Vitamin b12 Injections
We know you probably have many concerns about the tablet vitamin B12 but there is good evidence that the human body can cope adequately without B12 top ups in any form (injection or tablet) for a period of time. When you first started having vitamin B12 injections you will have started with 6 loading doses, half of which will have been stored in the liver. The subsequent top up doses every 2-3months are simply precautionary to stop the levels dropping again. All people currently prescribed injectable B12 will have enough to carry them through the next few challenging months but we are issuing tablet B12 to ensure levels stay steady. This is true of all patients with previous B12 deficiency including Pernicious anaemia.
One of the things people with Pernicious anaemia worry about is that they cannot absorb the B12 through the supplements alone but there is 5% of B12 which is absorbed in different ways in the body not just through the digestive system. So since we are simply keeping the levels topped up, this additional 5% absorption is enough for maintenance therapy until we start seeing you face to face again when it is safe to do so.
Please look at the Covid-19 tab on the Right hand side of this page under 'Further Information'. We have added a little Q&A and useful links to help with Covid-19
Warwickshire North Blood Test Clinics
Patients can book an appointment online at www.geh.nhs.uk . Friends, Family and Carers are able to book for others by adding them to their own online account, to help those who are in their care.
For people without internet access, the appointment line is 024 7615 3546 (Mon-Fri 9am-3pm).
A patient of The Grange medical centre usually runs lots of marathons for charity at this time of year but as it is all on hold she wants to do something else to raise money. She has started a Go-Fund me page for a collection for the NHS as a way to give something back. She would like to donate this money to The Grange Medical centre. What a very lovely gesture. Please see link below
If you have't had a high risk letter and were expecting one you can now follow this link and add yourself or family members onto the list.
Please could you let the surgery know your mobile phone number and email address if not already done. This means we can use these to contact you via our messaging system which is paper light a prompt.
Asthma 'RESCUE pack' rumours.
Practices across the area are aware of rumours circulating on social media that asthmatics (and even those who aren't) , if they call their practice, will be issued with "rescue packs of amoxicillin and steroids".
This suggestion is incorrect and the decision to use rescue packs is only made after careful evaluation for people with severe (brittle) asthma or severe COPD who are under follow up by a specialist respiratory team.
Oral steroids are powerful systemic drugs that can have an immunosuppressant effect (thus potentially increase the severity of an infection) and thus the decision to use them would rarely be delegated to a patient without careful evaluation, normally for one who is under specialist respiratory team care.
Please do not contact your surgeries asking for ‘rescue packs’ unless this is something that has been previously agreed with your medical team and careful instruction how to use and when has been provided. That would normally still involve discussion with the medical team where possible before starting.
As you can see, Asthma UK do not recommend use of rescue packs as a blanket policy for people with asthma during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Due to current circumstances we're unable to offer online appointments until further Notice
Do not go to a GP surgery, community pharmacy or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.
Further information is available on nhs.uk.
Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan or Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.
Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the hospital and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
• Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at Further information is available on nhs.uk.
Please see advice sheet below for CORONA VIRUS
We have a Doorway collection in reception. This is for those who have been homeless and no longer have any belongings. There is a list below of items doorway need for their starter packs. These packs can help make a house a home for a homeless young person.
- Dishes and cutlery ( Can be second hand if in good condition)
- Pot's and pans ( Can be second hand if in good condition)
- Cleaning Items
- Bed Linen and towels ( Must be new or in like new condition)
- Clothing ( Any clothing suitable for young people age 16-25)
- Long Lasting Food
We would also like to welcome Sami our new receptionist
- Dr Marks is now on maternity leave
- Dr Ede will be covering Dr marks maternity leave
- Tania, Georgina and Kelly our new receptionist
- Welcome Stephanie our new nurse
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Measles outbreak in Nuneaton
There has been a confirmed Measles case within Nuneaton.
Please see attached information about Measles.
Collection of sharps boxes
If you have a sharps box at home that needs collecting you can contact the council and they will arrange free collection of this for you. Otherwise you can drop it in to any independent chemist. Please note that Lloyds and Boots pharmacies will not take these off you and they cannot be dropped into surgery.