- The Surgery is as always conscious of the pressure for appointments and is involved in several innovative schemes to manage this. Nurse and doctor Appointments are available from 7 am on Mondays (Extended Hours), and doctor appointments available to 8 pm Mondays (Improced Access) and as a pilot, some appointments are now done by Facetime. Details via reception. There will also be extra Winter Pressure surgeries. The limiting factor with all of these is the national shortage of GP’s so it is the same doctors providing the extra appointments. Existing doctors simply working longer hours is really not a sustainable or long term solution and means the number of additional appointments are in short supply.
- That being the case, we are extremely lucky to be a Training Practice which has allowed us to welcome 2 excellent extra pairs of hands in Drs Suzanne Kumar (GP Registrar) and Sana Ghauri (GP Registrar).
- Many patients will by now be aware that with very few exceptions, scripts for items that are available over the counter will no longer be issued on the NHS. Patient’s have been very, well..., patient with these new rules. The message is that for relatively minor complaints please consult your pharmacist first, even if you have previously received medication from the surgery. There is more information and a small video clip available at : Click here - Pharmacy First
- On the topic of self help and with January 1st looming it is a good time to mention the quite remarkable Healthy Lifestyles Scheme funded by the Gloucester City Council. Patients can self refer to the Healthy Lifestyles Team for help and advice on a range of lifestyle changes including losing weight, stopping smoking, sensible exercise, healthy diet, alcahol and even gambling. It is free of charge and details are available on their website at: Click here - Healthy Lifestyles
- And finally, patients can relieve the pressure on NHS A&E and surgeries over this busy time by appropriately self managing many conditions, gaining confidence at the same time. NHS Direct is now closed but there are a range of sensible self help apps on NHSInform.Scot. These are safe, quite fun to work through and give advice on when to seek help. Click here - NHS Inform.Scot
Change to NHS prescribing of over the counter medicines
NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has confirmed a change relating to NHS prescribing of a range of medicines, vitamins and minerals that are available to buy over the counter from pharmacies and supermarkets.
Dr Charles Buckley explains in the video below.