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Coronavirus SURGERY UPDATES

Please see our facebook page for regular updates as they come in to us.

High Risk Vulnerable Status for COVID-19

Am I at risk?😷

I haven't received a letter yet!πŸ“©πŸ“¨

My GP hasn't contacted me πŸ“ž

We are receiving increasing enquiries from patients asking if they should be on the vulnerable list, and asking why they have not received a letter yet?

NHS England have already identified groups of patients who have received a letter directly from them. They have requested that GP surgeries identify others that should be on that list. We are still awaiting the guidance on which patients should be added to this list. As soon as we have this we will post back on here to let you know.

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In the meantime, the most at risk patients, as defined by NHS England are:

PEOPLE WHO SHOULD BE ISOLATING FOR 12 WEEKS

Solid organ transplant recipients.

People with specific cancers: people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer

People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment

People having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer

People having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors

People who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs

People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD.

People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell).

People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.

Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.

Patients who are on the medication listed:

• Azathioprine
• Mycophenolate (both types)
• Cyclosporin
• Sirolimus
• Tacrolimus

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The other patients we are identifying for a letter, will generally be those who are eligible for a flu jab. This group should pay extra attention to the social distancing measures, and limit trips out of the house wherever possible.

IF IN DOUBT - PLEASE ISOLATE until we receive the information we need to identify further vulnerable patients.

Please try to avoid calling the surgery to enquire if you are on the list at this present time, unless it is absolutely necessary.

We thank you for your patience and want to reassure you we are all working hard behind the scenes to make sure you all receive the best medical care during these unprecedented times.

PPE - can you help?

The NHS is experiencing supply problems with obtaining Personal Protective Equipment, with there being a national shortage at present.

We are currently using more PPE than ever before, so if you, or a company, have any unused surgical masks or FFP3 that they are not needing, would you consider donating to the Practice?

The protection of NHS staff is extremely important at this difficult time and we would like to lessen the burden for other NHS facilities.

Thanks in anticipation.

eConsult

Today the Practice has set up an econsult facility via our website. This will give you 24 hour access to send a request to your GP regarding any problems you may have. It is hoped that this will slow down the amount of telephone calls the Practice is receiving at present.

We would be very grateful if you could share this post, and pass on this information to anyone who may find it beneficial.

To start your consultation please click on the link below

THREEMILESTONE PHARMACY

Unfortunately Victoria Pharmacy are no longer able to offer medication in blister packs, due to a shortage of staff.

They will only be able to offer normal packets of tablets. We hope you understand this is a difficult time at present, and any help you can give to those who are normally in receipt of blister packs, would be very much appreciated.

They will endeavour to aid anyone who is unable to manage without, but this will only be in certain circumstances.

Thank you

REFERRAL INFORMATION
 
Based on instructions given by NHS Kernow CGG this morning, the Referral Management Service has closed the office today and sent staff home given the escalating COVID-19 situation.
 
They are unable to receive any incoming calls at this time and patients calling the service are being advised that they will hear direct from the appropriate provider if their booked appointment is going to change.
 
Thank you for your understanding.

APPOINTMENTS

The Lander Medical Practice is currently adopting a total triage service.

This means that when you call the surgery for an appointment with a doctor you will be offered a telephone ring back and if the doctor feels it necessary will then ask you to come in.

The receptionists have been given strict guidance on the questions they may ask you over the telephone, so please be as helpful as possible.

At this present time we have no indication how long we will continue to work in this way, but will post regular updates on here.

Current government guidance is that anyone who has a cough OR temperature should self isolate for 7 days.

If you think you may have Coronavirus please DO NOT COME INTO THE SURGERY. Contact 111 online initially for advice.

If you already have an appointment booked, please carry on as normal unless contacted by the surgery. If you develop flu like symptoms before your appointment please call us to cancel and rearrange.

ISOLATION NOTES

New online tool launched to generate isolation notes πŸ“
If you're advised to self-isolate, you can now obtain a note to send to your employer. Access via the NHS app or online:

➑️ https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/

β›” Do not visit your GP, pharmacy or hospital if you are self-isolating.

