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Surgery Closure Dates – Sept 2019

Please be aware of the following surgery closure dates for The Nelson Medical Practice.

The Nelson Medical Practice will be closed for appointments due to important staff development training on:

Tuesday 24th September 2019 – 12:00 and 18:30

Please contact 111 if you require medical advice during this time.

In the case of an emergency call 999.

Emerade Adrenaline Auto-Injector for Anaphylaxis

Bausch & Lomb UK limited (the makers of Emerade) has informed us of a risk of Emerade product failing to deliver a dose of adrenaline, from the syringe due to blockage of the needle.

This issue was first detected in June 2018 during routine stability testing of the syringe component of Emerade, with potential to affect 1.5 in every ten thousand pens, and therefore considered a rare event. However, recent information indicates that the potential occurrence of needle blockage in batches on the market is higher than first estimated and we are therefore bringing it to the attention of patients.

The potential for units on the market to have a blockage of the needle which could lead to Emerade failing to deliver a dose when activated is now estimated to be 0.23%, which would affect 2.3 in every thousand pens. However, if you follow the existing advice to carry two in-date pens with you at all times, the risk of not being able to deliver a dose of adrenaline before the emergency services arrive is substantially reduced (from 0.23% to 0.000529%).

It should be emphasised that two pens are already recommended to be carried at all times in case the patient does not improve after the first injection which may occur for a number of reasons.

We would advise you to:

  • Check expiry date and replace the pen before it expires
  • Use the autoinjector at first signs of anaphylaxis
  • Call 999, ask for an ambulance and say anaphylaxis (pronounced as ‘anna -fill-axis’)
  • Lie flat if possible with your legs up to keep your blood flowing
  • Use second pen if still unwell after 5-15 minutes

Please click on the link below for further information:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5b644e25ed915d377695c83d/AAI-PDF-v4.pdf

New Associate Partner Role

We are delighted to be able to announce that we have appointed Dr Subhro Mukherjee, Dr Laura Jarvie and Dr Yaso Walker as Associate Partners at the Nelson Medical Practice to take effect from 1st April 2019.

The role of the new Associate Partners will be to work alongside our Clinical Directors Dr Shweta Singh and Dr Peter Hughes  in the practice to ensure that we continuously improve the quality of our services and to safeguard high standards of care by creating an environment in which clinical excellence will flourish specific areas of responsibility.

Hay Fever 2019

Hay fever is caused by an allergy to pollen. The symptoms of hay fever are caused when a person has an allergic reaction to pollen. Common hay fever symptoms are:

 

  • a runny, itchy and/or blocked nose
  • sneezing
  • itchy eyes

 

Pollen is a fine powder released by plants as part of their reproductive cycle. Pollen contains proteins that can cause the nose, eyes, throat and sinuses to become swollen, irritated and inflamed.

How to treat hay fever

Many hay fever symptoms can be controlled with over-the-counter medication at your local pharmacy.

  • Steroid nasal sprays help to prevent or reduce inflammation in the lining of the nose and some can help to relieve watery eyes.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Antihistamines help to relieve a runny nose, sneezing, itching and watery eyes. Some types of antihistamines make you drowsy and are best taken before bed. Newer antihistamines are less likely to make you drowsy and are a common choice for children and people with milder or occasional symptoms of hay fever.
    Available from your local pharmacy. 
  • Decongestant nasal sprays and tablets are used to unblock the nose. They should never be taken for more than a few days at a time.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Eye drops can be used to treat itchy or watery eyes.
    Available from your local pharmacy.

If none of the above treatments are effective for you, please book an appointment to discuss other treatments.

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Patient Notice – EMIS Patient Access

Our on-line access system has been updated by EMIS (Our clinical system provider) and significantly changed. We had no notice of these changes, which happened overnight last night. The changes only really impact our internal processes and should not impact patients currently registered with the service. However, if a patient wishes to change their level of access or wishes to register for the first time there are some implications. New registrations will only be able to book a single appointment using Patient Access and we will not be able to make changes to access levels for currently registered patients. We are hoping that this will only be for a short period, maybe a couple of weeks.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but these changes were totally outside of our control.

Vincent Poncia