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Latest lockdown information related to medical issues
The new lockdown restrictions starting on 5th November include some exceptions which means you must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific purposes. These include two exceptions related to keeping well:
for any medical concerns, reasons, appointments and emergencies, or to avoid or escape risk of injury or harm - such as domestic abuse
shopping for medicine, which should be as infrequent as possible.
Red and Green Practice wish to reassure our patients if they have a face to face appointment booked with a nurse/doctor or a flu vaccination appointment these will still go ahead. We will continue to book flu vaccinations for those of you who have received or will receive a letter/text in the near future.
If you become unwell and need to see a doctor, follow the guidance for making an appointment shown on the previous Covid-19 information page.
Please note, Blackfield Health centre is closed during COVID except for some pre-booked nurse clinic in the mornings from 9.00 – 1.00.
To see the complete list of new restrictions click here to go to the GOV UK site.
Know Your Risk - Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes UK have released an online tool for the public to use to calculate their risk of developing the condition Type 2 diabetes by answering a series of basic questions including age, weight and ethnicity. If your score comes back moderate or high you will be able to refer yourself to a local 'Healthier You' service for support remotely or online, without having to go through a healthcare professional. Click on the picture on the right to know your risk.
Guidance to keep you safe when bringing your child for vaccinations.
While coronavirus has put limitations on all our lives, it is important that you or your baby or child still have routine vaccinations. They protect against serious and potentially deadly illnesses and stop outbreaks in the community. We recommend that you book your child in for their next injections when they are due – see www.nhs.uk/vaccinations for details.
To see further guidance about safety in attending for a child's vaccination during the Covid19 pandemic click on the picture on the left.
Children & young people are particularly vulnerable during this period of uncertainty when the virus is coming and going. Pressures caused by new situations such as returning to school, isolation from friends and external concerns about things such exams.
Caring for mental health and the stress of coping with uncertainty is not always as obvious as a physical illness. To find out how you are able to promote good mental health in your children and teenagers click on the image above.
Summer's over get prepared for winter
If you are in the 'At Risk' group either because off illness or age, you should have received a letter from the Practice inviting you to register for a flu jab. Please contact the Practice ASAP to arrange a date for your injection. To find out more about the flu jab and the problem of catching flu and the COVID-19 Virus at the same time, click on the image above.
If you have symptoms of #coronavirus, you will now be eligible for testing. Symptoms include:
A high temperature
A new continuous cough
Change or loss of smell or taste
To find out how to book a test click on the picture on the left.
Returning to work - click on the box below to find out about the Government advice for employers , employees and the self-employed to keep safe in the work place.
If you are concerned about the risks of returning to work because of a medical condition, the Practice has prepared a letter that you may print off to use with your employer, to discuss your workplace needs to maintain a safe working environment. Click on the letter image to go to the letter.
To go to information about the response of the Practice to the
Coronavirus, and the implications for patients click the image here
If you have flu-like symptoms (for example respiratory symptoms, shortness of breath, cough, fever) however mild, please DO NOT come to the surgery. Instead click on this link https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 and assess your health situation using the 111 check list.
A virtual thank you from patients through the PPG to show our thanks to the GPs, Nursing and Admin Staff of Red and Green Practice for their dedication in providing support for patients at this difficult time.
The staff of Red and Green Practice would like to acknowledge the helping hand provided by local businesses and community groups in supporting the work of the Practice during the Covid-19 virus pandemic. These acts of kindness, including the provision of safety equipment and gifts for staff, are much appreciated whilst working under such difficult circumstances. To see more about the help provided, go to the Practice Facebook page by clicking here
You may feel lonely , but you are not alone. There are local support networks to help if needed.
If you are over 70 and have underlying health issues, you have been advised to stay at home. You might be feeling worried, scared, sad or even a bit angry at the thought of this and not being able to see friends and loved ones, or take part in the activities that you normally enjoy. This may feel lonely, but you are not alone. Click on either picture to find information about local support groups who are there to provide practical help and support.
