INFLUENZA INVITATIONS VIA TEXT MESSAGE
We are now using a free text messaging service from Sanofi Pasteur for 'flu vaccination invitations' for any patient eligible for a flu vaccine i.e. patients with a chronic condition, carers etc.
The text message is as follows: -
Hello, this is Quorn Medical Centre. We've identified that a member of your household may be eligible to receive a free flu vaccination. Vaccination can help protect against serious health problems that can result from flu. Please call us on 01509 410800 to book an appointment. Our flu reminder service is funded by Sanofi Pasteur. To stop, reply OPTOUT
If you have already made your appointment, you can ignore this message. If you have received this message, but do not believe you are eligible for a free flu vaccination, get in touch and we can check this for you.
Please ensure we hold your current mobile phone number and that you do not share this number with other members of your family, as this may result in you receiving a text message meant for them. We will however never include any patient identifiable data.
If you were a carer but are no longer, we need to record this on your medical record. This will ensure you do not receive any unnecessary texts from us, unless you are eligible in your own right.
LIVING WITH DEMENTIA - SUPPORTIVE GROUPS
Click HERE to view a list of supportive groups for people facing dementia and for their families and carers.
'LIVING WITH DEMENTIA' EVENT
On Saturday 12th October, our Practice and Patient Participation Group (PPG), ran our 'Living with Dementia' event at Quorn Village Hall.
The event was attended by 63 people.I'd like to thank our 8 stall holders for their time and support; Alzheimer's Society, Join Dementia Research/Clinical Research Network, Home Instead, Hollie Bell Nuffield Health Leicester Hospital, Dementia UK/Admiral Nurses, Voluntary Action South Leicestershire (VASL), AGE UK, Charlotte Hancock (Power of Attorney)
I would also like to thank Brenda Seaton Charnwood Mayor, Edward Argar MP, Nicky Morgan MP, members of staff and members of our PPG for helping to make this event the success it was.
The following speakers were introduced by Bob Parks; Dr Barlow the Senior Partner at Quorn Medical Centre, Dr Subramaniam from Nuffield Health Leicester Hospital, Justine Tomlinson Admiral Nurse, Gwyn Jones who is a carer.
Our speakers gave excellent and extremely informative presentations with plenty of time to ask questions.
Our stallholders provided a variety of supportive literature all reported that they felt the event was a great success.
Refreshments were provided by the Practice and served by members of staff and members of our PPG.
Feedback forms were completed by some attendees and the items learnt from the event were 1) Admiral Nurses; support for those facing dementia and for their families 2) How to set up a Power of Attorney, 3) How to get help from the different agencies, 4) What drugs could prolong better health, 5) Who qualifies for VASL (Voluntary Action South Leicestershire), 6) Information about the different types of dementia, 7) Advised not to contradict the person with dementia, go with the flow to avoid causing distress and/or anxiety.
This is an incredibly emotive subject and many patients shared their stories with me; it was a delight to speak with them. I really hope this event has proved helpful to everyone who attended.
As well as your GP, there are so many agencies out there providing help. Don't try to cope alone, please ask for help.
Liz Wells, Practice Manager
The information relating to the EU Exit is continually updated as our politicians engage with the European Union and our own government to establish the most orderly way for the UK to leave the EU.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is leading the response to EU Exit across the health and care sector. DHSC has produced EU Exit Operational Guidance which outlines the actions that hospitals and CCGs and social care organisations should take to prepare for, and manage, the risks of a no-deal exit scenario.
The NHS continues to prepare for every EU Exit scenario, including no deal. As part of these preparations all NHS organisations will have full contingency plans in place to ensure safe services for patients can continue to be provided in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
The main areas of contingency planning are around:
- supply of medicines and vaccines
- supply of medical devices and clinical consumables
- supply of non-clinical consumables, goods and services
- reciprocal healthcare
- research and clinical trials
- data sharing, processing and access.
Patients are advised not to stockpile medicines or consumables and to order their repeat prescriptions as usual.
Guidance issued to the NHS can be found at:
Further information is also available at https://www.england.nhs.uk/eu-exit/ including specific guidance to GPs on continuity of supply of medicines.
Public information is available at: https://www.nhs.uk/
Avoid queuing at the desk to drop your repeat prescription requests in to us. You can now use the box in the porch to post your repeat prescription slips. If you prefer, you can register for online access to request your prescriptions, book appointments and view your GP records. If you would like to register for this service: please attend the surgery and provide us with photographic ID such as a passport. driving licence or bus pass, along with a recent utility bill or bank statement. Thank you
Wednesday 11st September 2019
It was a pleasure to meet with Matt Hancock Secretary of State for Health today. He expressed great interest in our Practice Team and how we work together to achieve high levels of satisfaction from our patients and the work we undertake with our Patient Participation Group.
