Help Us Help You
In the winter the pressure on NHS services. Here are 4 things you can do to help us help you:
1. Free Flu Vaccines:
If you are aged 65+ or have a long term medical condition you are entitled to a free flu vaccine at the surgery. We are scheduling clinics with bookable appointments to make it as convenient as possible to get protected. We are offering the most effective vaccine to every patient group and our GP team strongly encourage all eligible patients to get vaccinated.
2. Get Advice from NHS 111 and Local Pharmacies Before Booking a GP Appointment:
Think you need medical help right now? Call 111 or use 111 Online.
Don't wait until you feel worse. Local pharmacists are highly trained professionals and provide free advice on minor ailments.
3. Cut Unnecessary Use of Antibiotics:
Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you, your family and our community at risk. Antibiotic resistance is a growing concern. Find out more and take the Antibiotic Guardian pledge.
4. Self Care for Common Illnesses:
1 in 5 GP consultations are for common conditions such as headaches, backaches and coughs. Self care can help you manage most of these problems. It may mean you don’t have to spend time waiting to see your GP but can get on and start tackling your symptoms. Self care for common conditions can also help free up some of your GP’s time, making it easier to get an appointment when you have a more serious condition. The Self Care Forum has leaflets to help you self care for common conditions. There is local advice from Southwark CCG about what to keep in your medicine cabinet to aid self care.
Patient Online Workshop
We are holding a workshop to help patients sign-up to, and get the most out of, our online services. Everyone is welcome, from complete beginners to IT experts!
Wednesday 14th November 2018 3pm-4pm at Elm Lodge Surgery.
If you are making an appointment for a medical issue that is not urgent for today please do use our routine appointments rather than calling at 8am. Book online or call our reception team.
Routine appointments are slightly longer and we are more likely to be able to offer you a convenient time.