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Social Prescribing Link Worker

Our health and wellbeing is affected by many factors and studies are now showing that combining clinical, medical and non-clinical treatments together can be the answer in improving the quality of our life.

Moulton Surgery is offering ‘Social Prescribing’ to their patients through referral to a non-medical link worker. Social prescribing aims to address a person’s needs in a holistic way by considering the whole person and supporting the individual to take greater control of their health and wellbeing.

Social Prescribing can lead to a number of positive outcomes such as improving the quality of life and emotional wellbeing, reducing levels of anxiety and depression, increasing physical activity and gaining friendship within a community group.

Our “Social Prescribing Link Worker” can give our patients the time to listen and focus on what matters to them so they can achieve positive health and wellbeing results. By connecting them to a variety of activities typically provided by voluntary, community, social enterprise and statutory organisations for practical and emotional support. Examples may include volunteering, befriending, activities, arts, gardening, cookery, learning, employment, weight management and a range of sports.

Those who could benefit from social prescribing can include people with mild or long term health conditions (including support for mental health), the vulnerable, the socially isolated or lonely and those who tend to visit their GP frequently.

Referrals can be done easily by asking your GP, a health professional or a member of our staff and an appointment can be booked for you to be seen by our Social Prescribing Link Worker at our surgery.

DNAs

As you are aware, surgeries generally are struggling to cope with the high demand on their services and patients are often experiencing long waits when booking routine appointments. Unfortunately many patients fail to attend their appointments without informing the practice. These appointments could have been offered to other patients. In order to try to address this problem the practice has adopted a policy whereby if a patient does not attend 3 appointments in 12 months a warning letter will be sent to the patient stating that a further occurrence may result in removal from the practice list.

During the month of June a total of 37 patients did not attend their appointment.

We thank all 431 patients that attended their appointment and those that cancelled it in good time so we could offer it to another patient.

We are implementing a new symptom checker called Doctorlink

Moulton Surgery would like to invite you to join DoctorLink.

We have been looking at how we can improve access to Practice services; DoctorLink is our new online service where you can access advice and appointments on line.

Registration is simple and you can register here:

app.doctorlink.com/register

 For all urgent appointments, we ask that you undertake a symptom assessment through DoctorLink.

The symptom checker will ask you a number of questions to help to identify your problem.

The outcome of your assessment will direct you to the right treatment, whether emergency care, your GP, nurse or self care.

If your outcome indicates that an appointment is required, you simply click on the request appointment link.

Once the request has been submitted, you will then be contacted by the Practice Team, to arrange an appointment within the identified timeframe (as outlined in the outcome of your symptom checker).

The information you provide will be shared with our clinical team (where appropriate) and will assist in providing robust information of your problem to the required clinical team member prior to your appointment.

You can even download the App:

Moulton Masters Walking Football Club

If you thought your football career was over, think again! Walking Football is a slower paced version of the game, aimed at the over 50’s. Smaller pitches and plenty of breaks ensure participants enjoy a safe and enjoyable return to football. The slower pace doesn’t detract from the competition though – it’s much more than a stroll in the park!

Moulton Masters Walking Football Club
(Playing Fields, Brunting Road, Moulton NN3 7QF)

We are a friendly bunch – once you’ve tried it, you’ll love it!

The session is outdoors so please wear suitable footwear, shinpads & sports clothing

Refreshments available from clubhouse.

For more information or to book:
Contact: Phil Andrews
Telephone: 07842 537854
Email address: masters@moultonfc.com

See the Poster here.

 

 

Stay Well This Winter

People are being urged to keep an extra special eye on themselves and the people they care for over the winter period so minor illnesses don’t become more serious.

People who are older or have long term conditions may be particularly vulnerable to winter bugs which could become serious and require hospital treatment. Getting help earlier may prevent this from happening.

To make sure winter bugs don’t become more serious:

  • Have your flu jab
  • If you start to feel ill, get help from your pharmacy straight away.
  • Keep your home warm, at least 18 degrees
  • Make sure you take any medicines as directed
  • Get any repeat prescriptions filled in advance as many surgeries and pharmacies close over Christmas
  • Keep a supply of cold and flu remedies in the house so you don’t need to go out if the weather is bad
  • If you are prescribed antibiotics finish the course
  • Don’t go to A&E or call 999 unless it’s an emergency. If you are in any doubt, NHS 111 can help you get the right treatment

Further Information

More bookable GP Appointments available in Northampton

6:30pm – 9:30pm weekdays, 9:00am – 5:00pm weekends

There are now more bookable GP appointments in Northampton, making it easier for you to get an appointment at a time that suits you including evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays.

The Northampton GP Extended Access Service is an extension of your usual GP practice, it is not a walk-in-service, you need to make an appointment through your usual GP practice.

The service is located on the ground floor of Highfield Clinical Care Centre, Cliftonville Rd., Northampton NN1 5BD.

For more information please visit: www.northantsgpalliance.com