There is a new service being offered for patients with minor eye conditions, which is being run from local optician shops. This will reduce the need for patients with certain eye problems from having to go to the Eye Hospital or casualty, Appointments can be booked at short notice, and a number of local opticians are taking part in the scheme.
More details on how to access this service can be found at Eyecare's website (click for details)
The 2018 flu vaccination season is well under way. If you are aged over 65, or if you are under 65 but have a chronic disease, are a carer or are currently pregnant then you are eligible for a free NHS flu vaccine at the surgery. Please call now to book your appointment..
Many of our patients now need regular checks for long term health problems such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease or chronic mental health problems. To simplify the way we do this, all patients with conditions that should be reviewed regularly, will now be invited to an annual health check, which will take place on or near to their month of birth. No two patients are the same, and so no two checks will be the same, and for each person a bespoke check will be offered according to the various things that need monitoring or looking at.
We hope that this will reduce the number of visits that each patient makes to the surgery, as in essence all reviews needed will be done at this time.
For patients with diabetes, it is important to note that this health check will now incorporate your diabetes annual checks, and you can be reassured that you will still be seen be specialised members of our team to manage your diabetes as well as any other conditions that you may have.
We were recently informed of a measles outbreak in the United Kingdom, with some cases occuring in Birmingham. If you know that you never completed your full course of vaccination against Measles (usually as the MMR vaccine) then you may wish to speak to us to see if you are eligible for a vaccination. Sadly measles can be fatal, though in most cases it produces a viral illness and nasty rash which can have health complications. Please consider whether you ought to get a vaccination of you never had the full course previously.
If you are interested in losing weight and improving your fitness, then in addition to the help that you can get from Eden Court, there is now the Health Exchange Service, which is free for all Birmingham residents and which accept self referrals. Through this service you can be allocated a personal trainer, and develop a plan to improve many areas of your health and wellbeing.
For more information take a look at their website here.
Umbrella Health is a new service availabe for our patients to access sexual health advice, testing and contraception. Anyone can refer themselves directly and the service is confidential, non-judgmental and for people of all ages, genders and orientations. In addition we have our inhouse family planning and sexual heath clinic if you prefer to be seen at Eden Court.
If your child is unwell and cannot attend school, it is not necessary to obtain a letter from the surgery to confirm the illness. Furthermore, it may not even be necessary for your child to be seen at the surgery, as many illnesses are self limiting and can be managed safely at home. This certainly includes most coughs, colds and tummy upsets. (follow links for advice on how to manage these things)
All of the local schools are aware of this policy and should not be asking parents to provide medical information from their GP. In certain special circumstances the schools may give parents some paperwork to bring to the surgery, but these requests are rare and should be only considered in exceptional circumstances.
NHS Public Health have a very useful chart on their website describing which illnesses should take specific time from school, and for what lengths of time should be considered. Follow this link for more details..
If you or someone you care for needs help looking after their nails, then a useful resource is the Birmingham Nail Care service. Lots more information can be found on their website, including how to find local services at an affordable rate. Many of the NHS podiatry clinics are no loner able to offer routine nail care services, and many patient have found this new service very useful.
Do you look after someone who is ill, frail, disabled or mentally ill? If so, you are a carer. We are interested in identifying carers, especially those people who may be caring without help or support. We know that carers are often “hidden”, looking after a family member or helping a friend or neighbour with day-to-day tasks and may not see themselves as a carer.
We feel that caring for someone is an important and valuable role in the community, which is often a 24-hour job that can be very demanding and isolating. We believe carers should receive appropriate support by way of access to accurate information on a range of topics, such as entitlement to benefits and respite care, as well as a listening ear when things get too much.
Carers are entitled to have their needs assessed by Adult Care Services. A Carers Assessment is a chance to talk about their needs as a carer and the possible ways help could be given. It also looks at the needs of the person they care for. This could be done separately, or together, depending on the situation. There is no charge for an assessment, and our citizen's Advice Bureau worker would be happy to guide you
If you are a carer, please pick up a carer’s leaflet from reception, or download below..