The NHS in Milton Keynes and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
The risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.
Anyone who has travelled to China or places listed above in the last 14 days and develops symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, should immediately:
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
- Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country
Information for the public is available at gov.uk/coronavirus.
Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan, Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.
Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the GP practice and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
The new, simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet. Click the link below to find out more:
MJog Messenger is designed as a health messaging app for patients and is used by thousands of GPs across the UK to deliver health information, health advice and access to specialist online health services which have been recommended by your GP. Please click on the link below to find out more and download the app.
Please be reassured that the availability of medication post Brexit is being closely monitored nationally. You are kindly asked not to stockpile your medication as this will create unnecessary stock shortages. Just order your usual quantities as normal. Thank you.
Missed Appointments - Please help us and other patients by letting us know if you are unable to attend so that we can offer your appointment to someone else who needs to be seen. Thank You. You can cancel via telephone, online (if you have registered) or in person.
Next Patient Participation Group meeting is on Tuesday 25 February 2020 at 2pm at the surgery.
National Diabetes Audit
The practice is taking part in an important national project about diabetes care and treatment in the NHS. The project is called the National Diabetes Audit (NDA). To take part, the practice will share information about your diabetes care and treatment with the NDA. The type of information and how it is shared is controlled by law and enforced by strict rules of confidentiality and security. For further information about how your information is used please go to http://content.digital.nhs.uk/nda
Smile MK was launched in September 2015. It's a project co-ordinated by Adult Education aimed at supporting people with mild to moderate depression, anxiety and/or sleep disorders by providing access to various learning activities. Click the link to read more about the scheme.
Named GP for patients
You may be aware that from April 2015 all practices are required to provide their patients with a named GP who has overall responsibility for the care and support that our surgery provides to them.
Your named GP will have overall responsibility for your care however this does not prevent you from seeing any GP in the surgery.
If you would like to know who your named GP is, or would like to request a specific doctor, please contact us on 01908 691123.
You do not need to take any further action, but if you do have any questions or wish to discuss this further please do contact us on 01908 691123.
New Practice Pharmacist
We were the first practice in MK to employ our own Pharmacist to assist GPs with their workload and improve the care we provide to our patients. If you have a medication query, have recently been in hospital or are on repeat medication Geraldine may be involved in your care. She also reviews medications and asks patients to come in to see either herself for reviews or blood tests and other procedures as required with one of our team.
Improving Access to General Practice: evening and weekend appointments now available
Patients who are registered at this practice can now book an appointment to see a GP or nurse on weekday evenings (after 6.30pm) or at the weekends (on Saturday and Sunday). Appointments will either take place at this practice or at another NHS setting nearby. Talk to the practice receptionist to find out more or book an appointment.
By March 2019 everyone in England will benefit from access to general practice appointments in the evenings and weekends at a time that is most convenient to them. This is part of a national drive to help improve access to general practice and get the best possible outcomes for patients. Further information is available at www.england.nhs.uk/gpaccess