FLU VACCINES UPDATE
PATIENTS 65 AND OVER
We now have had confirmation of our delivery of the vaccines for patients over the age of 65.
Due to the delivery schedule for these vaccinations we will have to alter our system for giving these to ensure that we have enough for all our eligible patients.
We will be inviting patients over 65 in for their vaccine in two batches. If you haven’t received a letter by the 16th November, please contact the surgery direct.
If you are unable to attend the chosen clinic in your letter then please contact us so alternative arrangements can be made.
We would be grateful if you could bring this letter with you on the day to help us to provide a quick and efficient service on the day.
Although these clinics are for invited patients, there will not be appointments slots so that patients can attend at their convenience between the hours advertised.
PATIENTS UNDER 65
Patients who qualify for a flu vaccination and who will be 64 years or under on 1st April 2019, please attend Chacewater Village Hall on either Thursday 8th November between 2.00 pm & 5.30 pm or Tuesday 27th November between 10.30 am – 1.30 pm. If neither date/times are convenient, please contact the surgery to make an appointment with our nursing team to receive your vaccination.
We sincerely apologise for the delays and issues with the flu service this year.
In a medical emergency, please dial 999
If you require any medical advice please telephone 111 (NHS 111)
and you will speak to the National Out of Hours service
National Diabetes Audit: Helping to improve diabetes care
This GP practice is taking part in an important national project about diabetes care and treatment in the NHS. The project is called the National Diabetes Audit (NDA).
To take part, your GP practice will share information about your diabetes care and treatment with the NDA. The type of information, and how it is shared, is controlled by law and enforced by strict rules of confidentiality and security.
For further information about how your information is used please see the NDA patient information leaflet.
Taking part in the NDA shows that this GP practice is committed to improving care for people with diabetes.
National Diabetes Audit: Helping to improve diabetes care
If you do not want your information to be used, please inform the receptionist, your GP or nurse. This will not affect your care. More information is available – please ask a member of staff for a patient information leaflet.
Falmouth Health Walks - A Healthy Alternative
Falmouth Health Walks meet every Tuesday at 10 am for a very sociable walk.
These walks are all graded from 1 the easiest to 3 the slightly more challenging and vary every week with some lasting 60 mins and others lasting as long as 1.5 hours. We always walk to the pace of the slowest participant.
These walks are totally stress free and we make sure we stop for a coffee en route.
Please give us a try and see if we offer what you want. All walks are risk assessed and we go off in all weathers.
We are a fun mixed group of ladies and gents. We meet at Princess Pavilions on alternate Tuesdays for a Falmouth based walk.
All of the Falmouth based walks have an option for a shorter 20 - 30 minute walk if needed. The other weeks we go out and about to many different places. We have a total of 18 different walks.
For further information please contact Mr. Dan Williams on:
Mobile: 07791 577863 or Home: 01326 315975
CHACEWATER AND DEVORAN SURGERIES
Please find attached a form to update your contact details with the surgery. We often find that the contact telephone numbers we have for patients are no longer in use and would appreciate it if you could take the time to update these for us.
As a practice we are keen to move towards email communication and would ask if you could also provide us with an email address we could use to contact you with. Due to patient confidentiality we would need to have separate email addresses for all patients over the age of 16.
Did you know that you can receive text messages to remind you when you have an appointment booked? We just need your mobile number and consent.
Virtual Patient Forum Group
We always welcome feedback from patients and have established a ‘virtual’ group of patients who can be contacted via email for their views and opinions on matters that may arise throughout the year. We would really like this group of patients to be a true representation of our patient population to ensure that the services we provide are useful and accessible to all patients.
If you would like to be involved in this please could you fill in the form which is available from reception or via our website. Our patient forum representatives will then discuss the thoughts and suggestions from the ‘virtual’ members at their meetings.
Are you a Carer?
The responsibility of being a carer can sometimes be quite challenging and it is important to look after your own health, if you feel you need any support from the surgery please do not hesitate to contact us to arrange an appointment with your Doctor.
Alternatively you may find useful information and support from the following charities:
0808 808 7777
0800 169 2081
Cornwall Carers Service
Have you seen our Facebook page? We regularly update this with useful information about the surgery and things that are happening. Why not become our friend and find out more!
Are you 65years or over or have the following conditions?
•Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen
•Chronic respiratory disease
•Chronic heart disease
•Chronic kidney disease
•Cerebrospinal fluid leaks
•Chronic liver disease
•Occupational exposure to metal fumes (taking into account exposure control measures in place)
If so, you are eligible to have a pneumonia vaccination. Pneumococcal disease can cause serious illnesses like Pneumonia, Septicaemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis, which for some people can be life-threatening.