FLU AND COVID AUTUMN 2023
You are now able to book in for your Flu and Covid Vaccine (only if eligible) here at the Surgery. We have sent out all text message invites so please check your mobile phone and follow the link in the message to book your appointment.
If we do not have a mobile phone number for you, you will have receive a letter invite via post asking you to call and book your appointment.
If you do call us to book, PLEASE CALL US AFTER 2PM any afternoon to do this. Thank you.
1 in 4 people will develop shingles in their lifetime. Not had your shingles vaccine yet? If you are aged 70-79, you can book to get your shingles with a Nurse now.
Shingles is a debilitating disease that can cause serious complications. From 1 September 2023, the shingles vaccine programme is being expanded so hundreds of thousands more people will be able to get protected against shingles each year.
Your chances of developing shingles get higher as you get older or if you have a weakened immune system. The shingles vaccine programme is changing so people can be protected at an earlier age to prevent more shingles cases.
If you have a weakened immune system, for example due to cancer treatment, and are aged 50 and over, from September you will be able to get the shingles vaccine at the surgery. You will need two doses to be fully protected.
From September, as you turn 65 or 70 look out for your invite to get your shingles vaccine. You can also contact the surgery to make an appointment after your 65th or 70th birthday. You will need two doses to be fully protected.
If you have any questions or queries related to the shingles vaccination programme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
NHS APP - REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS
Has your child had 2 doses of the MMR vaccines?
Measles cases are rising in England. Two doses of the MMR vaccinations can help stop your child becoming seriously unwell with measles.
The evidence is clear; there is no link between the MMR vaccine and autism
If your child has missed their first or second dose of MMR vaccine contact your GP practice to book an appointment.
If you are unsure if your child is due a vaccination or has missed a vaccination, check their red book or contact your GP practice.
For adults, it is never too late to catch up on their MMR vaccinations, contact your GP practice to book an appointment
Please call the surgery today to book your child in.
For more information visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/mmr-vaccine/
New Online Consult
We’ve recently launched a new system you can use to check your symptoms and submit forms to us called Online Consult - a new and more efficient way to contact us here at your practice, seek medical advice, request consultations with our GPs and request administrative tasks such as medical notes and reports.
- On accessing the service you will see an online form where you outline your symptoms. You’ll then receive access to tailored and clinically approved articles and videos which will help you self-manage your condition
- The forms are sent directly and securely to us at the practice so we can check your answers and assess whether you need a face-to-face appointment with the GP or not, and if not, we’ll give you the advice you need on what to do next.
- The forms are tailored to you and they’ve all been approved by clinicians so the advice you get is really accurate and helpful.
- It’s really simple to use, you can just follow the link from our website and the forms are clear and easy to understand
- Please Note: The Online Consult system is available from Monday – Friday between 8.30am and 3.00pm and is unavailable at weekends.
- We aim to respond to your query within two working days.
- Online consult can only be used for routine medical concerns that are clinically safe to wait up to 4 weeks for an appointment, the headings reflect this and is why you will be unable to see any acute problems listed.
PLEASE CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO THE RIGHT TO BE TAKEN TO ONLINE CONSULT
Cornwall Carers Service
Cornwall Carers Service
National Diabetes Prevention Programme in Penzance
Type 2 diabetes can be a serious condition that, if left untreated, can lead to long-term health problems. The good news is that, if you have Pre-Diabetes and act now, Type 2 Diabetes is preventable in most cases with the right help and lifestyle changes.
Free support is available through your local Healthier You service provided by Thrive Tribe. Healthier You is funded by the NHS to support you with lifestyle changes, it is completely free to use and convenient for everyone; with accessible group face-to-face sessions, tailored remote provision, and digital options on offer.
There is another course being run in Penzance starting Thursday 29th June 6pm-8pm
Regular Healthier You courses are running in your local area. To secure your place on a course you can:
- Self-register to the programme by visiting healthieryou.org.uk/gp
- Call the Healthier You team on 0161 605 6616
Please contact the surgery for your latest HBA1C blood result.
