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Successful SOLAS PCN Community Connect Event

Thank you to all our SOLAS PCN patients and staff who attended the Community connect event. Thanks to the neighbourhood team for organising and facilitating this, as well as the office of the MP for sending a representative. We encourage our patients to utilise all the community support services and self help resources available. See links for more information lincolnshire.connecttosupport.org wellbeinglincs.org

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British Social Attitudes Survey – Public satisfaction with the NHS and social care in 2021

British Social Attitudes Survey – Public satisfaction with the NHS and social care in 2021 This recently published ‘gold standard’ national survey shows that public satisfaction with the NHS fell to its lowest level since 1997. The main reason people gave for being dissatisfied with the NHS overall was waiting times for hospital and GP appointments, followed by staff shortages, then by the view that the government does not spend enough money on the NHS. The survey’s authors observe that it was conducted at a time when there was a ‘polarised media debate’ about GP appointment availability in a ‘toxic environment’. The data makes for unhappy reading for all NHS

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Ongoing infection control measures at Spilsby Surgery

Ongoing infection control measures at Spilsby Surgery Last week approximately 5 million people in the UK were infected, and infectious to others, with Covid-19. For the time being, entry to the practice will remain by appointment only, offering peace of mind to vulnerable patients using our small waiting room. National guidance requires you to wear a mask on the premises. We strongly encourage you to perform a lateral flow test (LFT) before attending any appointment, contacting us by phone instead if you test positive. Please do not attend if you have new symptoms of infection and haven’t tested. This risks harm to older or sick patients, or side-lining clinicians for

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Face masks in health and care settings

Face masks in health and care settings The Department of Health & Social Care has confirmed that universal masking to prevent the transmission of COVID and other respiratory infections in health and care settings should continue on Thursday 27 January for all staff, patients, and visitors . Spilsby Surgery expects everyone visiting our premises to wear a surgical mask to protect others unless our GP records show they have a valid medical exemption. We recommend that you continue to wear face coverings in enclosed or crowded spaces to respect and protect others.

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Congratulations Dr Sharrock

We are properly chuffed to let you know that Kieran has been appointed to the Executive Team of the British Medical Association’s GP Committee, representing England’s GPs, general practices and their patients. He is also Lincolnshire and Humberside’s voice on the Committee. Kieran will be stepping down as Medical Director of the Lincolnshire Local Medical Committee to spend more time speaking truth to power. BMA Press Release: https://www.bma.org.uk/bma-media-centre/bma-gpc-england-announces-new-executive-team

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GP access through the pandemic

Dr Howarth and Dr Sharrock (in their roles as CCG Clinical Lead and LMC Medical Director respectively) recently had a conversation with Healthwatch Lincolnshire about GP practice access through and beyond the pandemic.

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“I know it’s not Covid”

Symptoms of Covid infection aren’t confined to fever, a continuous cough, or loss of taste or smell. They can include headache, weakness or tiredness, muscle aches, runny nose, appetite loss and sore throat. See the infographic here https://twitter.com/drgandalf52/status/1472661320810082305/photo/1 Lateral Flow Tests – LFTs or rapid home tests – are used to look for infection in people who have no symptoms of Covid; to prevent them from spreading infection amongst family, in schools and in workplaces. LFTs are not accurate enough for people who have symptoms. If you are are unwell, you need a ‘gold standard’ PCR swab test that you book online or by phoning 119. As life returns to

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Good News Story

Spilsby Surgery is delighted to confirm that planning permission for our new-build Surgery has been granted by East Lindsey District Council. This follows approval of our Full Business Case by NHS Lincolnshire CCG in July. Our community can now look forward to some of the best General Practice facilities in the country. We will have the premises our highly regarded practice team deserve,. Together they will attract the next generation of healthcare professionals and new patient services to the town. A public ‘thank you’ to Tony Coke at PHP Primary Care Developments for bringing us this far.

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Blood Tests

Blood tests Many of you will have heard that the NHS has a national shortage of blood test bottles. GP surgeries and hospitals have been instructed to make severe cuts in testing until 17 September, with NHS England warning that ‘supply is likely to remain challenging for a significant period’ thereafter. Last week Spilsby Surgery ordered 400 bottles and were restricted to just 50. The manufacturer has stated ‘In addition to increased demand, we are seeing continued transportation challenges that have affected all industries, including port and transport capacity, air freight capacity and UK border challenges. Suppliers are also challenged to meet increased demand for raw materials and components’. GP