A guide to help people manage their care and wellbeing, remain independent and connect to their communities. Contains comprehensive details of care providers and support services across Hampshire. To view a PDF or download the booklet, click on the picture and follow the instructions on their website.
Don't keep it to yourself if you are feeling unwell
There is a concern in the NHS that people who need to be treated for a heart problem may be avoiding seeking help because of a fear of contracting Covid-19. You have to make a balanced decision that weighs your fear about the corona virus, against the very real need to seek help for a heart condition
Do not delay because you think hospitals are too busy - the NHS still has systems in place to treat people for heart attacks and strokes.
You will be kept apart from patients suffering from suspected or confirmed coronavirus, making it very unlikely you will become infected. If you delay, you are more likely to suffer serious heart damage and more likely to need intensive care and to spend longer in hospital.
You may find out more about the symptoms that you might experience if you have a stroke, a heart attack or are suffering from heart failure by clicking on the image on the right.
it is essential to dial 999 if you have symptoms that could be a heart attack or a stroke, or if your heart symptoms get worse, whether or not you have coronavirus symptoms.
During this difficult time and to minimise the possibility of spreading infection, please use eConsult to seek medical advice from the Practice. Follow the steps in the blue box below to contact a clinician, rather than having to spend time on the phone. Please only complete eConsults for yourself and NOT for friends/relatives/or your children .
The Waterside Primary care Network (PCN) has provided opportunities for the five Waterside GP Practices to collaborate in delivering a cohesive approach to supporting patients during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In addition five Health and Wellbeing Coaches have been appointed to support patients across the Waterside to provide a range of activities that encourage people to take take more responsibility to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Click on the image above to find out more about the PCN and how it is providing support for patients across the Waterside
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A message from the Chief Medical Officers across the UK
Extracts from the letter to GPs from the Chief Medical Officers in the UK outlining the stress experienced by GPs providing clinical care during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and the importance of patient understanding in these circumstances.
“... We are confident all doctors will continue to respond rapidly and professionally and ... we recognise this will, once again, require temporary changes to practice ... This second wave will require healthcare professionals to be flexible in what they do, and ... may entail working in unfamiliar circumstances or surroundings, or working in clinical areas outside of their usual practice for the benefit of patients and the population as a whole. ... we need to stick to the basic principles of being a good doctor. ... We want doctors, in partnership with patients and other healthcare staff, always to use their professional judgement to assess the risks of both COVID and non-COVID harms to make sure people receive safe care ...”
View the complete letter on the Practice Facebook page.
Each of the links shown below will take you to further information from either the NHS or Gov UK websites.
It's just ....... During these difficult times if you notice something that is not normal about how you feel or there is something different about your body, don't leave it because it may be something that would benefit from treatment. Whether it's a lump, a pain you haven't experienced before or bleeding, take action to go and see your doctor ....
Click the box above to find out what you need to do to protect yourself and others.
Click on this image to see an easy read version of information about Coronavirus and how to stay safe.
The Coronavirus Hampshire Helpline - Hantshelp4vulnerable – set up to assist frail and vulnerable local residents with essential shopping, medication collections and befriending, is now reaching out directly to the many thousands of people, designated by the NHS as ‘extremely vulnerable’ - to offer support, should they need it. We're worried that some people may potentially miss out on vital support. Click on the Hampshire logo to find out more
Consider the effect that smoking has on your breathing. There are opportunities to find out more about the support available if you have taken the decision to either reduce or stop smoking. Download the NHS App to find out more.
Have you suffered the loss of a friend or family member due to Covid-19? Cruse Bereavement Care have put together some helpful guidance about the different situations you might face. Click on their Logo to find out more.
To help you decide which is the best service to use find out about how to stay well by exploring the range of NHS Apps that will help you learn how to maintain your health & well-being. Click the App info box to go to the site and select the category that interests you.
Most APPs are free, but some have a cost attached.
Zero tolerance to aggressive or abusive behaviour. Click on the green image to see the Practice policy to safeguard staff and patients.