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NEW: more appointments available at Great Staughton Surgery

These extra appointments are to help us treat you when you need it. If you don’t need an appointment please remember to cancel so someone else who needs it can use it. Book your appointment by calling reception on 01480 860770 or contact us through our website / contact details page.

National Diabetes Audit January 2018

Great Staughton Surgery is taking part in an important national project about people at risk of diabetes and diabetes care and treatment in the NHS. The project is called the National Diabetes Audit (NDA). If you have diabetes, non-diabetic hyperglycaemia, impaired glucose tolerance or pre-diabetes, your GP practice will share information about your diabetes care and treatment with the NDA. The type of information, and how it is shared, is controlled by law and enforced by strict rules of confidentiality and security.

For details about how your information is used, please click on the NDA patient information leaflet link: http://content.digital.nhs.uk/media/15870/Leaflet---Information-for-People-With-Diabetes/pdf/Patinfo_CoreAudit18_leaflet_v1.pdf

Taking part in the NDA shows that Great Staughton Surgery is committed to reducing diabetes and improving care for people with diabetes.
If you do not want your information to be used, please inform the receptionist, your GP or nurse. This will not affect your care.

Keep warm and well this winter!

Cold winter weather can affect your health. Every winter there are about 25,000 extra deaths caused by cold weather – and around 240 in Cambridgeshire alone. 

Winter conditions are associated with an increase in injuries and illnesses such as heart attacks, strokes and pneumonia. It can be particularly harmful to older patients, under five's and patients with long term health condition such as heart, lung and kidney problems.

Keeping warm is an important way to stay well during the winter months.

Top advice to keep warm and well this winter:

  • Keep warm and healthy by keeping rooms heated to at least 18C.
  • Don’t put off getting your flu vaccine, if you’re eligible get it now. 
  • Look out for friends, relatives and neighbours who may be vulnerable to the cold.
  • Stay tuned to the weather forecast and plan ahead with supplies.
  • If you meet the criteria register for priority service with your energy and water suppliers.
  • Have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day and keep active to help you stay warm.
  • Get financial support to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating or help with bills.
  • Have your heating and cooking appliances checked regularly.

Wear a few layers of thin clothing rather than one thick layer, and when you need to go outside wear shoes with slip resistant, good grip soles.

Slips Trips and Fall are more likely during the wet, cold and icy winter weather conditions. Tips for staying steady, especially during winter are: 

  • Wear sturdy, well fitting suitable shoes outdoors 
  • Ensure steps and paths are clear before you walk. Be especially careful if you see wet pavements that could be iced over  
  • If you feel unsteady avoid going out when icy 
  • Make sure rubber tips on the end of sticks have a good tread – when they wear smooth they can skid on wet surfaces and should be replaced.
  • Wrap up warm outside and stay warm at home too as muscles work more efficiently when they are warm, helping to prevent falls. Set your living room temperature to 70ºf or 21ºc and your bedroom to 64ºf or 18ºc
  • Make sure you have regular hot drinks during the day and get up and walk around indoors for a few minutes regularly if you can do this safely.

Flu (Fluenz) Clinics for School Aged Children

Has your child missed their School Flu appointment? If so, there are clinics arranged at the Oak Tree Centre in Huntingdon, which you can book by calling Tel: 01354 644284.

Baby & Child Immunisations

The Nursing Team administer baby and child immunisations. The reminder / recall service is managed for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group by an organisation called PROVIDE - Child Health Information Service (CHIS). If PROVIDE CHIS have the incorrect information for your child or you believe your child has previously had this immunisation, please contact them directly on tel: 0300 303 9997. For all other queries; please contact your GP Practice.

Child Health Information Service  (CHIS) - Tel: 0300 3039997 / Email: provide.childhealth@nhs.net / www.provide.org.uk

Use the NHS wisely this winter

Every time you visit your GP it costs the NHS £45 (this is the average cost calculated by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group for a GP consultation, cost of medication, and dispensing fee). You can treat minor winter illnesses such as colds and coughs, sore throats, and upset stomachs easily at home with medicines, which you can easily buy at low cost from your local pharmacy.

A good idea is to stock up on winter essentials, which are available from the Surgery dispensary:

  • pain relief (paracetamol)
  • cough and sore throat remedies
  • a first aid kit
  • upset stomach treatment
  • rehydration treatment
  • heartburn and indigestion treatment

Having these at hand will save you time and help you to feel better quicker, whilst helping save the NHS much needed resources. Your pharmacist can also offer you advice and guidance on the best treatment for you – no appointment needed.  Pharmacists are also available in the evenings and over the weekend.

