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UPCOMING FLU CLINICS

The health board has provided sessions on a consecutive 6 week period to allow practices to deliver vaccines safely. During these sessions, the health board have arranged for Shropdoc to provide cover and the surgery will only be open for vaccination clinics only.
From 12pm onward on the following days, we will only be open to patients attending a flu vaccination appointment.
📅 Tuesday 6th October 2020
📅 Wednesday 14th October 2020
📅 Tuesday 20th October 2020
📅 Wednesday 28th October 2020
📅 Tuesday 3rd November 2020
📅 Wednesday 11th November 2020
This means our phone lines will be transferred through to Shropdoc from 12pm and our Dispensary & Reception will be closed for the duration of the afternoon.
Those attending the surgery for a Flu vaccination appointment will be greeted by a member of staff upon arrival. Please remember:
◾️To arrive as close to your appointment time as possible
◾️Your temperature will be checked before entering the building
◾️Patients must wear a face covering
◾️Bring as little belongings with you as possible
◾️Please wear suitable clothing so your arm is easily accessible
◾️Our car park is closed for the duration of the flu clinic to enable us to operate a one way system safely. Parking will be available for those who hold a Blue Badge. PCC have granted 30 mins free parking at Church Street car park for people attending the surgery for a flu injection ( on these afternoons only)
◾️At some point you will be asked to stand outside the practice, so please dress appropriate for the varying weather conditions.
Please call the surgery on 01938 553 118 if you have any concerns regarding the flu vaccination clinics.


Flu campaign 2020

The Practice will be operating Flu clinics from October onwards. You can contact the Practice commencing Tuesday 8th September to book an appointment for your flu vaccination.

Groups eligible for a free flu vaccination are as follows:

  • People aged 65 and over
  • People aged under 65 and in one of the following clinical risk groups:
    •  Chronic respiratory disease requiring regular inhaler steroids
    •  Chronic Heart Disease
    •  Chronic Kidney Disease at Stage 3, 4 or 5
    • Chronic Liver Disease
    • Chronic Neurological Disease such as Parkinson’s, Motor Neurone Disease or a learning disability
    • Diabetes
    • Immunosuppression due to disease such HIV/ AIDS or treatment such as cancer treatment
    • Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen
    • Morbidly obese adults (BMI of 40 or above)
  • Pregnant women
  • People living in care homes or other long-stay care facilities
  • Carers

There will be a few differences to the way the flu vaccine is delivered this year.

  • Vaccines are by appointment only.
  • Please attend at the time given; it is essential you do not arrive early or late.
  • Entrance and exits will be different from usual, and will be marked clearly. You will be welcomed by a member of staff.
  • Your temperature will be taken before you enter the building.
  • The medical centre car park will be closed for patient safety. Access will be for Blue badge holders only. Powys County Council have granted 30 minutes free parking at Church Street Car Park for anyone attending the flu clinic. 
  • Please wear appropriate clothing so that the vaccine can be given in your upper arm easily.
  • It is essential that you wear a 3-layer face covering to attend your appointment, unless you are exempt.
  • Please do not attend if you or a close contact has symptoms or have had recent contact with a suspected/confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Please come alone unless you need the support of a carer.
  • You may be expected to stand in a queue for a short time, which could be outside. If you are not able to do so please let us know when you book your appointment.
  • Please do not bring unnecessary bags etc.
  • Toilet facilities will not be available.
  • Clinics are for flu only, and please don’t ask for other advice during your appointment.
  • Primary School children will be vaccinated in school as normal and will be contacted by the school or school nurse.

Your GP practice is the safest place to have your flu vaccination, as we have full access to your health records. GP practices are yet to be updated by Welsh Government as to when and who will be vaccinating the additional 50-65 year old cohort who aren’t in a clinical risk group.

Please contact the Practice on 01938 553 118 from Tuesday 8th September to book your Flu vaccination. 


Partnership Changes

MRL retirement

Dr Michael Lewis will retire from the practice at the end of September; he joined the partnership (of Drs Hutchinson, Solomon, Townsend and Ryan) in 1992.
Dr Lewis said:  “I always thought I’d retire earlier than I eventually have!   Working here has often been challenging, but it’s always been interesting and colleagues supportive, and it’s a great group of people to be involved with.  It’s usual for retiring partners to reminisce about how things were in the ‘old days’ – both good and bad -  and certainly there have been more changes and developments in the practice and the NHS over the last nearly 30 years than I could list.  But the changes the practice has had to make to keep open and serving its patients safely during these last 5 months certainly count among the most complicated and difficult I can remember.   They have only been possible through the hard work, the commitment and the willingness of all working here to adapt to patient needs as circumstances have changed. 
I’m delighted that Dr Claire Hirons will join the partnership as I leave, and that Dr Emily Kingham will also become a partner. There were several excellent applicants for the post, which I think shows how well the practice is seen from outside - these appointments will further strengthen the partnership and the practice for the future. 
I’d like to thank my partners, practice managers and the staff at both the medical centre and the hospital for their support and friendship throughout my time in the practice, and I wish them and our patients the very best.”


