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Self Care Week 15 - 21 November

Self Care Week Reminds us to Practise Self Care for Life


Self Care Week is the annual national event that raises awareness of what we can all do to improve our physical health and mental wellbeing. This year, the theme is Practise Self Care for Life

The organiser of Self Care Week is the Self Care Forum, a charity which aims to empower and encourage everyone to make self care their everyday habit.  And the Self Care Forum knows just how important this message is, particularly when times are as tough as they are right now.

Self Care Week is a perfect time to think about how we live our lives and maybe make some small changes that will help us take better care of ourselves and our families. Those changes could mean looking at what we eat or drink, or how much exercise we do or how much sleep we are getting. They could be about our work life balance, because staying connected to our friends and family is also vital to our wellbeing, and theirs.

Knowing what to do and where to go for help is an important part of practising self care for life. Remember, it isn’t just the GP practice that can help, pharmacies are also health experts. They are on every High Street and can help with all sorts of ailments. Pharmacists can also signpost you to the right place for additional health advice or treatment.

Remember, NHS 111 can also be a good resource for health advice for things that are not life-threatening. And the NHS website has lots of information on what steps to take to look after you and your family. https://www.nhs.uk/  The Self Care Forum also has some useful fact sheets you might like to download. https://www.selfcareforum.org/fact-sheets/

The important thing to remember is, practising self care is something we all need to do every day. For ourselves.  For our families.  And for the NHS.

 


COVID Booster Programme

You will be aware that some people are becoming eligible for a Covid Booster vaccination.  This will be available to all those in cohorts 1 – 9 of the JCVI guidance which was used for the first phase of the vaccination programme and will be Pfizer unless a patient suffered a previous allergic reaction to the Pfizer jab:

 

  1. Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults

  

  1. All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care work
  1. All those 75 years of age and over
  1. All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  1. All those 65 years of age and over
  1. Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group
  1. All those 60 years of age and over
  1. All those 55 years of age and over
  1. All those 50 years of age and over

 

This will take place no earlier than six

This will take place no earlier than six months after the second dose was received. All patients over 50 and at least six months post vaccination are being identified and contacted to come forward and there is no need to contact your GP. The NHS will be in touch when you are eligible.

Patients may be contacted by the National Booking Service and invited to book their booster vaccination at a vaccination site or alternatively they can wait to hear from their GP if they would prefer.

If feasible patients may receive their flu and covid booster vaccinations at the same time but if you are invited for one or the other please don't wait – come forward to receive the vaccination that you have been offered to ensure maximum protection.

Some patients will be due a third dose as part of their initial vaccination programme particularly those who are immunocompromised. Hospitals and GP Practices are working together to identify those patients that are eligible for a 3rd dose. This will be at least 8 weeks following their 2nd dose and they will then be offered a booster 6 months after the 3rd dose. The Pfizer vaccine is being used for all 3rd doses unless there has been an allergic reaction to it previously. This group of patients is complicated to identify and they will be contacted as soon as possible.


COVID Vaccinations for 12 - 15 Year Old

You will have seen that as well as all adults, 12 year olds and older are now being offered the vaccination.

 Healthy 12-15 year olds are being vaccinated through school immunisations team and this programme is subject to full consent protocol which is being managed by schools. Healthy 12 to 15 year olds will be offered one dose of the vaccination.

Twelve to 15 year olds with underlaying health conditions have been offered vaccinations through their GP practice. This group of young people will be offered two doses of the vaccination.

16 and 17 year olds can now book through the national vaccination booking service (details above) or by visiting a drop in or walk in centre. This group will be offered one dose of the vaccination


Visiting The Surgery From 19th July

Throughout the pandemic the safety of staff and patients has been at the forefront of everything we do.

As of 19th July we will still require everyone to play their part in order continue with this important work.

We will still require: All patients and staff to wear face coverings inside the building, continued use of hand sanitizer, keeping a safe distance from other and telephone triaged appointments. The pandemic hasn't gone away. Please continue to help us, help you.


2nd Dose Vaccines

In the light of the government announcement about shortening the time between first and second doses of the Covid-19 vaccination for those aged 50 and over and others in cohorts 1 – 9 of the JCVI priority list, we are awaiting information on vaccine supply in order to plan clinics. Please don't contact your GP – they will be in touch with your new appointment date and time if this is needed. Second doses are effective when administered anytime between 3 and 12 weeks after the first so don't worry if your second dose appointment is scheduled beyond 8 weeks. This will not affect the protection provided by your vaccination


Proof of Vaccine Status

From 17th May 2021 international travel will be permitted to a limited number of countries and in some cases proof of Covid-19 vaccination will be required. The mechanism for proving your vaccine status is through the NHS app. For those who cannot access the NHS app you can request written proof that you have received your Covid-19 vaccination by contacting the NHS on 119. Please do not contact your GP practice. You can find out more at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-confirms-traffic-light-list-ahead-of-cautious-return-to-international-travel


Crisis Helpline

We are asking our patients to make a note of the freephone crisis helpline number in case you should need it in the event of a mental health crisis. The freephone crisis helpline number, 0800 0516171, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for anyone, of any age, living in North Yorkshire. Callers are diverted to local crisis teams by following a series of options. Further information is available at www.tewv.nhs.uk/crisisadvice.


Changes to prescribing over-the-counter medications

Our GPs will no longer prescribe medicines that can bought over the counter from your pharmacy or supermarket for minor, short-term health concerns like coughs and colds.

By visiting your local pharmacy instead, you can save yourself time and help to free up GP appointments for those most in need.

Find out more at http://www.prescriptionchanges.co.uk/


Changes to GP surgery services during COVID-19

An open letter to patients from North Yorkshire CCG:

https://www.scarboroughryedaleccg.nhs.uk/open-letter-to-gp-patients-in-north-yorkshire-clinical-commissioning-groups/


Protected Time for Learning (PTL) Dates: 

The Practice is supported by NHS Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group to provide and facilitate important training and learning events for practice staff to help them keep up to date with relevant information to carry out their jobs and continue to deliver the services at the practice.

When the practice is closed, there will be an On-Call GP service running during these events and the date will be displayed in the surgery premises, on the main entrance door, main reception areas and on the NHS Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group website.

Patients will need to collect repeat prescriptions outside of these times and any awaited test results will be available the following day after 14.00pm.

In cases of medically urgent problems, please phone the practice and your call will be forwarded onto the On-Call GP service.

 

OOH contact number: 0300 123 0762.


Named Accountable GP

For many years we have run a "Usual Doctor" system where one of the Doctors in the practice takes responsibility for your care. Recently the Government has wanted this extending to all practices and so this has been changed to the "named accountable GP".

From our and your point of view this has made no difference, however so that you are aware of who is responsible for your care  your prescription repeat ordering slip will tell you.
If you do not have repeat prescriptions you can contact the surgery and ask one of the receptionists.

You are of course free to see any of the GPs, but it is helpful to know who is "your doctor" as any queries or letters or messages will go to that person.


Care Home Choices

Please find a link below to Care Choices, here you will find a list of registered care homes in the area:

https://carechoices.co.uk/region/yorkshire-and-the-humber/north-yorkshire/

Eastfield Medical Centre does not endorse any of the care homes listed, it is provided as a helpful tool should you need it.

 

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