Join a COVID-19 Clinical Trial
The PRINCIPLE trial aims to find treatments that reduce hospital admission and improve symptoms for people with COVID-19. You could be eligible to join if
- You have had these symptoms for fewer than 15 days:
- a continuous new or worsening cough
- and/or a high temperature
- OR have a positive test for SARS-Co-V2 infection with COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days
- You are aged 50 to 64 with a pre-existing illness
- You are aged 65 and above
Find out more https://www.phctrials.ox.ac.uk/principle-trial/how-to-join
During the initial phase of the response to COVID-19, a lot of routine screening appointments were postponed. Our Portswood site has been open since the middle of April as part of that response the site was hosting staff and patients from 5 surgeries. We will shortly be restarting routine smear appointments for patients and will work through the backlog in the order of when they are due. The surgery will contact you when it's time to book yourself in.
Change in organ donation law in England
The law around the donating of organs in England has now changed. The system in England is now an "opt in" system rather than an "opt out" system. You still have a choice about whether you wish to become an organ donor and your religious, cultural and personal wishes will be respected. You should make your family aware of your wishes. For more information please click here.
Recycling your inhalers? - Green Impact For Health
It's important that we all do our bit for the environment. Solent GP Surgery is working towards obtaining accreditation from the Royal College of GP's Green Impact for Health scheme to improve our environmental impact.
You too can help.
Do you have inhalers at home? Some inhalers release gasses called hydroflurocarbons into the atmosphere and account for nearly 4% of the entire NHS greenhouse gas footprint. You can recycle your inhalers and help to mitigate the environmental impact of inhalers.
Visit https://pharmacyfinder.completethecycle.eu/index to find your local pharmacy that is participating in recycling inhalers.
Changes to prescribing for minor conditions
"Why can't I get a prescription for paracetamol?"
The guidance on prescribing medications for conditions that can be treated with over the counter medications has changed. Many of these medications can be bought easily at the pharmacy or your local supermarket. For more information see this handy leaflet
Occupational Therapy Clinics
We have started occupational therapy clinics at the surgery. If you're struggling at work with health problems or are currently off sick from work then this might be for you. For more information and a leaflet, please click here.
At an earlier Patient Participation Group, we were really pleased to have a presentation from Solent NHS Trust's Physio team. Did you know that you can self refer to the physios for ongoing joint or muscular pain?
Click HERE to get access to the self-referral site or to download the form. There's also access to other places that you can self-refer on our website. Click HERE for more.
Are you eligible for a shingles vaccination?
People in their 70's born on or after 2nd September 1942 and those aged 78 or 79 are eligible for shingles vaccination. Click the link below to launch the calculator and check if you are eligible.
Shingles Vaccine eligibility calculator