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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 been arranged for:-

Saturday 29 September 2018 at Wilson Street Surgery

Saturday  6 October 2018 at Wilson Street Surgery

Saturday 13 October 2018 at Taddington Road Surgery

All clinics are DROP IN from 8.30am until 12noon.

Dates For Your Diary

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

Thursday 13 September 2018

Wednesday 19 September 2018

Wednesday 7 November 2018

Wednesday 30 January 2019

Wednesday 20 March 2019

 

 

Self Care - Guidance for patients

Many of us will have a cold, sore throat or other minor illness at some point during the winter and some of us will have flu. The most common winter illnesses will usually get better without the need to see a doctor.

Here are some tips to help you keep well and self care through the winter months:

 1. Treat yourself at home

Colds, flu and most sore throats do not need antibiotics and you can treat your symptoms at home. Make sure you get lots of rest, drink plenty of water and take pain relievers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, if you need them.

 

2. Order repeat prescriptions and book your flu jab in good time

If you take regular medication make sure you order your repeat prescriptions from your GP surgery in good time. And if you're eligible for a flu jab - it is available free from your GP if you are over 65, pregnant or have a long-term condition such as heart failure, diabetes or respiratory disease - make an appointment at your surgery. Children aged two and three can have the vaccine as a nasal spray.

 

3. Speak to your pharmacist

Your local pharmacy can recognise many common health complaints. They can give advice or, where appropriate, medicines to help you manage the symptoms.  If your problem is more serious or you need medical advice, your pharmacist will advise you to contact your GP.

You can also ask your pharmacist what over the counter remedies to keep in your medicine cabinet at home to help get you and your family through the winter months.

Pharmacy First is now available in Derby

Everyone can go to their pharmacist for free advice or to buy a medication for a minor ailment.

Your pharmacist can also help you decide whether you need to see a doctor or if self treatment is enough. They may suggest a treatment that you can purchase from the pharmacy or receive for free through the ‘Pharmacy First‘ scheme if you qualify. Most pharmacies are open throughout the day and there are some that are also open until midnight and at weekends.

If you qualify for free prescriptions you could receive free treatment from your local participating community pharmacist for the following conditions without having to see your GP:-

  • Athlete’s foot
  • Bacterial conjunctivitis
  • Constipation
  • Dental pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Earache
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Hay fever
  • Head lice
  • Insect bites/stings
  • Sore throat
  • Teething
  • Temperature/fever
  • Threadworms
  • Thrush

Qualification for free medication through ‘Pharmacy First’ is subject to pharmacy participation and if the patient qualifies for free NHS prescriptions. You can check eligibility for free NHS prescriptions here; prescription costs and eligibility.

 

4. Check online for information and advice

There is lots of information on the NHS websites about how to keep well, check your symptoms or use self-care to stay healthy and treat common winter illnesses such as colds, sore throats and flu.

Visit NHS England
Visit NHS Northern Ireland
Visit Scotland
Visit Wales

 
You can also get advice on how to self care, including leaflets to help you manage the most common ailments from the Self Care Forum website.

Visit the Self Care Forum

For some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about how best to provide self care, click on the link below:-

Self Care FAQs.pdf

 
If your symptoms persist, or you are at all unsure, always seek advice from your GP, nurse or pharmacist.
 

When Should I Worry? - A Guide for Parents

Click on the following link to access this useful guide for parents with children complaining of coughs, colds, earache or sore throats.

When should I worry - Booklet for Parents.pdf

Self-Treatment of Ear Wax

Click on the following link for useful information and frequently Asked Questions about ear wax and how to treat it yourself.

Self-Treatment of Ear Wax

 



 
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