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Respiratory Syncytial Virus

We’re seeing an increase in severe respiratory illness in children as restrictions ease and people mix more, with cases higher than usual for this time of year and further increases expected over the winter months.

Symptoms of severe respiratory infection in children, include a high temperature of 37.8°C or above (fever), a dry and persistent cough, difficulty feeding, rapid or noisy breathing (wheezing).

Most cases of respiratory illness are not serious and clear up within 2 to 3 weeks, but parents should contact their GP or call NHS 111 if:

· Their child struggles to breath.

· Their child has taken less than half their usual amount during the last 2 or 3 feeds, or they have had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more.

· The child has a persistent high temperature of 37.8C or above.

Some children under 2, especially those born prematurely or with a heart condition, can suffer more serious consequences from these common respiratory infections. Find out more about the symptoms and what to do here.

Data sharing with NHS Digital will start on 1 July 2021

If you don’t want your identifiable patient data to be shared for purposes except for your own care, you can opt-out by registering a Type 1 Opt-out or a National Data Opt-out, or both. These opt-outs are different and they are explained in more detail here. Your individual care will not be affected if you opt out using either option.

Patient Information Video and Podcasts

Practices within our PCN (Primary Care Network) have produced some patient information videos & podcasts covering important subjects including bowel cancer screening and cervical cancer screening.  See below for the links:

Penny's Hill Practice Podcasts

Together With You - Castleman Healthcare 

 

Off to Uni?

It is not compulsory to re-register at a local GP practice. If you anticipate returning home regularly you are able to stay registered with Walford Mill Medical Centre.

You can continue receiving repeat medication to a local Pharmacy near your University whilst registered at Walford Mill Medical Centre. Just let us know the details of your chosen pharmacy prior to requesting your repeat prescription in the usual way and we can send this electronically.

Please note, certain medications cannot be sent electronically, however, we can advise you if this is the case. You will still be required to attend medication review and monitoring appointments.

If you have a long-term health condition or will be spending the majority of your time away, it may be sensible to register with a local GP practice of your choice. 

 

Worried about your child? Visit the Wessex Healthier Together website: click here for helpful advice and reassurance.

The 0-18 website is designed to give reassurance, help you know when you should be worried, and offer care advice when your child is ill.


Visit the new Castleman Youth page for information on what services are available to young people including the Castleman and Public Health self care video.



The YOU Trust is a charity that has been supporting vulnerable people across Hampshire, Dorset, Somerset, the Isle of Wight, and West Sussex since 1985. We work across a wide range of specialist areas from Learning Disabilities to Mental Health and Stalking, Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Services and everything we do is about ensuring the people we support can have the life they want.  For more information see You First.


Primary Care Networks - What does this mean for patients?

There is a national direction for all GP practices to work together to service populations of 30,000-50,000 with the aim to deliver improved services to those patients.  Primary Care Networks (PCN's) started in 2019 and we are very fortunate to have Dr Anne Elder, a Walford Mill GP partner as Clinical Director of the PCN.  We are working with Quarter Jack Surgery, The Old Dispensary, Orchid House and Penny's Hill Practice as Wimborne & Ferndown PCN.  We will have access to a Social Prescriber and potentially a Pharmacist this year.  These resources will be shared across the PCN Practices.  Many of you will be aware that this is not a new way of working for our Practices as we have been working together to improve care as part of Castleman Healthcare.  We aim to post regular updates on the PCN work.  However, if you want to be more involved, why not join our Patient Group who receive regular emails and meet every quarter with our Practice Manager.  Get in touch if you would like further information. 



Access our services online

You can book appointments, order prescriptions, view your records and even consult with our doctors online.  It is all safe and secure.  You can access this via the NHS App or email us a photo of you holding some current ID and request a password from the Reception Team.  You can use the Online Consultation Tool without a password, just follow the link to eConsult on our Homepage to consult with our Practice.  If you would like further information, please get in touch.  You can also email our team on walford.mill@nhs.net 

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