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  • Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 17:32

     You will have all now received a letter from the PCT offering you opportunity of having your Summary Care Records available on the spine.  This means that should you be admitted to hospital or need to use Westcall or in fact any other NHS provider across the country, they would have access to some of your personal information.  In the beginning this will consist of allergies and prescriptions but will inevitably lead to more over a period of time.  Those of you who have opted out have now been recorded as having done so.

  • Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 17:30

    WHO CAN BELIEVE IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN?

    The flu campaign will begin on SATURDAY 1st OCTOBER AND SATURDAY 15th OCTOBER.  Sessions will run from 08:30 to 11:00 and no appointment is needed - just turn up and roll up your sleeve.

    Patients who fall into any of the following groups are entitled to receive flu vaccine on the NHS:

    • 65 years old or over
    • Moderate to severe asthma (on regular inhalers), COPD, or other chronic lung condition
    • Heart disease or stroke
    • Diabetes
    • Impaired immune system (eg. no spleen, on immunosuppressant drugs, or HIV positive)
    • Kidney disease
    • Disabling neurological disease
    • Main carers of elderly or disabled people

    You may also have a flu jab when you see any doctor or nurse in a booked appointment, but please do not make appointments just for a flu jab. 

  • Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 22:00

    Lisa Trimble, our new manager, started on 1st March. We look forward to working with her over the coming years, through what will undoubtedly be a challenging time for everyone in the NHS.


  • Monday, February 28, 2011 - 23:00

    Scott Trathen, our practice manager, retires at the end of March 2011. He is staying for a month after Lisa’s start date, to ensure his role is faultlessly transferred over to her. We thank him for his years of excellent service to Western Elms and wish him a long, healthy and happy retirement.


  • Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 22:00

    Please note we will be closed between 12:00 and 17:00 on the following days for staff training:
    22nd September 2011


  • Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 22:00

    Vaccination sessions will be on Sat 18/9/2010, Sat 2/10/2010 and Sat 16/10/2010. Sessions will run from 08:30 to 11:00 and no appointment is needed - just turn up and roll up your sleeve.

    Patients who fall into any of the following groups are entitled to receive flu vaccine on the NHS:

    • 65 years old or over
    • Moderate to severe asthma (on regular inhalers), COPD, or other chronic lung condition
    • Heart disease or stroke
    • Diabetes
    • Impaired immune system (eg. no spleen, on immunosuppressant drugs, or HIV positive)
    • Kidney disease
    • Disabling neurological disease
    • Main carers of elderly or disabled people

    You may also have a flu jab when you see any doctor or nurse in a booked appointment, but please do not make appointments just for a flu jab.


  • Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 16:02

    Our first electronic newsletter is now available for download. Just click here to view.

    You will need Acrobat Reader (or an alternative pdf reader) installed on your PC to view it.


  • Monday, February 8, 2010 - 16:26

    For the latest information please visit the NHS Choices Swine Flu Page

    The National Pandemic Flu Helpline and website are now no longer operating. If you have any concerns about flu then please call NHS Direct (0845 4647) or call the surgery and speak to one of the doctors or nurses.


  • Monday, February 8, 2010 - 16:20

    Those patients who are in the target group for the first wave of swine flu vaccinations should have received their letters from us inviting them to attend one of our vaccination sessions. Because the vaccine has to be made up in batches, we have no option but to try and give the vaccine in booked sessions, rather than the more ad hoc approach for seasonal flu vaccine.

    Our next vaccination session will be on Sat 12/12/09 and bookings are being accepted now. The following groups of people are entitled to receive swine flu vaccine on the NHS at this time:

    • Moderate to severe asthma (on regular inhalers), COPD, or other chronic lung condition
    • Heart disease or stroke
    • Diabetes
    • Impaired immune system (eg. no spleen, on immunosuppressant drugs, or HIV positive)
    • Main carers of immunosuppressed people
    • Frontline health and social care staff

    Further sessions are planned, including some weekday times for those who cannot come on a Saturday.

    If you are in one of these groups then please book your appointment (you can also have your seasonal flu jab at the same time if you haven’t had it yet).

    Under-fives are the next target group for swine flu vaccination, but we are still awaiting further details of this part of the campaign, so please watch this space for more information, hopefully in December.

    For more information please visit www.immunisation.nhs.uk.


  • Tuesday, September 30, 2008 - 22:00

    In an effort to improve access to our services for patients, we have extended our surgery hours as of the beginning of September 2008. We are offering some evening appointments between 18:30 and 20:00 and also Saturday morning appointments for both doctors and nurses. These opening hours are only be for pre-booked appointments, and the surgery is not open for emergencies or telephone access at that time (WestCall continues to cover these).


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