You do not need to ring your GP regarding an isolation note.

INCORRECT INFORMATION

There appears to be a post circulating on social media in regard to contacting your GP for an ‘emergency pack or rescue pack’ if you suffer with either COPD or asthma, which contains antibiotics and steroids.

The post is inaccurate and dangerous. GP surgeries are not routinely offering these 'emergency packs'. If we do so, the system will collapse and we would be unable to cope with the level of demand it would create. We will run out of essential medication for those who truly need it.

Please could patients request their regular medication as normal.

If people are well, they must not request 'emergency/rescue packs'.

If unwell, contact your surgery to receive a telephone ring back from a GP who can make a clinical decision as to whether these treatments are appropriate.

If you think you are showing signs and symptoms of coronavirus, please self-isolate, and contact NHS 111 online.

Please help us keep the NHS going - don’t share misinformation.

Thank you

Information from Treliske Hospital

We will begin postponing non-urgent planned operations across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly from Monday 23 March for at least three months.

We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried. We would ask you NOT to call us, as we will be contacting everyone affected as soon as possible.

Urgent and emergency cases and cancer treatments will be carrying on as normal.

Routine referrals from GPs and most outpatient appointments will also be postponed for at least three months, as part of steps to make sure we can maintain consistent levels of safety and standards for people using our services. Where possible some of the services that are continuing may also be delivered in a different way to the usual face to face appointments and instead we will use video and telephone consultations when it is clinically appropriate.

We are sure our patients and local people will understand the need for the steps we are taking and support our staff over coming weeks and months.

We have altered visiting times on all wards from 2pm – 7pm.

- We recognise there will be exceptional circumstances for some patients and we would ask these are discussed with the Ward Leader/Nurse in Charge.
- We recommend you visit your family member/loved one for no longer than one hour.
- We ask that children under the age of 16 do not attend the hospital to visit a family member/loved one, unless there are special circumstances. If so, please contact the ward before leaving home to visit the hospital.
- We are restricting visits to one person per bed space at any time.

When you come into our hospitals you will be expected use the hand sanitiser gels available at all entrances. Then, when you come into a ward, you will be directed to wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds. We would ask you to do the same on leaving the ward.

Alongside this, we ask you to consider carefully the potential risk to others before you travel to the hospital, and whether your journey is completely necessary – you can carry the virus without showing any symptoms.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause in the short term. Our aim in asking for your help is to ensure we can continue to deliver safe patient care by reducing the risk of spreading the virus, so that we can keep our beds open and protect our staff to care for our patients.

NHS INFO

The NHS 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.

NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

Use this service if:

  • you think you might have coronavirus
  • in the last 14 days you've been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus – see coronavirus advice for travellers and a list of high risk countries on nhs.uk
  • you've been in close contact with someone with coronavirus

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.

In Scotland call your GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours.

In Wales call 111 (if available in your area) or 0845 46 47.

In Northern Ireland call 111.

For region specific information and advice in:

Further information and details of how to self-isolate are available on nhs.uk.

Please visit https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19 for more information.

General Patient information can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

For emergencies when closed, please use the NHS 111 online to contact the NHS111 service


National Data Opt Out

Your health records contain a type of data called confidential patient information. This data can be used to help with research and planning.

You can choose to stop your confidential patient information being used for research and planning. You can also make a choice for someone else like your children under the age of 13.

Your choice will only apply to the health and care system in England. This does not apply to health or care services accessed in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Your Data Matters

Cornwall Sexual Health Services

From Monday 2 December 2019, Brook will be delivering all age sexual health services in Cornwall.

Residents will be able to access the same full range of sexual health and contraception services including sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, HIV testing, chlamydia screening, community contraceptive services, Long Acting Reversible Contraception, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing and psychosexual services. Brook will be offering more clinics across the county with longer opening hours including Saturday.

In partnership with SH:24, Brook will also be offering new online digital services so that residents over 18 can order home testing kits online.

Sexual Health Cornwall will operate from clinics in Truro, St Austell, Bodmin, Bude, Launceston, Redruth, Liskeard, Falmouth, Penzance and Newquay. Full details and opening times will be available from Monday 2 December.

