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.
Evening and weekend appointments now available
We are now offering evening and weekend appointments with a GP or nurse as part of Extended GP Opening hours. These are for routine, non-urgent issues.
You can book your appointment through our receptionist who will give you a time, date and venue for your appointment.
Our receptionist will also at be able to answer any questions you have about the service and how to cancel or change your booking.
If you would like to find out more please go to www.openlater.co.uk
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.