BANK HOLIDAY - IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Patients are being urged to make sure they know where to go for medical help and advice ahead of the long Easter weekend.
With GP surgeries closed on Good Friday (19 April 2019) and Easter Monday (22 April 2019), it is important that patients across Birmingham and Solihull know their options.
Options this Easter weekend:
- Self-care – make sure you have a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home, so you can deal with minor injuries and ailments at home
- Pharmacy – your local pharmacist can give you quick, confidential advice on lots of common illnesses, as well as over-the-counter medication. Find out if your local pharmacy is open on Good Friday, Easter Sunday or Easter Monday. Click here for more information.
- GP practice extended access appointments – some practices will be offering limited appointments, but these must be booked in advance through your GP practice. Find out more Click here for more information.
- NHS 111 – if you’re worried about an urgent medical concern, or not sure which NHS service you need, you can either call 111 or visit 111.nhs.uk online 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- Walk-in centre or urgent care centre – if you have an illness or injury that cannot wait until your GP surgery is open, you can find out the Easter opening hours of these centres Click here for more information.
HEARING SERVICES AT YARDLEY GREEN MEDICAL CENTRE
We are happy to announce that we have teamed up with Scriven and are now able to offer appointments for any of our Patients that are aged 55 and over a free hearing screening assessment. Please ask at Reception or call us to book your appointment.
Patient Participation Group (PPG) Meeting
Want to make a difference to how we run our services here at Yardley Green Medical Centre?
Then please attend our next PPG meeting which takes place on TBC
Everyone is welcome and feel free to bring a friend.
Please note that from Monday 18th February 2019 there will be no telephone access to the surgery every Thursday afternoon. All emergency calls will be taken by BADGER who are our 'Out of Hours' Provider. However the Surgery will remain open as usual.
Thank you for your co-operation
The Birmingham Financial Inclusion Partnership want to make sure our residents keep themselves warm and well this winter, and their homes heated and maintained. This Newsletter will introduce those partners who can offer the support and advice needed to do this, along with handy tips and hints.
Flu clinics have started...
***FLU VACCINATION CLINICS RUNNING***
We have reserved your flu injection. Please book your appointment now. by contacting our reception team.
Important announcement: Emergency sit & wait service ending
As of Monday 2nd October 2017, our emergency sit and wait service will no longer be available.
We have decided to implement a new duty doctor triage system who will assess each emergency appointment request and take the most appropriate action necessary.
This will not be used as an overflow for 'book on the day appointments'. This will be purely used for medical emergencies.
More Online GP Appointments Released
Over the next 3 months we will be looking to increase the number of online bookable GP appointments.
If you have not already signed up for GP Online Services simply call into the practice with two forms of photo ID and proof of address. We can sign you up there and then. GP Online Services makes it easy to book appointments online, request repeat prescriptions and view some of your medical records. Find out more about this on http://www.nhs.uk/GPonlineservices?
If you are not able to attend an appointment you have booked, for whatever reason, please let us know. We can then offer that appointment to someone else that needs it.
New National HPV Vaccination Programme
HPV is a small virus spread by direct physical contact. Anyone who is sexually active is at risk.
The risk of acquiring HPV increases with the number of sexual partners. HPV infection is common and will be present in 15-20% of women aged 20-24 years old.
HPV infection increases from the age of 14 years.
Most cases resolve but persistent HPV infection can causes changes in the cervix (neck of the womb), that may lead to cancer. Condoms reduce the risk of acquiring HPV, but not completely. Cervical screening detects harmful effects of HPV on the cervix. HPV vaccination should reduce cervical cancer risk in girls who are vaccinated.
This year we are offering vaccination to girls in school year 8 (age 12-13 years) and girls in school year 13 (age 17-18 years).
The vaccine will protect against 2 of the most harmful strains of HPV types 16 and 18. There will be a catch up campaign for other girls under 18 in the future. HPV vaccination is a series of three injections in the arm over 6 months.
It will be given by the practice nurse in our surgery.
When you receive your invitation letter please make an appointment with the practice nurse.
Facts: Cervical Cancer
2nd most common cancer of women worldwide.
In England 9 new cases are diagnosed with cervical cancer each day.
Most cervical cancer cases occur in women in their 30’s.