Message from Dr Mark Coombe
I wanted to let you know that for a number of reasons, mainly personal, I will be cutting down my sessions in the surgery to one day a week with the plan to retire in 2022. I joined the surgery in 1996 having spent 6 years in the army. The surgery at the time was considered 'in danger' and so to be leaving you in such good shape makes me very proud. I have loved my time as your GP and wish you all the very best for the future. The pandemic will come to an end and the world will recover so even in those dark days to come try and stay positive. With best wishes, Mark
Important information regarding face coverings
Some people may have conditions which means they can't wear a face covering and some people may feel more comfortable showing something that says they do not have to wear a face covering.This could be in the form of an exemption card, badge or even a home-made sign. Please if you need to apply for one there is a link below.
Seasonal flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a flu virus.
The virus infects your lungs and upper airways, causing a sudden high temperature and general aches and pains.
You could also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a dry cough. Symptoms can last for up to a week.
We offer 'at risk' groups the flu vaccine at a certain time each year to protect you against the flu virus.
You may be invited for a flu jab if you are:
- over 65 years of age
- or have:
- a serious heart or chest complaint, including asthma
- serious kidney disease
- lowered immunity due to disease or treatment such as steroid medication or cancer treatment
- if you have ever had a stroke
If you have any queries or would like to make an appointment to receive a flu vaccination please contact the surgery.
For more information please visit the websites below:
Support for Veterans
Have you previously served in the military? Are you a family member of military personnel or a military veteran?
In conjunction with the pledge from the UK government, we are aiming to support military veterans with priority NHS care. All veterans are entitled to priority NHS care for any condition, as long as it is related to their service.
A veteran is someone who has served in the armed forces for at least one day in the regular or reservist forces. If this applies to you, please inform reception.
Useful sources of support
Self-help Resource for young people
Ø Mind Your Heap App - helps to support young people’s emotional well-being. It provides links to services in Hampshire that might be able to provide help and support as well as self-help and support when you are worried about your mental health.
Ø MindShift App
Ø Hampshire Youth Access [www.hampshireyouthaccess.org.uk] – online counselling option for 14-17 year olds.
Ø www.moodjustice.scot.nhs.uk – information and links for a variety of difficulties, as well as an online chat facility for support.
Ø www.childline.org.uk – information about a variety of emotional wellbeing concerns including low mood.
Ø www.sleepcouncil.org.uk - information and advice about all things sleep related.
Ø Get out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for Teens – A guide to living an extraordinary Life [an instant help book for teens] by Joseph Ciarrohi.
Ø Don’t let you emotions run your life for teens [an instant help book for teens] by Sheri Van Dijk.
Work in Progress
Wessex Healthier Together Project
The LMC has been working with local Paediatricians and Children's Services in the "Wessex Healthier Together" project - click here (http://www.what0-18.nhs.uk/) for more information.
Resources available include:
A5 Leaflets for the waiting room - Worried that your child is ill? - A leaflet directing parents to the Wessex Healthier Together website, with excellent self-help information for parents - click here.
A5 Leaflets for the waiting room - Worried that your child's health - A leaflet directing parents to the Wessex Healthier Together website, with excellent self help information for parents - click here.
A5 Leaflets for the waiting room - Know where to go when your child is ill - A leaflet directing parents to the Wessex Healthier Together website, with excellent self-help information for parents - click here.
A5 leaflet aimed at the older child - Who should I speak to about my health - A leaflet directing teenagers to the Wessex Healthier Together website - click here.
Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing aid batteries will be available from the surgery from Wednesday 18th November. Please ensure that you bring your white card / book to reception for recording purposes.
In accordance with the current government and our NHS contract all patients who are on the practice list prior to 1st April 2015 will have been given a named accountable GP. Newly registered patients will be allocated a named GP on registration.
Your allocated named accountable GP will be responsible for your overall care. If you have a preference as to which GP you are allocated, the practice will make reasonable efforts to accommodate your request. However you can continue to see any GP at the practice. If you wish to know which GP has been allocated to you, please ask reception at your next visit.
If you are 75 and over you will have already been allocated a GP and are entitled to an Over 75 health check.
Your GP Cares Campaign
Visit the Your GP cares campaign
Facts About General Practice
Click here to find out more
We need your views to help us transform local NHS services
Local GP practices, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and South Eastern Hampshire CCG are working together to improve NHS services in your area.
Local people have told us that they want to see GPs and other health and social care staff working more closely together. They would also like to be able to access urgent GP appointments more easily, and to have the choice of convenient alternatives such as telephone and online consultations. Local people would also like IT services to be used more effectively so that their patient record is available to all of the professionals caring for them.
GP practices are now working together to see how they can transform local GP services and want to hear your views to help them in this work. You can share your views by completing a quick online survey.