Hodnet Medical Centre - News

  • 19 Nov 2018

    Half day closure 22.11.18

    Half Day Closure The Surgery will be closed on: Thursday 22nd November from 12noon This is to allow all Practice Staff to take part in a Protected learning time session. All surgeries within the North Shropshire area will be closed this afternoon for training purposes. This is in line with the Government's directive to improve training and education within the NHS, and to give all practice staff the opportunity to participate. If you require medical treatment whilst the surgery is closed please call NHS 111 on 111

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  • 18 Oct 2018

    Flu immunisation advice for pregnant women

    All pregnant women are recommended to receive the flu vaccine which can be given at any stage of pregnancy. Immunisation is safe for both mother and baby, and can also protect your baby for the first few months after birth. Pregnancy naturally weakens the body’s immune system and as a result flu can cause serious complications for you and your baby. Vaccination against flu reduces these risks. Serious complications of flu include pneumonia, septic shock (a severe and life-threatening infection of the whole body), meningitis and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). You can get vaccinated at any point during your pregnancy, however fit and healthy you might feel. Benefits of the flu vaccine Flu vaccination in pregnancy also means that flu antibodies are transferred through the placenta to the baby. This gives the baby some protection against flu for the first few months of life. Studies have also shown that women who have been vaccinated against flu are less likely to give birth prematurely, and less likely to have a low-birthweight baby. The vaccine is also inactivated, so cannot cause flu itself. Councillor Lee Chapman, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Health and Housing said: “The flu jab is the safest way to help protect you and your baby against flu, no matter how many months pregnant you are or however fit and healthy you may feel. “If you are pregnant (or know someone that is) and haven’t yet had your flu jab, please speak to your midwife, GP or pharmacist to arrange an appointment as soon as possible. Not only will you be protecting yourself but the health of your baby.” Dr Julian Povey, Chair of NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group, and Dr Jo Leahy, Chair of NHS Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We would urge anyone who is pregnant to get the flu vaccination. During pregnancy, a woman’s immune system naturally weakens to ensure that the pregnancy is successful. As a result, pregnant women have a higher chance of developing complications if they get flu, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy, such as bronchitis, a chest infection that can become serious and develop into pneumonia. "It’s safe during any stage in pregnancy, from the first few weeks through to the woman’s due date and doesn’t carry any risks for mother or baby. Women who have had the flu vaccine while pregnant also pass some protection on to their babies, which lasts for the first few months of their lives.” Aside from having your flu vaccine, the best way to prevent the spread of flu is to practice good hand hygiene. Catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue, throw the tissue away and wash your hands. If you think you have flu, stay home and rest until you feel better. Call NHS 111 if you have an underlying health condition or feel really unwell. The flu jab is the safest way to help protect you and your baby against flu, no matter how many months pregnant you are or however fit and healthy you may feel. For more information about the flu vaccination visit www.nhs.uk/fluvaccine.

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  • 26 Sep 2018

    Ordering Repeat Medication

    TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENTS FOR ORDERING REPEAT MEDICATION Due to current unavoidable staffing issues in Dispensary, we are unable to accept requests for repeat medication, (including online ordering) until Monday 8th October, when we anticipate returning to normal service. Patient Access service has been temporarily disabled. In the meantime, it will be necessary to bring your repeat medication ordering slip to the medical centre during surgery time, and taking your signed prescription to a pharmacy of your choice. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause. --------------------------- Hodnet Medical Centre 26.09.2018

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  • 13 Sep 2018

    Half day closure Thursday 22.11.18

    The surgery will be closed for half a day on Thursday 22nd November 2018 from 12.30pm to allow all Practice staff to take part in a protected learning time training session. All surgeries within the North Shropshire area will be closed this afternoon for training purposes. This is in line with the Government's directive to improve training and education within the NHS, and to give all practice staff the opportunity to participate. If you require medical treatment while the surgery is closed on the above afternoon – please call 111 Thank you for your support,

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  • 13 Sep 2018

    New telephone system update

    Redcentric - our new phone providers have had to re-schedule the timeline/key dates for our system installation. The revised installation date is now in November.The migration from the old network provider to the new should be completed by mid- November, however it is expected that on our “Go Live” date (Monday 19th November ) the lines will not be available between 1-3pm. We apologise for any difficulty that you may experience in contacting the Surgery during this period of migration. Thank you

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  • 14 Aug 2018

    Telephone problems

    Telephone Failure We are currently experiencing a problem with our existing telephone system. The engineers are working to address the problem, and expect the system to be up and running as soon as possible. We apologise for the inconvenience caused, and look forward to our new system!

