"An outstanding training practice"
University of Birmingham December 2010
Following advice from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) about the harm associated with Pregabalin and Gabapentin these drugs will, from April 2019, be classified as Class C of the 1971 Act and placed under schedule 3 to the 2011 regulations, applying the provisions of the 1973 Regulations. This means the drugs cannot be supplied via repeat dispensing and prescriptions will only be valid for 28 days from the appropriate prescription date. In addition they will not be available to supply via the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) until the full rollout of controlled drug prescribing via EPS and they will require full prescription writing requirements in line with other Schedule 2 and 3 controlled drugs. These changes were due to come into force in April 2019. However, our Clinical System suppliers are unable to update every practice at the same time therefore the changes are going to be rolled out gradually. For us, this update has taken place today; therefore all the above regulatory changes have already been implemented. We apologise for any inconvenience these changes may have caused and for the lack of prior warning.
Wychbury Medical Group
Dr Hyne is unable to work over the next few months following an accident. We wanted to make patients aware and are making arrangements to cover her regular sessions. We wish Dr Hyne a speedy recovery.
Extended Access Scheme (updated for 2018/19)
In the Stourbridge, Wollescote and Lye area practices are working in partnership to provide additional GP appointments. If you need access to an evening or weekend non-urgent appointment, please call and speak to the receptionist at your registered practice during normal opening hours.
Your appointment may be with another practice in the area and may not be at your registered practice.
Influenza Vaccinations 2018/19:
As Flu season starts you may notice our promotional posters advising who is eligible for the flu vaccination. It is suggested that anyone over the age of 65 or patients with a long term condition should be vaccinated; it is also advised that children receive their free flu vaccination as well.
There are two types of vaccine this year; Adjuvanted (aTIV) specifically for age 65 and over, and Quadrivalent (QIV) for anyone under the age of 65 who is eligible.
We have been informed we must prioritise those aged 75 years and over and those aged 65-74 years with an underlying health condition at the start of the flu season.
Once these groups have been covered, all the other 65-74 year olds will be called as further deliveries of aTIV arrive.
Flu usually starts from December onwards; therefore, people vaccinated in November or before should benefit from the vaccination protection.
We will be holding Saturday clinics for those who are unable to attend during normal surgery hours, as well as evening clinics.
If you are unsure if you are eligible to have a vaccination please ask at reception as they can advise you.
Did you know that most minor ailments can be treated at your local pharmacy without the need to see your GP first.
Please click the link for full details http://psnc.org.uk/dudley-lpc/services/commissioned-services/pharmacy-first-mas/
Please note that you will need your NHS number to give to the pharmacy.