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Blood Pressure Readings

We are currently contacting patients whose records indicate they have had elevated blood pressure readings in the past, asking them to submit an up to date reading. Patient' s can use home monitors, or pop to a pharmacy or Farnham Integrated Care Centre (within Farnham Centre for Health - no appointment required) to get a reading, and this can then be sent through to us via eConsult or email - admin.farnahmdene@nhs.net.

Once the reading has been received we confirm if any further follow up is required.

COVID Vaccination Update

Clinical advice states that the following groups of people are now advised to wait until Autumn for their next booster:

•            People who turn 75 years old on or after 1 July 2022

•            People who had a spring booster on or after 21 March 2022

The NHS will contact these patients when they are due their next booster.

There will be a vaccination clinic held at Farnham Centre for Health on 10th August for remaining 5-11 year olds requiring their second dose. Please book via the link in the text message invite.

Talk Plus Self Referral
1 Jul, 2022

Please be aware that you can self-refer to Talk Plus for free help with concerns about anxiety, low-mood, depression, panic, and OCD. They also offer services for women who feel low after having a baby and for Military Veterans.

Please visit the below website for further information:

https://www.talkplus.org.uk/self-referraloptin-revised-0122

GREENER PRACTICE
18 Jul, 2022

Instead of discarding used or unwanted inhalers in your household refuse/recycling, please return them to your pharmacy or bring them to reception. 

The most common inhalers used in the UK are metered dose inhalers (MDI’s). MDI’s make up 3-4% of the entire NHS  carbon footprint due to their propellants. All pharmacies can send MDI’s and other types of inhaler for medical waste incineration and some pharmacies take part in specialist recycling, both of which dispose of the propellants more safely. 

The closest pharmacies currently participating in specialist MDI recycling are: 

  • Chapel Lane Pharmacy 102-104 Chapel Lane, Farnborough, Hants GU14 9BL
  • Chase Pharmacy at Forest Surgery 60 Forest Road, Bordon, Hants GU35 0BP

There is more information on the website greeninhaler.org where you can also find details on other pharmacies participating in inhaler recycling.

At Farnham Dene Medical Practice we have recycling boxes in reception where you can bring back MDI’s. 

A staff member will take them for recycling for you if you are unable to. However please note: as staff will be doing this in their own time, we ask that you use this scheme if this is the only way you can recycle your inhaler.

Greener Practice – Greener Practice – UK's primary care sustainability network

Aerosol spray inhalers - Poster

NHS COVID Pass for Children
22 Feb, 2022

Children under 18 and the NHS COVID Pass

If you're aged 5 to 17 years old, you can get an NHS COVID Pass for travel if you're going abroad.

Children under 5 cannot get an NHS COVID Pass. They may need to show proof of a negative test when travelling.

You do not need an NHS COVID Pass to go to domestic events and venues in England.

Information:

If you're going abroad, check the foreign travel advice on GOV.UK to find out the entry requirements of the country you're visiting.

How to get an NHS COVID Pass

Age 5 to 11

You can request an NHS COVID Pass online for a child aged 5 to 11 if you are their parent or legal guardian.

Their NHS COVID Pass can be sent by email immediately if they:

  • live in England or the Isle of Man
  • have a mobile phone number or email address on their GP record – check with the GP surgery if you're not sure

If your child lives in Wales, or does not have a phone number or email address on their GP record you can get an NHS COVID Pass letter. This can take up to 7 working days to arrive.

Age 12 or over

You can get an NHS COVID Pass online if you're aged 12 or over. You'll be asked to create an NHS login if you do not have one already.

What is NHS login

If you do not have an NHS Login, and you're aged 12 to 15, you can request an NHS COVID Pass online to be emailed to you immediately.

Age 13 or over

You can get an NHS COVID Pass online or using the NHS App if you're 13 or over. You'll be asked to create an NHS login if you do not have one already.

If you do not have an NHS Login, and you're aged 13 to 15, you can request an NHS COVID Pass online to be emailed to you immediately.

Information:

If you need an NHS COVID Pass in other formats

You can also get an NHS COVID Pass in other formats (a letter, audio, big print or Braille) using the Get your NHS COVID Pass letter service.

These can take up to 7 working days to arrive.

An NHS COVID Pass recovery letter for travel that shows proof of a positive COVID-19 NHS PCR test in the past 180 days is now available for children aged 5 to 11. This new option is in addition to the NHS COVID Pass letter for travel which has been available since April for children who have received a full primary course of a COVID-19 vaccination.

The letters can be requested by parents or legal guardians via the NHS website or by calling 119, and the child will receive one or both letters depending on their eligibility. The letter is not available via GP practices. The letter will be posted to the address on the child’s NHS record. Further details can be found on the GOV.UK guidance pages

What is Social Prescribing?
22 Feb, 2022

For more information on social prescribing, please watch the following short video:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=O9azfXNcqD8

National Data Opt Out
1 Mar, 2022

Information about your health and care helps us improve your individual care, speed up diagnosis, plan your local services and research new treatments.

In May 2018, the strict rules about how this data can and cannot be used were strengthened. The NHS is committed to keeping patient information safe and always being clear about how it is used.

You can choose whether your confidential patient information is sued for research and planning.

To find out more, please read the attached guidance or visit Overview – Choose if data from your health records is shared for research and planning - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

 

New Dad Support Group
4 Apr, 2022

We would like to let patients know about a new course that TalkPlus have developed to support new Fathers. Research has shown that 1 in 10 fathers experience anxiety or depression after the birth of a child, however, it is actually believed to be of a similar level to that of mothers.

The 'New Dad Group ' is an online 6 week peer support group looking at the pressures of fatherhood with the opportunity to learn tools and techniques to help manage in a supportive environment. 

The course will cover:

  • the role of a father and the challenges that this brings
  • baby development and how to be involved
  • anxiety and depression after a baby with tools and techniques on how to manage
  • relationship changes

This would be for anyone with a baby under the age of 12 months, who appear to be struggling with their mental health and need support.

Please self refer via www.talkplus.org.uk .

BBC Panorama Episode
14 Jun, 2022

Following on from last night's BBC Panorama episode about the UK's biggest GP chain, we wanted to reassure our patients that we do things differently from the practice portrayed in the programme.

  • We have 6 partners, 4 salaried GP's and a GP retainer working across both of our sites
  • Our nursing team is made up of 2 nurses, a nurse practitioner and 2 Health Care Assistants
  • We also have an Advanced Paramedic Practitioner, a Clinical Pharmacist and Pharmacy Technician working alongside the GP's
  • Physician Associates are complementary to the existing practice team , and are trained to take medical histories, perform physical examinations, diagnose conditions, and treat a diverse range of patients including those with acute and chronic diseases. PA's are always appropriately supervised by a GP
  • We are a training practice, hosting doctors from Frimley Park, giving them the level of supervision required depending on their experience
  • All of these clinicians play a critical part in helping the practice keep on top of the increased patient demand being placed on them
  • We do not have 1000's of letters waiting for a GP to see them, and have a dedicated workflow team continuously monitoring and coding these onto patient records
  • Our reception team are trained to signpost you to the right service and organisation for your needs
  • We have a duty doctor on site each day in case of an emergency
  • Safety is paramount to us and is under constant review with the partners. We are a partnership, not a commercial entity, and are run by our partners for the benefit of the local community and patients

We hope this gives you confidence that the practice on the programme, in our view, is an exception and not the sort of practice we believe we are.