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FAMILY & FRIENDS TEST (FFT)

Please tell us what you think of the service you received when visiting the Practice - See the on-line Family and Friends Test button on the home page of this website. 
NEW DOCTORS

A warm welcome to Dr K Sangha (ST2) who has joined the Practice for 6 months with effect from 7.2.2018 and to Dr H P Teh (FY2) who has joined on placement for 4 months with effect from 6.12.2017

WASTED APPOINTMENTS

Patients who repeatedly fail to attend appointments they have made are being sent warning letters. Patients who continue to waste appointments after a warning may be removed from the patient list.

 

TELEPHONE ACCESS

We are continuing with our drive to improve telephone access.  To reduce the demand on the telephone patients can use the "Online" Services detailed on this website.

 

"OUT OF HOURS" 

When the surgery is closed there will be a recorded message giving clear instructions on how to contact the “Out of Hours” Service or, if the surgery is closed for training during normal hours, how to contact a doctor.  For “Out of Hours” Service - Telephone 111

If the Surgery is closed for training -

Telephone 01922 501999


Home Visits

Home visits should only be requested when you are too ill to attend the surgery. Please attend the surgery for a consultation whenever possible. Should a visit be necessary please ring the surgery before 11.30am as this helps the doctors to plan their rounds, only urgent requests should be made after this time

Cancelling your Appointment
If you are unable to attend your appointment at St. Peter's Surgery, please give 24 hours notice by telephone or by using the link at the bottom of this page to cancel your appointment.

 

Paracetamol and Ibuprofen

St. Peter’s Surgery have recently adapted the guidelines produced by Walsall CCG which aims to restrict the prescribing of Paracetamol and Ibuprofen products for short term use that can be bought at a reasonable cost over the counter. If this guideline is followed it will result in:

  • Reduced patient reliance on prescribers for prescriptions.
  • Reduced consultations for minor, self-limiting conditions.
  • Increased patient self-reliance for minor conditions.

Funding of medicines available to purchase to treat self-limiting conditions and minor ailments and self-care is a personal responsibility.

If you would like to read more – Click here

Vitamin D

St. Peter’s Surgery  have recently adapted the guidelines produced by Walsall CCG on prescribing Vitamin D for daily supplementation.

The Department of Health recommends vitamin D supplementation in certain high risk adult groups in order to prevent Vitamin D deficiency. 

 

  • Funding of vitamin D supplements to protect and maintain bone, teeth and muscle health and for long term maintenance is a personal responsibility. 
  • Vitamin D is readily available to purchase in pharmacies, health food shops and supermarkets at a far lower cost than on prescription
  • It is expected that patients will purchase such supplements. 
  • Community pharmacists or other healthcare professionals are able to advise on suitable vitamin D products. 
  • For good sources of vitamin D, please visit NHS Choices website: Vitamins and minerals
  • NB: *Pregnant /breastfeeding women may be eligible to obtain vitamins free of charge as part of the Healthy Start Scheme. Further information on the eligibility criteria can be found at www.healthystart.nhs.uk.

This does not affect GP prescribing of high-dose Vitamin D preparations that are not available over the counter.   

St. Peter’s Surgery will be working in line with the above guidance to promote self-care and will try to reduce the prescribing of these medicines.

For any questions or concerns about this guidance please contact the Practice.

 
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