December 2014 news

During Andrew Lansley's tenure as Secretary of State for Health he managed to alienate large numbers of Doctors and patients with his proposal to radically overhaul the NHS. This seemingly had been embarked upon without consulting (m)any health professionals or service users. There has since been a drive from Jeremy Hunt for the NHS to be patient centred with more efforts being made to engage patients in the management of the NHS.

The latest facet of this is the 'Friends and family test'. This asks the single question: "We would like you to think about your recent experiences of our service. How likely are you to recommend our GP Practice to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?"

Responses can be completed by following this link: https://www.iwantgreatcare.org/gpsurgeries/the-street-lane-practice

Responses are anonymous. Results and actions will be published on our website.

We are now in the grip of viral season. I would encourage anybody whose child has a runny nose and temperature to consult: http://www.patient.co.uk/health/coughs-and-colds-in-children. In essence it is normal for children with raised temperatures and runny noses to be off their food and to sleep more than they normally would. As long as they are drinking water, alert and not short of breath there is probably no action required except calpol, encouraging fluids and lots of cuddles. It is rare for coughs, sore throats, earaches and sticky eyes to need antibiotics. The defaut would always be though to consult your GP if concerns persist.

We will be open until 18:00 on 24/12/14. We will then reopen on 29/12/14 for business as usual. Additionally we will be closed on New Years Day.

And finally we would like to wish all of our patients a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Dr J Hobman, 8/12/14

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