Practice Updates

16th Feb

Important Medication Ordering Update

We are changing the way we accept repeat medication requests from patients. Due to safety and governance issues identified with patients leaving an answerphone message to order their medication, we will no longer be able to accept medication orders at any of our surgeries via the dispensary answerphone from Monday 1st April.

Ways in which you can order your medication:

  • PODS – managed repeat ordering service
  • MHOL – ordering online
  • Medication side slip – completed slips can be handed in to dispensary at the surgery you collect your medication from
  • Completing our Medication Request Form via www.llanfyllingp.co.uk/medication-request-form
  • Posting your order to the practice
  • Via NHS/My Surgery App

We will be identifying our most vulnerable patients to ensure those patients are supported with ordering their medication where using any of our ordering methods would be too difficult for them.

1st Feb

Import Practice Update - MEASLES

You may be aware through the press that measles cases are rising in the UK. Updated infection prevention control guidelines have been provided to practices which we have reviewed, as a result it is necessary for us to put a number of actions into place.

These actions are necessary to ensure we can protect our patients, some of whom are extremely vulnerable, our staff and visitors to the practice and to safely manage any identified cases of measles in our community.

Effective immediately:

  • If you think you, or a family member, have been infected by measles, please DO NOT COME TO THE SURGERY. 
  • Please telephone the practice in the first instance and give the reception team as much information as you can to give us the best chance of identifying whether you have measles.
  • Symptoms of measles are a rash and feeling unwell (which may include cold-like symptoms or small white spots in the mouth) Further information from the NHS can be found here: Measles - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
  • You will initially be booked for a triage telephone call with one of the clinical team.
  • If the clinician requests that you visit the surgery you will be asked to wait in your car until a member of the team calls you into an isolation room.
  • If you are unsure of your child’s measles vaccination status then please contact the practice for advice.

The number of people in Wales having the MMR vaccine has dropped since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that children who have not been vaccinated, or are only partially vaccinated, are unprotected. This increases the risk of measles outbreaks happening in nurseries or schools.  

Even a small drop in the number of people having the MMR vaccination can lead to an increase in measles cases. As there is more international travel since COVID-19 restrictions were lifted, there is a higher chance of measles being brought back from countries where it is common.  

Having two doses of the MMR vaccine is the best way to protect you and your child from measles, mumps and rubella.  

You can find more information on the vaccine and diseases atโ€ฏVaccinations - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

save our surgeries
30th Jan

𝗪𝗘 𝗡𝗘𝗘𝗗 𝗬𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗛𝗘𝗟𝗣 - 𝗣𝗟𝗘𝗔𝗦𝗘 𝗦𝗛𝗔𝗥𝗘 & 𝗦𝗜𝗚𝗡 𝗧𝗛𝗜𝗦 𝗣𝗘𝗧𝗜𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡

Contract negotiations for the funding of GP practices have collapsed this year leaving us to have to make difficult decisions about the services we can provide, our ability to attract and retain staff and our ability to plan for the future.
 
Welsh government have walked away from the financial contract negotiations. We are left without a financial contract for the year we are in and struggling as we are already 3/4 of the way through the year without a resolution in site.
 
For every patient registered with the practice we receive just £111.40 each year and in return, we offer unlimited medical appointments and advice to our patients.
Recent activity data shows that last year (22/23) alone, GP surgeries in Wales received a total of 27 million phone calls, with 19 million appointments offered, 1.3 million referrals to secondary care made and a total of 56 million prescription items issued all within a population of 3 million.
 
For the vast portfolio of services that we offer in general practice in 2020/21 general medical services had only 6.1% of NHS Wales budget. GP practices deal with around 90% of all patient contacts in the NHS for only 6.1% of the overall NHS budget.
 
The percentage of NHS funding spent on general practice has fallen by 30% since 2005 from 8.7% to 6.1%, while at the same time the services and number of patient appointment’s provided by the practice has increased. The NHS has been chronically underfunded for years, and in primary care it has gone relatively unnoticed due to the dedication of GPs and practice staff to continue providing a service.
 
We are working as hard as we can, adapting and innovating to keep delivering a standard of care we are proud of at our practice, but we can’t keep making up the shortfall of funding. We simply don’t have the capacity to do so. This saddens us as it is something we never thought we’d have to say.
 
We are, therefore, asking for your help and support. As given our rurality there are few other medical services locally to “prop up” the system if we are not here.
Please help us to secure a financial rescue package from the Welsh Government by signing and sharing this petition before it’s too late. ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—น ๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐Ÿฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—™๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐˜€๐—ผ ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ป ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜'๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ผ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ.
 
