Closure Notice: Monday 1st May; May Day bank holiday

Oakham Surgery will be closed on Monday 1st May and will re-open on Tuesday 2nd May at 08:00AM

Should you require urgent medical advice that cannot wait until we re-open on Tuesday, you can use one of the following options:

Self-care Advice
Visit our website http://www.yhp.org.uk and click on our ‘self-care advice’ section where you will find links to advice on a range of minor illnesses and conditions.

Pharmacies
Your local Pharmacist will be able to assist you with a number of minor illnesses; they stock a wide range of over the counter medicine to help manage your symptoms.

NHS 111
111 is the NHS non-emergency number. It’s fast, easy and free. Call 111 and speak to a highly trained advisor, supported by healthcare professionals. They will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you.

Walk-in Centre
NHS walk-in centres deal with minor illnesses and injuries. These include:
 Infections and rashes  Emergency contraception and advice  Stomach aches  Vomiting and diarrhoea  Hay fever  Insect and animal bites  Stitches  Dressing care  Minor cuts and bruises  Minor burns and strains  Stop smoking support

our nearest walk-in centres are:

Parsonage Street GP and Walk-in Centre
Parsonage Street
West Bromwich
West Midlands
B71 4DL

Dudley Urgent Care Centre
Russells Hall Hospital
Pensnett Road
Dudley
West Midlands
DY1 2HQ

Proposed changes to Prescriptions and Medicines in Sandwell and West Birmingham

Information taken from Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group website: https://sandwellandwestbhamccg.nhs.uk/ 

The challenge faced by all NHS organisations is how to spend the available budget in ways that most benefit the health of the whole population and deliver good value-for-money.  We have a duty to ensure that every service we buy on your behalf is delivered to a high standard, is clinically effective and can be provided within our budget.

We are proposing to change the way we ask our GPs to prescribe certain medicines for short-term, minor conditions or where there is no clear health benefit for patients. For example, for medicines to treat minor conditions like coughs and sore throats, you do not always need to visit your GP as these can be bought over the counter from your local community pharmacist.

In Sandwell and West Birmingham, it is estimated that we spend about £1.5M per year on unnecessary prescribing. If we were not spending this money, we would be able to invest in new, high cost treatments for conditions such as heart failure, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease.

We have reviewed the money we spend on prescribing certain medicines, treatments, products and food items. The items reviewed are either:

  • widely available over the counter (in local pharmacies or local shops) at  a retail price that is lower than the NHS prescription charge (currently £8.40 per item)
  • for conditions that there is no clinical need to treat
  • supported by insufficient evidence of clinical benefit or cost effectiveness.

From this review, we have identified a range of treatments and medicines that we want GPs to decide about whether or not they prescribe for their patients.  Our proposals include reconsidering:

  • the prescribing of treatments and medicines for short term, minor illnesses (please see Appendix 1) prescribing where there is insufficient evidence of clinical benefit or cost-effectiveness (please see Appendix 2)
  • prescribing where they may not be a clinical need to  treat (please see Appendix 3)
  • the prescribing of gluten free foods.

At this stage these remain proposals – no final decisions have been made.  We are committed to hearing people’s views before making a decision. Our public consultation will run from 23 March – 15 June 2017 and all views will then be considered by our Governing Body.

To read the consultation document please click pdf here (465 KB).

Have your say 

By completing our survey online: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/L2PWXH3

Please join us on:

Date:   Wednesday 10 May 2017Time:  6.00pm

Where:  Lozells Methodist Church, 163 Gerrard Street, Lozells, Birmingham, B19 2AP

Date:  Thursday 18 May 2017Time:  2.00pm

Where:  Handsworth Community Fire Station, 41 Rookery Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, B21 9QU

Date:  Wednesday 7 June 2017Time:  6.00pm

Where:  YMCA, 38 Carters Green, West Bromwich, B70 9LG

Date:  Tuesday 13 June 2017Time:  2.00pm

Where:  Wesley Centre for All, Springfield, Wednesbury, WS10 9A

If you are unable to join one of our public meetings and would like to have your say, you can contact the Engagement Team by telephoning 0121 612 1447 or emailing SWBCCG.engagement@nhs.net

Clinical Pharmacists: Helping to improve access to appointments

We are delighted to announce that Your Health Partnership has been granted funding until the end of June 2017 to help us to improve access to GP appointments.

By analysing our appointment data, we have identified that a significant proportion of GP time is devoted to dealing with questions from patients about their medication. 

So, until the end of June 2017, if you need help with your medication, including:

  • advice on how to take your medication
  • possible side effects or interactions with over the counter medicines
  • prescribing of an acute medicine that is not on repeat
  • medication reviews
  • switching medication
  • prescribing of medication following a hospital discharge

you can make a telephone appointment with one of our two excellent Clinical Pharmacists, Stacy Kelly and Ameek Bhogal; Clinical Pharmacists are highly trained health professionals who are experts in all sorts of different types of medicine.

Have you used this service already? We’d love to know what you think…click here 

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We would like to thank everyone who has completed and returned a Friends and Family card. Your feedback will help us learn more about what you think of your experience – what you like that will ensure we can offer the best possible care.

If you would like to add feedback, please pick up a Friends and Family card from reception. For further information, visit http://www.england.nhs.uk.

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