Marden Medical Centre Patient Participation Group

Spirometry

We hope to be able to offer Spirometry again in the surgery, shortly. This service was suspended over the pandemic on the advice of NHSE, but we have now been advised it is safe to restart. We are about to purchase a new machine and Sam, one of our nurses, has been doing training to allow her to offer this service. Spirometry is a form of lung function testing which assists in the diagnosis of asthma and COPD.

 

Face to Face Appointments

From 25.4.2022 patients will be able to book a Face to Face appointment with a GP after speaking with a receptionist. Initially this will be for certain conditions e.g., abdominal pain, skin lesions and rashes, Musculo-skeletal disorders. We will continue to see patients with high temperatures, coughs, colds etc. in the portacabin and are still keen to avoid over-crowding in the waiting room

 

Retained GP Retiring

Dr Peter Wilford, our retained GP who currently works 2 sessions/week will be retiring on 28th April. He has been with us for 5 years and has provided our patients with excellent care. We will miss him but wish him a long and happy retirement. His sessions will be covered by additional locum GP and paramedic practitioner sessions.

 

Mental Health Awareness Week

The Mental Health Foundation’s Mental Health Awareness Week is running from 9-15 May and, with this year’s theme exploring the impact of loneliness, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in partnership with the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (part of the Department of Health and Social Care) are continuing There is now substantial evidence that having a lack of social connections significantly increases the risk of premature mortality. Loneliness and the physical and mental health issues that can come with it are affecting more of us in England and has been exacerbated by the pandemic. Reducing loneliness is a major step towards a mentally healthy society.

Do you need help?

If your mental or emotional state concerns you or you are worried about someone you know help is available

HOW TO GET HELP

You are not alone; talk to someone you trust or your GP. Sharing a problem is often the first step to recovery.

 

Involve - Social Prescribing in the Weald

The NHS now offers ‘social prescribing’ which means support around patients non-medical needs. The Involve team of social prescribers in the Weald are able to listen and guide you as you start to make changes in your life. Involve provide a safe space for you to talk about what matters to you, can connect you to specialist services and local groups, and will check-in with you regularly offering encouragement and support with problem solving. The service is open to all patients 18 or over who may benefit from a conversation about their wellbeing.

Please ask your clinician for a referral to Involve social prescribing or contact Involve directly. This is a free service funded by the NHS

VISIT THE INVOLVE KENT WEBSITE FOR MORE INFOMRATION AND HOW TO GET IN TOUCH

Published: May 5, 2022