We are planning for our two GP practices to merge this autumn.
No formal application has yet been submitted, but we will be sending the proposal to the Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group (PCCG) in late May 2022.
If the CCG agrees to the plan, we are hoping to formally merge before the end of the year.
This merger will help us sustain our services to you. By pooling our clinical skills and staff resources, our vision to offer improved high-quality services – and access to those services.
From a patient perspective, both practices will continue to operate as normal, and patients will still attend their usual practice as they always have done.
We will be providing further information, including Q&As, over the coming months. There will also be further information provided in our waiting rooms.
Self care – Practise self-care for life
Self-Care Week is an annual UK-wide national awareness week that focuses on embedding support for self-care across communities, families and generations. At your GP Practice we have been busy filming some advice from your GPs, nurses and other surgery staff. Have a look at our You Tube channel and see if you can spot your favourite member of our team: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWeoOZ-b_SmP1aUJfsuakdQ?view_as=subscriber
MOVE, EAT, SLEEP, REPEAT
Both our physical and mental health are impacted by our lifestyle
Eating a healthy balanced diet accompanied by regular exercise is essential in maintaining physical and mental health and well-being. Not only are these effective in preventing excess weight gain or in maintaining weight loss, but healthier lifestyles are also associated with improved sleep and mood. For ideas and inspiration visit www.nhs.uk/change4life
Did you know you can get that from the pharmacy?
Pharmacists can offer advice and over-the-counter medication to help with a range of common conditions and minor injuries such as:
- common ailments such as coughs, colds, sore throats and the flu
- tummy trouble
- access to the morning after pill and pregnancy tests
- mild skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, impetigo, athlete’s foot
- bruises, sunburn, and minor burns and scalds
- constipation and piles (haemorrhoids)
- hay fever, dry eyes and allergies (including rashes, bites and stings)
- aches and pains, including earache, headache, migraine, back pain and toothache
- vomiting, heartburn, indigestion, diarrhoea and threadworms
- period pain, thrush and cystitis
- head lice (nits)
- conjunctivitis, cold sores and mouth ulcers
- warts and verrucas
- nappy rash and teething
It’s that time of year when we cannot make enough vitamin D from sunshine. To keep bones and muscles healthy, it’s best to take a vitamin D supplement every day between October and early March.
Vitamin D supplements are available from most pharmacies, supermarkets and other retailers. Just 10 micrograms a day is all you need – it’s the same for kids and grown-ups.
Food sources of Vitamin D include:
- oily fish – such as salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel
- red meat
- egg yolks
- fortified foods – such as some fat spreads and breakfast cereals
If you’re having sleep problems, there are simple steps you can take to ease those restless nights. Find out how to get to sleep and how to sleep better. www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/mental-health-issues/sleep/
TO ALL OF OUR PATIENTS
If you received your first dose of your COVID-19 vaccination in December between Friday 18th and Monday 21st then you will receive your second dose this week as planned.
We are continuing to contact our patients starting with those who are most vulnerable.
We know that you, like us, are struggling with the confines imposed upon us all due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Everyone is trying to make the best of the situation and, as a practice, we are committed to caring for you in the best possible way whilst keeping both you and our team safe.
To keep you as informed as possible, we will update these messages frequently as we become aware of more information from NHS England:
- Please do not telephone us to ask when or if you are going to get a Covid Vaccine.
- We will contact you individually if and when you are invited to have a vaccine and will keep this website updated.
- The vaccine will be given in order of priority to those at highest risk first.
- Please act on your invitation when it comes, and make sure you attend your appointments.
- It is essential, if you are given a vaccine, that you return for the second part of the vaccination on the date that you are advised to.
- Please continue to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives.
Meanwhile, we all need to keep to the advice of hand-washing, face masks and social distancing but we all look forward to the time when we will return to life as normal.
Thank you for your patience
Lake Road Practice