advice or 999 in case of an emergency.
What happens when you are referred by your GP to see a specialist?
A new leaflet has been produced for patients, to help them understand what happens when their GP refers them to a specialist.
Click here to read an online copy of this leaflet.
If you have any questions about your referral, please contact the surgery where someone will be able to help you.
There is a national shortage of travel vaccinations.
We are currently unable to provide this service. Please enquire at large pharmacies for these.
More about travel vaccines via this link. If you need information about your personal vaccine history please contact reception. 016973 51207
The surgery will be closed this coming Wednesday 11th October from 1pm for scheduled staff training.
Out of Hours GP cover will be provided by Cumbria Health on Call.
Please telephone 111 for medical enquiries and always call 999 in the case of an emergency.
We reopen at 8am on Thursday 12th October.
AAA stands for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. The aorta is the main blood vessel that supplies blood to your body. It runs from your heart down through your chest and abdomen.
In some people, as they get older, the wall of the aorta in the abdomen can become weak. It can then start to expand and form what is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The condition is most common in men aged 65 and above. Men are six times more likely to have an aneurysm than women and your risk of having an aneurysm increases if you are or have been a smoker, you have high blood pressure or you have a close family member who has had one.
If you have an AAA you will not usually notice any signs or symptoms; this means cannot tell if you have one, will not feel any pain or notice anything different. Large aneurysms are rare but can be very serious. As the wall of the aorta stretches it becomes weak and can burst, causing internal bleeding. Around 85% die when an aneurysm bursts.
An aorta that is only slightly larger than normal is not dangerous; however, it is still important to know about it so that we can check if the aneurysm is getting bigger.
AAA screening is a free NHS national programme that screens men aged 65 plus to check if they have an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The screening is by invitation and uses an ultra sound scan. If you are a man aged over 65 you are more at risk of an abdominal aortic aneurysm that any other demographic so this is why you will be invited for screening.
We offer screening so we can find aneurysms early and monitor or treat them. This greatly reduces the chances of the aneurysm causing serious problems.
Men over 65 who have not previously been screened or diagnosed with an aneurysm can request a scan by contacting their local programme directly on: 0191 445 2554
The North East of England and North Cumbria AAA screening programme is run from The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, you will be invited to a local clinic for an ultra sound scan. Our centre covers the area from North Yorkshire to Berwick and North Cumbria.
Click here for a leaflet with more information on the AAA screening process or here for accessible AAA screening process leaflets
Please take a couple of minutes to watch this short video to explain more. We urge all our eligible patients to attend for this free screening service. It could save your life.
All patients at our practice have a named GP to oversee their care. You may already have been told who your named GP is at some point during the last 12 months. For those of you who have not yet been told, our aim is to let you know at the next contact made with the practice. If your named GP leaves the practice we will inform you of his or her replacement.
What does this mean for you? You are unlikely to see any notable change in the way care is delivered to you by our practice, just a formalisation of our current process.
The responsibilities of your named GP will be to:
- Take the lead responsibility for ensuring that all appropriate services required by you from the GP practice are provided.
- Where required, use their professional judgement, to work with relevant health and social care professionals to deliver a care package that meets your needs.
- Ensure your physical and psychological needs are recognised and responded to by the relevant clinicians in the practice
- Ensure you have access to a health check if requested.
You must continue to book appointments with the practice in the same way. You do not necessarily have to book your appointment with your named GP; you can see any GP of your choice.
Please note that despite our GPs working with other health and social care professionals to deliver your care needs, they do not take on the responsibility for the care others deliver to you. If you have concerns about any care provided by a health and social care professional outside of the practice, this should be raised directly with them, or their organisation.
These responsibilities will be carried out within the opening hours of the surgery and do not change the way you or other patients currently access care outside of these hours.
This years as usual, we will be running three clinics for flu vaccinations. These will be at
Kirkbride, Village Hall – Saturday 30th September 8.30am to 11.30am
Port Carlisle, The Bowling Clubhouse – Tuesday 10th October 10.30am to 1.30pm
Kirkbampton Village Hall – Wednesday 11th October 9.00am to 12.00 (noon)
You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you:
- are 65 years of age or over
- are pregnant
- have certain medical conditions
- are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
- receive a carer’s allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill.
- Please check here to see if you are eligible.