Surgery News June 2017
Appointments: We are still struggling to keep up with demand for appointments, despite employing a locum GP for the last few months. If you cannot attend for your appointment please let us know so that we can offer it to someone else, DNAs are still a major cause of frustration for the practice staff and for patients! The practice has been working with the Lincolnshire Medical Committee and other Lincolnshire practices to secure the services of doctors from Europe. The scheme has been successful in recruiting a total of 28 doctors for the Lincolnshire GP workforce.
The practice is pleased to welcome Dr Indre Licyte to Swineshead Medical Group. Dr Licyte is currently working through a comprehensive induction programme; the practice will soon be able to offer some appointments with her, which will go some way towards addressing appointment availability issues.
If you arrive late for your appointment – we appreciate that sometimes it is difficult to be on time for various reasons. On occasions when it is unavoidable please let us know in advance, if at all possible. Please do not expect to be seen if you just arrive late – the doctor or nurse will make the decision whether you can be seen and you may be asked to come back at another time.
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, although there is no GP Registrar allocated to the practice between April and August this year. Dr Ola Ojoye will rejoin the practice in August to complete his third year of GP training. We also continue to host Foundation Year 2 doctors under Dr Kelly’s supervision, the practice is currently hosting Dr Yousef El-Shunnar.
Training afternoons will take place on Thursday afternoons throughout the year. These are generally the third Thursday of each month. On occasions all staff must attend mandatory training, at these times there will be reduced routine services. However, during training afternoons, a GP and practice staff will always be on duty to deal with telephone enquiries or emergencies.
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.
Pharmacy - Your local pharmacist can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints, without you having to go to your GP or other healthcare setting.
Please remember that our Nurse Practitioner is able to see and treat patients for most health problems. Our senior practice nurse can also see and treat patients for various minor illnesses and can prescribe necessary medications, the receptionist will be able to advise you whether an appointment with these clinicians is appropriate for you. This may get you seen more quickly than waiting for a GP appointment.
NHS 111 - NHS 111 is a service which makes it easier for you to access NHS services. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year and is free when you telephone 111. You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency.
The Out of Hours Service can be contacted by calling 111 when the surgery is closed from 6.30pm to 8.00 am on weekdays, at weekends and on Bank Holidays.
Minor Injury Units – Johnson Community Hospital, Spalding.
Walk-in service for cuts, strains and sprains etc. Open 8.00am to 6.00pm, 7 days a week. Telephone: 01775 652000
Sleaford Medical Group, 47 Boston Road, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 7HD
Tel: 01529 419100 Open 8.00am – 8.00pm weekdays and 8.00am – 6.00pm weekends
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) or online if you are registered for this 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. We provide a delivery service for those patients who have genuine difficulty collecting their medications from the surgery. Please ask for details at the dispensary.