Thanks to the support of Suffolk Community Foundation, Aspire Together in BSE will be launching a new support service for older people in Suffolk on Monday 8th February 2021. Later Life Community Connect is a single point of access telephone support line with a “real” person at the end of the phone, between 10am and 2pm, seven days a week. Please see poster for more information.
We are letting you know about a very useful website called Germ Defence which was created by a team of doctors and scientists to give you advice that has been proven to reduce the spread of viruses in the home. It can help you plan how to protect yourself and members of your family from infection by COVID-19 and ‘flu.
Following a highly successful first phase which saw over 41,000 participants, researchers from Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust are leading a collaboration group are launching the second phase of their global study into the psychological impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown. The study is linked to the Medical Research Council global health research programme led by the Portsmouth-Brawijaya Centre for Global Health, Population, and Policy, University of Portsmouth.
Phase one results gave valuable insights in to how different people, genders and communities were coping with the global pandemic and the second phase enables more people to take part and ensures an even greater range and comparison between the two phases.
You can take part by completing the short questionnaire exploring the psychological impact of the coronavirus, its effect on our emotions, behaviour and wellbeing. The aim of the survey is to better understand how the coronavirus and the impact the current lockdown is having on our day to day lifestyle, what is helpful and what may be causing some people to be affected more than others in terms of their wellbeing.
The survey is open to anyone over the age of 16 and able to complete the online questionnaire. If you completed the survey in the first phase, you can take it again this time as it is important to understand how people have adapted and changed. We would encourage everyone, including staff, patients, friends and family to take part.
The survey can be found at this website, which takes around 10 minutes to complete.
Please ensure you select Wickham Market Medical Centre when asked where you heard about the survey. You can find out more on the research pages on this website.
The survey is linked to the Medical Research Council global health research programme led by the Portsmouth-Brawijaya Centre for Global Health, Population, and Policy, University of Portsmouth. It has full Health Research Authority approval and is open to anyone over the age of 16 and able to complete the online questionnaire.
The study is open to anyone over 16 years of age (or under 16 with parental permission). Participants must reside in the UK. The average time taken to complete the online survey is approx. 15 minutes.
GP sites have been added to the survey so that when participants are asked where they heard about the survey, they should be asked to tick 'from a GP' and then further instructed to tick the name of the surgery in a drop-down list. Participants are advised to start typing the name of their surgery and drop-down boxes containing those words appear, so they don't have to scroll through a long list.
The survey is open to anyone; patients, relatives, friends, local groups, village social media sites etc. You can send the link to anyone.
The Peninsula Practice, Wickham Market Medical Centre, Little St Johns Surgery and Framfield House Surgery have been working together as part of the Deben Health Group (DHG) since 2012.
The PCN Board have created an on the day physiotherapy service to support patients across Deben Health Group and are pleased to announce that this service will launch Tuesday 1st September 2020.
Our Care Navigators can book a slot for patients, we recommend you contact your surgery in the normal way to use this physiotherapy service. In most cases it is more clinically appropriate to be triaged and have a consultation with a Physiotherapist, who is better qualified to treat musculoskeletal and joint problems, rather than see a GP or Nurse Practitioner and then be referred and wait longer for appropriate help.
This service has been set up in partnership with Allied Health Professionals (Suffolk), initially appointments will take place over the phone during a 20 minute slot between 9.30am until 5.30pm Monday – Friday, with face to face consultations happening only where clinically necessary at Framfield House Surgery in Woodbridge. Any patient registered with a Deben Health Group surgery can book an appointment.
Bethany Scott, MCSP, BSc (Hons), MSc and Kyle Tanner MCSP, BSc (Hons), MSc are experienced physiotherapists who will initially phone triage patients (due to COVID) and arrange face to face appointments where clinically necessary. They can we can request further investigations, following an initial triage assessment and in consultation with your own GP.
As this is a new service, we will be monitoring it carefully to check its progress and effectiveness over the coming months and your feedback would be welcomed to help us deliver the best provision to our DHG family.
Feedback should be emailed in the first instance to Hannah.Mitchell26@NHS.net who will coordinate communication and report back to the PCN Board.
John Lynch (Dr)
PCN Clinical Director for the Deben Health Group
Retirement of Chair and Vice Chair
The Partners and Staff at the practice would like to pass on their huge thanks to Gary Miller (Chair) and Bryan Hall (Vice Chair) who have both taken the decision to stand down and retire from the Patient Group. ( Bryan has kindly agreed to stay on the group until replacements have been appointed).
The Patient Group was one of the very first Groups to be established in Suffolk and has been extremely proactive under Gary’s leadership with the support it has given to the practice. Gary and Bryan were both inaugural members of the Group and have held the positions of Chair and Vice Chair since they were elected, their contribution has been considerable, both having worked tirelessly within the community supporting patient’s needs and proactively representing the practice at DHG, CCG and National PPG events.
