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21.11.2020 Flu Vaccines for people aged 50-64

We are currently finalising our plans for clinics to vaccinate everyone aged 50-64 in our patient population during December. If you would like to go on the waiting list, please call us to ask to be added the waiting list.

SATURDAY FLU CLINIC 28TH NOVEMBER 2020

We are pleased to announce we still have appointments available at our upcoming Saturday Flu Clinic.  If you are aged over 65yrs OR have a long term health condition that places you at risk from flu please telephone 01371 810328 and book an appointment.

If you are unsure if you are eligible for a flu jab please check 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/

Or speak to a member of the surgery team. 

CLOSING FOR STAFF TRAINING - 16th December

In line with our CCG guidance, our next practice monthly half day training shutdowns is WEDNESDAY 16th DECEMBER 2020.  This closure also affects our dispensary and you will NOT be able to collect medication or access the practice by phone from 1pm on the day.

When we are closed if you need medical advice please call NHS111. If you have a life threatening or medical emergency please dial 999. 

5th Sept 2020

We are pleased to announce our CHILD FLU VACCINES have arrived.   

If your child is aged 2 - 3yrs old (born between 01/09/2016 - 31/08/2018) please call the surgery to book an appointment.  Clinics are running from 30th Sept onwards.  We look forward to seeing you! 

July 2020

Homerton University Hospital has produced an excelled patient information and support pack designed to help you to recover and manage your symptoms following COVID-19 infection.  You can download here -  Post Covid Patient Support and Advice

July 2020

Hearing Help Essex offers NHS hearing aid re-tubing, cleaning and maintenance.  Due to Coronavirus they are unable to visit our practice to offer this service but you can still see them by appointment at their centre in Moulsham Street Chelmsford.  They also offer a doorstop service for those who are vulnerable or have been shielding.  Please contact them direct by telephone on 01245 496 347 by Text 07950 406 173  or email help@hearinghelpessex.org.uk

Hearing Help Essex is a registered charity (No: 113498) 

April 2020

Since 6th April we have changed our dispensary opening hours.

Medication can now be collected between 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 6pm Monday to Friday.

When ordering your repeat medication please allow 5 working days for the team to process your request.  With current pressures on the supply chain some medications are taking longer to get to us.  We don't want you to come out on a wasted trip and our team are working as hard as they can! 

Please continue to order in good time by either using Systmonline or by direct email freshwell.dispensary@nhs.net

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.  

June 2019

We are very excited to announce the launch of the Freshwell Low Carb Project, which has been set up to help our patients eat well & lose weight. Please click here for further details.

February 2019 - Are you interested in a healthy diet and / or losing weight?

The clinicians here at Freshwell are becoming increasingly excited about the low carbohydrate Mediterranean lifestyle revolution. There is emerging strong scientific evidence for the benefits of this way of eating, which can also be a very effective means of losing weight.

Also, we are hoping to host a course to help people diagnosed with prediabetes in the near future.

Please click the link in the right hand column of the homepage on this website for further details.

Over The Counter Medicines

Non-prescribing of OTC (Over The Counter Medicines)

NHS England have advised the Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group that they must encourage all member practices to reduce the money spent on prescribing OTC (Over The Counter) Medicines.

Many OTC medicines are surprisingly cheap – for example a month of loratadine (hay fever tablets) can cost as little as £1.99. We feel that it is right to support this cost saving initiative in order that money saved can be used to fund more vital patient care.

In the first instance, we will no longer be prescribing the following medicines to patients aged 18 years and over:  cetirizine & loratadine tablets,  sodium cromoglicate eye drops, beclometasone  (beconase) or fluticasone (flixonase) nasal sprays. You will need to buy these from a community chemist / pharmacy or use a reputable on-line pharmacy in future.

Part of this initiative is cost saving and part of it is about empowering patients to manage their own self-limiting conditions / minor ailments, with the help of a community pharmacist if required. This can also help free up valuable GP appointments at the surgery.

The following document is a list of a number of self-limiting conditions / minor ailments which can be treated with OTC medicines:

OTC Conditions

 

Mid Essex CCG have published a list of Frequently Asked Questions about this policy, see below:

 OTC Patient Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any concerns or queries about this policy, please contact the CCG PALS (Patient and Liaison Service). Their contact details can be found in the above document.

 



 
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