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Evening and Weekend Appointments

Available Now

 

You can now access additional Primary Care Services in the evenings and at weekends.

 

Improved Access is a Wiltshire-wide initiative where local practices are working together to offer increased availability of services and appointments in the evenings and the weekend. These appointments are available 18:30-20:00 Monday-Friday, and Saturdays,Sundays and bank holidays. This collaboration by practices will ensure all patients in Wiltshire have this option, but this might mean you will be offered an appointments at another practice.

 

Appointment types will vary - some being face-to-face, some on the phone - and there will be a mixture of bookable and same-day appointments available across the week. We will be offering appointments with GPs as well as with other healthcare professionals, such as a Practice Nurse or Health Care Assistant . We are keen to balance the importance of continuity of care with convenient access for patients, while ensuring that the service is safe.

 

To book such an appointment, contact your local Surgery during normal opening times. A receptionist will explain the process, and ensure the booking is appropriate. You will need to give consent to use this service.

 

For more information, please contact your usual GP surgery.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR HEART AGE?

Adults across the country are being encouraged to take a few minutes out of their day to get to know their heart age by taking a free online, ‘Heart Age Test’, which asks physical and lifestyle related information, as well as blood pressure and cholesterol, and determines if someone’s heart is at a higher age than their actual age.

Having a heart age older than your chronological age means that you are at a higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke, which are the two main forms of cardiovascular disease, which is the second leading cause of death in the country. It is estimated that over 50 deaths a day from these conditions could be prevented if people had a better understanding of their heart health.**

The Heart Age Test has been completed 1.9 million times so far and four out of five of those have a heart age higher than their chronological age. To find out your heart age, search ‘Heart Age’ or go to: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-health-check/check-your-heart-age-tool/

 

** This figure has been derived from investigating the number of deaths of this kind in people under 75 years of age


FLU CAMPAIGN 2018/19

Our popular Saturday clinics are now available to book:

Saturday 24th November  - availability now limited, please book soon to avoid disappointment

 

Alternative dates are available if you are unable to attend on Saturdays. Please telephone for details.

YOU QUALIFY FOR A FREE FLU VACCINATION IF YOU ARE IN ANY OF THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

  • Children aged 2 to 9 years old. Pre-school children aged 2 to 3 years will be vaccinated in the surgery. Children aged 4 to 9 years will be vaccinated at school (your school will provide information regarding this). We cannot vaccinate school age children in the surgery unless they suffer from a long-term medical condition.
  • Pregnant women
  • Anyone living with a long term medical condition, eg a heart problem, a chest complaint or breathing difficulties including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma, kidney disease, lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment) liver disease, stroke or TIA, Diabetes, neurological conditions eg MS, Cerebral palsy or learning disability, problem with spleen including removal or sickle cell disease, BMI of 40 and over.
  • Everyone aged 65 and over
  • People with caring responsibilities

 Housebound patients – the practice offers a service to patients who are not able to get to the surgery for their vaccination. If you require a nurse to visit you at home, please contact the surgery to arrange this.

All appointments are available on to book online - SystmOnline https://systmonline.tpp-uk.com/ or telephone 01225 759850 to book your appointment. (please telephone after 11.00am)

Additional information about vaccinations:

Influenza - http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/flu-influenza-vaccine.aspx

Shingles - http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/shingles-vaccination.aspx

Pneumonia - http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/pneumococcal-vaccination.aspx

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NHS England advice on Over the Counter Medicine for patients

GPs should no longer prescribe over the counter medicines for 35 minor ailments and short-term self-limiting illnesses, NHS England has said.

Guidance from NHS bosses sets out how CCGs should curb prescriptions of OTC medicines for eight self-limiting conditions and 27 minor ailments (see below for the full list), which NHS England says are suitable for self care. The guidance also covers prescribing of probiotics and vitamins and minerals.

The restrictions do not affect prescribing OTC medicines for longer-term or more complex conditions, or where minor illnesses are symptomatic or a side effect of something more serious, NHS England said. OTC medicines can also be prescribed if a patient's ability to self manage a condition is compromised  as a result of medical or mental health issues or ’significant social vulnerability’, the guidance says.

GPs can also continue to prescribe OTC medicines if 'in their clinical judgment, exceptional circumstances exist that warrant deviation from the recommendation to self-care.'

Conditions covered by the guidance
  • Acute sore throat
  • Infequent cold sores of the lip
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Coughs, colds and nasal congestion
  • Cradle cap (seborrhoeic dermatitis – infants)
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Infant colic
  • Mild cystitis
  • Mild irritant dermatitis
  • Dandruff
  • Diarrhoea in adults
  • Dry eyes/sore tired eyes
  • Earwax
  • Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
  • Head lice
  • Indigestion and heartburn
  • Infrequent constipation
  • Infrequent migraine
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Mild acne
  • Mild dry skin
  • Sunburn due to excessive sun exposure
  • Sun protection
  • Mild to moderate hayfever/seasonal rhinitis
  • Minor burns and scalds
  • Minor conditions associated with pain, discomfort and fever
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Nappy rash
  • Oral thrush
  • Prevention of dental caries
  • Ringworm/athlete's foot
  • Teething/mild toothache
  • Threadworms
  • Travel sickness
  • Warts and verrucae
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