February 2023 – Patient Newsletter
Which conditions require an annual health review?
If you have a long-term health condition, you will be invited for an annual health check. It’s the quickest and most convenient way of monitoring your health. Without a regular check-up, conditions can worsen and complication can damage your health further.
Annual checks are also your opportunity to ask any questions or raise any worries you may have and ensure you have all the information you need to manage your condition.
You will receive a letter or a text message inviting you to make an appointment. Please contact our reception team as soon as possible to book your appointment.
Check if you are eligible here: NHS Health Check – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Introducing our Pediatrics Nurses
Meet Charlotte, Naomi and Sophie, our pediatric nurses who see all our patients aged 16 and under. They also support the services already provided by our GPs and Advanced Clinical Practitioners.
Our nurses are:
- Specially trained in the care of children and their families.
- Experienced in working in accident and emergency as well as other hospital departments.
- Regularly trained to improve their knowledge and skills.
Currently, Charlotte, Naomi and Sophie mainly see sick and unwell children with infections as part of the same day demand but are developing the skills to be able to assess any child. They all support the immunisation program, as well as Charlotte helping with the under 16s Asthma Reviews.
Our Pediatric nurses have been instrumental in assessing and supporting children and their families with winter illnesses like Strep A, Flu and winter viruses. In November alone they saw over 500 children as well as speaking to concerned parents over the telephone. We are really pleased to have received over 70 positive comments from parents.
Our pediatric work is reviewed regularly in line with the latest best practice to provide you and your children with the safest possible care.
Are you expecting a baby?
Did you know that you and your child can join the BaBi Wakefield research project to help us learn more about the health and wellbeing of local families?
BaBi Wakefield (Born and Bred in Wakefield) is an exciting new research initiative that aims to create a picture of local people’s health and lifestyles. The study links information across health, education, and social care to create a picture of families’ lives. Over time, this will help to shape local services, creating a healthier environment for families to enjoy.
The BaBi study began in Bradford, where it is part of the world leading Born in Bradford research programme. The findings of the research have led to several local and international changes and improvements. For example, as a result of the research on the link between air pollution and ill-health, Bradford Council has cleaned up the buses that pollute the air the most.
BaBi Wakefield was launched in April 2022 and has been successful in recruiting both midwives and expectant families. The programme recently reached 600 recruits, exceeding the target of 250 sign-ups for the first year. BaBi Wakefield is also celebrating the 100th baby born into the programme. Read more online.
Anyone living in Wakefield District or North Kirklees who is receiving maternity care at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust can sign up for the study. More information about Babi Wakefield is available on the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust website.
February’s top tips on being well this winter
The winter months bring with them a range of health challenges. The weather is colder, the days are shorter, and there is a higher chance you may catch a cold, or winter bug. Many will also have the added worry of increasing bills and the rising cost of heating homes.
Here are a few tips on how to stay well this winter:
- Boost your immunity – vaccines offer the best defence against flu and COVID-19. Research has shown the vaccines help reduce your risk of getting seriously ill, catching or spreading COVID-19 & flu, and protect against variants of the viruses. Please get boosted if you’re eligible. You can find out more about vaccines on the NHS website.
- Practice good hygiene – it’s important that you wash your hands and clean things such as tabletops regularly. If you have coughs and sneezes, use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose, throw the tissue away, and wash your hands. If you are feeling unwell stay at home where possible or keep a distance from others to stop the spread of germs.
Keeping your home warm and how important this is for your health.
Living in a cold home can be very bad for your health. There are more colds and flu viruses circulating during the colder months and a cold home could make your symptoms worse. For some people, a cold home can increase the chances of having a heart attacks, stroke, pneumonia, depression or low moods.
What temperature should my house be?
For healthy and active people under 65, 18 degrees is ideal. For people over 65, young children and babies or people with existing illness, 20 degrees is ideal.
Here are some top tips for keeping yourself and others warm and well:
- Find an energy efficient heat source. You can use a hot-water bottle or electric blanket to keep warm while you are in bed BUT do not use both at the same time.
- Eat well. Food is energy, which helps to keep your body warm. Try to have hot meals and drinks. Find tips on healthy eating here: https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/sport-health-and-leisure/healthy-living/nutrition
- Wrap up warm. A few thin layers of clothing will keep you warmer than one thick layer. Shawls or blankets will help when sitting. If you can, keep active round the house. This will help to keep your joints moving and keep you warm.
- Keep connected. Check in on your friends, family and neighbours, to make sure they are keeping warm and well.
Worried about the cost of bills or being able to keep your home warm?
If you are worried about the cost of keeping your home warm or your house is hard to keep warm; would like help with money advice or claiming benefits or you are struggling with paying your energy bills, or living in a cold, damp or draughty home – help is available. Please log onto the link below.
Looking after your mental health and wellbeing
By taking a few simple steps we can all improve our mental wellbeing:
- Take notice
- Be active
- Keep learning
Loneliness is an issue that can affect us all, young or old, at any point in our lives. We might live in a busy city or a rural location, on our own or with others and still feel isolated. If you’re older and feeling lonely, you can connect with people at an Age UK’s Time for Tea event. To find out more, including information about a Time for Tea event near you, visit the Age UK website.
For further information, go to Winter Wellness – Wakefield Council
Subheading: You said, we did
Information collected from Open Days and Friends and Family Feedback:
“I am finding it hard to navigate your online service on my phone”
We now run digital sessions/drop in afternoons to show patients how to access the digital tools on their devices and help them set up the NHS app.
“Now you’ve changed to same day procedure we won’t ever be able to get an appointment!”
Our changes to ‘same day’ procedure has been working really well and we have had positive feedback from patients who have contacted the surgery on the day you are available for an appointment.
“I was dreading getting an appointment, but they gave me one the same day. The staff were lovely and coordinated an ECG appointment so that I could see the nurse straight after.”
“Quick, efficient, and not much waiting. Couldn’t have been better.”
“I got through to make a phone appointment within 10 minutes, then 10 minutes later, the Doctor rang me back, excellent.”
“Very good to get back in same day and caring conversations.”
Your next drop in clinic
A big thank you to all the patients who attended the last drop-in sessions at Pinfold Surgery in January. As always, we welcome your views, these sessions are a great way for our team to understand and hear first-hand, from patients, the challenges that they are facing when using our services.
Please come along to future sessions. We look forward to hearing from you.
Upcoming drop-in clinics near you:
|Tuesday 21st March, 1-3pm
|Castleford Health Centre
|Wednesday 19th April, 1-3pm
|Beauforth House Clinic
|Thursday 18th May, 1-3pm
|Thursday 15th June, 1-3pm
|Elizabeth Court Surgery
|Thursday 13th July, 1-3pm
|Tuesday 8th August, 1-3pm
|Tuesday 5th September, 1-3pm
|Castleford Health Centre
|Wednesday 4th October, 1-3pm
|Beauforth House Clinic
|Thursday 2nd November, 1-3pm