Practice News

22nd Sep

Flu Update

We will shortly be sending out invites via SMS or letter to all eligible patients for the 2021-22 flu season.

To find out if you will be eligible this year please follow this link https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/

 

Patients aged over 65

We will be holding a flu vaccination clinic at the Practice on Wednesday 6th October. You will receive a letter inviting you to attend within a 15 minute time slot on this date. Don’t worry if you are unable to make it – call us on 0121 472 0129 and we will be happy to book you an appointment for another date or time.

An example of the letter you will receive can be found here 65+ Flu invite 2021.docx

 

Watch this space- we will provide further updates regarding the 18-64 years and Children’s flu vaccinations as they happen.

Antibiotic Guardian
13th Aug

Antibiotic Guardian

The Bournbrook Varsity Medical Centre has pledged to be an Antibiotic Guardian. Our actions protect antibiotics. 

20th Jul

Birmingham and Solihull Shared Care Record

The Shared Care Record is a way of bringing together all your separate records from the different organisations involved in your health and care. It’s confidential and different to anything you might have heard of before.

Ever wondered why, when you visit your GP or hospital, they can’t see all your health and care information? And why you find yourself having to answer the same old questions over and over – about things like the medicines you take, the treatment you’ve had, and whether you have any allergies?

The simple answer is they all use different computer systems to record your details. And because these systems aren’t connected, the health and care organisations looking after you can’t see the information each other holds on you.

But that’s about to change with the introduction of the Birmingham and Solihull Shared Care Record – previously called the Health Information Exchange.

Our experience of working with COVID-19 has shown how important it is for the health and care professionals caring for a person to be able to see their information without delay when needed. The Shared Care Record will make a joined-up approach to health and care much more possible.

Click here for all the information about Birmingham and Solihull Shared Care Records.

If you would like to object to the Shared Care Record visit the right to object page the the programme’s website here.

More information with this posterleaflet and easy-read document

20th Jul

COVID-19 Vaccination Status for Travel

From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine.

 Vaccine status will be available from:

  • the NHS App which you can download from app stores

  • the NHS website

  • 119 – by requesting a paper letter

You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified.

If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take up to 7 working days for the letter to arrive.

This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status unless you have been advised to by the 119 service.

When you’re planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel.

20th Jul

Post-COVID Syndrome

Post-COVID Syndrome (sometimes called ‘long COVID’) can affect your physical and mental health. Symptoms can develop during or following a COVID-19 infection and continue for more than 12 weeks.

There are lots of different symptoms, but among the most common are:
  • Coughing
  • Breathlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Mental health issues like anxiety

For more information visit https://www.postcovidsyndromebsol.nhs.uk/index.php

20th Jul

Covid Vaccination Information

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is our best defence against the virus.

The vaccine is highly effective against the virus causing symptoms and it is currently being rolled out across Birmingham and Solihull to priority groups.

Everybody over the age of 18 is eligible for the COVID 19 vaccination. We have invited all registered patients in this cohort who we have contact details for. If you are over 18 or have family & friends over 18 please help us protect your loved ones and encourage them to book an appointment by calling 119 or visiting https://nhs.uk/covid-vaccination

Full information about the vaccine including how to book into the vaccination centre’s can be found on the official website: https://www.birminghamandsolihullcovidvaccine.nhs.uk/ an easy read leaflet can be found here

Our vaccinations are currently taking place at Harborne Medical Practice, 4 Yorke Street, Harborne. If possible please complete this Covid-pre-vaccination-questionnaire-22FEB21 and take it along to your appointment.

From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available from:

  • the NHS App which you can download from app stores

  • the NHS website (from 17 May 2021)

It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified so you can use these services.

If you cannot access these online services, and you have had 2 vaccines, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take 7 working days for the letter to arrive.

This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status.

When you’re planning your travel, check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is time to get  proof of your vaccination status before you leave.

20th Jul

Isolating at Home with COVID

If you are isolating at home after receiving a positive covid test this information leaflet will be a useful guide.

COVID Isolating at Home Safety Netting Leaflet

20th Jul

Help for Victims of Modern Slavery

If you suspect that you or someone you have come across may be an adult victim of modern slavery and in need of help, please contact The Salvation Army’s confidential and anonymous referral helpline on 0800 808 3733 – available 365 days a year, 24/7 with interpretation services where needed.

20th Jul

Pause @ UoB

Pause@UoB is a drop-in service for students at the University of Birmingham, under 25 years to talk about their mental health & wellbeing.

They are there to discuss any worries or concerns you might have – not necessarily connected to academic life.

They can help you access more specific services, refer to other organisations and share useful resources.

Pause@UoB is available to you in three ways:

Drop-in’s

Bournbrook Pavillion (Community Living Hub, 48 Aston Webb BLVD) – Tuesdays & Wednesdays 11am to 5pm

The Lodge (Just inside the North Gate) – Thursdays & Fridays 11am to 5pm

Phone Support

0207 841 4470 – 7 days a week, 10am to 6pm

Email

askbeam@childrenssociety.org.uk

20th Jul

Structured Medication Review

We have two PCN Pharmacist who will be contacting patients via the telephone to undertake Structured Medication Reviews.

A structured medication review is a consultation to talk about the medicines you are currently taking; an opportunity for you to discuss your medication and ensure that you are getting the best from the medicines that are prescribed for you.

A structured medication review may be called a Polypharmacy Review if you are taking a lot of medicines – reviews in this case are helpful to ensure that the combination of medicines is still required and safe.

When you are first prescribed a medicine it is usually the best one for you, however, things change:

  • You might have developed a side effect
  • Your health may have changed, such as developing a long term condition or a change in a long term condition you already have
  • The way your body handles medicines changes over time and may require dose or medication change.

Any of these reasons, as well as others, can mean the medicine might not be right for you anymore.

For more information about the Structured Medication Reviews take a look at the Structured Medication Review Patient Leaflet

20th Jul

Ill Child – When Should I Worry?

Having an ill child can be a very scary experience for parents.

If you understand more about the illness it can help you to feel more in control.

This booklet is for parents (and older children) and deals with common infections in children who are normally healthy.

You should not rely on the advice in this leaflet for children who are less than 3 months old. Babies younger than this can respond differently to infections.

When should I worry-Booklet_England-with 111 service

20th Jul

Diabetic Low Calorie Diet Programme

Have you been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in the last 6 years?

If you are aged 18-65 years and are overweight you may be eligible to join the NHS Low Calorie Diet Programme.

Research trials have shown patients could achieve remission (no longer have diabetes) or reduce their anti-diabetic medications after restricting their calorie intake.

Your GP will be able to inform you if you are eligible for the programme.

To see if you would be suitable to participate please complete the Self-Assessment Readiness Tool – Low Calorie Diet Programme

More information about the programme can be found here.

Diabetes: NHS Low Calorie Diet Programme Patient Leaflet