Practice News

1st Dec 2022

Health Monitor (Waiting Area’s)

Healthcare monitor available for Rutland House Surgery patients to use at our 40 Colney Hatch Lane Branch.

In just 90 seconds it will:

  • Record Diastolic and Systolic Blood Pressure
  • Measure Height Weight
  • Automatically Calculate Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Record Pulse
  • Display results on screen (please note: results will not be spoken out loud)
  • Receive a printout of your measurements from the machine, or an automatic report will be sent to our clinical system to update your health record.
3rd Oct 2022

Weekend Appointments

From the week commencing the 29th of October, we will be opening Saturday clinics once a month. The clinics will run between 9:00am-13:00pm where we will have one doctor and one nurse. These clinics are being held to ensure that we can facilitate to patient`s needs at a time which is convenient for them.

To book an appointment, please call the surgery during our usual opening hours after 10am. Please note that these are ROUTINE appointments only.

29th Sep 2022

Flu Vaccination

We are now holding regular clinics now for flu vaccinations at both sites. We will be prioritising our most elderly and vulnerable patients first, so please be patient with us and you ill receive a text or call when your vaccine is due.

26th Aug 2022

Ethnicity

The NHS in England have requested that all NHS services ask for the Ethnicity/Ethnic Origin of its patients/service users and staff. The NHS provide services to a diverse and multi-cultural community and hence ask all NHS services to capture this information so that we can better meet their cultural, religious and language needs.

We do understand however that some patients do not wish to disclose this information and therefore please click on the link and decline to provide this information. Please note this is not a Scam. If you do not wish to respond, you can decline to do so. We have received some responses that are vulgar in nature. Please refrain to respond in this way as it will result in a warning letter. As a reminder, this practice has a Zero Tolerance Policy and such responses may result in a patient being removed from its list.

22nd Aug 2022

Polio Booster Vaccination

You may be aware that poliovirus (PV2) isolates were found in sewage samples collected from the London Beckton Sewage Treatment Works recently.

We are therefore currently offering a polio vaccine booster for children at our surgery.

 

What is polio?

Polio is an infection caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system – it can cause permanent paralysis of muscles. Before the polio vaccine was introduced, there were as many as 8,000 cases of polio in the UK in epidemic years. Because of the success of the polio vaccination programme, there have been no cases of natural polio infection in the UK for over 30 years (the last case was in 1984) and polio was eradicated from the whole of Europe in 2003.

When would my child have been vaccinated against polio?

The polio vaccine is free and given as part of combined jabs to babies, toddlers and teenagers. Children need all five doses of the vaccine to be fully protected against polio. The polio vaccine is given when a child is:

 

What are the side effects of the vaccine?

Your child may have some redness, swelling or tenderness in the arm where they had the injection, this will usually disappear in a few days.

A hard lump may appear in the same place, but this will also resolve on its own, usually over a few weeks. Occasionally, children may be unwell and irritable and develop a temperature and a headache.

 

Children aged 1 - 5 years old

Firstly, we encourage those who haven’t been fully vaccinated against polio to be vaccinated as soon as possible.  Please contact reception to book a nurse appointment.  

If you would like to get vaccinated sooner, UCLH are also offering appointments for children aged 1 - 5 years old who are up to date with their vaccinations.  See this page Polio vaccination clinics - North Central London Integrated Care System (nclhealthandcare.org.uk)and click on Camden to take you to this booking page UCLH Polio Vaccination Service (office365.com)

 

Children aged 6 - 9 years old

The Hornsey Central vaccination service is offering Polio immunisation for children between 6-9 years old. Please follow the link below to complete the form which will help the vaccination centre assess whether your child is suitable to have the polio supplementary booster vaccine.

https://www.whittington.nhs.uk/mini-apps/default.asp?page=polio/request.aspx

 

Please see the document below for more information on whether your child needs the Polio Booster and when they can get it depending on their immunisation history. 

Polio Booster

22nd Aug 2022

Switching the brand of your Salbutamol (Reliever ) inhaler to an equally effective brand containing the same amount of active ingredient

 

 

Changes to Salbutamol Inhalers

As part of our practice commitment to provide excellent care and protect our planet, we are reviewing the prescriptions for some inhalers.

Which of my inhalers does this affect?

