IF YOU THINK YOU'VE GOT MEASLES CALL AHEADMeasles is serious, call ahead and get advice before attending the surgery, a walk-in centre or A&E. Measles is not just a kid's problem - see the information leaflet here.
The number of young people catching measles has risen. Its never too late to be vaccinated. You need 2 doses of MMR one month apart to be fully protected against measles, mumps and rubella.
For more information please contact us, or visit www.nhs.uk/mmr
IF YOU THINK YOU'VE GOT MEASLES CALL AHEAD
NEW TELEPHONE SYSTEM
We are very pleased to announce that we have had a new telephone system installed. We appreciate that there have been difficulties in accessing the practice by telephone and we hope that our new system will be much easier to use - both for patients and our reception staff.
When you telephone the practice you will hear a message advising you if the lines are busy and informing you of your queue position. We have 7 incoming lines - 3 of which can be answered at the same time and a further 4 which are then in a queue. Anyone telephoning beyond the 7th call will either hear an engaged tone or be advised that the lines are busy and the call will disconnect. Our peak call times are between 8.30am and 10.30am and we would ask that for non-urgent queries patients call us after 10.30am.
Please let us know if you experience any problems in contacting us. We are raising all concerns with the new telephone provider company and will continue to monitor and adjust the system as required.
You might also be interested in registering for our online facility which allows the booking of appointments and requesting of repeat prescriptions via this website. Please call into reception when convenient with some ID and our reception team will be happy to help.
Do you know how cervical cancer can be prevented? During Cervical Cancer Prevention Week we want as many people as possible to know how they can reduce their risk of the disease and to educate others.
When? Monday 21 – Sunday 27 January 2019
Visit Jo's Trust for more information
What is one of the best things you can do for your mental health?
Exercise! says neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki.
Get inspired to go to the gym as Suzuki discusses the science of how working out boosts your mood and memory -- and protects your brain against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.
Have a look at this TED talk to find out more!
The brain changing benefits of exercise
CHILDREN'S FLU VACCINE (NASAL SPRAY)
Children's flu vaccine - NHS
The children's flu vaccine is offered as a yearly nasal spray to young children to help protect them against flu.Flu can be a very unpleasant illness for children, with potentially serious complications, including bronchitis and pneumonia.
At what age should children have the nasal spray flu vaccine?In the autumn/winter of 2018/19, the vaccine will be available free on the NHS for eligible children, including:
- children aged 2 and 3 on August 31 2018 – that is, children born between September 1 2014 and August 31 2016
- children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
- in some parts of the country, all primary school-aged children will be offered the vaccine (following a pilot in some areas)
- children aged 2 to 17 with long-term health condition
The Hollies Medical Centre will be offering the nasal spray to all our patients aged 2 and 3 years of age. Children who are 4 years old are also eligible for flu vaccination provided they were 3 on August 31 2018 and these children will be offered the vaccination by the practice.
Parents and carers will be contacted by letter or you can book an appointment for your child by telephoning or calling into the practice.
More information is available at www.nhs.uk
Don't let your child be a "superspreader"!
STILL NOT HAD YOUR FLU JAB?
Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications. Flu vaccinations are still available at the surgery or at local pharmacies. Please contact us for more information.
Evening and Weekend Appointments
Did you know that evening and weekend appointments are available to all patients of this practice at one of the 6 'hub' sites around Sheffield. All hubs are located in existing GP practices. To find out more please ask one of our receptionists or visit
NON NHS SERVICES (Fees may be payable)
Did you know that some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include (BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO) the following:
- Medicals for pre-employment, sports and driving requirements (HGV, PSV etc.)
- Insurance claim forms
- Passport signing
- Prescriptions for taking medication abroad
- Private sick notes
- Vaccination certificates
- 'To Whom It May Concern' letters
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
WHAT EVERY PARENT NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT SEPSIS
Sepsis is rare in children, but if your child is unwell with a bug or infection watch them closely.
If your child has any of these symptoms you should take IMMEDIATE ACTION:
- looks mottled, bluish or pale
- is very lethargic or difficult to wake
- feels abnormally cold to touch
- is breathing very fast
- has a rash that does not fade when you press it
- has a fit or convulsion
GO TO A&E IMMEDIATELY OR CALL 999
For more information visit NHS Choices or The UK Sepsis Trust
We are delighted to announce that we are a Parkrun Practice!
Our local Parkrun takes place every Saturday at Endcliffe Park. Why not go along and get fit for free?!
More information is available here
The NHS is 70 years old
Have a look at the NHS at 70 website and read about some of the fantastic achievements of the last 70 years.
There are things that we can all do to support the NHS for the next 70 years. Why not take the NHS Pledge and show your commitment to using the NHS wisely?
General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)
You will be aware of the new GDPR regulations which came into force on 25th May 2018. Our local Information Governance/IT team has confirmed that as a GP practice our basis for holding your data has a legal basis which is Public Task and the Provision of Healthcare Services.
If you require any further information please ask at reception or take a look at the GDPR page on this website.
NHS Prescription Charges from April 2019
Prescription charges have increased by 20p per item with effect from 1st April 2019, but the cost of prescription prepayment certficates (PPC) has remained the same.
- current prescription charge – £9.00 per item
- three-month PPC – £29.10; this will save you money if you need more than three prescribed items in three months
- 12-month PPC – £104.00; this will save you money if you need more than 12 prescribed items in a year
Further information is available at NHS Choices