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GREENER PRACTICE
22 Feb, 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.

COVID Spring Booster Campaign
25 Mar, 2022

Spring Booster Campaign

You will be offered a spring booster if you:

  • are aged 75 and over
  • live in a care home for older people
  • are aged 12 and over and have a weakened immune system

COVID-19 may affect you more seriously if you are in one of these groups. The spring booster is being offered to help reduce your risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

We have sent SMS invites to all eligible patients with mobile telephone numbers on their record, and are working our way through those that don't. As we use text messages as the main form of contact for the COVID vaccination programme, please ensure we have your up to date mobile telephone number. You can update this by going to the Reception Enquiries page of our website, and Update Personal Information.

How to get a booster dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

 

NHS COVID Pass for 12-15 Year Olds
22 Feb, 2022

NHS COVID Pass digital service for international travel

From 3 February, children aged 12 and over will be able to get a digital NHS COVID Pass for international travel.  

A digital NHS COVID Pass will: 

  • provide a record of COVID-19 vaccinations received
  • show evidence of recovery for 180 days following a positive NHS PCR test
  • See ‘How to use the NHS COVID Pass when travelling abroad’ above.

A digital NHS COVID Pass will be available:

  • via the NHS.UK website for those aged 12 and over (as a PDF you can download or print)
  • via the NHS App for those aged 13 and over (age restrictions apply for use of the App)

To request an NHS COVID Pass, the child will first need to register for an NHS login. They can do this themselves (or a parent or guardian can help register on their behalf). They’ll need to:

  • register using the child’s details (including the child’s email address)
  • verify the child’s identity using the child’s passport

Verifying identity can take a few days to complete (although it normally takes around 24 hours).

Children aged 5 to 11 years living in England, Wales or the Isle of Man who have had a full primary course of COVID-19 vaccination can now also get an NHS COVID Pass letter for travel. A person with legal responsibility for the child can request the letter on their behalf either online at nhs.uk or by calling the 119 service (0808 1624 119 for residents of the Isle of Man). The letter is not available via GP practices. The letter is posted to the address on the child’s NHS record and will show all the COVID-19 vaccinations they have received. 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

Mask Policy
22 Feb, 2022

Outside the Practice many COVID measures have been lifted, however inside the Practice there has been no change. Please therefore continue to wear a face covering and socially distance when entering both our Farnham Centre for Health and Bourne surgery sites.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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)

 

Last Minute Staff Shortages
4 Apr, 2022

Our Practice teams are working hard to care for you this winter. Like the rest of the NHS, we are experiencing high staff absences at short notice due to COVID-19. This can make it difficult to provide a normal level of service for you. We will always prioritise the most unwell patients. However, if you have a minor illness, please consider accessing help in other ways including through your local pharmacy. 

Thank you for your support and patience.

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 .

New eConsult Opening Hours
19 Apr, 2022

Following on from patient feedback, we have changed our Online Consultation opening hours, to allow more flexibility for those who work and are unable to submit an eConsult in the morning. Therefore from 19th April 2022 this service will be available between 8am and midday Monday to Friday, and 6.30pm to 8pm on Monday to Thursday. It will continue to be closed over weekends and bank holidays.

We may occasionally need to close the service early if capacity has been met or we have staff absences. However if the service is closed and a patient has a non-urgent medical problem, they can contact our reception team on 01252 730100, or alternatively wait until the service re-opens the following day and submit their query then.

 

Social Media
21 Apr, 2022

The Practice has decided to start using social media as a means to get up to the minute news out to patients, as well as provide useful healthcare information. To follow us on Facebook go to www.facebook.com/farnhamdenemedicalpractice, and on Instagram search for @farnhamdene.

 

COVID Vaccination Clinics
29 Apr, 2022

Please be aware there are several COVID clinics coming up at Farnham Centre for Health, including:

  • Saturday 14th May 8am - Midday (5-11 year olds and Spring Boosters under 18 year olds)
  • Wednesday 13th July 9am - 1pm  (5-11 year olds 2nd doses and adult 2nd doses & booster)
  • Saturday 23rd July 8am - 11.30am (5-11yrs 2nd doses and adult 2nd doses & booster)

To book an appointment at one of these clinics please call our reception team on 01252 730100.

Patients who require an appointment but are unable to make these dates should book via the National Booking Service - online via the NHS website or by calling 119.

COVID Scam Alert
29 Apr, 2022

For advice on what to do if you have received a text message which you think may be a scam, please visit https://www.ofcom.org.uk/phones-telecoms-and-internet/advice-for-consumers/scams/coronavirus-scam-calls-and-texts.