Temporary suspension of online appointments & Pre-bookable appointments
As per NHS England guidance we will be temporarily suspending the online appointments. This is to ensure that patients that are potentially at risk of being effected by Coronavirus are not booking appointments and attending the surgery.
We appreciate this may cause some inconvenience and would encourage our patients to use our new eConsult service.
Slough parents of children aged 2-11 to take part in short Flu survey please.
Are you a parent of a child aged between 2 and 11 years old living in Slough? If so, your local NHS would appreciate your help in completing a short survey on flu. Please click on the following link to complete - https://bit.ly/2SSELSo.
Each year, the NHS works in closely partnership with others to try and protect people from flu, especially those more at risk of developing serious complications such as people aged 65 and over; pregnant women; and young children. These groups are all eligible for a free flu vaccination on the NHS.
Whilst the uptake of the flu vaccine is generally good in many of the groups and in line with national averages, Slough, has always seen a lower uptake of the children’s flu immunisation than other local areas. Despite local efforts to address this, there have been no significant changes over the years. The short survey has been designed to help the partnership understand the potential reasons behind there being a lower uptake locally.
The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
The risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK, or transited through, mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.
Anyone who has travelled to China or places listed above in the last 14 days and develops symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, should immediately:
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
- Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country
Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan, Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.
Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the hospital and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Recent winter vomiting Outbreak -
We are now well and truly into the winter season. The cold weather is setting in and there have been several outbreaks of the "winter vomiting bug", also known as norovirus, within Slough. One of the best ways to protect against it is by practicing good hygiene. For more information on diarrhoea and vomiting please check this NHS webpage.
Washing your hands is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from illnesses such as norovirus, food poisoning and flu. The NHS have created a helpful video to show children how to wash their hands. If parents would like advice on how to manage a minor illness such as diarrhoea and vomiting, they can consult a pharmacist. For urgent but non-life-threatening medical conditions, parents can contact NHS 111, either online for children over five years old and via phone for those under five.
It is easy to play your part in stopping the spread of norovirus this winter – simply Think NORO:
N No visits to hospitals, care homes and GP surgeries if you are suffering from symptoms of norovirus – send someone else to visit loved ones until you are better
O Once you’ve been symptom-free for at least 48 hours, you’re safe to return to work, school or visit hospitals and care homes
R Regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water, especially after using the toilet, and before eating or preparing food
O Only hand-washing will prevent spread of norovirus – alcohol hand gels DON’T kill the virus
Flu Clinics 2019/20
The flu vaccination is free for a range of people including:
- People with a long term condition such as COPD, Asthma, Diabetes, Kidney or Heart disease.
- Pregnant women
- People aged over 65
Over 65 Flu jabs are available from 10th September 2019. Please call the surgery to book your appointment.
We are expecting the under 65 Flu jabs around the 15th October 2019. Delivery date is yet to be confirmed.
TELEPHONE LINE- TECHNICAL FAULT
We are currently experiencing a technical fault which is causing the telephone line to disconnect during calls. This has been reported and we aim to have this resolves as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.
EXTENDED ACCESS APPOINTMENTS
We regret to inform you that Evening and weekend appointments will not be available at Langley Health Centre from September onwards (date yet to be confirmed)
PMCF in Slough is changing from 4 sites to 1 site and therefore if you require an evening/weekend appointment you will be required to attend Bharani Medical Centre. Please note that the booking process remains unchanged and you will need to book through receptionists here at Langley Health Centre.
NHS commissioners launch online survey as part of the big conversation around urgent care
NHS East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) launches an online survey as part of its drive to engage with local people about what matters to them when they require urgent care. The survey will run from 10 July – 6 August.
Urgent care services are for people who have an injury or illness that needs attention the same day, but it is not life-threatening or life changing. These services are currently provided by a number of health professionals, including GPs, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and others.
The CCG has had a busy few weeks talking to over 280 local people at meetings, online via two ‘Cover It Live’ sessions and by visiting local community groups.
These early conversations are designed to ensure that patients and local residents are involved from the beginning in influencing how services should be developed.
The survey launches the second phase of the ‘Big conversation’ around urgent care. The survey has been designed to give local people an idea of some of the things we have heard already and test their views.
The survey can be accessed by using the following link:
The insights from these conversations and the survey will inform what services could look like in the future.
Dr Adrian Hayter, Locality Lead for Windsor, Ascot & Maidenhead, said: “It’s really important for local people to be part of this journey to help us transform the future of urgent care in East Berkshire. We need local people to share their experiences and tell us what matters to them when they have an urgent care need.
He added: “I would like to reassure the people of East Berkshire that their feedback will be taken into account in developing options for the future. If we need to proceed to a formal consultation stage before making any changes, we will do so later in the autumn.”
More information can be found on the East Berkshire CCG website: https://www.eastberkshireccg.nhs.uk/our-work/transforming-urgent-care-services/
GDPR - How we use your information
We collect and hold data about you for the purpose of providing safe and effective healthcare
Your information may be shared with our partner organisations to audit services and help provide you with better care
Information sharing is subject to strict agreements on how it is used
We will only share your information outside of our partner organisations with your consent*
If you are happy with how we use your information you do not need to do anything
If you do not want your information to be used for any purpose beyond providing your care please let us know so we can code your record appropriately
You can object to sharing information with other health care providers but if this limits your treatment options we will tell you
Our guiding principle is that we are holding your information in the strictest confidence
For more information about who are our partner organisations and how your data is used please see the privacy notice on our website or ask at reception.
*Unless the health & safety of others is at risk, the law requires it or it is required to carry out a statutory function
Raising awareness for Bowel Cancer Screening
Bobby Walker, Bowel Cancer Screening practitioner from WPH attended our coffee session held on 12th October 2017 to help raise awareness for Bowel cancer screening.
All men and women aged 60-74 are invited to carry out a faecal occult blood (FOB) test. Every two years, they're sent a home test kit, which is used to collect a stool sample. If you're 75 or over, you can ask for this test by calling the freephone helpline on 0800 707 60 60.
WALK-IN FLU CLINICS
We have dedicated walk-in flu clinics throughout the last 2 weeks in September, simply turn up on the dates and times below and get yourself protected against the flu. You can also book an appointment with us from October onwards. Please contact the surgery to see if you are eligible for a free flu jab.
Monday 18th September 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 19th September 9am - 12.10pm (please note we are closed for staff training 12.30pm onwards)
Wed 20th - Fri 22nd September 9am - 5pm
Sat 23rd - Sun 24th September 9am - 1pm
Mon 25th - Fri 29th September 9am - 5pm
Sat 30th Sept - Sun 1st October 9am - 1pm
Citizens Advice Chiltern - Advice to patients of Langley Health Centre
Citizens Advice Chiltern provides free and confidential advice to patients of Langley Health Centre. You can book appointments with the CAB qualified adviser through the health centre reception. Appointments are available between 8.30am and 2pm on Wednesday. The CAB adviser is trained to help with a range of matters, including:
- Welfare benefits
- Money and credit problems
- Consumer rights
- Immigration and residency queries
- Family issues
Wear it Beat it 2017
We're wearing red to shake it up at work
We are sorry to announce that due to unforeseen circumstances, our planned open evening for Wednesday 10th May has had to be cancelled.
GP Publication of earnings 2015/2016
The average pay for GPs working in Langley Health Centre in the last financial year was £62944 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 8 part time GPs and 7 part time locum GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.