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Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service and dedicated support

Following the launch of OP COURAGE last March, this is a reminder that patients who are veterans may be struggling at this time due to events in Ukraine.

For those unfamiliar with the service, OP COURAGE is a specialist NHS mental health service designed to help serving personnel due to leave the military, reservists, veterans and their families.

Patients can contact the service to make an appointment, or ask their GP, charity, family member or friend to do this. It is important that any patients who are veterans and struggling with their mental health have the option of referral to this service.

https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/armed-forces-community/mental-health/veterans-reservists/


Baby's First 1001 Days

Leicestershire County Council have produced a new video to help new parents learn the importance of their child’s first 1001 days of life.

The first 1001 days of a child’s life, is a time of particular rapid growth and brain development and health experts agree that the care given during this time has more influence on a child’s future than at any other time in their life.

More advise can be found by visiting https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/education-and-children/early-years-and-childcare/my-first-1001-days

Baby's First 1001 Days


NHS Food Scanner App

The Department of Health and Social Care’s Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) has launched the NHS Food Scanner App as part of its first ‘Better Health’ children’s nutrition campaign. The App is the ideal health hack for families, helping them to swap food and drink that are higher in sugar, saturated fat and salt to healthier alternatives.

With a simple scan of the barcodes, families can see how much sugar, saturated fat and salt is in everyday food and drinks. The App suggests healthier swaps, by encouraging users to choose “Good Choice” products – there are thousands of Good Choice food and drink products you can swap to.

Download the free App today from the App Store or Google Play or search ‘Better Health Healthier Families’.

Food Scanner App


NHS Digital Issued Data Provision Notice

GP Data has a critical role in planning and research. All GP practices in England are legally required to share data with NHS Digital for this purpose under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 (2012 Act). More information about this requirement is contained in the data provision notice issued by NHS Digital to GP practices.

You have the choice to opt out; should you wish to do so you will need to complete the attached form below (Opt Out Form) and send this to our Practice. You can send this via post or email using hugglescote.surgery@nhs.net

Opt Out Form

You can learn more about how NHS Digital uses your data here: General Practice Data for Planning and Research: GP Practice Privacy Notice - NHS Digital

**CORONAVIRUS**

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Suspension of regular B12 Injections during COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to current issues surrounding Covid-19, we will have to suspend your regular injections of vitamin B12. Your body stores from previous injections should last for a long time and should easily see you through this difficult period. Stores of vitamin B12 in the body can last around 2 to 4 years without being replenished, so it can take a long time for any problems to develop after a change (NHS website).  If you are concerned that you are developing symptoms, please contact the surgery for advice.

In the meantime, good dietary sources of vitamin B12 include:

  • Eggs 
  • Foods which have been fortified with vitamin B12 (for example some soy products, and some breakfast cereals and breads) are good alternative sources to meat, eggs, and dairy products
  • Meat 
  • Milk and other dairy products 
  • Salmon and cod 

You could also consider obtaining oral supplements of vitamin B12 purchased from the internet from reputable sources such as:

Holland and Barrett 

https://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/vitamins-supplements/vitamins/vitamin-b/vitamin-b12/

Healthspan 

https://www.healthspan.co.uk/search#q=B12&t=products&sort=relevancy

If you know you have a diagnosis of Autoimmune Pernicious Anaemia that means you are unable to absorb dietary B12 properly. You may consider following alternate options.

There are B12 preparations available over the counter in the form of sublingual tablets, drops, sprays or transdermal patches which overcome this problem with absorption. You can still consider sourcing strong oral tablets of B12– 1mg or 2mg per day as there is some evidence that a small amount can still be absorbed via diffusion.

https://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/product/betteryou-pure-energy-b12-boost-oral-spray-60099160

Severity of the disease is variable. In most people body stores should be adequate from previous injections, for 3-6 months, as mentioned above. If despite above mentioned measures your symptoms start deteriorating rapidly, please contact surgery for further advice. You can find further information about vitamin B12 deficiency at:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamin-b12-or-folate-deficiency-anaemia/

Thank you for your understanding; we hope you find this information useful.  As soon as is reasonably possible, we will reschedule your injections.

Stay Safe,

From The Team at Hugglescote Surgery

Advice for regular B12


Enhanced Summary Care Record

Do you give consent to sharing important health information about you with other health care professionals and vice versa?


Most of our patients already have a summary care record, where medications and allergies can be viewed, if you choose to add additional information to this such as relevant problems,   communication needs etc, this will further increase the quality of your care - Quicker access, diagnosis and treatment.

If the answer is yes - please contact the reception who can update your medical record.

For more information please click the below link : 

https://digital.nhs.uk/summary-care-records#main-content


Minor Illness 

Your GP, nurse or pharmacist will not generally give you a prescription for over the counter medicines for a range of minor health concerns even if you qualify for free prescriptions. Instead over the counter medicines are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket in your local community.

Please see the below link for additional information

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/1a-over-the-counter-leaflet-v1.pdf

 


Extended Access Appointments

We are increasing the number of appointments available for you to see a GP in the early mornings, evenings or at weekends across West Leicestershire.

Depending on your individual circumstances and symptoms, we may offer you an ‘extended access’ appointment. Please note however, that these appointments will not be in your usual GP practice and may not be with one of your usual GPs or nurses.

Depending on the reason for your appointment, and if you are in agreement, it may be suitable for you to see an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, instead of a GP.

The clinician you see will be able to access relevant sections of your medical notes and will communicate what has happened during your appointment back to your usual GP practice.

These appointments will be available at the following locations:

  • Loughborough Urgent Care Centre at Loughborough Community Hospital
  • Coalville Community Hospital
  • Hinckley and Bosworth Community Hospital

If you would like to know more please visit the CCGs website: 

https://www.westleicestershireccg.nhs.uk/latest-news/268-extended-access-appointments

 


Extended Opening Hours

We are now offering, outside of normal contracted hours, early morning (from 07:30 – 08:00) and late evening (from 18:30 – 19:00) pre-bookable telephone appointments on some days of the week. These additional appointments are for patients who, due to work commitments, find it difficult to attend during normal contracted hours for a routine appointment with a GP or Nurse.

Appointments within the extended opening hours are available to all registered patients.

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