Keep Your Family Safe This Christmas

Please see below a safety netting leaflet regarding COVID-19

C0719_COVID Isolating at Home Safety Netting Leaflet Revised FINAL 171220

Here is an important message from your local NHS:

 

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Help Us Help You

This December, NHS England and NHS improvement have launched the next phase of the latest “Help Us Help You” campaign which focuses on the NHS 111 as a new way to access A&E.

If you have an urgent but non life-threatening medical need, make sure you use NHS 111 first rather than going straight to A&E. If you do need urgent care, then NHS 111 can now book you in to be seen quickly and safely in A&E. NHS 111 is also able to direct patients to or book an appointment at Urgent Treatment Centres, GP Surgeries, Pharmacies, Emergency Dental Services and Walk-in Clinics.

Contacting NHS 111 first will also help the NHS to keep you safe by maintaining social distancing and ensure that you receive the right care in the right place, in a more timely and safe way. However you should still dial 999 if you have a life-threatening illness or injury.


Just think 111 first. When you think you need A&E, contact NHS 111 online or by phone.

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Do it For Yourself

 

 

 

 

 

We’re proud to be supporting the Do it For Yourself campaign as part of a collation which aims to raise awareness of the signs of Lung Cancer and encourage the people of South Tyneside to contact their GP if they’ve been experiencing a cough or ongoing breathlessness for three weeks or more.

This year we have become a nation of DIYers, spending time looking after our home but 1 in 3 of us delayed looking after ourselves. Lung Cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK but Lung Cancer referrals have dropped this year in some areas.

Not every cough is a COVID cough; having a cough for three weeks or more or getting out of breath doing things you used to be able to do, could be signs of Lung Cancer. At Victoria Medical Centre we know that the earlier cancer is diagnosed, the more treatment options are available.


If you have been impacted by Lung Cancer and want to share your story to help spread the message, then please get in touch and if you’re experiencing symptoms, contact you GP and “Do it For Yourself.”

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Flu Season

Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which are eligible for the flu vaccination, for example, you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.

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Social Prescribing

Please see below information on Social Prescribing and how it could benefit you!

Social Prescriber

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Fit Notes

Please see link below on guidance regarding fit to work notes for employers

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Change in rules regarding face coverings

It has been announced that from July 24th 2020 everyone is required to wear a face covering when entering a shop or business.

This is in addition to wearing one on Public Transport which has been mandatory for some time now.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

Please note, it is NOT the responsibility or the role of the Surgery to issue anyone with an exemption letter or certificate. Please visit the website above for more information.

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Teaching Certificate

Please see below our certificate of achievement that acknowledges our contribution to medical student teaching

Teaching Certificate 2019-20

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Help the fight against COVID-19

PRINICPLE Patient Recruitment Poster_v1.0 22.04.20

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Video to help you understand how to get healthcare in the current situation

Dr Mark Dornan has recorded a helpful video as a North East GP, outlining how to get healthcare during the coronavirus outbreak. In the video, Mark explains:

  • How health and care services have had to adapt and we all need to use them differently
  • Why we need you to prioritise looking after your own health at this time
  • If you do need help, please don’t wait

The video is available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/nRN5qICY6Xs

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