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We would like to thank you all for your patience, support and understanding during the change of our clinical system.  If you were an online service user we are in the process of sending you guidance to use this service again.

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    Please click here for information and an update from Rothschild House Group

  • We currently have job vacancies within the Rothschild House Group; please click here for more information

     

  • IMPORTANT PATEINT NOTICE - We would like to thank you all for your patience, support and understanding during the change of our clinical system.  Our final merge with Rothschild House Surgery will take place on Wednesday 8th November. Therefore, the surgery will be closed from  midday 7th November until 8th November 10am, when you will then be able to call and make appointments. During this period we will have a telephone number on our answerphone to direct any urgent queries which cannot wait until we re-open on Wednesday 8th November at 10am.  Once the final part of our merger is complete we will be able to send our existing online registered patients their log in details by email or post. Sorry for any inconvenience this merger may have caused.

  • Flu Vaccinations

    Who should have the flu jab?

    For most people, flu is an unpleasant illness, but it's not serious. If you are otherwise healthy, you will usually recover from flu within a week.

    However, certain people are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. These people should have a flu jab each year.

    People who should have a flu jab

    The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk to ensure that they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications.

    You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you: 

    • are 65 years of age or over  
    • are pregnant 
    • have certain medical conditions (see below) 
    • are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility 
    • receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill 
    • are a healthcare worker with direct patient contact or a social care worker (see below)

    Pregnant women and the flu jab

    If you're pregnant, you're advised to have the injectable flu vaccine, regardless of the stage of pregnancy you've reached.

    That's because there's strong evidence to suggest that pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu.

    If you're pregnant, you will benefit from the flu vaccine because it:

    • reduces your chance of getting serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy
    • reduces your risk of having a miscarriage or your baby being born prematurely or with a low birthweight, due to flu
    • will help protect your baby because they will continue to have some immunity to flu for the first few months of their life

    It's safe to have the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy, from conception onwards. The vaccine doesn't carry any risks for you or your baby. Talk to your GP or midwife if you are unsure about the vaccination.

    Read more about the flu jab in pregnancy.

    Flu jab for people with medical conditions

    The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to anyone with a serious long term health condition. That includes these types of illnesses:  

    This list of conditions isn't definitive. It's always an issue of clinical judgement. Your GP can assess you individually to take into account your risk of flu exacerbating any underlying illness you may have, as well as your risk of serious illness from flu itself. The vaccine should always be offered in such cases, even if you are not technically in one of the risk groups above.

    If you live with someone who has a weakened immune system, you may also be advised to have a flu vaccine. Speak to your GP about this.

    Flu vaccine for children

    The flu vaccine is recommended for:

    • children over the age of six months with a long term health condition
    • healthy children aged two and three

    Children aged between six months and two years of age who are eligible for the flu vaccine should have the flu jab.

    Children eligible for the flu vaccine aged between two and 18 will usually have the flu vaccine nasal spray.

    Read about who should have the children's flu vaccine.

    Flu jab for health and social care workers

    Outbreaks of flu can occur in health and social care settings, and, because flu is so contagious, staff, patients and residents are all at risk of infection.

    If you're a frontline health and social care worker, you are eligible for an NHS flu jab to protect yourself, your colleagues and other members of the community. It is your employer's responsibility to arrange vaccination for you. Public Health England has this advice on flu vaccination of health and social care workers.

    Your Employers or Occupational Health Department should organise this for you - you will not be able to obtain one from your GP.

    Flu jab for carers

    If you care for someone who is elderly or disabled, speak to your GP about having a flu jab along with the person you care for.

    Read more about flu jab for carers.

     

  • NEWS FLASH!!! - Morning after pill is available on the same day from the surgery for free - just ask for a same day telephone appointment with a GP and they can issue a prescription with no charge.

 

  • Open Day - Saturday 8th July - Our open day at Markyate on Saturday was a tremendous success.

    It was lovely to see so many of you popping in to meet the staff and patient participation group.

     

    Our HCA, Zoe was kept busy all day carrying out free health checks and blood glucose monitoring.

     

    Thank you to all who came along, had a chat and enjoyed the refreshments.

     

     

    We are pleased to announce that from July 2017 Markyate surgery will be offering an extended hours service on Monday evenings.  All appointments will be pre-bookable, for more information please ask at reception.

  • Please note from Wednesday 1st April 2017 prescriptions charges will be £8.60

  • The Wellbeing Team delivers Improved Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) in Hertfordshire. The service provides psychological interventions for people with mild to moderate depression and anxiety disorders including Panic, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalised Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress and Health Anxiety.

