DORDON & POLESWORTH GROUP PRACTICE
CHRISTMAS NEWSLETTER 2016
Christmas is just around the corner and hopefully you are all organised and ready for the festive season.
Christmas and New Year Opening Hours
The practice opening hours are as follows:
Friday 23rd December 2016 Dordon 08:00-13:00 & 14:00-18:00
Monday 26th December 2016 Dordon CLOSED
Tuesday 27th December 2016 Dordon CLOSED
Wednesday 28th December 2016 Dordon 08:00-13:00& 14:00-18:00
Thursday 29th December 2016 Dordon 08:00-13:00 & 14:00-18:00
Friday 30th December 2016 Dordon 08:00-13:00 & 14:00-18:00
Monday 2nd January 2017 Dordon CLOSED
At this busy time of year remember to order any repeat prescriptions at least one week in advance if you know you are going to need your medication over the Christmas period.
You can order using the on-line website, patient access, drop request in the repeat box in reception, post (remember to include stamped self-addressed envelope if you wish it to be posted back) or by fax.
Online EMIS ACCESS
Use our 24 hour on-line service called EMIS ACCESS. You can use it to book appointments, order prescriptions and update your personal details. If you would like to take advantage of this system, please call in to our reception at Dordon bringing some ID with you i.e. passport or utility bill. You will then be issued with a Registration letter which will give you an Access Code and a PIN number which will enable you to set up an account on-line. It’s obviously very important that only genuine patients are registered so this Registration letter can only be obtained IN PERSON at Reception. Each member of your family will have a separate PIN and you will need to set up an individual account for each person.
Patient Participation Groups
Do you want to help shape future services, comment on existing ones and be a friend of the practice? Then you may be interested in joining a patient participation group.
If you are interested leave your details with the Receptionist and she will pass them on to the Chair who will contact you.
Feel free to attend the Patient Participation Groups Annual General Meeting at Dordon surgery on Tuesday 17th January 2017 at 6:30pm, everyone is welcome.
Contacting The Out of Hours Service
There is now only one number you need to know – NHS 111.
Calls to NHS 111 are free from landlines and mobiles.
When you ring 111 the call will be answered by a team of fully trained call advisers, who will ask questions to assess the symptoms and give appropriate healthcare advice or direct you to the local service that can help you best. Depending on the reason for calling and when the call is made this may be:
Telephone advice from NHS 111 Community Nurses Midwife
GP Out of Hours service Pharmacy A&E
Appointment Reminders by Text
Our appointment system is now sending automatic text reminders to remind you of an appointment the following day. If would like to use this service please fill out the slip available at reception. In order to keep in contact we do need your up-to-date mobile number.
Key Public Health Messages to Look After Yourself This Winter
Food is a vital source of energy and helps keep your body warm so have plenty of hot food and drinks
Stock up on tinned and frozen foods so you don’t need to go out much when it’s cold and icy
Wear lots of thin layers – clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres are particularly good and maintain body heat.
Wear good fitting slippers with a grip indoors and shoes with a good grip outside to prevent trips slips and falls.
Key Public Health Messages to Look After Others
Check on older neighbours or relatives, especially those living alone or who have serious illnesses to make sure they are safe, warm and well
Dordon & Polesworth Group Practice wish you a
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year