Citizens Advice Peterborough
Citizens Advice Peterborough are a charity that can provide free, confidential and impartial advice to your patients. Through our previous work with Boroughbury Medical Practice we have managed to see numerous patients, which has included helping people who have been left sofa surfing and living in their car to those who have been unknowingly suffering with domestic psychological abuse.
We are available to help with almost any matter, whether this be in relation to their housing situation, debts, benefits, employment rights or any other issue. We will look beyond the main issue to find all other cross cutting problems and underlying causes in order to help your patients resolve their problems, improve their wellbeing and prevent potential future issues.
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‘A guide to local NHS services’ HERE.
Keeping cool this summer
Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it's too hot for too long there are health risks. If a heatwave hits this summer, make sure the hot weather doesn't harm you or anyone you know.
Tips for coping in hot weather:
- Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
- Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you're vulnerable to the effects of heat.
- Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
- Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
- Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.
Further information can be found HERE
All set for summer?
It’s time to get summer savvy and stock up on self care essentials at your local pharmacy or supermarket.
Summer related minor illness and injuries such as hay fever, bites and stings and travel sickness can all be easily treated with medicines available to buy at low cost from your local pharmacy or supermarket – no GP prescription required.
Summer essentials include:
✓ Antihistamines or nasal sprays for allergies, hay fever, bites and stings
✓ Sunscreen at least factor 15
✓ Diarrhoea and constipation relief medication
✓ Painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen
✓ Travel sickness medication
✓ First aid kit
Having these summer essentials at hand will not only save you time, but help save the NHS much needed resources.
For more information about common illnesses and injuries or to find your nearest pharmacy and opening times visit www.nhs.uk
Advice on travel health including sun safety, vaccinations, DVT and how to apply for your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is available HERE
Happy 70th Birthday NHS!
On 5 July this year the National Health Service will celebrate its 70th birthday.
The NHS was launched on 5 July 1948 by Aneurin Bevan who was the Health Secretary at the time. The last 70 years have seen huge changes in medicine, from heart transplants and the eradication of diseases like polio to advances in the way we treat cancer, enabling people to live longer lives.
There’s a whole range of celebrations being planned to celebrate the platinum anniversary of the NHS and a dedicated website, www.nhs70.nhs.uk, has been set up where you can find out about how you can get involved.
Here are just a few ways in which you can help the NHS to celebrate:
- Joining the organ donor register, or giving blood, would be a great birthday present to the NHS. If you’d like more information visit the website at https://www.nhs70.nhs.uk/get-involved/support-the-nhs/blood-and-organs/
- Time is one of the most precious gifts we can share and it doesn’t cost a penny. How about sharing some of yours with the NHS? There are lots of opportunities to volunteer, from befriending patients on a ward, to being a first responder with an ambulance service, to being a hospital radio DJ.
- NHS at 70 is collecting stories from patients, workers, volunteers, and the public as part of a project, led by the University of Manchester, to preserve NHS heritage as part of the birthday celebrations.
Have you got COPD? Would you like a specialist COPD review?
The Community Respiratory Service team can offer:
- Urgent exacerbation reviews medication reviews smoking cessation
- Breathlessness management oxygen assessments
- Anxiety and depression assessments chest physiotherapy
- Exercise plans
- Long term disease management
'BMC Privacy Notice' and 'How we use your records'
In line with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) that comes into force 25 May 2018 we are publishing our ‘BMC Privacy Notice’ and a Patient Information notice on ‘How we use your medical records’. Please click on the URL link http://www.boroughburymedicalcentre.co.uk/info.aspx?p=20
Apps for Apple and Android smartphones to help you use our online services
The SystmOnline app is available for Apple and Android devices. It can be downloaded free of charge from the relevant app store.
The app allows patients to manage any aspect of their healthcare all from one place. It offers much of the same functionality as the online service.
The app has extra functionality to the online service to promote patient responsibility for their care. This additional functionality includes:
- Adding appointments to the phone calendar and set reminders.
The way repeat prescriptions can be ordered is changing !!
What is changing? You will now have to order your repeat prescription yourself
Who will this apply to? This will only affect you if your medicines are ordered on your behalf by a pharmacy or company
Why is this Happening? This is a safer and more efficient way of ordering medication.
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We want to get better at communicating with our patients. We want to make sure you can read and understand the information we send you. If you find it hard to read our letters or if you need someone to support you at appointments, please let us know.
We want to know if you need information in braille, large print or easy read. We want to know if you need a British Sign Language interpreter or advocate.
We want to know if we can support you to lipread or use a hearing aid or communication tool. Click the link for the form - http://www.boroughburymedicalcentre.co.uk/info.aspx?p=14
Improving access to general practice: evening and weekend appointments now available
Patients who are registered at this practice can now book an appointment to see a GP or nurse on weekday evenings (after 6.30pm) or at the weekends (on Saturday and Sunday). Appointments will either take place at this practice or at another NHS setting nearby [NB: practices should amend to reflect local arrangements]. Talk to the practice receptionist to find out more or book an appointment.
By March 2019 everyone in England will benefit from access to general practice appointments in the evenings and weekends at a time that is most convenient to them. This is part of a national drive to help improve access to general practice and get the best possible outcomes for patients. Further information is available at www.england.nhs.uk/gpaccess