As part of our care plan for monitoring high risk patients who have been diagnosed with COVID we will be providing them with pulse oximeters for them to self-monitor their oxygen levels. patients do not need to request these from the Practice but we will be in touch when they are available for those in the high-risk groups. How to use an oxy-pulse monitor
In order for the Practice to have another way of communicating to our Patients we have created a facebook page: Polden Medical Practice @PoldenHills This will allow us to post news and updates of events happening at the Practice and will compliment our other patient information services including our text messaging and website notices. Please do follow us on facebook to keep up to date with what is going on.
This practice is delighted to be signed up to the Green Impact for Health Toolkit and is actively taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint. The climate emergency is also a health emergency, and health care in the UK contributes 5.4% of the UK's carbon emissions. We need to enhance the health of our current population without compromising the health of future generations, and this means operating within the sustainable boundaries of the planet. Fortunately most of the solutions for the planet also make our health better - for example engaging in active travel and exercise in nature, avoiding smoking, reducing pollution etc all enhance our health and reduce our need for medications, with further benefits to the NHS, your health and the carbon footprint of healthcare. Take a look at the Greener Impact website to learn more about this.
It's now been a month since the Practice has introduced online consultations with Ask-My-Gp being the preferred way of requesting GP services form the Practice from 0730 am until 5 pm. The system allows patients to contact the surgery online and thus removes the time waiting on the telephone line whilst allowing the patients to describe the condition in their own words, send photographs and even documents straight to their doctor. Here are a few of the comments so far :
For those patients without mobile phones or internet access the phone line, then the telephone line remains open. However, if patients can use Ask-My-GP wherever possible, the waiting time on the telephone line will be shortened for vulnerable and elderly users.
The main difficulties with using Ask-My-GP have fallen into 3 areas:
'My Diabetes My Way Somerset' website has been created for people with diabetes and those at risk living in Somerset.
Through this website, you can register to gain secure access to your diabetes related health records and receive tailored advice and information created by NHS experts in diabetes. You can also access lots of information about diabetes, from videos, leaflets and e-Learning courses, to help you understand more about your diabetes and increase your confidence in how to manage it.
We are making the maximum use of mobile phone text messaging to communicate with patients. If you are not registered to recieve text messages from the surgery then please message us using the online service (see link below) or telephone us (if you cannot message us) with your details including your mobile telephone number to give us permission to text you.
There is a recycling sevice for all used inhalers available at both of our dispensaries. Please return your used inhalers to the counter who will send them away for recycling.
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