    The aim of the service is to help people across the county to be able to access psychological therapy and social care support towards achieving better psychological health and well-being, enabling them to gain or remain in employment and to participate in daily living activities.

     

    For more information about the service and for access to a self-referral form, please go to: http:www.hpft.nhs.uk/our-services/community-services/enhanced-primary-mental-health-services/

     

     

  • If you need help and don't know where to turn, if you have a question or problem, you can contact HertsHelp.

    They will listen to what you need and, if you would like them to, telephone people and make arrangements on your behalf.

    Or they can put you in touch with organisations that can help. They will then call you to make sure that you have found the help you need.

    Search the Hertfordshire Directory for community and voluntary organisations

    Contact HertsHelp

    Office hours are 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

    Telephone: 0300 123 4044

    Email: info@hertshelp.net
    Skype:
    Hertshelp

    Text: Text hertshelp to 81025
    Fax: 0300 456 2365
    By post: HertsHelp, Hertlands House, Primett Road, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 3EE

  • Promotion of Exercise & Healthy Living Schemes - further details can be found by clicking on the link on the right hand side of the screen.

  • PREFERRED METHOD OF CONTACT

     

    All organisations that provide NHS services, or publicly funded adult social care must have fully implemented and conformed to the Accessible Information Standard (1605) by 31st July 2016. This means we would like to record your preferred method of contact so that you can receive your health information in a format you can understand.

     

    For most of us our preferred method of contact is our home number or mobile number but for example, if you suffer from hard of hearing or blindness that may not be suitable for you. If you or someone you are caring for wishes us to contact you in another way, please do let us know by informing our reception teamat the surgery.   We will then record your needs by highlighting it on your medical records.

  • Friends & Family Test  - From 1st December 2014 the government seeks feedback from patients on their opinion of GP surgeries. They call it ‘The Friends & Family Test’. This involved asking how likely are you to recommend our GP Practice to friends & family? The responses for December 2014 to November 2017are so far

    Extremely Likely 215

    Likely 76

    Neither Likely nor Unlikely 6

    Unlikely 2

    Extremely Likely 0

    Don't know 2

    We are very pleased with the results and thank everyone for taking part. You can still complete the survey by clicking on the friends and family link.

  • Did you know that over ordering or wasting prescription medicines costs the NHS in this part of Hertfordshire £3 million each year?

    There are some simple things we can all do to prevent waste:

    Check which medicines you have before ordering more

    Order your prescription using our online ordering service - it's quick and easy - Please bring proof of identity and ask at reception for your username and password

    OR

    On your latest repeat prescription request slip provided by the practice:

    Only tick the medicines you need

    Please put a line through the items that you do not need

    You will still be able to order these in the future.

    Keeping excessive stocks of medicine at home could be dangerous for you and others. It is not safe to take a medicine that hasn’t been prescribed for you or that is out-of-date.

    The money that is wasted on prescribed medicines that are not used could be spent on employing more nurses, running additional ambulances and other vital health services.

 

  • Hertfordshire Health Walks -Hertfordshire Health Walks is a countywide initiative of free, led walks and is coordinated by Countryside Management Service. It aims to help promote walking and encourage more people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to get outdoors, get more active and reap the benefits.A long established scheme with a good variety of start points throughout the borough including Markyate, Tring, Berkhamsted, Bovingdon, Potten End, Hemel Hempstead and Kings Langley. From each starting point, there are a variety of routes for the leader to choose from, which take walkers through parks and countryside and more often than not end in a local café or pub for a well earned cup of tea and a chat. for more information please click here to visit the Hertfordshire Health Walks website. 

  • Shapeupherts.com are offering men between the ages 18 and 60 with a BMI over 30 a FREE 12 week weight management programme.  If you would like to be referred please contact the surgery to make an appointment.
  • Weight Management on Referral: Slimming World and Weight Watchers

    Patients with a BMI > 30 or BMI > 28 with co - morbidities (e.g. high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis etc) can be referred for group weight loss support.

    This service is funded by Public Health at Hertfordshire County Council to help clients in Hertfordshire kick start their weight loss attempt. After the initial 12 weeks funded by Hertfordshire County Council, clients will then need to continue to lose weight independently or self-fund further attendance to the commercial weight management provider. To check if you qualify for a free referral to Weight Watchers or Slimming World click on this link Do_I_qualify_for_FREE_Weight_Watchers_or_Slimming_World_on_Referral[2].pdf  If you qualify and would like to be referred simply make an appointment with a doctor or nurse at the Markyate Surgery

   

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