New Flu Vaccination eligibility - Patients aged 50 to 64
Further to the latest announcement regarding patients from the age of 50 being eligible for a free influenza vaccination this year, please be aware that we are waiting on further clarification from NHS England as to when and how these vaccinations will be held.
Currently we have been advised that priority must be given to all those aged 65 and over, pregnant women, people with underlying health conditions and health and social care staff, as it is now. Anyone living in the household of somebody on the Covid-19 shielding list will also be invited to get a jab. After that will come a phased call-up for other adults over the age of 50.
In consideration of this it is important that this new cohort DO NOT book into the flu clinic appointments in September. These are for the priority patients listed above. We will of course keep our patients updated as soon as we have information as to how this new cohort of patients will receive this vaccination.
PMG Welcomes New Doctors
PM welcomes two new Doctors to their clinical team. Dr Rebecca Ogilvie who will be working on Wednesdays and Fridays, and Dr Isabelle Sheridan who will be working Mondays and Wednesdays until September, then Mondays and Tuesdays thereafter.
The PRINCIPLE Trial
The PRINCIPLE trial aims to find treatments for COVID-19 for older people. We want to find medicines that can help people with COVID-19 symptoms get better quickly and stop them needing to go to hospital. The trial is recruiting participants through this website and also through GP practices across the UK.
PRINICPLE Patient recruitment Poster
Online appointment booking
Following guidance from NHS England we have changed the type of appointment available for online booking. The only appointments available to book online are telephone triage slots. The doctor will phone the patient around the appointment time and do a consultation over the telephone. A follow-up face to face appointment can then be booked if required. We are taking this action to minimise the coronavirus infection risk. We apologise for any inconvenience this action may cause and will update patients regularly with any further changes – thank you.
Article from the British Menopause Society regarding the link of HRT to breast cancer
Private Microsuction Clinic for ear wax removal
Gatwick Audiology will be holding a clinic at PMG every alternate Friday. The rates are £50 for one ear and £80 for both ears. To make a booking please contact them direct and ask for Hazel Spring. Email: email@example.com Tel: 0333 011 7717
From time to time patients will present to us, most usually with either dental pain of dental related infection. The General Medical Council (GMC) and British Medical Association (BMA) guidance is very clear, as follows;
“GPs should not attempt to manage a condition requiring dental skills unless they have the appropriate training and expertise. Both the civil courts and the GMC require doctors to have appropriate skills for any treatment they offer.” It goes on to advise that the treatment of dental problems is not the responsibility of GPs and that the patient should be advised to contact local urgent or emergency dental services, or in severe circumstances the nearest accident and emergency department.
Further information regarding this advice can be found on the following link;
Nuisance Phone Calls Important Information - Read more here
We have been made aware of nuisance phone calls from a person/company saying they are from Pulborough Medical Group and asking for patients medication details. The telephone number starts with 01797. Please be vigilant and do not give details out, ESPECIALLY your debit or credit card details, as these calls are fake.