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As temperatures soar, local NHS health advisers are urging people to make sure they take care and follow some simple tips to stay cool.

Hot weather can cause dehydration, heatstroke, heat exhaustion and make heart and breathing problems worse.

Tips to stay well in the heat:

  • Stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
  • Stay tuned to the weather forecast on the radio or TV, or at the Met Office website.
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing and a hat if you go outdoors.
  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it’s safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

If someone feels unwell, get them somewhere cool to rest and give them plenty of fluids to drink.

If symptoms such as breathlessness, chest pain, confusion, weakness, dizziness or cramps get worse or don’t go away, seek medical help by speaking to your local Pharmacist, GP or by calling NHS 111.

For more information visit NHS Choices website where there’s lots of good advice on staying safe in the sun.

“There is now an award-winning programme of one-to-one and group support for weight management available free to patients. To register, call the weight management helpline on 0800 022 4524 or e-mail acecic.weightmanagement-adults@nhs.net. Successful, evidence-based programmes are available weekdays, evenings and at weekends in your local area. You can find out more at http://acelifestyle.org/weight-management.”

Mid Essex CCG is working with North East Essex CCG on a week of public engagement to gather views on the Vision Training Clinic provided at Colchester Hospital University Foundation NHS Trust (CHUFT).

The engagement is running until 13 June 2016.

The service is provided by a team of professionals at Essex County Hospital primarily to patients aged between four and 14 with needs relating to dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADD/ADHD and autism to maximise their academic and social progress.

The service also sees patients aged 15 years to adult who are still in education as well as a very small number of people with head injuries or a neurological condition.

The reason for the engagement is to allow commissioners to review services to assess their effectiveness.

An online questionnaire has been developed for patients to complete using the link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DLJCWWH 

 

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care.data – What is care.data? The NHS is changing and services are being restructured. These reforms will impact on the way that clinical data are collected, shared and analysed. Under the powers of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 (HSCA), the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) can, under certain circumstances, require Personal Confidential Data (PCD) from GP Practices without seeking patient consent.

One of the first initiatives using these new powers is the Care.Data service. This service has been commissioned by NHS England and will be delivered by the HSCIC. The HSCIC is England’s central authoritative source of health and social care information.

 In general, such data will only be made available to accredited third parties in anonymised, pseudonymised or aggregated form.  The default position for all patients is that PCD will leave the practice where there is a legal basis.

 Patients CAN object to this it is important that your wishes are respected. If you object to your data being extracted you should let us know in writing so that we can update your records. Further information is available at www.england.nhs.uk/caredata  Click on the patient button for details.

Rivermead Gate Medical Centre is temporarily unable to offer new patient registrations. This is because the registered list size has increased to a number whereby this action is now necessary in order to protect the quality of services offered to those patients currently registered with the practice.

We will only be able to offer temporary patient registration appointments to patients staying in a household that is already registered with the practice and residing in the practice boundary.

New babies born to mothers who are registered here will continue to be be registed. Should you have any queries regarding this decision please ask to speak to the practice manager. We will continue to review the list size on an on-going basis.

We are currently receiving requests from patients for access online to online viewing of their Full Clinical Record and Detailed Coded Record and Questionnairs.
We are unable to administer this service for the time being but will review patient accessibility by the end of March 2016 as per government guidelines. We apologize for any inconvenience and will keep you informed as to when this service is available.

Systmonline can now offer you a summary view of your medical records online.  If you wish to sign up to this you will need to come into the surgery and fill in a form (proof of identity is required).  If you send a representative they will need to bring your written consent. A username and password will be issued to you and this will give you access to your repeat medication list, the ability to book appointments and a summary of your medical records.

If you are an existing user of Systmonline and wish to add the facility of viewing a summary of your medical records we will ask that you fill in a form too.

Click on the links below for further information and to read the practice Statement of Intent in relation to IT developments .

On-Line Access Application Form

On-line patient leaflet

Statement of Intent IT

The NHS friends and family test (FFT) is an important opportunity for you to provide feedback on the services that provide your care and treatment. Your feedback will help NHS England to improve services for everyone.  To read more about the test click on the link below.

 Friends and Family Test

Friends and Family Test cards are available at the reception desk and we would appreciate you taking the time to complete one of these after your consultation.

To complete the test online, please visit here.

WE NOW USE ELECTRONIC PRESCRIBING.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO USE THIS SERVICE PLEASE NOMINATE YOUR PHARMACY 

Nomination means you choose a place for your GP practice to electronically send your prescription to. You don’t need a computer to use EPS. You can choose up to one of each of the following:

  • a pharmacy
  • a dispensing appliance contractor (if you use one)
  • your dispensing GP practice (if you are eligible).

You can change your nomination or cancel it and get a paper prescription. If you don’t want your prescription to be sent electronically just tell your GP. If you want to change or cancel your nomination speak to any pharmacist or dispensing appliance contractor that offers EPS, or your GP practice. Tell them before your next prescription is due or your prescription may be sent to the wrong place.

EPS is reliable, secure and confidential. Your electronic prescription will be seen by the same people in GP practices, pharmacies and NHS prescription payment and fraud agencies that see your paper prescription now.

Sometimes dispensers may see that you have nominated another dispenser. For example, if you forget who you have nominated and ask them to check or, if you have nominated more than one dispenser.

Dispensers will also see all the items on your reorder slip if you are on repeat prescriptions.

Benefits

If you collect repeat prescriptions you will not have to visit your GP practice just to pick up your paper prescription. Instead, your GP will send the prescription electronically to the place you choose, saving you time.
The prescription is an electronic message so there is no paper prescription to lose.
You will have more choice about where to get your medicines from because they can be collected from a pharmacy near to where you live, work or shop.
If the prescription needs to be cancelled the GP can electronically cancel and issue a new prescription without you having to return to the practice – saving you extra trips.
You may not have to wait as long at the pharmacy as your repeat prescriptions can be made ready before you arrive.

You can get all these benefits if you:

  • have a stable condition
  • don’t want to go to your GP practice every time to collect your repeat prescription
  • collect your medicines from the same place most of the time
  • use a prescription collection service now.

You will not get as many benefits, if you:

  • don’t get prescriptions very often or
  • pick up your medicines from different places.