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GP update

We have 3 Partners and 2 salaried GPs at Langley Medical Practice.  Our two salaried GPs are currently both on maternity leave and we have a team of 3 long-term locum GPs covering their patients.

Unfortunately, in addition, one of our partners is currently on long-term sick leave. However; we have additional support and these appointments have been covered by locum GPs as much as possible.  
 

Advanced Clinical Practitioner

Jonathan Allum BSc (Hons), MSc is an Advanced Clinical Practitioner currently working within the medical team at the practice. 

An Advanced Clinical Practitioner may have come from a wide range of backgrounds such as nursing, paramedicine, physiotherapy or pharmacy before undertaking further advance training. They are highly trained professionals having undertaken a Masters Degree in Advanced Clinical Practice and have qualified to become independent prescribers. 

An Advanced Clinical Practitioner will listen to your concerns and in partnership with you may undertake examinations, order tests, prescribe medicines, refer you to another health care professional and/or provide advice. 

You may find the link to leaflet describing Advanced Clinical Practitioners useful:

Advanced Clinical Practitioner
 

Shingles vaccination eligibility

  • patients aged 70 years (turning 70 on or after 2nd September 2017)
  • patients aged 78 years, on or after their 78th birthday
  • •patients who were eligible for immunisation in the previous programme years but have not yet been vaccinated against shingles. These are: anyone in their 70s born on or after 2/9/1942
  • 79 year olds (until their 80th birthday).
     

Patient Online and Text Messages

Please register on the new online system Patient Access.  As part of this upgrade, all patients will receive an SMS text message when an appointment is pre-booked at least 24 hours prior to your appointment. 

We have a SMS text system which allows patients to cancel their appointment by text providing they use the mobile number indicated in the reminder text. If you wish to cancel please do so as soon as you receive the text to ensure we receive the text in time for the appointment to be cancelled.

 

Meningitis B vaccine update

Babies born on or after 1st July 2015 are eligible for a Meningitis B vaccine at 2 months, 4 months and 12 months. There is also a catch up for babies born between 1st May and 30th June 2015 eligible for the vaccine.

Children who were born before 1st May 2015 are not eligible to be vaccinated under the NHS, but have the option to pay for this vaccine in a private practice. Unfortunately due to high demand we have been informed there is currently a shortage of the vaccine in private supply for new patients.

 

Meningitis vaccination (adolescents & young adults)

Recommendations have been produced regarding the highly aggressive strain of meningococcal disease group W. A vaccination programme has commenced for 14-16 year olds at school, however if this has been missed vaccinations can be given at the practice up to the age of 24. First time university students between the ages of 19 on 31st August 2018 up to 24 years on 31 March 2019 are advised to be vaccinated. For more information click here. Appointments for vaccination should be made with the nurse.

 

Measles cases in London

Public Health England have issued a letter to parents advising two doses of MMR should be given at their GP practice with the second dose given one month after the first dose. Under medical guidelines we would like to confirm there is a 3 month gap between the first and second dose for babies under 18 months, and would only be given with a one month gap if clinically indicated e.g. an outbreak at a siblings school.

 

Macmillan Social Prescribing - what is it?

A 2 year pilot had commenced at Surbiton Health Centre. Available for patients with cancer and their carers. Please see the attached article for more information New Macmillan Social Prescribing Cancer Support Service for Langley patients  Patients can self-refer as well as via your GP.

 

Nurse appointments

Early appointments are available from 7.30am on Mondays and Wednesdays and after school appointments on Tuesday and Thursdays with Nurse Kathryn Parkin.

 

Saturdays 

Please note we no longer offer a GP service on Saturday mornings. However; the Primary Care Extended Access Service is available at weekends - see Out of Hours section for more information. 

 

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