He was particularly keen to hear about the GP led triage system which I developed in 1998 and how we have used it for over 19 years to facilitate the best practical access for patients to GPs.
We also appreciated the opportunity to discuss the challenges of General Practice and to share our plans for future practice building development and how we hope to continue to improve the local health economy.
Dr Chris Barlow
Please click on the following NHS Choices link to read/make comments about our Practice.
Top Ten Surgeries in Leicestershire
We are very proud that we have been voted number 1, thanks to our patients. Please click on the link below to read the full report.
Influenza Vaccinations – Book Your Appointment Now!!!
The influenza season is almost upon us again. We will be holding Saturday influenza vaccination clinics on the following days: -
14th September 2019 65 years of age and over
21st September 2019 65 years of age and over
5th October 2019 65 years of age and over
12th October 2019 Under 65 years of age
26th October 2019 Under 65 years of age
For patients aged 65 years and over, you will be vaccinated with the Adjuvanted Trivalent Flu Vaccine and for patients aged 18-64, you will be vaccinated with the Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine, as these has been proved to be the most effective vaccines for those age groups.
Nasal flu vaccines will be available for children between the ages of 2-3, eligible dates of birth to be confirmed nearer the time. Some children will be vaccinated at school. Appointments for these will be available Monday to Friday.
If you are eligible for a flu vaccination, we would encourage you to take up this offer, not just to protect yourselves, but the whole community.
Immunisation – Baby Clinic
If you and your child/children are unable to attend for the Tuesday Immunisation Clinic, can we please ask you to contact the surgery to cancel your appointment? We have had an increasing number of non-attendees.
Your Summary Care Record (SCR)
A Summary Care Record (SCR) is an electronic record of important health information held by your GP Practice. This can be shared with other health professionals or services such as Urgent Care Centres or Accident and Emergency departments throughout the country who are responsible for your care.
Having access to your SCR will help to ensure that you receive the best possible care in the safest and most appropriate manner, reducing the risk of prescribing errors, and delays in administering the correct treatment.
The SCR consists of information such as your name, address, date of birth, and your NHS number, as well as details of any medication you are currently taking, and any allergies or adverse reactions to medicines which you have experienced in the past.
You can choose to include additional information on your SCR, such as long term conditions, recent operations or vaccines received, next of kin details, specific communication or care needs, as well as your end of life wishes.
An enhanced SCR is particularly beneficial for patients with complex health needs, and very frail patients.
The information provided within an SCR could be invaluable to the healthcare professional treating you, as you may be confused or be too unwell to remember specific details at that time; having vital information about your health can help clinicians to make better and safer decisions about how to treat you.
Authorised healthcare staff can only view your SCR with your permission. The information shared will only be used for the benefit of your care within the NHS.
If you would like to receive further information regarding your Summary Care Record, add additional information to your SCR, or if you do not wish for your SCR to be shared with other health professionals who are caring for you, please contact the surgery to advise us.
If you are aged between 70 and 79 years of age, you may be eligible for a shingles vaccination. Please ask at reception for more details.
If you are aged 65 and over or you have a chronic condition, you may be eligible for a pneumococcal vaccination. Please ask at reception for more details.
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO REPEAT PRESCRIPTION ORDERING
From 30th June 2019
Calling all Young Carers aged 16-24
Join the NHS England Young Carer Health Champion programme in July 2019!
BETTER CARE TOGETHER
Please view the links below: -
Patient Partner Involvement
University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) NHS Trust
What are Patient Partners?
Individuals who have been patients or carers of patients at any of the UHL hospitals of Leicestershire and Rutland such as the Leicester Royal Infirmary, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester General Hospital or Loughborough Hospital.
They have volunteered to put forward the patients’ points of view about treatment with the intention of improving the quality of care, treatment and respect for patients from the medical, nursing and administrative staff of the hospitals.
For more information CLICK HERE
New Quorn group to help tackle loneliness in older people
National charity Contact the Elderly is launching a new tea party group for isolated older guests in Quorn, and is looking for more guests before the group can launch. The group is for guests aged 75 and over, who live alone and struggle to get out or have become a bit isolated for other reasons. Guests are collected by the same volunteer driver each month and taken to Sunday afternoon tea in a volunteer host’s home, giving people who would otherwise have been on their own the chance to have a cup of tea and a lovely chat with friends. The group is still looking for older guests so if you, or anyone you know, could benefit (or if you would like to volunteer) please see here www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and help brighten someone’s day!
