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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. 

Home Visits

doctors_bag1If possible please try to telephone before 10am. A doctor will phone you back as it may be that your problem can be dealt with by telephone advice, or that it would be more appropriate to send a District Nurse, or indeed arrange a hospital attendance. Home visits are only available for patients who are housebound because of illness or disability.

Please remember that several patients can be seen in the practice in the time that it takes to make one home visit. There are also better facilities for examining and treating patients at the surgery. 


Long Lane Surgery - Home Visit Policy

These are our home visiting guidelines.

Visit recommended

We believe home visiting makes clinical sense and is the best way of giving a medical opinion in cases involving:-

  • the terminally ill
  • the truly housebound for whom travel to the surgery by car would cause a deterioration in their medical condition or unacceptable discomfort.

Visit may be useful

After an initial assessment over the telephone a seriously ill patient may be helped by a GP’s attendance.  However the GP may advise the patient, or person with the patient, to ring 999 to receive the appropriate immediate care.

Examples of such situations are:-

  • heart attack
  • severe shortness of breath
  • severe blood loss

Visit is not usual

In most of the following cases, to visit would not be an appropriate use of a GP’s time:-

  • common symptoms of childhood (fevers, cold, cough, earache, headache, diarrhoea/vomiting and most cases of abdominal pain). These patients are usually well enough to travel by car. It is not necessarily harmful to take a child with a fever outside. These children may not be fit to travel by 'bus or to walk, but car transport may be available from friends, relatives or taxi firms. It is not a doctor's responsibility to arrange such transport.
  • adults with common problems (such as cough, sore throat, influenza, back pain and abdominal pain) are also readily transportable by car to a doctor's premises.
  • common problems in the elderly (such as mobility problems, joint pain and general malaise) would also best be treated by consultation at a doctor's premises.

 

 
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