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NEW PRACTICE MANAGER 

We are pleased to announce that Sharon Hogarth, much respected Manager and Governor at the James Paget Hospital recently joined the Practice as Practice Manager. Sharon brings with her a wealth of management experience and is extremely Patient focused and she looks forward to working with the team, Patient Participation Group and at both Surgeries to deliver safe, effective, caring services that are responsive to people's needs.


Health Checks

All patients over the age of 40 are welcome to book an appointment for an annual health check. Please make an appointment for the check at the surgery.
More info:

We are now offering Health Checks to eligible patients which aim to lower your risk of diabetes, stroke, heart and kidney disease. The free 30 minute check will be available to those aged 40 – 74 years who do not already have a chronic disease.If you would like to be considered for this Check please leave your name at Reception. For more information see

http://www.nhs.uk/Planners/NHSHealthCheck/Pages/NHSHealthCheck.aspx


IMPROVED GP ACCESS FOR PATIENTS AT OULTON MEDICAL CENTRE - 27.07.15

We have recently been reviewing ways in which we can enhance patient access to GP appointments outside of normal core surgery hours.  Having considered the views of patients and in consultation with the Patient Participation Group we are pleased to advise that NHS England have fully endorsed our plans to extend opening hours at Oulton Medical Centre, providing additional access to patients of both Marine and Oulton Surgeries at the Meadow Road, Oulton address.

New Opening Hours at OMC commencing - Monday 27th July 2015.

Monday    08:00 - 19:00

Tuesday   08:00 - 19:00

Wed         08:00 - 19:00

Thursday  07:30 - 19:00

Friday       08:00 - 18:30

Extended hours surgeries are intended to accommodate those people who cannot easily attend the surgery during the main part of the day. We respectfully ask patients who are able to attend during normal surgery hours to reserve these extended hour surgeries for those who are unable to do so. 


SEASONAL FLU VACCINATIONS
If you are 65 and over, or in an at risk group, please contact the surgery to book your flu jab now. These will be booked in time order.

Shingles Vaccination

There is now a free Shingles Vaccination for those who were aged 70, 78 or 79 years on the 1st September 2014, i.e. born between the following dates:

  • 2.9.1943 – 1.9.1944 or

  • 2.9.1934 – 1.9.1935 or

  • 2.9.1935 - 1.9.1936

This vaccination only needs to be given once. We will be offering this vaccination to eligible patients in our flu vaccination clinics.



ONLINE SERVICES
We are working with our system supplier towards being able to offer the facility for patients to view online, export or print any summary information from their records relating to medications, allergies, adverse reactions, test result, e-consultations and any other items agreed between the contractor and patient.


New Patients

We welcome new patients. Please collect a registration form from reception. Please remember to bring in proof of identity when you return the form to us, such as, a recent utility bill or bank statement showing your name and current address. All new patients are invited to attend for a “New Patient Check”. This check is very important as it can sometimes take a while before we receive your full medical records. You will be given a questionnaire and a urine specimen container. Please bring with you, any medication and vaccination records, a urine sample and your completed questionnaire, when you attend your appointment.


New Drug Driving Rules

There will be a new law on driving after taking certain drugs, including some prescribed medicines such as, morphine, diazepam, clonazepam, flunitrazepam, lorazepam, oxazepam, temazepam and methadone. Please note that this list will be subject to further additions in the future.
Many people are raising the question, 'What should I do if I need to take any of the specified medicines?' Information from the Department of Transport says that you should:-
  • Keep taking your medicines as prescribed.
  • Check the leaflet that comes with your medicines for information on how they may affect your driving ability.
  • Do not drive after taking your medicines until you know how they affect you.
  • Do not drive if you feel drowsy, dizzy, unable to concentrate or make decisions, or if you have blurred or double vision.

If you are taking your medicine in accordance with the advice of a healthcare professional and/or as printed in the accompanying leaflet and your driving is not impaired, then you are not breaking the law. For more information pick up a leaflet from the surgery or contact the Department of Transport or go online to www.gov.uk/drug-driving-lawIf you move house, please let us know your new address and telephone number. If you move beyond our practice boundaries, you will need to register with a Doctor in your new area. We can only make home visits to patients living within the catchment area. For those patients who are unable to use public transport and have no one who can help get them to the hospital, please contact the surgery for further information.

If you are worried or feel uncertain about your medication, speak to your pharmacist or GP.


Hospital Transport

For those patients who are unable to use public transport and have no one who can help get them to the hospital, please contact the surgery for further information.


Moving House

If you move house, please let us know your new address and telephone number. If you move beyond our practice boundaries, you will need to register with a Doctor in your new area. We can only make home visits to patients living within the catchment area.

