Seven Issues in tonight’s DriveTime
- Flu Jabs
- National Data Opt Out
- Your Heart Age
- NHS Symptom Checker
- Drink Free Days
- Free Prescriptions
- NHS at 70
1. Flu Jabs
It’s that time of year again! Surgeries and Pharmacies have ordered the flu vaccine, and you should be able to book appointments online (with patient access) or through the surgery. At the Maltings, for example, flu clinics will be on the six consecutive Saturday mornings starting SEP 23 and ending on NOV 3; in addition, most surgeries will offer your flu vaccination at any appointment you have at the surgery during the flu season.
You are eligible for a flu vaccination by injection if you are in one of the following categories:
§ Adults over 65 (i.e. born on or before MAR 31 1954
§ Other adults with an underlying health condition particularly long term heart or respiratory disease, diabetes, or weakened immune systems
§ Children (6 months to 2 years)
§ Pregnant women
§ Patients living in a care home
§ Patients with a learning disability
In addition, you are eligible for a flu vaccination by nasal spray if you are in one of the following categories
§ All children aged 2, 3, or 4
§ Children in Reception or Years 1 - 5
§ Children aged 4-18 years with an underlying health condition
Further information – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/
2. National Data Opt-Out
We’ve talked about your patient data and the national opt out before – you have the right to ensure that your data is not used for any reason beyond your direct care. If you’re in a situation in which you plan to opt out on behalf of someone else (e.g. a carer or a child) do it before the end of SEP! Because after that it’ll be much more difficult. Until then, your surgery can verify that you are able to opt out on behalf of someone else; from OCT 1 you will need to complete a 7 page return and provide at least 4 forms of ID to show that you are a responsible adult. If you need to, get in quick!!!!!
Here’s the link to the opt out form
3. Your Heart Age
How healthy is your heart? Heart disease can be caused by factors we can modify (e.g. diet and smoking); but in most cases we can’t identify potential problems – until now. Take this simple heart test to check out how healthy your heart is – and what you can do about it!
4. NHS Symptom Checker
How often have you been in a situation in which something just feels odd; the problem is it’s often tough to figure out whether it’s urgent or not. You not sure if you need an urgent doctor’s appointment, and you don’t want to go through a 111 interrogation! This new Symptom Checker produced by NHS 111 should help.
It’s currently in beta trial – give it a go!
5. Drink-free Days
There’s been a lot of noise today about drink-free days; put simply – you know it makes sense. Here are three simple tricks you could try:-
- Do more activities that don’t involve drinking;
- Find other ways to unwind and relax;
- Go for weaker drinks!
Check out these resources
6. Free Prescriptions
Do you know whether you’re entitled to free prescriptions? There’s a simple checker here
7. NHS at 70 – The NHS, turned 70 on July 5th. As for my NHS 1,000 mile challenge, there’s 111 days to go and I’m 4 miles up – so I only have 300 to go!