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Changes to your Gabapentin or Pregabalin prescription
From April 1st 2019 Pregabalin and Gabapentin will be legally classed as "Controlled Drugs". There will be some extra rules and restrictions around supplying these medicines.
You might notice the following Changes:
We would like to reassure you that there will be no changes to the way you order your medicines. Please continue to order and collect your medicines in the same way, ideally electronically. If you don’t know how to do this ask reception for advice or go to https://www.patientaccess.com/ and click on “Register.”
Please feel free to ask for more information from your pharmacy team or our reception team about these changes.
Dr Alyson Macpherson
We are sorry to announce that Dr Macpherson has resigned as a partner at the practice at the end of December 2018. She has worked with us for twenty one years and we thank her for her hard work and dedication.
At this time we have been unable to recruit a new GP to replace Dr Macpherson. As a Practice we have decided to allocate each of her patients to one of the existing practice doctors. Please ask reception after the 7th of January if you would like to know the name of your new GP.
In order to maximise the benefits of continuity of care the Practice GPs are arranged into clinical teams. Please note that your new GP may be in a different team from the one you were previously attached to. Although we ask that you see the same doctor where possible, if your usual GP is not available another doctor in that team will be covering. Teams will be renamed as Blue, Red and Green from the New Year.
If anyone wishes to say a personal goodbye to Dr Macpherson we do ask that you do this in writing rather than taking an appointment that may be needed for a medical problem. Reception will be happy to pass your messages on to Dr Macpherson
Dr Macpherson plans to take a short break and hopes to return to the practice in a few months time in a new role as part of our Acute Care Team. She will no longer be responsible for a list of registered patients though.
Acute Care Team
At East Cliff, we believe that you should be able to access high quality medical care in a timely manner, appropriate to the urgency of your problem. As a Practice, we are always looking for innovative ways to improve the service you receive whether this is care of an ongoing problem or help with an acute illness. Nationally, patient demand for appointments is at an all-time high, whilst at the same time there is a recruitment crisis in general practice. We have for some time been developing a number of alternative solutions that benefit both patients and GPs.
As an initiative to optimise appointment use, we have introduced a new service The Acute Care Team. It is staffed by three acute care practitioners, each of whom is an experienced nurse with additional training (and experience) in the management of new problems.
Each day, this team will see the majority of patients with problems that need to be seen that day. The Acute Care Practitioner will be supported by one of the practice GPs on a rotational basis who will be available for queries. The Acute Care Team will deal with your immediate medical need and will direct you towards your usual GP if any further care is needed.
Monthly Health Awareness Campaign
March 2019 Mental Health Awareness
One in four adults and one in 10 children experience mental illness, and many more of us know and care for people who do
Am I depressed? How can I feel less stressed? Why am I so anxious?
Tips and advice to boost mental health
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Self-help and treatments
If you're considering trying self-help techniques or seeking treatment for mental health problems, these can help you weigh up your options:
Do you need urgent mental health help now?
See your GP if:
If you want to talk to someone right away, the mental health helpline page has a list of organisations you can call for immediate help.
The Samaritans helpline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for people who want to talk in confidence. Call 116 123 (free).
If you've had thoughts of self-harming or are feeling suicidal, contact someone you can trust immediately, such as a friend or relative.
If you find it difficult to talk to someone you know, you could:
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