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Influenza Vaccination Clinic
This Saturday sees the first of our Influenza Vaccination clinics. Please be aware that our dispensary will be closed and you will be unable to collect your medication. The dispensary will be open as normal on Monday morning.
 
If you are attending one of our flu clinics please come to the front door to let us know you have arrived and you will be called when it is your appointment time. We will be operating a one way system throughout the building. You will come in through the main entrance and exit at the side of the building. Staff will be on hand to direct you through the building.
 
Thank you for your continued support and understanding during this difficult time.

SATURDAY MORNING CLINCS

Please be aware that as our Saturday morning clinics are for pre-bookable appointments our telephones lines will not be open on a Saturday morning. If you require urgent medical assistance, please call NHS 111. Thank you.

AYTON AND SNAINTON MEDICAL PRACTICE

 

The last few months have been a time of enormous change for all of us at the practice, shifting over a weekend to a total phone access system as advised by NHS England and updating our protocols daily as guidance has changed.  We are proud of how all our staff have accepted these changes and adapted over the weeks as guidance has been changed again and again.  We are grateful for how all our patients have been understanding of the difficult situation we are working in.

As the world is starting to return to normal we are also now returning to normal in that we are offering all our usual services.  However we have to do this in a safe way and it is likely that it will be a long time before we are able to allow patients to book face to face appointments directly.  As you can imagine the demand for appointments is increasing even beyond usual levels and we are no longer able to routinely offer same day appointments as we did during lockdown!  We have a few new things in place to try to help manage this demand.

We have some new healthcare workers who can see patients with specific problems.  Becky, one of our nurses, is training to be an advanced clinical practitioner and she is able to see patients with simple health problems such as urine infections.  We also have two first contact physios, Jackie and Pete.  They are able to see adults with a wide range of musculoskeletal problems such as joint injuries or back pain.

We also now have another way of contacting us that can be used any time of day - digital access which can be used for clinical or administrative queries. This is accessed via the practice website. You will be guided through a few of questions related to your query.  Queries submitted before 2pm will receive a response that day. If submitted after 2pm we will respond the following day. This can used for medication queries, new health concerns or follow up of chronic problems.  You may receive a response containing a treatment plan suggestion, a request for further information or a request for you to book an appointment with an appropriate clinician.  It is extremely helpful if you can answer all the questions about your query as fully as possible. We are then more likely to able to deal with your issue without needing you to book an appointment.  

Over the coming months you may see us using text messages more for communicating with you.  We are already using it regularly to request photos of skin problems and home blood pressure readings.  We are looking to use texts more to feedback on actions following an appointment, to inform you that requests from hospital appointments have been carried out or to ask you to book review appointments.  You will be able to respond once to a text message so if you would like a phone call to discuss any matter further that can easily be arranged.  Please ensure that we have up to date contact details for you.  

If you have had blood tests or scans it is possible to check your results on your online medical record, please speak to reception if you require your access details.  Alongside the result there will be a comment from the GP explaining what if anything is abnormal and what needs to be done.  

Our receptionists will continue to be available during usual surgery times if you do not have internet access or prefer to contact us by phone but it is likely that they will ask you for a few more details about your health issue to ensure that your problem is dealt with by the right person at the right time.  If you prefer not to share details this is still ok but you should be aware that our receptionists are bound by the same level of confidentiality as our doctors and nurses.

I do hope that you will bear with us as we cope with high demand for our services whilst trying to implement these changes that we hope will ensure patients can continue to access our services easily in the months to come.

 


Coronavirus - Useful Links

Please scroll down our home page to read our latest guidance.

Spring Newsletter 2020

Click here to view our recent newsletter.

Help fight COVID-19 - Trial
The NHS is trying to recruit patients to a trial for those with symptoms of COVID-19. If you are eligible, please contact https://www.phctrials.ox.ac.uk/principle-trial or contact reception on 01723 863100 and ask to speak to our Practice Research Nurse, Amanda Winterflood.

Click here to view the poster.

Advice for Parents

Click here for advice.
Click here for the fact sheet for children.

NHS Diabetes Advice Helpline

NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched a new helpline in response to disruption to normal diabetes services due to the COVID-19 pandemic and response.
The service is for adults living with diabetes who use insulin to manage their condition and require immediate clinical advice.
Whether you or a member of your household have caught the virus, or routine care has been disrupted, the helpline is available for immediate clinical advice to help you understand how to effectively manage their diabetes.
You can access NHS Diabetes Advice via Diabetes UK’s support line on 0345 123 2399 Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm.

Domestic Abuse

You are not alone.

For information on support click here or at gov.uk.domestic-abuse

For Basic Safety Planning click here or visit https://www.idas.org.uk/our-services/domestic-abuse/safety-plan/?fbclid=IwAR1X2PfqwTGxEpuxbbLfnOiCUBhW1TEfhsUEU-zDTKbQB4RBG0aGcNIW3FM

Suicide Prevention

#TalkSuicide is a suicide prevention campaign. If you’re feeling suicidal and need urgent help, or if you’re worried about someone you know, help is available from the services below:

Samaritans Call 116 123
C.A.L.M (for men, 5pm-12am) Call 0800 585 858
Papyrus Call 0800 068 4242

Visit https://talksuicide.co.uk/ to take the 20 minute training.

Advice from Macmillan

Click here to view the leaflet from Macmillan

Bereavement Information

For relatives of anyone that has died in hospital - Harrogate District Hospital Bereavement booklet

For relatives of those have died at home - Harrogate and District Community Bereavement booklet

To view the booklets click the link below

https://www.hdft.nhs.uk/coronavirus/additional-information-for-families-carers-of-loved-ones-who-have-died/

and then click on 'Information for families and carers of loved ones who have died either in our hospital or at home'

Press Release

Please click here to read a press release from North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Letter of Information from NHS

Please click here to view an open letter to patients from the NHS.

