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Online access update

Don't forget to request your medication and book your appointments online. We now offer web bookable appointments for blood tests (phlebotomy), INR (warfarin monitoring) and smears (well woman clinics). These should be booked only when a doctor or nurse has requested you have one of these tests or if your smear is due. We will soon be offering web bookable appointments for the pre-school booster vaccination for children.

You are now also able to message your GP via this service. This can be used for simple queries, such as a medication query, checking if you need a blood test/review, results query.

 

New members of staff

We now have a paramedic practitioner, Jo Matthews. Jo has years of experience working in the ambulance service and has spent the last year working in GP practice. She will be undertaking home visits, triage, consultations and will be helping to look after our more frail patients.

We also have a senior pharmacist, Rachel Nilsen. Rachel has experience of working in primary care and will be responsible for various aspects of patient care such as complex medication reviews and chronic disease management. 

Finally, we have a new GP, Dr Poorvie Hewa Pathiranage, who is doing one surgery a week. She is currently a partner in a practice in Borden, and will be increasing her number of surgeries later in the year. She is interested in all aspects of general practice, specialising in women's health and minor surgery. She is also involved in training junior doctors.  

Ask the pharmacist!

Many common illnesses can be treated at home. Ask your pharmacist for advice on the best medicines and treatments for minor ailments. To find your local pharmacy and its opening times - many are open late into the evening - see www.nhs.uk or call 111. For further information see the "Self help" and "Where to go for NHS care" links on this page.

Prescriptions

PLEASE ASK FOR YOUR PRESCRIPTION IN GOOD TIME . ALLOW  48 HOURS/2 WORKING DAYS BEFORE COLLECTION (Electronic prescriptions only)) Paper prescriptions will take 3- 4 days. If you are using paper prescriptions, please consider signing up for the electronic service.

Evening Surgery

We are open for evening appointments every Wednesday until 8pm (Appointments for this clinic must be booked in advance).


 

Carers Direct

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Are You a Carer?

If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you.  follow the link for our Carers Protocol.

 

There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.

  • Caring for a parent

    Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home

  • Telling people

    Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you're a carer is important so they understand and can support you.

  • Taking a break

    Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it's essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.

  • Housing and carers

    Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?

Contact Carers Direct

Telephone
0808 802 0202
Helpline Information
http://www.nhs.uk/carersdirect/carerslives/updates/pages/carersdirecthelpline.aspx
Email
CarersDirect@nhschoices.nhs.uk
Office Hours
Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines.

Carers support groups

Finance and Law

Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.

 



 
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