‘Help Us to Help You’
High blood pressure significantly increases the risk of heart attacks, stroke and kidney disease. High blood pressure is not usually something that you can feel or notice, and it can go undiagnosed because there are usually no symptoms.
If you already have high blood pressure, it is important you work in partnership with us to manage your blood pressure. More information on blood pressure can be found at https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/risk-factors/high-blood-pressure
Please monitor your blood pressure at home every 6 months and submit these for review to the practice using our online blood pressure link http://Watford.yourGP.co/BP
All is explained via the link and your readings will be looked at by our clinical pharmacist specialising in this area and invited for a telephone review if required.
“Amazing because you can explain everything that you need to” (Age 47)
“This is very nice way to communicate with my GP and also convenient for me to record my BP readings on my own whenever I am free” (Age 52)
“This is a quick way of getting information across to the surgery” (Age 83)
We recommend you purchase one from the local chemist as recommended by the British Hypertension Society https://bihsoc.org/bp-monitors/for-home-use/. If you are unable to buy a monitor you can book with one of our Health care assistants
We may be in a position to loan you a blood pressure machine. If this is required please fill out the following form by clicking Ask the reception a question or contact the surgery directly.
All patients with high bloods pressure should have a yearly blood test to include a Diabetes check, Cholesterol and Kidney Function. A urine sample will also need to be provided. If you are due this please request the forms from reception to take to Watford General or book to have this done with our HCA
Please note: Patients taking medication for blood pressure ending in ‘pril’ eg Ramipril, Lisinopril, Enalapril or ending in ‘tan eg Losartan, Irbesartan etc will need to have their kidney blood tests done more frequently (every 3-6 months) This will be marked on your prescription. If in doubt please ask to speak to the clinical pharmacist who can advise at your review. These must be carried out for us to continue prescribing your medications safely
We are working with conjunction with Watford FC CSE Trust Health and Wellbeing Specialist Alison Goodchild who offer FREE support tailored to your individual circumstances and barriers. Join their online Webinar on Tuesday 4th May either at 1230pm or 730pm by registering at https://bookings.watfordfccsetrust.com/book/94303.
Any problems or for further information please contact Alison.Goodchild@watfordfc.com or 07710 096398.
Yes, the importance of reducing risks related to High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease & Diabetes has been highlighted during the Covid 19 Pandemic. Engagement with Physical Activity as detailed above, can help reduce all these risks and improve your general health. Don’t hesitate to sign up to the free webinar for more details.
Smoking, being overweight, family history, being part of the BAME population, diet including salt intake, to name a few, can all contribute to developing heart disease.
Please visit the British Heart Foundation website to find out more https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/risk-factors
FACE COVERINGS UPDATE FROM 19TH JULY 2021 FOR NHS PATIENTS
NHS Patients, staff and visitors must continue to wear face coverings in healthcare settings
Covid restrictions will end in many settings in England from Monday 19th July 2021.
However, Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance are set to remain in place for all staff and visitors.
That means NHS visitor guidance will stay in place across all health services including hospitals, GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure patients and staff are protected.
Staff, patients and visitors will also be expected to continue to follow social distancing rules when visiting any care setting as well as using face coverings, mask and other personal protection equipment.
The NHS will continue to support staff in ensuring that the guidance is followed in all healthcare settings.
We need to continue to do what we can to keep people safe from catching Covid-19. One way we can all help with this is by continuing to wear a face-covering in our practice and we are asking all patients to do that, as well as our staff. Keeping our staff safe is essential to keep operating efficiently.
We are also continuing to make sure we don’t have large numbers of patients in our waiting areas and on the premises – again this is about reducing the chance of infection when there are rising rates in the community.
The various measures we have taken, including increased use of personal protective equipment, patients wearing face masks, holding more virtual consultations, social distancing and extra premises cleans have helped protect staff, patients and visitors over the past year. Taking these steps has also enabled us to continue providing many of the non-urgent services that would otherwise have been postponed.
We want to make sure you can all be confident about accessing or visiting local healthcare services safely.
Thank you for your understanding and your cooperation with this – it makes a huge difference.
Concerned about your information being shared?
What you need to know.
Patient data from GP medical records kept by GP practices in England is used respectfully, securely and safely every day to improve health, care and services through planning and research, helping to find better treatments and improve patient care. Data collected by the NHS is only used for health and care purposes. It is never shared with marketing or insurance companies.
The NHS is planning to introduce an improved way for GP practices to share information about patients- called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection. News of these plans has caused some concern to some of our patients, who have decided that they don’t want their data to be involved.
We have now been informed that no data will be shared in this new way until 1 September this year. This delay is to enable the national organisation NHS digital to clearly explain their plans to the public and health professionals, as well as to thoroughly investigate any concerns that have been raised.
If you have already been in touch with the practice to ask to be ‘opted out’ of your identifiable information being shared outside of our practice for any purpose, your request will be honoured. This will not affect your own care. However, nobody’s data will be shared in this new way before 1 September. If you would like to find out more about why the NHS collects and uses data, please go to this website.
We are here for you when you need us – how to access services
If you need the help of a GP, practice nurse or other health professional that works in our surgery, we are here for you.
GP practices are busier than they have ever been and we want you to know how to get the help you need from us.
As you will know, we have been open throughout the pandemic, offering you telephone and online appointments, with face to face consultations available for those who need them. We have continued to help many thousands of patients each week, alongside planning and delivering the COVID-19 vaccination programme.
There are some things that patients can do to help make sure we can see everyone who needs us, as quickly as possible. Please continue to contact us by phone or online as this helps us to manage people entering our practice building; it is much better if you don’t come to the practice unless you have an appointment. We need to keep social distancing in our practice building to keep everyone safe, we also ask that you always wear a mask while in the surgery. Please remember that appointments are a set amount of time so it is only safe to discuss one or two health issues. If you have more to discuss please mention this when you speak to reception staff.
Our busiest times of the day on the phones are between 8am and 10am so if you can, we would suggest that you call outside of this time.
During the pandemic the use of our online system “ Online Consult” increased. It is a great way to get clinical advice for your condition, however, it is worth remembering that each consultation takes a significant of time to review and there are lots of other ways to get advice. Also you will not get an instant response to these so if it is urgent please call the practice or contact 111.
On our website we have links to key NHS information and advice. Please also go to www.nhs.uk which is a as a source of trusted health advice about your or your child’s condition. Your local pharmacist is also there for you as an expert in medicines. They can offer advice for certain ailments. They will also know when you need to contact a GP or another more urgent service. Many pharmacies are open in the evening and at weekends, you can find them on the CCG website: https://www.enhertsccg.nhs.uk/pharmacies
Remember if the situation is urgent you can contact NHS 111 by visiting www.111.nhs.uk or by calling 111. They can also support with a mental health crisis if you select option 2.
You don’t need to see a GP to refer yourself for some mental health services. Find out more at https://www.hpft.nhs.uk/services/community-services/wellbeing-service/ If you are worried about your mental health and any harm you may cause yourself please contact your practice.
Remember to always dial 999 straight away when it is a real emergency, for example if you think someone is having a heart attack or a stroke.
Please continue to use general practice when you need to, we are open and there for you.
Thank you for your support.
Please contact us on 07402404258 so we can book your appointment.
Parking will be available on Rosslyn Road and if you have a disabled badge you can park temporarily on the double yellow line on Upton Road. Please ensure you wear a MASK.
For any queries regarding the vaccine do contact us on 7402404258. We will be happy to discuss any concerns.
More information can be found on our Covid & Flu Support page.
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