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Welcome to the twenty eighth edition (Spring 2019) of the Crick Medical Practice Newsletter. We hope that you will find the information interesting. We look forward to receiving your comments.
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NHS Health Checks
We offer a Health Check to patients between 40 – 74 to check blood pressure, raised cholesterol and any signs of early diabetes along with lifestyle advice. This health check is offered every 5 years to those patients who do not already have heart problems, diabetes or monitoring for raised blood pressure.
Please phone the surgery to see if you are eligible and to make an appointment.
Going on Holiday?
The Nurses at Crick Medical Practice are able to advise on how best to ensure that your holiday will be a safe, healthy and happy trip.
Simple precautions include adequate sun protection, avoiding risky activities that may lead to accidents, taking care with food and water, and preventing insect bites.
VACCINATIONS: Some travellers may require vaccinations for their chosen destination, and these patients should seek advice from the surgery 6-8 weeks prior to departure.
Patients, who have received travel vaccinations in the past, should also consult the surgery, as the recommendations for different countries vary and additional vaccines or booster doses may be required.
Last-minute travellers should also seek advice, as vaccines given late are better than no protection at all. For travellers planning to visit multiple destinations e.g. back-packers or frequent/long stay visitors, a more detailed consultation will be required, ideally at least 3 months before departure.
Prescribing of medicines to treat minor illnesses is changing! Medicines which are available to buy will no longer be routinely prescribed for the following conditions:
Acute Sore Throat, Conjunctivitis, Coughs and Colds, Mild irritant dermatitis, Cradle Cap, Dandruff, Diarrhoea (Adults), Mouth Ulcers, Dry eyes, Earwax, Excessive Sweating, Oral thrush, Haemorrhoids head lice, Indigestion and Heartburn, Sunburn, Infant colic, Cold sores of the lip, Infrequent Constipation, Threadworms, Infrequent migraine, Insect bites and stings, Mild acne, Mild to moderate hay fever, Minor burns and scalds, Mild Cystitis, Mild dry skin, Nappy rash, Minor Pain (aches and sprains, headache) Warts and verrucae, travel sickness, Prevention of tooth decay, Teething, Ringworm/Athletes foot and Sun Protection.
Why is it changing?
These common conditions can be treated at home with items that can be bought from pharmacies, local shops or supermarkets. As you will not need an appointment at your GP surgery to obtain a prescription this will save you time. It will also free up appointments for patients with more serious conditions.
BE SELF–CARE AWARE
Order Monday by 3pm – Collect on Thursday
Order Tuesday by 3pm – Collect on Friday
Order Wednesday by 3pm – Collect on Monday
Order Thursday by 3pm – Collect on Tuesday
Order Friday by 3pm – Collect on Wednesday
We respectively request that our patients who have their medication delivered, to allow four clear working days from request to receipt please.
The Dispensary is closed from 2pm – 3pm daily. Please try to avoid these times to collect repeat prescriptions as the dispensers are working on Dosset Boxes that enable patients with complex medication have it dispensed into diarised containers.
MAY BANK HOLIDAYS
Friday 24th May Normal Hours
Monday 27th May CLOSED (Bank Holiday)
Tuesday 28th May Normal Hours
On Line Patient Access
Please check out our website, address as above. Our patients can have access to their repeat prescription requests, booking appointments and viewing their medical record. If you would like to register for this facility please either:
- Register in person next time you are at the practice, we will give you a letter giving you your ID and password to register on line and access to the new options available.
- Register on line to create an account at crickmedicalpractice.co.uk then bring in Identification (Driving Licence or passport) for us to accept you. Once your Patient Access account is created, an email will be sent to you confirming your User ID. Once accepted at the practice, you will be able to proceed to request the new facilities.
Although this mechanism seems a little laborious, we need to be very careful that we are registering the correct patient request. Each individual will have access to their medical record; therefore we need to protect you from identity fraud.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need further information or advice.
Training Time for Doctors and Staff
Please be aware that the surgery will be closing on one Wednesday afternoon of each month for Staff Training. Times: 1 pm – 6:30 pm.
During this time if you need to see a doctor urgently, you can call 111.
This opportunity will enable us to keep up to date with mandatory training and enhance staff knowledge.
The dates for the rest of this year are as follows: 15th May, 12th June, 10th July, No training in August, 112th September, 9th October, 13th November and 4th December 2019.