GP Patient Survey
The results of the patient survey for July-September 2015 and January-March 2016 have been released and we are rather proud of ourselves, particularly given the building work in the second period. We are above the CCG and national averages in every category and a few of highlights of the survey are as follows:
98% of patients describe their overall experience of this surgery as good.
100% find it easy to get through to us by phone.
95% describe their experience of making an appointment to be good.
99% had confidence and trust in the last nurse/doctor they saw or spoke to.
97% found the receptionists helpful.
Thank you to those who responded. We are very grateful that you recognise the hard work we put in to make this Surgery as good as it can be and will continue to strive to make it even better.
The nights are drawing in once more and that means it must be time for seasonal vaccinations. If your child is 2, 3 or 4 years old as of the 1st of September 2016 or you are over 65 or suffer from a particular condition then they/you are entitled to a flu vaccination. If you are over 65 or suffer from a particular condition you may also be entitled to a pneumococcal vaccination but if you have already had one in your lifetime you do not need another. If you are 70, 71, 72, 78 or 79 as of the 1st September then you are entitled to a shingles vaccination. Pregnant women are also encouraged to have flu vaccination as it helps to protect mum and baby. .
We have put our first October clinics on the system so you can book them as soon as you would like. We try to do as many of these clinics as possible but they are limited so we advise you to book sooner rather than later to avoid being unprotected. If you know of someone who is unable to attend the surgery because they are housebound, please let us know and we will add them to the home visit list.
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Coffee and Cake
The Macmillan Coffee Morning is back and this year it will be taking place on Friday 30th September. We are holding ours from 11.00 until 13:00. The PPG will be running the event with all proceeds going to the fantastic cause that is Macmillan Cancer Support, who make sure that no one faces cancer alone.
We hope to see lots of you there!
There will be a Patient Participation Group Meeting on Wednesday 21st September from 18:30. If you would like to attend then please feel free. We are always happy to welcome new members who want to help us make the Surgery even better.
Blood Pressure UK is running a campaign during September to raise people’s awareness of what blood pressure is and the numbers associated with it.
Blood pressure is the pressure of blood in the arteries. If your blood pressure is too high it can narrow the arteries and blood vessels in your body and this can lead to damage to the brain or heart.
If it is too high over a period of time and not treated, then you will be at increased risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure. High blood pressure is also a risk factor for kidney disease, dementia and some eye conditions.
High blood pressure (also called hypertension) usually has no symptoms, which is why many people do not know they have it. That is why it is often called the 'silent killer'.
The good news is that high blood pressure can be treated and often prevented, and there is lots you can do to lower your risk.
Whether you have high blood pressure, or normal blood pressure, it is important to realise that the higher your blood pressure, whatever it is, the higher your risk of heart disease or stroke. This means that all of us should be adopting a lifestyle that will help to lower our blood pressure whether we have high blood pressure or not.
The only way to find out what your blood pressure is to have regular checks. Keep a record yourself and remember the numbers in the same way as your height and weight. In other words, Know your Numbers! - and encourage your family and friends to do the same.
Blood pressure monitors are readily available to buy so why not invest in your future by regularly monitoring your numbers.