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Health Walks

https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/yorkshire-and-humber/wetherby-walking-for-health-0

Why not join the new group walking in Tadcaster, they have a 2 km walk on the 19th of October from the Bus Station and finishing at the Lemon Tree for a cup of tea. There is another planned for November 23rd so put that in your diary too.

This scheme is national and is designed to encourage people to start being active, the walks are short and over easy terrain. A group of local volunteers were trained earlier this year so you are in safe hands!

Start point is the bus station at 10 am, the route is approximately two kilometers.

PATIENT PARTNER

We have a new phone system at the practice and Patient Partner is currently out of action. Please bear with us. We will have it up and running as soon as we can.

Did you know?

When you have your flu vaccine at your GP Surgery they receive payment for this vaccination. If you have your flu vaccination done elsewhere the surgery doesn't receive a payment and loses out on much needed funds to invest in staff and the building.

We realise this flu season has been confusing because of the new vaccine for over 65s but please vote with your feet and see one of our nurses for your vaccine this winter.

GP Online

This new service offers another way of contacting the practice with admin or clinical queries at a time that is convenient for you. 

Messages received by 11 a.m. Monday to Friday will receive a same day response but you can access the system 24 hours a day.

GP Online Tadcaster

Flu Vaccines

It is that time of year again.

This year the government has changed how the flu vaccine campaign will happen as there are three types of vaccine from three different suppliers and each can only be given to specific patients.

If your child is age 2-3 or has an underlying health condition we will be in touch in October to let you know how to access an inhaled flu vaccine.

CHILDREN IN RECEPTION TO YEAR 5 WILL BE OFFERED VACCINE AT SCHOOL SO WE WILL NOT CONTACT YOU.

For those who will be 18-64 on March 31st 2019 the normal flu vaccine will be available.

If you will be 65 or over on 31st March 2019 then a different flu vaccine will be offered which tests have shown is more effective in this age group. There is only one manufacturer of this vaccine and they have to supply the whole country so you may find that your vaccine is given later than usual if you fall into this age range.

Dates for the diary:

October 4th - from this date onwards appointments are available to  book with Alison or Emma for a flu vaccine if you are 65 or over.

17th November - 08.30-11.30 there will be a walk in clinic at the practice for all those aged 65-74.

We will be writing to everyone, some of you more than once, to give you more information about how to access your vaccine as autumn progresses.  

Thank you for your understanding.

Online Consultations

Later this month we will be launching online consultations as an additional way of contacting the practice.

There will be two options, one to get help from the practice and the other to get self help information from the NHS. Neither should be used in an emergency and the website will not replace 999 or 111.

We hope that this will offer an easy way to get in touch with medication requests, fit note requests, medical queries or other questions at a time that suits you.

The responses will not be immediate as the site will be available 24 hours a day for maximum patient convenience. 

Our reception team will still be available as usual and this service will not replace Patient Partner or Systmonline which will both continue to operate.

The website will only accept queries from patients who are registered with the practice and you will be required to provide a contact number (or email if you prefer). 

ALZHEIMERS SOCIETY - DEMENTIA ADVICE CLINIC

The Alzheimers Society runs a clinic on the third Thursday of the month here at the practice. You can book a half hour appointment with a Dementia Support Worker via our reception team.

The clinic is aimed at those patients who are worried about their memory, those with a dementia diagnosis and at the carers of both these groups. You do not need to be registered at the practice to use this service.

There are also clinics at other practices across North Yorkshire or at the Alzheimers Society office if the Thursday session is not convenient. The link below takes you to their website where you can see all the support they can offer.

https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/find-support-near-you

Contact Details

Please let us know if your phone number changes. We have recently had problems contacting patients who needed urgent medical care because they had changed their number and not told the practice.

Thank you for your help.

Summary Care Record with Additional Information

The vast majority of our patients have something called a Summary Care Record (SCR) which allows healthcare professionals treating them elsewhere to see current medication and any allergies we have recorded.

The next step is to add more information to make the SCR more useful for clinicians who are using it and add things like any operations you may have had in the past, immunisations or decisions you have made about your care.

None of this will be made available without your consent.

If you would like to upgrade your SCR please complete the form below and return it to reception. 

SCR Additional Information Consent Form

GDPR

On May 25th new rules come into force regarding the data we hold about you as your GP surgery. Our Fair Processing Notice is on our New Patients page. You can download it from this website or request a paper copy from reception.

As a result we will be asking for ID when medication is collected from Dispensary or letters and other paperwork are collected from reception. Please bear with us and our team in this period of adjustment.

Please do not worry about this change. 

