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Whooping cough rates are rising sharply

Whooping cough (pertussis) is a bacterial infection of the lungs and rates have risen sharply in recent years. Babies under 3 months old are at greatest risk.

Whooping cough can be life threatening for young babies, particularly babies who are not yet vaccinated or born to mothers who have not had the whooping cough vaccine during pregnancy.

The best way to protect your baby from the risk of whooping cough is to have the whooping cough vaccine during pregnancy and it is available to all pregnant women. It is usually offered between 16-32 weeks gestation. This is the best time to get vaccinated against whooping cough as it maximises the chance that your baby will be protected from birth through the transfer of your antibodies before he or she is born. If you missed getting your whooping cough vaccine, you can still have it at any point up to the time of delivery.

The immunity you get from the vaccine will pass to your baby through the placenta and provide passive protection for them until they are old enough to be routinely vaccinated against whooping cough at 8 weeks old.

Please ask your midwife for more information or contact your GP via KLINIK on our website to arrange your whooping cough vaccination. For more information please see link below:

https://www.nhs.uk/pregnancy/keeping-well/whooping-cough-vaccination/

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Over the Counter Medication

Prescriptions for 35 minor conditions are no longer available in Dorset such as coughs, colds and indigestion. Visit your pharmacy or supermarket instead. #helpyournhs

 For more information visit: www.nhsdorset.nhs.uk/helpyournhs

 GPs and other healthcare professionals have been asked by NHS Dorset to no longer prescribe in the same way that they used to. This supports the BMA stance that patients should purchase over the counter medication as per NHS England Guidance, whilst still allowing clinicians to prescribe if, after clinical review, the patient is considered at risk of harm. 

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GPs Are On Your Side

You have probably noticed that something is wrong. Look at the difficulty you have in getting an appointment at your local surgery. When you do get through, it may not be an appointment with a GP at all. Have you lost your regular family doctor? You are not alone. Over 10,000 GPs and over 1,000 practices have been lost in the past decade in England.

General Practice is collapsing. Every practice across England is struggling to keep its doors open.

https://www.bma.org.uk/our-campaigns/gp-campaigns/patients/gps-are-on-your-side

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Log in to your account to:

  • get your NHS COVID Pass
  • order repeat prescriptions
  • get health information and advice
  • view your health record securely
  • view your NHS number

Click here to download the NHS App

Get help accessing the NHS app and Systm Online at Kinson Library. Click here for details I.T. Support

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Changes to Healthcare Provision in our Area

There are some changes being introduced from 1st July as to how healthcare is delivered both nationally and locally. For further information about these changes and the 'Integrated Care System' please follow the links below

video explaining the ICS nationally: https://youtu.be/blapgFKXv0I

Our Dorset ICS video explaining the changes from a local perspective: https://youtu.be/DDXspIyxzVE

Veteran Friendly Practice

We are proud to be an Armed Forces veteran friendly accredited GP Practice.

This means that, as part of the health commitments of the Armed Forces Covenant, we have a dedicated clinician who has a specialist knowledge of military related health conditions and veteran specific health services. This is important in helping ex-forces to get the best care and treatment.

5. Top tips leaflet for the veteran.pdf

6. Patient Charter.pdf

 

 

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Face Covering Update - June 2022

Following updated guidance from NHS England, the wearing of face coverings is no longer mandatory in this Practice

We would still encourage their use and advise any patients with severe respiratory conditions to continue to wear them

We would like to thank our patients for their adherence to this precaution over the last 2 years and their patience as we have gradually eased these measures 

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