The Clays Practice is launching a Patient Participation Group (PPG)
The aim of the PPG is to bring a sense of partnership between the practice and its' patients by acting as representatives of the patient population and creating a better way of connecting general practice with the community it serves. They meet on a regular basis to have open and constructive discussions about the services available - always with a view to taking action to make real improvements for both patients and the Practice.
Benefits for patients
PPG's are a grassroots way of affecting change, and involving patients in improving the health and well-being of the local community. They have an increasingly important role to play in helping to give patient an understanding of the way services are delivered to best meet their needs., and the needs of the local community.
PPG's are a good interface to identify essential improvements and it is hoped that forming the group will aid communication. The PPG will be tasked with collecting patient opinions and experiences in the form of a survey available from your local surgery. This will help the practice evaluate its services and the group will publish the results on a quarterly basis.
To kick-start the process we will be having an open evening on 23rd January at 5:30pm . Please do attend as we need YOU the patients to put your ideas forward for a positive patient experience from our practice.
There is currently a national shortage of the medication "Naproxen".
If you are taking Naproxen regularly, you may find that you are issued with an alternative item instead. The alternative item will be essentially the same medication but under a different name
We are currently out of stock of Vaccines for the over 65's.
Under 65's in "At Risk" Groups
Appointments will be available to book from the week commencing the 8th October, you will also be offered a vaccination at any already booked Nurse appointment.
It is recommended that you have a flu jab if you:
- are pregnant (see below)
- have a serious medical condition (see below)
- are the main Carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
It is recommended that all pregnant women should have the flu vaccine, whatever stage of pregnancy they're in.
This is because there is good evidence that pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu.
Studies have shown that the flu vaccine can be safely and effectively given during any trimester of pregnancy. The vaccine does not carry risks for either the mother or baby. In fact, studies have shown that mothers who have had the vaccine while pregnant pass some protection to their babies, which lasts for the first few months of their lives.
People with medical conditions
The flu vaccine is offered free to anyone who is over six months of age and has one of the following medical conditions:
- chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, COPD or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological disease, such as a stroke, TIA or post-polio syndrome
- a weakened immune system due to conditions such as HIV, or treatments that suppress the immune system such as chemotherapy
If you live with someone who has a weakened immune system, you may also be able to have a flu vaccine. Speak to your GP about this.