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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

 

 

Top Tips For Winter

 

1 Get your flu jab if you’re at risk

Protect yourself and your loved ones by getting your flu jab. Those eligible for a free jab are people with certain long term conditions, including children, over 65s, carers and pregnant women. And don’t worry - you can’t get flu from the jab. Contact your surgery for further information.

 

2 You don’t need to go to the GP with a cold

If you get a cold you can usually look after yourself by resting, drinking plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration and avoiding strenuous activity. Painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol can relieve aches and pains.

 

3 Make good use of your local pharmacy

Your local pharmacy can provide advice as well as over the counter remedies, and can help you decide whether you need to see a doctor.

 

4 Phone your surgery early if you need a same day response

Contact your surgery early in the day to alert them, this will enable them more time to assess your concerns than if you contact them late in the day.

 

5 Make sure your medicine cabinet is stocked up

Make sure you have stocks of cold remedies, painkillers, antiseptic cream and plasters. Always keep medicines out of the reach of children.

 

6 Get your repeat prescriptions in good time before the holidays

Your GP surgery will be closed on Bank Holidays and not all pharmacies will be fully open either, so make sure you pick up repeat prescriptions in advance – but don’t order things you don’t need.

 

7 Remember how to contact a doctor out of hours

If you think you need to see a doctor but your surgery is closed, just phone your usual surgery number and you will be redirected to the out-of-hours service. This is provided by local GPs and nurses working together, eg. as part of Derbyshire Health United.

 

8 Get to know the alternatives if you can’t see your GP

If your surgery is closed and you can’t wait for an appointment, you can go to:

• Derby Walk-in Centre, Osmaston Road

01332 224700 (8 till 7.30 every day)

•  Derby Open Access Centre, St Thomas Road

01332 275610 (8 till 8 every day)

You can also call NHS Direct on 0845 4647 for advice 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Don’t forget that A&E is only for real emergencies, and you can be seen more quickly at these centres or by contacting the out of hours service via your usual GP surgery number.

 

9 Keep warm

To keep warm at home during the day, try to heat your main living room to around 18-21°C (64-70°F) and the rest of the house to at least 16°C (61°F). Set the timer on your heating to come on before you get up and switch off when you go to bed, and in very cold weather, set the heating to come on earlier, rather than turning the heat up.

If you feel cold at night, use a hot water bottle or electric blanket – but never use both together. And don’t forget to wrap up warm if you do go out. Check the weather forecast so you are prepared.

 

10 Eat healthily

Food is a vital source of energy for everyone, which helps to keep your body warm. Try to make sure you have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day and keep in touch with your friends, family and neighbours in case they have not been able to get out to the shops. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables – try them in stews and soups – and keep some tins in stock when snowy/icy weather is forecast.

 

'Stay Well this Winter' Campaign

For top tips on taking care of your health and staying warm during the cold winter weather, click on the following links:-

Cold Weather Plan - key Public Health self-help messages

http://nhsstaywellderbyshire.co.uk/

http://health-info.service.nhs.uk/3IW9-BDD7-BB2ZSW3KD6/cr.aspx

Winter Friends

Click on the tab below for information about the Derby Winter Friends project run in association with Community Action.

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