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Flu Vaccine for Healthy 50-64 Year Olds

The government announced on the BBC this morning that flu vaccine will be available for all healthy 50-64 year olds from 1st December.

We have limited supplies initially but have appointments available to book on Saturday 5th December for a walk through clinic.

Thank you

Covid 19 Vaccination

As a PCN we will be signing up to deliver the covid vaccine. At the moment we do not have any detail on when the vaccine will arrive or which of the various vaccines it will be.

Once we have more information we will be in touch with the patients who are eligible to arrange their vaccination. Please do not contact reception before then.

Lockdown 5 November to 4 December 2020

The government will be writing to all patients who were advised to shield back in the spring and who still remain in the clinically very vulnerable category with advice regarding work and life in general during this second lockdown. They have also published the guidance below on the internet. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

Key messages:

The patients who were asked to shield earlier in the year must follow the same guidance as the rest of the UK with the added request that they try to stay 2m away from even the other members of their household where possible.

If they work they should work from home and if their employer cannot facilitate this then they can either be put on furlough (if eligible) or take the time off sick. NO SICK NOTE IS NEEDED AS THE SHIELDING LETTER IS DEEMED PROOF. 

Household members of this patient group should work from home if they can in line with national guidance but if not then go to work as normal. Children in these households should attend school.

This patient group should not collect their own medication, a family member, carer or volunteer can do this. https://nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk (0808 196 3646) is still up and running and able to help. 

Ethnicity

The government has asked us to record the ethnicity of all our patients by the end of 2020 as part of their preparation for a Coronavirus vaccine. You may be asked by a team member when you contact us or receive a text or call from us asking for this information. If you are not happy to have your ethnicity recorded please let the staff know and they will note it in your record.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Local Covid 19 Cases

Please remain vigilant and observe the precautions recommended by the government. We are open and seeing patients but do not come to the surgery unless we have asked you to. By working together we can all remain safe.

Thank you

New NHS Website

https://www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk/

This website is designed to help people recover from the long term effects of coronavirus, otherwise known as Covid-19.

If you have had Covid-19 you may still have some physical symptoms, such as breathlessness, a cough and lack of energy. You may also have psychological symptoms such as feeling scared or anxious, depressed, having trouble sleeping and struggling to remember or concentrate.

These symptoms, both physical and psychological are common. Your Covid Recovery includes information from experts about how to manage them and look after your health and wellbeing. It also includes information on returning to work, and a helpful section for family, friends and carers of people who are recovering.

Flu Vaccine 2020 - Updated 19.11.2020

Thank you to everyone who has supported the clinics to date. We gave over 2350 vaccines in October.

If you work in a care home and are directly involved with patient care you can book a flu vaccine at the surgery, this also applies to those employed to offer care in a patients home. It does not apply to staff employed by care agencies in other roles.

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As you will have seen on the news the flu campaign has been extended to include otherwise healthy 50-64 year olds. This campaign will take place nationally in  December subject to vaccine availability. We have no start date yet and cannot begin until we are given the go ahead by the government.

Thank you to everyone who has booked and attended an appointment so far, we have had some lovely feedback.

All of our flu letters have now gone out, if you think you should have had one and haven't please use our online consultation system (on the front page of this website) to let us know and we will review your record.

Eligible 2-3 year olds can book with the nurse for an inhaled vaccine.

If you are home schooling please email hdft.childhoodimmunisations@nhs.net or call 01423 542365 to arrange your vaccine if your child would normally be vaccinated at school.

We have had a much bigger uptake on vaccines than normal so we are running low on stock so we may have to ask you to wait for your flu jab. Please bear with us, the leaflet below explains why you need a specific vaccine.

Why do I have to wait?

Thank you

Congratulations to Lauren from the Dispensary

Lauren has had to shield since the start of the pandemic but has now had a bouncing baby boy called Alfie. Lauren will return to her role as a trainee dispenser in 2021.

 

Staying Safe Outside Your Home

If you can, wear a face covering when in an enclosed space where social distancing isn’t possible, or when you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. This is most relevant for short periods indoors in crowded areas, for example, on public transport or in some shops.

Evidence suggests that wearing a face covering does not protect you. However, if you are infected but have not yet developed symptoms, it may provide some protection for others you come into close contact with.

Face coverings do not replace social distancing. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (cough and/or high temperature), you and your household must isolate at home: wearing a face covering does not change this.

A face covering is not the same as the surgical masks or respirators used by healthcare and other workers as part of personal protective equipment. These should continue to be reserved for those who need them to protect against risks in their workplace, such as health and care workers, and those in industrial settings, like those exposed to dust hazards.

Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of 2 or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly. For example, primary age children unassisted, or those with respiratory conditions.

It is important to use face coverings properly and wash your hands before putting them on and taking them off.

WE ASK THAT ALL USERS OF THE MEDICAL CENTRE COVER THEIR FACES WHEN THEY ENTER THE BUILDING. A SCARF IS OK IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A MASK.

The link below explains how to make a covering either with or without a sewing machine.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering

Do you need a test for coronavirus?

The government has announced that tests are available for anyone whatever their age who has symptoms of cough, fever or loss of taste/smell and who has had these symptoms for LESS THAN FIVE DAYS. You can apply for a test using the link below:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-for-coronavirus/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

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THE MEDICAL CENTRE WILL NOT BE OPEN ON A SATURDAY MORNING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE MEDICAL CENTRE AT ANY TIME UNLESS YOU HAVE A BOOKED APPOINTMENT OR ARE COLLECTING MEDICATION FROM DISPENSARY. ALL NON DISPENSING PATIENTS MUST NOMINATE A PHARMACY.

