Duke Street Surgery

4 Duke Street Barrow In Furness Cumbria, LA14 1LF

Patient Advisory Service Every Tuesday 9:30-11:30am

Appointments are available to book through your Doctor, health practitioner, or receptionist for self-referral

  • You will be able to discuss opportunities to support and improve your health & wellbeing which may include
  • Access to a full range of tailored life skills support including free courses
  • Advice on returning to work including any effects on benefits
  • Money management guidance
  • Personal development opportunities
  • Enhance your IT and employability skills
  • Access to specialist support services
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Staff Training – Wednesday 13th February

We will be closed for Staff Training from 1pm on Wednesday 13th February and will reopen Thursday 14th February at 8am

When we are closed patients should call the NHS 111 service by dialling 111 when it’s not a life threatening situation

In the case of a medical emergency you should dial 999

Sorry for any inconvenience caused

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Dr Wilkinson & Dr Das’s working days are changing..

From W/B: 18th February Dr Wilkinson & Dr Das’s sessions will be changing:

Dr Das: Monday full day, Tuesday full day, Wednesday PM

Dr Wilkinson: Wednesday AM, Thursday full day, Friday full day

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Prescribing of over the counter medicines is changing

Morecambe Bay CCG is to follow new guidance from NHS England, which aims to free up almost £100 million nationally for front line care each year, by significantly reducing prescriptions for ‘over the counter’ medicines such as those for indigestion and hayfever.

The new guidance was issued by NHS England following the results of a public consultation on the prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for minor, short-term health concerns. By decreasing routine prescribing for minor, short-term conditions, many of which will cure themselves or cause no long-term effect on health, vital funds will be freed up for frontline care.

The guidance does not affect prescribing of over the counter items for longer term or more complex conditions or where minor illnesses are as a result or side effect of something more serious.

The NHS in Morecambe Bay each year spends:

• £111,000 on acute pain and headaches

• £42,000 on hayfever

• £10,000 on diarrhoea

Other over-the-counter products currently prescribed include remedies for dandruff, indigestion, mouth ulcers and travel sickness. Each year the NHS spends £4.5 million on dandruff shampoos, £7.5 million on indigestion and heartburn, and £5.5 million on mouth ulcers.

Dr Geoff Jolliffe, Barrow GP and Clinical Chair for Morecambe Bay CCG, said “It is not a good use of our resources to issue prescriptions for products which are not clinically effective, or for conditions that will get better without treatment or whose symptoms can be managed with self-care. As we have limited resources, we need to ensure patients get the best possible care against a backdrop of increasing demands, competing priorities and limited financial resources.

“We realise that it may be difficult for some patients who have previously been prescribed these products, but it is right that we prioritise our spending on those that provide the best outcomes for patients”.

Please click here to view over the counter leaflet

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Men ACWY Vaccine

Anyone who has not already had a Men ACWY vaccine and was born on or after 1st September 1996 up until they turn 25 years of age
Or
Any child in year 9/10 who has missed their teenage booster/school leavers booster are eligible for this vaccination

Please contact the surgery to arrange an appointment.

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Times are changing… South Cumbria Extended Access Service

SOUTH CUMBRIA EXTENDED ACCESS SERVICE – NOVEMBER 2018

Background

As a result of the National drive to ensure everyone has convenient access to GP services, 7 days a week, GP practices and Cumbria Health On Call, the local Out of Hours service provider, are working together to offer GP, nurse and health care assistant appointments in the evenings, at weekends and on Bank Holidays. The Service, running since September 2017, includes pre-bookable and same day general practice appointments on weekdays from 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm and on both Saturday and Sunday.

What is currently available?

The South Cumbria Extended Access Service is provided by Cumbria Health on Call (CHOC):

Furness General Hospital, Barrow-in-Furnesss

Monday to Thursday 6.30 pm to 10.00 pm GP and Health Care Assistant appointments

Saturday and Sunday 9.00 am to 1.30 pm Health Care Assistant appointments

Sunday only 9.00 am to 1.30 pm OR 1.30pm to 6.00pm GP appointments9.00 am to 3.00 pm Practice Nurse appointments

GP appointments are for all routine conditions but exclude patients with on-going chronic conditions which require continuity of care from their usual GP, e.g. patients with severe on-going mental health issues.