Struggling because of COVID-19?

Follow this link to the Goverment website https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-support

Village Support

Click here to view a list of village support groups.

Doorstep Deliveries

On behalf of Morrison's please click the link below for more information about Doorstep Deliveries

https://my.morrisons.com/doorstep-deliveries/

Scarborough Council Support

Click here to read the volunteer service coordination arrangements within the Scarborough Borough Council Boundaries. Click here to view the leaflet.

Mental Health Support

For advice and tips for maintaining mental wellbeing for everybody click https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

Help for children and young people to find mental health support in the county click https://www.thegoto.org.uk/

OR

BUZZ US is a confidential text messaging service for young people in North Yorkshire aged 11-18. The service allows young people the opportunity to message a wellbeing worker for support, signposting information or advice around mental health and wellbeing. Some of the main reasons young people text BUZZ US are around: anxiety, bullying, self-harm, eating problems, self-esteem and stress. Young people can text 07520 631168, a wellbeing worker is on duty Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday 9am-4.30pm (excluding bank holidays). Outside of these hours, a bounce back text will be sent, signposting young people to emergency services and CAMHS crisis if they need immediate support in the meantime. We aim to reply to all messages within one working day; however this service is not for young people in crisis.

Click here and here to view the posters

Requests for Certification of Absence and High Risk Patients

Click here to download a letter.

Requests for an isolation note

Click here to request an isolation note

Health Information

 Diet - "You Are What You Eat!"

The media has recently focused on the problem of increasing numbers of overweight children and adults due to junk food diets and less exercise and leading to more heart disease, diabetes and arthritis. On a more positive note the health information campaign to encourage people to eat 5 portions of fruit or vegetables a day has had some success.

The basics of a healthy diet are –

  • Eat regular, moderate size meals (don’t skip breakfast!)
  • Try and have 5 portions of fruit or veg a day
  • Eat more fibre (brown bread, cereals, pulses, fruit, veg)
  • Eat less fat (especially saturated fat)
  • Eat less salt
  • Eat less sugar
  • Drink more water (at least 2-3 pints/day)

Thinking of Stopping Smoking? - Read On..

We all know people who lived to a ripe old age despite smoking 20 a day for years. But they are the exceptions. One in two long term smokers will die prematurely from disease related to smoking, most commonly lung cancer, heart disease or chronic bronchitis. Half of these deaths will be in middle age. Smoking causes 1000 admissions every day to UK hospitals.

If you smoke and would like to stop we can help – we know that it isn’t easy to give up. You can contact Living Well SmokeFree on 01609 797272 or visit https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/stopping-smoking .

Exercise

Exercise makes the heart stronger and lowers blood pressure, improves the efficiency of the lungs, improves muscle strength and flexibility, prevents osteoporosis (thinning of the bones), reduces cholesterol and aids weight loss, improves digestion, reduces depression and stress and improves brain function, improves immunity (ability to fight infections) and reduces the effects of aging. So why don’t we all do it?!

“Haven’t got time” – there are the same 24 hours in a day for all of us – what we do with them is a question of setting our own priorities. 

“Can’t think what to do” – choose something you will enjoy – it doesn’t have to be running or going to the gym. Swimming, dancing and brisk walking are all good exercise. Try one of the walks below.

“It makes me too tired” – think positive – say to yourself “my body is working hard and I’m getting stronger”.

Plan well – each Sunday think about what you will be able to do in the coming week. Set yourself goals and reward yourself if you achieve them.

Walks Around Our Area

Brisk walking is good exercise – we would like to publish a series of local circular routes, starting from the villages in our area, on our website. If you know a good route of between one and three miles (we will publish longer routes but the main emphasis is to describe walks that people can do regularly) please let us know and we will put it on the site. Please ensure that only routes over public rights of way are described.

Route 1 – To Hutton Buscel

Walk West along Pickering Road past the surgery. Cross at the pedestrian island and take the first turning R towards Hutton Buscel. Turn immediately L across the stile along a public footpath. (for a shorter route, miles, continue along the road and join the main route again at Allandale House). Follow the path across the fields, below the village, to join the road at Church lane. Walk straight across, through the lych gate into the churchyard. Follow the path straight ahead then round to the right past St Matthews church and out along vicar’s walk to join the main street. Turn R along the street and follow it along and down the steep hill. 50yds from the bottom of the hill, turn L just before Allandale House. Walk up the hill and as the ground levels turn R along a footpath, initially between two hedges, then through a gate and along the R hand edge of the field. Go through another gate and down the hill to Yedmandale Road. You can see the old quarry to your R and Low Yedmandale farm to your L. Turn R and follow Yedmandale Road back to Pickering Road.

Route 1 - Cross country to the Downe Arms (2.3 miles)

From the main street turn L up Middle lane. After 400yds turn L through gate into field signed public footpath. Keep along the northern border of this field to join Great Moor Road. Turn L then almost immediately R onto another footpath. This runs along the edge of the field then between two hedges (can be very muddy) down to a foot bridge over Bedale Beck. (For a shortened route turn L before the footbridge and cross the stile back into the field following the path diagonally across the field to the west end of Main St). Cross the bridge and follow the path around the R side of the pond, into the field, turning L then R to skirt the edge and then join the road above the Downe Arms. Turn L and follow the road down to the pub. Turn L along the A170. Just past the entrance to St Helen's caravan park, turn L across a stile, then R into the field signed "dog exercise area". Cross this diagonally via the footpath, crossing a second field on the same line to the top L hand corner. Step out of the field onto the W end of Hutton Buscel Main Street and return to your starting point.



 
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