Community Urgent Care Centre
The Weymouth and Portland Community Urgent Care Centre (CUCC) will open its doors on 1st July, replacing the existing Minor Injuries Unit and Walk-in Centre at Weymouth Community Hospital.
Open from 8am to 11pm, seven days a week, the centre aims to bring care closer to home, reducing the need for trips to Dorset County Hospital and offering a more efficient, joined up service for patients.
The centre will be located in the same part of the hospital, in Melcombe Avenue, as the existing MIU and Walk-in Centre, and offer seven day X-ray facilities. It will provide treatment for problems such as:
sprains and broken bones
minor burns, cuts, animal bites and infected wounds
chest infections and asthma attacks
bladder and kidney infections
The CUCC will not be a substitute for GP treatment. You will be referred to your GP or community pharmacy if the problem is not urgent. However, if you do need urgent treatment between the hours of 8am and 11pm, the centre will be the place to go.
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The British Medical Assoiciation called a special local medical committee (LMC) conference earlier this month "to decide what actions are needed to ensure GPs can deliver a safe and sustainable service".
Please click the link for more information. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/feb09/gps-help-workload-unsafe-care-homes
Know Your Pulse
Why and when to check your pulse? What is a normal pulse? When should you seek further advice?
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Protecting your baby against meningitis and septicaemia
From September 2015 babies will be offered the MenB vaccine with the other routine vaccinations at two months, four months and 12 months of age.
As fever is more common with this vaccination, Paracetamol may be provided.
The Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology have set up a cycling group.
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TOP TIPS - How to get the best from your Appointments
The following provides some tips for you to help you get the most from your appointment.
- Ask yourself: How important is it that I'm seen quickly, or would I be better waiting for an appointment with a particular GP? If you have a long-term condition you'll probably benefit from a GP who knows you. Do I really need to see the GP or could the nurse or pharmacist help me?
- Don't be put off by a GP who runs late - they may be spending needed time with patients. One day you may appreciate them running late for you.
- It's tempting to bring a list of unrelated problems, but consider what's achievable in 10 minutes. 4 problems in 10 minutes - that's 150 seconds each. It's often better to come back again and spend more time on a problem rather than squeeze as many as you can in one ten minute appointment.
- Before you see the GP, work out in your own mind what you're worried about, and highlight any particular concerns. Consider preparing short notes, including how you would describe your symptoms.
- Get to the point, don't beat about the bush and dont' keep improtant issues until the end.
- Wear accessible clothing if you're likely to need to undress for examination.
- Make sure you understand what happens next, if you are not sure ask to go through the plan again.
- Have your say and get your views heard; join our Patient Participation Group.
Dorset's Health Services - The need to change. Your vision - Your voice - Your NHS
Dorset Clinical Commisioning Group is the name of a group of local doctors and other health professionals whose job it is to plan and secure the healthcare of Dorset's people. Our members come from 100 GP practices across the county. Please click the link for more information. Dorset CCG Need for Change Jan 2015 low res.pdf
Telephone Number Withheld
Please can all of our patients be aware that In order to protect patient's confidentiality, all of our telephone numbers are withheld. This also means that if you have a call barring system in place for withheld numbers we will not be able to contact you. If this affects you could you please inform the receptionist who will ensure that this is noted in your records. We will then make alternative arrangements should we need to telephone you at home.
Warning - Another scam to be aware of ...
It has been reported that a patient from another surgery was contacted by someone purporting to be the Chief Medical Officer of Southampton, telling them that her regular pharmacy would be closed for the entire month of December and that as a result she would not be able to get her routine medication. The 'Chief Medical Officer' said not to worry though, if she gave them her VISA card details over the phone, he would sort out an arrangement for her. Thankfully, the patient put the phone down and has heard nothing more.
Warning - Scam
Patients are being contacted by a company claiming to be calling from the NHS. This company preys on the elderly and vulnerable by cold calling, pretending to be Health Care Professionals and selling remedies like Rosehip tablets. They say that they have a "special offer price" and only need your card number or bank details to send you a trial offer. However, instead of for example £14.99 it turns out to be £149.90 and they send a years supply. The company is based in India with a virtual office in the UK.
EBOLA IN WEST AFRICA
If you have returned from Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone or cared for someone with Ebola in the past 21 days and You have a fever or feel unwell. Without touching anyone, tell a member of staff or call 111
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