Annual Health Review

Annual Health Review

The Surgery is starting a new procedure of your annual reviews for patients who are identified as having one or more chronic illnesses which should be monitored at least once a year.

The annual review

The practice team has decided to do these reviews on your birthday month from now on.

This will benefit you in the following ways:

  1. Reduce the number of times you are asked to attend
  2. Make it easier for you to order your medication through the year
  3. Optimise your health
  4. Easier to remember when your reviews are due.

It will also make our appointment planning easier to manage throughout the year.  This will benefit you and other patients by making more appointments available for changes in health that need more urgent attention.

What happens next?

  1. We will contact you around your birthday month to make an appointment to see the health care assistant first.  You will have some basics checks e.g. blood pressure, and blood tests if necessary.
  2. If a blood test is needed you will be asked to return for a second appointment for the health assessment and review of your medication once the test results have been received.
  3. If no blood test is needed, you will have your health assessment at the first appointment.
  4. Your health assessment will be with a clinical pharmacist, practice nurse or a GP.
  5. The whole process should take up no more than 2 appointments if all is well.

As we are introducing this system in the middle of the year, (for us the year runs from April to March) you may have had a review already and your birthday is later in the year. Or you have not been called up yet, but your birthday is between April and August. Don’t worry we are trying to catch up but will not call you in again if you had a full review already.

If you have any questions regarding this, please let us know so that we can clarify the plan to you.

Yours sincerely

Dr Gertrud Buerstedde

DMC Clinical Lead GP- SOUTHWARK

Patient Participation Group (PPG)

Our next PPG meeting will be taking place on Monday 15th July 2019 at 18:00pm until 19:30pm.

Please feel free to attend. For more information please contact the surgery.

New 111 information

When we are closed – out of hours support

When our practice is closed you can still get support. You can get expert medical advice and useful information by calling NHS 111 or through 111 online.

The NHS 111 service is available 24 hours a day and can provide patient information, issue prescriptions to a pharmacy of your choice, book a GP appointment, and, if necessary, refer people to emergency services.

Dementia Awareness Campaign

Worried someone close to you is losing their memory?

Many people suffer from memory loss as they get older. But if it starts to happen on a regular basis, it could be the early signs of dementia.

What should I look for?

Dementia is not a single illness but a group of symptoms caused by damage to the brain. The symptoms include:

  • memory loss, such as remembering past events much more easily than recent ones
  • problems thinking or reasoning, or finding it hard to follow conversations or TV programmes
  • feeling anxious, depressed or angry about memory loss, or feeling confused, even when in a familiar environment

What should I do?

If you’re worried about someone who is showing the signs above, encourage them to visit their GP to get a proper diagnosis. Use the link at the top of the page to find your GP.

The Alzheimer’s Society provides tips on how to raise the topic of dementia with a loved one.

 

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