Everyone at the practice would like to wish them all the very best for the future including a long and happy retirement.
The Spring 2021 Newsletter is out now.
Social prescribing enables GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services.
Locally, social prescribing is known as 'Connect for Health'.
NHS England describes social prescribing as “enabling all local agencies to refer people to a link worker”. Link workers - known locally as Community Connectors - give people time and focus on what matters to the person as identified through shared decision making or personalised care and support planning. They connect people to community groups and agencies for practical and emotional support.
Connect for Health particularly works for a wide range of people, including those:
Take a look at our Special Edition Newsletter about Connect for Health for more information.
New Support for Parents (Information for young children)
We have a few items in our lost and found drawer. If you have lost something or think you have left something behind at the surgery please contact us with the details.
We are pleased to announce that we have retained our Investors in People Accreditation. The Surgery has worked very hard to keep the standard for the award and would like to thanks all the staff for their hard work on the achievement.
For more information on Investors In People please follow the link: Investors in People Webpage
Healthwatch Suffolk are working with partners and people across local NHS and social care services to host a short survey about your experiences of services during the coronavirus pandemic.
It has never been more important to feedback. With so many changes happening across services, they need rapid feedback to understand more about how they are impacting on your care. This is also a brilliant way to say thank you to services if you have had a good experience. They will make sure they see your comments.
Your feedback will be taken seriously and used to shape and inform the response to COVID-19 in Suffolk. The online link has 7 questions. To take part please use this survey.
Right now, they can’t speak with people face to face, so they are asking for your experiences online. Please share the survey widely with your friends and family if you can.
If you need support to complete the survey, you can call then on freephone 0800 448 8234. Their staff will be happy to guide you through and to record your answers. You can also use this number for signposting to local support or information about local services.
There are are two surveys you might want to complete:
We are seeking to gather feedback from the public and also our local NHS and care workforce about the use of digital services (e.g. online consultations with clinicians, remote triage or visiting etc). The aim is to understand how the significant increase in the use of technology during the pandemic has impacted upon people’s experiences of receiving, or providing, both NHS or social care.
We are particularly keen to hear from people who may find it difficult to access online services, or who may be digitally excluded so that we can find out what is needed to help people access care or support. We would also appreciate any support to reach BAME communities and people for whom English is not their first language.
There is an opportunity for people to sign-up to participate in co-production of a second phase of this research that will explore people’s experiences in more depth. This second phase will be informed by people’s responses to this initial survey.
The pandemic has accelerated the use of digital service offers, which has been viewed as a positive development for people needing to access care or advice at this time. In many cases, these new ways of working will be here to stay, so we need to make sure they will work for those who need to access them now and in the future. The survey, which has been commissioned by the SNEE ICS, is an opportunity for our local health and care system to reflect upon this and to take forward any learning into future digital strategies and practice across services.
We would be very grateful for any support from system leaders to distribute this survey widely across the ICS footprint and to encourage responses from both the public and also NHS or social care staff. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about this work or call 01449 703949 to speak with a member of the team.
We are still open to collect pre-made prescriptions and make appointments in person but there are no clinicians on site. Telephones are diverted to 111 from 13.00 on these days to allow staff training.
The next GP training afternoons, for 2021, are on:
We apologise for any inconvenience caused. For urgent assistance please contact NHS out of hours service on 111.
Please note: These dates are subject to change.
We are also closed all day on all Bank Holidays.
Did you know that GP online services can save you time?
Did you know that you can book and cancel appointments online, order repeat prescriptions and, view some of your health records by simply signing up for GP online services? All you have to do is take two forms of ID into your GP practice and register your details.
You can find out more about GP online services on the NHS.uk website.
Please watch the short film below to find out how seeing a pharmacist can help take the strain off local NHS services...
Dr Matthew Piccaver may be able to answer some of your questions about coughs, colds, sore throats and the flu. That way, you can manage your symptoms more effectively and can understand when you should book an appointment with your GP.
It is available on your mobile, on your tablet or on your PC so wherever you are when you have a question, that question can be answered.
Ask Dr Matt a question via the website VirtTuri; you'll be surprised by just how much he knows.
The Friends and Family Test is a way of gathering your feedback, so we can continually review our service.
It is one simple question:
"How likely are you to recommend our GP practice to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?"
Your feedback will help us learn more about what you think of your experience - what you like and what you think we could improve. Ultimately, you're helping us to make changes that will ensure we can offer the best possible care.
It is completely anonymous. Please collect a form from your Doctor or Reception.
111 is the NHS non-emergency number. It's fast, easy and free. Call 111 and speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals.
How likely are you to recommend this Surgery to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment? Please spend 2 minutes to take the Friends and Family Test.
The NHS website. Take control of your health and wellbeing. Get medical advice, information about healthcare services and support for a healthy life.
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