World Mental Health Day
Every Mind Matters offers a range of resources that help spot the signs of common mental health concerns, offers practical self-care tips and guidance and, importantly, explains when to seek further support. It also has a free NHS-approved online tool the Every Mind Matters Your Mind Plan.
This free online resource helps people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others too.
Click here to watch a short film about Every Mind Matters.
Flu Season 2020/21 is underway....
Flu vaccination is one of the most effective interventions we can provide to reduce harm from influenza and pressure on our health, social and care services during the winter. Older people and many vulnerable individuals with underlying health conditions are at increased risk.
It has never been as important as it is this year to protect these people and in turn their families, friends, work colleagues and all other contacts and to keep them out of healthcare settings and hospitals which increases their risk of COVID-19.
This year the aim is to increase uptake in all the categories as soon as vaccines become available on a larger scale, with controlling risks of infection and social distancing being at the foremost of our minds, protecting both patients and all staff involved.
If you are unsure if you are eligible for a free flu vaccination, or would like further information please click on this link: Flu Vaccine Overview
Please click the image on our homepage to find out about dates for our flu clinics this year, how they will run differently due to Covid, and how to book.
Cervical Screening Awareness Week 15-21 June 2020
If you or someone you know has questions about HPV, cervical screening, cell changes or cervical cancer, Jo's Trust can help. On their website they have put together information you can trust with the help of experts and people with personal experience.
Please click here for further information.
If you would like to speak to one of our practice nurses to discuss any queries or concerns then please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange a telephone callback for you.
** Cervical screening smear appointments are still taking place. Please contact us by email or phone to book if yours is due **
Carers Week 2020
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.
This year, people across the country are continuing to face new challenges as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support.
They need to be recognised for the difficulties they are experiencing, respected for all they are doing, and provided with information, support and understanding.
So during Carers Week, we're coming together to help Make Caring Visible.
Covid-19 parkrun update
During this period of uncertainty communication will continue as always.
Social Media channels will be full of exciting parkrun related content including
- Weekly home workouts
- Q&A with staff & special guests
- Challenges to do around the house
- Games & puzzles
- The Great parkrun quiz
Plus the official parkrun YouTube channel will continue to bring you three BRAND NEW videos each week, so make sure you subscribe to www.youtube.com/parkrunglobal.
Take a look at these parkrun home warm-ups - click here
Read the blog post Six ways to recreate parkrun at home
The Hall Practice rated 'Outstanding' by Care Quality Commission for a second time
We are delighted to inform our patients that The Hall Practice has been rated Outstanding for a second time following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission in February 2020.
Janet Ortega, Head of Inspection PMS (South East), said;
“The Hall Practice continually sought new ways to innovate and develop more effective ways to provide patient care. There was a strong culture of learning within the team, who were keen to improve and deliver high quality care.
“The practice had a clear leadership structure. Staff felt supported and teams had good staff morale. Management focussed on achieving the practice objectives to deliver outstanding care.
“The team at The Hall Practice should be very proud to have achieved another Outstanding rating.”
The Partners would like to thank our Outstanding team and patients for their contribution towards this amazing achievement.
If you would like to read the full report please click here
Coronavirus (COVID-19) health advice for people with asthma and other respiratory conditions
Certifying absence from work due to Coronavirus - NHS 111 online Isolation Note
People unable to work for more than seven days because of COVID-19 can obtain an isolation note through a new online service.
Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults
This guidance is for everyone. It advises on social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). It is intended for use in situations where people are living in their own homes, with or without additional support from friends, family and carers.
We are advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures. Follow link above for list of those at risk.
What is social distancing? Follow link below for further information.
- How can I get assistance with foods and medicines if I am reducing my social contacts?
- What should you do if you have hospital and GP appointments during this period?
- What is the advice for visitors including those who are providing care for you?
- What is the advice if I live with a vulnerable person?
- How do you look after your mental wellbeing?
- Summary of advice
Coronavirus - Latest News & Information
**Please DO NOT book or attend your GP Practice if you get a cough, high temperature or feel short of breath
You should: stay indoors and avoid contact with other people and check NHS 111 online.
Please click here for latest government guidance**
Visit our webpage (by clicking on the link on the homepage) for further information and advice.
Following updated NHSE advice we will be offering telephone consulations to anyone with Corona virus like symptoms whether or not they have travelled. We have temporarily suspended online appointment booking too. DO NOT attend the surgery without a booked appointment for corona virus like symptoms. This is to reduce the spread of the disease and protect other patients who are in the building
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month March 2020
What are the symptoms?
- Persistent bloating - not bloating that comes and goes
- Feeling full quickly and/or loss of appetite
- Pelvic or abdominal pain (that's your tummy and below)
- Urinary symptoms (needing to wee more urgently or more often than usual)
Occasionally there can be other symptoms:
- Changes in bowel habit (eg diarrhoea or constipation)
- Extreme fatigue (feeling very tired)
- Unexplained weight loss
Any bleeding after the menopause should always be investigated by a GP.
- Frequent – they usually happen more than 12 times a month
- Persistent – they don’t go away
- New – they are not normal for you
Please click on the link on our homepage for further information, advice and support. Book an appointment with your GP if you are concerned or have any questions.
Are you a carer?
A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. A young carer is someone under 18 who does this.
Carers Trust is a major charity for, with and about carers. They work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, including young carers. Their vision is that unpaid carers count and can access the help they need to live their lives.
