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BLOOD PRESSURE APPOINTMENTS

Please remember to arrive at least 5 minutes before your appointment to give your heart rate a chance to steady. Please wear loose clothing and refrain from Caffeine and Nicotine for at least 30 minutes prior to your Blood Pressure appointment.

 

All Dr. Bunney's patients have been transferred to his job-share partner Dr. Jackie Tolhurst. She has increased her number of surgeries per week. We are currently interviewing for his replacement at the moment and awaiting appointment. If any of Dr. Bunney's patients wish to change their doctor please speak to a member of reception. Dr. Oliver Hassall is taking on new patients.

We would like your feedback on the care or treatment we give you any time you visit your GP or have contact with the practice. Click on the Friends & Family tab on the right below Further Information for more details. If you would like to give us more detailed feedback about the services we provide you can do this by completing a review on the NHS Choices website. To view Januarys results please click here.

Information about Medicines

Every month our practice prints close to five thousand prescriptions.  As all tablets, creams and inhalers can be dangerous we make it our responsibility to help all our patients to use their medication safely.  This is a very big task and one which we can do more easily with your help.  Our computer tells us when someone may be over using or under using their tablets and also tells us if a mix of medication is potentially dangerous.  This is all double checked by the pharmacist.

Everyone who uses regular medication has a review every year. This may involve blood tests, breathing tests, having your blood pressure checked or asking about side effects.

In order to help us manage your medication safely and to avoid waste, we ask you to:

  • Let us know if you have stopped taking any medication
  • Come for medication reviews and tests when asked
  • Let us know if you take any herbal or alternative medicines regularly

 

Medication is very costly.  The NHS can make big savings if medication is not wasted or stockpiled.  If you do have a lot of tablets left over or stored away, please let the practice know.

 

Finding out about medication

If you want to know more about any of the medication you are using, what side effects it may give you or what its benefits are there are some excellent web sites to help you.  We would recommend you start any enquiry at www.patient.co.uk.   Alternatively you could ask any local pharmacist or enquire with the doctors or nurses at the practice.

If you want to understand more about your medication, you may be interested in looking at some of the information sources we use to keep ourselves up to date.  Try:

BNF

This is the British National Formulary and contains information about every type of medication used in the UK, by GPs, Dentists and hospital specialists.

NICE

The National Institute of Clinical Excellence. This is the Government sponsored research unit of the NHS which look at whether new treatments should be offered on the NHS.  Look particularly at the 'Guidance' section.

 
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