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Coronavirus July 19th

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Throughout the Pandemic we have succeeded in keeping our Practice, the Staff who work here and Patients visiting us safe from COVID-19.  Moving forward we will ask anyone attending the Surgery to continue wearing a mask, wash your hands and maintain social distancing.  By working together we can keep our healthcare facilities safe and COVID free so that we can continue to be here when you need us.

SECOND DOSE OF THE LIFE-SAVING COVID-19 VACCINATION IS VITAL FOR MAXIMUM PROTECTION

If you have had the first part of your life-saving COVID-19 vaccination, it’s absolutely vital that you take up the offer of the second part which is now due for everyone 8 weeks after the first dose.

Vaccinations offer the best protection against coronavirus and are hugely important in helping us to lead a more normal life as restrictions begin to ease. The second dose gives everyone the strongest possible protection against COVID-19, so it’s crucial that you take up this offer as soon as you are invited.

More than 623,000 people are now fully vaccinated having received the second part of their vaccination.

Recent evidence shows that some people are mistakenly thinking that they are vaccinated with just one dose, but a second jab is vital. Remember, the most effective protection comes from having both doses of the vaccine, so it’s important you do not put off your appointment for your second jab if you have already had your first.

  • As we start to return to doing the things we love, there’s no better time to get the vaccine. If you are still waiting for your first jab, or it’s been 8 weeks and you’re now due your second. Find a local vaccine near you đŸ’‰ https://bit.ly/3jAaKpf

    Do you have friends or family who haven’t yet got the Covid vaccination? Are they putting it off? Do they need reminding?

    • The Covid vaccine is our way out of the pandemic
    • More than 12 million doses have been given in the Midlands and more than 5.3 million people have had both doses
    • Vaccines have prevented 7.15 million infections and 27,200 deaths in England* source PHE
    • 92.14% of people that tested positive for the Delta variant hadn’t had both doses of the vaccine**
    • 89.1% of people that tested positive for the Delta variant were under 50**

You, your friends and your family can find out more at Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination - NHS (www.nhs.uk) where you can also book an appointment.

Locally many places are doing walk ins too. To find a local service visit https://www.blackcountryandwestbirmccg.nhs.uk/your-health-services/health-advice/covid-19-vaccination

 

DID YOU KNOW!!!!!

Our local Pharmacies are signed up to provide treatment for a range of conditions that can be managed without the need to see a GP.  

WHAT IS SELF CARE ?

Self care is the practice of people taking action to preserve or improve their own health

Why should I self Care?

There are lots of benefits of self care, these include

It is quicker - there is no need to wait for an appointment here at your GP, you can get advice on minor illnesses online or from your local pharmacy

It is easier - you can ask the pharmacy for the best treatment for you, which can then be bought at your local pharmacy or supermarket yto use at home.

It is simple - you can get advice on self care from a variety of sources, wither from websites (some useful links are below) or from your pharmacy.

It is considerate - using self-care relieves pressure faced by NHS Services eg GP Practices and A & E.  Treating minor illnesses allows our GP's to see patients with more serious medical needs.  

There is a lot on information to support self-care and help you manage minor illnesses.  Below is a list of top suggestions;

SWB CCG page on self care https://sandwellandwestbhamccg.nhs.uk/self-care

CCG Flo Cold and Flu video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXVbXWDTQJA&feature=emb_logo

 Self Care Quiz http://www.quizbean.com/#/self-care-11/5dcecedaf1c1a

NHS Symptom Checker https://usetherightservice.com/self-care/nhs-symptom-checker/

 Self care – wider context

NHS One You (more holistic, but use friendly) https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/

Sandwell Public Health https://www.healthysandwell.co.uk/our-services/

In  addition did you know your pharmacy can give you advice on these conditions?

Colds, Constipation, Cold sores, Conjunctivitis, Cough, Dental Pain, Diarrhoea, Dry Eyes, Dry skin, Earache, Fever, Haemorrhoids, Hayfever, Headaches, Head Lice, Heartburn, Indigestion, Insect Bites, Migraines, Nappy rash, Rashes, Threadworm, Thrush, Temperature

Pharmacists are trained professionals and are often the best people to see in these instances, most pharmacies will have a private consultation room where they can offer you confidential advice.

 


Advice for Patients & Public
 

Stay At Home advice can be found here 

 

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

More information can be found on the NHS website here.


List of non-NHS charges 

For an up to date list of charges for Non NHS Services please contact the surgery.


CQC UPDATE

https://www.cqc.org.uk/location/1-2698105875

In August 2019 we had our CQC Annual Review .  The outcome of the review indicates that there are no significant changes to the quality of service being provided since the last inspection.  This means that we are still rated GOOD in all areas.


Named GP

In accordance with the current government and our NHS contract all patients who are on the practice list prior to 1st April 2015 will be given a named accountable GP by 30th June 2015.

Newly registered patients will be allocated a named GP on registration.

AFTER 30th JUNE 2015 - You will have been allocated a named accountable GP who will be responsible for your overall care this will either be Dr Ajay Ramachandran or Dr Divya Chikkaveeraiah (you can book appointments with either GP).

If you have a preference as to which GP you are allocated, the practice will make reasonable efforts to accommodate your request. If you wish to know which GP has been allocated to you, please ask reception at your next visit. 

Please do not telephone the practice for this information, our phone lines are very busy and primarily are for patients with urgent needs.

If you are 75 and over you will have already been allocated a GP and are entitled to an Over 75 health check.

Are you looking for something in particular and don't know where to look, take a look at http://route2wellbeing.info/.  If you require any further information please ask at reception and we will try to help if we can.

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