This affects your reliever (blue) inhaler, which you use only when you have symptoms. You may know it as your salbutamol inhaler, or by the brand-name Ventolin. Your pharmacy may dispense a salbutamol inhaler with a different brand name. It appears on your medication list as either of the following:

  • Ventolin Evohaler 100microgram/ dose
  • Salbutamol CFC-Free Inhaler 100microgram/ dose

Why are you changing these inhalers?

Your reliever (blue) inhaler is a metered dose inhaler, sometimes called an aerosol spray inhaler or a ‘puffer.’ This contains a propellant gas in the canister which is a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. The Ventolin inhaler has more than twice the carbon footprint of the Salamol inhaler, even though it delivers the same medication, using the same type of device at the same dose. This is because the Salamol inhaler uses less propellant gas.

  • Ventolin Evohaler = 28.26kg CO2e emitted per inhaler
  • Salamol = 11.95 CO2e emitted per inhaler

How will my prescription change?

The World Health Organisation has said that climate change is the greatest risk to health in the 21st century. We want to prescribe inhalers that release less greenhouse gases, to reduce the impact on climate change. From now on, all prescriptions we issue for blue reliever inhalers will be for the lower carbon footprint Salamol inhaler (Salamol CFC-Free Inhaler 100microgram/ dose).

What do I need to do?

Salamol contains the same medication as Ventolin and is used in the same way. So, you can continue using your inhaler in exactly the same way. Finish the doses in your current inhaler before starting your new Salamol inhaler.

Some people notice a change in the taste of the inhaler and this is normal.

For a reminder of how to use your inhaler, see: https://asthma.org.uk/advice/inhaler-videos/pmdi/

Remember, if you need to use your reliever (blue) inhaler 3 or more times per week, this means your asthma may not be well controlled – so please make an appointment to speak to a healthcare professional.

What if I don’t want my prescription to change? Please contact the surgery.

16th Jun 2022

Telephone Opening Hours

  

Telephone Opening Hours

Our phone lines are now open from 8am to 6:30pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays)

29th Apr 2022

Changes to Clinical Staff

 It is with great regret that Dr John Demades will no longer be working with us, as he has retired. He will be greatly missed by his team and patients.

Dr Fiona Werth will also not be returning to work from her sabbatical leave. She will also be missed by her team and her patients.

We wish both doctors the best of luck.

10th Dec 2021

Important information to keep you safe while isolating at home due to Covid

This following leaflet is for patients with suspected coronavirus who have not been admitted to hospital and will be isolating at home.

Covid - Isolating at home safety netting leaflet

25th Oct 2021

Patient Access Login issues for patients after merger

We are aware that the patient access users from Queens Avenue Practice are unable to request medication through the app. This is normal when there is a merger of two clinical systems. 

If you having difficulty with patient access credential please call the practice and we will send the details via email to you. You don't need to come into the practice physically. 

Please follow the instruction via the link below to fix this. If you face further issues and need help please contact the patient access, technical support team. Thank you for your patience and sorry for any inconvenience caused. 

Practice Merger and Patient Access

25th Oct 2021

Evidencing Covid-19 vaccinations for international travel - 14.05.2021

Following the ministerial announcement on Friday 7 May which mentioned the impending lift of international travel on the 17 May, and subsequently the need to evidence Covid-19 vaccinations before travelling to international destinations, NHSX arranged for initial information to be made available online on GOV.UK.

Patients can view on their online access application under 'ACUTE MEDICATION' to find the covid vaccination information. Please speak to a member for more information or read the government website.

25th Oct 2021

General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR)

The data held in the GP medical records of patients are used every day to support health and care planning and research in England, helping to find better treatments and improve patient outcomes for everyone. NHS Digital has developed a new way to collect this data, called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection.

The new data collection reduces the burden on GP practices, allowing doctors and other staff to focus on patient care.

For more information please visit General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) where you will find out details on how to opt-out..

You can also download the opt-out form and email the surgery and we will add the relevant code to your record. Please download opt-out form..

25th Oct 2021

Mass GP data extraction delayed to September

The government has delayed the mass collection of patient data for a centralised NHS system by two months after pressure from campaigners.

Read more

25th Oct 2021

Extended Hours at Queens Avenue site from 12th of July 2021

Our Queens Avenue branch doors will close at 6:30 PM from the 12th of July 2021 on Monday and Tuesday of each week. We will continue to run the extended clinics at branch 1. The surgery door and phone line will remain open for patients at our branch 1 (40 Colney Hatch Lane, N10 1DU) until 8 PM on Monday and Tuesday evenings. 

