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Latest News

Farewell Dr Longley, hello Dr White!

It is with sadness that we will be saying ‘Goodbye’ to Dr Mark Longley, who is leaving the practice at the end of October.  He joined the Wilson Practice in 2015 and quickly became a popular doctor with both patients and staff.  Alton’s  loss is Winchester’s gain; his new surgery is within walking distance of his home.

Dr Longley said. “I have really enjoyed working with the team here and serving the local people, but my wife is also a GP and with a young family, the opportunity to work closer to home was too attractive to turn down. I wish everyone the very best for the future.”

Dr Samuel White, has joined the practice, initially as a locum, from the Chichester. He will acquire responsibility for patients who currently have Dr Longley as their ‘Usual Doctor’.  The practice is keen to assure patients that there will be a good handover between the doctors, so it is not necessary to book a ‘farewell’ appointment with Dr Longley or an introductory one with Dr White.  We have had patients do this in the past and whilst the sentiment is understood, pressure on GP appointments is such that this is not be a good use of clinical time and may deny an appointment to a patient who really needs it.

 

FLU CLINICS - please book NOW - whilst you think of it

Sat 7 Oct; Mon 25 Sept and Thur 19 Oct - now booking. If you are eligible for an annual jab - please book on-line, or call reception.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED : Vokes Lunch Club needs you! 

Providing daily lunches in a friendly social atmosphere for over-60s living in Alton, Vokes Lunch Club (opposite the Catholic Church in Normandy Street) members enjoy a home-cooked meal and the opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones. It is badly in need of volunteers (only a few hours a week) to greet and welcome members, to help those who need a little assistance, to join in kitchen activities and to serve the tasty meals. .If you can help at all, please phone Allison on 01420 84235

Practice staff and friends walk to raise money and remember Amy

On Sunday 14 May over 50 Wilson Practice GPs, staff, retired staff and friends put their best feet forward for a five mile circuit of Chawton. They were treated to refreshments from Cassandra's Cup tea rooms before the off and enjoyed a very social stroll on what proved to be the sunniest day of the year so far. To date, more than £900 has been collected, thanks to the generosity of the walkers, their friends and of patients in the practice.  The money is to be shared between the British Kidney Patients' Association and the Wessex Renal Unit at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, where Amy, the daughter of Teresa, one of the Wilson Practice's receptionists, was a patient for many years. Amy sadly passed away last autumn, after a 27-year battle against kidney disease.  Before the off, Teresa thanked everyone for supporting the walk and spoke very movingly about the difference the additional funds would make for kidney patients and their families, and about the chronic shortage of kidney donors.  She urged everyone to consider organ donation after death and highlighted the importance of ensuring that, if you join the organ donor register, you also ensure that your family is aware of your wishes.

                

   Walkers head uphill across the sheep field                                             

Shingles vaccination eligibility change

From 1 April 2017 NHS England announced that patients are eligible for a vaccination against the shingles virus from their 70th birthday, not the September after their 70th birthday, as previously.  Patients already over 70 become eligible for the catch-up programme from the date of their 78th birthday.  Patients in both these groups remain eligible until their 80th birthday.

 

Connect to Support Hampshire: health, including mental health and dementia, learning and physical disabilities and older people's health information and advice for all

Connect to Support Hampshire is a source of information and advice, as well as a directory of services available for adults in Hampshire.
This website can be used to assist in sign-posting patients to services, key resources and websites that can help with many areas of life including:

  • Coping in later life
  • Mental Health
  • Health and Well-being  (including Well-being Centres)
  • Dementia
  • Learning and physical disabilities 

The Wilson Practice is now on Facebook: Find our link under the News tab to follow us and be first with the latest news

Have you considered eConsult? See it now on the home page

eConsult has been developed by NHS doctors and has been in use in many practices in London since 2014. You can complete an on-line eConsult questionnaire about a specific problem, or raise a general query with our GPs anytime of the day or night.  You are guaranteed a response by the end of the working day after we receive the eConsult.  We hope the system might save some patients a visit to the surgery, freeing up time for those who need it.

