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Parbold Surgery closure dates 2018

Wednesday May 16th

Thursday 14th June

Thursday 12th July

Thursday 13th September

Wednesday 17th October

Thursday 15th November

We will be closed for staff training from 1pm. If you need to see a Doctor whilst we are closed please telephone 111.

Walk-in Flu Cliinic The clinic dates are:

Monday 22nd October                   8.30 – 12.00 and 2.00 – 6.00

Monday 5th November                  8.30 – 12.00 and 2.00 – 6.00

1 MARCH 2018

ONLY THE BEST HEALTH AND CARE APPS FOR RESIDENTS IN WEST LANCASHIRE

NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the first CCG in the country to launch their own website aimed at helping residents to find the best health and care apps to keep them healthy this winter.

https://westlancs.orcha.co.uk/, which is supported by Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria and provided by the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Apps (ORCHA) – gives residents access to a range of health apps that have received impartial reviews considering such priorities as user experience, clinical effectiveness, and data security.  Using the site is as simple as typing in a keyword such as ‘stress’, ‘sleep’ – or even ‘diabetes’ or ‘asthma’ – then choose from the best rated apps for you.

The website is available free of charge to anyone looking to download and use the best apps to manage their health and can even be used by health and care professionals wanting to recommend specific apps via text/email to support their patients.

Although ORCHA is now being used across the country, West Lancashire, working in partnership with Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria, can lay claim to be the very first area to use this revolutionary new website/app, having launched in October 2017. In West Lancashire the website is specifically targeting apps that focus on respiratory conditions, mental health and diabetes, as these are considered some of the key health priorities in West Lancashire.

Dr John Caine, a GP in West Lancashire and chair at NHS West Lancashire CCG, said:

“The CCG is delighted to be able to claim to be the first CCG in the country to deliver the ORCHA website and app to our residents.

“Health and care apps can offer a huge benefit to patients, really empowering them to manage and improve their health. However, with so much choice it is often difficult to know which apps to choose.

“ORCHA have really helped to assist our patients to understand which apps are the best and most trustworthy.

Dr Amanda Thornton, digital health & activation clinical lead for Healthier Lancashire & South Cumbria Change Programme said:

“This is hugely exciting for the people of Lancashire and South Cumbria as well as the health and care professionals who support them, for whom this is a win-win.

“Assured by ORCHA’s review process and the new highest rated apps in key priority areas we can engage with all of our clinicians, encouraging them to ‘prescribe a health app’ where appropriate.”

If you are a health and/or social care organisation within West Lancashire and would like to learn more about how to use the ORCHA website, specifically how to recommend apps to your patients, please contact wlccg.myview@nhs.net.

You can follow West Lancashire CCG on Twitter and Facebook: www.facebook.com/NHSWestLancsCCG and www.twitter.com/WestLancsCCG

 

2 FEBRUARY 2018
DON’T BE A WASTER, HELP YOUR LOCAL NHS
THE NHS in West Lancashire is reminding residents of the importance of tackling the issue of medicines waste.
One year on from the launch of their programme, ‘being a hoarder is out of order’, NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has marked the one-year anniversary with a refreshed new look campaign under the banner ‘don’t be a waster’. This comes after a successful first year of introducing the new system for ordering repeat prescriptions.
The programme, which was introduced in November 2016, aimed at helping to tackle the growing issue of medicines waste, which costs the NHS an estimated £300M nationally and £600,000 a year locally in West Lancashire. Additionally, the programme also looked to address the very real medicines safety issues that are posed by keeping unused medicines at home if they get into the wrong hands. The CCG has released a story so far report, which is available on their website: www.westlancashireccg.nhs.uk

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Lancashire Wellbeing Service.

The service is funded by Lancashire County Council to provide free, short term, practical support for Lancashire residents who may be struggling with any issues affecting their health and/or happiness. This could be issues such as mild mental health problems (stress/anxiety), financial, housing, employment or family related issues, support to live a healthier lifestyle (diet/exercise) or social isolation. Often it can be a combination of these factors.

Contact. E: info@lancswellbeing.co.uk   Tel: 03450 138 208. Website: http://www.lancswellbeing.co.uk/

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Cancer support service

Support Service to bring cancer information and support closer to home. A drop in service is available at the Health Centre every 1st Wednesday of the month 9.30-12. No appointment is necessary.   At all other times the service can be contacted on 01695 656533

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When you need medical help or advice fast, but it is not a 999 emergency, you can also call the NHS 111 service. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free from mobiles and landlines.

If you need medical care for illnesses you cannot treat yourself, then your GP should be your next port of call.

Your Local GP

Your GP should be your first point of contact for non-emergency illnesses that you can’t treat yourself. Your GP is available from 8.00am to 6.30pm weekdays and residents in West Lancashire, can now also see a GP on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm and Sundays from 10am to 2pm at the Sandy Lane Health Centre in Skelmersdale, by simply making an appointment through your usual GP practice.

Walk-In Centres

West Lancashire has two walk-in centres: The West Lancashire Health Centre at Ormskirk Hospital, Wigan Road, Ormskirk, L39 2AZ, which is open from 8am to 7.30pm, seven days a week and the Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre at The Concourse, Skelmersdale, L39 2AZ, which is open from 8am to 7.30pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

The experts in these centres can treat a wide range of illnesses and conditions, like minor infections, rashes, stomach upsets, small cuts and bruises, strains and sprains, coughs, colds and flu-like symptoms and more.

To access help from the walk-in centre, simply walk in and speak to the receptionist. Once you are booked in, you’ll be seen by a triage nurse who’ll decide how urgent your case is and you will be then be seen by a nurse practitioner in priority order.

