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FLUATHON Now Booking

Flu vaccines are now available. Please book into our Fluthon, in conjunction with Cancer Research, on October 14th, or, if you can't make the Fluathon, book an appointment to suit you.  Patients aged 65 and over, carers and patients with long-term conditions or other vulnerabilities are are eligible for a free NHS Flu Vaccine at Thaxted Surgery.    

NHS West Essex want your views on Over the Counter Medication: https://surveys.essexinsight.org.uk/Overthecounter#

 Summer Raffle 

Our summer raffle raised £996.50 in ticket sales, and, with some other kind donations we are now able to purchase an electric medical coach.  Thank you for your overwhelming support and generosity in donating prizes, buying tickets, and giving your time to organise and sell tickets.  

Latest News

Thaxted Surgery joins My Care Record www.mycarerecord.org.uk 

My Care Record is a local NHS programme to share patient medical records between local health care providers for the purpose of direct patient care.  For example, an A&E doctor can access the GP record of a patient, with that patient's consent, in A&E.

My Care Record has been live in Princess Alexandra hospital Harlow for around 6 months and Addenbrookes will pilot My Care Record from Autumn 2017. Thaxted Surgery, in consultation with our patient participation group, has decided to join My Care Record at the same time as Addenbrookes. 

Patients must be asked for their consent every time their record is accessed.  However, individual patients can also opt out entirely, in which case their record will never be available for access. 

Patients who have previously opted out of Summary Care Records will be assumed to have opted out of all forms of data sharing, including My Care Record, and the National Diabetes Audit (see below), unless you let us know that you now want to opt in.     

Thaxted Surgery participates in the National Diabetes Audit 

Thaxted surgery participates in the National Diabetes Audit, an important and valuable ongoing research project.  This involves sharing anonymous patient.  If you would like more information, or to opt out, please let us know.   

Evening and Weekend Appointments in Saffron Walden Community Hospital

There are now GP and nurse surgeries in Saffron Walden Community Hospital and Dunmow clinic at weekends and in the evenings.  These are in addition to our own Saturday surgeries, and can be booked through the surgery.   A GP will see you, and with your consent, will have access to your medical records.  Call us in Thaxted if you would like to make an appointment.  For more details: www.weekendgpservice.net

Dementia Friendly Surgery

Thaxted Surgery is working with the Alzheimer’s society to become a Dementia Friendly surgery.   We are looking for any patients and carers who would like to get involved and help us to understand how it feels for our dementia patients, and what we can change to make it better.   Please contact Sara Carruthers, the practice manager.

On-line Access to Medical Records

We are able to offer on-line access to information from your medical record about medication, immunisations, allergies and documents.  See our policy on our home page.

All patients now have a named GP

All patients now have a named GP. While, in practical terms, patients will still need to see other GPs depending on availability at the time, the named GP will have oversight of any on-going and longer-term health issues and plans, and should be requested for pre-booked appointments.

Currently, patients have been allocated to GPs on the basis of who they have tended to see in the past. The surgery is happy to alter this on request.

Friends and Family Test

We always welcome your feedback and suggestions.   Please fill out our friends and family forms available on line or in our waiting room. OR use our suggestions box. OR call the practice manager and talk!  

Our policy is to avoid antibiotics for minor infections

Most coughs, sore throats & ear aches get better without antibiotics. Antibiotics make little difference, and the more we use them, the more resistance.

infection

lasts

 

 

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4 days

  • Have plenty of rest.
  • Drink enough fluids to avoid feeling thirsty.
  • Fever is a sign the body is fighting the infection and usually gets better by itself. Use paracetamol or ibuprofen if you or your child are uncomfortable as a result of a fever.

 

Sore throat

7 days

 

Common Cold

10 days         

 

Sinusitis

18 days

 

Cough/ bronchitis

21 days

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