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BANK HOLIDAY CLOSURE

The Surgery and Dispensary will be closed on Monday 2nd May for the May Day Bank Holiday.  We will re-open as normal on Tuesday 3rd May.  If you require medical assistance whilst we are closed, please call NHS 111.  If you have a life-threatening emergency, please dial 999. 

CLOSED FOR STAFF TRAINING

The Surgery and Dispensary will be closed on Thursday 19th May 2022 from 12.30pm for staff training due to an MECCG Shutdown. Please call 111 if you require medical assistance on that afternoon.

Please collect any medication in the morning, Thank you.

The surgery will resume normal service at 8.30am on Friday 20th May 2022

Further shutdown dates:

  • Wednesday 29th June 2022
  • Tuesday 19th July 2022
  • Wednesday 28th September 2022
  • Thursday 20th October 2022
  • Tuesday 29th November 2022
  • Thursday 15th December 2022
  • Tuesday 28th February 2023
  • Thursday 23rd March 2023

Secondary use of GP Data Opt Out

If you wish to opt-out of any potential secondary use of your GP data please download and complete the form we have here Type 1 Opt Out letter

Please note that this is for medical data which may be shared with third parties. Your Summary Care Record will not be affected by this and will still be shared with hospitals and other NHS care providers only, unless you want to opt out from that too. Download that here Summary Care Record Opt In/Opt out

Please send these forms to the surgery by post or by hand or email to freshwell.administration@nhs.net

Collection of GP Data NHS Digital released a statement last month regarding the launch of the new system they will be using to collect GP data, called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) service. The statement highlights that NHS Digital will only share data with organisations who have a legal basis and meet strict criteria to use it for local, regional and national planning, policy development, commissioning, public health and research purposes. They have also developed a public advice webpage to explain how and why the data is being used.

Dementia

Here to help - Braintree District Council

Braintree Disctrict Council have put together loads of information about staying safe and well this winter!

Here to help Newsletter Aut-Win 2021.pdf

Alzheimer’s Society

www.alzheimers.org.uk

https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/find-support-near-you

Get a copy of the latest Dementia Guide here. Accessible versions are available

The Freshwell Health Centre is committed to meeting the health and wellbeing needs of people affected by dementia.  We are working closely with the Alzheimer’s Society to make our surgery a Dementia Friendly GP Practice.  We are working towards Dementia Friendly Status by reviewing signage and exploring ways to improve our services.

Did you also know that the Alzheimer’s Society provide a range of local support and services for people affected by dementia?  These include:

A Family Navigators Service - Family Navigators offer information and practical guidance to help you understand dementia, cope with day-to-day challenges and prepare for the future.  They offer information to people who are worried about their memory and ongoing support to people affected by dementia face to face, over the phone or in writing.

Information Hubs - An Information Hub will provide information about dementia, local services and practical tips about living well with dementia.

Peer Support - Peer support groups give carers the opportunity to meet with others who understand some of what you are going through. Run by a facilitator, the sessions offer a chance for people affected by dementia to ask questions, get information and share experiences in a safe and supportive environment

Singing for the Brain - Singing for the Brain brings people together in a friendly, fun and social environment. Based around the principles of music therapy, the stimulating sessions include vocal warm-ups and singing a wide variety of familiar and new songs.

Activity groups – The Alzheimer’s Society skill or interest-based activity group can give you the opportunity to take part in a fun, structured activity, including art and craft groups, bowling groups, skittles groups, walking groups, yoga or tai chi classes, etc. The groups are run by an expert facilitator with relevant skills and are open to anyone affected by dementia.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have currently had to suspend our face-to-face services, but can offer support in the following areas:

  • The introduction of new virtual social opportunities:
    • Peer Support Groups
    • Virtual Singing for the Brain
    • Ring and Sing for those without online connectivity
    • Weekly bingo, seated dancercise, coffee morning sessions and more…
  • Telephone support from our Dementia Connect and Family Navigator Service
  • Our online community, Talking Point, which offers support day and night

 

For more information on any of the above, please call our Dementia Connect Support Service on 0333 150 3456 to speak to one of our dementia advisors.



 
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