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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 Patient Access and click on “Register.”
Please feel free to ask for more information from your pharmacy team or our reception team about these changes.
Organ Donation Law in England is changing
What is changing?
From spring 2020, organ donation in England will move to an 'opt out' system. You may also hear it referred to as 'Max and Keira's Law'.
This means that all adults in England will be considered to have agreed to be an organ donor when they die unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups.
You still have a choice if you want to be an organ donor or not when you die.
Find out more here
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 this will usually be Dr Aidoo on a Monday and Tuesday and Dr Macpherson on a Wednesday and Thursday. Friday will be covered by the remaining GPs on a rotational basis. 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
September Health Awareness - Shingles & Flu
Shingles is an infection that causes a painful rash. Get advice from 111 as soon as possible if you think you have it. The first signs of shingles can be:
A rash will appear a few days later. Usually you get shingles on your chest and tummy, but it can appear on your face, eyes and genitals.
Get advice from 111 as soon as you suspect shingles
You might need medicine to help speed up your recovery and avoid longer-lasting problems. This works best if taken within 3 days of your symptoms starting. 111 will tell you what to do. They can arrange a phone call from a nurse or doctor if you need one. Go to 111.nhs.uk or call 111.
How to treat shingles symptoms yourself
It can take up to 4 weeks for the rash to heal. Your skin can be painful for weeks after the rash has gone, but it usually settles over time.
Stay away from certain groups of people if you have shingles
You cannot spread shingles to others. But people who have not had chickenpox before could catch chickenpox from you. This is because shingles is caused by the chickenpox virus.
Try to avoid:
Stay off work or school if the rash is still oozing fluid (weeping) and cannot be covered, or until the rash has dried out. You're only infectious to others while the rash oozes fluid. You can cover the rash with loose clothing or a non-sticky dressing.
You can often treat the flu without seeing a GP and should begin to feel better in about a week.
Flu symptoms come on very quickly and can include:
The symptoms are similar for children, but they can also get pain in their ear and appear less active. Cold and flu symptoms are similar, but flu tends to be more severe.
How to treat flu yourself
A pharmacist can help with flu
A pharmacist can give treatment advice and recommend flu remedies.
Be careful not to use flu remedies if you're taking paracetamol and ibuprofen tablets as it's easy to take more than the recommended dose.
Speak to a pharmacist before giving medicines to children.
GPs do not recommend antibiotics for flu because they will not relieve your symptoms or speed up your recovery.
How to prevent flu
The flu vaccine reduces the risk of catching flu, as well as spreading it to others.
It's more effective to get the vaccine before the start of the flu season (December to March).
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