NHS Health App
Did you know that the NHS now has an App to help you check symptoms, book appointments with your GP and manage your medical record? Different surgeries offer different services but over 95% of GP surgeries in England are now live. https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/the-nhs-app/
If you are over 16 weeks pregnant, have you considered having your whooping cough (Pertussis) vaccination yet? If not, please book in with our practice nurse to do so. Whooping cough can be a very serious in babies under 6 months with most very young babies who catch it being admitted to hospital.
Vaccination during pregnancy can help to protect your baby. Older babies will be vaccinated against whooping cough during their routine childhood immunisations. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/whooping-cough-vaccination-pregnant
o At the moment the risk of Coronavirus is low, however, if you are concerned the NHS has produced this information about it, which is regularly updated. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/wuhan-novel-coronavirus/
o The Government has issued advice for those planning travel to China, and for those who are returning from travel if they are concerned about Coronavirus, or feeling unwell after travel. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public
Coronavirus Public Information
If you haven’t yet had your Flu vaccination and you are entitled to one, please ask reception to book you an appointment, we do have limited stocks of Flu vaccine available on a first come first served basis. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/facts-about-flu-and-the-flu-vaccine/
Supplies of flu vaccinations are getting low, please contact the surgery to book your appointment if you are eligible for a vaccination and haven’t yet had it and would like to. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/facts-about-flu-and-the-flu-vaccine/
If you’re unsure whether you should have the flu vaccination and you’re in an at risk group, Abraham the Pharmacist has a fantastic video featuring Dr Amir Khan from GPs behind Closed Doors which explains the different types of Flu Vaccination available for different groups. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otdwlI7AWW4&list=PLHVA9AAO-ecsFVJnGL9CVKaso66ccWLuS&index=11&t=0
As we head into the hardest part of winter, the NHS has advice on how to stay warm, which is especially important for those who are most vulnerable, for example, those over 65, under 5, or who have long term health conditions. Those who are on low incomes, have a mental health condition or are pregnant or disabled are also at higher risk. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/keep-warm-keep-well/
In the UK, February is often the coldest month. If you were born on or before the 5th April 1954, you may be eligible for a winter fuel payment. This can be between £100 and £300 and helps to contribute towards the additional cost of heating your home during the winter. Most people who are eligible should receive payment automatically, but if you haven’t received your payment by mid-January, you should check to see whether you need to claim. The latest date to claim for 2020 is 31st March. https://www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment
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Change to repeat prescription ordering
o The practice as a whole dispenses over 16000 items per month. Owing to the high volume of prescription requests, we are unable to continue to offer a 48 hour turn around service and will be now be extending this with an aim of delivering within 72 hours. Your patience and co-operation is much appreciated.
o With immediate effect we will now require 3 working days to get repeat prescriptions processed and ready for collection – we would recommend where possible placing you order when you reach your last weeks’ worth of medication.
Orders placed on... Before 4:30pm
Will be ready on... In the afternoon
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Significant expansion under way at Four Crosses Medical Centre
A major redevelopment is under way at Four Crosses Medical Centre in Powys to extend and improve services for local patients and provide a modern environment for service delivery.
The scheme includes an extension to the Medical Centre to increase the current facilities to 3 GP consulting rooms, create a phlebotomy and treatment room, and expand the waiting area.
Dr Mel Plant, senior partner with Llanfyllin Group Practice which runs Four Crosses Medical Centre said: “This development has been made possible through a Primary Care Improvement Grant from Welsh Government along with funding from Llanfyllin Group Practice and a generous patient donation. The practice team is delighted that we will be able to offer our patients new facilities and more services closer to home. We would also like to thank our patients and partners for their invaluable support, including the practices Patient Participation Group and local Community Councils.”
Dr Sarah Breese, GP partner with Llanfyllin Group Practice and lead GP for the project added: “Work began on our new extension last month and we aim to complete this exciting development by spring 2020. The foundations have been laid, the drains are in and the brickwork has started. During the coming weeks our patients will see the walls going up and the roof trusses in place. We do apologise that during the building schedule there will need to be some temporary changes to our services to ensure that essential work can take place as quickly and safely as possible. Patients are advised to keep checking our website for details.”
Community Connectors - Cysylltwyr Cymunedol
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Not sure who to ask?
PAVO Community Connectors can put you in touch with voluntary organisations and community groups to support you. We will work with you to access the right local services, support and information. People ring us about many different things – community activities, transport, benefits, health conditions, wellbeing, housing, loneliness and much more.
To talk to a Community Connector please contact us on:
01597 828649 *
*Llandrindod number - you will then speak to a Community Connector in your area
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Gall Cysylltwyr Cymunedol PAVO eich rhoi mewn cysylltiad â mudiadau gwirfoddol a grwpiau cymunedol i'ch cefnogi chi.
Byddwn yn gweithio gyda chi i gael mynediad at y gwasanaethau, y gefnogaeth a'r wybodaeth iawn.
Mae pobl yn ein ffonio am lawer o bethau gwahanol - gweithgareddau yn y gymuned, cludiant, budd-daliadau, cyflyrau iechyd, llesiant, tai, unigrwydd a llawer mwy. I siarad ag un o’r Cysylltwyr Cymunedol, cysylltwch â ni ar:
01597 828649 *
*rhif Llandrindood - fe gewch yna siarad efo Cysylltydd Lleol yn eich ardal chi.
Online patient access
Have you thought about signing up for online patient access. You may be able to request appointments, and repeat medications and can do this when the surgery isn’t open. Not only that, you won’t need to spend time waiting on the phone or coming into surgery to make your request. Signing up is a straightforward process which our reception team can help with if needed. We’ll need to see some ID to make sure you’re requesting access to the right records, and then you are good to go. Take a look at our practice website, or ask in surgery today.
IS YOUR DATA UP TO DATE?
Primary care services will be contacting households in order to improve the accuracy of patient registration details.
Confirming accurate address details for your household details will ensure a more efficient delivery of healthcare, such as test results and screening notifications.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO?
Should you receive an enquiry in an official NHS envelope relating to conformation of address details, please ensure you respond.
Contact the GP reception today if your details require updating!