Flu clinics

Our flu clinics are now bookable from 1st October.
You are eligible for a flu vaccine if you are over 65, if you or your child have certain medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease, if you are pregnant, if you live with someone on the NHS shielded list. For full details please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/
We will enable some of these appointments to be booked online, otherwise please phone reception after 3pm to book in to these clinics. We are very busy at the moment and this will take some pressure off our receptionists who are constantly answering calls in the mornings.
Please only attend at your appointment time to avoid footfall through the practice, you will be sent away if you arrive early.
We will arrange a one way system through the surgery. Please help us by getting your upper arm out ready and perhaps avoiding the car park at Mapperley which will be very busy on these days.

Self-isolation rules still apply!

Just to remind everyone that although the lockdown is lifting and some things are edging back towards normality, self-isolation rules if you have symptoms still apply (10 days if you have symptoms, 14 days if you have a household contact with symptoms).

Also make sure you book a test as soon as soon as possible if you have symptoms as this can only be done within the first five days of being unwell.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

Face coverings

We would like to encourage all patients to wear a face covering if attending the practice. We feel that this is the correct decision to help reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission. This could be a face mask or scarf. Please let us know if you have communication difficulties which mean you would struggle to wear a face covering. If you have young children who would struggle to wear a face covering, or have breathing problems which mean you may struggle again please let us know as we can look at the best time to bring you down to surgery if necessary.

Pride month

Thanks to our Registrar Dr Sadaf Baig for putting together this fab post for resources and information in #pridemonth

“I remember in camp, often times they would separate teams, boys vs girls. I felt uncomfortable when I was forced into the girls’ side. I never said I was a girl. Sure, that label was given to me, but I didn’t feel that right away. I remember getting ready for swimming later in the day and I wore trunks over my one-piece because that is how I felt comfortable. I was forced to take the trunks off in the locker room…because it went against their rules… I felt ashamed in my body with no one to affirm how I was feeling.” – Aaliyah Charania

We know that some of you may have encountered situations like the one above, amongst other difficult experiences. In order to celebrate and create awareness around Pride Month, we have put together some resources with useful information and support for our LGBTQ+ patients. If you have a preferred pronoun, please let us know so that we can add a special note onto your medical record.

If you are a person that has breasts and/or a cervix (and our records have you down as male because you have transitioned or otherwise) please contact us so that we may add an alert to invite you for national breast and cervical screening programmes at the appropriate times. This is because if our system records you as a ‘Male’, you may be missed on automatic screening.

Similarly, if you are a person with a prostate that does not identify as male (and our records have you down as female because you have transitioned or otherwise), please contact us so that we may add an alert so that staff can bear this in mind when considering your symptoms. We can also ensure you have abdominal aortic screening.
If you have any other suggestions or resources, please comment on this post.

https://www.lgbthealth.org.uk/https://lgbt.foundation/https://www.mindout.org.uk/resources/https://www.stonewall.org.uk/help-advice/whats-my-areahttps://nationallgbtpartnership.org/publications/lgbt-mental-health-resources/https://www.theproudtrust.org/https://www.facebook.com/LGBTQ/?ref=br_rs

Images from @lgbtq

Prebooking appointments

We are now in a position where we are able to cautiously reintroduce routine appointments. This means that from June, you can book an appointment in advance with a GP. However, to reduce footfall within the practice, and the amount of patients in the waiting room, all of these appointments will initially be by telephone or video consultation. The doctor can then arrange to bring you in at an appropriate time if necessary for blood tests or a face to face review. We will also continue to deal with urgent “on the day” appointments over the telephone initially, but the GP may arrange to see you face to face following this. You may also book for routine smear tests and immunisations for yourself or your child with the nurse. Please also book any eight week baby checks with the GP, you do not need to speak with a GP prior to booking these in. We will continue to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) for all consultations. We ask that you please cancel any face to face appointments if you have any of the following symptoms: Fever, Persistent cough, Loss or alteration of smell or taste. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Clearly, all of the above will be subject to change according to government advice.

Grief line

Notts hospice is an amazing service and this new grief line sounds like it will be invaluable for lots of people.

For emergency grief support, call us now on 0800 111 4451 or email griefline@nottshospice.org
GriefLine is a free, confidential service managed by Nottinghamshire Hospice. We connect people in need of emergency grief support with organisations able to provide support for those experiencing sudden, intense sorrow or sadness due to the death of someone they care for.

When you call us, we will listen to your needs and match you to someone who can support you. We can also help with practical issues such as taking prescriptions to chemists, picking up medications and delivering food parcels.

We understand that coronavirus will be making grieving more difficult and we want to help.

Call us now on 0800 111 4451 to talk to us about getting the support you need.
24 hours a day, seven days a week

https://www.nottshospice.org/our-care-services/griefline/

Let’s Talk Wellbeing

Let’s Talk Wellbeing Nottingham are still open for referrals for counselling and other therapies and apparently have low wait times currently.

Patients can call to refer on 01159 560888 or refer online at www.letstalkwellbeing.co.uk