Pharmacy Services

Your local pharmacy can offer free, confidential and expert advice on a range of health issues. They can also help you to prepare for many common winter illnesses and offer advice on which medicines to keep in stock at home.

NHS.UK

You can find a wealth of trusted advice about hundreds of health conditions and details of GPs, pharmacies in your local area by visiting www.nhs.uk. This useful website also includes a handy symptom checker.

Patient Access

Manage your repeat prescriptions and make GP appointments from the comfort of your own home, without having to venture outside, by using the new FREE Patient Access website and smartphone app. Simply search for ‘Patient Access’ in the app store.

Remember though, if using Patient Access for the very first time, you will first have to contact your GP practice so that you can register to use the app, so make sure you are prepared for this and visit your local GP practice as soon as possible.

The Public Health England Cold Weather Plan  sets out a series of actions that health and social care organisations, voluntary and community groups, and individuals can take and plan for cold temperatures to help reduce cold-related illnesses and deaths.

Top tips to prepare for colder weather:

  • look out for friends and family who may be vulnerable to the cold and ensure they have access to warm food, drinks and are managing to heat their homes adequately
  • try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18°C, particularly if you are not mobile, have long term illness or are 65 or over
  • stay tuned for weather forecasts, ensure you are stocked with food and medications in advance (have deliveries or ask a friend to help)
  • take weather into account when planning your activity over the following days
  • avoid exposing yourself to cold or icy outdoor conditions if you are at a higher risk of cold related illness or falls
  • discuss with friends and neighbours about clearing snow and ice from in front of your house and public walkways nearby, if unable to do so yourself

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GREATER ACCESS TO GP APPOINTMENTS NOW AVAILABLE TO WEST LANCASHIRE RESIDENTS

RESIDENTS of West Lancashire can now access GP services at weekends, thanks to a new extended hours service pilot, launched earlier this month by NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Launched on Saturday 5 November 2016, the new extended hours service allows residents to see a GP, a practice nurse and attend phlebotomy appointments on Saturdays, from 10am until 4pm and Sundays from 10am until 2pm at the Sandy Lane Health Centre, Skelmersdale, WN8 8LA.

This new service is available to all patients in West Lancashire, with appointments made simply by going through their usual GP surgery.

In addition, from the week commencing Monday 2 January 2017, the extended hours service will be extended further, with additional GP appointments* available on Thursday and Friday evenings from 6.30pm until 8pm at the Walk-in Centre at Ormskirk and District General Hospital, Wigan Road, Ormskirk, L39 2AZ

This new pilot is a result of NHS England’s General Practice Forward View, which is a national guide for primary care services over the next five years. Within the guide, it states that GP access in England is to be improved to provide greater GP access to the population at evenings and weekends within the next five years.

Dr Peter Gregory, a GP at Parkgate Surgery in Ormskirk and clinical lead at NHS West Lancashire CCG, said: “GPs in West Lancashire have been listening to the concerns of residents when it comes to difficulty in accessing GP appointments during the week". “The new extended hours service will now allow all residents to see a GP or practice nurse at a time that is convenient to them". “From the start of the new year, with the pilot being extended further, this will allow greater flexibility and availability, as we offer appointments midweek, during the evening". “Although currently at pilot stage, we are hoping that it will be well received and something that we can run in the future.”

To keep up to date will all the latest health and social care news in West Lancashire, residents can sign up to NHS West Lancashire CCG’s My View, by visiting their website: http://www.westlancashireccg.nhs.uk/myview/

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ON LINE ACCESS

IHave you considered registering for EMIS ACCESS VIEWER? VIEWER allows you online access to your medical records. You can view test results, this may be of interest to Patients who have been advised to have diagnostic blood tests... As I’m sure you are aware blood results are not available over the telephone and Patients are advised they will be contacted if any actions are required following a blood test, and a ‘no news is good news policy’ exists, but for some Patients they do require more in-depth results and this is where Viewer can be a real bonus. VIEWER is the next level up from Emis Access which allows you to book appointments and order prescriptions. To register for either or both of the EMIS ACCESS services, please ask at reception for the forms. 

The surgery number is: 01257 514000 www.parboldsurgery.co.uk

To book an appointment please call 01257 514000. You will also be able to book appointments online via Patient Access, to register for this service please contact the surgery or visit the website www.patientaccess.com

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DEFIBRILLATORS are located at Parbold Douglas CE Academy and outside the Parbold Women's Institute

Parbold CE Acadamy - Located in main porch area, open 7am-7pm Monday-Friday 50 weeks a year (only closed Bank Holidays and in between Christmas and New Year).

Parbold Women's institute - On the wall outside the front of the building. 24 hour access. dial 999 for code to box. & Ambulance

Available for Community use and registered with Lancashire Ambulance Service

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To Care we need to Share

West Lancashire GPs and the local Primary Care Trust are working with local NH5 care providers to allow doctors and nurses in various care settings, including A&E and out-of-hours surgeries,   to view a limited but vital amount of your information held on a GP practice's computer system.

This will help to ensure that:

•   NHS staff treating you have essential information about you.

•   This will mean that your doctors and nurses, together with you,
will be able to make informed decisions about your care.

Patient safety and confidentiality are our most important concerns. Patients can choose not to allow a doctor or nurse to see their medical record by saying 'no' when their consent is asked for.

For more information: Pick up a 'To Care we need to Share' leaflet about sharing information or opting out.
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Walk in Centre

The Concourse, Skelmersdale. Tel: 01695 588640

Monday to Friday | 7 am -  10 pm    Weekends/Bank Holidays | 9 am to 5 pm


West Lancashire Health Centre

MINOR INJURY CLINIC,

Ormskirk Hospital. Tel 01695 588 800
Includes Xray.The Centre is open 8am - 10pm seven days a week.

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