Wychbury PPG - Annual General Meeting
The next PPG meeting on the 14th of June 2017 at Wychbury Medical Group, 121 Oakfield Road, Stourbridge, DY9 9DS starting at 6:45pm is the "Annual General Meeting". At the meeting we will be appointing the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary and committee members for the next twelve months. Therefore we need to have nomination for these position ideally prior to the meeting, but if you intend to attend the meeting you may nominate members for the positions at the meeting. You can use the "Contact Us" tab above to send your nominations if you wish.
Increase in NHS Charges 1st April 2017
From the 1st of April 2017 the charges for NHS services have increased, please click the link below for details
NHS prescription charges from April 2017
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Gardening For Health takes place on Saturday, March 4th 2017 at Wilson Hall (Cradley Labour Club), Colley Gate, B63 2BU. Doors open at 9:25 am for the first part of a garden and health market place and presentations take place between 10:00 am and 1:40 pm. (See the attached poster, copy and print your free entry tickets, and view the programme.)
A wide range of specialist gardening tips and professional health advice will be on offer from expert gardeners and health, public sector and schools representatives, who all support patients in our communities.
Guest presenters will include Darren Rudge from BBC Radio WM (The Laughing Gardener), and Mick Poultney, a local gardening judge. Health advice will express the mental health benefits of gardening and aspects that promote patient well-being, as well as explaining the physical side of gardening exercise, ranging from a very light touch to high level exertion. The tips on offer will show what people can do to benefit from gardening with very little materials and in minimum space. How local schools are enjoying gardening exercise will also be demonstrated.
This truly inclusive event organised by Wychbury Patients Participation Group is the first of its kind locally and is open to all age groups and sections of the community, no matter what ability, experience or health issues. There will be something on offer for all to enjoy and to learn from.
Why Now? This event is being held in early March to give all those attending the best opportunity to plan and develop their gardening choices at the very start of the growing season. Everyone will have time to gain health and well-being benefits during the year and time to enjoy the results later. Whether you want to grow vegetables, flowers, cacti, bonsai, shrubs, or trees, plant bulbs in pots, just cut the grass, or maintain a Japanese garden, Gardening For Health has something to offer you.
Entrance to the event and to the prize draw is free and light refreshments will be available. However, it would help if those attending got in touch with the organisers by email or telephone to confirm their attendance (details below).
Wilson Hall has several nearby free car parks and is accessible to all abilities.
Those attending will be able to ask gardening and health questions of the experts and get informed advice. A doctor, Advanced Practice Nurses and patient leads from Wychbury Medical Group together with exercise specialists will be on hand throughout the event to signpost patients to other health services.
For further details email to: firstname.lastname@example.org -or- Text/Telephone: 07806 666908 or click the "Contact Us" tab above.
Gardening For Health Poster
Gardening For Health Tickets
Gardening For Health Programme
New Patient Transport Service
On the 10th of October 2016 a new patient transport service was introduced by the Dudley CCG. The service will be provided by West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. The new service will provide a safe means of transport for patients who meet the eligibility criteria to travel to outpatient appointments, day procedures and regular treatments such as renal dialysis, cancer treatment, physiotherapy and GP appointments. Click here to read Eligibility Criteria
If you meet the criteria you can book the transport by calling 01384 679047, Monday -Friday between 8.30am - 5.30pm
Know Your Rights
In April 2016 patients rights changed, if you would like to know more about this, click the following link. NHS Choice Framework April 2016
The 2016-Choice-Framework outlines your rights from April 2016. In the government's vision for the NHS, the Choice Frameworks tries to make the slogan “No decision about me, without me”, becomes a reality. The framework allows you to choose both NHS Hospitals and private clinics that have a contract with the NHS to provide the service you need. Normally the private clinics can provide a quicker access to services, but please speak to your GP, as not all clinics can provide the full range of services you might need. The nearest private clinic to Wychbury offering NHS treatments is the West Midlands Hospital
Below are eight easy read leaflet that set out for rights.
Easyread leaflet 1: Choosing doctors
Easyread leaflet 2: Choosing where to go for health tests
Easyread leaflet 3: Choosing your hospital
Easyread leaflet 4: Changing your hospital
Easyread leaflet 5: Having a baby
Easyread leaflet 6: Choosing services in the community and personal health budgets
Easyread leaflet 7: Choosing services in other parts of Europe
Easyread leaflet 8: Taking part in health research
Wychbury PPG Pharmacy First Survey November 2015
In January 2015 the Wychbury PPG conducted a survey on behalf of NHS England regarding the Dudley Pharmacy First Scheme (see below). The group repeated the survey in November to educate patients regarding the scheme and to highlight any changes that have occurred since the survey in January. Overall the survey found that there had been a fall in the number of patients that were aware of the scheme and this highlighted the need for an effective publicity campaign improve patient awareness of the scheme.
Click here to download a copy of the November 2015 survey
Click here to see the January 2015 survey results
Prostate Cancer - The Silent Killer
During the recent prostate testing event carried our at the Providence Church Hall by the Wychbury PPG & the Worcestershire Prostate Awareness Group, 54 men were tested of these 8 had abnormal reading, this is was higher than normal, for men over 40. While we are sure not all will have prostate cancer, some will. Without them having the simple pin prick on the finger PSA test, the eight would not have known they were at risk.
You can have a PSA for free by asking the practice or by attending one of the events organised by the Worcestershire Prostate Awareness Group.
For a free appointment ring 07817 083 492
If you would like more information on prostate cancer please click HERE
Have you thought about getting started on the NHS weight loss plan this year?
CQC Inspections of GP Practices
In the news recently you may have heard or read about the CQC inspections of GP practices. You can read their reports by clicking the link below and entering area or post code of interest in the search box currently showing "Wollescote, United Kingdom". Note! the Wychbury Medical Group are only listed for the Wollescote surgery. If you read down the webpage you will see the GP practices close to the area/post code you have entered. Where a practice has not yet been inspected you will see, "We have not inspected this service yet", just below the practice name. If you click the box marked "Full Details" you can see more information about the practice and where the practice has been inspected a link to download the inspection report. Currently very few practices have been inspected (December 2013) http://www.cqc.org.uk/search/doctors-gps?location=Wollescote%2C%20United%20Kingdom
Getting the Best from Your GP
How can you get the best service from your GP appointment, read the check list below, published by the "Which Magazine".
What Seems To Be The Problem
The April edition of the "Which" magazine asks the question - “Are Some GP Failing Patients.
In a survey of 30 practices, “Which” undercover field workers presented one of three different conditions to the GP they saw. Of the 30 visits, 12 were deemed poor, 14 good and 4 satisfactory. You can see more details of the survey by clicking here.
You can read about your healthcare rights in "Know Your Rights" below.
If you are not happy with the service you receive from the practice please complain. The only way the practice can improve the service you get, is if you tell them what the problems are. Click here to see the practices patients rights and complaint procedure
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
Are you male and 65+, if Yes, please consider having AAA scan. Do you have a family member or friend who is in this category, if Yes, please pass this information on to them.
Men who are 65 this year will receive a written invitation from the screening centre to have a scan.
In the England and Wales 2% of all deaths in men aged 65 and over are due to a AAA rupture. Around 4% of men between 65 and 74 have a AAA (Approximately 80,000 men).
For an appointment please ring 01384 321125, not the surgery. During normal office hour you can normal arrange the appointment immediately, but if no one is available to take your call they will call you back, if you leave your contact details.
Please also see the attached poster for more information.