Welcome to The Hall Practice
at Calcot Medical Centre
A vaccine to prevent shingles, a common, painful skin disease is now available on the NHS to people in their 70s.
The shingles vaccine is given as a single injection for anyone aged 70, 78 or 79 on 1st September 2014. Unlike the flu jab, you'll only need to have the vaccination once.
The vaccine is expected to reduce your risk of getting shingles. If you are unlucky enough to go on to have the disease, your symptoms may be milder and the illness shorter.
Shingles can be very painful and uncomfortable. Some people are left with pain lasting for years after the initial rash has healed. And shingles is fatal for around 1 in 1,000 over-70s who develop it.
A letter has been sent out to patients who are aged 70, 78 and 79, to book an appointment please call the nurse's secretary on 01753 278948 between 0830 - 1230.
For more information please go to NHS Choices
Flu Vaccine for Children aged 2-4 years
An annual nasal spray flu vaccine is available for all children aged two, three and four years as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme.
In some parts of the country, pre-school and primary school children between the ages of four and 10 will also be offered the vaccine.
Over time, as the programme rolls out, all children between the ages of two and 16 will be vaccinated against flu each year with the nasal spray.
The nasal spray flu vaccine is also for children aged two to 18 who are 'at risk' from flu, such as children with long-term health conditions.
The vaccine is given as a nasal spray squirted up each nostril. Not only is it needle-free (a big advantage for children), the nasal spray works even better than the injected flu vaccine in children.
It’s quick and painless and will mean your child is less likely to become ill if they come into contact with the flu virus. Its brand name is Fluenz.
The injectable flu vaccine will continue to be offered to over-65s, pregnant women and adults and babies aged six months to two years with long-term medical conditions.
A letter has been sent out to parents of patients who are aged 2, 3 and 4 with a consent form to return to the surgery.
For more information please go to NHS Choices
The Hall Practice is named in honour of Dr Desmond Hall who devoted his working life and much of his leisure time to this community.
The Partners in The Hall Practice are Dr Turner, Dr Davey and Dr Yeomans. Dr Quiney, Dr Brittain and Dr El-Shirbiny are salaried GPs. The Hall Practice holds a contract with the Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group to provide general medical services.
The Hall Practice is an approved training practice - a status we have worked hard to achieve. Doctors training to become GPs join the practice for their final 18 months of training.
Nurse Practioner clinics
There is a nurse practioner clinic for treatment problems such as coughs, ear problems, sore throats, cystitis and eczema. Our nurse practioner is able to prescribe.
We have appointments available from 7am most days. There are always appointments available on the day for medically urgent problems.
You are able to book appointments up to 4 weeks in advance.
Telephone consultations are also available where appropriate to the problem.
See the appointments pagefor full details of our opening and consulting times.
Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)
Electronic Prescription Service is now available at The Hall Practice
EPS enables prescribers - such as GPs and practice nurses - to send prescriptions electronically to a dispenser (such as a pharmacy) of the patient's choice. This makes the prescribing and dispensing process more efficient and convenient for patients and staff.
Please contact your preferred pharmacy if you would like to use the service.
For more information on the new system, go to www.connectingforhealth.nhs.uk/eps
Make The Right Call This Winter
Look after yourself this winter
By being prepared and making the right choices this winter, you will be better placed to stay healthy, keep control of your health and wellbeing and get the right care for you and your family when you need it.
The NHS will feel better too!
If more people are able to meet their own needs that will ease the pressure on health services and help to make sure the right care is available when people really need it.
Where to find help - phone
- Call 111 for health advice 24/7
- Call 0800 085 8480 for transport needs
Where to find help - websites
- Talk to your local pharmacist about stocking up with over-the-counter medicines for everyday ailments like coughs, colds, aches and pains. Your pharmacist can also help you make sure that if you take regular medication you order your repeat prescriptions in good time.
- Get your flu vaccine – the flu jab is available free from your GP if you are over 65, pregnant or have a long-term condition such as heart failure, diabetes or respiratory disease. This year the vaccine is also available to children aged two and three as a nasal spray. If you are not in one of these groups you can pay for the vaccine - ask your pharmacist for details.
- Be prepared for bad weather - Make sure you have plenty of warm clothes and food at home and keep an eye out for your elderly neighbours. If you have to go out in bad weather, think carefully about what you wear - especially on your feet - and how you travel.
- Think about doing a basic first aid course. This will help you better deal with minor injuries like burns, strains and sprains, as well as basic life support. For more information about courses visit: www.redcross.org.uk/firstaid
Talk before you walk
Sickness rates increase over the winter. Most people recover from minor illnesses without needing to see a doctor. A combination of rest, fluids and the right over-the-counter medication will usually get you back on your feet – but there is lots of medical help and advice close at hand if you are worried or are not getting better.
- Call NHS 111 - when you need help quickly but it’s not an emergency, call 111 and you will be directed to the best service for your needs. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is free to call from landlines or mobile phones. You can also call NHS 111 for health advice - and health information is available around the clock at www.nhs.uk
- Use your local pharmacist - this is a good place to start when you need health advice. Your pharmacist can provide over-the-counter medication for everyday ailments such as coughs and colds, as well as pain relief for headache, stomach ache and earache.
- Talk to your GP surgery - if it’s gone on for a while or you are worried, contact your surgery. The doctors, practice nurses and other members of the team are there to help. If you phone at a particularly busy time they may need to take a message and arrange to call you back later.
This information is available in a leaflet which you can download and print here.
Information about you and the care you receive is shared, in a secure system, by healthcare staff to support your treatment and care.
It is important that we, the NHS, can use this information to plan and improve services for all patients. We would like to link information from all the different places where you receive care, such as your GP, hospital and community service, to help us provide a full picture. This will allow us to compare the care you received in one area against the care you received in another, so we can see what has worked best.
Information such as your postcode and NHS number, but not your name, will be used to link your records in a secure system, so your identity is protected. Information which does not reveal your identity can then be used by others, such as researchers and those planning health services, to make sure we provide the best care possible for everyone.
You have a choice. If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything. If you have any concerns or wish to prevent this from happening, please speak to practice staff or download a copy of the leaflet“How information about you helps us to provide better care”.
Frequently Asked Questions
We need to make sure that you know this is happening and the choices you have.
Opting Out. If you would like to opt out of the Care.Data programme then please complete this form and return to Ruth Franklin, Practice Manager. Care.Data Objection Form
(Please be aware that this is not the same as the Summary Care Records (SCR). These are two separate initiatives. If you have opted out of SCR it does not mean that the same preference should automatically be applied for care.data.)
(Site updated 28/01/2015)