CQC Report Oulton Medical

Please open the link for further details of the CQC report

Welcome to Oulton Medical Practice

Our Practice Surgeries are conveniently located in both Lowestoft at Marine Surgery, Kirkley Mill and Oulton village at Oulton Medical Centre. The doctors and nurses take pride in offering the highest standard of patient-centred healthcare, working together as a team with our patients to promote a healthy lifestyle with shared responsibility for continuing good health.

We aim to treat all our patients promptly, courteously and in complete confidence. If you live in our practice area and would like to register with us, please contact us, complete one of our on-line registration forms or pick one up from reception.

We run many clinics for chronic disease care and offer a wide variety of other medical services such as antenatal and postnatal care, minor surgery, childhood vaccinations and well-person check-ups.

There is good access for our disabled patients and visitors. We have designated disabled parking bays located close to our surgery entrance and all entrance doors and areas including main reception, consultation rooms and facilities are wheelchair friendly.

In addition to information about the practice you will also find a wealth of health-related information in the menu located on the right hand side. Please have a look around the site and please let us have your thoughts, views and feedback

Make sure you have enough prescription medicine to last over the bank holiday weekend

Your GP surgery will be closed on Bank Holidays so if you use prescription medicine, it is important that you order any repeat prescriptions you might need. Remember that we need at least 48 hours to process a repeat prescription request so a little planning ahead could save you a lot of hassle. If you are going away for the weekend - don't forget to take your prescription medicine with you.

Enjoy the Summer Safely

Whether you are at home or abroad take some simple steps to protect your skin from sunburn while enjoying the long summer days:

  • Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm.

  • Use SPF 30+ sunscreen with UVA protection, remember to apply generously and reapply regularly.

  • Covering up with a long sleeved shirt or t-shirt, hat and sunglasses will help to give added protection.

  • Young skin burns easily, so take extra care with children in the sun.

  • Drink regularly, even if you do not feel thirsty, water or fruit juice are best.

    Holiday on the horizon?

  • Please don't leave it until the last minute to book for any vaccinations required - please call the surgery.

IMPROVED GP ACCESS FOR PATIENTS AT OULTON MEDICAL PRACTICE

We have recently been reviewing ways in which we can enhance patient access to GP appointments outside of normal core surgery hours. Having considered the views of patients and in consultation with the Patient Participation Group we are pleased to advise that NHS England have fully endorsed our plans to extend opening hours at Oulton Medical Centre, providing additional access to patients of both Marine and Oulton Surgeries at the Meadow Road, Oulton address.

New Practice Opening Hours

Monday                08:00 - 19:00

Tuesday               08:00 - 19:00

Wednesday          08:00 - 19:00

Thursday              07:30 - 19:00

Friday                  08:00 - 18:30

Extended hours surgeries are intended to accommodate those people who cannot easily attend the surgery during the main part of the day. We respectfully ask patients who are able to attend during normal surgery hours to reserve these extended hour surgeries for those who are unable to do so.

READ VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS:

Patient Data has now been uploaded to the Summary Care Record unless patients have specifically opted out of these scheme. Patients records are collected electronically via the GP2GP electronic system wherever possible when a patient registers with the Practice. Patients can already request prescriptions on line and make appointments on line, however, we will also be enabling in the future on line access to part of your medical record if you would like to view this. In the meantime, should you wish to view your medical record then this request needs to be put in writing to the practice manager and please note there will be a charge made for this. Feedback about the practice will also be available shortly on line but currently available on NHS choices or by email to the practice manager or forms available in reception at the practice.

Mobile Phone Information

If you have not already done so please would you inform us of your mobile phone number and give us consent to contact you via text.

We use text messaging as a way of informing patients of health reviews that are due. We may also occasionally use text messaging to provide you with other Surgery information such as a due appointment. We will not use it for sensitive information such as test results and we not will issue any patient identifiable information.

PATIENT FEEDBACK

Suggestions

We are encouraging patients to give their views about how the Practice is doing. We would like to be able to find out the opinions of as many patients as possible and are asking if people would provide their email addresses so we can contact you by email every now and again to ask you a question or two. If you would like to be included in this please contact Reception or fill in the form whilst attending the surgery.

If you have any suggestions or feedback that may assist me in my role as your new Practice Manager understand your views, improve patient services, patient access and patient experience then please do pop your comments in the feedback box located in Reception, alternatively you may contact me by telephone. Alternatively you also are invited to contact a member of our Patient Participation Group. The PPG are actively involved in supporting the Practice deliver improved patient care, facilities and services.

Thank you

Sharon Hogarth, Associate Practice Manager.

 

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