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
Lake Road Practice and John Pounds Surgery have now merged.
As many of you may know, Lake Road Practice and John Pounds Surgery successfully combined lists on 1st July 2020. This will have no effect on your General Practice Healthcare.
For years, Lake Road Practice and John Pounds have been run by the same management, with many of the staff, including clinicians working between the two sites.
With Covid-19 affecting us all this year, John Pounds Surgery site has been temporarily closed. We have been telephone triaging patients at Lake Road and seeing patients when required at the Covid secure Lake Road site. This ensures that we can help you as quickly and effectively as possible.
This merger is confirmation of a partnership that has dated back to 2013 and was approved by Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group as being in the best interest of you, our patients. To reassure you there has been no changes to staff or GPs.
The Long Term Plan published by NHS England requires GP practices to work together as larger groups to cope with the challenges and demands facing their services, including GP recruitment and retention.
This merge puts us in a strong position and we have a full complement of GP’s, Nurses and support staff. We are additionally recruiting new roles to help support our patients as much as possible.
We look forward to restarting clinics at John Pounds as soon as we can offer a suitable Covid secure service.
We welcome your feedback via our Patient Participation Group. For details please contact the Practice.
We know that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) will have a serious impact on the lives of
women, children and men who are experiencing domestic abuse. Fears over jobs,
financial pressure, school closures, working from home and all the other current
changes to our day to day lives are likely to result in an increase in domestic abuse
If you’re already living with domestic abuse, then the restrictions put in place while
the government tries to slow the spread of the virus have probably left you fearful of
being isolated in the house with your abuser and as if there is nowhere to go for help.
You may not be able to see the friends and family who usually support you, and some
of the places where you go for help or treatment may be closed or offering a reduced
service. Please remember that you can still call 999 if you or someone else is in danger.
While some domestic abuse support services are not able to offer face to face
meetings at this time, there is still help and advice available online and over the
phone. These local and national organisations are working hard to ensure they
can still support you.
Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service – 03300 165112
Stop Domestic Abuse (Portsmouth) – 023 9206 5494
Aurora New Dawn – 023 9247 9254
Yellow Door (Southampton) – 023 8063 6313
PIPPA (Southampton) – 023 8091 7917
You Trust (Isle of Wight) – 0800 234 6266
National Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247
Men’s Advice Line – 0808 801 0327
National LBGT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428
If you’re a child or young person and domestic abuse is happening
in your home or relationship, then call Childline on 0800 1111.