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Christmas and New Year Opening

Please note that the surgery will be closed from 4pm on Monday, 24 December and will reopen at 8am on Thursday, 27 December

Please note that the surgery will be closed from 4pm on Monday, 31 December and will reopen at 8am on Wednesday, 2 January

If you need urgent medical assistance during this time, please see "when we are closed" under the "Opening Times" tag above.  If your symptoms are life threatening ring 999 

Can you help our residents Westwood House Residential Home 

to unlock their memories of Christmases past, as they enjoy Christmas present with family, friends and our staff members? Your Health Group are asking for your Christmas Cards of Kindness, wherever you are in the world! They would like you to fill your cards with happy memories of your own Christmases past, and remind their residents of some of the things they might have received, experienced and enjoyed in years gone by. What are your favourite Christmas memories? What were, and are your own Christmas traditions? Your recollections could help their residents to recall what their Christmases sounded, smelled and tasted like, and will inspire moments of nostalgia that really enrich the lives of those we work with, and for. They are keen to learn more about Christmases around the world, too. They are asking for anecdotes, poetry and prose, and the odd photo if you have anything particularly nostalgic to share. Who knows, you may well remember something that makes you smile, too. Christmas is for love, friendship and warm, fuzzy memories after all...!

They are hoping that all of our homes will receive cards, to inspire happiness, reminiscence and wellbeing far and wide.  Westwood is one of the homes that we look after and thought it would be a lovely gesture if some Christmas Card of Kindness could be sent there:

- The Residents, Westwood House Residential Home, 35 Tamworth Rd, Ashby-de-la-Zouch LE65 2PW, UK.

Elf Day

We are holding an Elf Day on Wednesday, 19 December in support of the Alzheimer's Society. Staff are being encouraged to find the Inner Elf and dress up as Elves for the day. Please show your support in the fight against Dementia.

Over 65's flu Jab

are now available, please attend a flu "sit and wait" clinic if you are eligible

Do you look after someone

you may be entitled to a free flu jab, ask at Reception to see if you qualify.

Extended Hours Appointments 

We are increasing the number of appointments available for you to see a GP in the early mornings, evenings or at weekends across West Leicestershire.

Depending on your individual circumstances and symptoms, we may offer you an ‘extended access’ appointment. Please note however, that these appointments will not be in your usual GP practice and may not be with one of your usual GPs or nurses.

Depending on the reason for your appointment, and if you are in agreement, it may be suitable for you to see an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, instead of a GP.

The clinician you see will be able to access relevant sections of your medical notes and will communicate what has happened during your appointment back to your usual GP practice.

These appointments will be available at the following locations:

  • Loughborough Urgent Care Centre at Loughborough Community Hospital
  • Coalville Community Hospital
  • Hinckley and Bosworth Community Hospital

If you would like to know more please visit the CCGs website www.westleicestershireccg.nhs.uk/latest-news/268-extended-access-appointments

PPG Meetings 

First Tuesday of the month at 10.30am until 12.00 noon.  NB: January's meeting is Tuesday, 8 January 2019 (11.15-12.30)

New ID requirements 

With effect from Monday, 3 September 2018 and in line with GDPR, we will require patients to produce photo identification when they attend the surgery to request:

  • To Whom it May Concern Letters
  • Copies of ANY medical information
  • Medical Questionnaires
  • Holiday Cancellations

Please see attached for full Details

Are you a Veteran?

If you are a Veteran please let us know to help ensure you are getting the best possible care.

Please see NHS choices link below for more information on services available for Veterans.

https://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Militaryhealthcare/Pages/Militaryhealthcare.aspx

Public Transport

Public Transport Timeable (September 18)

Any residents with mobility difficulties will continue to have access to Community transport provided by Marlene Reid Centre Community Action. Further information can be obtained by contacting the centre on 01530 512 457.

Usual websites: ChooseHowYouMove@leics.gov.uk  https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/buses-and-public-transport 

"Keep Antibiotics Working" Campaign

We are sure that you will all have seen the Public Health’s video campaign about not having antibiotics unnecessarily and we here at the Health Centre are actively campaigning on reducing the unnecessary subscriptions for these types of medicines.  Please be aware when you are offered alternatives to antibiotics, this is because the antibiotics will not help with your condition and only make your body immune to them when you do need to be prescribed them. Please see attached link to watch the video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ef4QHUS5760 

New Non-Emergency Patient Transport

From 1 October 2017 TASL will take over the responsibility of providing non-emergency patient transport for eligible patients to and from hospital in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland from Arriva.

TASL have been liaising with Arriva to ensure a smooth transition of transport already booked for 1 October and beyond.  For New bookings please ring 0345 241 3012.  Please see attached link Non-Emergency Patient Transport for more details.

If you are a frequent user of non-emergency patient transport, TASL may have already given you a ring to explain what is happening and how this may affect you.   They have asked that you do not make any unnecessary/repeated calls to check on transport that has already been booked during the transition as they expect to be busier than usual.

Carer Mornings

Our PPG host a Carer's Coffee Morning every first Thursday of the month between 11:00-12:30 in our Health Education Room at the practice.

This will be an opportunity to talk to various organisations about different issues that have an impact on being a carer as well as meeting and talking to other carers. There will be refreshments provided.

If you are a carer but have not yet registered with us, please pick up a carer pack from reception or ask to speak to our Carer Champion, Jayne Buxton for further information or speak to her at one of the sessions.

Type 2 Diabetes - FREE education course 

If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and would like to attend a FREE education session you can now book yourself onto an EMPOWER course online at www.empowerllr.co.uk/course-info

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