Women will not usually need to have a cervical screen if they are, or could be, pregnant. This is because pregnancy can make it harder to get clear results.
Screening can resume 12 weeks after birth. If you have had an abnormal result in the past you may need to be screened while pregnant.
Alice was part of one of the first cohorts of girls to be offered the HPV vaccine at school.
The HPV vaccine is extremely successful in reducing the risk of cervical cancer, but does not reduce the risk completely which is why it is still vital that women who have had the vaccine still attend screening appointments regularly.
A weblink to the case study can be found here.
Coventry and Warwickshire CCG and Foleshill Women's Training (FWT) are co-hosting a virtual cervical screening awareness event on Friday 21 January.
The event, taking place between 11am-12noon on MS Teams, is being led by healthcare professionals.
The event is open to anyone who wished to ask any questions they have about attending a cervical screening test. More details about the event to follow soon!
A woman who has been cured of cervical cancer is urging all women to attend cervical screening appointments.
In 2011 Kate Tonner had been putting off booking her screening for a year before a nurse persuaded her to have it done after she had raised concerns during a routine appointment.
We are currently experiencing a high number of non-clinical staff absences due to Covid. Please be patient if it takes longer than usual to answer the phone or deal with your query.
In order to protect yourselves, your families and the NHS please ‘grab a covid vaccine jab’.
You can book your booster jab …or indeed your first or second jab using the links below. You may also get a text message from your local GP offering appointments
Don’t delay …BOOK NOW
Meon Medical Centre is taking part in the national PANORAMIC clinical trial, which aims to find new antiviral treatments for people with COVID-19 that can be taken at home.
To be eligible to join the trial you will need to have a positive test for COVID-19 and symptoms that are likely to be caused by COVID-19, starting in the last 5 days. The trial is open to people aged 50 or over, or 18-49 years with an underlying health condition.
If you are registered at Meon Medical Centre and would like more information, please contact us on 01789 720820. You can join the trial online, even if you are not currently registered with our practice. For full details, visit www.panoramictrial.org .
The NHS vaccination programme will offer every adult the chance to book a covid-19 booster vaccine by the end of the year to protect the nation against the Omicron variant.
As part of the biggest and fastest vaccine programme in health service history, online bookings are available for all those in their 30s and above from today.
The best way to get your vaccine is by booking online at www.nhs.uk or by calling 119 – please do keep checking availability as appointments are loaded onto the system every day. The website and phoneline are understandably very busy and we thank you for your patience when booking.
The national booking service will then open up to everyone aged 18 and over from Wednesday this week.
The NHS is prioritising bookings for boosters and is urging people to book a slot to guarantee their vital jab. Some sites offer walk-in appointments where no appointment is needed. Please check here for clinics with walk-in availability and their opening hours www.happyhealthylives.uk/vaccinationdrop-ins
GP teams have been asked to clinically prioritise their services to free up maximal capacity to support the covid-19 vaccination programme, alongside delivering critical appointments such as cancer, urgent and emergency care. This might mean that for some people, routine appointments are postponed as part of the national mission to roll out boosters.
Scientists are very concerned about the spread of Omicron due to the speed with which it spreads and because two doses do not appear to provide much protection but thankfully, a booster dramatically improves this.That is why the Government has asked the NHS to prioritise boosters over other routine care.
We appreciate your support and understanding – and urge you to come forward for your vaccination as soon as possible.
Following a Government announcement on 29th November, the NHS is developing plans to extend the Covid-19 booster vaccination programme to include everyone aged 18 and over.
12 to 15 year olds will also be offered a second dose of the vaccine and an additional booster will be available for people who are immunosuppressed.
People will become eligible for their booster three months after their second dose (reduced from six months).
For now, all you need to do is wait to be contacted by the NHS. Please help us to help all patients by not contacting your GP practice about your booster or attending vaccination sites.
If you are over 40 or a health and social care worker, and are eligible for your booster, go online to www.nhs.uk or call 119 to book your appointment.