Booking Appointments Online
If you require more than a 10 minute appointment, e.g. if you have more than one problem, and 2 consecutive 10 minute appointments are not available online, please contact reception.
Extended Access appointments
We are increasing the number of appointments available for you to see a GP in the early mornings, evenings or at weekends across West Leicestershire.
Depending on your individual circumstances and symptoms, we may offer you an ‘extended access’ appointment. Please note however, that these appointments will not be in your usual GP practice and may not be with one of your usual GPs or nurses.
Depending on the reason for your appointment, and if you are in agreement, it may be suitable for you to see an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, instead of a GP.
The clinician you see will be able to access relevant sections of your medical notes and will communicate what has happened during your appointment back to your usual GP practice.
These appointments will be available at the following locations:
Loughborough Urgent Care Centre at Loughborough Community Hospital
Coalville Community Hospital
Hinckley and Bosworth Community Hospital
If you would like to know more please speak to a member of practice staff.
LOCAL HISTORY CAFE
Monthly heritage and wellbeing get togethers for the over 50s, at risk of or experiencing loneliness/social isolation.
Local History Cafe Press Release
Charnwood LHC Poster
Did you know that you can register for online access? This service gives you more control and is really easy to use. So far we have 1689 patient registered for this service..
It enables you to make appointments, book prescriptions and to view a summary of your medical record. Please ask one of our Patient Co-ordinators for more information.
Text Reminder Service
We are currently experiencing problems with our Text Reminder Service. This is being looked into by our Clinical Software Provider and we hope that this will be resolved soon. In the meantime please make a note of the date and time of your appointments to ensure attendance.
Patients between the ages of 55 - 59 are now being invited to attend for Extended Scope Bowel Screening. This is in addition to the existing test for 60 - 74 year olds, where patients send 3 x stool samples, after receiving a kit through the post.
The appointments are likely to be at Loughborough Hospital & will be sent out via NHS England.
The screening service will arrange any treatment or referrals needed
If any patients wish to opt in, please call 0800 7076060.
We will update this page if/when we receive further information about this service.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHY AM I ASKED THE REASON WHEN I REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT?
The Receptionists are advised by the GPs’ to ask for a brief description of the reason when you request an appointment.
They are highly trained to direct you to the most appropriate healthcare professional for the required length of time, in order for you to receive the best possible care. This also helps the clinician to prepare any special equipment or information needed prior to your consultation, preventing unnecessary delays to other patients.
All staff at Quorn Medical Centre are bound by confidentiality. We are committed to working together to ensure that your experience of us is a positive one.
WHY DO SURGERIES RUN LATE?
Each GP appointment is 10 minutes long. However some patients attend with very complex or multiple problems, some of which are deemed too serious to be postponed to another day. Additionally if a patient needs admitting to hospital, this can also cause delays, as the GP liaises with the hospital, which usually involves waiting for several telephone calls, whilst monitoring the condition of the patient.
Our Nursing team also experience delays in their clinics for many reasons; Sometimes GP’s ask for blood tests or ECG’s to be performed urgently, a patient could faint during a procedure, or the nurse may need to seek advice from a GP immediately, regarding a patient’s health or test result. Children or distressed patients may be seen earlier to avoid further distress.
A white board is displayed behind the reception desk, advising patients of approximate waiting times. This is updated regularly by the reception staff.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP.
*If you have more than one problem or if you think you will need longer than a 10 minute appointment, please ask for a double appointment.
*Give yourself plenty of time when making appointments, to allow extra time in case of unexpected delays.
*Please be patient & considerate to staff & other patients, one day it may be you that needs that extra time.
WHY DOES IT TAKE UP TO 3 WORKING DAYS FOR A GP TO SIGN MY PRESCRIPTION?
The surgery receives hundreds of prescription requests every week. These include individual request slips, batches from chemists & care homes, online prescription requests, postal requests & new medication from hospital discharge letters. Most repeat prescription requests are straightforward & can be processed fairly quickly. However, if a medication review is overdue, the GP will need to check the patient’s medical record to identify any tests or action needed to complete the review. Additionally any medication changes & new medication from hospital, have to be monitored closely & may take a bit longer for us to implement.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP.
