Welcome to Swallownest Health Centre
We are confident that our website will provide clear and concise help and give our patients the information they require in an easy and convenient format. It has been designed with the patient’s needs at the forefront of everything, from checking surgery times to letting us know what you think of us.
SEASONAL FLU VACCINATIONS 2018/2019
Flu is an illness caused by the influenza virus - it is an infectious disease of the upper air passages and can spread easily from person to person. Outbreaks of seasonal flu follow predictable seasonal patterns and occur annually, usually in winter. Unlike pandemic flu, you can be vaccinated to protect yourself from suffering from sea-sonal flu.
Anyone can get flu, but it can be more serious for certain people, such as young children, older people and those with serious health conditions.
A vaccination, or flu jab, is available to protect you if you are in any of the clinical risk groups described below. You will need to get this flu jab every year as the viruses that cause flu change every year.
Each autumn, from September, the NHS provides a free flu vaccine for the over 65s and everyone,
including children over six months of age, in the following clinical risk groups:
serious heart disease
- serious lung disease, like emphysema, bronchitis, cystic fibro-sis or asthma
- serious kidney or liver disease
- a long-term health problem, like diabetes
- a weakened immune system – e.g. from chemotherapy, radio-therapy or steroid treatment or HIV/Aids
- pregnant women
We can confirm our Saturday morning flu vaccination clinics will be 13th and 20th of October along with numerous midweek clinics. We will notify as many patients as possible once we are open for bookings by the usual methods of text; letter; website; newsletter and internally at the surgery.
'Help us, so we can help you'
The surgery purchases flu vaccines on your behalf so please have your vaccine with us.
GP surgeries run like businesses and in order to survive, the flu vaccine programme helps generate income by meeting NHS England targets. If that money goes elsewhere, surgeries struggle to survive and can no longer offer the service. When we vaccinate you against flu we also obtain vital data that is necessary for your medical record and care. If you choose to go elsewhere for your vaccine such as a pharmacy or supermarket, we cannot gather this information, and they do not gather this for us, so please book in here. We work fast and are practised in vaccinating you, informing you of updates required and gathering data so this does not take long. This saves all of us a lot of additional work and crucially, also saves on valuable appointments.
We will also advise you at the same time if you are eligible to be vaccinated against shingles, and/or pneumonia and can offer to do this at the same time.
And finally, we also check if you are overdue a review for areas such as your blood pressure, medication, asthma, diabetes etc.
If you are eligible for the free flu vaccine, please book your vaccine at the surgery and help us gather your data and ensure your health is up to date all in one appointment. Have your flu vaccine in an environment that you know, with clinicians and staff you know and where we have your FULL medical records immediately to hand.
· We have not asked any pharmacy or supermarket to give you the flu vaccine on our behalf or gather vital medical updates.
· You are helping us to help you long term by having your flu vaccine with us.
· The pharmacies and supermarkets do not have access to your FULL medical record/history including any allergies.
NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER FROM 13TH JULY 2018
13th July 2018 we upgraded our telephone service to allow us to handle the increase in incoming calls.
The number changed to 0114 433 3888.
We hope the transfer was seamless, but would welcome any ongoing feedback you may have.
Ordering your prescriptions
From the 1st April 2017 we will NO LONGER accept any repeat prescription requests from community pharmacies on behalf of patients. Patients (or their carer, nominated family member/friend) will have to order repeat prescriptions directly from the GP practice themselves. Collection of prescriptions from GP practices by community pharmacies on behalf of patients will not be affected.
The 27 practices who have made or are making this change, with the full support of NHS Rotherham CCG, have carefully considered all options, engaged extensively with key stakeholders (patients, carers, patient participation groups and voluntary groups).
Confidential information from your medical records can be used by the NHS to improve the services offered so we can provide the best possible care for everyone.
This information along with your postcode and NHS number but not your name, are sent to a secure system where it can be linked with other health information.
This allows those planning NHS services or carrying out medical research to use information from different parts of the NHS in a way which does not identify you.
You have a choice. If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything.
If you have any concerns or wish to prevent this from happening, please speak to practice staff or ask at reception for a copy of the leaflet "How information about you helps us to provide better care".
More information can be found here http://www.nhs.uk/caredata
Opt Out Form
Those patients who have up to date contact details with the surgery and have advised us of a mobile telephone number should receive SMS text message reminders about their appointments with the doctor or nurse.
This service is paid for by the Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and has proved to be effective in reducing the number of appointments for which patients do not attend. Unfortunately the cost of the service has escalated and the CCG have had to explore alternative ways of delivering this service.
They have agreed to continue to fund the service but the way in which it is to be delivered will change from the 1st April 2018 and will involve the use of an app which can be downloaded to your smartphones from the App Store or Google Play.
Help for this is provided via https://www.mjog.com/messenger/
We hope you will take advantage of this service as the old SMS text message service will cease at the end of March 2018.
Please note that it is important that you update your contact details with the surgery every time there is a change. You can do this by using the practice on-line system or simply by calling into reception an completing a change of details form.