Christmas Closure at Staff Health Centre
Please be advised that our branch surgery at Staff Health Centre will be closed as usual during the Christmas/New Year period. The staff will close at lunchtime on Friday 15th December and will re-open on Tuesday 2nd January 2018. Petersfield Medical Practice will be open as usual except for the Bank Holiday dates of 25th and 26th December 2017 and 1st January 2018.
Friends and Family Test
Please feel free to complete our Friends and Family Test either using the paper form in our reception areas or on line using the link on the website.
Reminders and Results by Text
We are pleased to announce the problems we have been experiencing have now been resolved.
Choose & Book Referral Appointments
The majority of our hospital appointments are now made electronically via the Choose & Book system. Unless you specify otherwise, Jane Loveday, our secretary will select the next available appointment showing on the system for you. Details of the appointment will be sent to you in the post (or we can email the details if you prefer).
Please ensure your contact details (including mobile number, email address etc.) are up to date so the secretary can contact you about your referral appointment if necessary.
Don’t swallow up your NHS - use it wisely this winter
Every time you visit your GP it costs the NHS £45*
You can treat minor winter illnesses such as colds and coughs, sore throats, and upset stomachs easily at home with medicines, which you can easily buy at low cost from your local pharmacy.
So be prepared and stock up on winter essentials today:
- pain relief (paracetamol)
- cough and sore throat remedies
- first aid kit
- upset stomach treatment
- rehydration treatment
- heartburn and indigestion treatment
Having these winter essentials at hand will not only save you time and help you to feel better quicker, but help save the NHS much needed resources.
Your local pharmacist can also offer you advice and guidance on the best treatment for you – no appointment needed. Pharmacists are available on every high street and in supermarkets with many open evenings and weekends. Click HERE to find a pharmacy near you.
*£45 is the average cost for GP consultation time, cost of the medication, and dispensing fee.
Now’s the time to get your free flu jab!
Local residents in at risk groups are being reminded to get their free flu jab. Adults over 65; those with long term health conditions; children aged two to eight; carers and pregnant women may all be eligible.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people see their GP and tens of thousands are hospitalised because of flu. Symptoms of flu can be very unpleasant and last for several weeks. It can lead to more serious complications like middle ear infections in children, and pneumonia or bronchitis for those with underlying health conditions, and in some cases it can be fatal.
Flu is a highly contagious illness that spreads rapidly through the population. It can cause serious complications for at risk groups, such as the elderly, expectant mothers and people with long term health conditions.
Although it’s not possible to know which strains of flu will circulate each winter, the flu vaccination is still the best protection against an unpredictable virus which can cause severe illness and deaths amongst vulnerable groups.
Vaccines are available between October 2017 and March 2018, so contact your GP or pharmacy now – it’s free because you need it. For more information visit www.nhs.uk/staywell