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Extended Access Appointments

We are increasing the number of appointments available for you to see a GP in the early mornings, evenings or at weekends across West Leicestershire.

Depending on your individual circumstances and symptoms, we may offer you an "extended access" appointment. Please note however, that these appointments will not be in your usual GP practice and may not be with one of your usual GPs or Nurses.

Depending on the reason for your appointment, and if you are in agreement, it may be suitable for you to see and Advanced Nurse Practitioner, instead of a GP.

The clinician you see will be able to access relevant sections of your medical notes and will communicate what has happened during your appointment back to your usual GP practice.

These appointments will be available at the following locations:

                  Loughborough Urgent Care Centre at Loughborough Community Hospital

                  Coalville Community Hospital

                  Hinckley and Bosworth Community Hospital

If you would like to know more please speak to a member of the practice reception team.

General Dental Services (Routine & Urgent Care)

One of 5 new dental practices has opened in Loughborough which deliver services between 8am to 8pm, 365 days a year and will provide access to urgent and routine dental care services:

JDRM Dental Care Ltd: 40 Leicester Road, Loughborough, LE11 2AG.

The practice will provide urgent dental care to anyone living in or visiting Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland with an urgent dental need.  The new service can be contacted on Freephone 03300 417 062 between 8am and 8pm, seven days a week, or NHS 111 outside of these hours.

Over the Counter Medicines

Earlier this year our local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – NHS West Leicestershire CCG reviewed how people accessed over the counter medicines for the short term treatment of minor ailments. The sorts of conditions they reviewed included headaches, indigestion, head lice, travel sickness, hay fever, diarrhoea and insect bites and stings. They also reviewed Vitamin D supplements and specialised infant formula which can be prescribed for babies with reflux or lactose intolerance. The review helped them to understand how people would be affected if they had to buy these types of medicines, that are easily bought over the counter, instead of requesting a prescription.

The review revealed that the majority of people do already buy their own medicines to treat minor ailments and most people are willing or very willing to buy medicines for minor ailments.

There were some people who did have concerns about different aspects of medicines and managing their use of them.

The CCG thinks that the NHS belongs to everybody and that resources need to be used wisely and the results of our review show that most patients feel the same way. Therefore GPs are being asked to no longer prescribe medicines on prescription for the short term treatment of minor ailments, low dose vitamin D supplements for prevention of deficiency and some specialised infant formulas. Patients will be asked to purchase them over the counter instead. The CCG is also asking patients not to request these items on their prescription.

The review also revealed that many people already feel that their community pharmacist is their first point of contact. They support them with a range of ailments and they prefer to talk to them about minor conditions savings GP appointment time for more urgent problems.

Community Pharmacists are best placed to help and advise you regarding suitable treatments for common ailments. The pharmacist will check the medicine is appropriate for you and your health problem. They will ask questions to ensure there is no reason why you should not use the medicine.

By asking people to self-care in this way, and we know that most people already do, is a fair way of utilising resources wisely as most of these items can be purchased in pharmacies and supermarkets at a low cost, but cost the NHS more to provide on a prescription. It will also free up valuable GP and nurse time, which can be used to deal with more complex or serious health needs.

However if you are worried or your symptoms get worse or persist you can still make an appointment to see your GP.

For further information visit NHS Choices:

 http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Medicinesinfo/Pages/Introduction.aspx

For any queries contact: WLCCG, Corporate Affairs Team, 55 Woodgate, Loughborough, Leicestershire. LE11 2TZ.

 

Extension to our Online Services

The practice is live with an extension to our online services. You can apply for online access to a summary of your medical record that includes: a summary of your medical record, a list of your current medications, a list of any allergies/adverse reactions and a list of all immunisations that we have recorded.

You can also apply for online access to your Detailed Coded Record, this might help you to manage your medical conditions. It also means you can access it from anywhere in the world should you require medical treatment on holiday.

These are in addition to being able to book/cancel appointments and order repeat prescriptions.

For further details please see our Patient Information Leaflet

To access these services please download and complete the relevant application form and return it to the surgery with 2 forms of ID, (1 x photo and 1 x proof of address).

Application for Online Access to my DCR

Application for Proxy Online Acess to a DCR

Alternatively forms are available to collect at reception.

 

Named GP for patients aged 75 and over

You may be aware that  from April 2014, all practices are required to provide a named GP to all their patients aged 75 years and over. This named GP will have overall responsibility for your care and support.

This does not prevent you from seeing any GP in the Practice.

They will also work with other relevant health and care professionals who are involved in your care, to ensure that your care package meets your individual needs.

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