FLU VACCINATIONS - LIMITED STOCK - BOOK NOW!!!!
There are three types of vaccines available this year. This will ensure that the most suitable vaccine provides the best protection to each group as below:-
Quadrivalent for patients aged 18 to 64 in an at risk group (please see on NHS Choices for further details on these groups) PLEASE BOOK AT RECEPTION
Trivalent for patients aged 65 and over PLEASE BOOK AT RECEPTION
Fluenz Nasal Spray for Children aged 2 – 3 yrs and those children in an at risk group in school years 6 to age 17 PLEASE BOOK AT RECEPTION
Your GP encourages you to have your vaccine here so that we can check your records for eligibility for other important vaccines such as Shingles and Pneumonia. The funding received from giving you your flu vaccination enables us to provide other services throughout the year - services that only we provide
Judy Baggallay, our Minor Illness Nurse will be retiring on 31st January 2019, after almost 20 years dedicated service with the Ivel Medical Centre. Judy has looked after many of our patients for chronic conditions, as well as treating for minor illness, and travel vaccinations.
She loves to travel herself, so will be able to spend more time visiting new and exciting places.
We have all thoroughly enjoyed working with her, and we know that you will all join us in thanking her for the last 20 years at the Ivel Medical Centre, and wish her a very happy retirement.
Electronic Prescription Service
The Practice transferred to EPS with effect from 01.10.18.
This will mean that if you are registered with a Pharmacy, your prescriptions will be sent electronically to them. It will make the process easier and more efficient for the patients, the Pharmacies and the Practice. If you do not already have a nominated Pharmacy, you can discuss the process with them, and register. You can still come to the surgery to pick up your prescription yourself if you prefer.
Important information regarding your repeat prescriptions!
Community pharmacies will soon no longer be able to order medication on your behalf (exclusions apply for vulnerable patients)
Patients are requested to take responsibility for ordering their own medication to ensure safe and responsible ordering, reduce errors, and to prevent unnecessary medicine waste.
There are various ways in which you can order your regular medications, for example -
- on-line - via SystmOne, (you will need to register to be issued with a username and a password)
- by dropping the prescription request into the surgery
- by sending the prescription request in the post.
If you use a nominated pharmacy to collect and supply,your medication, this will continue.
For more information, contact the surgery and speak to the reception team.
New Minor Eye Condition service
This is a free service offered at participating opticians for patients who have a minor eye condition. This is to save GP appointments and prevent A&E attendances. Please see the Clinics & Services section for more information about the conditions that can be seen by this service and which opticians are participating.
Important Notice for Patients on Warfarin
Due to a change in prescribing regulations you must now bring your yellow book to all medication review, Diabetic and Heart Clinic appointments. You must also bring your yellow book when collecting prescriptions from our Dispensary.
We cannot issue your prescription without having seen the book.
You are now able to book blood test appointments via the Access the Appointment system icon below. A limited number per clinic will be available to book online.
If you are moving out of the area (our catchment area is detailed under the New Patients tab), you will need to register with a new GP where you will be living.
You will need your NHS Number, and once registered, your medical records will be transferred.
Are you travelling abroad anytime soon?
You will need to check with the embassy of every country you will be travelling to and through, what their rules are for taking medicines which we prescribe for you.
We are happy to give you a print out of a list of the medications which we prescribe for you. You will need to check with a pharmacist what each of your medicines contain and don't forget to ask about:
- all prescribed medicines (including tablets, syrups, injectables, creams and patches etc)
- all medicines which you buy over the counter from the chemist or supermarket
Urgent Care - Public Consultation
A public consultation is underway about the proposal to change the way we provide urgent care. The proposal is to close the Walk-in Centre at Putnoe, Bedford and replace the service with an Urgent Treatment Centre sited at Bedford Hospital. The CCG is very keen to involve as many local people as possible and hear their views. Take the survey via the link below:
Have you completed your Friends & Family Test?
Please answer 1 quick question here.
Save time – do it online!
GP online services gives patients the option to book appointments, request repeat prescriptions and view their GP records, using their computer, tablet or smartphone rather than having to phone or visit their practice.
Online services complement the existing ways patients can access appointments, prescriptions and their records. Our practices already have the facility to offer online access to records and transactional services for our patients.
If you are not already registered for GP online services please let a member of the practice team know you would like to use this service.
Keeping well, how GP online services can help
It's important to look after yourself, especially over the winter months. The cold weather can be bad for your health, particularly in children, the elderly and for people with long-term health conditions such as diabetes or heart diseases. There are lots of things you can do to keep you and your family well.
GP online services are available at [insert practice name] to help people better manage their health this winter. These services enable patients to book GP appointments and request repeat prescriptions via their computer, smartphone or tablet at a time that suits them, anywhere, anytime – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Patients who require repeat prescriptions can request these from the comfort of their own home, rather than venturing out in the cold or wet weather to drop their request off at the practice. You will also be able to review which medication you should be taking, the dosage and when it should be taken – helping to improve your understanding of your medication.
If you want to register for GP online services you will need to fill out a form at the practice and show two forms of ID one of which should have a photo (such as a UK passport or driving licence) and the other should have your address (such as a council tax bill). If you don’t have photo ID or anything with your address on it, it doesn’t mean you will not be able to use online services, our practice staff may be able to help.
To register for GP online services, drop in and ask us, or to find out more visit the NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk/GPonlineservices.