Flu Clinics 2017
There are a number of patients with health conditions who still haven't had their flu jab yet. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, chronic heart disease (CHD), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or have a history of stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA), please contact the surgery as soon as possible.
For further information about who should have the flu jab please click here.
If you are eligible to have the flu vaccine this year please contact the surgery on 01400 281220 to book your appointment.
Waiting Room Blood Pressure (BP) Machine
We now have a waiting room blood pressure machine available for you to use in our waiting room.
When you next visit the surgery please come and use the machine to check your blood pressure. If you are taking blood pressure medication we advise having your blood pressure checked every six months.
There are very clear instructions on how to use the machine. The machine will print out your blood pressure reading for you. If you have a booked appointment please give your blood pressure reading print out slip to whoever you are seeing. If you do not have an appointment please hand your print out slip to one of the receptionists.
Please come and use the machine at any time.
We put great emphasis on recruiting suitably skilled and motivated staff who will help us in delivering the best care possible for our patients. After initial induction and training in their individual roles e.g. reception or dispensing we then have whole practice training events every month. These meetings allow us the opportunity to reflect on the services that we provide, to consider how we can meaningfully interpret and implement NHS innovations and reforms, to learn from situations where we feel that we could have done better (using a tool known as Significant Event Audit), and to provide generic staff training. To enable the doctors and staff to keep up to date the practice will be closed for routine services for staff training once a month from between 1.30pm and 4.30pm on the following dates:
Tuesday 14th November 2017
Tuesday 12th December 2017
The staff had a great training session on 12th September about Dementia Friends and changing the way people think, act and talk about dementia. For more information about Dementia Friends please click here.
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CQC - Long Bennington Medical Centre rated Good by CQC inspectors
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) makes sure hospitals, care homes, dental and GP surgeries, and all other care services in England provide people with safe, effective, compassionate and high quality care, and encourages these services to make continual improvements.
We are delighted that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated the quality of care provided by Long Bennington Medical Centre as ‘Good’ following a recent inspection. The full report can be seen on the CQC website.
The government has announced an increase to the NHS prescription charge of 20 pence, to £8.60 per prescription item from 1st April 2017.