Please click on our 'Information for Carers' tab to access further information and support.
Please let us know if you are a carer so we can code you on our system and help you access the right support.
Raynaud's Awareness Month February 2020
If you experience:
- Cold fingers and toes
- Colour changes in your skin in response to changes in temperature or stress
- Colour changes from white, to blue/purple and then red
- Numbness, tingling or pain in the affected area
- Stinging or throbbing pain upon warming or stress relief
It could be a common condition called Raynaud’s.
1 in 6 people in the UK live with Raynaud’s. The condition affects the blood supply to certain parts of the body - usually the fingers and toes.
To find out if you could have Raynaud’s take our simple online test: sruk/testme
Safer Internet Day - February 11th 2020
Are young people free to be themselves online?
Research finds that being online is both liberating and limiting for children
- New research from the UK Safer Internet Centre reveals young people’s online experiences are an essential part of who they are offline, with 38% saying it’s easier to be themselves online than offline
- The internet is creating an informed and inspired generation that is taking action
- But some feel pressure to shape their online identity for others – 62% are careful about what they share because they’ve seen people be mean
- Certain groups are being targeted with identity-based hate
- UKSIC call on people to start conversations with young people about online identity
Children’s Mental Health Week 3-9 February 2020 - Find your Brave
From 3-9 February 2020 schools, youth groups, organisations and individuals across the UK will take part in Children’s Mental Health Week.
This year’s theme is Find your Brave.
If your child is struggling with their mental health, please book an appointment in surgery or telephone with a GP so we can offer advice and support.
How to stay well in winter.....
Cold weather can make some health problems worse and even lead to serious complications, especially if you are 65 or older, or if you have a long-term health condition.
Cervical Cancer Prevention Week - 20th to 26th January 2020
During Cervical Cancer Prevention Week we want as many people as possible to know how they can reduce their risk of the disease and to educate others.
How can you reduce your risk of cervical cancer?
We want to ensure all women and people with a cervix know how cervical cancer can be prevented. This means:
- Attending cervical screeningwhen invited
- Knowing the symptoms of cervical cancerand seeking medical advice if experiencing any
- Taking up the HPV vaccinationif aged 11-18
- Knowing where to find supportand further information
Click here for information on how you can get involved.
If you have had an invite, call us now to book your smear:
As long as you have not had any bleeding in the last 48 hours you can book in for your smear.
Wuhan novel coronavirus
Further information and advice for travellers - click here.
In late December 2019, the People’s Republic of China reported an outbreak of pneumonia due to unknown cause in Wuhan City, Hubei Province.
In early January 2020, the cause of the outbreak was identified as a new coronavirus, named Wuhan novel coronavirus (WN-CoV). While early cases were likely infected by an animal source in a ‘wet market’ in Wuhan, there is evidence that human-to-human transmission can also occur.
WN-CoV can cause respiratory illness of varying severity. Currently, there is no vaccine and no specific treatment for infection with the virus.
Have you ever served in the Armed Forces?
The health needs of military veterans can differ significantly to those of other patients.
Please email us on email@example.com to let us know so we can ensure this is added to your medical record.
Please visit the "Information for Veterans" section for further information.
Car Parking Information
From 14th October 2019, Buckinghamshire Hospitals Trust have introduced 'pay and display' parking charges at the Chalfonts & Gerrards Cross Hospital site. Until this point many of our staff have parked at the the hospital to allow maximum parking availability for our patients directly at the surgery. Unfortunately the introduction of these charges will make it unviable for our staff to continue to park there as they have to park all day. This will unfortunately mean that there will be less available car parking slots in the car park outside the surgery. If possible please consider alternative parking arrangements to prevent our car park becoming congested.
Individuals with Blue Disabled Parking Badges or children under 5 years will still be able to park in the Disabled / Parent and Child Bays at the front of Calcot Medical Centre.
We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause, and appreciate your understanding and cooperation in managing a situation over which we have had no control.
GP appointments hit record high as practices face 'unprecedented winter'
GP practices delivered a record 30.8m appointments in October 2019 - by far the highest figure recorded in a single month since NHS Digital began collecting data 18 months ago.
Please see the article below for further information:
Green Impact for Health
We are now actively working harder as a practice to be more sustainable by taking part in the Green Impact for Health Scheme run by the National Union of Students (NUS) and the Royal Collage of General Practitioners. We hope to become an accredited practice.
Read more about the scheme here.
Ask NHS is now live at your practice
We are pleased to announce that the new app, Ask NHS has now launched at our practice. The app is free to download on any mobile device and provides patients with a symptom checker, self-care advice and access to book the most appropriate GP appointment.
AskNHS is also available from our website (click on the 'Check Symptoms' tab in the bottom left corner).
For more information click on the AskNHS section on the homepage.
Give your inbox a health boost!
Patient Access can send health news and wellness tips from the experts straight to your inbox every week. Patient Access is n partnership with the NHS and provides a free service. Sign up to emails from Patient Access by scrolling down on their home page.
The NHS also has its own news page on its website: https://www.england.nhs.uk/news/
The Hall Practice does the Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge!
A BIG thank you to everyone who helped us to raise money for Rennie Grove Hospice - we raised a total of £690 after 8 members of the practice team completed the challenge in September this year.
Getting your medications after Brexit
Please see information on the link below: