Charity Family Fun Day - Sunday 1 July
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Queens Medical Centre's May Newsletter
Download this month's Newsletter here: May 2018
pinpoint devon - the easy way to find services and support in your community
Choosing which organisations can view your record
Child Health Information Service
From 1st April 2018 a new single Child Health Information System (CHIS) will begin across the South West.
South West CHIS GP Poster v1 1.pdf
Call 111 - the number for when it’s not an emergency
What to do when you’re ill or hurt and need help fast, but it’s not an emergency:
Is pain slowing you down?
Easter Pharmacy Opening Hours
Please see Easter Opening Times for North Devon pharmacy opening times during the Easter period.
Couch to 5k - running is free and burns more calories than many other exercises
Couch to 5K has been designed to get you off the couch and running in just 9 weeks. Grab your trainers and follow the step-by-step instructions in this free app.
Big Devon March challenges every workplace in Devon to walk
This year, Active Devon has teamed up with the South West Coast Path for the 2018 walking challenge.
This National walking trail is 630 miles long. For every virtual mile walked during March, progress will be recorded online. There are incentives and prizes along the way to encourage sign ups.
How to register for Big Devon March:
1. Register at www.activedevon.org/marchwithus
2. Find a group of 4‐6 colleagues to take part in the challenge with
3. Download the Workplace Challenge app
4. Follow the tips sent to you and get walking
5. Don’t forget to track your progress
Folic Acid - an essential ingredient for making healthy babies
This leaflet contains information about:
- Why your baby needs folic acids
- How to take folic acid
Click below to download this leaflet
How does the NHS in England work? An alternative guide
This animation is a whistle-stop tour of how the NHS works in 2017 and how it’s changing.
FLU - CATCH IT. BIN IT. KILL IT.
Cold weather can be seriously bad for your health. That’s why it is important to look after yourself, especially during the winter. If you start to feel unwell, even if it's a cough or a cold, don't wait until it gets more serious. Seek advice from your pharmacist.
Flu is very infectious and spread by germs from coughs and sneezes, which can live on hands and surfaces for 24 hours. To reduce the risk of spreading flu:
• use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze
• bin used tissues as quickly as possible
• wash your hands often with warm water and soap
Catch it. Bin it. Kill it.
pinpoint devon - the easy way to find services and support in your community
for you, your family or someone you care for.
- for help at home
- keeping healthy and staying active
- help getting out and about
- advice and advocacy
- money matters
- staying safe and more
Look for 100 calorie snacks for the kids - 2 a day max
Sign up to Chage4Life for the food scanner app, a free pack with vouchers, stickers for the kids and loads of helpful tips and ideas. https://www.nhs.uk/change4life
Stay well this winter
During these colder months and the holiday period there are things to bear in mind to remain healthy. The NHS has put together a pdf document entitled "We are here to help you stay well this winter - things you need to do to stay well this winter."
Large print version
Cancer care and support information in North Devon
Devon Libraries are working in partnership with the Peninsula Cancer Network, Macmillan, CAB, North Devon District Hospital and FORCE to offer a range of cancer information and support for people in North Devon. The libraries directly involved are Barnstaple, Bideford, Holsworthy and Ilfracombe.
These libraries all offer special book collections about cancer along with staff support when possible to access and use online information such as the Macmillan website and NHS Choices.
For more information about these library services and the range of other information sources available in North Devon pick up a leaflet from your local library or download the online version here - Cancer Information and Support in North Devon .
For more information about the project please see our short video below.
Keep Antibiotics Working TV campaign
Taking ANTIBIOTICS when you don't need them puts you and your family at risk.
Always take your doctor's advice on antibiotics.
Are You In Shape For Surgery? The healthier you are, the better you'll handle it
Surgery puts stress on your body, so the healthier you are, the better you’ll handle it.
Dr Alex Degan, GP at Mid Devon Medical Practice, and Karl Trimble, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, discuss the importance of being in shape for surgery.
Improving your general health and wellbeing greatly improves how effective the surgery will be, shortens how long it will take you to recover and significantly reduces the risk of complications.
Any steps you can take to eat a healthy diet, maintain a healthy weight and control your blood sugars, reduce your smoking, alcohol intake or substance use, and get enough sleep will benefit you.
Stoptober's back! And it can help you go smoke-free
Stop smoking for 28 days and you're 5 times more likely to quit for good!
Thinking about giving up smoking this Stoptober? You might not be sure where to start. There’s range of support options available for every lifestyle. Find what’s right for you today and sign up http://po.st/Stop17_Devon.
Going into hospital? Remember to take your medicines
Help us to Get Your Medicines Right!
Paracetamol - for short term pain relief
Dedicated Prescriptions Request Email Account
We now have a dedicated prescription request email account where you can email your prescription requests. The address for this is D-CCG.email@example.com
Serving You - Our dedicated team
Our dedicated team are here to treat those minor ailments that occur as well as providing specialist management of long-term conditions and clinics covering a wide range of healthcare issues. The technology also means you can now do a lot of things from the comfort of your home such as order a repeat prescription or cancel an appointment.
Partners in Care
Once registered, patients and healthcare professionals work together to ensure the most appropriate care is provided. This partnership philosophy extends even further and our active patient group exists to make sure that patient needs and the practice offering are always heading in the same direction.
So, any excuse to prove the media wrong! This is what we received from a grateful patient on Thursday. Patient and husband wanted to thank reception staff who dealt with her on wed afternoon-(her words) "if it wasn't for the reception staff quick thinking and immediate intervention she dreads to think what might have happened because she did have a stroke"
Receptionists, although not clinical, are asked by the GPs to ascertain some background information on symptoms so that the GPs are able to prioritise their phone list. They are also aware of `red flag' symptoms upon which they would act upon and inform the GP of urgency.
Access to Online Records
You are now able to request access to view your record online, this will show you:
- Demographic data
- Investigation results including numerical values and normal ranges
- Procedure codes (medical and surgical) and codes in consultations (symptoms and signs)
- Biological values (BP and PEFR)
- Allergies and adverse reactions
- Codes showing referrals made or letters received
- Other codes (ethnicity, QOF)
Before registering for access to your records there are a few things to think about. On very rare occasions:
- Your GP may not think it in your best interest for you to look at your GP records online. If this happens your GP will discuss their reason with you. It is up to your GP to decide if you should be allowed access to your online records
- You may see your test results before your doctor has spoken to you about them. This may be when you cannot contact your surgery, or when your surgery is closed. This mean you will need to wait until a telephone appointment is available to talk to your doctor.
- Information in your medical records might need correcting. If you find something you think is not correct, you should contact your surgery. The staff will be able to answer your questions and set things right when needed. Please bear in mind that you cannot change the record yourself.
- There may be information in your medical records that you did not know was there or that you had forgotten about, such as an illness or an upsetting incident. If you see anything you did no know about that worries you, please speak to your surgery and they will discuss this with you.
- If you see someone else's information in your record, please log out immediately and let your surgery know as soon as possible.
- If you have questions about any of the above points, please talk to your surgery and they will be able to advise you further.