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February 2019 - Are you interested in a healthy diet and / or losing weight?

The clinicians here at Freshwell are becoming increasingly excited about the low carbohydrate Mediterranean lifestyle revolution. There is emerging strong scientific evidence for the benefits of this way of eating, which can also be a very effective means of losing weight.

Also, we are hoping to host a course to help people diagnosed with prediabetes in the near future.

Please click the link in the right hand column of the homepage on this website for further details.

January 2019 - CHANGE TO STAFF TRAINING CLOSURE TIMES

We will be closed for training between 11am and 3pm on Thursday 31st January. From February 2019 we are changing our training times to be in line with all other practices in Mid Essex. We will be closing at 1pm and will not reopen on the flowing dates in 2019: Wed 13th Feb, Tue 12th Mar, Thu 11th Apr, Tue 14th May, Wed 12th Jun, Thu 11th Jul, Tue 13th Aug, Wed 11th Sep, Thu 10th Oct, Tue 12th Nov, Wed 11th Dec. These dates are also listed on our Opening Times page with details of what to do if you need urgent medical attention whilst we are closed.

April 2019 The Creamer Fund Easter raffle will be held here 8-16 April.  Any suitable prizes will be gratefully received and can be left with our reception team.  CREAMER are looking for Volunteers to assist selling tickets 8-16.  Please leave your contact number with reception and their Social Secretary Sylvia Gould will contact you. 

Extended Access and Care Navigation Update

The new care navigation system has been working really well so far. We are delighted that a pharmacist and an advanced nurse practitioner have now joined our team. In addition to these in-house appointments, there are also extended access appointments that our patients can access at weekends and in the evenings. These are held in Chelmsford, Halstead and Braintree. Please ask reception if you would prefer to see someone out of our opening hours at another location.

Aug 2018

Care Navigation

The Freshwell Management have recently been finding ways to diversify the clinical team at the surgery to add further expertise and capacity. Since February we have had an MSK specialist and from next month we will have a pharmacist available in-house. We also hope to recruit a nurse practitioner in the near future. On 3rd Sept we will be introducing a national process called Care Navigation. This involves the reception team asking why you are requesting an appointment. This information will be used to ensure that you are directed to the most appropriate clinician or service. When asked, please give a brief reason eg knee pain or medication review. Please be assured that all staff at Freshwell sign a confidentiality agreement and understand the importance of keeping your information safe and secure.

July 2018

Your Data Matters to the NHS

Information about your health and care helps the NHS to improve your individual care, speed up diagnosis, plan your local services and research new treatments. 

Since May 2018, the strict rules about how this data can and cannot be used were strengthened.  The NHS is committed to keeping patient information safe and always being clear about how it is used.

You can choose whether your confidential patient information is used for research and planning. 

To find out more visit: www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters or call 0300 303 5678

If you have already opted out of data sharing you will NOT need to opt out again.

May 2018

With the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) coming into effect from 25th May 2018 we have been busy updating our policies to reflect the increased security surrounding your data.  As part of our on-going commitment to data security you can now read and download our privacy notice along with our information leaflet on our website under further information or click here

http://www.freshwell.co.uk/info.aspx?p=7

April 2018

NHS England have advised the Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group that they must encourage all member practices to reduce the money spent on prescribing OTC (Over the Counter) medicines.

In the first instance, we will no longer be prescribing the following medicines to patients aged 18 year and over: cetirizine & loratadine tablets, sodium cromoglicate eye drops, beclometasone (beconase) or fluticasone (flixonase) nasal sprays.  You will need to buy these from a chemist in future.

Click here for further information http://www.freshwell.co.uk/info.aspx?p=6

 

February 2018

When you book an appointment, please let the receptionist know a brief reason why you need to see a clinician. This will allow them to book you in with the most appropriate person. Thanks to CREAMER funding, we now have a Orthopaedic Specialist Practitioner working here twice a week. He is able to give advice regarding musculoskeletal injuries. You can book to see him directly without a referral from one of our doctors.

January 2018

Think #3beforeGP

The Royal College of General Practitioners is currently running a campaign asking everyone to help alleviate the pressure on GP Practices across the UK.  It simply asks you to consider....

Before making a GP appointment, can I?

1) self-care

2) use NHS Choices or a similar reputable UK resource

3) seek advice from a pharmacist

December 2017

To improve communication we are introducing a new FREE text message appointment booking confirmation and reminder service for all patients aged 18yrs and over.  If you would like to be included in this service please make sure we have your current mobile number.

If we already have your mobile phone number you will receive a text messaging asking if you would like to opt in/out of this service.  If you choose to opt out this can be done by a simple return of text, but you can always opt in at a later date if you change your mind.

If you remain opted in you will start to receive text messages to confirm your appointment giving you the option to cancel your appointment directly by return of text.

Our plan is to expand this service to allow us to inform you if a clinic has been cancelled, the flu jabs are now available or if the Doctor would like you to book an appointment to discuss recent test results.

Please help us to keep your records up to date by informing us on any changes to your mobile telephone numbers to ensure you continue to be included in this text messaging service.

October 2017

Our children's flu vaccines have now arrived. Children who were 2 or 3 on 31st August 2017 are eligible. Please ring for an appointment if you would like your child vaccinated. Primary school aged children will be vaccinated at school.

We have now installed hearing loops at both the reception and dispensary counters. We would like to thank The CREAMER Fund for financing this important improvement to our practice for patients who are hard of hearing. We have added signs to each counter to help them know where to stand for the best reception. There is also a portable device available for use in the consultation rooms. Please ask at reception if you would like this to be made available when seeing a doctor or nurse. the portable device can be used without a hearing aid if necessary.