Nurse Practitioner appointments are for all routine conditions. However Nurse Practitioners cannot see patients who are pregnant, children under 2 years of age, and patients with ongoing chronic conditions requiring continuity of care from their usual GP, e.g. patients with severe on-going mental health issues.

Practice Nurses provide annual reviews for adults over 16 years old with a long-term condition, e.g. COPD, Asthma, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

Health Care Assistants can carry out Venepuncture (blood testing); basic patient observations (monitoring and recording patients’ conditions by taking temperatures, pulse, respirations and weight); blood sugar and urinalysis; new and annual patient health checks; and ECG recording. They CANNOT undertake ear syringing or dressings. HCAs will see children 12 and over if accompanied by an adult and 16 years and over unaccompanied.

How to Book Patients can book any of these appointments via their practice receptionist as usual or by calling the service direct on 03000 247 247.

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SIMPLIFYING ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE WITH ‘myGP’ APP

BOOK & CANCEL APPOINTMENTS 24/7

myGP provides easier access to your healthcare. Manage appointments from your smartphone, anytime, anywhere. 

CARE FOR YOUR LOVED ONES

myGP enables you to easily book and cancel appointments for your children, partner, parents and other dependants. 

ORDER YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS & ADD MEDICATION REMINDERS

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NHS SERVICES

myGP includes a number of useful NHS services in the ‘Profile’ section such as Pharmacy Finder, e-Referral, Organ Donor Status…

Download from the app store today or visit www.myGP.com for further information.

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FLU VACCINATION: MYTH BUSTING!

  • The flu vaccine gave me the flu: The vaccine is inactivated which means it has been killed off in the manufacturing process. It is physically impossible for the flu vaccine to cause the flu. It does, however, take up to two weeks to reach peak effectiveness, so it is possible some individuals may become naturally unwell during this time.
  • I can get antibiotics for the flu: Flu is a virus. Antibiotics only work on bacteria. They have no effect whatsoever on a virus. A bacterial infection could occur as a result of having the flu (complications) and only then would antibiotics be required, or effective.
  • I’ve never needed it before: Certain age groups are more susceptible to infections such as the flu virus. If you have recently turned 65, or will be 65 before the end of the flu season (March) then you will be invited for a flu vaccination. Or you may have recently been diagnosed with a condition, such as Diabetes, or COPD, which means you are more susceptible.
  • I don’t get ill: not everyone catches flu, however this is not a guarantee each year. Circulating flu strains can change. This is why the vaccine needs to be given every year. Even if you think you’ve already had flu, you still need the vaccine annually. You may have recently been diagnosed with a chronic condition which can make people more vulnerable. Many people carry the flu virus without any symptoms, and can pass this on to vulnerable people such as family and friends. Some people cannot be vaccinated for a valid reason, so getting vaccinated yourself helps protect them (known as herd immunity).
  • I’m pregnant so it might not be safe for me or my baby: being pregnant significantly increases your risks of contracting flu and suffering complications, you may become very ill which could also be bad for your baby. Research has shown that it is very safe to have the flu vaccine whilst pregnant. Mums who have the vaccine may also pass some immunity to their baby which lasts through the first few months of life.
  • It’s just like a heavy cold: A bad bout of flu is much worse than a heavy cold. Symptoms come on suddenly and sometimes severely. They include fever, chills, headaches and aching muscles, as well as a cough and sore throat. You are likely to spend 2 or 3 days in bed. If you get complications, you could become seriously ill and have to go to hospital.
  • The flu vaccine is ineffective: the vaccine can only protect against illness caused by the virus strains in the vaccine. Other viral and bacterial infections cause similar symptoms and are often mistaken for flu. The vaccines must also be matched to predicted circulating strains every year. Sometimes a new strain develops that was not predicted and outbreaks can occur.
  • I can get the flu vaccine at the chemist/pharmacist: this is true, however, it is worth remembering they will not be able to give you other vaccines that you might require such as pneumonia, shingles, or whooping cough. At the surgery we can give you all the vaccinations you are eligible for.
  • If you have any questions or worries about having the flu vaccine please ask a doctor or nurse at anytime and we will be happy to help.


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Conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care

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Do you have a diagnosed learning disability? …Do you have a hospital passport?

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