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"What Matters?" is a new publication, started in the Summer of 2021, for those approaching or planning for end of life in Cornwall. It’s a joint venture that’s been created by the Cornwall Hospice Care Community Services team with the support of Community Connect.
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People who should have a flu vaccine
The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk. This is to help protect them against catching flu and developing serious complications.
You should have the flu vaccine if you:
- are 65 years old or over
- are pregnant
- have certain serious long-term medical conditions, including:
- chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma (which requires an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment, or has led to hospital admission in the past), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), learning disability or cerebral palsy
- problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medication such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)
- are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
- receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
The Clays Practice has launched 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 of PPG's 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.