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OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE - CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

IF YOU DEVELOP A HIGH TEMPERATURE OR NEW CONTINUOUS COUGH YOU MIGHT HAVE CORONAVIRUS.

  • PLEASE DO NOT BOOK AN APPOINTMENT.

  • PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND ANY SURGERY.

  • PLEASE STAY AT HOME FOR 7 DAYS.

If you CANNOT COPE with your symptoms at home or,

If your condition GETS WORSE or,

If your symptoms DO NOT GET BETTER after 7 days

Then USE THE 111 CORONAVIRUS SERVICE or RING 111 if you cannot get help online.

Do not attend the surgery unless you are requested to do so by the Health Centre staff - this is to protect yourself and others.



As of Monday 16th March 2020, as a Group Practice, we have taken the difficult decision to take the following actions in an attempt to reduce the risk to both patients and staff attending our surgeries:

  1. Total telephone triage of all appointments with GPs, Nurses and Health Care Assistants:

  2. Cancelling all routine appointments which have been deemed safe and appropriate by our GPs - if you have an appointment already booked you may be contacted to change this to a telephone appointment, or cancel the appointment to be rearranged at a later date.  If you are not contacted, please assume that your appointment in the surgery will be going ahead as previously planned;

  3. Asking patients to attend appointments in person, when a GP feels appropriate, at a specific time.  Please follow instructions given by the GP, attend alone if possible, and spend as little time as possible within the building;

  4. When requesting medication, please allow plenty of time (there is no need to "stock-pile" medications) and allow us to use the Electronic Prescription System to avoid the need for you to attend the surgery in person.

We will aim to respond to all urgent issues as quickly as possible, but please have patience with our staff at this difficult time.

If at all possible, please seek advice from NHS 111 online services before calling the surgery for advice so we can improve access to patients with urgent clinical needs.

Best wishes, The Partners


Need Help?

For any assistance during this difficult time, from symptom concerns to financial advice to assistance with mental health or domestic violence, please see the Social Prescriber Directory by clicking on this link:

Dr Peter Cuff

The Practice wishes to advise that Dr Peter Cuff died on Sat 15th Feb in Beverley, East Yorkshire in the care home where he had been looked after since October 2017.

Dr Peter Cuff was a partner with Dr Geoff Wood from 1969 - 2000 initially at Polmennor and then to the health centres' current location in Mullion. During this time The Lizard & Ruan Minor surgeries were built.

He really enjoyed and valued his work with patients and their families and being part of the community 

He passed away peacefully and with no distress, he would have been 94 in May. The practice sends its condolences to his family.

 


 Dr Ben Ashmore

The practice wishes to announce that Dr Ben Ashmore will be leaving the Practice at the end of April 2020 he has been with the practice since September 2011. The Practice will miss him and his expertise greatly.  He has accepted a partnership with the Chacewater surgery near Truro  which shares many of the really positive aspects of Mullion & Constantine Group Practice.

Ben has been a partner with the Practice working over several surgeries, and has helped develop the Practice during his time with us and has contributed greatly in all that we have achieved.

We wish him well for the future in his appointment in Chacewater GP Surgery.

Brexit

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

Please click on to the link below:

Emerade adrenaline autoinjectors



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 07487 221102


Patient Consent

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


Vaccination news

MMR Vaccine

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.


Cervical Screening

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.


Lizard Surgery Building Works 

The Lizard surgery will be closed for essential building work & refurbishment during the period Mon 17 Feb - Fri 28 Feb Inclusive.

During this time there will be no staff present at the surgery. Any repeat prescriptions ordered & awaiting collection may be collected from the Ruan Minor Surgery.

The practice apologises for any inconvenience caused during this time.




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.

 

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