Friday Emergency ‘Walk In’ Clinics 4pm-6pm
From 6th September 2019, we will not be offering a Friday Afternoon Emergency ‘Walk in’ Clinic at Willingham Surgery from 4-6pm.
We will continue to run Emergency clinics every Morning from 11:15am, so we advise you to call us as early as possible If you have an emergency which you feel needs to be treated by a GP, you should continue to contact the surgery on 01954 260230 between 8:30am-6pm. We are open until 6pm so you should not call 111 before this time.
Our receptionists will ask for a brief description of your problem so they can seek advice from a clinician. If you arrive at reception without an appointment, the receptionists may take some contact details and send you home to await a call from the GP/Nurse Practitioner. After they have assessed your symptoms, you will be offered the most appropriate appointment. A limited number of emergencies will be available for those most in need following the GP’s assessment. We thank you for your co-operation.
Prescription charges to rise from 1st April
Prescription charges in England will increase by 20p to £9.00 from 1st April 2019, for each medicine or appliance dispensed.
The cost of the annual and three month Prescription Prepayment Certificates (PPC) will remain the same. A three-month PPC stays at £29.10, and annual PPC will stay at £104.00
PPCs offer savings to patients who require at least 4 medicines in three month period and at least 12 medicines during 1 year.
If your GP refers you.....YOU CAN CHOOSE
If your GP needs to refer you for a physical or mental health condition, the NHS constitution says you can choose which hospital or service you go to. Patient Choice allows you to:
Go somewhere you prefer parking
Be treated as soon as possible
Be closer to home or family
Be closer to work
Choose a particular consultant
Ask your GP, call the Choice E-referral manager on 01223 725571/01223 725572 or visit www.nhs.uk/patientchoice and search 'services near you' for further information about which options are open to you when being referred by the GP. A choice is available for most patients in most circumstances. There are exceptions, for example if you are being sent to a triage service or if you need to be seen urgently.
Type 2 diabetes can cause serious long-term health problems.
- You can prevent Type 2 diabetes by eating a healthy, balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly.
- Find out your risk of Type 2 diabetes by using the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk Score at https://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/start
- If you think you or a family member may be at risk, ask at your GP practice about your local Healthier You service.
- There are some groups at higher risk:
- Those from some segments of the BAME community
- Those with a family history
- Your ethnicity may put you at a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Advice for patients:
- Go to riskscore.diabetes.co.uk to get an estimate of your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
- Take up the offer of a free NHS Health Check which will assess your risk of diabetes and other diseases.
- If you think you may be at risk, speak to a GP.
- If you are invited to join the NHS DPP, take up the offer.
- Find out more about the NHS DPP at england.nhs.uk/ndpp.
ChatHealth - Support for young people
Young people aged 13-19 can access ChatHealth which is a confidential Advice and Support Text Service. If you are a young person in need of support and wanting to talk to someone, simply text 07480 635443 to Speak with a School Nurse (weekdays term time only). Telephone Advice and support to children, Young people and their parents/carers is also available by calling the School Nurse "Duty Desk" on 0300 029 5050
If you are not able to attend an appointment you have booked, for whatever reason, please let us know. We can then offer that appointment to someone else who needs it.