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Self Care Week Starts 16th November 2020

We are taking part in the national awareness week on Self Care 16-22 November.  This is a particularly challenging time for all our patients and staff and we want to encourage everyone to look after their mental and physical health.

We will be posting daily videos online throughout the week giving lots a great tips and ideas supporting improving our health and wellbeing.

Please click on the link below to access the videos:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWeoOZ-b_SmP1aUJfsuakdQ?view_as=subscriber.

Flu Jabs for 65+

FLU JAB’S NOW AVAILABLE FOR THOSE AGED 65 OR OVER.

Your free annual flu vaccination for those aged 65 or over are now available. If you turn 65 before 31st March 2021 then you are also eligible. Help us keep you safe this Winter by having the injection at Lake Road Practice. To get your flu vaccination simply turn up on Monday-Friday between 9:30am and 11:30am. No appointment neccessary! For those unable to attend Lake Road we will also be offering vaccinations at John Pounds Surgery on Wednesdays between 9:30am and 11:30am.

 

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.

 

ABOUT THE FLU

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.

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Practice Merge

Lake Road Practice and John Pounds Surgery have now merged.

 

Dear Patient,

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.

Regards

The Management

Domestic abuse – where to get help during the Covid-19 pandemic

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
incidents.

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.

An Important Message to Patients

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.

Flu Vaccination Clinics

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
  • diabetes
  • 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.

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New Phase of Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) starts

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

New 24/7 service will improve your care and access to our GP services

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.

Patient Notice – MMR Catch-Up…

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.