New Year New You? Take the first step to a healthier you
Last year around 1,250 people in Devon died due to a smoking-related illness, and there were over 8,000 smoking attributable hospital admissions.
Devon County Council’s Public Health team and OneSmallStep, the Council’s commissioned healthy lifestyle service, is gearing up to support smokers wanting to quit, in the wake of a new Public Health England campaign. It features a TV advert highlighting the dangers of tar in cigarettes, targeting the seven million people in the UK who still smoke. More....
Get snack smart and cut back on your kids' sugar consumption
Half the sugar children are having comes from snacks and sugary drinks.
Too much sugar can lead to harmful fat building up inside and serious health problems, including painful tooth decay.
Fruit and vegetables are always the best choice, but if you're shopping for packaged snacks for your children, use this helpful tip: look for 100-calorie snacks, two a day max!
For more information and some practical hints see the Change4Life website or check your children's book bags for the Snack Smart leaflet.
Stay well this winter with your local pharmacist
Symptoms of a winter illness? Seek advice from your pharmacist first if you have coughs, colds or flu symptoms.
Pharmacists can advise on a wide range of common illnesses and ailments, and do more than dispense medication, they also offer professional medical advice. [po.st/StayWell_ThisWinter]Your local pharmacist should be your first port of call if you feel unwell this winter.
The Surgery will be CLOSED from 6pm on Friday 22nd December until 8am on Wednesday 27th December. Minor Injuries will be OPEN throughout the Christmas Period between 11am until 4pm with the exception of Christmas Day when the unit will be CLOSED.
If you require any medical assistance whilst we are closed please contact 111. In the event of an Emergency please do not hesitate to dial 999.
Message for patients from Mark Procter
(Joint Director of Primary Care, South Devon and Torbay and NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Groups and Head of Primary Care, NHS England South (South West - Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly))
“If you need to see or speak with a GP or someone else at the practice, you should contact your practice directly, or for urgent advice call NHS 111....
Not all GP practices in Devon, Plymouth or Torbay are offering the 8am - 8pm service this winter as recent patient satisfaction feedback on GP opening times suggests this isn’t needed for our area at this time. In line with national policy this will be reviewed in the new year.
As there are variations in GP practice opening times and practices aren’t open their usual hours, be prepared this Christmas. Ensure you order your prescription medication in good time, keep your medicines cabinet well stocked with medicines that you can buy over the counter, ask your pharmacist for advice, or call 111.
Existing out-of-hours arrangements for GP's continue as normal every evening, overnight, over the weekends and bank holidays. These are accessed by calling 111. 111 is available for everyone whether registered with a GP practice or not.”
The Met Office have issued a Level 3 Cold Weather Alert for the region. Prolonged spells of very cold weather can be dangerous especially for the very young, very old or for those with chronic diseases - especially those with breathing difficulties.
For more information on how to stay well this winter please visit:
We have recently seen an increase in the amount of appointments that are being missed at the Health Centre. In the Month of November this amounted to a total of 51 appointments.
This is equivalent to 8.5 GP and Nursing hours.
During this week we have had an unprecedented 12 appointments missed, amounting to 2 hours of GP and Nursing time.
This not only affects those who would have benefited from being offered this appointment but it also costs the NHS a great deal of money, as you can see from the attached poster, each missed appointment costs the NHS an average of £160!
If you are unable to attend for your allotted appointment then please contact us on 01598 753226 as soon as you can to cancel.
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MISSED OUR FLU CLINICS for 2017?
Don't worry. We can still get you vaccinated. If you are entitled to a FREE Flu Vaccine on the NHS please do contact us to arrange an appointment with Sister Dawn Marks to have your vaccine administered. The forecast is that 2017 will be a bad year for the flu so we do urge you to consider having this done. If you are entitled but do not wish to have it, please let our Patient Services Team know and they will code your record accordingly.