Welcome to Atherley House Surgery
Patient survey 2019
We have now completed our survey which ran during November 2019. All responses were collated (67 patients in total responded) and a report prepared. This can be found under Quick Links to the right of this post by clicking on Survey Report. Many thanks to all those who took time to respond and to our Patient Participation Group who fed-back via email, which contributed to the final report.
December 2019 newsletter
Our latest newsletter is now ready to pick up in the surgery or view below. Any feedback as to what you may like to see in these going forward then please do let us know.
December 2019 newsletter
Urgent Treatment Centre now open....
The previous Minor Injury Unit has been replaced by the new, GP-led Urgent Treatment Centre on 1st August 2019. If you have an injury or illness that is not life/limb threatening, the Urgent Treatment Centre can provide prompt assessment, advice and/or treatment. They are open 365 days a year; weekdays 7.30am-10.00pm (last patient accepted at 9.30pm), weekends and bank holidays from 8.00am - 10.00pm (last patient accepted at 9.30pm). The Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) treats a similar range of conditions as the previous Minor Injuries Unit including illnesses. For more information about the new service and to see the current waiting times visit:
How to find the Urgent Treatment Centre - Royal South Hants Urgent Treatment Centre, Brintons Terrace, Southampton, Hampshire. SO14 0YG.
Measles activity has increased globally, including in the UK, since 2017. It is important that everyone is up to date with their MMR vaccination. We are currently targeting children aged 10 or 11 years of age who missed their vaccinations at school entry age.
Measles is a very infectious, serious illness that, in rare cases, can be fatal. About 1 in 5 children with measles experiences complications such as ear infections, diarrhoea and vomiting, pneumonia, meningitis and eye disorders. One in 10 children with measles ends up in hospital. There is no treatment for the disease. Vaccination is the only way of preventing it.
Measles spreads very easily. In fact, it's one of the most infectious diseases known. You can catch measles if you spend just 15 minutes with someone who has the disease.
Outbreaks of measles can happen anywhere at any time. Wherever you live in the UK, it's important that your children or teenagers are up to date with their MMR and other childhood vaccinations.
If your child has already had two doses of MMR vaccine, you don't need to worry.
Similarly, if your child had their first dose of MMR as a baby, but they are not yet old enough to have received their second dose, they are up to date and there is no need to have the second MMR dose earlier than scheduled. However, if your child is school-age and has only had one MMR dose, or has not been vaccinated at all, they should be vaccinated as soon as possible.
Minor Ailments Scheme update....
You might notice some differences in the Minor Ailments Scheme. From now on there will be a reduction in the range of medications and treatments available on the Minor Ailments Scheme for self-limiting or uncomplicated conditions.
This means that medicines and treatments for conditions such as sore throats, coughs and constipation will no longer be available as a part of the scheme but are already available to buy cheaply over the counter from your local pharmacy or supermarket.
For more information please access the leaflet below to see if you are eligible to qualify for the scheme and what to keep in your medicines cabinet.
Minor Ailments Scheme leaflet
Veterans' Mental Health Awareness
Are you veteran and concerned about your mental health? We have had a leaflet shared with us which you may find beneficial. Please see below for a copy to download.
Veterans mental health services leaflet
It’s estimated that over five million people in England are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In Southampton, in 2017, there were 12,954 people with diabetes, of which approximately 90% have type 2*. The number of people with diabetes in the city rises every day.
What is type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is linked to lifestyle. It represents a real threat to health; if untreated it can lead to stroke, blindness, heart disease, kidney failure and lower limb amputation. But type 2 diabetes can be prevented.
What can I do to help prevent type 2 diabetes?
Even if you are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, it can still be prevented through losing weight, eating healthily and being more active.
Healthier You, the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, provides FREE tailored, personalised help to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes including education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to lose weight and bespoke physical exercise programmes. The programme is helping people like you and shows real results. To join, speak to your GP. They will check you are eligible to take part and then they can refer you.
If you think you, or someone you know, is at risk of developing type 2 diabetes:
- go to https://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/start to get an estimate of your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes
- take up the offer of a free NHS Health Check which will assess your risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension
- ask your GP or practice nurse for a blood test to check blood sugar levels
- take up the offer of attending a Healthier You session if you are invited.
Find out more about Healthier You at www.stopdiabetes.co.uk or ask a member of your GP practice team.
We are hoping to encourage our patients to take part in cancer screening. Figures from studies show that in Southampton uptake is poorer than in other regions and we would very much like to improve on this. Please go to the cancer screening tab to the right of this page for further details. If you are invited in for screening, please do participate as this very important testing can save lives.
Physiotherapy self-referral service
We are pleased to announce that we are taking part in a scheme whereby patients can self-refer for physiotherapy locally on the NHS. No need to make an appointment to see the doctor. If you are over 16 years of age and have a registered GP in Southampton you are able to refer to the MSK Physiotherapy service for a range of muscle and joint problems including neck/back pain, joint pain, strains and sprains. There are two forms below, one paper for those of you who wish to print off the form, complete it and post it to the service and an electronic version to fill in online and email to the address provided. Please read the final page as to booking your appointment following submission.
Physiotherapy self-referral form paper version
Physiotherapy self-referral form electronic version
Prescriptions - please allow 2 working days before collection
It takes at least 48 hours (or two full working days) for prescriptions to be ready for collection. Please see days below for dropping off/picking up:
Monday - collection Wednesday
Tuesday - collection Thursday
Wednesday - collection Friday
Thursday - collection Monday
Friday - collection Tuesday