You can also help us by contacting your local Member of the Senedd (MS) We have to work together to try to keep our surgery flourishing and enable us to keep providing the services we do to our community’s. In a rural community such as ours there are limited alternative services to rely on or to replace us.
 
There are currently only 729 signatures to this petition for the whole of Montgomeryshire.
 
 
๐“›๐“ต๐“ช๐“ท๐“ฏ๐”‚๐“ต๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ท ๐“–๐“ป๐“ธ๐“พ๐“น ๐“Ÿ๐“ป๐“ช๐“ฌ๐“ฝ๐“ฒ๐“ฌ๐“ฎ 
15th Jan

Llanfyllin Group Practice - January 2024 Newsletter

Recruitment Updates:

We are pleased to welcome Amelia Roberts to the practice as part of our practice nurse team. Amelia is a newly qualified nurse joining our large multidisciplinary team and is very much looking forward to working at the practice and developing her skills whilst being supported by our highly experienced nursing team.

Training placement updates:

Medical student placements:

We will be welcoming two Medical Students from Keele University, Joe Clymer and Mason Jones, to the practice on Monday 29th January. Joe and Mason will be with us for 8 weeks. We usually support Cardiff Medical Students through September to February each year, we are now adding in Keele Medical Student placements at the practice which will take place between January and August this year. It is vital we offer training placements to medical students, these may be our GPs of the future, gaining experience in a practice environment, practicing their skills and developing their knowledge and experience are all important parts of their training.

GP training placements:

We will also be welcoming our new GP Registrar, Dr May Paing, to the practice on Monday 19th February.

GP registrars are doctors training to become GPs.  Llanfyllin Group Practice is accredited as a GP Training Practice, GP registrars are attached to one of the doctors here at the practice who is their trainer. The GP registrar is a fully qualified doctor who is likely to have a lot of experience of hospital medicine. 

Each GP Registrar will remain with us for a period of 6-12 months, so you may therefore be offered an appointment with the GP registrar. By the time you see a GP registrar they will have spent at least 5 years at medical school to qualify as a doctor. They will have then done 2 years working in hospitals followed by a 3 year training programme to become a GP, during which they will spend 18 months in a training practice. So by the time you see this doctor they may well have been working as a doctor for a period of up to 4 years.

Please keep an eye on our Website and Facebook page for our latest recruitment opportunities.

Important Medication Ordering Update:

We are changing the way we accept repeat medication requests from patients. Due to safety and governance issues identified with patients leaving an answerphone message to order their medication, we will no longer be able to accept medication orders at any of our surgeries via the dispensary answerphone from Monday 1st April.

Ways in which you can order your medication:

  • PODS – managed repeat ordering service
  • MHOL – ordering online
  • Medication side slip – completed slips can be handed in to dispensary at the surgery you collect your medication from
  • Completing our Medication Request Form via www.llanfyllingp.co.uk/medication-request-form
  • Posting your order to the practice
  • Via NHS/My Surgery App

We will be identifying our most vulnerable patients to ensure those patients are supported with ordering their medication where using any of our ordering methods would be too difficult for them.

Flu Campaign Update:

We have now completed our 2023 Flu Vaccination Campaign at the practice.

If you are eligible for a flu vaccination at the practice this season but have not yet attended and are still interested in receiving your flu vaccine, please contact reception on 01691 648 054 and we will arrange an appointment for you.

Shingles Vaccination Campaign:

Shingles is a common condition that causes a painful rash. It can sometimes lead to serious problems such as long-lasting pain, hearing loss or blindness. You're more likely to get shingles, and it's more likely to cause serious problems, as you get older or if you have a severely weakened immune system.

The shingles vaccine helps to protect against shingles. It’s recommended for people at higher risk from shingles, including all adults turning 65, those aged 70 to 79, and those aged 50 and over with severely weakened immune system.

If you have received a text or letter from the practice inviting you to attend for your shingles vaccination, please contact reception on 01691 648 054 and we will arrange an appointment for you.

Pneumococcal Vaccinations:

The Pneumococcal vaccination helps protect against serious illnesses like pneumonia, sepsis, and meningitis.

We are currently offering vaccines to eligible patients – these include over 65s and high risk patients with chronic disease as these groups are more susceptible to getting seriously ill from pneumococcal infections.

People at higher risk of pneumococcal disease include those with:

  • Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen
  • Chronic respiratory, heart, kidney, or liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Immunosuppression caused by disease or treatment
  • Cochlear implants
  • Cerebrospinal fluid leaks
  • An occupational risk

The vaccine is given as a single dose and will usually cover you for life, with the exception of some chronic diseases.