WHAT CAN A PHARMACY TREAT?
NHS services in Cornwall are very busy right now so please help us help you and choose well this winter. Your local pharmacy is a great place for expert advice. Search on www.nhs.uk to find your nearest pharmacy.
What can Pharmacy a treat?
• coughs, colds and flu
• sore throats
• tummy troubles
• aches and pains
• red eyes
• sleeping problems
• athlete's foot
• mouth ulcers
• constipation and diarrhoea
• and much more
Useful App for common childhood illnesses and how to treat them
The HANDi Paediatric app gives up to date advice about common childhood illnesses and how to treat them. It’s now available to download for free onto any Apple or Android smartphone or tablet. The app contains information about when and how to ask for help, along with what to expect when your child is being assessed
To download the HANDiApp on APPLE click here HANDi Paediatric on the App Store (apple.com)
To download the HANDiApp on ANDORID click here HANDi Paediatric – Apps on Google Play
Advice regarding medical care in Cornwall
All our health services are busy right now, especially our ambulance service and the emergency department team at Truro hospital.
You can play your part in supporting us to care for people with serious and life-threatening illnesses.
When the Surgery is closed did you know you know you can get help and advice by calling 111 or go online at 111.nhs.uk? You may not need to go and wait in our busy emergency department and could be directed to a minor injury unit which will be quicker and closer to home.
Only dial 999 for an ambulance if it’s an emergency and you think you’ll need the care of paramedics on the way to hospital.
If you don’t think it’s a serious or life-threatening emergency:
Call your own GP. Even if you are in Cornwall on holiday, you could get a phone or video consultation with your doctor at home.
Go online at 111.nhs.uk or call 111 to get expert advice and be signposted to where you can get the best and nearest care for your needs.
Ask a pharmacist for advice – they’re experts in treating minor health issues like colds, urinary infections, stomach upsets, aches and pains.
For further information please visit NHS Kernow CCG at https://www.kernowccg.nhs.uk/get-info/choose-well/
Friends and Family Test
If you have had an appointment this month at Rosmellyn Surgery, please click on the link below to complete this satisfaction survey to tell us how you found your experience.
Patient Participation Group
Are you an enthusiastic and motiviated individual? If so you might be just the person we are looking for!
Rosmellyn Surgery runs a Patient Participation Group which is a route for people to advise and inform the practice on what matters most to patients and to help identify solutions to problems.
Members of the PPGs should think about the wider patient interest and not just their own personal concerns when serving on the PPG.
If yout think this might be for you please contact the surgery with your contact details and we will be able to provide the current group with your information.
Your Digital Maternity Record
The online Electronic Personal Health Record (ePHR) system provides information for all midwifery contact numbers, trusted information leaflets and maternal help groups while allowing the benefit of instant access to view your Maternity Record on any mobile device, tablet or PC throughout the duration of your pregnancy.
Ask your midwife about your Digital Maternity Record or contact Maternity IT Monday - Friday 09:00am - 16:00pm on 01209 881788 or 07557172389
Online Registrations also available at
This allows you to complete your first booking information, complete your birth preferences plan and view your Maternity notes.
If you have just found out you are pregnant, please follow the above link and complete a Contact form and the midwives will contact you directly.
The community gateway is a new portal that will provide coordinated help and support from the right ‘bit’ of the voluntary sector.
In response to increasing living costs, and pressures across the health and care system in our county, this unique partnership of more than 50 voluntary organisations has been working with the Integrated Care Board (ICB) to offer ongoing support to communities across the Duchy
It is now open from 8am till 8pm, 7 days a week and is staffed by friendly, knowledgeable people who will receive referrals via email and take phone calls and arrange for follow up visits and support where necessary.
The team will listen to people’s story then discuss their options with them and them get support from the right voluntary and community sector partner.
This will involve, if required a face-to-face personalised conversations to develop personalised/anticipatory care and support plans.