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Welcome to this issue of our Practice Newsletter. The newsletter is to provide patients with news and information. If you have any suggestions as to what you would like to see in your newsletter please make a note and place it in the Suggestion Box in Reception.

 

Opening Hours

 

Surgery

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday –  7.00am – 6.30pm

Friday – 8.00am – 6.30pm

Please note that our telephone opening times are:

Monday – Friday

8am – 6.30pm

 

Pharmacy

Monday – Friday: 7:00am 10:30pm
Saturday: 7:00am – 10:30pm
Sunday: 12:00pm – 7:00pm

 

EMERGENCY & OOH COVER

In the event of a serious problem, such as chest pains or collapse, call 999 immediately.

 

Medical advice is always available for emergencies at night, weekends and all Bank Holidays.

 

If you require non-urgent advice, please call

NHS 111

 

 

Confidentiality

 

Should you wish to discuss a sensitive issue away from the front desk, please inform the Receptionist.

 

We will do our best to accommodate you.

Stay Safe in the Sun

 

Sun damage doesn’t just happen when you’re on holiday in the sun. It can happen when you’re not expecting it, for example when you go for a walk or sit in your garden.

 

Sun protection is something you need to be aware of every

day in the summer, whether on holiday or at home. You can

protect yourself by following the SunSmart messages:

–       Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm

–       Make sure you never burn

–       Aim to cover up with a T-shirt, hat and sunglasses

–       Remember to take extra care with children

–       Then use Factor 15+ sunscreen

 

Report any mole changes or unusual skin growths to your GP.

 

Always take special care of children’s skin. The best way to do this is to cover them up and keep them in the shade.

 

Staying in the shade is the most effective and inexpensive way to protect yourself from the sun

 

Holiday Vaccinations

 

If you are intending to go abroad, it’s best to check what vaccinations you may require. You should make an appointment with a Nurse at least 4 to 6 weeks before travel to discuss and arrange any vaccinations and travel advice. A fee may be payable especially if a certificate or note of vaccination is required.

 

Your local Pharmacy can also assist you if you require anti-malaria tablets.

 

Don’t leave getting your vaccinations done to the last minute as we may not have appointments available at short notice and leaving them to the last minute can also affect how effective they are in protecting you!

 

Requesting Medication for Holidays

If you are requesting your medication earlier or needing an extra supply due to holidays, please make a note of this and attach it to your prescription request, so we are able to provide you with the correct prescription needed.

 

We ask that if you are travelling earlier than your prescription due date, we have at least a few working days’ notice