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  • 14 Aug 2018

    Flu season

    Flu jabs – that time of year again! To help you to stay healthy and prevent the spread of flu among family, friends and work colleagues, taking advantage of the winter flu jab at the surgery is a good first step. Flu is contagious and it can be passed through coughing, sneezing or by touching infected surfaces or people. Most flu outbreaks usually happen in late autumn or winter, and, for most people, it's an unpleasant but not a life-threatening condition. We will be holding Flu clinics in October – actual dates will be released nearer the time, dependant upon the manufacturers’ supply of the vaccine. Please ring the surgery at the beginning of October for more information and to book an appointment.

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  • 26 Jul 2018

    New Telephone System

    A new telephone system is scheduled to be installed at Hodnet Medical Centre week beginning Monday 30th July. The migration from the old network provider to the new should be completed by 27th August, however it is expected that on our “Go Live” date (27th August) the lines will not be available between 1-3pm. We apologise for any difficulty that you may experience in contacting the Surgery during this period of migration. Thank you

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  • 18 Jul 2018

    Formal closure of Ellerdine branch surgery

    Dr. Naresh Raichura M.B.ch.B., M.Sc. Dr. James R. Mehta MBBS. DRCOG. The Medical Centre Hodnet Shropshire TF9 3NF 17th July 2018 Tel: 01630 685230 Dear Patient/Householder, HODNET MEDICAL PRACTICE REQUEST FORMAL CLOSURE OF ELLERDINE BRANCH SURGERY The practice formally applied to NHS England to close the Ellerdine surgery with effect from 31st May 2016. The branch surgery has not actually functioned since March 2008, and remains closed. To date, we have not been in a position to resume our previous service, but have continued to maintain a weekly drug delivery and repeat medication slip collection service. Since the branch surgery closed in March 2008, the increasing pressures of general practice, and current problems recruiting and retaining doctors , have resulted in our resources now stretched to a point where we feel unable to resume the previous level of service. We can offer better capacity at Hodnet, with a larger physical presence, more consulting rooms and good clinical supervision, support and dispensing facilities. We have followed the procedure required to present and support our application. This has involved consultation with the Patient Participation Group, Parish Councillors, Ellerdine Village Hall Committee, representatives from both NHS England and Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group. Shropshire Commissioning Group has now informed us that they support our application, and the formal closure has taken immediate effect. Delivery of repeat medication, and collection of repeat request slips will cease with the final date being Thursday 18th October 2018, and from this date it will be necessary to collect your medication from Hodnet. Medical Centre. Similarly, your repeat prescription slips will need to be delivered to Hodnet, unless ordered on line. Please ask at reception if you would like to register to order your repeat medication on line. Dr N Raichura & Dr J Mehta

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  • 12 Jul 2018

    Co Co - Compassionate Communitiies

    CoCo – Hodnet Compassionate Communities Developed by Severn Hospice as part of their community support strategy, Compassionate Communities (Co Co) schemes aim to provide a befriending service for those folk who may be in danger of becoming socially isolated from the community they have been part of due to frailty, being housebound or living with a long term illness. Such a person may already have various forms of “help” going into their home via health professionals or other agencies, but can still find themselves feeling lonely after these brief functional calls. What they really need is someone to talk to, someone with time to listen. A Co Co volunteer can provide this companionship by regular visiting on a weekly basis. Volunteers do not provide personal care, but rather companionship and a willingness to help the person to live their lives more fully in ways appropriate to them. This could be chatting about local news, playing Scrabble, doing a bit of gardening, attending an appointment together. Volunteers are trained and DBS checked, and wherever possible share some of their client's interests. Hodnet Co Co receives referrals through the Practice, via other community groups or agencies where our publicity is displayed or simply through an individual making contact with us themselves. The aim is to cover the area served by the medical practice, which extends well beyond Hodnet itself into outlying rural areas and villages. We value any opportunities to spread the word about our existence and raise our profile. We have posters in the waiting room, our flyers are available at Reception and we have a page on the village website too: www.hodnet.org.uk/coco Our phone number is: 07849 835687

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