Flu Clinics 2019-2020
Flu is a contagious infection caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs and can cause mild to severe illness or further complications like pneumonia or worsening of chronic medical conditions such as asthma or diabetes. You may be able to pass the flu to somebody before you know you are sick, so the best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
As required by the NHS this year we will be using three types of vaccine in our flu vaccination programme:
- Live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) – children aged 2 to 17 years (unless contraindicated whereupon a suitable inactivated vaccine will be available)
- Quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIV) – people aged 18 to 64 years who are in a clinical risk group.
- Adjuvanted trivalent influenza vaccine (aTIV) – people aged 65 and over.
Our Clinic appointments are now available for all eligible patients Over 18 years of age and can be booked via our Reception Team:
Saturday 21 September - Long Stratton
Thursday 3 October - Newton Flotman
Saturday 5 October - Long Stratton
Further clinics for children will be made available during the half term week in October (Dates to follow).
Flu vaccinations (or nasal spray for children) are offered to:
- Anyone aged 65 years and over
- Children and adults with medical conditions for example; Diabetes, Asthma, long term heart, lung, liver or kidney disease, neurological problems such as Parkinson’s, being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above).
- Children and adults taking immunosuppressive drugs
- Pregnant women
- People living in a long-stay residential care home
- Carers - those who are the sole main carer of an older or disabled person
- Health and social care workers
- Children who are aged 2 and 3 (provided aged 2 or 3 years old on 31 August 2019
(All primary school aged children are eligible and will be offered flu vaccine at their school)
For more information on the flu vaccination visit the NHS website by clicking HERE.
Full time Apprentice Dispenser starting September 2019. Please hand in a CV to the Reception Team or ask to speak to the Senior Dispenser, Sue Clark. You will receive a Level 2 in Pharmacy Services Assistant. The apprenticeship will last between 12-14 months.
Full time Apprentice Receptionist starting September 2019. Please hand in a CV to the Reception Team or ask to speak to the Senior Receptionist, Sharon Barker. You will receive an NVQ in Business Administration Level 2. The NVQ will last between 14-18 months.
DEADLINE FOR ALL APPLICATIONS IS: 16th August 2019.
Change of Registered GP
From 21st June 2019 patients currently registered with Dr Richard Draeger will be under the care of the following GP until Dr Hall starts with us in September 2019.
|Surname A - B||Dr Mini Nelson|
|Surname C - D||Dr Lara Douglass|
|Surname E - H||Dr Prashanth Prabhu|
|Surname I - O||Dr Jane Loughridge|
|Surname P - Z||Dr Dustyn Saint|
If you have any questions or queries please speak to our Reception Team for advice.
Long Stratton Women's Institute Donation
We are so grateful to Long Stratton Women's Institute for raising funds to purchase three blood pressure monitors and new cuffs for our patients to borrow for home checking.
The results from home monitoring can give a much better reflection of a patient's blood pressure, as being tested during an appointment can make your feel anxious and can affect the result. The more monitors we have available, the more patients we can identify and treat promptly.
Your guide to care and support for adults
There is an updated copy now available.It contains lots of useful information to enable people to stay independent in their own homes for as long as possible including information about how to get help and support, what kind of services are available and details of other organisations that can help, click HERE to download a copy.
No Smoking Day
Ready to quit smoking this #NoSmokingDay but not sure how to do it? There’s lots of free support available to help you go #Smokefree and give up for good. Visit https://www.nhs.uk/smokefree to find the help that works for you.
Cervical Smear Campaign
Public Health England launches their new campaign today to encourage women to respond to their cervical screening invitation. They have said that around 2,600 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in England each year, and around 690 women die from the disease, which is 2 deaths every day. It is estimated that if everyone attended screening regularly, 83% of cervical cancer cases could be prevented. Regular screening, which only takes a few minutes, can help stop cervical cancer before it starts, as the test identifies potentially harmful cells before they become cancerous, and ensures women get the right treatment as soon as possible.
Winter Tips - Help us Help you
This NHS leaflet provides some helpful advice for us all for the winter period - to read please click HERE. Or for further advice see the NHS website by clicking HERE.
Jeans for Genes Day
On Friday 21st September the denim's were on again and we raised £35.00 for this charity.
New GP Joins the Team
Today we welcome Dr Richard Draeger into the LSMP Team. Having spent time with us during his specialist training we are delighted to welcome him as our new permanent GP. Drs Nelson and Prabhu have decided to reduce their working hours so we have been busy adjusting our doctors list sizes and those patients transferring to Dr Draeger will be contacted individually by letter.
Helen, Heidi and Sue are taking part in the gruelling Yorkshire 3 Peak Challenge on 2nd June 2018 in aid of their favourite charities. You can sponsor them by clicking on the following links or there are collection buckets available in the surgery which will be shared equally amongst all three charities.
Helen - JustGiving - Type 1 Diabetes (JDRF)
Heidi - JustGiving - Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens
Sue - JustGiving - Great Ormond Street
Thank you for your support.
Donations are still coming in but so far we have raised £715.61 for Diabetes UK.
