Prescribing of over the counter medicines is changing
From 1st August 2019 your GP will not generally give you a prescription for certain medicines that are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket.
Why does the NHS need to reduce prescriptions for over the counter medicines?
The NHS has been spending around £136 million a year on prescriptions for medicines that can be bought from a pharmacy or supermarket, such as paractamol. By reducing the amount the NHS spends on over the counter medicines, we can give priority to treatments for people with more serious conditions, such as cancer, diabetes and mental health problems.
See the 'Prescriptions' heading on our website for further information.
Stoma Prescribing Review
In May and June 2019 the practice is taking part in a joint Medicine Optimisation exercise along with North Lincolnshire and Goole Hospital, North East Lincolnshire CCG and North Of England Commissioning Support (NECS) to review all patients who are prescribed Stoma products.
The first part of the review is data collection but following this review identified patients will be called in for a prescribing review by the stoma nurses.
We would like to notify patients who have a stoma that their prescribing records will be reviewed and shared with the stoma nurses and the data collection will be completed by a Medicine Optimisation Technician from NECS. If you have any concerns about this review please contact us on 01472 254600.
Freshney Pelham Federation Patient Participation Group Meeting
The next PPG meeting will be on Wednesday 27th March at 18:30 - the link below will allow you to view a copy of the agenda, if you would like to attend then please come along.
Agenda for PPG on 27th March 2019
Rescheduling of Gabapentin and Pregabalin as Schedule 3 Controlled Drugs
From 1 April 2019, gabapentin and pregabalin will be reclassified as Schedule 3 controlled drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001, and Class C of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
As controlled drugs are not allowed to be sent to your pharmacy electronically anyone on these medications will now need to come to the reception desk and sign for collection of your prescription 48 hours after ordering.
Extended Access to Primary Medical Services
*** Evening and weekend appointments now available ***
From 1st October 2018 everyone in England will benefit from access to general practice appointments in the evenings and weekends at a time that is most convenient to them. This is part of a national drive to help improve access to general practice and get the best possible outcomes for patients. Further information is available at https://www.england.nhs.uk/gp/gpfv/redesign/improving-access/.
Patients who are registered at this practice can now book an appointment to see a range of clinicians including GPs and nurses on weekday evenings (after 6.30pm) or at the weekend (on Saturday and Sunday). Appointments will take place at a range of NHS settings across North East Lincolnshire. Talk to the practice receptionist to discuss an appointment.
Seasonal Flu Vaccination (2018)
Our seasonal flu vaccinations have now arrived. We will be running Saturday drop-in clinics on:
- 22nd September 2018 from 08:30 - 13:00
- 20th October 2018 from 08:30 - 12:00
These clinics are for patients age 18 years and over only.
Patients at risk of flu are:
- All patients aged 65 or over on 31st March 2019
- Patients with Diabetes
- Patients with Heart Disease
- Chronic Liver Disease
- Suffered Stroke or TIA
- COPD or Severe Asthma
- Patients who live in residential or nursing homes
- Are a carer or work in a care home
- Children aged 2 - 3 years
If you are unsure if your are eligible for a flu vaccined please contact reception for details.
There are three different vaccines this year, children up to 18 years of age will be offered the nasal vaccine (we have not received delivery of these vaccines yet, so all parents will be contact with details of child vaccine clinic at a later date). A vacine for those aged 18 - 64 years (QIV) and a vaccine for those age 65 and over on 31st March 2019 (aTIV)
Practice Closed for New Registration
The practice is currently closed for the registration of new patients, this will remain so until the end of October 2018.
Practice Closed for Staff Training
Please note that the practice will be closed for the area wide Protected Learning session on Thursday 25th of Ocotber from 13:00 to 18:30. During that time, emergency service will be provided by the Out of Hours Team on 01472 256256.
Patient Participation Group Meeting
The next meeting of the group is Wednesday 31st October 2018 at 17:30 here at Freshney Green Primary Care Centre.
All patients/ carers are welcome