We have had enquires from patients concerned about interruptions to their repeat medications as a result of Brexit arrangements regarding when Britain is due to leave the EU. The Secretary of State for Health issued guidance in this regard, which we are sharing with you.
It requests practices to ‘ advise patients that the Government has plans in place to ensure a continued supply of medicines to patients from the moment we leave the EU’ and states that ‘patients will not need to and should not seek to store additional medicines at home’.
The advice to practices is ‘there is no need for surgeries to issue longer prescriptions’ and that any over-ordering will be ‘investigated’. We therefore are not in a position to issue any additional supplies of medication to patients on the grounds of Brexit.
As a GP Practice we have no role in influencing the policy or preparations of Government in relation to exiting the EU and must act on the advice / instructions we are given by those who have that responsibility in NHS England
If patients have any queries or concerns in this regard we would urge them to raise these directly with their MP or the Department of Health rather than through us.
Concerns regarding Emerade adrenaline autoinjectors
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Emerade adrenaline autoinjectors
Annual ‘flu clinics – 2019
Our annual clinics for those eligible patients to get vaccinated against ‘flu are now available for booking. Please call your surgery for an appointment.
If you are not able to attend the surgery because of a medical issue, please call us and we will add you to our home visit list.
We have now received a small amount of the nasal vaccines for eligible children. These are all those aged 2 or 3 on 1.9.19 plus those that are considered to be 'at risk' due to a medical problem. Those that are attending Primary school will be offered the vaccination. If your child misses this, please call the School Immunisation Team on 01872 221105 and they will advise you of the catch up clinics they will be running.
Mullion Health Volunteer Car Service
Mullion Health Volunteer car service are able to provide transport for patients from their home to hospital to attend a hospital appointment.
The aim of the service is to convey patients safely and in comfort to the appropriate appointment who have difficulty with transport for appointments.
" Mileage expenses charged "
If you would like further information please contact the service on 01326 241124
We occasionally get requests from patients for a friend or relative to have a certain amount of access to information regarding their medical records, prescriptions and/or results.
In order to comply with strict General Data Protection Regulations we have compiled a form which will make any access choices clear.
This form can be collected from your surgery or downloaded using the link below. If you complete the form and return it to us we can update your medical records and ensure your wishes are adhered to.
Patient Consent Form
Measles outbreaks can happen anywhere and at any time.
The MMR vaccine is available to all adults and children who are not up to date with their two doses of MMR vaccine. Anyone who is not sure if they are protected should check with their GP Practice.
The instances of measles increase at this time of year due to young people travelling and also attending festivals.
Since October 2017 measles outbreaks have been reported in Leeds, Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester and Surrey that are all linked to ongoing large outbreaks in Europe.
Meningitis ACWY Vaccination
As above, cases of meningitis can increase from now until Christmas. The reasons are the same plus the risk of contracting it as a fresher at University.
If any of the above apply to you or your child, or in fact even if you / they are aged between 17 and 24 and not yet had the vaccination, we strongly recommend you call your surgery for an appointment.
Meningitis B vaccination
If you are interested in your child having the vaccination privately, please call Jo Sugrue on 01326 242106.
There will be a charge for this vaccination and as it is not an NHS service, it cannot be done in your registered NHS surgery. To overcome this we have a reciprocal arrangement with St Keverne Surgery, but please do register your interest at Mullion Health Centre.
Any queries, please call Jo Sugrue on 01326 242106.
This has been hot in the press lately and we would like to remind patients of the importance of cervical screening.
Around 2,600 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in England each year and around 690 women die from the disease. It is estimated that if everyone attended screening regularly, 83% of cervical cancer cases could be prevented; however, attendance is at a 20-year low, with 1 in 4 women in the UK not attending their cervical screening.
Screening is offered to female patients 25-64 years and is every 3 years for those aged 25 – 49 and every 5 years for those aged 50 – 64.
The smear test is nothing to be anxious about and takes only a few minutes. The nurses do many per week and are used to nervous patients and will put you at ease.
If you missed your last cervical screening, you do not need to wait for a letter to book an appointment.
Please visit NHS.uk for more details on cervical screening (NHS.uk - cervical screening) or ask to speak to a nurse.
Helston Community Hospital
A statement by Dr Ben Ashmore
NHS Summary Care Record
The NHS in England is introducing the Summary Care Record, which will be used in emergency care. The record will contain information about any medicines you are taking, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had, to ensure those caring for you have enough information to treat you safely.
As a patient you have a choice:
· Yes I would like a Summary Care Record – you do not need to do anything and a Summary Care Record will be created for you. Healthcare staff will ask your permission before they look at your record, except in certain circumstances for example if you are unconscious.
· No I do not want a Summary Care Record– Please visit your surgery and pick up a leaflet and opt out form. This form should be given to your GP practice. Additional copies of the opt out form can be requested from the dedicated NHS Summary Care Record Information line on 0300 123 3020.
For more information, telephone the dedicated NHS Summary Care Record Information Line on 0300 123 3020 or visit the website at www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk where you can find information in other formats and languages.
You can choose not to have a Summary Care Record and you can change your mind at any time by informing your GP practice.