TUESDAY 9th OCTOBER 2018
DUE TO STAFF TRAINING
THE PRACTICE WILL BE CLOSED
TODAY BETWEEN 1.00pm-3.30PM.
We will re-open at 3.30pm
If you have a medical emergency that CANNOT wait until the surgery re-opens, then please call
QUEEN EDITH’s ANNUAL FLU VACCINATION CLINIC
WEDNESDAY 14th NOVEMBER 2018 - 8.30am to 5.00pm
at The Queen Edith Chapel, Wulfstan Way
As usual, there will be a selection of community information stalls to browse and refreshments will be available. All eligible patients will be receiving an invitation in the post from the surgery in the next few weeks. It is very important that you bring your invitation with you on the day to confirm your eligibility and to help avoid delays. If you receive a letter, but cannot make that day, then please call the surgery in mid- October to book into one of the ‘catch-up’ clinics. You are eligible for a free flu jab from the practice if you:
are 65 years of age or over
have certain medical conditions*
are living in a residential care home or any 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.
also, children aged two and three (DoB must be between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2016) will be offered the Fluenz nasal vaccine.
*medical conditions include: asthma (for which you must be on regular steroid medication); COPD; chronic heart, kidney or liver disease; chronic neurological conditions (such as Parkinson’s disease, MS, diabetes, motor neurone disease; have a weakened immune system as a result of certain conditions or medication, have a BMI of 40 or above.
Unfortunately, if you do not fall into one of the above categories,
you will not receive an invitation/vaccination.
WHY IS THE CLINIC NOT UNTIL NOVEMBER THIS YEAR?
You may have seen in the press earlier this year that all over 65’s are to be vaccinated with a new ‘adjuvanted trivalent vaccine (aTIV)’ in the 2018-19 winter season as clinical evidence suggests that this new vaccine is far more effective in this older age group than other vaccines. We have to plan the clinic several months ahead and at the time of planning it was expected that there would be delays in vaccine deliveries of this new vaccine as it is only manufactured by one company who have to supply all GP practices in the country (other flu vaccines are manufactured by several different suppliers). We therefore set a later date accordingly to ensure we had enough vaccines to be able to vaccinate everyone who attends the flu clinic. The Flu season does not usually start until December/January, so patients will still be covered before the virus starts to make an appearance.
We are sure that you will agree that this delay will be outweighed by the proven increased effectiveness of the new vaccination.
About our practice
Our Doctors are committed to providing high quality NHS medical care for individuals and families in a friendly and caring environment.
You may choose to see any of the doctors, but we believe we can provide the best care if you keep to the same one. We work closely together as a team and are confident that you will receive equally caring attention from any of us when your usual doctor is not available. All doctors provide a full range of medical services, including maternity medical services, minor surgery, contraceptive services and child health surveillance.
We strongly support the NHS policy on zero tolerance. Anyone attending the surgery who abuses the GPs, staff or other patients be it verbally, physically or in any threatening manner whatsoever, will risk removal from the practice list. In extreme cases we may summon the police to remove offenders from the practice premises.
Please see the link to the latest edition of the quarterly newsletter produced by our Patient Participation Group (PPG) below. Head to the page entitled 'Patient Participation Group to see previous editions!
PPG Newsletter 14 July 2018.pdf
Online Access to Medical Records
If you wish, you can now use the internet (via SystmOnline) to book appointments with a GP, request repeat prescriptions for any medications you take regularly and look at a summary of your medical record online. From 31st March 2016, you can also request access to your Detailed Coded Record*. You can also still use the telephone or call in to the surgery for any of these services as well. It's your choice.
Being able to see your summary care record online might help you to manage your medical conditions. It also means that you can even access it from anywhere in the world should you require medical treatment while abroad. If you decide not to join or wish to withdraw, this is your choice and practice staff will continue to treat you in the same way as before. This decision will not affect the quality of your care.
To use SystmOnline you will need a Practice ID number and Access ID number which is obtained from the practice, and, in conjunction with a password, will be unique to you. Please use the link at the bottom of the page once you have your details
For further information on how to register for these services, please speak to our reception team who will be happy to guide you through the process.
- You will be required to provide 2 forms of identification to enable this service (one of which needs to be photo ID) and will need to complete a registration form. Parents/carers requesting proxy access to their child's records will also need to provide proof of their relationship to the child.
- Proxy Access for a parent/carer to a child's online account automatically ceases on the child's 11th Birthday. You will then need to re-apply for proxy access with the child's consent or the child can apply in their own right if deemed gillick competent by a Clinician (this may need to be done in an appointment). This will be reviewed on a yearly basis. Once the child is 16 years of age they must apply in their own right.
*Access to Detailed Coded Records
It is a contractual requirement for practices to enable patients to have online access to a more detailed version of their medical record (rather than the ‘summary care record' version currently available online) by the 31st March 2016. Safeguards have been negotiated in implementing expanded records access. There are circumstances where a GP may believe it is not in the best interests of the patient to share all information in the record**, for example where it could cause harm to their physical or mental health. GP medical records software will be configured to offer all coded data by default, but GPs will be provided with the tools to withhold coded information where they judge it to be in the patient's interests or where there is reference to a third party.
**Before access to your Detailed Coded Record is granted, your medical records will be fully checked by a clinician. It may therefore take up to 40 days from submitting your application for this access to be granted. If access is denied for one of the above reasons, we will inform you in writing and invite you in for further discussion if necessary.
Click on the link below to log in to SystmOnline.