WEARING A FACE MASK IN THE PRACTICE
ALTHOUGH GUIDANCE HAS CHANGED REGARDING THE WEARING OF MASKS, THE PRACTICE HAVE TAKEN THE DECISION TO RECOMMEND PATIENTS CONTINUE TO WEAR A MASK WHILST WAITING FOR DISPENSARY OR IN THE WAITING ROOM. THE PRACTICE CONTINUES TO SUFFER WITH STAFF ABSENCES AND WE HOPE CONTINUING WITH THIS PRECAUTION WILL HELP MANAGE THIS AND ENSURE CONTINUITY OF CARE TO PATIENTS.
WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION & UNDERSTANDING.
Hospital Appointment Waiting Times
The Covid19 pandemic has added to the strain on all NHS services. As a result of this, waiting list times for outpatient and specialist appointments and procedures have increased for everybody.
We appreciate that this can cause worry and uncertainty about when you will eventually receive an appointment. The practice has no direct access to the hospital appointment lists.
If you have been referred by your GP/are waiting for :
- An outpatient appointment
- An appointment for hospital tests (eg scans)
- A date for an operation or other treatment
- A follow-up from your hospital team
You can now use the new NHS My Planned Care platform that is available online and will provide direct access to the latest average wait time for appointments and operations for local hospitals, as well as helpful advice and support for patients whilst they wait.
NHS My Planned Care is updated weekly, is easy-to-use and has ‘open access’ which enables carers, friends, relatives to also access information on someone else’s behalf.
Alternatively, patients who have already been in correspondence with hospitals regarding their planned care can also contact the relevant department or service. Details of which can be found on previous letters patients will have received or by contacting the hospital’s Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS).
Only call the practice if your condition has genuinely deteriorated, when you will be reviewed by one of the clinical team and appropriate action can be taken in regard to your care.
COIL & Implant fitting
Due to unforseen circumstances, we are unfortunately unable to offer Coil fitting appointments.
If you wish to have a coil fitted, please make contact with The Lime Tree Clinic. For more information and contact details, please use the link below:
Monkeypox is a rare infectious disease, but there are a number of cases in the UK. That number is rising. Monkeypox is a viral infection usually associated with travel to West Africa. It is usually a mild self-limiting illness, spread by very close contact with someone with monkeypox and most people recover within a few weeks.
The virus can spread if there is close contact between people and the risk to the UK population is low. Anyone can catch and pass on Monkey Pox. However, recent cases have been detected in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. We advise these people in particular to be alert to any unusual rashes or lesions on any part of their body, especially their genitalia, and to contact a sexual health service if they have concerns.
- Unusual rashes or lesions on the body such as the face or genital area
- Muscle aches
- Chills and exhaustion
- Swollen lymph nodes
Call to action
If you think you have monkeypox symptoms – however mild, do not call the Practice:
- Contact NHS 111 or call a sexual health clinic immediately. Your call will be treated sensitively and confidentially.
- Avoid close personal or sexual contact with others until you have had a clinical assessment
Please contact clinics ahead of your visit and avoid close contact with others until you have been seen by a clinician. Your call or discussion will be treated sensitively and confidentially.
Community Pharmacist Consultations Service
Did you know…?
We are participating in a new service that will direct patients to the most appropriate healthcare professional when booking an appointment, which may be a local community pharmacist either virtually or at their pharmacy.
We believe this is a good thing, as your local pharmacist is a highly trained and skilled clinician experienced in treating minor illnesses, and should be quicker. This will help free up GPs to deal with more complex health needs and ensure that everyone gets treated at the right time, by the right healthcare professional.
We will be listening to patients about their experience of using this service to inform how we can improve things, and so are keen to hear your views. You will be advised how to give this feedback when you access the Community Pharmacy Service.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A GP AT BOTTISHAM MEDICAL PRACTICE
An interview by Dr Tamara Keith on Radio Cambridgeshire describing a typical day in general practice at the moment and the unprecedented demand on our services.
Vaccinators on Tour - coming to a venue near you!
Get your COVID-19 jab at one of our walk-in clinics. You only need to bring a face covering along.
Patients aged 18+ can get their second dose 8 weeks after their first dose. Most 12-17s must wait 12 weeks. If you or your child is at an at-risk group and is therefore eligible to have the second dose 8 weeks after the first dose, please bring the letter you received from the NHS as proof of eligibility.
Most of our vaccination walk-in clinics now offer booster vaccinations.
All dates and venues can be found on the dedicated Vaccinators on Tour website via www.thevaccinators.co.uk, the site is updated daily with latest information.
Use the link below for details of the different walk-in options.
Eating Disorder Support
Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group and The Sun Network have developed two new leaflets to support those with an eating disorder and another for those who are caring for someone with an eating disorder.
The leaflets provide information and support and have been developed alongside a group of individuals with lived experience. You can access the leaflets and download them here:-
Have Your Say
Patient Participation Group
Our Patient Participation Group is a member of the National Association of Patient Participation, whose aim is to enable patients and their medical practice to achieve high quality and responsive care. The Association’s aims are as follows:-
To act as ‘critical friend’ to provide a patients’ perspective ensuring services, plans and activities respond to patients needs and priorities.
To foster communication with the wider patient population building stronger patient-doctor relationships.
To provide practical support to practice teams e.g. conducting and analysing patient surveys, organizing health awareness events etc.
To encourage those with long term and/or multiple health conditions to gain confidence in managing and taking control of their health and care.
To help other patients take more responsibility for their health and make informed decision.
NHS Friends and Family
Find My NHS Number
A new service is now live to help find your NHS number. This service is for anyone living in England who has forgotten or does not know their NHS number. You can also use this service on behalf of someone else where the name, date of birth and registered home postcode is known. You can opt for the number to be sent to you by text, email or letter.
The NHS App
The NHS App gives you more control over your health and care.
Use it wherever you are, at any time of the day or night. It puts information about your health and treatments at your fingertips. This means you can see it when speaking to a health and care professional, for example.
Owned and run by the NHS The app is designed and operated by the NHS in England to give you access to a range of services. The NHS App will not replace existing services.
General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) Data Extraction - Make Your Choice
Patient data from GP medical records kept by GP practices in England is used to improve health, care and services through planning and research, helping to find better treatments and improve patient care. The NHS is introducing an improved way to share this information – called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection.
Choose if data from your health records is shared for research and planning
- choose if your confidential patient information is used for research and planning
- change or check your current choice
Your choice will be applied by:
- NHS Digital
- all other health and care organisations by 31 July 2022 (delayed from March 2020 to allow organisations to focus on the COVID-19 outbreak).
Any choice you make will not impact your individual care.