September 2017

We are now taking bookings for our flu clinic on Saturday 7th October. Eligible ADULT patients (over 65s, pregnant women, carers, patients with certain chronic diseases, immunosuppressed and obese patients) should phone reception to book. Further information relating to flu vaccinations for children will follow shortly.

August 2017

Our Summer 2017 Newsletter is now on the website and available to download.  Head over to the newsletters page to find what has been happening behind the scenes at Freshwell Health Centre.

4th July 2017

Building works are currently underway at the surgery. Because we are having a new reception counter fitted the main entrance is not in use. Please follow the signs to enter at the rear of the building. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

June 2017

Please note that due to a technical error on the website previous news items have been lost.

Weight Loss & Low Carb Mediterranean Lifestyle

Are you interested in a healthy diet, losing weight, maybe even being able to reverse Type 2 diabetes or Prediabetes? Then read on….

 The clinicians here at Freshwell are becoming increasingly excited about the low carbohydrate Mediterranean lifestyle revolution. There is emerging strong scientific evidence for the benefits of this way of eating, which can also be a very effective means of losing weight. See below for further details under “Mediterranean Low Carb Diet”.

If you have been diagnosed as having Prediabetes (also known as Impaired Glucose Tolerance):

We would encourage you to sign up to a course which we are hoping to host at Freshwell Health Centre in the near future. All we need is a sufficient number of willing participants to be able to go ahead with this.

If you are interested in signing up to this, please give your name to our Reception team, who will pass your name to Dr Andrews, who is co-ordinating this programme. In order to qualify, your latest Hba1c (Diabetes Blood Test needs to be in the range of 42 - 47). See https://preventing-diabetes.co.uk/about-us/ for further information.

If your Body Mass Index (BMI) is 30 or above:

You can book yourself into a 12 week One-to-One lifestyle change programme, called My Weight Matters, at Braintree Town Hall Monday afternoons. Please phone 0800 022 4524 number (option 3) for further details or to book yourself on the course. See http://acelifestyle.org/weight-management  for further details.

The Ace Lifestyle website (link in the paragraph above) offers useful on-line weight loss resources, not just for those with BMI > 30.

Your BMI is calculated as: weight (in kg) / (height in metres) x (height in metres). There are a number of BMI calculators on the internet to help you with this calculation. Please ask us if you are not sure.

Mediterranean Low Carb Diet

The clinicians here at Freshwell are becoming increasingly excited about the low carbohydrate Mediterranean lifestyle revolution. There is emerging strong scientific evidence for the benefits of this way of eating, which can also be a very effective means of losing weight.

The traditional “Mediterranean diet” focuses on using natural ingredients and it tastes good. It is rich in healthy natural fats, nuts, fish, pulses and vegetables.

Even for those not looking to lose weight there is scientific evidence to suggest that a high protein/low carbohydrate lifestyle can reduce appetite and maintain a healthy bodyweight, reduce visceral fat (unseen fat which can coat organs such as your liver), benefit your blood cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of developing a number of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, dementia and cancer.

Even more excitingly, in 2014 some research was undertaken, (the DIRECT study), which showed that people who followed a rapid weight loss regime based on this low carbohydrate Mediterranean way of eating, not only lost weight fast, but in doing so cleared fat out of their livers and were able to actually reverse Type 2 Diabetes. A number of the study participants were able to stop their diabetes and blood pressure medication as a result of their weight loss and healthier lifestyle and the majority of them managed to keep the weight off longer term as well.

Dr Michael Mosley, who developed “The 5:2 Diet”, has subsequently written a further publication to help with weight loss, “The 8 Week Blood Sugar Diet”. In this book, he advocates a Lower Carbohydrate Mediterranean diet as a way of losing weight rapidly and sets out the health benefits which arise from this - especially the impact on Type 2 Diabetes and high blood pressure. This book can help anyone lose weight, not just diabetics.

Over the last few months, we have started to recommend Dr Michael Mosley’s book to some of our patients, friends and families. Much to our delight, we are already getting a lot of great feedback from a number of these people, many of whom have lost a substantial amount of weight in a few weeks and keep the weight off too.

Whilst the rapid weight loss programs advocated in these books are very low calorie, the suggested meals contain a good amount of natural fats, protein and fibre which help you to feel satisfied, despite the low calorie intake.

If you suffer with any significant health conditions, particularly affecting the kidneys or liver or suffer with diabetes or high blood pressure – then please speak to a doctor or nurse before embarking on one of these rapid weight loss programs. This is especially important if you are on any medication because you may find very quickly that you no longer need this medication and should stop taking it so that your blood pressure or blood sugar does not drop too low. Please also discuss with a doctor first if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, under 18, if you have a past history of any significant mental health problem or any type of eating disorder. We will be only too pleased to hear of your plans and assist you through this stage.

At the time of writing, the cost of Dr Mosley’s book, “The 8 Week Blood Sugar Diet” is available for £4.49 on Amazon and it is also widely available elsewhere. What have you got to lose (other than £4.49!) by at least ordering and reading this book? It might be £4.49 that changes your life!   We would like to point out that none of us have shares in these publications!

Below, we have included a simple guide to a lower Carbohydrate Mediterranean style diet written by Dr David Unwin, a GP in Southport. Whilst this was written for diabetics, the principles can be applied very effectively to anyone who would like to lose weight and we would encourage you to try. If you have any questions about any of the above, then please book in with one of the Freshwell clinical team and if you have any success stories to share with us, we’d love to hear them!

Dr Unwin's Low Carb Mediterrean Lifestyle Sheet



 
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