FLU Vaccinations Continue
Flu clinics have now ended, however any patient over 65, or under 65 with a qualifying condition, who has not yet had their flu jab and would still like one should come to reception at any time 8.30 am - 6.00 pm Monday to Friday, and an available clinician will vaccinate you. You may make a nurse appointment if you prefer to book ahead.
Pre-Booked Children's Flu by Nasal Spray
(only for those aged 2 or 3 on 31/8/17)
Any parent who would still like their child (aged 2 or 3 on 31/8/17) to have the flu nasal spray should book a nurse appointment to have this.
What is the Free NHS Health Check?
Are you at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease or certain forms of dementia?
The good news is that these conditions can often be prevented, even if you have a family history of them. An NHS Health Check can help you identify potential risks early and give you personalised advice so you can take action to reduce your chances of developing these health problems.
The NHS Health Check programme is a national programme to inform you of your risk of cardiovascular disease. It is a 20 minute check where blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI and lifestyle are assessed by a healthcare professional. ToHealth’s bespoke health check software is being used in the checks which clearly explains to you your results, patients can then be referred immediately into appropriate lifestyle services where requested.
You can have an NHS Health Check if:
- you are aged between 40 and 74
- you have not been diagnosed with heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, or had a stroke
- you have not had an NHS Health Check in the last 5 years
Local clinics are available in Chesham and the surrounding area - click the link below to book an appointment at your chosen location:
APPOINTMENT OF A NEW GP PARTNER
(To manage previous patient list of Dr Andrew Lees)
Many of you will be aware that we recently ran a recruitment campaign for a new GP partner. This vacancy became available after Dr Lees informed us that he would sadly be unable to return to the practice as a GP partner.
I am pleased to inform you that the recruitment campaign has been successful and our new partner will be:
Dr Nicholas Harris
Dr Harris will cover all 8 sessions per week of the vacant list. He will join us in February 2018 and brings considerable expertise the practice team.
Until then Dr Lally will continue to work here until Christmas, and in January 2018 we will have a mix of locums until Dr Harris takes up his post. All patients previously on the list managed by Dr Lees will now have Dr Harris as their named GP. Transfer between practice lists continues to be restricted at the current time.
High quality care for all our patients and access to a doctor when essential is always a priority for the practice. If you experience a difficulty please do not hesitate to contact me.
This last year has been a considerable challenge for us all and we appreciate your continued understanding and support for the practice.
Monica Lawrenson, Practice Director
Buckinghamshire Dementia Roadmap
This year Meningitis ACWY vaccine is being offered to all 17 and 18 year olds born between 01 September 1998 and 31 August 1999. This vaccine protects against meningitis (inflammation of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning).
If you’re planning to go to university, please make an appointment as soon as possible . You are at more risk of meningitis and septicaemia in the first weeks at university when you mix with lots of new people, as the meningococcal bacteria is usually spread through prolonged close contact.
For more information, see our Men ACWY page under the Clinics & Services menu above.
FREE e-book and App; The Dementia Guide for Carers and Care Providers
The Dementia Guide for Carers and Care Providers offers practical information for anyone caring for a person with dementia and has been developed by Health Education England Thames Valley in collaboration with healthcare professionals, educators and carers. The guide aims to support an understanding of the progressive nature of dementia and the challenges a person caring for someone with dementia may experience. Its focus is on living well with dementia.
The Dementia Guide for Carers and Care Providers is available for FREE from iBooks , Amazon Kindle Store and Smashwords or alternatively as an app through the Apple App Store.
Dr Sian Roberts
Mental Health and Learning Disability Clinical Director
ONLINE COURSE for those caring for dementia patients
Newcastle University has created an online course on ‘Staying Connected and Living Well’.
· This 3 week course is free to join.
· It is designed specifically for family, friends and carers of people with dementia.
Patients can register their interest and sign up to the next course when available using this link:
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Health Help Now
Health Help Now is a free advice service website for people in Bucks.
