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Stay well this winter

People are being urged to keep an extra special eye on themselves and the people they care for over the winter period so minor illnesses don’t become more serious.

Those who are older or have long term conditions may be particularly vulnerable to winter bugs which could become serious and require hospital treatment. Getting help earlier may prevent this from happening.

To make sure winter bugs don’t become more serious:

  • Have your flu jab
  • If you start to feel ill, get help from your pharmacy straight away.
  • Keep your home warm, at least 18 degrees
  • Make sure you take any medicines as directed
  • Get any repeat prescriptions filled in advance as many surgeries and pharmacies close over Christmas
  • Keep a supply of cold and flu remedies in the house so you don’t need to go out if the weather is bad
  • If you are prescribed antibiotics finish the course
  • Don’t go to A&E or call 999 unless it’s an emergency. If you are in any doubt, NHS 111 can help you get the right treatment

Further Information

Flu and vaccinations

Seasonal flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a flu virus. The virus infects your lungs and upper airways, causing a sudden high temperature and general aches and pains. You could also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a dry cough. Symptoms can last for up to a week.

You may be invited for a flu jab if you are:

  • 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
  • or have a serious long-term health condition, including:
    • chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma
    • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
    • chronic kidney disease
    • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
    • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease
    • diabetes
    • problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
    • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS
    • being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)
  • eligible children who are aged 2 and 3 on 31st August 2018 – that is, children born between September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2016
  • Children who are 4 years old are also eligible for flu vaccination provided they were 3 on August 31 2018. These children should be offered the vaccination at their general practice.
  • Children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be offered their vaccination in school. In a couple of areas it might be offered in primary care settings.

Places at our Flu Vaccination Clinic can now be booked:

·         Saturday 6th October

If you have any queries please contact the surgery.

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New 24/7 service will improve your care and access to our GP services

A NEW integrated 24/7 primary care service is set to improve your care and your access to GP services.

The new service, which started on June 29,  means that you can not only access routine appointments in-hours at this GP practice as you do now, but you can also make weekday evening and Saturday appointments at a city-wide GP hub at Lake Road Health Centre in central Portsmouth.

As well as additional routine appointments the service will offer urgent same-day appointments every day until 10pm, 365 days a year.

The NHS is linking up the following three services to provide a ‘streamlined and unified’ new model for people needing urgent out-of-hospital care.

  • The Acute Visiting Service (AVS) – a home visiting service for all Portsmouth GP registered patients needing urgent but non-emergency care
  • Enhanced Access Service – to provide routine medical provision from Mondays to Saturdays to registered patients outside of core hours until 8pm, and urgent, same-day appointments until 10pm every day
  • Out-of-hours (OOH) provision – accessed through the NHS 111 service, GP care will be provided overnight from 10pm to 8am.

To access the new service, just call the practice on our usual number up until 10pm – and after that use NHS 111 by dialling 111.

You, our valued patients, will experience an effective service, run by local doctors and nurses with full access to your medical records.

This will make our services easier to use and understand, and, at a time of unprecedented pressure on the NHS, it will also make it much easier for us to manage patient demand make better use of our staffing resources.

This new service is not just available to you at our practice – but at all GP surgeries across Portsmouth.  Working together for you, to improve your care.

Patient Notice – MMR Catch-Up…

Due to the success of earlier vaccination programmes, measles was extremely rare during the 1990s. This began to change after researcher Andrew Wakefield published a piece of research claiming that there was a link between the MMR vaccine and the developmental condition autism.

Despite serious flaws in this research, it received widespread coverage in the media. The research has been proven to be worthless and Wakefield has been struck off the medical register for
acting “dishonestly and irresponsibly” in his research and “bringing the medical profession into disrepute”.

Sadly, the damage had already been done – there was a drop in
coverage rates (the proportion of people vaccinated against a disease) for measles and this has led to the disease becoming more widespread. In the first quarter of 2013, there were a record 587 cases in England and, worryingly, a number of outbreaks in
schools. Complications of measles include:

  • Hearing loss, which may be partial or total
  • Learning difficulties, which may be temporary or permanent
  • ““Epilepsy – a condition that causes someone to have repeated fits
  • Cerebral palsy – a general term for a set of conditions that affect movement and co-ordination
  • ““Vision loss, which may be partial or total

If you think you are due an MMR vaccination, please contact reception.