Type 2 Diabetes: you ARE what you eat.....

a recent presentation by Dr Ben Turner, consultant physician at Hampshire Hospitals, revealed some shocking statistics and shared what we can do to avoid this 'modern day Black Death' see orange Patient Group tab (below) and then the Events tab

  • Please give us feedback

    We welcome patient feedback on the care and treatment we provide, and suggestions for changes or improvements you would like the practice to consider.

    You can complete a very simple paper survey in the surgery, or you can do it on-line by clicking 'Would you recommend?' (below) or at www.leavemyfeedback.com/4674.  You can also leave feedback on the NHS Choices website (www.nhs.uk). Your views are important to us. Thank you for taking the time to respond.

  • Over 40? Would you like an NHS Healthcheck?

Click here for more information or contact reception for an appointment.

  • On-line access to your medical records is helpful and secure

Why might you want to see your medical records?  You can check results of blood tests, refer back to recent consultations, check your medications or immunisation dates and refresh your memory before attending an outpatient appointment, for example; and of course, you can ensure we have your latest contact details.  Click here for an application form. You will need to come to the surgery in person with the completed form plus photo ID and proof of address to register for this service.

YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS, YOUR RIGHTS and OUR RESPONSIBILITIES

How we manage and use your medical information is vitally important.  We are governed by strict regulations. You have a right to see the information we hold on you and can request that information is not shared with other healthcare providers without your consent.  You can read about this here: Medical information management - fair processing

  • The Wilson Practice is a DEMENTIA-FRIENDLY PRACTICE

See DEMENTIA tab (below) for more information

  • Meningitis B vaccination: fact sheet available

see Our services tab above and then select Immunisations

  • MISSED APPOINTMENTS - please cancel to help us to reduce this waste

225 patients failed to attend booked appointments last month - that's 37 hours of GP and nurse time: a week's worth of clinical expertise wasted in just one month. CANCELLED APPOINTMENTS CAN BE RELEASED TO OTHER PATIENTS STRAIGHTAWAY - SO PLEASE let us know - or cancel on-line or using the automated phone system - if you cannot attend your appointment.

Information booklets:

  • The facts about general practice : an overview of this key part of the NHS - produced in partnership with Wessex LMC
  • Help us to help you : a brief insight into how the practice works and how patients can work with us to enable the practice to provide the best and most efficient care for everyone
  • SUMMARY CARE RECORD - emergency care information under your control

    This is, as the name suggests, a subset of a patient's clinical record, contaning details about medications, allergies and reactions, that can be made available, with an individual's consent, to clinicians outside of the general practice setting. This could be useful if you are seeing a doctor in a hospital or need emergency or out of hours care.  If you want to know more, there is a letter from NHS England and an opt-out form here: Letter; Opt out form

  • OUT OF HOURS CONTACT NUMBER: 111

When the surgery is closed and you  require urgent medical assistance which cannot wait until the surgery re-opens, call 1-1-1. Calls to the NHS 111 service are free from both landlines and mobiles.  If you have a life threatening medical emergency please dial 999.   The Out-of-Hours number is available on our answerphone message when the surgery is closed,

  • Are your contact details up-to-date?

If you think the phone number we have on your medical record may be out of date, please update your record using the 'Change of Personal Details' facility from the 'Further Information' list below.  For the time being it is not possible to book a nurse clinic or blood test via this system, because these appointments . Unfortunately, the software settings mean that there is a nurse appointment option, even though none are available. Our supplier is working on this.

  • TEXT REMINDERS FOR APPOINTMENTS

If we have a mobile telephone number for you in our records, you will automatically receive a text confirmation of any appointment you make with The Wilson Practice. If you prefer not to receive these, please let us know. And of course, if you find these useful and you change your mobile phone number, let us know that too.

  •  If you are a CARER, for a family member or someone else, please let Reception know

There are a number of services, including a FREE FLU JAB, available to carers to help them look after their own health. Please take a look at the Carers section below.

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