willowbrook Medical practice digital news bulletin

Brook Street, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire NG17 1ES

T: 01623 440018 | Open: Mon - Fri 08.00 to 18.30 | W: willowbrookmp.co.uk

In line with Government guidance we would like to advise all patients that you will be required to wear a face covering when attending the practice. This decision has been taken to provide additional protection for both patients and staff. Thank you for your co-operation at this difficult time.

Welcome to our first fully online newsletter

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, we have taken the decision not to produce a paper copy of our quarterly newsletter and will continue with this digital format for the foreseeable future.

If you have any worries or concerns about any aspect of your health we are still here for you.

However, the way we do things has changed for now:

  • we are offering telephone consultations so we can safely triage your symptoms
  • if appropriate we will make you a face-to-face appointment with a clinician
  • if you need a 'fit note' we can send you this to your smartphone or email address
  • we are sending out some of the annual reviews, such as asthma, via a web questionnaire; when we receive this back we will contact you to discuss your answers and you may not need to come into the surgery
  • we are still carrying out routine baby vaccinations so please attend when requested and follow social distancing requirements
  • we are encouraging patients to register for the free NHS app so they can order repeat medication online

πŸ†• New patients

We have recently launched our online patient registration process.

This has made the process easier for new patients to register with the practice as there are no paper forms to complete (although this option is still available).

It also eliminates unnecessary patient contact especially in the current Coronavirus pandemic.

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πŸšͺ Comings and goings

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we haven't had any changes in our GP team, but from August, GP Registrar Dr Sleeman will be moving on to his next placement.

First year GP Registrar Dr Holt (f) will be joining us from August and we will also be welcoming back Drs Onuoha (m), Cheema (f) and McGlashan (m) who are all in their final year of training.

🧠 Now more than ever, Every Mind Matters.

During COVID-19, it is essential to take care of your mind as well as your body while staying at home. It’s not always easy – we can feel frustrated, miss loved ones or get anxious. To help, visit Every Mind Matters at everymindmatters.co.uk to access simple tips and advice to start taking better care of your mental wellbeing, and get your personalised Mind Plan.

🚭 Your Health Your Way is a free service available to support residents of Nottinghamshire (excluding Nottingham City) get more active, eat healthier, lose weight, drink less and quit smoking.

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Get NHS help online

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak means people need to be able to access health and care services from home – you can get NHS help using your smartphone, computer or tablet.

πŸ‘©β€πŸ’» Help with technology & connecting with support networks

ClickSilver Computer Course

Do you know your Twitter from your Cloud?

(Excerpt from ageuk.org.uk website)

In a modern society technology is seen as common place and new advancements are occurring every day. Most people use a smart phone, computer, tablet or the internet at least once a day and many of us take it for granted. However, statistics indicate that 85% of people aged 55+ have never used the internet.

If that is you, never fear! Age UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire, Business in the Community and Capital One have worked together to develop ClickSilver, a six-week computer course where participants receive one-to-one support from a volunteer to help them get to grips with the internet, emails and social media.

Working in conjunction with Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham, ClickSilver matches each older person with their own student mentor to guide them through the course.

ClickSilver gives older people the knowledge and confidence to access information safely online, helping to provide more financial security for their future.

The course is suitable for people who know absolutely nothing about the computers and the internet through to those who wish they knew a bit more.

Who is this service for?

Over 55’s with no or limited computer skills.

How much does this service cost?

Β£10 for a 6 week course, including refreshments.

What support can Clicksilver offer?

Participants will learn a variety of skills including how to use a computer and the internet safely, send emails, attach photos and use social media. The course offers one to one support and is flexible to individual needs.

🦠 Stay alert

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance from people not in your household (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

πŸ₯™ Eating Disorders and Coronavirus

Excerpt from Beat Eating Disorders website:

Coronavirus is understandably causing a lot of stress and anxiety, and we know that things may feel very uncertain right now. If you have an eating disorder, or are supporting someone who does, you might have specific worries or practical concerns to do with the illness or treatment. We’ve listened to the issues you’ve raised and, with the help of eating disorder clinicians, put together the guidance below to try to respond to the most common ones. Carers can find out more about supporting someone during the current situation here.

We also want to reassure you that our support services will continue to be here for you during this time, including putting extra provisions in place, such as our new online group open during helpline hours for anyone with an eating disorder. Our Helpline team is set up for home working so please do continue to get in touch with us as usual and we’ll do our best to give you the support you deserve.

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