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Haddenham Surgery

DR J HOLT
DR A RAHMAN
Dr L GERZA
DR N HORN
DR A PEAKE

 


 

 

 

February 2017

 

Changes in staff

 

Over the last few months there have been quite a few comings and goings at the Haddenham Practice.  The first to arrive was our Phlebotomist Nicole but unfortunately due to family commitments she only stayed for a short time.  She has been replaced by Philippa Hickman who will be doing blood pressures and blood tests three days a week.   In October Rita Handley left the cold winds of the fens to join her family in New Zealand.  Rita has been replaced by Practice Nurse Hilary Sexton who along with her general nursing duties has experience in dermatology.  Hilary works four days a week.  Lucy Stewart was the next to join us.  Lucy is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and is able to independently prescribe medication.  She works five days a week and has much experience of looking after patients in their home.  Lucy spends her mornings doing home visits and her afternoons assisting the doctors with the urgent patients.  Dr Alexandra Peake joined the team at the beginning of February.  She recently moved to the area and has a special interest in caring for the elderly and works four days a week.  We are very fortunate in that all our new staff are very experienced and bring many new skills to our workforce.  We are sure you will join us in welcoming our new staff to Haddenham Surgery.

 

We are sorry to say that we will be saying goodbye to Dr Ali who for personal reasons will be leaving us at the end of March.  He will be missed by staff and patients and we wish him well for the future.

 


Financial Pressures on the NHS

This year has been a difficult one for the surgery and the NHS.  It cannot possibly have escaped your notice the number of news stories about financial pressures in the NHS, deficits at the hospital and huge savings having to be made.  Haddenham Surgery are not immune from these national pressures.  In fact this year has been quite a problem for us.  At the CCG (the organisation which pays for health care in local areas) they have to save approximately £7million between now and the end of March 2017.  This is a tremendous task and one we are all likely to fail in.  However, in order to meet those savings the CCG is asking all Practices to do what they can to save money.  Schemes such as the Self-Care Programme, reviewing medications to ensure we offer cost-effective prescribing and following referral thresholds and pathways ensures we play our part in efficiency saving.

 


Telephone Triage

Having introduced the “telephone triage” to the Practice in 2015, we have received positive feedback from patients who are grateful for this service.  Telephone Triage is for “urgent” appointments and allows the doctor to prioritise appointments with those patients being seen urgently on the same day by either a Doctor or Nurse.

 


Electronic Prescriptions

We now offer electronic prescribing for our non-dispensing patients.  If you would like to use this service please ask the reception staff for details.

 


Text (SMS) Message

If you have trouble remembering your appointment maybe the text messaging service may be of benefit.  If you are aged over 16 please ask at reception for a consent form to complete to activate this service.  We are hoping this service helps to reduce the number of wasted appointments (107 patients did not attend their appointment in January 2017).


 

 

June 2016


Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Following an inspection of the Practice by the Care Quality Commission in February we are pleased to advise they have rated us as “Good”.  If you wish to read the report please visit their website -  www.cqc.org.uk   


Donations for Dr Findlay’s Retirement

Doctor Findlay wishes to thank all patients who kindly donated to his chosen charity – “The Lullaby Trust (Cot Death Society)”, following his retirement from the Practice in April.  The generous donations of £520 have now been sent to the Charity to help support bereaved families affected by a sudden infant death.

 


Register for Text Messaging

As we continue to receive a large number of patients not attending their pre-booked appointments we have now introduced a Text Messaging Service to patients’ mobile phones to remind them of their appointment.  Before we can contact patients in this way we will need their explicit consent so if you wish to register for this service (over 16’s only) can you please complete a consent form which is available from reception

Should you ever change your mobile phone number please remember to keep us informed.  You can update this information by filling in a change of contact details form at reception.


Hay Fever – Self Care if you suffer from Hay Fever

Before going to see your GP, you could visit your Pharmacist and try to treat your hay fever symptoms with over-the-counter medications, such as antihistamines.

 

The various treatments for hay fever are outlined below allowing you to compare your treatment options.

 

Antihistamines – these treat hay fever by blocking the action of the chemical histamine, which the body releases when it thinks it is under attack from an allergen.  This stops the symptoms of the allergic reaction.

Corticosteroid Nasal Sprays and Drops – these are used to treat hay fever because they have an anti-inflammatory effect.

Nasal Decongestants – Hay fever can cause a blocked nose.  A decongestant, in the form a nasal spray, can relieve this.  Decongestants reduce the swelling of the blood vessels in your nose, which opens your nasal passage and makes breathing easier.

Eye Drops – These are available from your Pharmacist to treat the hay fever symptoms that affect your eyes, such as redness, itchiness and watering.  The drops contain antihistamine, such as azelastine and olopatadine, to reduce the inflammation in your eyes, which will relieve the symptoms.

 

Make an appointment to see the Doctor if your symptoms are not helped by over the counter medications.


Prescribing of medication available to purchase over the counter

The NHS in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough spends over £4 million every year on prescribing medicines that can be bought over the counter without a prescription.  This money could be used to buy – 570 hip replacements or 854 knee replacements or 266 drug treatment courses for breast cancer or 133 community nurses or 44 additional GP’s.  The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group recommends you visit your local Pharmacist regarding treatment for self-limiting conditions, or minor conditions such as hay fever. 


 

 

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