Confused about the right service to access for your urgent healthcare needs?
A new campaign, Use the Right Service, which helps people access the correct NHS service, has been launched across south west Hampshire and Southampton.
Use the Right Service promotes alternatives to A&E for non-emergencies, such as home care, pharmacies, 111 and Urgent Treatment Centres (UTCs), and is designed to support the reduction of pressure on A&E at Southampton General Hospital.
Over the coming months we will be promoting our integrated, cross partner campaign, via radio advertising on Heart FM and Smooth FM, digital and social media updates, street and transport advertising, as well as spreading the message through the distribution channels of local partners, such as GPs, councils, schools, voluntary organisations and community centres.
As NHS staff we have an important role to play as ‘ambassadors’, to ensure that people access the right NHS service, receive the highest quality care and to ensure that A&E and 999 services are used for those that urgently need them.
Armed Forces Veteran Friendly GP Practice
New Horizons Medical Partnership has recently received accreditation from the Royal College of General Practitioners as an Armed Forces Veteran Friendly GP practice.
If you believe yourself to be a military veteran (and remember this is defined as "anyone who has served for at least one day in the Armed Forces, whether regular or reserve") and would like this to be noted in your medical record then please let us know.
Retirement of Dr David Booth
As previously notified, Dr David Booth has now left the partnership.
We are delighted to say that, despite the national difficulties in GP recruitment at present, we are extremely fortunate to have a new GP Partner, Dr Sophie Douglas, joining New Horizons Medical Partnership on 4th November 2019. Dr Douglas will be taking over the majority of Dr Booth's patient list on that date.
We would like to reassure Dr Booth's patients that in the interim period - July, August and September - they will be under the care of one of the other GP Partners in the practice.
Wherever possible, we will place Dr Booth's patients with a GP they have seen recently.
Early/mid October, when changes on the computer system are complete, we will make notes on your repeat prescriptions detailing the GP you are registered with; alternatively our Reception team can check for you. However, please remember the Reception team will not be able to do this until after 15th October.
Whilst you are, of course, still able to book with whichever GP you choose (subject to availability of appointments), once allocated in October, we encourage you to see your new "Usual GP" when you next need a routine appointment.
Thank you for your understanding.
There have now been measles outbreaks in the South of England and it is important to ensure parents / carers are aware of the need to vaccinate children. Particularly at risk are families from affected communities who may not register with GPs or routinely vaccinate their children, and those travelling to Romania, Germany and Poland.
Those most at risk are:
- Patients over the age of three years and four months who do not have two recorded doses of MMR vaccine.
- Patients born before 1970 who have no history of measles or MMR vaccination.
It should be noted that recent travel to countries with ongoing measles outbreaks like Romania, Italy and Germany increases the likelihood of a measles diagnosis.