Welcome to St. Mary's Surgery
Self Care Aware Week
November 17th - November 23rd is Self Care week. Self Care Week is an annual national awareness week that focuses on promoting self care across communities, families and generations. For more information follow the link below:
Summary Care Record
The NHS in England is introducing the Summary Care Record, which will be used in emergency care. Summary Care Records for patients registered at St Marys Surgery will be available from September 24th 2014.
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.
Your Summary Care Record will be available to authorised healthcare staff providing your care anywhere in England, but they will ask your permission before they look at it. This means that if you have an accident or become ill, the healthcare staff treating you will have immediate access to important information about your health.
As a patient you have a choice:
If you would like a Summary Care Record – you do not need to do anything and a Summary Care Record will be created for you.
If you do not wish to have a Summary Care Record you may opt out by completing a form and handing it to Reception
You can change your mind at any time. Further information and an opt out form are available at the bottom of this page.
The latest issue of the practice newsletter is available to download at the bottom of this page.
Due to increasing pressure on appointments, we have reviewed how we might more effectively manage the demand. As a result, we now triage by telephone all requests for home visits and urgent / same-day appointments. This became effective in March 2014. All requests for such appointments will be triaged by a GP or a Nurse. Please download the telephone triage PDF file at the bottom of this page for more detailed information.
Care Data Programme
Confidential information from your medical records can be used by the NHS to improve the services offered so we can provide the best possible care for everyone.
For more information, a Poster, Patient Information Leaflet, Opt Out Form and Patient FAQ are available to download at the bottom of this page.
For patients aged 16 and over it is possible to order your medication online, book appointments and view details of allergies, sensitivities and prescribed medication held in your medical record. To do this you need to visit the Surgery to register for the service and bring ID with you - Passport or driving licence are suitable forms of ID. The option to view details of allergies, sensitivities and prescribed medication has only recently been made available, so existing Systmonline users will need to request access to this option. This additional access can be requested by completing a brief questionnaire via Systmonline.
A link to SystmOnline can be found at the top of this page just below the picture of the surgery.
More detailed information regarding Measles is available in the "A-Z" section of the website.
Change to the national immunisation programme for children
From the 1st June 2013 the second dose of Men C vaccination usually given at 4 months will be postponed and given as an adolescent booster at around 14 years of age.
From the 1st July 2013 oral Rotavirus vaccination will be routinely offered at the age of 2 months and again at 3 months when they attend for their first and second routine childhood immunisations.
The Pneumococcal vaccination is now part of the childhood immunisation programme and it is also offered to all patients over the age of 65 and those under the age of 65 who are at increased risk of developing Pneumonia. It is usually a single vaccination. Please check with Reception if you do not believe you have been vaccinated.
A vaccine to prevent shingles, a common, painful skin disease is available on the NHS to certain people in their 70s. The shingles vaccine is given as a single injection for people born between 2/9/1943 and 1/9/1944 or 2/9/1934 and 1/9/1936. This can be given at the same time as your annual flu vaccination.
Influenza VaccinationWe have already held several clinics and our next is on Saturday 8th November 2014. An appointment must be booked. Nasal flu vaccinations are advised for all children aged 2,3 and 4 (born between 2/9/2009 and 1/9/2012) and children aged 5 - 17 in the at risk groups. Adult flu vaccinations are advised for all pregnant women, adults aged up to 65 in the at risk groups and those patients aged over 65. For further information please see: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/vaccination-schedule-age-checklist.aspx