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FLU VACCINE 2018

very important CHANGES THIS YEAR

PATIENTS AGED OVER 65 WILL BE HAVING A NEW trivalent VACCINE CALLED FLUAD©

there is only one supplier for the whole country supplying doctors and pharmacies

it is very important that you have the right vaccine- you can trust the surgery to get it right!

 

  • patients under 65 at risk will be having the quadrivalent vaccine
  • children aged 2 -3 will be having fluenz nasal spray
  • children aged 6 months to 2 years at risk will have the quadrivalent vaccine injection
  • children at reception to year 5 at school will have the fluenz at school only – we cannot give it at the surgery

 

FLU CLINICS 2018

SATURDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER 8.30 – 12.00 (Mix of under/over 65)

SATURDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 8.30 – 12.00 (majority 65 and oveR)

YOU WILL BE INVITED TO A CLINIC

DR BANERJEE

It is with regret that we inform patients that Dr. Banerjee will be no longer be at the practice from 1st April, 2018. He will be working nearer home and we wish him well.  Patients who usually see Dr. Banerjee can be seen by Dr. Manch Patel.  We apologise for the inconvenience and upset this causes our patients.  

Self Care Medicines

The Medicine Optimisation Team of the Cambridgeshire CCG has instructed us to stop prescribing treatments that are available over the counter, inexpensive and used intermittently. This includes hay fever medication which we are therefore no longer routinely issuing and instead asking patients if they are able to purchase themselves. 

The main reason for this rationing is the very challenged financial position of the Cambridgeshire health economy which if not addressed will result in cuts to important services which will affect us all but we must also remember that there are advantages to buying these medications as it promotes self care, independence and reduced reliance on the surgery.

At The Spinney we understand that such changes are not popular but all of us must do what we can to protect our fragile health economy and we will prescribe for those patients unable or unwilling to support our local NHS in this way. 

Dynamic health

If you are living with pain due to your joints, muscles or nerves then you can access NHS Physiotherapy advice and treatment directly from DynamicHealth, provided by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust. To find out more, simply visit http://www.eoemskservice.nhs.uk/home, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.’

 Please take a few minutes to check out our website if you haven’t already and like, follow and share to support us on social media. The team has a proven track record of providing modern, high quality and responsive care, as evidenced by the Trust’s good rating awarded by the Care Quality Commission.

 We are a frontrunner in supporting the national shift towards empowering patients to self-care and stay well, with our patients finding resources to enable them to manage their musculoskeletal conditions themselves (where it’s clinically appropriate). There is also information that goes beyond relevant exercises and how to access our services, to offer general health and wellbeing information. For example how diet and even sleep can affect, and be affected by a person’s musculoskeletal condition(s).

Don’t swallow up your NHS - use it wisely this winter

Every time you visit your GP it costs the NHS £45*

You can treat minor winter illnesses such as colds and coughs, sore throats, and upset stomachs easily at home with medicines, which you can easily buy at low cost from your local pharmacy.

So be prepared and stock up on winter essentials today:

  • pain relief (paracetamol)
  • cough and sore throat remedies
  • first aid kit
  • upset stomach treatment
  • rehydration treatment
  • heartburn and indigestion treatment

Having these winter essentials at hand will not only save you time and help you to feel better quicker, but help save the NHS much needed resources. 

Your local pharmacist can also offer you advice and guidance on the best treatment for you – no appointment needed.  Pharmacists are available on every high street and in supermarkets with many open evenings and weekends. Click HERE to find a pharmacy near you. 

*£45 is the average cost for GP consultation time, cost of the medication, and dispensing fee.

Now’s the time to get your free flu jab! 

Local residents in at risk groups are being reminded to get their free flu jab.  Adults over 65; those with long term health conditions; children aged two to eight; carers and pregnant women may all be eligible.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people see their GP and tens of thousands are hospitalised because of flu.  Symptoms of flu can be very unpleasant and last for several weeks. It can lead to more serious complications like middle ear infections in children, and pneumonia or bronchitis for those with underlying health conditions, and in some cases it can be fatal.  

Flu is a highly contagious illness that spreads rapidly through the population.  It can cause serious complications for at risk groups, such as the elderly, expectant mothers and people with long term health conditions.

Although it’s not possible to know which strains of flu will circulate each winter, the flu vaccination is still the best protection against an unpredictable virus which can cause severe illness and deaths amongst vulnerable groups.

Vaccines are available between October 2017 and March 2018, so contact your GP or pharmacy now – it’s free because you need it. For more information visit www.nhs.uk/staywell

Self Care

Cambridge and Peterborough CCG require GP surgeries to reduce the spend on the NHS budget for items that patients can buy over the counter at a Pharmacy rather than receive a prescription. These items include drugs such as simple painkillers (paracetemol, ibuprofen etc), upset stomach items (lactulose, fybogel, dioralyte etc), hayfever medication, heart burn and indigestion (gaviscon, pantoprazole), Fungal infections (canesten etc), Conjunctivits (eye drops), Eczema (hydrocortisone, daktacort), Travel sickness, haemorrhoid treatment, skin rash, head lice, nasal sprays, cold sores, coughs and colds remedies. These items are very often much cheaper than a prescription fee, but regardless the cost is saved from the NHS budget. The Spinney is required to save at least £15,000 per year from these items, so please consider buying these items from a Pharmacist where possible. Self Care leaflets can be found on our "further information tab".

 

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