Each year the Gloucestershire Diabetic Eye-Screening service provides screening for our patients who have diabetes. They usually come to the surgery or set up their mobile screening unit close to the surgery so patients do not have to travel to the hospital.
Unfortunately, due to the extensive building works which are in progress at the surgery, we are unable to provide the screening service from our site this year and it will be provided at Cheltenham General Hospital. This should only be for 2016 and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
If you have diabetes, it is very important that you attend your eye screening appointment. Undiagnosed diabetic retinopathy can lead to BLINDNESS.
When the building works are complete, we hope to hold future screening sessions within the surgery premises and we thank you for your understanding this year.
Expansion of Stoke Road Surgery
Building work will start on this site in March 2016 and will last approximately 1 year.
The work will deliver more consulting rooms, a new Patient waiting room, additional admin space and a complete refurbishment of the existing building.
Please note that parking at the surgery will be restricted slightly whilst the building work is taking place so please allow extra time for parking. We will do our best to minimise any disruption to our patients and the services we deliver and we apologise if you are inconvenienced during this time. Please bear with us whilst this work is in progress. Thank you.
Antibiotics do NOT work against viral infections, which cause most acute colds, sore throats or coughs, and can therefore, cause more HARM than good. Symptoms can be eased by drinking plenty of water and rest.
Colds can last about two weeks and may result in a cough/phlegm. There are various over the counter remedies to ease these symptoms. Speak to a pharmacist for a advice. If your symptoms last longer than three weeks, or you become breathless, have chest pains, speak to a nurse/doctor.
Antibiotics are used to treat infections caused by bacteria. The bacteria can sometimes become reseistant so that the antibiotic no longer works. The more often you use an antibiotic, the more likely the antibiotic WON'T work for you.
Speak to a PHARMACIST or visit www.nhs.uk/Antibiotics for more information.
Illness/Injury? ASAP Campaign
If you are ill or injured and not sure where to turn for help, you can download the ASAP mobile phone App (ASAP Glos NHS) from the App store or search the ASAP website:
www.asapglos.nhs.uk Alternatively, call NHS 111.
Registration letters from NHS England
The NHS is conducting work in Bath, Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire to check the patient details on GP lists are accurate. If you receive a letter, please confirm your details or submit any changes within four weeks. Changes can be made by returning the form in the prepaid envelope.
If the details are correct, you can confirm by:
- Via text message
It is important to respond to the letter, as information may be out of date and could prevent a hospital contacting you with important information such as, test results snd invitations for screening appointments etc. If you do not respond to the letter, the NHS will assume you have moved away and begin the process to remove you from the practice list.
Text/e-mail messaging service
To sign up for this service fill in a consent form (available at reception) to receive texts/e-mails for the following:
- Appointment reminders
- Routine messages from your GP to phone the surgery
- As well as information about certain clinics at the surgery
We believe this will help significantly in the way we are able to communicate with our patients.
Do you struggle with eye drops?
Patients with glaucoma can find using eye drops difficult and although, there are no obvious immediate benefits, there are often compliance issues. However, using eye drops recommended by your GP is important as it can delay loss of vision and preserve sight.
Visit http://myeyedrops.info for more information and videos on how to safely and effectively administer eye drops for both adults and children.
We really appreciate your donations for books in the waiting room and always look forward to receiving books you no longer want. Every three months, the money donated
goes to a chosen charity.
You can Login to this service via the Appointments or Prescriptions tab (located at the top of this page) and then select either "Appointments Online" or "Prescriptions Online". By clicking on "SystemOnline" it will ask you for your username and password (given to you by reception after registering for this service). You will then be asked to change your password. This service allows you to request your medication and also book or cancel appointments.
Change4Life Smart Swaps encourages people to cut down sugar and saturated fat from everyday snacks, drinks and meals by making one easy change.
In return for signing up to Smart Swaps, people will receive a pack with a Smart Swapper full of healthier swap and meal ideas, money-off vouchers, fridge magnets, and the option to sign-up for additional email and text support. Visit https://smartswaps.change4life.co.uk/ for more information.
Stop Smoking Service
For people wanting support for stopping smoking you can visit www.stopsmokingglos.nhs.uk to find useful information, motivational tips and techniques, film clips, case studies and information on medication available.
'The Practice' (Newsletter)
Is available at the surgery (or click the link for the "Latest News" under the Further Information list to the right of this page and then "Download Newsletter"). You can sign up to receive future newsletters by e-mail. Click the "Sign Up For Email Newsletter" below.