 

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There is also a government website to help you find the support you need during this crisis. This has details on working, feeling unsafe, paying bills, getting food, having somewhere to live and your mental health.

https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-support

VIDEO CONSULTATIONS

You may be asked to take part in a video consultation with the GP. The link below was made by another practice using the same system to be shared nationally.

https://www.pencoedmedical.com/post/how-to-do-a-video-consultation-with-the-doctor

ONLINE CONSULTATIONS

We have online consulting available, why not consider registering and using the system to contact us. The link is on our home page.

How to Sign Up For Online Consulting

How to Send an Online Message to Your GP

THANK YOU

Thank you to Cutz From Above who donated this beautiful piece of art to the practice.

We love it and will display it for everyone to enjoy.

Gift

A massive thank you to Isla and Niamh for our chocolate treats too! We will try not to eat them all at once.

Creme eggs

Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

The NHS across North Yorkshire and Bradford will be better prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases, if the public follows Public Health England advice.

The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of patients and staff which may mean your patient experience is subject to change.

The latest advice is to stay at home for 14 days if any member of your family has

  • a high temperature or
  • a new continuous cough

If you live alone you only need to stay at home for 7 days.

If you need to self isolate and your employer requires evidence please do not contact us for a sick note. Instead use the link below to get an Isolation Note from NHS 111.

https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/

DO NOT GO TO A GP SURGERY, COMMUNITY PHARMACY OR HOSPITAL

You do not need to call 111 to let them know you are staying at home.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online. The link below provides advice on staying at home.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue and wash your hands or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
  • Cover your face when you are inside a public place with people you do not live with such as shops or public transport.

Information remains subject to regular change and updates. More information can be found on the NHS website.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Please bear with us as we try to continue to offer the best service we can given the circumstances.

If you have an email address that you have not shared with us please let us have it to add to your record.

Thank you

 

Health Walks

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

Why not join the Tadcaster walk or the new walk in Boston Spa?

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! You may see some familiar faces from the practice team too.

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

TADCASTER WALK DATES

TBC Post Lockdown

BOSTON SPA WALK DATES

TBC Post Lockdown

CQC Inspection

In October we were inspected by the CQC and found to be good in all areas. We are delighted that the hard work of the team has been recognised. Thank you to all the patients who took the time to complete feedback cards when they were in the surgery.

The York Press has an article about the report today

https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/18140616.kind-medical-centre-staff-praised-report/

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.

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Prescribing of Over the Counter Medication

NHS England has changed its policy on the prescribing of some medication that can be bought without a prescription from the chemist or the supermarket.

Please help us by not asking the GP to prescribe for minor health issues such as those detailed on the website below. You can save yourself time and free up GP appointments for those who really need them. 

http://www.prescriptionchanges.co.uk/

GP Online Service

Try the new NHS App

If you’re a patient at our practice you can now use the new NHS App, a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet.You can use the NHS App to check your symptoms and get instant advice, book appointments, order repeat prescriptions, view your GP medical record and more.

If you already use Systmonline you can continue to use it. You can use the NHS App as well.For more information go to www.nhs.uk/nhsapp'

Parkrun Practice

We are now officially a Parkrun Practice

Why not have a look at this website to see all the benefits of taking part in a local parkrun. They take place on a Saturday at 9am and are 5km long, you can run, jog, walk or even just come along and cheer from the sidelines. If you want to take part it is free but you do need to register as a participant in advance and print off a barcode.

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/ this website has details of all the runs (there are 570 locations) but we have put details of the closest ones below.

Wetherby:  Wetherby Sports Association, Boston Road LS22 5HA

Temple Newsham: Temple Newsham Estate LS15 0AE (this location also has a junior parkrun for children aged 4-14)

York: York Racecourse YO23 1EX

Heslington : York Sport Village YO10 5FG

If you have any photos of yourself taking part in a Parkrun we would love to see them. Dr Reeves and Dr Pitt have shared these photos of them and their families.

Park Run

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

New Park and Ride Service - York Hospital

York Hospital is to launch a new park and ride bus service directly to the hospital in partnership with First York and made possible thanks to funding from York Teaching Hospital Charity.

 

The new service will launch on Monday 29 April 2019 and will run every 20 minutes from Rawcliffe Bar Park and Ride from 6.00am until 8.10pm, Monday to Friday.

 

Tickets will cost £3.20 for an adult return ticket, there will be reduced fares for NHS staff with valid ID.

 

Individual car use and the congestion caused is a big contributor to air pollution in York and the hospital approached First York to help reduce the number of cars travelling daily to and from the hospital.

 

For more information visit: www.firstgroup.com/york.

Change To NHS Prescribing Policy

Over The Counter Medication

The leaflet above details the medication that the surgery will not usually prescribe going forward. This is a national policy designed to use NHS resources more appropriately and not a practice decision. 

Improving Access

The government has an initiative to allow patients to see a GP outside of normal surgery hours for routine care.

After careful consideration of transport links we have opted to be part of the York service offering these appointments.

More detail can be found on their website  https://www.primarycareyork.nhs.uk/

You may find that the reception team offer you an appointment at another site if it is convenient for you, if you are seen using this service you will be asked for your consent to share your data.

Tadcaster Medical Centre will have a GP seeing patients for this service on a Saturday morning. These appointments have to be booked and there will be no service for walk in patients.

Improving Access

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

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.

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. 

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

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 Katie for your vaccine.

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.

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 01423 542360 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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