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DATE FOR YOUR DIARY - SATURDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER - FLU CLINIC

We are now taking bookings for our flu clinic which is being held on Saturday 23rd September.

We are also holding a shingles/flu clinic for those of you who are eligible for both vaccines on 23rd September.

Please contact reception on 01271 329004 to check whether you are eligible and to make an appointment.

NATIONAL PATIENT SURVEY - RESULTS

Thank you to our patients who completed the national patient survey for Brannam Medical Centre. We have now received the results and would like to share these with you. Please click here to view the results.

MJOG

We use a messaging system called MJOG which allows us to contact our patients by text and voice message. We have been using this to invite our patients in for their seasonal flu vaccinations, chronic disease recalls and also for appointment reminders.

We would like to make our patients aware that if you receive a voice message starting 'This is a message from Brannam Medical Centre' it is a genuine message from us and please listen to the message all the way through and you will be able to respond.

If you do not wish to receive messages in this way, please contact the reception team.

National Diabetes Audit (NDA): Helping to improve diabetes care

Brannam Medical Centre is taking part in an important national project about diabetes care and treatment in the NHS. Please click here for more information.

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.

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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