We are now using Chain SMS to message patients
For this to work for you, it is essential that if you change your mobile number – you tell us J
Chain SMS is ….
A system which allows us to easily send text messages to individual patients. You won’t be able to reply to them.
Some examples of how we might use it ….
- Your prescription is ready
- You need an appointment
- Letting you know we called
Please read this article to understand how a GP surgery works:-
News: March 2019 – Smear Campaign
Cervical screening, or the “smear test”, is a routine health check that identifies potentially harmful cells and changes on the cervix. Cervical screening is not a test for cancer but catching any changes early can reduce your risk of developing cervical cancer. Cervical cancer kills two women every day. Regular screenings can help reduce that number, which is why it’s so important you attend your screening when invited.
Our nurses are trained to do all they can to put you at ease during your appointment and are on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have. However, whether you attend your screening or not, is ultimately your choice.
Don’t forget we are able to carry out the screening on some weekends.
If you’re due to have a cervical screening, you’ll receive an invite letter in the post. Don’t ignore it, book your cervical screening today.
If you missed your previous appointment or are unsure if you are due a screening, please contact on 01384 322500 and we will book you an appointment if you’re due.
News: January 2019 – Group Consultations
Three Villages Medical Practice are excited to announce that the practice will be holding group sessions from 9th January 2019. These sessions create an opportunity for patients to be seen in groups to discuss prevention of long term conditions and long term condition management. The consultation will allow patients to support each other and share experiences. They are held by a facilitator and a lead clinician from the practice. You will receive an invite from the practice to attend a session if you are eligible.
News: April 2019 – Long Term Condition Reviews
Three Villages Medical Practice operates a Birth Month Recall System. If you have a long term condition, your annual review will take place in the month of your birthday. Our staff aim to remind you one month prior to the month you are due for review and can book you an appointment in advance.
If your review requires blood monitoring, you will need to collect a blood form and have your bloods taken at least one week before your review.
NHS Choose Well - A&E
Have you ever been to A&E because you can't get off a fake nail? Taken your poorly pet to A&E instead of the vet?
It might sound far-fetched but the star of this video, Dee, does both of these in a humorous but informative Choose Well animation, which is based on real-life examples of A&E misuse.
Dee is advised by our singing doctor on the correct times to use A&E and about the available health services to use when things aren't an emergency!
Beware of 'Scams'!
A patient at a Practice in Dudley has reported being contacted by telephone by a company claiming to be the NHS before requesting personal information about health and prescriptions over the phone. This is a national scam and patients elsewhere in the country were also told they needed to change their medication and they would be charged for that before asking them to hand over credit card details. In some circumstances the company may ask for details about medication with a view to attempting to make an appointment to visit the patients’ home and assess them for a long term condition.
We are asking patients who get called in these circumstances to double check with the practice before making any appointments or giving out any payment details. We recommend that no one takes any medication sold to them over the phone or the internet as you do not know that the medication is legitimate and safe. It is important that you always get your prescriptions from the doctors treating you and that you buy any non-prescription medications from a reputable pharmacist or shop.
All patients (including children) have a named GP who will have overall responsibility for the care and support we provide for you. This will normally be the same as your 'usual G.P'. This does not prevent you from seeing any GP in the Practice if you so wish (as is currently the case anyway). If you have not yet been notified and wish to know who your named GP is, please contact the surgery or ask a receptionist at your next appointment.
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