Supporting Self Care Week 2018
NEW: Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) - Nominate your pharmacy
Please read the Patient Privacy Notice and the Young Patient Privacy Notice
Please read the latest on Measles outbreak and MMR vaccination plans
Supporting Self Care Week 2018
Supporting Self Care week (12-18th November 2018) in collaboration with your PPG
At the Patient Reference Group Network meeting on 26th June 2018 we presented an item on self-care and the various linked resources to support self-care week which is taking place in November. Your PPG has been encouraged to discuss this and share the opportunity to promote self-care messages within the practice.
There are a range of resources available via the Self-care Forum website, from simple TV screen messages, posters, banners and website items. The presentation that was given to the Patient Reference Group Network is attached, along with some materials that would help any actions that you collectively agree to take. Self-care is one of the few genuine routes to managing demand and is elemental in the signposting work. Self Care week provides a nudge to promote self-care further.
Last year social media and leaflets, such as minor ailment guidance, was most successful in delivering the self care messages. For the practice it is an opportunity to reach a consensus on which conditions you can consistently advise self care, involving your local pharmacist where appropriate. For patients with Long Term Conditions you can promote online access to their full medical record to gain more engagement with self-care and self-management as well as medication compliance. A patient-derived care plan also supports self-management.
Options include promoting winter health, the skills of the community pharmacist, promoting NHS choices for advice on many ailments but also include prioritising good quality decision making for patients through information and brief decision aids. www.patient.info and www.patient.co.uk are good websites which provide brief decision aids for many common conditions.
Links to resources
http://www.elearning.rcgp.org.uk/selfcare Free to RCGP members: £55 for non-members.
Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)
The majority of our patients do not collect their prescriptions from the Practice, but from a nominated pharmacy through Electronic Prescription Service (EPS).
If you require regular prescriptions, EPS will save you time by avoiding unnecessary trips to your GP Practice. The EPS makes it possible for your prescriptions to be sent electronically to the pharmacy or dispenser of your choice. This means you will no longer have to collect a paper repeat prescription from your GP Practice - instead you can go straight to the nominated pharmacy to pick up your medicines. Because your pharmacist has already received your electronic prescription, they may be able to prepare your items in advance, so you just have to pick it up with no extra wait. In the future, EPS will become the default option for the prescribing, dispensing and reimbursement of prescriptions in primary care in England.
You don't need a computer to use EPS - you can use it as long as both your GP Practice and the pharmacy offers the service. Kirkburton Health Centre offers this service. You can choose the most convenient pharmacy for you, such as near your home, where you shop or where you work. This is flexible and can be changed at any time - just let your doctor or pharmacy know. Please ask the practice of pharmacy staff for more details. It only takes a few minutes to set up. All patients will need a nominated pharmacy by 1st August 2018.
Patient Privacy Notices
This Practice aims to provide you with the highest quality of Healthcare. To do this we must keep records about you, your health and the care we have provided or plan to provide. Click on the links below to view the Patient Privacy Notice and the Young Patient Privacy Notice.
Patient Privacy Notice Young Patient Privacy Notice
Measles Outbreak and MMR Vaccination Plans
There has been an increase in the number of measles cases reported nationally this year and an outbreak occurred recently in Leeds during 2017/18, involving 34 confirmed cases. Currently, there is also an ongoing outbreak in Bradford. In recent days, we have also seen spread to Harrogate, Hebden Bridge, Barnsley and Leeds. We may well expect to see further cases across the region. Despite good levels of MMR vaccination across the region some sections of the population remain vulnerable including recent new entrants who may not be up to date with MMR including those from European countries where there are ongoing outbreaks.
Measles is one of the most highly infectious communicable diseases. Spending 15 minutes or more in direct contact with someone infected with measles is considered a significant exposure. Immunocompromised patients, pregnant women and unvaccinated infants are at increased risk of severe disease.
Click on the following links: Measles Poster Think Measles