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 20th October 2014

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Flu Clinics

Our flu clinics in early October 2014 were well attended and ran very smoothly.  

If you have been unable to attend the flu clinics but would still like to have the flu vaccination please ring the surgery to book an appointment with one of our Practice Nurses.  

Find out if you are eligible for a flu jab and check.


Avoiding Unplanned Admissions Service

The NHS has introduced a new service for people who are thought to be at increased risk of emergency hospital admission and who might benefit from more active support from their GP surgery. This service is being introduced as part of a move to reduce unnecessary emergency admissions to secondary care.


Put Patients First: Back General Practice






The number of patients needing to see their GP is increasing, yet funding for general practice is falling year on year.

This means millions of patients are waiting a week or more to see their GP and the amount spent per patient is in decline.

Many GPs now fear that patient care will be put at risk and 71% are predicting that waiting times will get even worse.



Named GP for patients aged 75 and over

From April 2014, all patients aged 75 and over will have a named GP who will have overall responsibility for the care and support that our surgery provides to them.



Practice Nurse to undertake Ironman Challenge

Clare, our Nurse Practitioner, is competing in the Ironman Mallorca event on 27 September 2014.  The event comprises a 3.8km (2.36 mile swim) followed immediately by a 180km (111.8 mile) cycle over the mountains before the final 42.195km (26.21 mile) marathon along the roads of Alcudia.



Practice Newsletter

For the latest news on our Practice please click on the link below for details of our August Newsletter 2014.





This is a common problem as we get older, since we do not eat so much, nor do we take as much exercise.


NHS 111 Service

From the 10th of March 2014, if you need to call the out of hours service the telephone number you must ring is:     




We are now able to offer a limited number of on line appointments for patients wishing to see their GP. 


Patient Experience Survey Report 2013/14

We now have the results of the IPQ (Improving Practice Questionnaire) Report by CPEP for 2013/14.  
We are pleased to announce that we have achieved a high result of 84% for the Practice.



HSCIC and NHS England Service

How information about you helps us to provide better care

Confidential information from your medical records can be used by the NHS to improve the services offered so we can provide the best possible care for everyone.  This information along with your postcode and NHS number but not your name, are sent to a secure system where it can be linked with other health information. This allows those planning NHS services or carrying out medical research to use information from different parts of the NHS in a way which does not identify you.

We need to make sure that you know this is happening and the choices you have.




Are you a Carer who needs practical support or information about the services available to you?

The practice will be supporting monthly Carers' Clinics which will be held at the Westbank Healthy Living Centre, Farmhouse Rise, Exminster. 


Pneumococcal Vaccination

If you are over the age of 65 or under 65 and in the "at risk" group you can now have the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPV)  to protect you against serious forms of pneumococcal infection. You won't need it each year and for most it's a one-off vaccination.



Healthy heart

It is well recognised and accepted that there are many 'risk factors' for heart disease, many of which are lifestyle risk factors.


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