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www.thesouthgatesurgerynorthlondon@nhs.uk                                           Tel: 020 8440 9301

 


The Southgate Surgery

 

 

CORONAVIRUS - January 2020

 

If you have travelled abroad within the last 14 days, or been in contact with somebody with confirmed Coronavirus, please go to www.gov.uk/coronavirus for information about self-isolation and testing.

 

PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THIS SURGERY - These steps are necessary to protect staff, and other patients in this Practice.


 

September 2019


RESEARCH STUDY PARTICIPATION (SUMMIT STUDY)

 

University College London (UCL), and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) have embarked upon the largest ever lung cancer screening project in the UK.

 

WHO WILL BE INVITED?

People from this Practice aged 50 to 77.

 

WHAT IS INVOLVED?

  • A letter will be sent to you by your GP with a phone number to call
  • Depending on your responses to some questions over the phone, you may be invited to attend a Lung Health Check (where your lung health will be assessed); or you may be invited to attend a study appointment in your local area
  • You may be offered a scan of your lungs (called a CT scan), and be asked to give a blood sample, as part of the study; or you may be asked to give a blood sample and complete a questionnaire
  • The study is entirely voluntary and you do not have to participate if you do not wish to do so

STAFF AT UCL AAND UCLH ARE ORGANISING THE APPOINTMENTS FOR THE RESEARCH STUDY

  • For this to happen, this GP Practice will securely share the names and addresses of potentially eligible individuals with the study team
  • The study team will invite people, and co-ordinate study appointments.  They will keep the details of everyone they invite for a period of up to 10 years, in order to collect important health-related information, and help develop health services for the future
  • Strict security measures will ensure your information is kept safe and confidential

IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS STUDY, AND WOULD PREFER TO OPT OUT

  • Please contact us before Friday 20 September 2019
  • Please call our Results Line (tel 020 8440 9301 option 2 - Monday to Friday 2.00 to 4.00pm)
  • Opting out WILL NOT affect any of your future care
  • You will continue to be invited for other NHS appointments and activities

Further details are available at: www.summitstudy.co.uk

 

 

Following our recent CQC inspection, the report has now been published

and our overall rating is Good.  You can access the report here.

 

25 May 2018

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

 

We would like to inform you that we have updated our Privacy Policy.

 

The updated policy will take effect immediately, in preparation for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR),

a new data protection law that comes into force on 25 May 2018.

 

We will continue to hold and use your personal data responsibly, and the update will help you to understand more clearly why we collect information, and how we use it.

 

YOU CAN READ OUR PRIVACY POLICY HERE 


FLU CLINICS 2019


We are still giving flu vaccinations for patients in the following groups:-

  • Over 65s
  • Patients aged 18 to 64 with a chronic condition eg Diabetes, COPD, Asthma, or CHD
  • Pregnant ladies

If you are in one of these groups, and would like a flu vaccination, please contact us to make an appointment.


 

SATURDAY MORNING CLINICS  

Pre-bookable appointments only - 8.00am - 11.30am

 

MAKE / CANCEL YOUR APPOINTMENTS, AND REQUEST REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS ON-LINE WITH EMIS PATIENT SERVICES

 

All patients wishing to register for EMIS on-line services (which is now called PATIENT SERVICES) which will allow you to request repeat prescriptions and make / cancel appointments on-line, can attend on any day (Monday to Friday) between 8.00am and 6.00pm.

 

Please bring your photo ID to Reception and you will be given a Registration Letter

which will allow you to access Patient Services on-line.

 

24.4% of our patients have signed-up for on-line services - have you?

It will support the Practice if you can make your appointments on-line. 

It will take some pressure off our telephone lines,

and make it easier for other patients to contact our Practice by phone.

 

If you have an EMIS account please click here for guidance on how to access on-line services and then click here to login. 

If you do not yet have an account but would like one, please contact the Surgery.

 
Patients can now apply for on-line access to view detailed coded information from their medical records and we hope that our clinical software will be ready to support this function in due course. This will be in addition to the current on-line services listed below:-

 

Booking of routine GP appointments

Requesting current repeat medication(s)

Access to information about medications / allergies


Flu and the Flu Vaccine

 

Flu is a highly infectious illness that spreads rapidly through the coughs and sneezes of people who are carrying the virus.

