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EPS - Electronic Prescribing Service
Parkside Group Practice will go live with EPS on 21st November 2013. EPS is an NHS Service. It gives you the chance to change how your GP sends your prescription to the place you choose to get your medicines or appliances from. If you use a regular chemist/pharmacy for your medications your prescription can be sent electronically from the GP surgery to your nominated chemist/pharmacy.
SEASONAL FLU CLINICS 2013/14
We are running the following additional WALK-IN clinic:
DISCONTINUATION OF THE SMOKING CESSATION SERVICE
It is with regret that we have taken the decision that from 1st July 2013 we will discontinue our smoking cessation service here at Parkside. This is not a decision we have taken lightly. This is a time of great change for General Practice, the recent government review has seen a significant reduction in practice funding at a time when the work flowing from hospitals to GPs is increasing exponentially. The most recent changes have been imposed on General Practice by the Department of Health, some consider some of these targets to be unachievable and in some cases detrimental to patient care.
To enable us to continue to offer acute and chronic medical services we have had to re-evaluate all the services offered at the practice. Any additional services that we have previously offered to our patients that were unfunded will have to be cut so that we can concentrate on core contracted services.
Unfortunately we will be discontinuing the smoking cessation service at the practice from 1st July 2013. If you wish to stop smoking the local pharmacies offer a smoking cessation service. You can find your local service at www.smokefree.nhs.uk or call 0800 917 1508. You can also get helpful tips sent direct to your mobile - just text TIPS* TO 3818. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
MEASLES OUTBREAK IN WALES
There has been a lot of news coverage regarding the Measles outbreak in Wales. The London area is not in a measles outbreak situation at the moment but there has been a rise in the cases of measles.
The Department of Health is launching a MMR Catch Up plan for London that focuses on the 10 -16 year olds. Parents of children aged between 10 – 16 years old who have either not received an MMR vaccination and those who have only received a single dose will be contacted by the surgery in due course to offer them the chance to have the MMR Vaccination (2 doses – 4 weeks apart).
EMERGENCY SMS - SMS to the emergency services
The emergencySMS service lets deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired people in the UK send an SMS text message to the UK 999 service where it will be passed to the police, ambulance, fire rescue, or coastguard. Simply by sending an SMS message to 999 you can call for help and the emergency services will be able to reply to you. For more info please see http://www.emergencysms.org.uk/
VISIT YOUR PHARMACY FIRST FOR MINOR AILMENTS
We are delighted to inform our patients about the Pharmacy Minor Ailments scheme which offers access to medicines, health advice and treatment from their local pharmacy without requiring prescriptions or vouchers. For further information, click our Pharmacies page.
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