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appointments will be triaged by a GP over the telephone
Your problem may be dealt with over the telephone OR if appropriate, you will be given an appointment time to attend to see a Nurse Practitioner OR GP
We hope this new system will offer more flexibility to our patients and enable us to offer more routine (prebookable) appointments.
WHO DO WE SHARE YOUR DATA WITH ?
Information held about you may be used to help protect the health of the public and to help us manage the NHS.
Information may be used for clinical audit to monitor the quality of the service provided and design new services that fit our local patients health needs.
Your information may be used by NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group in order to ensure appropriate planning of current and future NHS commissioned services, this data will contain no identifiable information.
NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group will only ever use information that has been anonymised and all identifying information removed.”
“Your Big Health Conversation”: Health leaders start debate about the future of healthcare
14 February 2017
NHS leaders are calling on local people to take part in “Your Big Health Conversation”, to discuss the future of the local NHS.
The NHS must change the way it works in future – the ambition is to improve services, at a time when demands on staff are growing, and people’s need for NHS support is growing faster than the resources available to meet that need.
That means that change is inevitable. In broad terms, the direction of travel is clear - more services available close to people’s homes, more joined-up support so patients are not passed from one service to another, stronger efforts to help people stay healthy and independent, a greater emphasis on mental health.
But the details of what those changes will mean for patients are not yet decided, and so the NHS is seeking the views of local residents on some key issues which need to be considered.
For example: How can the NHS help people to live healthier lives, and manage their own health more effectively? How does the health system cope with the growing shortage of GPs? What does a ‘seven-day NHS’ mean in reality? What should be the priorities for improving mental health care?
“Your Big Health Conversation” is being run by the three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) serving Portsmouth, Fareham and Gosport, and South Eastern Hampshire. It is intended as the first stage in an ongoing process of involving local people in rethinking the future of health services in the area.
Dr David Chilvers, the chair of the Fareham and Gosport CCG Governing Body, said: “Some changes to our local NHS are inevitable.
“There are tremendous opportunities for the NHS to radically improve services, and to make life better for our patients – we can do more to help people stay healthy, and also to offer better care when they fall ill. But if we are going to achieve that we must make the best possible use of the resources we have.
“Simply having the same staff, working in the same way, in the same places, and somehow expecting them to deliver the greater levels of care we all need is just not realistic. That means we need to have an open, frank conversation with people about what they want and need from the NHS in the future.
Dr Jim Hogan, the clinical chief officer at NHS Portsmouth CCG, said: “There are thousands of frontline staff doing amazing work locally, but I think we all recognise that the local NHS must find new ways of supporting them to give patients an even better service, more consistently. And we have to do this at a time when funding pressures are growing – that is no easy task, and we so need to have a conversation about how the local NHS can make changes, improve care, and live within its means.
“The fundamental principles of NHS care will not change – care free at the point of delivery, given on the basis of need. That is not negotiable. But we do need to hear from local people about the future of the NHS in this area – what they think the priorities should be, what is most important to them.”
Dr Barbara Rushton, the chair of the South Eastern Hampshire CCG governing body, added: “In future, we hope to develop the NHS so that it is available closer to people’s homes, and is far more ‘joined up’ so that patients don’t face the delays and frustrations of being passed from one team to another all the time.
“But if we are going to get the detail right, and develop services which give people the support they need, we will need to hear from as many people as possible. We need to know what people think about the NHS as it works now, and how it could work in the future, so that we can make the right decisions in the months and years ahead.”
The “Your Big Health Conversation” initiative starts today (8 February). The first part of the programme is to ask people broad-based questions about how they see the future of the NHS, and how the NHS could serve them more effectively.
In the coming months it is likely that health leaders will also start more specific conversations as well, asking people’s views about more specific issues – perhaps how a service can be improved or changed, or whether the NHS should fund a particular treatment or product in the same way as it has done in the past.
When those more specific issues are raised the NHS will ask for everyone’s views, but will also make extra efforts to engage with those who may be affected the most.
All three CCGs have more information on their websites, including the link to submit views to “Your Big Health Conversation”.
To find out more visit: www.farehamandgosportccg.nhs.uk/your-big-health-conversation, www.portsmouthccg.nhs.uk/your-big-health-conversation or www.southeasternhampshireccg.nhs.uk/your-big-health-conversation.
Alternatively, you can go directly to the survey asking for your views about the future of the local NHS: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/bighealthconversation
Named Accountable GP for all patients
All our patients now have a named accountable GP. The named accountable GP is responsible for patients’ overall care and support that the surgery provides to them, but it does not prevent or restrict you from seeing any other GP or nurse in the Practice. If you would like to know who that GP is please contact the surgery. If you have a preference as to which GP you would like as your named GP, the practice will make every effort to accommodate this request.
