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February 2018 Self Care
From the 19th of February, the Practice will be adopting the West Leicestershire CCG's Self Care campaign.
The CCG thinks that the NHS belongs to everybody and that resources need to be used wisely and the results of their recent review show that most patients feel the same way. Therefore GPs in West Leicestershire are being asked to no longer prescribe medicines on prescription for the short term treatment of minor ailments, low dose vitamin D supplements for prevention of deficiency and some specialised infant formulas. Patients will be asked to purchase them over the counter instead. We are also asking patients not to request these items on their prescription.
The review also revealed that many people already feel that their community pharmacist is their first point of contact. They support them with a range of ailments and they prefer to talk to them about minor conditions saving GP appointment time for more urgent problems.
Community Pharmacists are best placed to help and advise you regarding suitable treatments for common ailments. The pharmacist will check the medicine is appropriate for you and your health problem. They will ask questions to ensure there is no reason why you should not use the medicine.
Asking people to self-care in this way, and we know that most people already do, is a fair way of utilising resources wisely as most of these items can be purchased in pharmacies and supermarkets at a low cost, but cost the NHS more to provide on a prescription. It will also free up valuable GP and nurse time, which can be used to deal with more complex or serious health needs.
However if you are worried or your symptoms get worse or persist please call our patient services team for help or 111.
Directly Bookable Adult Physiotherapy Service
We have a new scheme to access physiotherapy services. Patients aged 16+ can now self-refer, using the telephone number 01509 564379. A call handler will take the details of your problem and a trained physio will call you back within 2-3 working days with a management plan. Phone lines are open from 9:30am-12:20pm.
Help when you need it most
Let's Talk-Wellbeing is a service that provides psychological assessment and treatment for what are known as mild to moderate common mental health problems, which 1 in 4 of us will suffer with at some stage in our lives.
It is normal to experience changes in your mood and behaviour at times of stress and emotional upset. Your physical health may also affect your mood and stress levels. If these changes continue to affect you, then the Let's Talk-Wellbeing service could help. To access this service follow the link below to a self-referral portal:
Self Referral Online Form
Let's Talk–Wellbeing Bank Court, Weldon Road Loughborough Leicestershire LE11 5RF
Further information and self help leaflets are available http://www.nottinghamshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/information-leaflets-for-leicestershire-rutland
QuitReady here to help if you are ready to quit smoking
Podiatry services aim to keep the population mobile, help users keep their independence and maintain their quality of life by providing an expert and complete range of foot and lower limb care, for those with a clinical, medical and/or physical need. This can range from corn, callous and nail treatment to the extremely specialised ‘high risk’ cases such as diabetic foot ulcer care, nail surgery, complex biomechanical assessment and treatment, through to provision of insoles and orthotics.
To refer yourself electronically please click on the link below.
For paper referrals , Please download the application form; print, complete and return to address indicated:
We are very pleased to announce our new CARPAL TUNNEL SURGERY AT Long Lane Surgery
From Sunday 1st October , non-urgent patient transport is changing.
Please click on the link below for full details.
You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.
If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.
The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel, you need to complete a Travel Health Questionnaire at least 8 weeks before travel. The nurse/surgery will then contact you to make an appointment (if necessary). To complete our questionnaire you will need to log on to your SystmOnline account, using the link below: (If you do not have a SystmOnline account please contact our reception team)
systmonline travel log in
***Important*** If your departure date is within 6 weeks, we will be unable to offer you an appointment at the practice for your travel vaccinations and advice. You will need to contact an alternative travel clinic, details of their contact numbers are as follows:Loughborough 0333 111 007Leicester 0116 254 1282Nottingham 01159 475 498Derby 01332 3325 30
For further information on travel, please visit http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx.
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