Chronic Pain Self Management Course
If you would like further information about any of these self management options, please contact your GP or alternatively email if you would like to receive direct email updates from regarding forum topics and dates email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Social Prescribing at Academy Medical Centre - Community Development Worker
Ashley McGregor from Voluntary Action Angus has been working in Academy Medical Centre, Forfar since July 2016. Ashley is a community Development Worker who has taken referrals from Healthcare staff in the practice to offer individual, one to one advice and provide any non-medical support they may benefit from. This is available for anyone who could benefit, including people who's health is affected by social and environmental issues which cannot be dealt with by only a medical response, which can be called Social Prescribing.
The information and support provided is agreed between Ashley and the person, on an individual bas'is to best suit their needs. This could include how to access support from other Third Sector organisations and services that may be able to offer help. There is the opportunity for people to find out about local community groups, chances for socialising and getting involved.
Since starting at the Medical Centre in June 2016, until March 2017 Ashley has received 99 referrals. The support people have received has varied in accordance with their needs and what support they feel they required themselves. This has ranged from a 5 minute chat through to on-going, one-to-one meetings for a number of weeks. Some of the types of support that has been accessed have been for help with housing, finances, living as a carer, experiencing bereavement, looking to get into local volunteering as well as to access volunteer transport and counselling support. These are just some examples of the reasons for the referral to Ashley. Most referrals are taken from GP's and other Medical Centre staff, but can also be through self-referral, or also enquiring about support if you're in the practice.
Ashley is part of each of the 5 teams at Academy Medical Centre and is based within the main Hub Area in the surgery. This means that she has good working relationships with all staff and there is a good, strong communication with each of the referrers and the Community Development Worker. This work is part of the holistic and more joined up way of working that the new model at the practice promotes. The work helps to maintain and improve physical and mental health and opens up a range of opportunities for people who are referred.
For more information contact Ashley at Academy Medical Centre on 01307 462316 or at Voluntary Action Angus on 01307 466113. Or you can email at Ashley@voluntaryactionangus.org.uk."
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Changes to Ear Syringing Service
Please note with immediate effect GP Partners have made a decision that the Practice will no longer provide an ear syringing service. Patients should now self manage ear wax problems by self-administering Almond Oil Drops or purchasing the ear syringing kits from local pharmacies or supermarket
IMPORTANT PATIENT INFORMATION...
Unfortunately due to practice GP recruitment difficulties and increasing workloads the GPs are no longer able to accept patient referrals from Hospital consultants for the following follow up appointments:-
HEP B IMMUNISATION OF BABIES
The GPs have written to the appropriate consultants in the following departments informing them of their decisions:-
These departments should make the necesary arrangements for you to return to either their own department or arrange for treatment locally at whitehills Community Hospiital
Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause but we no longer have the capacity to arrange appointments for this.
Your PPG News.....
JULY IS...... World Hepatitis day on 28th and on 24th Samaritans awareness day.
A selection of leaflets can be found on the desk in the foyer to help you watch out for signs and symptoms and steps you can take to help you find out more about the condition, and where further help can be found.
Keep safe in the sun. Remember 15 minutes in the sun without sun protector tops up your levels of Vit D.
See our leaflet "Know who to turn to " for advice for advice on hay fever and sun related issues that are around with this spell of very sunny weather we are having.
NB The PPG meeting in May did not take place because it was not quorate! I.e. There were not enough people available to make it happen! Therefore , if you are reading this ,please consider becoming a member of the committee or indeed a volunteer at the desk. The PPG strives to make your visit to the surgery a pleasant one with up to date facilities. Please think bout this. If you can give up some of your time please contact the surgery where your name will be given to member of the committee, who will contact you. I will post June meeting notes when I receive them.
NB there is no meeting in July.
Notes of April meeting
APPG notes for April