Patient Information Leaflet - Advice on Dementia including Alzheimer’s Disease
Dementia affects about 820,000 people in England and about 15,000 of these people age aged 65 or less. It is not a single illness but a group of symptoms caused by damage to the brain.
The most common cause is called Alzheimer’s Disease. Another is Vascular Dementia which can develop following a stroke, or if there is blood vessel damage that interrupts the supply of blood to your brain. Dementia is not a normal consequence of growing old. As we get older, many of us notice our brain is not as agile and our memory not as sharp as it used to be. It is quite a common observation but it can make us wonder if these memory problems could be an early sign of dementia.
THE SYMPTOMS OF DEMENTIA INCLUDE:
Memory loss, such as remembering past events much more easily than recent ones.
Problems thinking or reasoning, or finding it hard to follow conversations or TV programmes.
Feeling anxious, depressed or angry about memory loss, or feeling confused, even when in a familiar environment.
Dementia is progressive, which means that the symptoms will get worse over time. It can happen to anyone and there is currently no cure, but treatments can slow the progression of the disease.
If it is diagnosed early enough there are lots of things that can be done to help you overcome problems and improve the quality of your life.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO MAKE THE DIAGNOSIS EARLY?
A diagnosis can help a person get information, advice and support, and enable them and their family to plan for the future. It can also rule out other conditions that might be treatable, such as depression,other causes of confusion.
MEDICATION TO SLOW THE PROGRESS OF THE DISEASE
Depending on the stage of the condition, medication can be helpful. In many circumstances medication can help to slow the progression of the disease. In addition many people with dementia also suffer from agitation and depression and it is important to address these symptoms, which sometimes is best treated with medication.
For further information visit www.nhs.uk or www.patient.co.uk
The content provided in this leaflet is for information purposes only.. Information obtained in this leaflet is subject to personal interpretation and can become obsolete, thus accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Please consult your own healthcare provider regarding any medical issues. Last updated May 2015
Living with dementia rather than suffering from dementia
Dementia and Alzheimer’s are words that are feared by many.
The aim is to help people to remain independent and continue to enjoy their usual activities.
Planning for the future
It is really important to allow people to plan for their future and to let your family know what you would like to happen in certain circumstances.
At a stage where you may need help with your affairs, it is important to have a nominated someone to be your ‘Lasting Power of Attorney’. But, if you leave this too long and you lose the capacity to fully understand the decisions, you are making the process more complicated and expensive.
For more information visit Age UK’s website: www.ageuk.org.uk/publications, and then click Age UK information and factsheets on left hand side. Information Guide 21 - Powers of Attorney.
Ensure you have written a will
Consider producing an Advance Directive (sometimes called a Living Will or Advanced Decisions) which is a written document expressing your wishes about medical treatments you would not wish to have in the future should you lose the capacity to make these decisions. More information is available on the NHS Choices website – www.nhs.uk and then search site for Advanced Directive, also Age UK Factsheet 72—www.ageuk.org.uk/publications
Help and support available
Often people with dementia and their families feel isolated and do not know where to look for help and support.
The good news is that you are not alone and there is help and support available much of it is about improving the quality of life rather than simply medical care.
The Alzheimer’s Society is an excellent source of help and advice (website listed below).
Dementia Advisor Service
In Portsmouth, Solent Mind are available for you to talk to if you are worried about your memory or if you are caring for someone who is living with Dementia. They can be reached on: 023 9273 7106
Keep a diary and write down things you want to remember
Pin a weekly timetable to the wall
Put your keys in an obvious place such as a large bowl in the hall
Have a daily newspaper delivered to remind you of the date and day
Put labels on cupboards or drawers
Place helpful telephone numbers by the phone
Write reminders to yourself – for example, put a note on the front door to take your keys
Programme people’s names and numbers into your phone
Install safety devices, such as gas detectors and smoke alarms
Memory Café— Cosham –call 023 9289 2035
Carers Centre 02392851864
Carers Group 2nd Thursday each month Drayton Institute 2pm to 4pm
Helpful Websites and phone numbers
Alzheimer’s society: www.alzheimers.org.uk 0300 222 11 22
Dementia UK: www.dementiauk.org/information-support 0800 888 6678
NHS Choices: www.nhs.uk
Driving and Dementia: https://www.gov.uk/browse/driving/disability-health-condition
Contact point for Dementia Advisor Service in Portsmouth -
Worried about your child's health and the Surgery is closed ???
Visit this website for advice and guidance:
Sharing your medical records to support your care
Further to the letter you have received recently regarding the sharing of your records please see our list of FAQ's which is on the Summary Care Record Section.
Childhood Immunisations are a very important part of keeping your child healthy and avoiding what can be very serious illnesses.
We would encourage parents to have their children vaccinated in line with the schedule detailed on the Childhood Immunisations tab of this website.
Why vaccinate your children?
