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Look out for older people and others who may find it more difficult to stay cool and hydrated in hot weather.

It is important to check that older friends, family and neighbours are coping during the hot weather. Keep in touch over the phone and follow the guidance on how to safely care for others

Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol during the hot weather.  

A cool living space is especially important for infants, older people or those with long-term health conditions  

Avoid extreme physical exertion during the hot weather. If you can’t avoid strenuous outdoor activity, keep it for cooler parts of the day e.g., early morning or evening.

The best thing to do in the hot weather is stay out of the direct sun, especially between 11am and 3pm as UV rays are strongest during these hours.  

Don’t leave babies, children, older people or vulnerable people or pets alone in stationary cars in hot weather

If going out in the hot weather, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen, wear a hat and light, loose cotton clothes  

If you or others feel unwell, get dizzy, feel weak, anxious or have

Intense thirst, move to a cool place, rehydrate and cool your body down

Rest immediately in a cool place if you have painful muscular spasms and drink plenty of cool drinks. Seek medical attention if you feel unusual symptoms or if symptoms persist.  


Enhanced Access Appointments in Leek & Biddulph

Your local practices (Leek & Biddulph Primary Care Network) are asking patients views on what potential extra appointments you might find useful and when.  Please click on the link below to access the questionnaire form that you can complete and submit:

https://forms.gle/LTLEu7ue5Mynb9J89


Spring Booster Covid Vaccination Campaign

This week marks the start of the Spring Booster Covid Vaccination Campaign nationally (essentially phase 4). This will be targeting the over 75 years and over and those aged

12 years and over who are clinically extremely vulnerable. LVS (Local Vaccination Service / GP run Vaccination Centres) have predominantly been asked to stand down from this phase of vaccine delivery, so that we can focus on providing core General Practice services. Leek and Biddulph PCN have decided to adhere to this guidance. We have not taken this decision lightly as we have prided ourselves on being able to deliver phase 1,2, and 3 to our patients in their locality. However, running the vaccine clinics, as well as simultaneously performing all the routine everyday core work has taken a huge toll on General Practice staff, thus to provide a sustainable service going forward we have stepped down from spring boosters.

 

As of April, we are officially putting our two vaccination centres in Leek and Biddulph into ‘hibernation’ and currently fully intend to reopen them if an Autumn/Winter 2022 booster campaign is needed. We appreciate this will potentially inconvenience some of our patients but there are now a number of excellent local vaccine clinics that can be found on the NBS (National Booking Service)

 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

 

Please be reassured that our patients residing in a care home, or who are registered as housebound, will still be catered for with a visiting service who can administer the vaccine in patient’s homes. We are working closely with MPFT (Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust) who will be providing this service, we will advise those patients affected on the specifics of this process in due course.

 

With over 50,000 vaccines now delivered by the PCN since we started in January 2021, I would like to again take this opportunity to thank all staff in the PCN, and all volunteers that have helped at both sites. Without your hard work and dedication, the success achieved in the vaccination campaigns in Leek and Biddulph would not have been possible.

 

Many Thanks

Dr Neil Briscoe 

Wearing a face covering in GP Practices

Face coverings are no longer mandatory in a number of settings from 26 January 2022.

However, we are still asking that you wear a face covering in our practice to help keep yourselves, other patients, and staff safe.

When visiting our practice, you will still be required to wear a face covering.  This will keep everyone safe from COVID-19.

You could have COVID-19 and not even know about it. That’s why anyone entering this practice must continue to wear a face covering after 26 January 2022.

If you are visiting the practice, you will still be asked to wear a face covering after 26 January 2022. If you don’t have one, please ask a member of staff and they will help you.

Thank you to everyone who continues to wear a face covering when visiting our

practice – you are helping to keep yourselves, our patients and our staff safe from

COVID-19.

If you’re coming into the practice, you will still be required to wear a face covering.

Help to keep everyone safe at your local practice.

All Staff at Moorland Medical Centre work hard to provide an excellent service to our patients

 

We are not here to suffer physical, or verbal abuse from patients, their relatives or members of the Public.

 

This practice operates a zero-tolerance policy with regards to violence or abuse. ANY patient or their relative who use threatening or offensive behaviour, either verbal or physical, in person or via the telephone or social media could be removed from the practice in order to protect our staff and other patients.

Teaching, Training and Research

Our practice is committed to assist in the training of other health professionals from medical students, nurses to trainee GPs or General Practitioners.

Fully qualified doctors with experience in hospital medicine who wish to become GPs join the practice and spend from 6 to 18 months working here, sharing all aspects of medical care with the primary health care team. The trainee GPs are closely supervised by the regular doctors and bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm to the team. Their training includes seeing patients in surgery, sometimes on their own and sometimes with another doctor present, home visits and learning how to deal with emergencies. Occasionally video-taping a consultation allows the trainee GP to improve their clinical and communication skills. Video-taping is only done with the patients consent and is completely confidential. Should you be asked to take part in a video and you do not wish to then please say so and you will not be videoed. If you agree to be videoed then change your mind afterwards please let the trainee GP know and they can immediately erase the video. Any videos are kept for a maximum period of the trainee’s time here at the surgery, once they leave the surgery the videos are erased. It is a valuable way for the trainee GP to learn and we appreciate and would like to say a public ‘thank you’ to all the patients who do allow themselves to be videoed.

We also help to train medical students from Keele University with a varying degree of experience. Some are first years gaining their first experiences of studying medicine; some are final years and getting ready to take their qualifying exams. If a medical student is working with the doctor or nurse you are seeing you will be asked to give consent to the student being present. Occasionally we may ask if the student could chat to you first briefly before being seen by your usual doctor or nurse. Once again the consultations are strictly confidential. We are grateful to all our patients that assist with the training of the next generation of doctors.

Nurses training to become practice nurses, midwives, district nurses may also be attached to the practice. Usually they accompany the person they are training to be, so a student nurse accompanies our practice nurse or nurse practitioner. You will be asked to give consent to these students being present and again it is strictly confidential. If you do agree we would once again like to thank you for you co-operation.

The Practice is involved with medical research in partnership with Keele University and other researchers as listed below. You may be asked to participate in a research project that we are taking part in, but we would always ask for consent.
If you have any questions or wish to be excluded from this list, please contact Fran Fairhurst, Practice Manager on 01538 399008 or email moorland.med@nhs.net 

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