Speak Your Mind - A new mental health magazine!

Produced by people with their own experiences of health challenges, Speak Your Mind magazine has been created not only to give people access to the wealth of support and information out there, but also to give readers the opportunity to share their experiences and learn from each other. That might be through telling their personal story in the magazine, explaining their approach to wellness or sharing a poem they find inspirational. To download the magazine for free go to http://www.cpft.nhs.uk/about-us/recovery-college-east.htm

Winter is here - are 'Self Care' aware?

.. the Kids returned to school, and the bugs have arrived... 

Coughs and colds, upset tummies, sickness bugs and headlice are among some of the main culprits, all of which can be treated at home with basic medicine available from your local pharmacy - no GP appointment or prescription required! Alternatively practice nurses, can help with lots of minor conditions which mean you don’t need to see a GP.

Remember that children can get between eight to 10 colds a year, and a cough can last at least three weeks before it starts to improve. Visiting your GP and getting medication on prescription, which could be easily bought over the counter, costs the local NHS approximately £45 each time you visit.

For further information on treatment of common childhood illnesses you can view or download the local NHS ‘Your Guide to Childhood Illnesses’.  A handy guide on common childhood illnesses for parents of children under six, it also has information about spotting the signs of a serious illness and local NHS services.

link to the guide is:
https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/leaflets-and-guides/your-guide-to-childhood-illnesses

.. Young Adults are now at university

Whether you’re a fresher or in your final year or a parent of a university student, we have a few basic health care tips for students.

1. Get a ACWY vaccine It protects against four different strains of meningococcal bacteria that cause meningitis and blood poisoning (septicaemia): A, C, W and Y. Ask your GP!

2. Register with a GP at university You never know when you might need medical help. If you take regular medicines that are only available on prescription, for example the contraceptive pill, make sure you have enough to last the term or until you can register with a doctor close the university.

3. Take a first aid kit with you. It might not be the most exciting thing to pack but a first aid kit with plasters, painkillers, treat for upset stomachs, thermometer, tweezers, insect bite cream or spray and antiseptic cream is a good start.

.. Stock up your medicine cabinet

Now is a good time of the year to give your medicine cabinet a review. Below is a good basic first aid kit that all homes should have, it means you have the right things for basic first aid, and it’ll also save you a trip to the pharmacy if you’re not feeling well. You can stock up your first aid kit at the Surgery

First Aid kits should include:

• plasters, tweezers, scissors and safety pins
• small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings and sticky tape
• at least two sterile eye dressings
• triangular bandages and disposable sterile gloves
• alcohol-free cleansing wipes and a thermometer
• skin rash cream such as hydrocortisone and antiseptic cream
• painkillers such as paracetamol , aspirin (not to be given to children under 16), or ibuprofen
• cough medicine and antihistamine tablets
• eye wash and eye bath

Have a look at our Advice for Young Patients page for information about going off to university and your health. There is also a good list on the dispensary services page for what to stock up your medicines cabinet with.

Have Your Say - Join Our Patient Group

Our next patient event will be 12.30 on Wednesday 24 January 2018 at the Surgery. We will be taking a look at visiting the Surgery from the perspective of a patient living with Dementia. This may be useful if you are a carer or have a family member who you would like to help.

Our January / February 2018 newsletter is now available from the link below

Surgery Newsletter Jan & Feb 2018

Practice Leaflet 

Practice Leaflet - January 2018

Friends and Family Test

Would you recommend our GP practice to friends and family if they needed similar care and treatment?
Please fill in a Friends and Family form available in the waiting room and drop it into the Surgery box, all responses are anonymous.

If you would like to give us feedback on our services, please feel free to email the surgery and add the subject Friends & Family within your text. Our email address is greatstaughton@nhs.net .

Getting to the Surgery

There is a Bus Service for Great Staughton, details are available from the following link: https://greatstaughton.com/2016/06/20/new-bus-service-to-huntingdon/

Prism: The mental health service in your GP surgery

Prism (Primary care Service for Mental health) is a service run by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT).

The service, which runs Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, has rolled out to 37 surgeries around the county. It provides specialist mental health support for GP surgeries so that patients with mental health conditions can access prompt advice and support, receive help in a community setting and experience a more joined-up approach to care.  Prism is for anyone aged between 17-65 years with mental health conditions and is based on a person’s needs rather than their diagnosis.

You can find out more about the service on our website here - http://www.cpft.nhs.uk/services/prism-service.htm 

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