National Data Opt Out

The NHS sometimes uses anonymised data for research and planning. If you would rather your data was not included then you can opt out via a new website.

https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/

This opt out applies where you have accessed health and social care in England, if you have previously accessed health services in Wales or Scotland the opt out will not apply.

Your confidential data will still be used to offer you care, any opt out will not change this. If you are happy to have your data used for research and planning you don't need to do anything at all.

Patient Transport

If you are eligible for patient transport you may be interested in registering for the new online portal that the ambulance service is launching. It will allow you to view and manage your transport using a smartphone or computer.

Call 01904 584222 or email patient.zone@yas.nhs.uk to register.

Signposting

The NHS is changing and so are the staff, along with all GP Practices nationally we are working with the reception team  to signpost patients to the most appropriate healthcare professional who may not always be a GP.

Our nurses have been very busy training over the past year - why not see if one of them can help you next time you come to the surgery?

Signposting

How does the NHS Work?

Ever wondered how the NHS works in 2017, the link below takes you to a short film explaining it. Be warned it is a lot more complicated than you think!

https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/audio-video/how-does-nhs-in-england-work?gclid=Cj0KCQiAuZXQBRDKARIsAMwpUeTOXUZ0QazhBDjUOXcI-zKQpDRHCHgYcLkUogL81JJzP_B4Ysa4plcaAvWEEALw_wcB

Have you been referred to hospital?

NHS England, the BMA and NAPP (The Association of Patient Participation) have worked together to produce this leaflet that explains the process and gives you a checklist to take to your appointment.

We hope you find it useful.

What Happens When You Are Referred

Tadcrafters

Please check their website for the latest newsletter.

https://tadcrafters.wordpress.com/ 

Frailty Work

You may have heard on the news that GPs have been asked to do some work with patients who have been identified as severely frail. The leaflet below details why and what sort of questions you may be asked.

NHS Frailty Leaflet

Medicine For Use At School or Nursery

As we head into a new school year we have been asked by our local Medical Committee to remind patients that it is NOT necessary to have over the counter medication (such as calpol) on prescription if you want it to be used at school or nursery.

They have shared the guidance below:

The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage – effective April 2017 identifies current national standards for day care and childminding from birth to five, whereby non-prescription medication can be administered if the parent has given prior written consent for the administration of any medication.

 

The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage – 3rd April 2017 may be accessed at: http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2017/03/EYFS_STATUTORY_FRAMEWORK_2017.pdf

 

For ease of reference it states (page 27):

 

Prescription medicines must not be administered unless they have been prescribed for a child by a doctor, dentist, nurse or pharmacist (medicines containing aspirin should only be given if prescribed by a doctor).

 

Medicine (both prescription and non-prescription) must only be administered to a child where written permission for that particular medicine has been obtained from the child’s parent and/or carer. Providers must keep a written record each time a medicine is administered to a child, and inform the child’s parents and/or carers on the same day, or as soon as reasonably practicable.

 

The Supporting Pupils at School with Medical Conditions - December 2015 statutory guidance for governing bodies of maintained schools & proprietors of academies in England may be accessed at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/484418/supporting-pupils-at-school-with-medical-conditions.pdf

 

It states (page 20):

 

No child under 16 should be given prescription or non-prescription medicines without their parent’s written consent – except in exceptional circumstances where the medicine has been prescribed to the child without the knowledge of the parents. In such cases, every effort should be made to encourage the child or young person to involve their parents while respecting their right to confidentiality. Schools should set out the circumstances in which non-prescription medicines may be administered

 

A child under 16 should never be given medicine containing aspirin unless prescribed by a doctor. Medication, e.g. for pain relief, should never be administered without first checking maximum dosages and when the previous dose was taken. Parents should be informed

Hepatitis B Vaccine

There is a global shortage of hepatitis B vaccine and until further notice GP practices will not be able to order vaccine. You may be able to source one via a private provider if they have stock but all new vaccine in the UK is going only to NHS Trusts who will use stocks for patients who have had exposure or who are at most risk.

http://www.nhs.uk/hepatitisc/SiteCollectionDocuments/pdf/Hepatitis_C_travel_safe_leaflet.pdf

The link above contains advice on minimising the risk of catching blood borne diseases (including hepatitis b) whilst travelling.

We apologise for any inconvenience but this is beyond our control.

The new childhood immunisation containing hepatitis B is not impacted by this. 

Summary Care Record with Additional Information

The vast majority of our patients have something called a Summary Care Record (SCR) which allows healthcare professionals treating them elsewhere to see current medication and any allergies we have recorded.

The next step is to add more information to make the SCR more useful for clinicians who are using it and add things like any operations you may have had in the past, immunisations or decisions you have made about your care.

None of this will be made available without your consent.

