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Flu 2018

If you are over 65 years of age and have not yet had your flu vaccination you will soon be able to book into our November clinics. Additional dates are being organsied according to our vaccination delivery schedule. Please call us in November to book an appointment for your vaccination.

Why have Langport Surgery run out of flu vaccine for patients over 65 years?

This year there is one type of vaccine for all patients in the UK who are aged 65 or over. There is only one supplier of this vaccine. Due to the high numbers that need to be produced all providers are receiving vaccines in staggered deliveries between September and November. We have received 40% of our supply and will have another 20% at the end of October. The final 40% will arrive mid-November.

We will keep our reception team and the website updated with information regarding clinics.

The Public Health Agency has said there will be enough flu vaccine for people over 65 ahead of the winter flu season.

It said the reassurance follows reports in the media of a “shortage”.

The PHA maintains that there will be a normal total supply of flu vaccines available for anyone who is eligible.

“There will be enough vaccine to ensure that everyone aged over 65 who wishes to be vaccinated, will be vaccinated,” it said.

“There is no shortage.”

The PHA said GP surgeries may have to adapt their flu clinic arrangements due to the staggered introduction of the vaccine.

It acknowledged that this “may present some logistical issues”.

However a statement went on: “The fact remains that offering the best available vaccine to people aged over 65 will help protect them and ultimately help reduce pressures on our health service over winter.”

www.itv.com/news/utv/2018-09-18/no-shortage-of-flu-vaccine-for-over-65s-pha/

Please contact reception in NOVEMBER to book an appointment for your vaccination. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused and thank you for your patience and understanding.

We will have more nasal spray vaccinations for children this week – please call reception now to book.

Flu For more information about who is
eligible for a flu vaccination click here

General Flu Leaflet
Flu and pregnancy leaflet
Easy read childhood flu leaflet
Easy read Adult flu leaflet
5 reasons to vaccinate your child

 

Talking Cafe Talking Cafe

A great opportunity for our community to access information,
advice and support at the Talking Cafe. Click the image 
for further information.

 

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

To learn more about the GDPR and how we use your information click here.

 

My Diabetes My Way

This is a new service available for people with diabetes that is available across Somerset. Click here for details.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT TEXT MESSAGING

We are changing the way that we send our appointment reminders. You will no longer receive text reminders unless you complete and return a copy of our consent form. For more information, to submit an electronic form or print a copy of the consent form click here.

 

Friends of Langport Surgery (FoLS) Lucky Numbers draw

September's Lucky Numbers are 1st - 44, 2nd - 15 , 3rd - 36. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone that has entered to support the FoLS. Scroll down for more information and an application form.

Keep watching for the next draw numbers - Good Luck!


Sleep Apnoea Suport Group- Click picture for larger image

 

General News and Information

IBS Webinars - Winners of the NHS England & NHS Digital AHP Digital Award for patients webinars 2018

Listen to expert dietitians, ask questions and download useful handouts all from the comfort of your own home. Click here for more information . Webinars on IBS patients, Low FODMAP Diet patients, Newly Diagnosed Coeliac patients (or those that need a re-fresh). Send an email to gastro.webinars@nhs.net requesting an invitation to the next webinar from your own computer, tablet or mobile phone.
 
Read here how NHS England recommends Somerset dietician IBS webinars.

Friends of Langport Surgery - Lucky Numbers Club

The Friends of Langport Surgery (FoLS) are a group of patients that support the surgery by; providing a voice for patient feedback, raise awareness on issues that affect the surgery and its patients, promote patient health education and fund raise for materials/events that benefit the patients of Langport Surgery.

Examples of these are the men’s health drop in evening, patient resuscitation educational session, the new automated surgery doors and monthly magazine subscription for the waiting room. FoLS current project is to buy a new piece of respiratory equipment.

The FoLS propose a monthly Lucky Numbers Club to provide a regular income to continue this important work as well as the chance to win cash prizes every month. This would be an annual subscription of £12.00 representing 12 monthly payments of £1.00 for one entry in the monthly draw. There will be no maximum so you can either have one entry or as many as you like.

Would you be interested in taking part in the proposed monthly Lucky Number Club? Please complete and return the application form to Langport Surgery and a member of the FoLS will contact you. Click here for an Application form and Rules.

 

Improved Access - evening and weekend appointments

This is a new initiative across Somerset whereby patients can make appointments at extended times (up until 8pm at night Monday-Friday and on Saturday mornings) at other practices across the local area. Practices working together to deliver extended access to appointments in this local area are:Springmead, Tawstock, Essex House, Church View, The Meadows, Summervale and West One.

Appointment types will vary, some being face to face and some on the 'phone and there will be a mixture of pre-bookable and same day appointments available across the week. They may be with a doctor but could also be with another healthcare professional such as a primary care practitioner or a nurse. We are keen to balance the importance of continuity of care with convenient access for patients whilst ensuring that the service is safe.

To book an evening or weekend appointment please contact your registered practice during normal opening times, this will help us to signpost you to the most appropriate option for your particular problem. By contacting us we can fully explain the process, ensure that the booking is appropriate and cover all the relevant information and consent that we need to before we book an appointment for you.

For more information about Improved Access visit our Improved Access page

 

Self Help

Visit our self help treatments page for information, advice and leaflets on Back Pain, Eczema, Heartburn and indigestionFever in children, Constipation, HeadacheCoughAcne (spots), Sprains and strains, Sore throatUrine symptoms in men, Ear infectionCommon cold and Sinusitis

There is also a booklet called 'When should I worry?' which provides advice for parents and carers of children and a link to the 'patient' website where you will be able to search over 500 patient information leaflets as well as details of 2000+self-help/patient support groups and similar organisations.

 

Help us make more of your local NHS - Don’t stockpile medicines

Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group supports any GP practice that decides to reduce their prescribing of medicines which have limited clinical value or are more suitable for patients to buy for themselves. For more information click here.

 

Named GP

Langport Surgery will ensure that there is a named accountable GP assigned to each patient. New patients will be allocated a GP at the time of registration.
Where patients express a preference for a particular GP the surgery will make every effort to accommodate this request. You may still choose to see any GP of your choice, as you currently do, even if they are not your named GP. If you would like to know who your named GP is please ask a member of our team.

 

Text Message Reminder Service

If you have registered a mobile contact number with us then you can benefit from this service by opting in with our consent form. Click here for further information.
IMPORTANT - Tell us if you change your number or if your phone is lost or stolen.

 

Health Walks in South Somerset

For information on organised group walks, including pushchair friendly routes around the local area click here.

 

Somerset Choices

Somerset Choices is a website that provides easy access to information and a directory of services, products, groups and events. These include care homes, help at home, mobility equipment, personal assistants, lunch clubs, exercise groups, breaks for carers and lots more. Somerset Choices allows people to make informed decisions about who supplies their care and aims to help people to help themselves stay independent, healthy and well.
Click here to view the Somerset Choices website.

 

Patient Participation Group

Did you know we have a Patient Participation Group called the Friends of Langport Surgery (FOLS)?

The FOLS have had a busy year - read the full report here.

More Information

 

If you need medical attention

'Choose' Well by choosing the right service. Click on the link to find out more information. Click here for the Choose Well leaflet.  The short video below is all about Choosing the Right Service.

 

Free Home Safety Visits

At Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service we aim to keep communities safe by providing free help and advice to prevent fires occurring. The damage caused by a fire in the home has devastating consequences and many incidents we attend could have been easily prevented."
For more information on a free home safety visit click the link Home Safety Visits

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