Care and Support for Adults
Have you seen the 2018 edition of Norfolk’s Your Guide to Care and Support for Adults. It has lots of information and details of organisations to help you or anyone you care for stay independent, safe and well. Click HERE to browse the guide online.
Great swimmers, great fun and £541.66 raised so far for Diabetes UK and we are still counting. You can still donate on the just giving link below....we will keep you updated with the final amount raised. Thank you to everyone that has supported us.
Fundraising for Diabetes UK
We are raising money for Diabetes UK by swimming for 22 miles (the distance of the channel). The 22 miles will be split between a team of doctors and staff (with some family being roped in too!) and takes place on Sunday 25th February in Harleston. You can support us by visiting our JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/TeamLSMP?utm_medium=email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=20180205_80555 or simply call in to the practice and either sponsor us or make a donation.
We are fundraising in support of our Patient Groups Diabetes Information Evening which is on Wednesday 25th April at Long Stratton Village Hall starting at 7pm. More information will be available nearer the time but anyone is invited - you don't have to be a patient of the surgery to come along on the evening.
Due to winter pressures on NHS services, we will be providing additional appointments until Friday 16th February to help treat those patients that need to be seen on the day.
Please remember to cancel any unwanted appointment so that can be offered to another patient....Thank you
Save The Children
Glitzy, sparkling Christmas knits were worn by staff on Christmas Jumper day (Friday 15th December) and we raised £50 for this charity.
Children in Need
We raised £100 for Children in Need on Friday, and we had CAKE!!!.....thank you to everybody who supported us.
New Practice Manager
Today we welcomed Keith Burnett into his new role as Practice Manager. As you will appreciate this role has a wide variety of functions to ensure the surgery runs efficiently, effectively and safely. We look forward to working alongside Keith as he gets to know us all at the surgery.
Change of GP
To ensure each GP has an equitable patient list both in terms of size and pathology, some of our patients have been moved from Dr Saint to Dr Turnbull. We have tried to keep family members together, should you have any queries regarding this please contact the practice.
Jeans for Genes Day
On Friday 22nd September we all wore jeans to work raising £57.00, plus gift aid for this Charity. Jeans for Genes Day
UEA Medical Students
We are welcoming a new batch of Medical Students for another academic year of teaching at the practice. They are with us on Mondays from 25th September - 13th November, 18th December - 12th February and their final module is 26th March - 21st May. We will be asking for volunteer patients to speak to the students however the students may also sit in with any of the doctors or nurses during their surgeries. If you would rather not have a student sitting in on your consultation please let the receptionist, doctor or nurse know and the student will be happy to step out of the room. We appreciate your understanding and support in helping with the training of the next generation of doctors.
New GP joins the Team
We are delighted to welcome Dr Geraldine (Gerry) Turnbull who you might have seen back in 2014 when she worked with us whilst on the GP training scheme. She joins us as a salaried GP and will be looking after the patients previously registered with Dr Windsor.
National Shortage Hep A & Hep B
There is a national shortage of both Hep A and Hep B vaccine and the current situation is unlikely to change over the next 2-6 months so please check our website for any further updates. We are still booking appointments for other travel related NHS vaccinations.
The following links to the government websites explains this in more detail:
We are delighted to welcome two new faces to our nursing team, Debbie Alder joins us as Lead Nurse and Tom Crawshaw as Practice Nurse.
We wish them both success as they settle into their new roles.
GP Training Programme
We are delighted to inform you that Dr Anna Ash (Registrar) has joined us for a 15 month period, so you may be offered an appointment with her. She will operate as one of the GPs but under the supervision and guidance of Dr Saint. Should you have any concerns at all during this time you can always ask to discuss your care with your usual doctor.
Starting on 26th July we are offering Social Prescribing at the practice.
Not every trip to the doctors will end up with medication as a number of patients have social problems that can affect their health. For example, we see patients that are lonely and isolated, facing problems with bringing up a young family on their own or experiencing housing problems. So we are now teaming up with South Norfolk District Council so that our GPs, nurses and staff can refer our patients to a Community Connector for a face-to-face chat in one of our consulting rooms here at the practice. A Community Connector can offer support and encouragement as they help you access a range of local non-clinical services or community activities.
Find out more here.....
Enjoy Summer Safely
The lazy hazy crazy days of summer are here and we want you to enjoy them safely so for top tips follow these links
Sunscreen and Sun Safety
Insects Bites and Stings
Child Safety in the Sun
Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke
Aged 70 years or in your 70s please click on the following link to see whether you are eligible for the vaccination - Public Health Information
For more information on this vaccine please visit: NHS Choices
National Diabetes Audit (NDA)
We are taking part in an important national project about diabetes care and treatment in the NHS which means sharing information about our patients diabetes care and treatment with the NDA. The type of information, and how it is shared, is controlled by law and enforced by strict rules of confidentiality and security.
If you do not want your information to be used, please inform our receptionists, your GP or nurse. This will not affect your care.
For more information please read the following Leaflet
Call Queing Phone System
We have today upgraded our phone system so that you will be informed where you are in our queue for reception or dispensary. This will help us monitor our phone traffic into the surgery on a daily basis which will help us at peak times.
