Coronavirus - Covid 19
Coronavirus – update
DO NOT visit the practice or A&E if you are concerned, seek advise online from NHS 111
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next or call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country and your symptoms
Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu.
Latest travel advice from the National travel Health Network & Centre https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/news/498/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-update
Also latest advice from the Foreign Commonwealth Office regarding any other countries affected by Novel Coronavirus https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. GO online to 111 for advice, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.
Further information is available on nhs.uk
Changes have been made to our online booking system in view of COVID -19.
In order to mitigate any risk that a potentially infected patient may book in online and then attend the practice, we have now changed our face-to-face appointments booked online to telephone triage appointments.
The Government has announced we have moved into the delay phase of COVID19. Recent travel abroad is no longer relevant.
What is important are symptoms:
- If you have a new continuous cough or a high temperature/fever you and the people you live with must self-isolate at home for at least 14 days from when your symptoms started. You do not need to contact the practice or 111.
- We expect the NHS to be exceptionally busy in the coming weeks.
- If you are unwell, with serious symptoms that you cannot manage at home, or you are not seeing any improvements after 7 days please visit NHS 111 online at https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19. DO NOT VISIT THE SURGERY, THE PHARMACY OR A HOSPITAL. Remain in isolation. The 111 service will assess you and advise on what to do next.
- Only if you do not have access to the internet should you ring 111.
We are aiming to reduce the number of face-to-face appointments we provide and to manage more patients over the telephone.
This is for your safety and that of our team.
We are screening the reasons for all appointments, please do not take offence when a member of our team asks why you need to see a doctor or a nurse, and please be honest when you are asked about your current state of health especially respiratory symptoms and fever. This is again for your safety as well that of other patients and our team. If you do attend for an appointment please attend alone unless it is essential you are accompanied eg a parent bringing a child, carer bringing an elderly relative. Thank you.
We have temporarily disabled the appointment booking system online to ensure all appointment requests are screened prior to booking.
We encourage all patients to request medication via our online system and to choose to collect their medication from a pharmacy of their choice rather than calling in with prescription requests and coming back later to pick up a prescription. It is important that we reduce the number of unnecessary visits to our building. Our team will be encouraging patients to help us by ordering online and picking up direct from pharmacies. Please do help us to help you by responding positively.
Everyone can help support the UK’s response by:
• following public health authorities’ advice, for example on hand washing.
• reducing the impact and spread of misinformation by relying on information from trusted sources, such as that on www.nhs.uk www.publichealth.hscni.net and www.gov.uk
• checking and following the latest FCO travel advice when travelling and planning to travel http://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
• ensuring you and your family’s vaccinations are up to date as this will help reduce the pressure on the NHS/HSCNI through reducing vaccine-preventable diseases.
• checking on elderly or vulnerable family, friends and neighbours.
• using NHS 111 (including online, where possible), pharmacies and GPs responsibly, and go to the hospital only when you really need to. This is further explained on the NHS website – http://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/urgent-and-emergency-care/when-to-go-to-ae/
• being understanding of the pressures the health and social care systems may be under, and receptive to changes that may be needed to the provision of care to you and your family.
• accepting that the advice for managing COVID-19 for most people will be self-isolation at home and simple over the counter medicines
• checking for new advice as the situation changes
STROLLS FROM THE SURGERY
Reduce Heart Disease and Strokes
Improve balance and reduce falls
Improve your fitness
Improve Mental wellbeing
Every Thursday from 4th April 2019 there will be a short easy walk starting
from Rosegarth Surgery.
The walks will begin at 12.30pm and finish by 1.15pm.
You do not need any special equipment for the walks, just sturdy shoes and a waterproof coat.
Walks will be provided in partnership with CREW
If you need more information please ring Warren on 0770 6915833
The best way to manage hay fever is to check the pollen forecast and try to avoid exposure to pollen.
There are lots of ways to minimise exposure and ease your hay fever symptoms.
What is hay fever and what causes it?
Hay fever is a common allergic condition. It is caused by an allergic reaction to pollen. Pollen is a fine powder released by plants as part of their reproductive cycle. When these tiny particles come into contact with the cells that line your mouth, nose, eyes and throat, they can irritate them and trigger an allergic reaction.
During an allergic reaction the body releases a number of chemicals. These chemicals then cause the symptoms of hay fever, such as watering eyes and a runny nose. Hay fever is also called seasonal allergic rhinitis because symptoms tend to occur at the same time, or in the same season, each year.
You can have an allergy to: • Tree pollen - late March to mid May • Grass pollen - mid May to July • Weed pollen - end of June to September
What are the symptoms of hay fever?
- Frequent sneezing • Runny or blocked nose • Itchy, red or watery eyes (also known as allergic conjunctivitis) • An itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears. Less commonly, you may experience: • Loss of your sense of smell • Facial pain • Sweats • Headaches
Hay fever symptoms vary in severity and your symptoms may be worse some years than others, depending on the weather conditions and the pollen count. Hay fever symptoms are likely to be worse if the pollen count is high. The pollen count is usually given as part of the weather forecast during the spring and summer months. Your symptoms may start at different times of the year, depending on which types of pollen you are allergic to.
While symptoms of hay fever may be mild, they can interfere with your sleep and your daily activities at school or work.
