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Get involved in the Big Conversation about how we shape our NHS

Local residents are being encouraged to have their say on the future of local NHS services as part of The Big Conversation.

Funding for healthcare across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is under pressure. More people are using NHS services locally, and resources are limited. At the moment, the local NHS is buying more than it can afford which means that some difficult decisions need to be made about the services it can afford to provide in the future. 

The Big Conversation has been created to help Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), who buy the healthcare services in the local area, to understand what is most important to the local community. Feedback received will be used to create a set of principles that will inform our future plans and help shape our local NHS.

Local residents can give their feedback by attending one of the events taking place across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough during October and November. Or, by completing a short survey online at bit.ly/NHSBigConversation


Find out more about The Big Conversation and local events online bit.ly/NHSBigConversation

Lensfield Medical Practice would like to invite you to join DoctorLink.

We have been looking at how we can improve access to Practice services; DoctorLink is our new online service where you can access advice and appointments on line.

Registration is simple and you can register here https://app.doctorlink.com/lensfieldmedicalpractice/register

For all urgent appointments, we ask that you undertake a symptom assessment through DoctorLink.

The symptom checker will ask you a number of questions to help to identify your problem.

The outcome of your assessment will direct you to the right treatment, whether emergency care, your GP, nurse or self-care.

If your outcome indicates that an appointment is required at the practice you simply click on the “request an appointment” button.

Once the request has been submitted, you will then be contacted by the Practice Team, to arrange an appointment within the identified timeframe (as outlined in the outcome of your symptom checker). 

The information you provide will be shared with our clinical team (where appropriate) and will assist in providing robust information of your problem to the required clinical team member prior to your appointment.


Excellent results for Lensfield in 2019 NHS England GP Patient Survey

Thank you all for taking part and supporting Lensfield Medical Practice. Please continue to feedback your experience of the services we deliver for you.

To view the results please click on the link below or cut and paste in to your browser:

https://www.gp-patient.co.uk/practices-search


Extended Access

We are now offering evening and weekend appointments with a GP or nurse as part of our Extended Hours Service. Appointments will be offered Sat 08:00 - 20:00 and Sun 08:00 - 14:00 in addition to weekday evenings 18:00 - 22:00.

The service is run by our local GP Network. CGPN is a collaboration of Cambridgeshire practices formed to enable us to offer our patients greater choice and extended practice hours. This service operates from:

Nuffield Road Medical Centre, 10 Pippin Dr, Cambridge CB4 1GL

If you would like to find out more please go to www.openlater.co.uk

To book an appointment please call the practice and ask Reception

Winter 2018 communications toolkit | Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group


Self Help - Don’t swallow up your NHS - use it wisely this winter

Winter illnesses such as colds and coughs, sore throats, and upset stomachs can easily be treated at home with medicines available at low cost from your local pharmacy - no GP appointment or prescription required.

Winter self-care essentials include:

  • pain relief (paracetamol)
  • cough and sore throat remedies
  • first aid kit
  • upset stomach treatment
  • rehydration treatment
  • heartburn and indigestion treatment

Having these winter essentials at hand will not only save you time and help you to feel better quicker, but help save the NHS much needed resources. 

Your local pharmacist can also offer you advice and guidance on the best treatment for you – no appointment needed.  Pharmacists are available on every high street and in supermarkets with many open evenings and weekends. Click HERE to find a pharmacy near you. 

Winter 2018 communications toolkit | Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group

Use antibiotics on your doctor's advice

Antibiotics are essential to treat serious bacterial infections, but they are frequently being used to treat illnesses such as coughs, earache and sore throats that can get better by themselves. Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant. That means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them.

Despite the risks of antibiotic resistance, research shows that 38% of people still expect an antibiotic from a doctor’s surgery, NHS walk-in centre or ‘GP out of hours’ service when they visited with a cough, flu or a throat, ear, sinus or chest infection in 2017. 

Winter 2018 communications toolkit | Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group

Now’s the time to get your free flu jab! 

Local residents in at risk groups are being reminded to get their free flu jab.  Adults over 65; those with long term health conditions; children aged two to eight; carers and pregnant women may all be eligible.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people see their GP and tens of thousands are hospitalised because of flu.  Symptoms of flu can be very unpleasant and last for several weeks. It can lead to more serious complications like middle ear infections in children, and pneumonia or bronchitis for those with underlying health conditions, and in some cases it can be fatal.  

Flu is a highly contagious illness that spreads rapidly through the population.  It can cause serious complications for at risk groups, such as the elderly, expectant mothers and people with long term health conditions.

Although it’s not possible to know which strains of flu will circulate each winter, the flu vaccination is still the best protection against an unpredictable virus which can cause severe illness and deaths amongst vulnerable groups.

Vaccines are available between October 2017 and March 2019, so contact your GP or pharmacy now – it’s free because you need it. 

For more information visit www.nhs.uk/staywell

Minor Eye Conditions Service

This is a free NHS service available from specially trained Optometrists in the Cambridge area. This is available for patients over 16 years of age with the following conditions:

  • Red eyes, red lids
  • Dry, gritty, uncomfortable eyes
  • Irritated, inflamed eyes
  • Sticky discharge, watering eyes
  • Ingrown eyelashes
  • Foreign bodies in the eye
  • Some types of flashes/ floaters
  • Recent and sudden loss of vision.

Click here fore more information

NHS at 70 - Dr Clare Goodhart talks to the Department of International Development

Since 2013, Lensfield Partner Dr Clare Goodhart, has been regularly volunteering with an international family planning skills exchange . She helped to develop http://www.USHAPE.org​ which trains family planning advocates and providers in rural Uganda. This is a part of the world high fertility and maternal mortality rates, where there is a desperate shortage of accurate information and skills, and where family planning really can save lives and lift families out of poverty. The initiative aims for sustainability by training Ugandan trainers to teach their health worker colleagues and students. The work has attracted grants from the Department for International Development and is now managed by the Margaret Pyke Trust who hope to scale up the initiative in Uganda and beyond.

Fantastic New Mental Health Services Website -   

www.keep-your-head.com

Counselling / CBT Self-Referral

The Psychological Wellbeing Service (IAPT) offers psychological treatments across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. If you would like support, please discuss a referral with your GP or alternatively you may also refer yourself directly via the Internet (preferred option) at: www.cpft.nhs.uk

or Telephone: 0300 300 0055


NHS Physiotherapy Self-Referral

What is Physio Direct?
Physio Direct is a telephone self referral service which has been set up to provide early advice and management for adults with back/neck/joint problems or following injuries. You do not need a GP referral to access this service.


HELP US TO HELP YOU!

Ask our receptionists for a login so that you can use our website to the full.

  • Order repeat prescriptions on-line
  • You can order all your repeat medications without having to put pen to paper or find your last counterfoil!
  • Synchronise your medications. It is a good idea to help us to synchronise your medications by a one off adjustment of the number of tablets you order next time using the 'synchronise medication form'C
  • Book appointments on-line.
  • You can book (and cancel) appointments for any of the doctors for up to 8 weeks ahead. This should help you ensure that you see the doctor who knows you best
  • Consider using telephone appointments. These are available for every doctor each time they consult. It works best if the doctor knows you and you don't think you will need to be examined. There may be leeway as to the time the doctor phones you so please keep you mobile on until you have received the call. Keep us up to date with changes of address, mobile numbers and email.We are increasingly using these to remind you of appointments you have booked and when reviews or blood tests are needed

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