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Summer Newsletter Posted on 26 Aug 2016

Swineshead Medical Group

 Surgery News Summer 2016

Vaccinations:  We will shortly be inviting eligible patients for their shingles vaccine, please make sure you take this opportunity to protect yourself from shingles.

Also, it is important for young adults to ensure they have received their ‘teenage booster’ as well as appropriate Meningitis vaccines and we will be sending out reminders quite soon.  Flu clinic dates will be advertised as soon as vaccine delivery is confirmed.

Training Practice – The practice is an accredited training practice, hosting qualified doctors who are undertaking general practice training.  Dr Whitfield and Dr Alam are the current GP Trainers.  Dr Wilson Chin has now completed his GP training and will leave us at the end of July; we will be joined in August by Dr Ojoye and Dr Sampson Nwakuna.  The practice continues to host Foundation Year 2 doctors under Dr Kelly’s supervision, from 3 August 2016 we will be hosting Dr Edward Wu and Dr Poh Lam.

Training afternoons will take place on Thursdays throughout the year.  Surgery will close at approximately 1.30 p.m and re-open at 4.30 p.m on the following dates:

21 July 2016, 18 August 2016 and 22 September 2016. A GP and practice staff will be on duty to deal with telephone enquiries or emergencies throughout these afternooons.

Summer Sun  – In warmer weather, please take care to protect yourself and your children from the harmful effects of the sun.  Use lightweight, light coloured clothing and a sun hat, stay away from the strong midday sun and remember to use sunscreen with a protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. Babies under 1 year of age should stay out of the sun.  Also please make sure that you and your family are drinking plenty of water during hot spells.

Hay Fever – It’s that time of year again when you can be affected by hay fever. This is caused by an allergy to pollen that causes runny, itchy or blocked nose, sneezing and itchy eyes.  People who suffer with asthma often find their symptoms are worse during the hay fever season.  Symptoms can be helped by reducing exposure to pollen, especially when the pollen count is high.  Wear sunglasses if you go out, avoid cutting the grass, shower and wash your hair when you have been outside, keep the car windows closed and bring in the washing before the evening when pollen falls as the air cools.  Effective antihistamine tablets or nasal sprays are available from any pharmacy.

 Out of Hours Service:

(6.30 pm to 8.00 am and Bank Holidays):111

Dispensary– Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m to 1.00 p.m and 2.00 p.m to 6.00 p.m.

We dispense medication to patients who live more than 1 mile from a community pharmacy.  Please allow 48 hours (2 working days) from ordering before coming to collect medication.  You can order repeat prescriptions by telephoning 01205 822411 (24 hour service).  If you run out of medications when the surgery is closed you can obtain a 3 day ‘emergency’ supply from a community pharmacy on production of your repeat medication slip; there is a charge for this service. 

Delivery service – for those patients using our medication delivery service, please note that if you are not at home on more than one occasion when we try to deliver, you will no longer be eligible for the service. Please speak to the Dispensary Manager.

Minor Injury Unit – Johnson Hospital, Spalding.  Walk-in service for cuts, strains and sprains etc. Free car parking and short waiting times!  Open 8.00am to 6.00pm, 7 days a week.  Telephone: 01775 652000

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