We are hearing that there are some particularly nasty strains of flu around this year and we wanted to find all our "65's and over" AND patients with Long Term Conditions that it is not too late to book in for your flu jab. Ask at reception.
Facts and Figures for December (minus Christmas):
- This month we dealt with 4345 calls, lower than last month
- The average waiting time was 1 minutes and 57 seconds, Lower than last month
- This month our secretaries have dealt with 314 referrals, lower than last month
- We are now able to collate all prescriptions figures for the practice, this month we dealt with 26,000 prescriptions.
- There were 157 Did not Attend (DNA) appointments, 30 less than last month
As we are heading towards the colder weather it is really important for you to cancel your appointment with us so another patient can use it.
Please contact the practice to cancel your appointment in plenty of time so that it does not go to waste.
Please remember that if we have your up to date mobile phone number you can email your cancellation to us.
New FREE Physical Activity Intervention
A new free physical activity intervention that will be starting in January 2018. This intervention is called the Better You programme and includes x 3 health assessments at weeks 1, 6 and 12, health assessments include Blood pressure, Weight, BMI and Cholesterol and a one hour weekly physical activity session. There will be courses in Coalville, Ashby (Castle Medical Group), Measham and Castle Donington limited places are available and will be allocated on first come basis. If you have any questions or queries about the session please do not hesitate to contact Tel 01530 454606 or email email@example.com
Physiotherapy Direct Service
if you are over 16 and have problems relating to your joints or muscles you can now self refer to the physiotherapy service without seeing your GP by ringing their Direct Service number on 01509 564379 (Monday to Friday from 08:00-15:00)
Withdrawal of Macphersons bus service
Macpherson Coaches have notified Leicestershire County Council that they will be withdrawing service 1, 2 & 3 from Ashby-de-la-Zouch with effect from 27th January 2017.
As services 1, 2 & 3 are fully commercial, with no contractual arrangements between Leicestershire County Council and Macpherson Coaches, please contact Macpherson Coaches directly on 01530 414101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you require any information about the decision to withdraw the service.
Leicestershire County Council is exploring alternative transport provision in order to meet the essential travel needs of residents affected by the withdrawal of this service who are not within walking distance to a served stop (please see map). Please contact the Customer Service Centre on 0116 305 0002 or email ChooseHowYouMove@leics.gov.uk to discuss your travel needs. Full details can be found at http://www.choosehowyoumove.co.uk/withdrawal-of-macpherson-services-1-2-and-3-ashby-de-la-zouch/
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.
Our PPG will be asking for your views about the bus service stopping on 3rd and 4th January 2018 (time to be confirmed)
"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.
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
Diabetic Eye Screening
The Annual Diabetic Eye Screening programme will be commencing after the New Year. Should you need this service you will be sent a letter with your appointment. If you have any queries, call Tel: 0116 258 3150
New Blood Pressure Machine – GO's LIVE
Our PPG have worked tirelessly fund raising and gathering donations in order to buy this machine for all of our patients.
The machine will be located in the main reception area.
This means that any of our patients that need to have their blood pressure measured can do so without having to make an appointment at the practice.
We have won an award!
We have received a ‘stunning performance’ certificate.
We have been named Practice Champion’s for our referrals to the East Midlands Healthier you: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (DPP).
Most people would be shocked to know that around 22,000 people with diabetes die early every year. Type 2 diabetes is a leading cause of preventable sight loss in people of working age and is a major contributor to kidney failure, heart attack, and stroke.
As well as the human cost, Type 2 diabetes treatment accounts for just fewer than nine per cent of the annual NHS budget. This is around £8.8 billion a year.
There are currently five million people in England at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. If these trends persist, one in three people will be obese by 2034 and one in 10 will develop Type 2 diabetes. However, evidence shows that many cases of Type 2 diabetes are preventable.
There is also strong international evidence which demonstrates how behavioural interventions, which support people to maintain a healthy weight and be more active, can significantly, reduce the risk of developing the condition.
The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) will identify those at high risk and refer them onto a behaviour change programme.
The NHS DPP is a joint commitment from NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK.
If you would like further information please go the NHS website www.england.nhs.uk
Did you know
We have the following clinics here at the health centre: Osteopathy, Acupuncture, ultrasound, Echocardiograms, balance and hearing clinic, diabetes educational programmes, Hypnotherapy, Pilates and foot care. See "Clinics & Services" for more details.
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