28 Beaumont Street

Spring Newsletter 2018

 

Welcome to our new website.  We hope that you find it useful, informative and up to date. Please do take time to look through.

We would like to welcome Dr Rachel Allan back after her maternity leave and wish Dr Louisa Gill our best wishes as she starts her maternity leave.  We were extremely fortunate to have Dr Gill working here and she has been very popular with both staff and patients.

Also we welcome Shehnaz Akhtar who is our new Health Care Assistant.  Shehnaz is working three days a week here and is able to see patients for:

  • Hypertension reviews
  • Dietary advice
  • NHS Health checks
  • Diabetic foot reviews
  • ECG
  • B12 injection
  • Blood pressure review
  • Shingles and Influenza vaccination
  • Blood tests

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union. It also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU. The GDPR aims primarily to give control to citizens and residents over their personal data.  This will come in to force 25th May 2018.  Please do check the website for more information –and especially our new Privacy notice and details about how we use your information.

Smoking Cessation Services:

Following a period of consultation by Oxfordshire County Council’s Public Health Team on the re-modelling of smoking cessation services, there is now a new provider, Solutions 4 Health, working across Oxfordshire.  This means that in the practice we will only be offering very short consultations for smoking cessation and will be advising patients to make contact with Smokefreelife Oxfordshire.  The practice is no longer able to prescribe medication to help you to stop smoking but Smokefreelife offer drop in clinics with fully trained advisors and are able to offer Nicotine replacement Therapy. Details are:

Smokefreelife Oxfordshire

Telephone 0800 246 1072 or 01865 238 036

Email info@smokefreelifeoxfordshire.co.uk

Text QUIT to 66777

Website www.smokefreelifeoxfordshire.co.uk

DNA’s (Did not Attend)

During the past month 51 appointments were wasted due to non-attendance.  This is increasing each quarter.  Please help us to reverse this trend. If you can’t keep your appointment please cancel it so others can utilise this precious time with our Doctors and Nurses.

Patient Access (On-Line Services).

We would encourage all our patients to sign up for our online services- this will enable you to order repeat prescriptions, make or cancel appointments and view parts of your medical records.  At the moment it is not possible to make online appointments with our nursing team.  You can sign up for this service via our website, or call into the surgery.

Contact Details

Please can you inform us if your contact details change.  From time to time we may have to speak to you urgently and this can be very difficult if we don’t have an up to date telephone number, either a land line or mobile number, or both, is very helpful. Unfortunately we are not able to leave messages on answer machines.

If you provide us with your mobile phone number we may use this to send you reminders about your appointments or other health screening information.  Please let us know if you do not wish to receive reminders on your mobile.

Did you know?

As part of efforts to save money within the NHS, we encourage you to buy treatments for minor ailments rather than have them prescribed. Some ailments can be dealt with effectively by a pharmacist. You will not necessarily need to be seen by the Doctor for minor ailments.

The following can be bought at a reasonable cost over the counter at retail pharmacies:

Antihistamines; Chloramphenicol eye drops; Aqueous cream; Hydrocortisone; Medigel;  Aveeno;  Aciclovir  cream; Oilatum;  Fybogel type products;  Colpermin;  Dioralyte, sachets;  Mebeverine;  Loperamide;  Anusol cream and suppositories; some thrush preparations; Co-codamol;  Paracetamol;  Ibuprofen tablets/ suspension and gel; Athlete’s foot preparations; Threadworm (family treatments), Wart preparations; Olive oil ear drops; Lacri-lube; Hypromellose;  Opticrom Sodium; Chloride Nasal Drops; Panoxyl; Head lice preparations.