Be Alcohol Aware Men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week. Spread your drinking over three days or more if you drink as much as 14 units a week. If you regularly drink more than this please make an appointment to see the doctor or nurse for advice on how to cut down. There is also a lot of information available at http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/alcohol/Pages/alcohol-units.aspx June 2016 Welcome to our quarterly newsletter. Do you suffer from hay fever? The hay fever season is upon us. Are you aware you do not need an appointment with the doctor for hay fever medication? There are a range of products available over the counter from any pharmacy. If you have this on your repeat medication list then please put in a request as you would any other medication. It will be available within two working days. If you have not had this before but need to discuss your symptoms with a doctor then please book a telephone consultation whereupon you will be given advice over the phone. If you are eligible for free prescriptions (under 16 years of age, over 60 years of age or in reception of certain benefits) you can always attend at a chemist who offers the ‘Pharmacy First’ service and they can supply you with medication there. Local to our surgery would include: Pharmacy Direct in Shirley Road Boots The Chemist in High Street, Shirley or Above Bar Lloyds Pharmacy in Grove Road or Shirley Precinct or Tesco pharmacy at Tebourba Way. Worried about your child’s Health? Healthier Together is a new website and app developed by local healthcare professionals for parents and carers. It provides information about what might be wrong, what to do and where to go for help. Find them online at what0-18.nhs.uk or download the free app 'Wessex Healthier Together'. If you are viewing this newsletter online then please click on this link for a copy of our useful booklet on assessing your child’s health. Did you know? We offer a full range of online services to our patients. You can book and cancel appointments, order your repeat medication, view vaccinations and apply for access to your detailed coded information. To do this you will need to ask at the desk for an application form, provide photographic ID and the staff will then be able to provide you with a unique username and password to access online services. If you want just the ability to book appointments and order medication you will be able to start this immediately (within a couple of hours of registering) but should you tick for detailed coded records this will take up to 21 days to be granted as a healthcare professional will have to go through your records in order to approve and grant access. A GP can sometimes refuse to disclose information if, for example, the information you have asked for contains data that relates to another person. You would then be notified when this aspect of the service is available or if this is not possible. Please note that if you are a parent/guardian of a child and would like to use online services on their behalf you are entitled to apply for proxy access to their records but this will only be possible until they reach their 11th birthday when this will cease (in line with national guidance). The child would then be able to apply for their own online services account when they reach the age of 16 as long as it is felt they have the capacity to do so. Friends & Family As always, we monitor the Friends & Family Test feedback provided on a regular basis from you. Please do complete a quick questionnaire each time you wish to comment on the service we have provided and either pop the slip into the box on the reception desk or go online at [email protected] We do appreciate the time our patients take to let us know their views. Travel Vaccinations If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you will need to fill in a travel form which you can get from our website or at reception. This will ask which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required. The nurse will ring you once she has reviewed the information provided in that form to make you an appointment to discuss further and give the necessary vaccinations. We can provide certain travel vaccinations free of charge under the NHS. We do not provide yellow fever or rabies vaccinations at this practice and you will be directed to a Travel Clinic for these.
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