Visit www.happyhealthylives.uk/vaccinationdrop-ins to see all the places you can go for a walk-in appointment
CONSIDERATION, RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY
- Our aim is to provide a good efficient service for our patients.
- All our staff are trained and expected to be helpful, polite and courteous to all patients. All staff will try to help each patient with their individual needs. To enable us to achieve this please help us to help you. Please keep us informed if your personal details change, such as a change of name, address or telephone number.
- We are committed to giving you the best possible service. This will be achieved by working together and taking shared responsibility for your health. During the corona virus pandemic, many services have been disrupted. Some examples are the increased waiting lists for hospital procedures and a national shortage of blood bottles. This has also meant some disruption to annual reviews for medical conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension. Please be aware that annual reviews are due in your birth month and don’t wait for us to remind you to book in.
- Following consultation you will receive the most appropriate care, given by suitably qualified people. No care or treatment will be given without your informed consent. In return we would ask you to try and follow the medical advice offered and to take any medication as advised.
- You will be treated as an individual and will be given courtesy and respect at all times, irrespective of your ethnic origin, religious beliefs, personal attributes or the nature of your health problems.
- We ask that you treat the doctors and all practice staff with the same courtesy and respect.
- If a patient commits an act of violence or abuse towards the doctors, a member of the staff or to any other person present on the practice premises or in the place where the medical services are being provided, they will be removed from the practice list with immediate effect; the police will be contacted and asked to attend.
We are pleased to share with you the recent results from our in depth patient survey. We had over 500 responses, with 528 individual comments added. The vast majority were positive and were similar in theme to this:
Thank you all so much for everything you do and working so hard through the pandemic. The kindness and level of care and service shown to my son was just wonderful. All staff I have had contact with have been exemplary. Far and away the best Practice I have been a patient of. Very many thanks
In addition, we had feedback on the areas that could be improved. Please see below what was said and what we are doing about it:
- Lack of awareness of Extended Access: For the last 2 years, we have worked with neighbouring Practices to provide appointments with Clinicians at evenings and weekends. There are telephone and face to face appointments available, Reception staff will discuss availability when you call.
- Lack of awareness of the Patient Participation Group: This is a group of local patients who are willing and able to represent the views and concerns of our wider patient base. Meetings take place four times a year and have been held remotely since 2020. The convenience of this has meant we have seen an increase in the level of participation, as well as the demographics of our patient base being better reflected.
- Clinicians not as pro-active as they used to be following up blood test results:Clearly there has been greater demand on Clinician time during the pandemic. Please be aware that a call is only made if test results are abnormal. We are about to publish a Patient Charter where we ask that patients work with us in taking responsibility for their health.
- Over 75 health reviews: These are not currently a commissioned service.
- Minor surgery clinic: This is currently not a service provided at Meon. Patients will be referred onto the Wellesbourne Medical Centre.
- Can we have a ‘window’ of time for telephone consolations with GPs? We now indicate a 2 hour time frame for a call back, although it is not guaranteed.
- Website notices need to be relevant and timely: We will now publish a monthly update on the website and Facebook that will also be circulated via local parish newsletters.
- How will you have capacity in your existing premises to serve a growing population? This is considered in the longer term as part of Clinical Commissioning Group planning. The patient base is growing steadily, but we are seeing the largest growth in the number of appointments requested per patient.
- Staff can appear unhelpful: We have recruited new staff as Receptionists and Dispensers in the last 6 months and all patient feedback has been positive. We have a huge demand for GP appointments at the moment but we will always try to help patients- Extended Access and E Consults are two of the other options available. Last Monday alone, we received 240 calls into the Practice in the morning.
- Patient privacy: We have changed the way that we work so that if you call in at Reception asking for test results or other private information, we will offer to print the results or discuss them in a private area.
EMIS Health have received reports from both Patient Access users and people who have never registered for the service, that they have received Covid passport emails purporting to be from Patient Access.
They would like to share the following guidance from Patient Access:
- EMIS Health advise users of Patient Access to check the name and email address of the sender; all emails from Patient Access will come via an email address that ends in @patientaccess.com.
