Travel Clinic Changes - Feb 2018
The way that we are providing travel immunisations and advice will change with effect from February 2018. Travellers will be asked to complete a 'Travel Vaccination Form' and hand it in. A travel nurse will then review the details and contact you to advise what immunisations will be required. Please click here for more information.
Blood Pressure Drop-In Clinics
Blood Pressure drop-in clinics are held every Thursday at the surgery between 2.00 and 4.00 p.m. If you wish to have a Blood Pressure check with the nurse, you do not need to book an appointment, simply turn up on any Thursday between 2:00pm and 4:00pm when the clinic will be running.
When you arrive, please check in at the reception desk.
We are delighted that we have been validated as a "Young People Friendly" service. This recognises that the needs of young people are met in a secure, welcoming and supportive environment at Portishead Medical Group.
We have a new page on our website containing information for young people. Please click here to go straight there.
If you have nominated a pharmacy to receive your prescriptions electronically, they will now be sent direct (no need to come in and pick up the paper prescription)
If you have any queries or would like to sign up for this service please speak to your chosen pharmacy.
We are no longer be permitted to accept the used yellow sharps containers from patients. There is a new process in place whereby North Somerset Council will collect the used sharps containers from patient's homes. This is a much safer method than bringing them into the surgery as it reduces any risks arising from transporting the boxes to the surgery or handing them over the desk to a receptionist.
North Somerset Council are able to collect the containers either as a one-off, weekly, monthly or as and when needed. This is a free service.
You will need to collect a form from the surgery front desk and complete this for the process to start. We will fax the completed form to North Somerset Council who then send us details of your collection times, which we will then pass on to you.
North Somerset Council have reassured us that it is safe to leave sealed sharps containers outside for collection and that they collect them as early in the day as possible. Collections commence from 7:00am, unfortunately there is no choice regarding the day of collection.
If you have any queries regarding this, please feel free to contact the surgery or come and see our receptionists at the front desk.
Warning - hoax calls re: blood pressure monitors
We have been made aware of a call to a patient in which they were told that their doctor wanted them to buy a home blood pressure machine and were asked for credit card details over the phone. This is a hoax call - we are not contacting patients and would never ask for credit card details.
Flu is caused by a different virus to the common cold and can cause severe symptoms. These include a high temperature, chills, headache, aches and pains in joints and muscles, and extreme tiredness. Every year many people have time off work or are admitted to hospital with complications caused by the virus and about 11,000 people in England died from flu in 2012/13.
The flu virus is constantly changing, which is why you need to have a flu vaccination every year. The vaccine always contains three or four different strains of the virus. Unfortunately last year one of the virus strains changed during the middle of the flu season making it slightly less effective than usual. This happens about once every 10 years. The flu vaccine is still the best and only real protection against flu.
Preventing the spread of flu
You can help stop yourself catching flu or spreading it to others with good hygiene measures.
Always wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water, as well as:
- regularly cleaning surfaces such as your computer keyboard, telephone and door handles to get rid of germs
- using tissues to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
- putting used tissues in a bin as soon as possible
You can also help stop the spread of flu by avoiding unnecessary contact with other people while you're infectious. You should stay off work until you're feeling better
Are you a Carer?
Are you a carer for someone in the Practice? Do you have a carer? If you are unwell, who do we contact? Please do not assume that we know who your extended family are.
Please click on 'Your Contact Details' at the bottom of the home page on our website, contact reception or write to us to update your records.
More information for carers can be found in our 'Further Information' section.
Friends and Family Test
It is now possible to provide feedback on our services via the NHS Friends and Family Test. To do this please click here.
Advanced Nurse Practitioners
Our Advanced Nurse Practitioners (Anna Neary and Tracey Taynton) work closely with our GPs to provide appointments for patients who would like an 'on the day' appointment. They also support our urgent surgery.
They are very experienced and are able to prescribe medication.
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