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS - SEPSIS
Sepsis is a rare but serious complication of an infection. Click on the following link for information on the symptoms - Sepsis
Save The Children Charity
The staff raised £52.00 for this charity on Friday 16th December by wearing their Christmas Jumpers to work.
Children and Conjunctivitis
A must read for any parent or guardian...
A Do and Don't Guide
Self Care Week
We are keen to help patients find the right care through the winter months, and it starts with self-help for those minor ailments, we hope you will find the following information useful.
Common Cold - Children
Serious Illness in Children
Tips on how to keep warm and well this winter
5 Ways to wipe out winter tiredness
Think about your elderly neighbours
Beating the Winter Blues
Avoid Winter Weight Gain
Maybe you, or somebody you know has been invited for breast screening but didn't want to go.....take a look at the statistics and read the attached brochure....it could change your mind.
Breast Cancer and screening Awareness or visit Cancer Research Uk for latest statistics
Your Medicine, Your NHS
A campaign has been launched this month because of the staggering amount of medication that is being ordered and wasted. The reasons why patients do not take all their medication varies but audits have shown that around half of all the medication returned has not even been opened. This means that some patients are ordering medication that they don't even start to use.
By reducing the amount of medicines being wasted each year could increase the available funding for other desperately needed health services.
You, the patient can help the NHS
- If you don't need the medicine please open the bag and hand it back to the dispenser or pharmacist
- If you are no longer taking a medicine please tell your doctor or nurse
For further details see Your Medicines
Hearing Aid Batteries
Due to the introduction of a number of NHS hearing aid providers, the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital is no longer providing GP surgeries with hearing aid batteries.
Replacement hearing aid batteries have to be obtained from your hearing aid provider e.g. Specsavers/Scrivens etc.
For Norfolk and Norwich patients you can obtain batteries from The Norfolk Deaf Assocation (NDA) mobile and community clinics. The batteries can only be issued on production of your NNUH battery card.
For further information please visit :Mobile Clinic Timetable
Digital calculator for heart disease
You may have read in the news that some patients have been inaccurately assessed for their risk of developing heart disease (QRisk). It does not affect patients assessed at Long Stratton Medical Partnership as we use a different medical computer system.
Introduction of GP Telephone Triage for "on the day" appointment requests
The doctors at Long Stratton are planning to alter the way our appointments for urgent on the day issues are dealt with. Unfortunately with Dr Moenks leaving we are going to be under intense pressure during the next four months. In order to make sure we keep our remaining GPs able to function and practice safely we have had to look at how our entire system is organised.
An audit of our on the day appointments suggests that a large number of these could be dealt with more efficiently. We are therefore going to ask our receptionist team to collect more detailed information about the nature of the problem. From the information provided by the receptionist the duty doctor will take one of three actions:
1) Ask reception to book the patient an appointment without a phone call from the doctor
2) Telephone the patient to ascertain if the problem can be dealt with over the phone and then book the patient in to be seen if necessary
3) Forward the request to another team member (e.g. Secretaries, Dispensary, Nursing team)
Wherever possible, patients will be booked with their own GP if they do need to be seen. Given that each GP will be looking after close to 2500 patients each, this is the only way we can maintain a safe service that is based on clinical need. Thankfully we have been successful at recruiting 2 new GPs who will start with us in August. Detailed discussions about how we will allocate patients to these doctors are underway and we will communicate these in the near future.
It's your Life - it's your Choice, so choose to live a healthy one. Visit the NHS "One You" website for guidance on a healthy lifestyle:
NHS - One You
Complete the quiz to find out how your health choices score:
"How are you?" Quiz
Meningitis B Vaccine
(Posted on 02.03.16)
The Meningitis B injection is given to babies born on or after 1st July 2015. Currently there is no catch-up planned.
Parents of children not eligible can get this vaccine by paying for the treatment privately from Boots or Glove Travel Clinic. For more information on the Men B vaccine please see NHS choices
Facebook Page is Launched
(Posted on 18.01.2016)
The practice has joined the social media site "Facebook" in order to reach more of our patients to update them on the latest health news and developments within the practice.
To keep up to date with our messages simply "Like" our page.
Medication Review information
South Norfolk CCG (of which Long Stratton is a member) in common with much of the rest of the NHS is currently struggling with its finances. As a result of this we are being asked to undertake reviews of our patients’ medications to see that we are using those which are most cost effective. It is vitally important that we make sure that every pound of tax-payers money used within the NHS is put to best use. This means that we may well be in contact with you about changes that will continue to control your medical conditions, but which may be more cost effective for the NHS as a whole. This should mean that we are able to continue to treat other conditions which would otherwise be under threat from funding restrictions.This is not "too cost conscious" but simply making sure that we act responsibly and in a way that will mean that our local NHS is able to continue to function. Of course if any medication is not suiting you, it is important that you tell us about this because our first concern is always what is right for our patient, but we have to balance that with what is right for all of the rest of our patients; which is not for us to use resources inappropriately.