If you think that you fall into one of the above groups, please contact the practice on 01691 648 054 to book an appointment.

Green Inhaler Project:

Choose a greener inhaler and help fight climate change.

The NHS has committed to reducing the carbon impact of inhalers used in the treatment of respiratory conditions, and we at Llanfyllin Group Practice are supporting the roll-out of environmentally friendly, greener inhalers.

Suitable patients at the practice will be offered a dry powder inhaler (DPI) instead of a metered dose inhaler (MDI), which work just as effectively, but do not use powerful greenhouse gases to propel medication into your lungs. By making a swap, you could cut your carbon footprint by the equivalent of driving around 1,740 miles a year.

You can ask for more information about green inhalers at your next respiratory review.

You can reduce inhaler waste by:

  • Not over-ordering your inhalers, remember you don’t have to order your inhalers every month
  • Looking after your inhalers
  • Using the correct inhaler technique
  • Return used or unwanted inhalers to the practice or a pharmacy for environmentally safe disposal

Patient Health Questionnaire:

It is very important that the practice has your up-to-date health information and contact details on record.

Please visit www.llanfyllingp.co.uk/patient-health-questionnaire and complete our Microsoft Forms questionnaire so that we are able to update your patient records.

Upcoming Practice Closure Dates:

  • Tuesday 30th January – Afternoon Closure from 1pm*
  • Wednesday 28th February – Afternoon Closure from 1pm*

*On the above dates our phone lines will close at 12pm.

  • Thursday 21st March – Morning Closure until 1pm

For urgent care whilst the surgery is closed on these dates, please call Shropdoc on 01743 455 364.

enid hero
23rd Oct 2023

Practice Update - NHS Heroes Awards

As a part of the 75th Anniversary celebrations for the NHS, community councils were invited to nominate a team or individuals working within the NHS in their community to receive an NHS Heroes award.
 
We are so pleased to let our patients know that Penybontfawr Community Council nominated the practice, District Nurses and our very own Enid Ellis for NHS Heroes awards in Powys in recognition and thanks for the work we do as a practice looking after our patients. An awards ceremony took place at the practice at lunchtime on Thursday 19th October and we had some special cake to celebrate!
 
These awards really did mean so much to all of us, a warm thank you to Penybontfawr Community Council for taking the time to put in the nominations, it is very much appreciated by us all.
 
๐“›๐“ต๐“ช๐“ท๐“ฏ๐”‚๐“ต๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ท ๐“–๐“ป๐“ธ๐“พ๐“น ๐“Ÿ๐“ป๐“ช๐“ฌ๐“ฝ๐“ฒ๐“ฌ๐“ฎ
smoking cess team
30th Aug 2023

Smoking Cessation Update

Powys Teaching Health Board have recently expanded the Smoking Cessation Team to further support smokers in Powys to quit and reach the national target of a ‘Smoke -free Wales’ by 2030.
 
The team ( pictured to the left) is led by our new Clinical Lead for Smoking Cessation, Ceri Peate (far left) and includes 3 dedicated Smoking Cessation Advisors (from left to right) Kathryn Jones, Mary Ann Pryce and William (Alex) Doran who are based across Powys .The team of Smoking Cessation Advisors have extensive experience in supporting clients in their journey to becoming smoke-free and are ready to receive further referrals for their service.
 
Whether it is visiting a local Smoking Cessation Clinic, meeting with other people who are also quitting on a regular basis or having virtual or telephone calls with one of our trained Smoking Cessation Advisors, there is an option suitable for everyone who wishes to give up smoking. The service includes access to FREE nicotine replacement medication. The Smoking Cessation team also work closely with pharmacies across Powys to ensure that clients using the service have as many options available to them as possible.
 
The support that the team provides can increase the chances of quitting up to 300% compared with going it alone! The health benefits of stopping smoking are immediate. To anyone who has struggled to quit, do not feel alone - the service is on hand to support you.
 
Powys Teaching Health Board are reintroducing Smoking Cessation clinics at Llanfyllin Group Practice from mid September 2023. If you would like to book in to see a Smoking Cessation Advisor at the practice, please call Reception on 01691 648 054, or fill out our online request form and a member of our team will contact you - https://forms.office.com/e/sP4X9fGAG3
 
Alternatively, you can refer via the Help Me Quit Wales self-referral form at https://www.helpmequit.wales/
 
๐“›๐“ต๐“ช๐“ท๐“ฏ๐”‚๐“ต๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ท ๐“–๐“ป๐“ธ๐“พ๐“น ๐“Ÿ๐“ป๐“ช๐“ฌ๐“ฝ๐“ฒ๐“ฌ๐“ฎ