 

If you're at risk of complications from flu, make sure you have your annual flu jab available from September onwards.

 

Flu symptoms can hit quite suddenly and severely. They usually include fever, chills, headaches and aching muscles. You can often get a cough and sore throat.

 

Because flu is caused by a virus and not bacteria, antibiotics won't treat it.

 

Anyone can get flu, but it can be more serious for certain people, such as:

  • people aged 65 or over
  • people who have a serious medical condition
  • pregnant women

If you are in one of these groups, you're more vulnerable to the effects of flu (even if you're fit and healthy) and could develop flu complications, which are more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia, which could result in hospitalisation.


Flu can also make existing medical conditions worse.


Read more about flu.


Should you have the flu jab?


See your GP about the flu jab if you’re 65 or over, or if you have any of the following problems (however old you are): 

  • a serious heart complaint
  • a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including asthma, bronchitis and emphysema
  • serious kidney disease
  • diabetes
  • lowered immunity due to disease or treatment such as steroid medication or cancer treatment
  • if you have a problem with your spleen or you have had your spleen removed
  • if you have ever had a stroke
Your GP may advise you to have a flu jab if you have serious liver disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) or some other diseases of the nervous system.

 

Can I get a flu jab privately?

 

Yes, you can pay for the flu vaccination privately if you’re unable to have it on the NHS. It is available from some pharmacies and GPs on a private patient basis.

 

Pregnant women and the flu jab

 

If you're pregnant, you should have the flu jab, regardless of the stage of pregnancy you've reached. Pregnant women are more prone to complications from flu that can cause serious illness for both mother and baby.

 

If you are pregnant and catch flu, talk to your GP urgently as you may need treatment with antiviral medicine.

 

Read more about the flu jab in pregnancy.

 

Children and the flu jab

 

You may have read that all children are now able to have the flu jab on the NHS. This isn't quite true. Although it's been recommended that all children between the ages of 2 and 17 should have an annual flu vaccination, this won't be offered to them on the NHS until 2014. For more information read our flu vaccine for children Q&A.

 

In the meantime, it's important that children with a long-term health condition receive the flu jab because their illness could get worse if they catch flu. This includes any child over the age of six months with a long-term health problem such as a serious respiratory or neurological condition.

 

If you have a child with a long-term condition, speak to your GP about whether they should have the flu vaccination.

 

Carers and the flu jab

 

If you’re the carer of an elderly or disabled person, make sure they’ve had their flu jab. As a carer, you could be eligible for a flu jab too. Ask your GP for advice, or read our information about Flu jabs for carers.

 

How to get the flu jab

 

If you think you need a flu vaccination, check with your GP, practice nurse or your local pharmacist.

 

The best time of the year to have a flu vaccination is in the autumn from September to early November. Most GP surgeries arrange flu vaccination clinics around this time. It’s free and it's effective against the latest flu virus strains.

 

Even if you've already had a flu jab in previous years, you need another one this year. The flu jab may only protect you for a year. This is because the viruses that cause flu are always changing.

 

The pneumo jab

 

When you see your GP for a flu jab, ask whether you also need the 'pneumo jab' to protect you against some forms of pneumococcal infection. Like the flu jab, it’s available free on the NHS to everyone aged 65 or over, and for younger people with some serious medical conditions.

 

How effective is the flu jab?

 

No vaccine is 100% effective, however, people who have had the flu jab are less likely to get flu. If you do get flu despite having the jab, it will probably be milder than if you haven’t been vaccinated.

 

The flu jab doesn’t cause flu as it doesn’t contain live viruses. However, you may experience side effects after having the jab, such as a temperature and aching muscles for a couple of days afterwards. Your arm may feel sore at the site where you were injected. More severe reactions are rare.

 

The flu vaccine only protects against flu, but not other illnesses caused by other viruses, such as the common cold.

 

Who shouldn’t have the flu jab?

 

You shouldn't have the flu vaccination if:

  • you've had a serious reaction to a flu vaccination before
  • you have a high temperature (postpone it until you're better)

Not all flu vaccines are suitable for children, so discuss this with your GP beforehand.

 

Speak to your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist if you have any further questions.

 

Read more about the flu jab.

 

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