FLU Vaccinations- It's not too late!
If you haven't yet had your flu vaccination it's not too late. Please contact us to make an appointment ASAP
Please support your local surgery and get your vaccination at one of our clinics!
Influenza and winter infection may not be your main concern at this time of year or in this incredible weather; but we are already planning our campaign for flu prevention for the forthcoming winter season as we are so aware that prevention is better than cure.
If you are in one of the eligible risk categories (listed below), we would highly recommend that you book in for your immunisation with us. We can then document straight away in your medical records that you are protected.
All our clinics are staffed by the practice team you already know and trust: our nurses and doctors who may have been treating you for ongoing health conditions will be there to provide you with flu immunisation and relevant advice.
You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you:
- are 65 years of age or over
- are pregnant
- have certain medical conditions such as:
- chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma (which requires an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment, or has led to hospital admission in the past), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease or multiple sclerosis (MS)
- problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medication such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)
- are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
- receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
The flu vaccine is free on the NHS for:
- children over the age of 6 months with a long-term health condition
- children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2017 – that is, born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2015
- children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3 and 4
- Children aged between 6 months and 2 years of age who are eligible for the flu vaccine should have the flu jab.
- Children eligible for the flu vaccine aged between 2 and 17 will usually have the flu vaccine nasal spray
We are delighted to welcome our new partner Dr Ben Boxall. Dr Boxall was with the practice for 6 months in 2016/17 as a trainee GP and has now joined us as a partner working Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
Electronic Repeat Dispensing
Electronic repeat dispensing is a way to issue 12 months of scripts directly to a patient's allocated pharmacy, to save them having to request a monthly repeat prescription from the practice. It is suitable for patient who are on 1 or 2 medications, and who have not required any changes to their dosage over the last 12 months. The practice already has some patients who receive their medication in this way, and we are looking to increase this. Our practice is collaborating with NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) who is providing NHS numbers for those patients that maybe suitable for electronic repeat dispensing prescriptions. The information is obtained from NHS prescriptions submitted to the NHSBSA. A member of our clinical team will contact these patients soon to explain the benefits of this service.
NHS Prescriptions for medicines available to purchase over the counter
From 31 May 2018, a range of medicines that are available to buy over the counter from pharmacies and supermarkets will no longer be routinely prescribed by GP surgeries.
These are medicines associated with a number of minor, short term conditions, which either get better by themselves or you can treat yourself.
The decision in Gloucestershire follows a recent national consultation and NHS England guidance which recommends this change (referenced below). As a commissioner (buyer) of services and treatments, the CCG has a duty to plan and prioritise fairly and use the public money available to achieve the maximum health benefit for the people of Gloucestershire.
The annual prescribing cost for these medicines in Gloucestershire is around £2 million which we think could be put to better use to support more serious health conditions. Costs to the NHS are often higher than those over the counter when other fees are included such as those for dispensing or medical consultations.
The change will also help to ease some of the pressure on GP surgeries, so doctors and other healthcare professionals can concentrate on patients with more serious or long term conditions.
The average cost of many of these medicines no longer prescribed on NHS prescription will be around £2 to £3 - for example olive oil ear drops, antifungal skin cream or antihistamine tablets. The price of these items may vary slightly, but will range from 30p (for a small packet of paracetamol) to around £5 (for a bottle of branded cough medicine). Please discuss the best range of medicines available to you with your community pharmacy team.
We hope that you understand the rationale behind this decision. If you have any concerns about how this will impact your health, please discuss with your GP or Practice Nurse during your next appointment. If you have any concerns or complaints about the decision, please contact the CCG at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on the conditions affected can be found on the link below:
NHS England guidance: https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/conditions-for-which-over-the-counter-items-should-not-routinely-be-prescribed-in-primary-care-guidance-for-ccgs/
GDPR Regulations - see our Patient Privacy Notice
New regulations come in to law on 25th May 2018 on how we store and manage your information.
Please see our Patient Privacy Notice. This will help you to understand how we manage and store your personal information.
New evening and Saturday AM clinics available
As a member Practice of Cheltenham Peripheral Cluster we now participate in the provision of Improved Access appointments via a shared rota. This gives patients an opportunity to book an appointment with General Practice each weekday Monday to Friday 18.30 - 20.00 hrs, Saturday mornings from 08.30 – 12.30 hrs.
Records are shared across the practices with adherence to strict IT Governance and Confidentiality rules and a signed Information Sharing Agreement has been signed and approved by each practice Named Improved Access Lead and approved by each practice Caldicott Guardian.
The Cheltenham Peripheral Cluster consists of 5 GP practices:
Seven Posts Surgery
Stoke Road Surgery
Winchcombe Medical Centre
Patients from cluster practices are managed under our current registered Regulated Activities and consulting GP responsibility agreement.
Care Navigation training for our reception team
In order to help with the enormous demand on our doctors, we are changing the way we work at Sixways Clinic.
We now employ a number of other highly qualified and experienced clinical staff, including Advanced Nurse Practioners, Specialist Practice Nurses and Health Care Assistants therefore you don’t always need to see a doctor. We also have access to additional doctors’ appointments locally, via Choice Plus as well as support from our areas such as pharmacies and physiotherapists, to name a few.
Our reception staff have recently received care navigation training. To enable the reception staff to direct you to the right clinician, and help us assess the urgency of your request, they have been instructed to ask the reason for your appointment. Don’t worry, they are all bound by the NHS rules of confidentiality.
If you are not comfortable with this then please let the receptionist know, however this may mean that we are not able to offer you the most appropriate appointment at the earliest opportunity.
Welcome to our new website
Welcome to our new website, hopefully you will find this easy to navigate, with clear links to our online access. The website is also tablet and mobile friendly so accessible from all devices. Please let us know if you have any feedback or suggestions for things you would like to see on the website.