Dear parents, during these worrying times we want to help you keep your family safe. Most children with Covid-19 are not badly affected, so ‘stay at home’ is the message unless they seem to be getting more seriously unwell. For all the other illnesses which affect children, the NHS is still here for you and ready to help – GP surgeries, hospitals, and other frontline staff.
If you need advice, visit www.what0-18.nhs.uk/national or NHS111 online or contact your GP. For information about crying babies, visit www.iconcope.org/parentsadvice.
Remember – if your child is severely unwell and advice is not quickly available call 999, or go to ED.
PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR OWN GP SURGERY AND HAVE YOUR FLU JAB HERE.
If you choose to have your vaccination somewhere else, such as a pharmacy or supermarket it could put the variety and volume of services we offer at risk.
Seasonal flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a flu virus. The virus infects your lungs and upper airways, causing a sudden high temperature and general aches and pains. You could also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a dry cough. Symptoms can last for up to a week.
You may be invited for a flu jab if you are:
- are 65 years of age or over
- are pregnant
- have certain medical conditions
- are living in a long-stay residential care home or 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
- or have a serious long-term health condition, including:
- chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease
- problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS
- being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)
- eligible children who are aged 2 and 3 on 31st August 2018 – that is, children born between September 1, 2015, and August 31, 2017 (Please note: Children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be offered their vaccination in school).
Our Flu Clinics will be held on the following dates:
Saturday, 12th October, at Lake Road.
Saturday, 19th October, at John Pounds.
Saturday, 26th October, at Lake Road.
Saturday, 23rd November, at Lake Road.
Walk In Clinics will start from Monday, 28th October.
If you have any queries please contact the surgery.
Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) is a way of patients having their prescriptions sent directly to a pharmacy of their choice, avoiding the need to collect the prescription from the surgery.
From Thursday, June 6, 2019 Lake Road Practice will start ‘EPS Phase 4’.
This means that patients without a Nominated Pharmacy will have their prescriptions signed and sent electronically.
Patients will be given a Phase 4 Token (still a Green bit of paper) with a unique bar code that can be taken to any pharmacy for processing. This replaces the traditional Prescription you are currently given.
There are certain items that cannot be processed via EPS, however in this case you will still be given a traditional prescription to take to your pharmacy.
So not much changes for the patient, you will still have a paper copy (Token) of your prescription and you can go to any pharmacy, anywhere in England to have this dispensed.
If you would like to nominate a pharmacy you can either use your SystmOnline account or you can speak to a member of the reception team who will arrange this for you.
Further information can be found at: assets.nhs.uk
A NEW integrated 24/7 primary care service is set to improve your care and your access to GP services.
The new service, which starts on June 29, means that you can not only access routine appointments in-hours at this GP practice as you do now, but you can also make weekday evening and Saturday appointments at a city-wide GP hub at Lake Road Health Centre in central Portsmouth.
As well as additional routine appointments the service will offer urgent same-day appointments every day until 10pm, 365 days a year.
The NHS is linking up the following three services to provide a ‘streamlined and unified’ new model for people needing urgent out-of-hospital care.
- The Acute Visiting Service (AVS) – a home visiting service for all Portsmouth GP registered patients needing urgent but non-emergency care
- Enhanced Access Service – to provide routine medical provision from Mondays to Saturdays to registered patients outside of core hours until 8pm, and urgent, same-day appointments until 10pm every day
- Out-of-hours (OOH) provision – accessed through the NHS 111 service, GP care will be provided overnight from 10pm to 8am.
To access the new service, just call the practice on our usual number up until 10pm – and after that use NHS 111 by dialling 111.
You, our valued patients, will experience an effective service, run by local doctors and nurses with full access to your medical records.
This will make our services easier to use and understand, and, at a time of unprecedented pressure on the NHS, it will also make it much easier for us to manage patient demand make better use of our staffing resources.
This new service is not just available to you at our practice – but at all GP surgeries across Portsmouth. Working together for you, to improve your care.
Due to the success of earlier vaccination programmes, measles was extremely rare during the 1990s. This began to change after researcher Andrew Wakefield published a piece of research claiming that there was a link between the MMR vaccine and the developmental condition autism.
Despite serious flaws in this research, it received widespread coverage in the media. The research has been proven to be worthless and Wakefield has been struck off the medical register for
acting “dishonestly and irresponsibly” in his research and “bringing the medical profession into disrepute”.
Sadly, the damage had already been done – there was a drop in
coverage rates (the proportion of people vaccinated against a disease) for measles and this has led to the disease becoming more widespread. In the first quarter of 2013, there were a record 587 cases in England and, worryingly, a number of outbreaks in
schools. Complications of measles include:
- Hearing loss, which may be partial or total
- Learning difficulties, which may be temporary or permanent
- Epilepsy – a condition that causes someone to have repeated fits
- Cerebral palsy – a general term for a set of conditions that affect movement and co-ordination
- Vision loss, which may be partial or total
If you think you are due an MMR vaccination, please contact reception.
9 doctors and 32 other healthcare staff work at the centre which is used by around 1,500 patients a week, mostly from the inner-city areas of Landport and Buckland.
The QPA has only been awarded to 242 practices across the UK. Lake Road is the only practice in the Portsmouth area to have a current QPA.
Three years ago, the 37-year-old Lake Road Health Centre had a £2m internal refurbishment funded by NHS Portsmouth, the city’s primary care trust.
The work included a new reception area and GP consulting rooms, much-improved dental surgeries, a children’s area, GP training rooms, podiatry suites, a new minor operations room, health visitor and education rooms.
For the award the Practice is assessed against 20+ categories for which evidence has to be submitted and a team of assessors visits the Practice from the RCGP for the final assessment. Staff and Patients are then questioned about the evidence submitted.
The award is granted for 5 years.