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BIG CHANGES AT WILSON STREET!

Unfortunately, two of our doctors are moving on to new chapters of their lives – Dr Burton left Wilson Street at the start of September, and Dr Nkwam leaves us at the end of October. Replacing two doctors has not been easy, and we have taken the decision to employ three Advanced Clinical Practitioners, or ACPs for short. In the best spirit of our vision to train new clinicians, our own practice nurse Angela Parker has been in training to start in this new role, and we are also training Faisal Hussain, a prescribing pharmacist, who will be starting to see patients as an ACP in around six months. At the moment, you might see Faisal doing health checks for some chronic problems. We have also taken on experienced ACP Kelly Elliott. The ACPs are trained to see and treat minor ailments, freeing up GP appointments

BUT WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ME?

From the 1st October you will hear a new message when you call for an appointment, informing you that our reception staff will ask you to briefly describe your problem. This aides us in booking you with the most appropriate member of staff. A comprehensive list of the problems that the ACPs can help with is below:

  • Allergies (e.g. hay fever/ allergic reactions)
  • Asthma, COPD
  • Back, leg and joint pains
  • Breast problems
  • Constipation
  • Coughs & colds, chest infections
  • Cystitis or urinary tract (water) infections
  • Dizziness
  • Eye problems such as conjunctivitis
  • Earache and ear infections
  • Contraception, including Emergency contraception
  • Headaches
  • Indigestion or acid reflux
  • Incontinence
  • Low mood, anxiety problems
  • Men’s Health
  • Minor Injuries, including wounds, burns and scalds
  • Skin problems such as rashes, eczema, psoriasis, ulcers, and insect bites
  • Sore throats
  • Tiredness, fatigue
  • Vaginal discharge and sexual health
  • Vomiting & Diarrhoea

Because of their level of training, the ACPs are unable to treat pregnant women, Kelly cannot see children under 1, and at present Angela cannot see children under 14.

The ACPs will also be available to treat emergency problems.

The bottom line is that we will be offering more appointments and a more efficient service for everyone!

A NEW GP AS WELL?!

In addition to the changes above, we have also employed a new GP, Dr Ghandi. We are very much looking forward to her starting on the 8th of October.

2018 Flu Clinics

Drop In clinics for patients that usually have a Flu Jab have taken place but don't worry, we have appointments available for your Flu jab with the Nurses. Just give us a call to book your appointment.

Dates For Your Diary

The Surgery will be CLOSED from 12noon for staff Training on the following dates:-

Wednesday 7 November 2018

Wednesday 30 January 2019

Wednesday 20 March 2019

 

 

Sick Note to Fit Note

menshealthA new ‘fit note’ been introduced in place of the doctor’s sick note. With your employer’s support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.

 

Fit note – changes explained

The new fit note will be called the ‘Statement of Fitness for Work’ and will be used in England, Scotland and Wales. It will have more information than the present doctor’s sick note.

The main changes will mean:

    • your GP will be able to say if they think you are ‘not fit for work’ or ‘may be fit for work’your GP can add advice to the note for your employer on how simple changes to the job you do may allow you to return to work earlier

    • there will be fewer kinds of medical statements forms issued by GPs

    • If your GP gives you a note that says that you ‘may be fit for work’ if your employer makes simple changes for you but your employer is unable to make those changes or they do not help you then the fit note will function as if the GP had said that you are ‘not fit for work’ – you will not need to return to the GP to get a new note to cover this situation. 

    • Your GP will put on the fit note whether or not he/she needs to see you again at the end of the period covered by the note. Even if your GP has put that he/she needs to see you again but you have completely recovered and you are back to normal working you do not have to see the GP again about your fit note, although you may, of course, wish to see him/her about other matters. There is no need to get a note to ‘sign back on to work’. 

    • GPs do not issue fit notes for the first seven days of absence caused by illness or an injury and they do not issue return to work notes, even if your employer asks you to get these. If you are having trouble with your employer over these matters you should consult your Union or the ACAS help line on 08457 47 47 47.

How the changes will help employees and employers

Research shows that long periods out of work can lead to worse health while working can be good for your physical and mental health and well-being. The longer you are absent through illness, the lower are the chances of you returning to work. Work may help you recover quicker from illness.
 
The new fit note is intended for both employees and employers by helping people back to work as soon as possible. Employees will benefit from better health and well-being because they have gone back to work. Employers will be able to keep skilled staff, contributing to the success of the business and reducing sickness absence.
 
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