Bourne End & Wooburn Green Medical Centre Newsletter

September 2020

We remind all patients that, in line with advice from Public Health England, anyone who develops symptoms (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss/ change to your sense of smell or taste) within the last 7 days is NOT permitted to attend the GP surgery or A/E and MUST SELF ISOLATE at home for 10 days.

If you live with someone who has symptoms/tested positive or if you have been contacted by Track and Trace, you need to isolate for 14 days.

If you have symptoms, get a test as soon as possible. You need to get the test done in the first 5 days of having symptoms. On days 1 to 4 of your symptoms, you can get tested at a site or at home. On day 5, you need to go to a test site.

CORONAVIRUS CONDITIONS

 

Changes due to Covid—19

When possible, please do not come to the surgery without prior appointment or request. Please wear a face covering if you do visit the surgery. All clinical staff seeing face to face patients are wearing PPE.

 

Appointments

There will be more GPs working on site during September but they will continue to manage patients, where possible, by a telephone/ video discussion. These can be booked by phone or online via patient access

Nurses and Health Care assistants are seeing patients face-to-face for blood tests, dressings, smears, baby immunisations, injections, and many more procedures. They are also using telephone consultations for Asthma reviews, Diabetic reviews and NHS Health checks (following blood tests).

All appointments are by prior appointment only.

Have you tried the Ask NHS app with its symptom checker feature as well as information on local heath services?

 

Patient Access

You can now see blood test results via Patient Access as well as being able to book appointments and request repeat prescriptions.

(If you are unable to order online, prescriptions should be put in the letterbox outside the surgery, allowing 7-10 days for processing as both the surgery and the pharmacy have new workloads.)

Our website will be updated with any new changes as they happen.

 

Flu Clinics

Drop-in clinics: for over 65s, pregnant women and those under 65 with underlying health conditions (please check our website if you’re unsure)

  • Saturday 19th September, Pound House Surgery, Wooburn Green, 8am—12pm
  • Saturday 10th October, Orchard Surgery, Bourne End, 8am—12pm

Towards the end of September, Lesley, our Healthcare Assistant will be offering bookable flu appointments on a Wednesday.

Pneumonia vaccinations will be available to the over 65s and to those under 65 with a chronic condition like asthma or diabetes.

Nasal flu spray vaccinations will be available for children born between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2018 only. If your child is already due to come in for booster injections, this will be done at the same appointment.

 

Surgery Update

After 4 years of exceptionally dedicated service to the surgery and community, Dr Kris Holy will be moving on to new pursuits after his sabbatical and not returning to Bourne End & Wooburn Green Medical Centre.

All the team wish him the very best in his future endeavours and thank him for his hard work and enthusiasm. Dr Hannah Sharp has just started with us and, following the departure of Gail Johnson, Katy Schiavon is our new Nurse Manager. 

 

Better Health

Gaining weight is often a gradual process, happening over years as a result of modern-day life and the odd unhealthy habit. Extra weight causes fat to build up around vital organs, making it harder for the body to fight against cancer, heart disease and now COVID-19.

If you are overweight or living with obesity, lowering your weight can reduce your risk of developing serious diseases. The NHS has a free weight loss plan app, broken down into 12 weeks that can help you set weight loss goals, plan your meals, make healthier food choices and get more active.

More information (as well as other weight loss plan offers) are available here

better health

 

Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

If you are at high risk of type 2 diabetes, you may be eligible for the free NHS Healthier You service, which will help you eat more healthily, lose weight and get more physically active. You can take a quick and easy test to find out if you are at risk of type 2 diabetes at this website.

Published: Sep 8, 2020