03.07.18 – Heatwave in England

Heatwave Warning and Advice

As the heatwave looks like it will be staying with us for a few weeks it is important that we all consider how best to manage in the hot weather.  The NHS has plenty of advice and guidance here . NHS 111 is also a good source of help.

28.06.18 – Diamorphine Supply concerns

Shortage of diamorphine for NHS patients

What is diamorphine used to treat?

Diamorphine is licensed to treat severe pain associated with surgery, heart attack or a terminal illness. It is also used for the relief of shortness of breath in severe heart conditions. In addition, a small number of people in the UK may be receiving diamorphine to manage heroin addiction.

Who could be affected by the shortfall in the supply of diamorphine?

People taking diamorphine could include those undergoing major surgery in hospital, patients being treated for a heart attack or other serious heart conditions, people who are terminally ill and receiving end of life care. There are also some people being treated in the community for heroin addiction, who take diamorphine.

Patients who are prescribed higher strength doses of diamorphine, 30mg, 100mg and 500mg are not affected as there is adequate supply for these doses.

Why is there a shortage of this drug?

There are two manufacturers who make the drug, diamorphine. One of the main suppliers, a company called Accord, has experienced a manufacturing issue at the site where the lower strength, 5mg and 10mg dosages are produced. The other supplier, Wockhardt, is unable to produce extra stocks of the drug at short notice, however the Department of Health and Social Care is working with them to see how quickly they can produce more of the drug.

Is there an alternative drug that I can take?

A similar alternative to diamorphine is morphine and many patients may be prescribed this in the short term, however the dose of morphine you may take will be different to diamorphine. Your doctor or pharmacist will discuss this with you before switching to morphine.

What should I do if I currently take diamorphine?

Continue to take your medication as your doctor or pharmacist has advised you to. When you need a new prescription or repeat prescription your doctor or pharmacist will talk to you about whether you will be prescribed a similar drug. If you are prescribed morphine you will be closely monitored by your healthcare professional or support worker.

What is the NHS is doing to ensure there are enough supplies of diamorphine for all patients who need it?

NHS England, the Department of Health and Social Care, clinical experts and partners from across the health service are working together with the manufacturers of diamorphine to ensure there are adequate supplies of the drug for NHS patients. We are also working closely with our partners at the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and NHS Improvement.

Where can I find more information?

If you have any concerns about your medication please speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

If you need medical help urgently, and it’s not life threatening, please call NHS 111. This is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and calls are free from landlines and mobiles.

08.06.18 – Somerset Primary Care Joint Committee Meeting – YOU are invited!

.. PUBLIC NOTICE …
THE NHS SOMERSET CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUP AND NHS ENGLAND WILL BE HOLDING
THE NEXT SOMERSET PRIMARY CARE JOINT COMMITTEE MEETING
DATE: Thursday, 14 June 2018
TIME: 12:30 pm – 15:30pm
VENUE: Wynford House, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8HR
Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting to listen to the items being discussed.
Copies of the agenda and papers will be available at least 5 working days before the meeting, from the NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group website at www.somersetccg.nhs.uk
or by contacting the Primary Care Team , Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, Wynford House, Lufton Way, Yeovil, BA22 8HR, or by telephoning 01935 384020

06.06.18 – Cervical Cancer Screening Awareness week from 11th to 17th June

The aims of this years campaign are to ensure:

  • Every woman understands why the test is important
  • Every eligible woman is able to attend for screening
  • Action is taken to ensure that the test is as accessible as possible

The campaign is being led by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust; click here to see their website, or call them on  0808 802 8000

04.06.18 – Suffer with IBS?

The award winning First Line Advice IBS webinar is now avaliable on demand which means that you can watch it whenever you want. If you wish to arrange to see this webinar please contact:

[email protected]

The webinar is produced by the Somerset Partnership Specialist Gastroenterology Community Dieticians.

 

25.05.18 – National Data Opt-out

The National Data Opt-out comes into force today. There is a new method for recording your data-sharing wishes and it allows you to decide whether or not your confidential patient information is used for research and planning. Previously you would have advised us at the Health Centre of your choice in this matter and we would record it on your medical record. Now there is a website and a phone number that you can call in order to have your data sharing wishes recorded.  Please note this is now the only way you can now record this information.

If you have already told us of your wishes then this information will be transferred to the new National Data Opt-out service

You can click here to go to the NHS Choices website which gives a great deal of information on this matter and is where you record your preference.

Please use this link for further information on the National Data Opt-out and how the NHS uses your information : How the NHS and care services use your information

This is seperate to the new GDPR about which we have all heard so much. The GDPR outlines the lawful uses of personal sensitve data and you can see this detailed in the Privacy Notice issued today by the Health Centre on our website here.  The GDPR primarily covers our use of your records in order to support your treatment within the NHS, for example if the doctor refers you we will send the consultant/specialist relevent medical information from your records.

 

 

25.05.18 – GDPR Privacy Statement

In response to the introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) please click here to view our Privacy Statement. This statement details how we look after and manage your confidential medical records.

Please contact the surgery and ask to speak to Craig if you have an queries.

23.05.18 – Dr Sarah Trotter at Wells Health Centre

We are delighted to announce the arrival of Dr Sarah Trotter and welcome to her to the team here at the health centre.  Dr Trotter undertook her GP Registrar training at Glastonbury surgery 3 years ago, and has also worked at the Glastonbury Health Centre. Her new patients will be receive letters, emails or text mesages over the next few days to advise them of their new named doctor.

Dr Trotter is pleased to return to general practice after a year’s maternity absence spent looking after her second child.