3rd December 2020
Self-Care is about what actions we take to recognise, treat and manage our own health.
The NHS England national guidance aims to reduce the routine prescribing of products for conditions that:
• Are, considered to be, self-limiting, and therefore do not need treatment as they will get better on their own accord.
• Lend themselves to self-care i.e. the person suffering does not normally need to seek medical advice and can simply and effectively manage the condition by purchasing over-the-counter items from their local pharmacy.
• Can be treated with over-the-counter products in a more cost-effective manner than via a NHS prescription.
Self-Care is an important priority nationally and Kings Lane want to remind you of the health expert on the high street – the community pharmacist.
Pharmacists are highly trained health professionals who are the right people to see if you need clinical advice or over the counter medicines to help safely manage a wide range of minor health concerns such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy troubles and aches and strains.
Pharmacists are trained in managing minor illness and can assess symptoms and recommend the best course of treatment or simply provide reassurance, for instance when a minor illness will get better on its own with a few days rest. And if symptoms suggest it’s something more serious, they have the right clinical training to ensure people get the help they need.
Dr Paula Cowan, Chair of NHS Wirral CCG said, “Many residents are unaware of the extensive services provided by Pharmacists and their teams and so will attend their GP with minor ailments for management and reassurance. Using a pharmacy for minor health concerns is easily accessible and swift, but will also help free up GP time for more urgent appointments and reduce non-emergency A&E visits.”
“Pharmacists will help you choose the right treatment for your ailment and can explain the normal duration of symptoms. Under the Think Pharmacy scheme, they can also treat certain conditions which previously would have needed a GP review. They can also support you to stop smoking, manage your weight, and can often provide flu jabs and blood pressure checks. Many pharmacies also have private consultation rooms to ensure your privacy.”
“If you have a cold it is worth remembering that antibiotics won’t help. Taking antibiotics encourages bacteria to become resistant and may reduce their benefit when you really do need them”. If you want advice about minor ailments or how to manage your medicines, visit your pharmacist first.
Elf on the Shelf
3rd December 2020
So the elves have been visiting the practice recently. They have been very good and have followed the "Hands, Face, Space" guidance, received Flu vaccines and even had a diabetic foot check.
If any of our patients still haven't received a flu vaccine, (including the new additional cohort of patient aged 50 to 64 years) please contact the practice. Please note we are still open during covid.
Practice Opening / Appointment release times
24th November 2020
Please note: The practice is open Monday to Friday from 8am till 6.30pm excluding bank holidays.
All GP appointments for on the day are released at 8am. We no longer release appointments at 1pm. Please try and call as early as possible as we only have limited numbers of appointments and if they have all gone you may be asked to call another day.
Nurse appointments can be booked up to 4 weeks in advance.
PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE PRACTICE FOR ANY APPOINTMENTS IF YOU HAVE ANY COVID SYMPTOMS OR HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID
Flu Vaccine for 50-64 year olds.
24th November 2020
We have been given the go ahead to start providing flu vaccines for patients aged 50-64 years.
We will be shortly be contacting patients in this cohort to invite you to receive your vaccine during December.
Please Note. Any other patients who are eligible for Flu vaccines can still receive them too -Please contact reception to book
Covid 19 and isolation
3rd November 2020
Please see the attached file shared from Keep Wirral Well via Wirral Council. Its a really useful guide to when to isolate if you, family or colleagues have symptoms.
It explains when you should stop isolating too in a simple table. Apologies if the text on the guide is small - we did not create this so don't have the facility to edit it.
PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE PRACTICE IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OR HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS.