In an admirable effort to burn off the Christmas calories, staff members from several local GP surgeries met recently take part in a 5km Parkrun.
Braving the early morning frost, over 25 runners and walkers (plus their canine friends) from three West Leicestershire practices took part: Castle Medical Group in Ashby, Measham Medical Unit, and Ibstock House Surgery. Pictured right, the group met up at the Parkrun which takes place at Conkers Waterside, Derbyshire.
The group was inspired to meet up by Dr Nil Sanganee, GP Partner at Castle Medical Group and the CCG's Locality Lead for North West Leicestershire.
Dr Sanganee said: "It was a really good turnout on a very cold Saturday morning and a really good time was had by all. We're trying to promote exercise as part of a social prescribing venture in Northwest Leicestershire, In particular, we're trying to encourage more people to “walk at Parkrun”. Essentially, there is a walking group with its own leader that undertakes Parkrun each week".
Our very own Director of Primary Care, Ian Potter, was the first NHS worker over the finishing line with a very impressive time and "not a bead of sweat on his forehead!" according to one very impressed fellow Parkrunner.
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
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.
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
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.
"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
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