*Please allow us at least 3 working days to process your repeat prescription. This is particularly important if you are going on holiday, or if the surgery will be closed due to a bank holiday.
*If you would like to register to order your repeat prescriptions online, please ask at reception.
* Please note we are unable to accept repeat prescription requests over the telephone for safety reasons.
WHY CAN’T YOU TELL ME MY 16 YEAR OLD’S/HUSBAND’S/WIFE’S/ELDERLY PARENT’S TEST RESULTS?
All staff working in the NHS have a legal duty to keep your medical records confidential in accordance with the data protection act 1998. Therefore, we are unable to disclose any medical information to a third party regarding a patient over the age of 16 without their prior permission. This may seem unfair to you as the person who arranges & drives them to all their appointments, But under no circumstances can we assume that consent to release medical information or test results has been given without written authorisation from the patient.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
*If you wish to nominate a third party to receive medical information or results on your behalf, please ask at reception for a ‘Consent to release medical information’ form.
* Consent can be given for limited information if preferred, & can be withdrawn at any time.
WEEKLY ROUND UP
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Milo Poli, Local Area Co-ordination
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Southfield road, Loughborough. LE11 2TX
When Should I Worry? A guide for coughs, colds, earache and sore throats
Click HERE to view the When Should I Worry booklet
Quorn Medical Centre supports an NHS service for anybody over the age of 18 to help beat dementia. For more information please visit: www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk
If you have tried to quit smoking before and you were not successful, then Quit Ready Leicestershire can work with you to find a more appropriate and more successful way of quitting.
Advisors from Quit Ready Leicestershire will contact you via telephone, text message, web chat or email, offer support on a weekly basis during the 12-week programme to ensure people have the best possible chance of staying smoke-free. The service runs from Mondays to Fridays (9am to 7pm) and on Saturdays (10am-2pm).
Please note if you use a Smoking Cessation Service you are 4 times more likely to succeed in quitting.
If you would like help in giving up smoking, contact Quit Ready Leicestershire online at www.quitready.co.uk or by phone 0345 646 66 66 or text ‘ready’ to 66777.
Shingles Vaccinations - Free of Charge
You may be eligible for free shingles vaccination this year. Please ask at reception.
For more information go to www.nhs.uk/conditions/shingles or www.shinglesaware.co.uk
At a local level, there are a number of resources available such as leaflets and posters on the self-care forum, link as follows:
The following link has further information on self-care:
PATIENT RECORDS SHARING
Click on the links below for more information.
- You do not know who your named GP is
- You wish to change your named GP
These new arrangements do not prevent you making an appointment or seeing any doctor, of your choosing within the surgery, as you would normally do.
Snow & Ice on Paths and Public Spaces
During Winter periods, it's often drawn to our attention that there is ice and snow in the carpark. Please note the carpark and the pathways within it are leased by Charnwood Borough Council and not the responsibility of the surgery. If you would like Charnwood Borough Council to grit these areas, please contact them via the following telephone numbers: -
Main Council Switchboard
Call 01509 263151 on weekdays between 8.30am - 5.00pm (4.30pm on Fridays).
Call 01509 634567 at any other time.
Please do not provide samples in glass jars/bottles as we are unable to dispose of these. Thank you.
Private Fertility Bloods
Please note we no longer offer this service.
Book Appointments & Repeat Prescriptions on your Mobile
Patient Access is now available to download as an app to your Smartphone. This will enable you to book appointments and prescriptions, providing you have a connection to the internet; this is a 24 hour service. Please see the appointments field on the left, for a link to the download page.
Did you know Quorn Medical Centre is on Facebook??
'Like' our page to get useful information about the surgery and to find out about or Patient Participation Group (PPG)and how YOU can get involved and help us to help you.
Please note the 'comments and suggestion' field in the 'Contact Details' option should not be used to request prescriptions or to make complaints.
NHS Health Checks
If you are between the age of 40 -74 you will be invited for a free NHS Health Check to assess your risk of developing Heart, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes. However, please note, if you are already being treated for these conditions you will not be invited as you will already be under our care.
If you experience any problems with our loop system, please inform reception.
When attending the surgery, if you have or suspect Chicken Pox, please report to reception in we need to isolate you from other patients.
Please note that specimen samples brought in by patients, that have not been requested by their GP, will not be sent off for testing. Please ensure that you write your name and date of birth on all sample bottles. Any sample pots without patient details written on them, will be disposed of without testing. Thank you for your co-operation.
Hearing Aid Batteries - These are available free of charge from reception.