This can be accessed on your phone, laptop or tablet so you can get NHS advice about the best place to go for your health concerns. Go to http://bucks.healthhelpnow-nhs.net/ to access the service. Anyone who doesn't have internet access should phone NHS 111 for instant advice, 24 hours a day.
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Pressure on GP Appointments
Please help us to help you
Online appointments, prescriptions etc may now be found via the Online Services link in the right hand menu. Please note that the prescription link is for the existing website prescription service (manually entered by the patient.)
The appointments link takes you to our new online appointments and repeat prescriptions service, which integrates with the surgery system and which requires a separate sign-up and login.
Only fully registered patients may sign up for this service: if you have completed a pre-registration form on the website you must visit the surgery with your identification documents to complete your registration before signing up for online services.
Online Services - Current and Planned
Online services can now include a limited access to your electronic medical record via the Summary Care Record. Your medication, allergies, adverse reactions and immunisations are now available to view via the online appointments and prescriptions system. You must have already signed up to the online appointments and prescriptions service, however for this part of the service a separate ID-verified process is also required before access can be enabled. Please bring one photo ID and one proof of address to the surgery and complete the consent form available.
A wider access to the coded parts of your medical record is also available via a separate service, which we hope to extend to our Online Appointments and Prescriptions Service in the near future. This includes the above items from the Summary Care Record but extends into coded information in your record from consultations, test results, referrals etc. This will be expanded to include documents by 31st March 2017. If you require access to the coded record please bring one photo ID and one proof of address to the surgery and complete the consent form available.
Summary Care Record
The Summary Care Record went live at the New Surgery on Thursday 30th October 2014. All non-dissenting patients have had an electronic Summary Care Record created for them automatically. This contains your current medication, any allergies you may have, and any bad reactions to medicines you may have had recorded. Only NHS staff directly involved in your care will have access to the Summary Care Record, and only with your express permission (except in an emergency). Further information and a link to the opt-out form are available via the Summary Care Record link and the SCR: your questions link to the right under Further Information.
New Electronic Prescription Service:
This is a new service which will particularly benefit patients whose medication rarely changes and who routinely use the same pharmacy to collect their medication.
You (or your pharmacy) will not have not visit your GP practice to collect the prescription. Your GP will send the prescription electronically to the pharmacy you choose, saving you time.
The prescription is an electronic message so there is no paper prescription to lose.
You will have more choice about where to get your medicines from because they can be collected from a pharmacy close to where you live, work or shop.
The GP can electronically cancel and issue a new prescription without you having to return to the practice, saving you extra trips.
You can change your nominated pharmacy at any time, either at the GP surgery or at the pharmacy.
For more information, see the information sheet A New Way to Get Your Medicines and Appliances on the Prescriptions page.
Please read the literature and complete the nomination form when you are next at the surgery if you would like to benefit from this system, or call the surgery to set your nomination.
It is never too late to be vaccinated against measles. Parents of unvaccinated children, teenagers and young adults who have missed out on MMR should urgently arrange for them to be vaccinated by their GP surgery who have extra stocks of vaccine available now.
If you are unsure of your child's vaccination status, please speak to reception who can check their record. Children who have had only a single dose will require a booster, and those who have never been vaccinated will require 2 doses of MMR vaccine for complete protection.
Occasionally both GPs and nurses will see patients who need extra consulting time, and this may result in extended waits for other patients. We apologise in advance for this. If you feel you are unable to wait to see your usual GP please speak to reception.
Complaints and Comments
If you have a complaint, concern, or even a comment or suggestion about the service you have received from the doctors or any staff working in the practice, please let us know. Where there is concern about the safety of an adult, child or young person or of suspected abuse this can also be received by reception staff. Please request a form from reception. Staff are available to assist with completion if required.
Like To Register?
New to the area and would like to join our practice? We would be happy to help you. Fill in our registration forms and come see us. Find out more
(Site updated 02/01/2018)