As a parent, you may not like seeing your baby or child being given an injection. However, vaccination is an important step in protecting your child against a range of serious and potentially fatal diseases.
Vaccinations are quick, safe and extremely effective. Once your child has been vaccinated against a disease, their body can fight it more effectively. If a child isn't vaccinated, they will have an increased risk of catching the illness.
If more parents have their children vaccinated, then more children in the community will be protected against an illness. This lowers the chance of a disease outbreak.
The only time that it's safe to stop vaccinating children against an illness is when the disease has been wiped out worldwide. For example, when every country had eliminated smallpox in 1979, vaccination against the disease was stopped. It's hoped that polio will soon be eradicated and that measles will follow.
Can you overload a child's immune system?
You may be concerned that too many vaccines at a young age could "overload" your child's immune system, but this really isn't the case. Studies have shown that vaccines don't weaken a child's immune system.
As soon as a baby is born, they come into contact with a huge number of different bacteria and viruses every day, and their immune system copes well.
The bacteria and viruses used in vaccines are weakened or killed, and there are far fewer of them than the natural bugs that babies and children come into contact with. In fact, if a child was given 11 vaccines all at the same time, it would only use a thousandth of their immune system!
What are the side effects of vaccination?
All medicines have side effects. However, vaccines are among the safest and the benefits of vaccinations far outweigh the risk of side effects.
When we're considering a vaccination for ourselves or our children, it's natural to think about the potential side effects. What you need to do is balance the risks against the benefits.
Most side effects from vaccination are mild and short-lived. It's quite common to have redness or swelling around the injection site, but this soon goes away. Younger children or babies may be a bit irritable or unwell, or have a slight temperature. Again, this usually goes away within one or two days.
In much rarer cases, some people have an allergic reaction soon after a vaccination. This is usually a rash or itching that affects part or all of the body. The GPs and nurses who give the vaccine are trained in how to treat this.
On very rare occasions, a severe allergic reaction may happen within a few minutes of the vaccination. This is called an anaphylactic reaction. It can lead to breathing difficulties and, in some cases, collapse.
Remember that anaphylactic reactions are extremely rare (fewer than one in a million). Vaccination staff are trained to deal with this, and these reactions are completely reversible if treated promptly.
Vaccination versus medicine
Vaccination is different from giving medicine to an unwell child to make them better. The benefits of vaccination are invisible. Your child won't become ill with measles or end up in intensive care with meningitis C.
It may be tempting to say "no" to vaccination and "leave it to nature". However, deciding not to vaccinate your child puts them at risk of catching a range of potentially serious, even fatal, diseases.
In reality, having a vaccination is much safer than not having one. They're not 100% effective in every child, but they're the best defence against the epidemics that used to kill or permanently disable millions of children and adults.
- Don't have a vaccination when you're ill
FACT - you should postpone your child's jab if they are ill and have a fever (high temperature).
- Don't have a vaccination if you have an allergy
FACT - your child shouldn't have a vaccine if they've had a confirmed anaphylactic reaction (a severe allergic reaction) to a previous dose of the vaccine or an ingredient in it.
- Don't have a "live" vaccine if you have a weakened immune system
Live vaccines are ones that contain the virus or bacteria they're supposed to protect against, albeit in a weakened form.
It's a FACT that your child shouldn't have live vaccines, such as BCG (tuberculosis vaccination) or MMR, if:
- your child is taking high-dose steroid tablets, or is taking lower doses either alongside other drugs or over a long time. If you’re not sure, check with a GP
- your child is being treated for cancer with chemotherapy or radiotherapy, or has had these treatments within the last six months
- your child has had an organ transplant and is on immunosuppressant drugs
- your child has had a bone marrow transplant and finished all immunosuppressive therapy within the last 12 months
- your child's immune system is lowered. If you’re not sure, check with a GP
- It is a MYTH that you have to avoid or delay your child's vaccination if they have a mild illness without a fever, such as a cough or cold, or if they have an allergy, such as asthma, hay feveror eczema.
- It is a MYTH that you have to avoid or delay your baby's vaccinations if they were premature.
- It is a MYTH that you have to avoid your baby's vaccinations if they have a history of febrile seizures or convulsions (related to fever) or epilepsy, or there's a family history of such conditions
- It's a MYTH that vaccinations can overload a baby's immune system. In fact, only a tiny fraction of your baby's immune system is used by childhood vaccines, and they come into far more bugs in their daily life. This video explains why vaccines don't weaken your child's immune system.
- It's a MYTH that homeopathy can be used as an alternative to vaccinations to protect children against potentially serious infections. In fact, there's no evidence that homeopathy can protect children against disease and illnesses.
- It's a MYTH that it is unsafe to take your baby swimming around the time of a vaccination. In fact, you can take your baby swimming at any time before and after their vaccinations.
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