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Appointments at Christmas and New Year
The Hub (the five local practices working together) offer appointments in the evenings and weekends. This Christmas, The Hub is also open on the bank holidays. The appointments are at Hedge End Medical Centre with a GP or Nurse, and can be booked by ringing the practice.
The opening hours over Christmas and New Year (pre booked appointments) are:
Christmas Eve - 6.30pm-8.30pm
Christmas Day - 8.00am-12noon
Boxing Day - 8am-12noon
New Year's Eve - 6.30-8.30pm
New Year's Day - 8.00am-12noon
Flu Vaccinations - Now Booking
We are now booking flu vaccinations for patients over 65 or in an at risk group. To book, please contact reception.
We have limited availability of vaccines this year, so please make sure you contact us soon!
If you have a mobile telephone number on your medical records, you will notice that we have texted you in the past asking for your permission to contact you in this way. We routinely send appointment reminders, and other recalls for health. We are sending some more texts at the moment encouraging patients who have a smartphone to download the app, MJog Messenger, which allows us to send richer messages to patients. If you'd like more information, please go to MJog.
Electronic Prescription Service
We encourage all patients to nominate a pharmacy to dispense their prescription. You can complete a form available from reception, or just let us know verbally. You will still order your prescription in the normal way, but it will then be sent electronically to your nominated pharmacy.
This system has a much better audit trail for the prescriptions, and is safer for the patient, pharmacy and the Practice. For more information, see this link.
Get Hampshire Walking
GPs in west Hampshire are supporting a campaign to get people walking more.
Physical activity has a positive impact on health and happiness and even small changes can make a big difference.
Sitting for long periods of time can cause premature aging and diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, dementia and depression. The only thing that can prevent this damage is being more active!
Walking is also a great opportunity to meet new people and help with your mental as well as physical health. Getting out and meeting people face to face helps with local connections, provides opportunities to get to know your neighbourhood better and to make new friends.
And it’s not all about big walks in the country, or walking lots of miles. You can start at your own pace, with a few minutes of additional walking and then increase this over time. You could walk to the shops, get off the bus a stop earlier or park the car further away from work. All these things can help increase your activity levels and will have a positive impact on your health and wellbeing.
If you’ve not been very active, you can speak to your GP or practice nurse about how you can increase the amount of walking you do every day and they can give you advice about what is appropriate for you.
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Where is my nearest defibrillator?
There is a great App, developed by South Central Ambulance (SCAS) called "Save A Life". It gives you the nearest defib machine location, and also instructions on CPR, videos and will answer lots of your questions about basic life support. Go to http://www.scas.nhs.uk/news/campaigns/savealife/ for more information, or download it from the App store.
Econsult - Online consultations
We have added online consultations to the options which patients have to communication with the practice. Click the picture on the home page "consult online with my GP" to use the system.
Fax machine disconnection
In April, our fax machine was disconnected. Fax is an outdated technology, and email is both more secure and has a better audit trail. Patients should contact the surgery for medical problems using the Econsult option https://hedgeendmedicalcentre.webgp.com/, or request medication / book appointments using online access (need to register for this first) https://patient.emisaccess.co.uk/account/login?ReturnUrl=%2F.
If you are an organisation that needs to contact us, you can use our email address email@example.com, please remember that Patient Identifiable Data must be sent from a secure email address, or encrypted.
If you have any concerns about this, please contact the Practice Manager, Jennie Dock.