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 FINAL bookings for Flu Injections..PLEASE CALL US..

Final call for Flu injections!  If you are entitled to an NHS flu injection (see below), then please call reception

as soon as possible so we can offer you an appointment.

Who should have a flu vaccine

The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk. This is to help protect them against catching flu and developing serious complications.

You should have the flu vaccine 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 

Frontline health and social care workers are also eligible to receive the flu vaccine. It is your employer's responsibility to arrange and pay for this vaccine.

Flu vaccine for children

The flu vaccine is free on the NHS for:

  • children over the age of 6 months with a long-term health condition
  • children aged 2 and 3 on August 31 2018 – that is, born between September 1 2014 and August 31 2016
  • children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Children aged between 6 months and 2 years of age who are eligible for the flu vaccine will receive an injected flu vaccine.

Children eligible for the flu vaccine aged between 2 and 17 will usually have the flu vaccine nasal spray.

Please click on the attached link for further information:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-should-have-flu-vaccine/

 

GP services available over the Christmas holidays

Across Greater Nottingham, you can book routine GP and Nurse appointments in the evening, at weekends and over bank holidays.

Pre-bookable appointments are available Monday-Friday, 6.30pm-8pm, plus weekends and bank holidays, and you can be seen by a GP, Nurse or Healthcare Assistant.

If you would like to arrange an appointment, or for more information on when and where appointments are available, speak to your practice receptionist. Please be aware that the appointment may take place at another GP Practice in the area.

If you need urgent medical advice when the surgery is closed, you should continue to call NHS 111.

 

Time to get festive but don’t forget your prescriptions

 

Running out of daily medication over the festive period could have serious consequences for patients who rely on them to control heart and breathing problems, so don’t leave it too late to order and collect repeat prescriptions this Christmas.

 

The busy festive period can make it difficult to remember the important, everyday things such as ordering repeat prescriptions. This is especially important, as those with long term conditions rely on their prescribed medication to help them keep their condition under control.

 

GP Practices have shorter opening hours during the Christmas holidays and the majority of pharmacies will also be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, so it’s important to order repeat prescriptions at least a week in advance so that the festive season can be enjoyed in good health.

 

Also double check you are prepared with sufficient over-the-counter remedies so that minor illnesses and injuries can be managed at home. Local pharmacies can provide useful advice and help deal with minor ailments without people having to see their GP about winter bugs like coughs, colds, sore throats, stomach upsets and flu.

 

 

 

 

Stay well this winter

 

GP’s surgeries and A&E come under increasing pressure over the winter months, so we’re asking you to consider whether you can self care if your illness is not serious.

 

Coughs, colds and other minor illnesses can often be managed with a visit to your local pharmacist, but if your symptoms persist we recommend you book an appointment with your GP.

 

We understand that some health problems get worse as the weather gets colder, and we want you to be able to access the right service for your health care needs.

 

There are lots of options available, from self-treatment to advice in a pharmacy, GP services, calling NHS 111, mental health services, walk-in and urgent care centres and A&E.

 

Gedling GP and Nottingham North and East Clinical Commissioning Group’s clinical lead, Dr James Hopkinson says: “Often people needing medical help go straight to A&E when there may be another more appropriate service available, such as their GP, pharmacist, NHS 111 or their local walk-in or urgent care centre, all of which may be better placed to help.

 

“People tend to get better advice and faster treatment when they need it if they choose the right NHS service for their symptoms or illness, so I’d ask them to consider carefully before going straight to A&E.”

 

Top tips for staying well this winter

  • Keep your home warm, at least 18 degrees Celsius
  • If eligible, make sure you get your FREE flu jab - speak to your doctor or pharmacist
  • Make sure you keep taking any prescribed medicines and take them as directed
  • If you are prescribed antibiotics, make sure you finish the course
  • Keep a supply of cold and flu remedies in the house
  • If you start to feel ill, get help from your pharmacy straight away
  • A&E is for emergencies only. If your surgery is closed then NHS 111 can help you get the right treatment

 

 

   

Nottinghamshire pharmacy opening times

 

As the Christmas holidays approach it’s important to remember that not all pharmacies will be open over the whole Christmas period, while most GP surgeries will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

 

So make sure you order any medication you need in plenty of time so you have a good supply during the festive period.

 

Pharmacy opening hours in Nottinghamshire can be found on the NHS Choices website (www.nhs.uk) along with information on walk-in centres, urgent care centres or minor injuries units. Patients can type in their postcode on the website to find their nearest services.

Booking appointments to see the Doctor...

The majority of our Doctor appointments are now available to 'book on the day.' There are routine, urgent and also telephone consultations with the GP and Nurse Practitioner.  This should help to ensure you can be seen if you are unwell.

There are also a limited amount of routine appointments to book in advance.

How to book: Telephone the surgery at 8am, sign up for online access so you can book your own appointment online from 8am on the day(bring ID to reception to sign up for online access), or if you live nearby - why not come into the surgery at 8am and book to come back and see the GP.

 

Are you signed up for online services?

Did you know, once signed up, you can book appointments with the GP, order repeat medication and view part of your medical record on-line?  Please bring photo ID to reception where we can sign you up and give you login details and a password.
 

 

Extra evening and weekend appointments available in the local area

You can now book routine GP and Nurse appointments in the evening, at weekends and over bank holidays in your local area.

Pre-bookable appointments are available Monday-Friday, 6.30pm-8pm, plus weekends and bank holidays and you can be seen by a GP, Nurse or Healthcare Assistant.

To book your appointment, contact the surgery during normal opening hours. Please be aware that the appointment may take place at another GP Practice in the area.

If you need urgent medical advice when the surgery is closed, you should continue to call NHS 111.

 

Carer drop-in clinic at West Oak Surgery

If you are looking after a friend or family member who has, a medical condition, disability, poor mental health, is frail or misuses substances and would like more information or access to support then come along to our monthly carer drop-in clinic. You can come along to West Oak Surgery from 10.00am on the last Tuesday of every month.

You are an unpaid carer if you support a family member or friend who is ill, disabled, elderly, has poor mental health or misuses substances. The support you offer may be emotional or include shopping, cooking, dealing with medication, or attending medical appointments with the person you care for. The person you care for could live with you, in their own home, or even in residential care.

 

It is important that you let your medical practice know that you look after someone. You can be added to the practice ‘carer register’ and gain access to information and support, this includes access to a named Carer Champion.

A Carer Champion is a member of medical practice staff who supports with the identification of carers. They will act as a voice for carers within the practice and be a key point of contact for carer information within the general practice which they work.

 

As a Carer, you are also entitled to an annual flu vaccine, health check and a Carers Assessment. Ask in your medical practice for more information or drop-in to one of our Carer Clinics from 10.00-11.30am on the last Tuesday of every Month.

 

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