All posts by Dawn Kitchener

Polio Booster Update – 11.08.2022

The NHS is offering children aged 1 to 9 in London a polio vaccine. This will either be a booster on top of your child’s routine immunisations or a catch up dose.

The practice  will contact you to book an appointment soon if your child is aged 1-9 – please do not call to book.

Please see link below for further information

All children aged one to nine in London to be offered a dose of polio vaccine :: North West London ICS (nwlondonics.nhs.uk)

Retirement Notice – Dr Simon Edwards

Dr Simon Edwards MBBS MRCGP has worked at Sands End Health Clinic, caring for patients and as an integral member of our practice team for nearly thirty years. It is therefore with mixed feelings that we announce his retirement at the end of September 2022.

We will miss his sideways take on life, level headedness and humour but wish him well and new adventures during his well-earned retirement.

Ending my last year as a partner I am sad to leave such a stimulating and enjoyable practice. I have benefitted hugely from working with patients who have inspired and challenged me to work and think differently. Every generation of doctor oversees huge changes in their lifetime. For me it seems extraordinary to think I started medicine in a world pre-internet and mobile phones and have finished it having introduced video and online consultations to a ‘care navigation’ process I helped create – a process which helped keep our staff and patients safe and medically supported here, during the pandemic.

I am proud of the phenomenal team I have helped assemble and am confident that I can retire now, happy and in good health, without any disruption to the practice.

I sincerely thank everyone for the past twenty-seven years!

Women’s Health – Menopause

Women’s health hub

South Fulham Primary Care Network are setting up a new women’s health hub at Sands End Health Clinic. The first service we are offering is an Advanced Menopause Practitioner Clinic. The clinic will take place every two weeks. The clinic aims to support GPs in managing more complex aspects of the menopause and HRT (hormone replacement therapy). Your GP can refer you to the clinic for more support in managing your menopause. Speak to your GP for more information. 

New Online Consultation Service PATCHS- Launching 8th July

New online consultation service launching on 8th July

We’re pleased to announce that we will be launching a new online consultation tool called PATCHS at our GP practice on 8th July. We have selected PATCHS to take the place of our current online consultation service to improve the experience for our patients.

The new online consultation service offers a secure, simple and flexible way for patients and carers to contact their GP practice – it will not replace face to face appointments, it is in addition to routine contact with Practices. This should not be used for emergencies when you should contact 999 or visit A&E.

By registering you will have easy access to a range of services from your computer or smartphone, including:

  • reporting symptoms to your GP
  • booking virtual appointments
  • accessing health advice

To request repeat prescriptions, you should continue to follow the current process we have in place.

You can register via this link on our website homepage.  All you will need to do is provide an email address and set up a password.

For more information on PATCHS you can visit their website.

 

“Cervical screening saves lives” says National Campaign

Today the Department of Health and Social Care, together with NHS England and NHS Improvement, are launching a Help Us Help You – Cervical Screening Campaign, to highlight the benefits of cervical screening and remind people that that it can help stop cancer before it starts. The campaign encourages those eligible for screening – women and people with a cervix aged 25-64 – to respond to their cervical screening invitation letters and to book an appointment at their GP practice if they missed their last one.

Two women die every day from cervical cancer in England. Yet it is one of the most preventable cancers and getting screened can help stop it before it starts. Screening checks for certain types of the HPV virus that can cause cell changes to your cervix. Cell changes are easily treated and this prevents cervical cancer.

For more information, visit www.nhs.uk/cervicalscreening

COVID-19 vaccine Information

The NHS is starting to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine, in line with the government’s priority list of which people will get it first. This is a very exciting development and we want to be clear about how it will work for local people. The NHS will get in touch with you directly when it is your turn to be vaccinated. Please don’t contact your practice, doctor or the NHS asking about vaccination; this is not a service that you are able to book in advance. You will be contacted when it is your turn to be vaccinated in the weeks and months ahead.

 

So please remember:

 

·        Don’t contact the NHS to seek a COVID-19 vaccine, we will contact you when it is your time for the vaccine

·        When we do contact you, please follow the information given to know when and where to get your vaccine

·        Keep your appointment once it is made

·        The vaccine is safe. The NHS only offers vaccinations to the public once experts have signed off that it is safe to do so

·        Vaccine centers are being set up across the eight boroughs of NW London over the coming weeks.  We are getting everything ready so we can start vaccinating as soon as we start receiving the vaccine

·        We will vaccinate in order of priority, following national guidance

·        Please continue to follow the national public health guidance to control the virus and save lives – Hands – Face – Space.

 

COVID-19 is still very prevalent and highly infectious: the risk of catching it is the same as ever for people who have not been vaccinated.

 

There is more information about the COVID-19 vaccine on both the Government and the NHS websites, please take time to click on these links and read through these pages if you want to find out more.