If you would like to upgrade your SCR please complete the form below and return it to reception. 

SCR Additional Information Consent Form

Shingles Vaccine

The Department of Health recommends that all 70 year olds book to have a Shingles vaccine with the nurse. If you are currently 70 we will be writing to you this week.

In addition all 78 or 79 year olds and people over 70 but born after 1st September 1942 can also have the vaccine as part of a catch up group. 

WE CANNOT GIVE THE VACCINE TO ANYONE WHO IS 80 OR OLDER OR WHO FALLS OUTSIDE THE GROUPS ABOVE.

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/shingles-vaccination.aspx

Please book to see Nurse Emma or Nurse Rachel for your vaccine.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

There is a global shortage of Hepatitis A vaccine. 

Current information suggests that we will not have access to NHS vaccine stock for at least a month unless treating patients who have had contact with a patient who has Hep A and are therefore at very high risk.

If you are travelling please check updated guidance below as the countries where Hepatitis A vaccine is recommended has been reduced. 

https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

We are told that private providers may have access to stock of the vaccine, the price for this will vary by clinic.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

SELF REFERRAL FOR PHYSIOTHERAPY

There is a new Musculoskeletal (MSK) Service being run by York Hospital. Their website is full of advice for patients about both long and short term conditions.

If you are aged over 17 and are registered at the practice you can refer yourself to the physiotherapy team using the online form.

www.yourphysio.org.uk

NORTH YORKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL- WHATS ON FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES 

We have been made aware of this very useful bulletin by the local Healthy Child team. There are lots of activities local to Tadcaster advertised. The bulletin is at the bottom of the page to download.

http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/article/30465/Tadcaster-and-rural-Selby-childrens-centres

APPOINTMENTS FLOWCHART

At the request of our Patient Participation Group we have updated the flowchart that explains when GP appointments are released on a daily basis. Click on the link in the Appointments section or pop into the practice to pick up a print out.

If you would like to contact the group they have their own email address voyccg.ppgtadcaster@nhs.net.

BUILDING WORK IS NOW COMPLETE!

cake

Dr Reeves welcomed members of the Patient Participation Group  to a celebration on October 19th. We hope you like the new look building.

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/14813849.Party_in_Tadcaster_after_flood_hit_medical_centre_reopens/

CONTACT VIA EMAIL

We understand that some patients may find it more convenient for us to email them rather than sending letters in the post.

If you would like us to update your record to send letters this way please complete the form below and return it to us. The form makes clear the risks inherent in sending personal information about you via email outside of the secure NHS network.

Consent to Use of Email

New System When Booking Appointments 9th May

Please read this letter from the partners at the practice regarding changes to the process when you are booking your appointments. 

2016 Appointments

Named GP & Patient Online

All our patients are registered with us as a practice and can see any GP on the team here. By March 2016 the government has decided that every patient also has to have a named GP linked to their record who will have responsibility for the coordination of care for that patient.

If you would like to know who your named GP is please ask at reception or in your next consultation.

Having a named GP should not change how you use the practice and does NOT prevent you from seeing any GP at the practice as you currently do. For this reason we will not be routinely changing the named GP assigned to your record.

This practice plans to offer the facility for patients to view online, export or print detailed coded information held in their own records before 31st March 2016 (a small group of patients are currently testing the software). If you would like access to this information please complete the attached file and bring it to the Medical Centre with photographic identification. 

Parents are able to have proxy access to this level of detail for their children up to the age of eleven.

Online Registration Form

Drs Reeves, Inglis, Turton, Pitt and Langridge

School Vaccinations

The NHS in North Yorkshire has decided that children aged 5-19 will receive their routine vaccinations at school. Patients at school in the City of York can have their immunisations at the practice as normal, please let the reception team know that your child is at school in York when you call to book your appointment with the nurse.

The vaccine campaigns for 2016 are as follows, you will be contacted by letter via your child's school when the nurses are coming in to vaccinate.

Meningitis ACWY & Teenage Boosters will be offered to all pupils in years 9 and 10

Meningitis ACWY will be offered to pupils in year 11

MMR will be offered to any pupil in years 9, 10 and 11 who has not had two doses of the vaccine

HPV will be offered in year 8 as in the past.

If your child has not had their pre school boosters these canbe done at the practice even after their 5th birthday.

IF YOUR CHILD NEEDS THEIR TEENAGE BOOSTER INJECTIONS PLEASE CONTACT THE SCHOOL NURSING TEAM ON 01845 521680 WHO WILL ARRANGE IT FOR YOU IF YOU HAVE MISSED THE SESSION AT HIGH SCHOOL.

Drs Reeves, Inglis, Turton, Langridge and Pitt

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