Shingles/Pneumococcal vaccinations

We have now commenced Shingles and Pneumococcal vaccinations for those who are eligible. Welsh Assembly Government have advised GP surgeries it is important that patients are still receiving their routine vaccinations during the Coronavirus pandemic. As a Practice, we are taking extra precautionary measures to ensure you remain safe during your appointment, this includes wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment and having robust cleaning and infection control procedures.

The Shingles vaccination is now routinely offered to everyone aged 70 to 79 in Wales. You will remain eligible until your 80th birthday.

The Pneumococcal vaccination is available on the NHS for all adults form the age of 65, it is also recommended for children and adults aged from two to 64 years old with a long term health condition as they are at a higher risk of developing a pneumococcal infection than the general population. 

If you believe you are eligible and have not yet been vaccinated please contact reception on 01938 553 118.


 Asthma Patients:

We are not routinely giving out rescue packs to asthma patients in response to the current coronavirus outbreak, following guidance from Asthma UK.

For more information regarding Asthma and COVID-19 please follow the link:

https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/triggers/coronavirus-covid-19/


Support for Powys residents during COVID-19

Powys Local Health Board have set up an information help line to provide support to Powys residents who have questions about the assessment and management of COVID-19.

 The call handlers are using a webform that guides them to the most up to date information. They also have information about local services such as Community Connectors, PAVO and Meals on Wheels.

 The phone number is 03456 027053.

Phones line manned from 9 am - 5 pm 7 days a week for the foreseeable future. 


Access Standards at Welshpool Medical Practice

On the 20th March 2019, the Minister for Health and Social Services announced the Access to in-Hours GMS services standards. Underpinned by clear measurable, expected achievements by March 2021 and supported by a delivery milestone under the Primary Care Model for Wales, the Standards set clear requirements on practices in terms of minimum expectations relating to access, including an increased digital offering.

Welshpool Medical Practice is working towards complying with the Access standards set out by Welsh Government including recent changes to our telephone system and the introduction of online appointments.

For more information on the full range of Access Standards and Welshpool Medical Practice’s progress please follow this link.


Patient Notice:

Welshpool Medical Centre are unable to sign off any certificates for fitness in relation to sporting events, for example Marathons and abseiling.

Please contact the event organisers for further advice.


Patient Access Survey 2019

Powys Teaching Health board have recently carried a patient access survey on our Practice. They have published their findings and these can be found in the table below. 

PRACTICE

WELSHPOOL

Percentage of patient responses that confirmed that it was either very easy or quite easy to access telephone advice, or be seen by a member of the practice clinical team.

71.43%

Percentage of patient responses that confirmed that it was either very difficult or quite difficult to access telephone advice or be seen by a member of the practice clinical team.

2.38%

Percentage of patient responses that confirmed that it was either very easy or quite easy to make a routine with a range of clinical team members, more than two working days in advance.

73.81%

Percentage of patient responses that confirmed that it was either very difficult or quite difficult to make a routine with a range of clinical team members, more than two working days in advance.

19.05%

Percentage of patient responses that stated that it was either very easy or quite easy to get through to the surgery on the telephone.

88.10%

Percentage of patient responses that stated that it was either very difficult or quite difficult to get through to the surgery on the telephone.

2.38%

Percentage of patient who have been seen urgently through the out of hours service who were either very satisfied or quite satisfied with the care they received

64.29%

Percentage of patient who have been seen urgently through the out of hours service who were either very dissatisfied or quite dissatisfied with the care they received

4.76%

Percentage of patient responses that stated that they would either be very satisfied or quite satisfied to be seen for routine care in the evening, at night or weekend at a place which is not their usual surgery because they could not attend their surgery during normal working hours

71.43%

Percentage of patient responses that stated that they would either be very dissatisfied or quite dissatisfied to be seen for routine care in the evening, at night or weekend at a place which is not their usual surgery because they could not attend their surgery during normal working hours

7.14%

Percentage of patient responses who stated that they could attend the surgery during normal working hours

 

97.62%


Men ACWY Vaccine for University students

Since August 2015 teenagers and new university students have been offered the MenACWY vaccine to improve protection against meningococcal group W (MenW) disease. The MenACWY vaccine protects against four different causes of meningitis and septicaemia – Meningococcal (Men) A, C, W and Y diseases.

The MenACWY vaccine is offered routinely to all young people around 13/14 years of age in school year 9.  All young people above this age but born after 1st September 1996 should already have been offered the vaccine as part of the two year catch up programme, either through the schools based programme or via their GP surgery.  

Those who have not already received the vaccine should contact either their school nurse or GP surgery to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Young people remain eligible to receive the vaccine up to the age of 25.

The MenACWY vaccine should also be given to all individuals under 25 years of age who are planning to attend university for the first time or those in their first academic year at university if they have not already received the vaccine. Ideally the vaccine should be administered at least two weeks prior to starting university.

If you think you are eligible for the Men ACWY vaccine, please contact the surgery to book an appointment. 

For more information about the Men ACWY vaccine, please follow this link.


General Data Protection Regulation

The General Data Protection Regulation(GDPR) comes in to force on 25th May 2018, superseding the Data Protection Act (1998). Welshpool Medical Practice is committed to complying with GDPR. 

Please follow this link for our Privacy notice detailing how we use your information and your rights surrounding that information. 


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