25th Oct 2021

NHS COVID Pass

Patients can contact 119 to request a letter to confirm confirmation of being vaccinated. For more information please visit the NHS Website

25th Oct 2021

Not Able to see Covid Vaccination record on NHS App

We are receiving a lot of queries in relation to covid vaccination data and patients not being able to view this on the NHS app. Please note that we don't have any control over the vaccination sites are responsible for coding the record into the patient's file directly. However, in many instances, there have been administrational errors made by the vaccination sites and we can manually encode the data into your file if the evidence is provided (ie. vaccine card)

We can always print out your records which will highlight that you have had the vaccines, in case you cannot see the details on the NHS app. 

25th Oct 2021

Self-care Pharmacy First A Camden, Haringey & Islington pilot scheme

North Central London CCG is piloting a ‘Self-care Pharmacy First’ service for minor ailments in Camden, Haringey and Islington boroughs from 1 July 2021 to 30 September 2021.

The aim of the service is to provide timely access to supply of medicines for the management of minor conditions. The service is available for socially vulnerable patients in Camden, Haringey, or Islington who are unable to purchase over the counter (OTC) medicines due to low income and so are unable to self-care. 

Self-care patient leaflet

List of participating community pharmacies

25th Oct 2021

People Need Parks leaflet

People Need Parks is an exciting new programme happening in a park close to you. Activities include dance, martial arts, walking, football, cycling, and much more.

Leaflet

25th Oct 2021

Haringey Digital Support Services

Patient Notice

Healthwatch Haringey is working with North Central London CCG to help Haringey patients get online and access digital health services. To help those who are not familiar with online technology, or completely digitally excluded. 

Please contact the practice on 0208 883 8214 and ask a member of the team to refer you. 

25th Oct 2021

Covid Booster Vaccine

The covid booster jabs will be given at the vaccination sites (Lordship Lane and Bounds Green Group Practice). Starting date is yet to be confirmed. All patients will be contacted in chronological order (e.g. 70+ before 50+) soon as operationally possible. 

JCVI booster plan

Key information from the link:  
- Primary objective: to maintain protection against severe disease (hospitalisation and deaths) at a time of year when
  respiratory viruses circulate more easily and the NHS is usually under pressure.
- Those eligible therefore, are only those most vulnerable to severe Covid:
   - (i) Those aged 16-49 with underlying conditions that make put them within one of the vulnerable categories
      (We are looking only at 16-18 who have already had 2 doses).
      Please note: NOT 16+ who are healthy.
   - (ii) All adults over 50
   - (iii) Those living in residential care homes
   - (iv) Frontline health and social care workers
   - (v) adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals

for more information please visit Covid Booster Jab

25th Oct 2021

Flu Vaccination - Supply issues

We have unfortunately run out of supply of flu vaccination for the under 65's.  We have been told that there are major supply issues and our next expected delivery date is the 12th of November 2021. We apologize for any inconvenience caused due to this and advice calling us middle of November to book an appointment for the flu jab.

22nd Oct 2021

AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine and blood clots

In a review of all available safety data from over 17 million people vaccinated with AstraZeneca vaccine in UK and EU, there was no evidence of an increased risk of blood clots among people vaccinated with its vaccine.

You can read the Government response advising that people should still go and get their Covid-19 vaccine when asked to do so, and EMA have also stated that there is no indication that the reported blood clots were caused by the AZ vaccine.

Frequently Asked Questions:

NHS England has updated the 'safety' section of the Covid-19 vaccine FAQs to include information regarding the pausing of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in some European countries as they investigate whether the report of a blood clot in Denmark is linked to the vaccine.

Practices may find the following response from the updated pack useful in managing patient enquiries regarding Covid-19 vaccination.

Is it safe to have the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine when some European countries paused its roll out?

The Danish, Norwegian and Icelandic authorities have taken the precautionary measure to pause roll out of the AstraZeneca vaccine to investigate whether the report of a blood clot in Denmark is linked to the vaccine.

It has not been confirmed that the report of a blood clot was caused by the AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine. People should still go and get their Covid-19 vaccine when asked to do so. Read the MHRA guidance in full.

More about the local services you receive or see this video clip which details what this means for you as a patient.