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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. 


Dr Nick Pulman
Chrisweb2.jpgMBChB DRCOG MRCGP FP Cert (Leics 1983) Dr Nick Pulman was born in Manchester but trained at Leicester University, qualifying in 1983. Nick did the Leicester Vocational Training Scheme gaining experience in General medicine, ENT, Dermatology, A&E, Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Nick has a particular interest in IT developments, Practice Based Commissioning and is an active member of the Professional Executive Committee for the Leicester County and Rutland Primary Care Trust. He enjoys foreign travel, hill walking and gardening in his spare time. Dr Pulman is the senior partner, he joined the practice in 1987.
Dr Tim Hammond

MBChB DRCOG DAvMed DOccMed MRCGP (Leic 1983) Dr Tim Hammond Qualified in Leicester in 1983. After graduating Tim joined the RAF and enjoyed a varied career including service in Northern Ireland, the Falkland Islands and the Gulf. Tim did his vocational training in Cyprus before returning to do hospital jobs in the UK. He became a trainer in 1993 and has an interest in acupuncture. Tim is married with two children. The arrival of children forced him to concede an earlier (but still latent) passion for motorcycles. In 2002 he ran in the London marathon. 

Dr Nic Rushman
Nicweb2.jpgMB BS DRCOG DFFP FP Cert (London 1992) MRCGP BANSV Dr Nic Rushman was born in London, Nic trained at Guys Hospital, and qualified in 1992. He was a registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Birmingham, before doing the Leicester Vocational Training Scheme. He gained experience in General medicine, ENT, Ophthalmology, and Paediatrics. Nic has a particular interest in Gynaecology, Ophthalmology and Family planning. He has been an ardent supporter of the Leicester Tigers and is usually found at their Welford Road stadium on Saturday afternoons. He played fullback for many years, both at medical school and at club level. His room is actually sited on one of the old Coalville Rugby Club pitches, where he has previously played.
Dr Nicola Mayes
NikkiWeb2.jpgDr Nicola Mayes was born in Cheshire and qualified from Leicester Medical School in 2002. After two years of surgical training she went on to complete the Leicester GP training scheme. Nicola gained experience in General Medicine, Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Paediatrics and particularly stroke medicine. She then went on to complete her Diploma of the College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and her MRCGP. Nicola lives in Leicester and enjoys foreign travel and most sports including football, baseball and is a keen tennis player, playing for her local club.
Dr Carol Furlong
CFWEB2.jpgDr Carol Furlong qualified from Trinity College Dublin in 1984. Carol trained in Dublin in General Medicine and Infectious Diseases before coming to the UK to train in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Carol is married with 3 daughters and enjoys travelling, cooking and is a keen runner taking part in the Dublin marathon in 2005
Dr Jing Mao

IMAG0165-1_(151_x_170).jpgDr Jing Mao qualified from Leicester University Medical School in 2005.  She completed her GP training in Lincolnshire and received her MRCGP in 2010.  She has hospital experience in A&E, Cardiology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Elderly Care.  She lives in Leicester and in her spare time enjoys travelling and cooking.

Dr Natalie Kruczenyk (f)
Dr Clare Davis (f)

MBChB MRCGP (Leicester 2010).

Clare studied at Leicester University and qualified in 2010.

She trained in the Leicester Vocational Training Scheme and gained experience in palliative medicine, paediatrics, substance misuse and general medicine.

In her spare time Clare enjoys walking, sailing and baking.

Dr Sundeep Gupta (m)

Dr Dominique Kent (f)
Dr Hanna Robbins (f)
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