How do you treat hay fever?
- Pollen avoidance - Taking steps to minimise your exposure to pollen, such as closing windows, wearing wraparound sunglasses and avoiding grassy areas. Rub a small amount of Vaseline inside lower nostrils, this helps to stop pollen entering the nasal passages. • Antihistamines - Antihistamines help block the effects of one of the chemicals released during an allergic reaction. This prevents the symptoms of an allergic reaction occurring. • Steroid nasal sprays - Steroid nasal sprays can help reduce levels of inflammation around the eyes and inside the nasal passages. • Eye drops - Eye drops containing anti-inflammatory medicines.
Where to go for help and advice
Most cases of hay fever can be treated using medication from a pharmacy or supermarket. By going to the pharmacy you’ll be saving yourself time, freeing up GP appointments for people with more urgent needs as well as doing your bit to help the NHS save money on unnecessary prescription costs.
Your Local Pharmacist can offer you help and advice on which medication is right for you.
Calderdale Commissioning Group (CCG) Advice on Hay Fever treatments here
Meet the new clinical team.
After months of recruiting, we are very please to announce that we now have a complete team of clinicians.
The Team consists of:
Dr Paul Sawczyn
Dr David Taylor
Dr Deepa Prasad
Dr Helen Davies
Dr Richard Loh
Dr Julia Taylor
Dr Cath Hugh
Dr Kirti Chaudhari
Dr Edward Rice
Dr Andy Storr
Dr Nathan King
Dr Brittany Staniforth
Specialist Nurse Practitioner Deborah Colledge
Practice Nurse Hilary Hibbin
Healthcare Assistant Andrea Adams
Healthcare Assistant/Student Nurse Vicky Daniel
If you would like a FLU VACCINE & you are registered at Rosegarth or Siddal Surgeries, please book your FLU JAB by contacting the surgery
You are eligible to receive a free flu vaccine if you meet any of the following criteria:
¨ You are aged 65 years of age and over on the 31st March 2019
¨ You receive carers allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
¨ Children over the age of 6 months with a long term health condition
¨ Children aged 2 or 3 on the 31st August 19.
¨ You are pregnant
¨ You have certain medical conditions
¨ You have a BMI over 40.
In a nutshell, GDPR (aka the new General Data Protection Regulation) has been created to give you more control over how businesses store and use your personal data. It will also make it easier for you to find out what information a company has about you, and update it as and when you want.
What does this mean for Rosegarth & Siddal Surgeries?
We’ve always collected, stored and used your data safely and securely.
What data we collect from you, as well as what we do with it
Who we share your data with, and why we do this
How long we store your data for
What rights you have in relation to the data we hold on you
Please click to access our Privacy Statement.
Latest Newsletter - April 2018 download here: April 18 Newsletter
Changes to products available on prescription in Calderdale
NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has recommended that GPs stop routinely prescribing a number of lower value products and branded medicines. The NHS in Calderdale could save around £300,000 each year by stopping prescribing these self-care treatments, which are widely available to buy, without a prescription, from pharmacies and supermarkets.
Please see our prescription section for further details.
Dial 111 for all urgent care and when the surgery is closed.
Changes to how to order your Repeat Prescriptions from 1st April 18
From 1st April NHS Calderdale CCG has taken the decision to recommend that we cannot accept orders from 3rd Parties (Pharmacies, online pharmacies and medical equipment supplies).
We understand that we will have a certain cohort of patients who will need assistance with ordering their medication. The practice is working closely with local pharmacies to identify patients who should be EXEMPT.
- You will now need to order your own medication.
- Why this is happening:
- Prevent waste through medicines being over ordered.
- Reduce spend on unwanted medicine
- Prevent stockpiling medicines
- Put patients in control of their own medicines.
You will need to order your repeat prescriptions from Rosegarth/Siddal Surgery when you have at least 7-10 days of medicines left.
- Did you know you can order online using a smartphone app or a computer? Please ask a receptionist for an online registration pack. You will need to show photographic ID & proof of address in order to obtain access and password.
- Drop off or post your repeat prescription request at the Practice.
- Remember we need 2-3 working days to issue a prescription, so don’t leave it till the last minute.
For further information on how to order click on this link: https://www.calderdaleccg.nhs.uk/prescription-ordering/
CQC Inspection 9th January 2018
CQC inspections & ratings of specific services
People with long term conditions
Families, children and young people
Working age people (including those recently retired and students)
People whose circumstances may make them vulnerable
People experiencing poor mental health (including people with dementia)
This practice is rated as Good overall.
The practice was previously inspected on 21 April 2015. On that occasion the practice received a rating of Outstanding overall, with ratings of Good for providing safe, caring and well led services; and Outstanding for providing effective and responsive services.
Early Morning Appointments
We offer appointments from 7am every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday mornings, please book in advance as these slots prove very popular.
We now have visa machines installed at both sites
Incoming calls to Siddal Surgery each Monday and Friday will be handled by the Rosegarth team, between the hours of 8am-10am.
This allows us to provide patients with the best possible service at the business' peak incoming call time.
If you are a Carer for anybody or have a Carer, please let reception know and ask for a Carers Pack.
Carers are entitled to the seasonal flu vaccine. For more information, click on the link Carers UK.