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Back to School

Back to school September’s return to school will inevitably lead to a rise in Covid infections. When an NHS worker lives in the same house as someone with Covid, they aren’t allowed to attend work for 10 days – even if they themselves have been doubly vaccinated and have a negative PCR swab. If family test positive one by one, the NHS employee could be away from the workplace for over 2 weeks! Many of Spilsby Surgery’s staff have school-age children, and we anticipate the autumn will prove an ongoing challenge for our team. Care Navigators, secretaries, nurses and doctors don’t work as effectively from home – especially if they

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Spilsby Flu Clinic has been moved to October

Spilsby Flu Clinic – Saturday 18th September. Due to national problems with deliveries, affecting our vaccine delivery, the flu clinic has been moved to Saturday 30th October 2021. If you have an appointment booked YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO ANYTHING as we have moved you to this new date. YOUR APPOINTMENT TIME REMAINS THE SAME

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Minor Conditions

Minor Conditions The NHS expects that in most cases, short-lived minor conditions and symptoms can and will be dealt with by community pharmacists and not by GP practices. Examples include stings, congestion and earache, sore throats and mouths, coughs, hay fever, flu, sore eyes, upset stomachs, cystitis and thrush, aches and pains and joint swelling, common skin problems. If you contact the Surgery with these problems, please expect to be directed to a local pharmacy for an appointment with the pharmacist, allowing our doctors and nurses to focus on more complex conditions. August 2021

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GP National Survey 2020

GP National Survey 2020 The scores of the judges – you – are in! Last year NHS England surveyed 2 million people across England. Thank you to the 141 patients locally who provided feedback. The practice’s decision not to rush to embrace online triage and consultation tools appears welcomed by our patients. Spilsby Surgery was rated highly in ease of phone contact, and experience of making an appointment. A special mention for our Care Navigation team – 95% of respondents appreciated their help. The question ‘How often do you see or speak to your preferred GP when you would like to?’ continues to perplex us. Our GP partners work full-time

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Face masks: rights and responsibilities

Face masks: rights and responsibilities Clinically vulnerable patients have the right to feel safe when they attend a GP surgery. As society reopens further after 19 July, we have a choice whether to attend a nightclub or sports arena. People who might have limited vaccine protection shouldn’t face a difficult choice when they need to visit the NHS for essential care. Spilsby Surgery takes its responsibilities to patients very seriously and anticipates our community will want to do the same. Public Health England expects visitors to the Surgery to wear a surgical mask. Entry to our building remains by appointment whilst the number of Covid cases is high. We will

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Type 1 Opt-out data preference deadline is 1st September 2021

DEADLINE FOR REGISTERING YOUR OPT-OUT IS NOW 1st SEPTMEBER If you don’t want your identifiable patient data to be shared for purposes except for your own care, you can opt-out by registering a Type 1 Opt-out. This collection will start on 1st September 2021, it was originally 1 July 2021 but due to public concern it has been pushed back to no earlier than the 1st September.  So if you do not want your data to be shared with NHS Digital please register your Type 1 Opt-out with the surgery by 23 August 2021 (to allow for processing). The data held in your GP medical records is shared with other

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Helping us to help you

A GP practice is Derbyshire has written a very long letter to its patients explaining the challenges it faces caring for its patients – and its own staff – in the face of snowballing daily contacts. The problems they describe are common to primary care across the UK. Please click on the link. To summarise our own requests to patients: Please use self-care options for minor and short-lived illness, such as NHS 111 online, the High Street pharmacy, or common sense. If you are low, anxious or stressed, please contact Lincolnshire’s Mental Health Helpline on 0800 001 4331. If you have a question about care provided by a hospital or

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Covid Vaccination Clinics

SOLAS GP Primary Care Network – Stickney Old Leake, Alford and Spilsby Surgeries – have started vaccinating our patients. The areas of the country receiving the vaccine were prioritised according to need. Individual patients will be contacted by telephone by a county call centre according to your risk. (Please don’t contact the Surgery.) Top of the list are the over 80s awaiting hospital treatment, care home residents and their staff. It will take some weeks to receive and administer the first dose of vaccine to all everybody, please be patient. The staff of Stickney Surgery, PCN Manager Andy Hill, and our own Jason Longstaff have worked hard to ready the

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Congratulations Dr Howarth!

Dr James Howarth has been elected the new Clinical Lead to represent the quarter of a million patients and 25 GP practices in East Lincolnshire at NHS Lincolnshire CCG.  Spilsby Surgery is delighted that an overwhelming majority of GP practices voted in support of his nomination. Lincolnshire CCG faces a massive challenge reducing health inequality and improving care, whilst simultaneously supporting NHS workers’ response through a continuing pandemic. It will ensure that the voice of patients, communities and primary care will be heard in the new Integrated Care Systems that may come into being in 2021. We are confident that James will bring integrity, caring, selflessness, experience and intelligence to

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