You can book an appointment from Monday 2 Dec by calling 03003030714.

Until Sexual Health Cornwall launches, please continue to use existing sexual health services in Cornwall.


Learning Disability Accessible Healthy Weight Course

To start off the new year we have two accessible healthy weight course planned for Camborne and Truro. These will start in March with taster sessions in January. Other courses will run in other places in Cornwall later in the year:

Camborne

The Camborne accessible healthy weight course is now starting in March. In January there will be two taster sessions to find out more about the course. 

This is for people with a learning disability and / or Autism. It is a 12 week course to learn about healthy eating and to promote being physically active. The course is easy to understand and fun with lots of support. We encourage participants, where possible, to come to all 12 sessions. Carers/support workers are welcome too.

More details about the venue and times will be sent out on What's on LD nearer the time. To book a place please call Healthy Cornwall 01209 615 600 or email 
healthy.cornwall@cornwall.gov.uk 

Truro

The Truro accessible healthy weight course will also start in March. In January there will be two taster sessions to find out more about the course. 

More details about the venue and times will be sent out on What's on LD nearer the time. To book a place please call Healthy Cornwall 01209 615 600 or email 
healthy.cornwall@cornwall.gov.uk 


Nature's Way - Diabetic & Cardiac Walking Group

The Practice are happy to be supporting this local social prescribing programme.

A range of walking groups at the Eden Project and around Cornwall (in Truro, Falmouth and Perranporth) for individuals diagnosed with diabetes, prediabetes and cardiac conditions.

Details of this programme will be sent to patients who are on our diabetic register via text message. We would be grateful if you could share this information with anyone who you feel may benefit.  Click on the photo below for further information.

Eden Logo


NHS app 

NHS App is a new, simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet.   
All EMIS and TPP practices are connected (Microtest practices will join soon). The NHS app will not replace existing GP system online services and you can download from app stores, search for NHS Digital, NHS App
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Now available!

NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group -  Video Library, Free resources for everyone

Click >>DIABETES VIDEO<< to access the free resources for help with diabetes.


Wellbeing Project - Community Connect Feock

The Council has committed funding in its 2018/19 and 2019/20 budget to help fund a Project Co-ordinator and
Community Navigator to work on a social prescribing project in conjunction with Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group, local surgeries and organisations.

Community Navigator, Sharon Nettleton started in the role on Monday 26th November 2018.

You can contact Sharon by email Sharon.nettleton1@nhs.net or phone 07747 750962.

https://www.feockpc.com/wellbeing


Prescription charges will increase from 1st April 2019.  A single prescription item will cost £9.00.


EXPERT PATIENT PROGRAMME

The Expert Patient Programme is a Free Course now available for anyone living with a long-term health condition in Cornwall.  This course is an opportunity for patients to understand pain and fatigue and to learn how to manage these symptoms.  Please click below for further information.  The Expert Patient Programme website contains a copy of the booking form should you wish to take part in this programme.  If you have any queries please contact Elaine Curno, 01579 373 500 or 07824 598 626.

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SHINGLES VACCINATIONS

Are you eligible for a shingles vaccination? On the 1st September will you be aged 70, 71, 72, 78 or 79?? If so, please contact the surgery to book your appointment.  If you are aged 73 to 77 you will be invited during the next season for the catch up programme.


TEXT MESSAGING

The Practice is offering a free text messaging service.  If you wish to receive appointment reminders, please make sure we have your mobile number.


FRIENDS & FAMILY TEST

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HEALTH PROMOTION UPDATES

We update your health promotion information annually.  You can let us know this information by clicking on the photo below and completing the attached form.  Should you wish to check your blood pressure, please either make an appointment with one of the Phlebotomists or alternatively you can use the blood pressure machine which can be found in the main waiting room by reception.

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PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP

We are very lucky here at Lander to have a group of patients who have come together to form this representative group.  Their aim is to develop a really positive and constructive relationship between patients, our Practice and the community it serves.  Click on the tab on the right to see who they are and what they are doing.  Applications to join the Group are most welcome.

Updated: November 2019

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