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February 2018 Self Care

From the 19th of February, the Practice will be adopting the West Leicestershire CCG's Self Care campaign.

The CCG thinks that the NHS belongs to everybody and that resources need to be used wisely and the results of their recent review show that most patients feel the same way.  Therefore GPs in West Leicestershire are being asked to no longer prescribe medicines on prescription for the short term treatment of minor ailments, low dose vitamin D supplements for prevention of deficiency and some specialised infant formulas. Patients will be asked to purchase them over the counter instead.  We are also asking patients not to request these items on their prescription.

The review also revealed that many people already feel that their community pharmacist is their first point of contact.  They support them with a range of ailments and they prefer to talk to them about minor conditions saving GP appointment time for more urgent problems.

Community Pharmacists are best placed to help and advise you regarding suitable treatments for common ailments.  The pharmacist will check the medicine is appropriate for you and your health problem. They will ask questions to ensure there is no reason why you should not use the medicine.

Asking people to self-care in this way, and we know that most people already do, is a fair way of utilising resources wisely as most of these items can be purchased in pharmacies and supermarkets at a low cost, but cost the NHS more to provide on a prescription.  It will also free up valuable GP and nurse time, which can be used to deal with more complex or serious health needs.

However if you are worried or your symptoms get worse or persist please call our patient services team for help or 111. 


 Directly Bookable Adult Physiotherapy Service

We have a new scheme to access physiotherapy services.  Patients aged 16+ can now self-refer, using the telephone number 01509 564379. A call handler will take the details of your problem and a trained physio will call you back within 2-3 working days with a management plan.  Phone lines are open from 9:30am-12:20pm.

Help when you need it most

Let's Talk-Wellbeing is a service that provides psychological assessment and treatment for what are known as mild to moderate common mental health problems, which 1 in 4 of us will suffer with at some stage in our lives.

It is normal to experience changes in your mood and behaviour at times of stress and emotional upset. Your physical health may also affect your mood and stress levels. If these changes continue to affect you, then the Let's Talk-Wellbeing service could help.  To access this service follow the link below to a self-referral portal:

Self Referral Online Form

  • Alternatively: Call us on 0115 8760157
  • or Download and print Self- Referral Leaflet form for the Leicestershire and Rutland Let's Talk-Wellbeing Service and post to:

          Let's Talk–Wellbeing
          Bank Court, Weldon Road
          Loughborough
          Leicestershire
          LE11 5RF

Further information and self help leaflets are available http://www.nottinghamshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/information-leaflets-for-leicestershire-rutland


QuitReady here to help if you are ready to quit smoking

 
Quit Ready Leicestershire offers free and confidential text, phone and web chat advice and, for more details, visit Quit Ready or call 0345 646 66 66.

Advisors from Quit Ready Leicestershire will be in touch - via telephone, text message, web chat or email - to offer support on a weekly basis during the 12-week programme to ensure people have the best possible chance of staying smoke-free. The service runs from Mondays to Fridays (9am to 7pm) and on Saturdays (10am-2pm).

Feet Referrals

Podiatry services aim to keep the population mobile, help users keep their independence and maintain their quality of life by providing an expert and complete range of foot and lower limb care, for those with a clinical, medical and/or physical need. This can range from corn, callous and nail treatment to the extremely specialised ‘high risk’ cases such as diabetic foot ulcer care, nail surgery, complex biomechanical assessment and treatment, through to provision of insoles and orthotics.

To refer yourself electronically please click on the link below.

Podiatry link

For paper referrals , Please download the application form; print, complete and return to address indicated:

PodiatryReferralForm

 
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