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Dr Jill Fletcher

After nearly 25 years at Wilson Street Surgery I will be stepping down as a partner on the 30th June 2019.

Although I will still be working in general practice I will be significantly reducing my clinical workload and will be focussing on my roles training and supporting current and future GPs.

It has been a privilege to look after my patients and it is hard to go. However I know you are in good hands with the all the other doctors and staff at Wilson Street.

I would like to thank you for the kindness you have shown to me personally over the years.

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 last year, and Dr Nkwam left 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 Tia Gandhi. Dr Gandhi joined us on 8 October.

Dates For Your Diary

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

Wednesday 15 May 2019

Wednesday 17 July 2019

Wednesday 18 September 2019

Wednesday 20 November 2019

Wednesday 15 January 2020

Wednesday 15 March 2020. 

Groups Eligible for Seasonal Flu Vaccination:                            

Patients eligible to receive the seasonal flu vaccine for winter 2018/19 are:

  • All people aged 65 years or over
  • All those aged 6 months or over in a clinical risk groups
  • All pregnant women
  • All 2 and 3 year olds
  • All children of school years 1 and 2 (delivered through a Schools programme)   
  • People living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where there is a risk of high morbidity and mortality.
  • All Carers
  • Frontline health and social care workers (HCW) involved in patient care.

 

Have your Flu jab at your GP Practice

Flu Clinics Dates For 2019

DROP IN Clinics will take place on:-

Saturday 28 September 2019 at Wilson Street Surgery

Saturday 5 October 2019 at Wilson Street Surgery

Saturday 12 October 2019 at Taddington Road Surgery

If you usually have a Flu Jab, please make a note of the above dates in your diary.

Groups Eligible for Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccination:

Patients eligible to receive the Pneumococcal Polysaccharide vaccine are:

  • All patients aged 65 and over who have not already been vaccinated
  • All those aged 2 years to 64 years and suffer with a chronic disease. 

To arrange your vaccination, please contact the surgery and make an appointment with the Practice Nurse.

CHILDHOOD SEASONAL FLU VACCINATION PROGRAMME 

If your child is currently age 2 & 3 years please contact the surgery and ask for an appointment with the Practice Nurse for your child's flu vaccination. 

Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children causing fever, stuffy nose, cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints, and extreme tiredness, often lasting for several days. 

The programme will be extended over a number of years to include all children aged 2 to 16 years inclusive.

Why should my child have the flu vaccine?

  • The vaccine is given as a nasal spray and is easy to give and painless.
  • The vaccine contains weakened flu viruses to prevent them from causing flu, but allows your child to build up immunity, so if they come into contact with someone with flu they are unlikely to get ill.
  • Flu can be a nasty illness that can lead to a stay in hospital, especially for children with other medical conditions.
  • If your child gets flu they won’t be able to go to school/nursery for several days and will need to be cared for at home, meaning you may need to take time off work.
  • Protecting your child can stop the flu spreading to others, in particular to grandparents, who may be particularly at risk to flu.

CHILDREN'S FLU CLINICS

Will be available for booking in September 2019 

Protecting your child against Flu

Further information/questions & answers can be found by clicking on the following link:

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/child-flu-vaccine-questions-and-answers.aspx 

 

Please telephone the surgery to book an appointment with the practice nurse.

Shingles

Studies show that Shingles affect many patients aged 70 and over. The severity can increase with age, can lead to hospitalisation and around 1 in every 1,000 cases is estimated to result in death for patients over 70. For 1 in 2 patients there will be an impact on sleep, daily activities and life enjoyment. Severe pain associated with Shingles can last for months or even years for some patients and this can be very difficult to manage.

By having the vaccination you will be significantly reducing your chances of developing Shingles.

Routine Shingles Vaccination programme

We are vaccinating patients who have not yet been vaccinated but reached the age of 70 on or after 1 September 2013.

Catch-Up Shingles Vaccination programme

We are vaccinating patients who are aged 78 years to 80 years and who have not previously had a Shingles vaccination.

To arrange your Shingles vaccination, please contact the Surgery and ask for an appointment with the Practice Nurse.  

 

 

 
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