- EMIS Health advise users never to click on any log in links that you receive via email but to visit the site via the address bar of your browser instead so that you know you are on the genuine Patient Access log in page. You can find more information and guidance on our information security page here: https://www.patientaccess.com/security
- EMIS Health strongly advise users to set up their Memorable Word security feature, as well as using biometrics (fingerprint ID) if they use the app.
- Email addresses used to register for Patient Access account are secure. They do not share any data and no data is ever saved or stored on any device you use to access Patient Access.
Campden Home Nursing have recently opened Jecca’s house in Chipping Campden, offering a variety of cancer support services.
The commonest complaint heard in the media about GPs at the moment is that they are not seeing patients, so I’d like to explain what is happening here at Meon Medical Centre. Please click here to read the Meon Medical Centre Update.
Is your child aged 2-3 and born between 01.09.2017 and 31.08.2019?We now have children's nasal flu vaccinations in the surgery! Please contact reception to book your child into one of our flu clinics.
The new Living With and Beyond Cancer social media channels are now live.
The next Health and Wellbeing event, for patients newly diagnosed with cancer, will take place on 24 August 2021 via MS Teams.
The event helps people with cancer and their family and friends, to understand what to expect, what local support is available and the opportunity to ask questions.
The current NHS Digital (NHSD) extract of GP data for Research purposes (known as the GPDPR) has been delayed due to NHSD wishing to review the way in which this data will be collected, to conduct more public involvement and information about the plans and change the way in which patients can opt out of the extract of their GP data.
Currently the only way to opt out is to complete a Type 1 opt out form and return this to the practice. There was a deadline of the 1st September but this deadline has been removed (see below):
However, this extract will not be taken until the NHSD have changed the way it will take the data and respect the patient’s choice for using their data. NHSD are introducing the following changes to the opt outprocess which will mean that patients will be able to change their opt-out status at any time:
- Patients do not need to register a Type 1 opt-out by 1st September to ensure their GP data will not be uploaded.
- NHS Digital will create the technical means to allow GP data that has previously been uploaded to the system via the GPDPR collection to be deleted when someone registers a Type 1 opt-out.
- The plan to retire Type 1 opt-outs will be deferred for at least 12 months while we get the new arrangements up and running and will not be implemented without consultation with the RCGP, the BMA and the National Data Guardian.
This means that you can opt out at any time in the future and NHSD will delete data that they already have taken for research purposes, the deadline of the 01/09/2020 has been delayed until a new system of opt out is developed. Hopefully, this will be a simple centralised approach via the NHS app or NHS website to avoid paper form and administration work for your GP.
We will update you when we know more about the NHSD plans to change how you can control who has access to your data.
For further information on this - please click here.
Please be aware that we are experiencing some delays to our medication supplies from wholesalers. This is due to staff shortages of delivery drivers and staff working at these distribution sites needing to self-isolate due to Covid-19. We apologise for any inconvenience experienced by this and have been assured that the wholesalers are doing everything they can to minimise disruption.
The highest priority for the NHS remains the safety of staff, patients and visitors. While COVID restrictions will end in many settings in England from 19 July, everyone accessing or visiting healthcare settings must continue to wear a face covering (unless they are exempt) and follow social distancing rules.
Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance are therefore set to remain in place for all staff and visitors and across all health services including hospitals, GP practices, dentists, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure patients and staff are protected.
Read the infection prevention control guidance for further details.
Please do not contact the surgery to enquire about covid vaccination certificates.
We are unable to issue this certificate at the practice.
Please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad for further information.
Proof of your vaccination status will be available on the NHSapp, which is also valuable for accessing your health records and ordering repeat prescriptions. Refer Online Services page to download it.
Alternatively you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you've completed your course of the vaccine, the letter may to take up to 5 days to reach you.
The prostate specific antigen (PSA) test is a blood test to see if you might have prostate cancer and to monitor treatment for prostate cancer. Please check the link for details.
Please follow Dementia Help and Support for more information on dementia services.
CPR isn’t always the best treatment for an individual. That’s why CPR conversations need to happen. Please follow this link to know more.