Welcome to Ampleforth & Hovingham Surgeries
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Out-of-hours palliative care
Saint Catherine's hospice is now offering out-of-hours palliative care advice and information (Palcall). Patients and carers can speak to a nurse for advice and support on the telephone. Palcall is available only when the GP surgery is closed, including bank holidays and weekends. The number is 01723 354506.
Hovingham Community Tea, 17 June
If you live in or near Hovingham and you'd like to meet new people, have a cuppa and a natter, and develop new interests, then why not come along to our Community Tea, 3rd Friday of the month, 10.30-12, in Hovingham Village Hall. The next one is this Friday, 17th June.
For more information contact Kim Paul, 01439 788215.
Extended Access in our practice survey
Extended access is provided by a group of GP practices, (primary care network) over and above the core 8am-6pm contract. We are undertaking a patient survey, to ensure this meets the needs of our patients. The service is due to be provided from 1st October 2022.
Loneliness Awareness Week
Lots of people are lonely, and this week is loneliness awareness week. If you know someone who's lonely, there are some great tips in this video to help you help them. https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/lifes-challenges/loneliness/
Next Steps Ryedale resource centre
Next Steps Ryedale offers support to people in Ryedale with mental health issues or suffering from isolation & loneliness. The community cafe & hub in Norton is open 8-3 Monday-Friday, and a group meets at Kirbymoorside on Wednesday 9-12, and at Pickering on Thursday 9-3.30. For more information https://www.nextstepsryedale.co.uk/
Mindful Wild Walks
Come and join us for 3 Mindful Wild Walks on Thursdays in June!
Meet on 9 June at 1.30 at Hovingham Bakery
Meet on 16 June at 11am at Caulkely Bank car park
Meet on 23 June at 11am at Ampleforth surgery
Call Kathryn for more information 07922 421326
Covid Spring Booster Clinics
We are not expecting to hold any further clinics for the Covid Spring Booster as there are no more vaccine deliveries planned.
If you are eligible for the Spring Booster and were not able to attend the clinics at the surgery please contact the National Booking Service online here or call 119 to arrange an appointment elsewhere.
It is likely that we will be offering a Covid Autumn Booster to eligible patients but we do not yet have any detailed guidance about the vaccination programme. If you are eligible for an Autumn Booster we will contact you nearer the time.
If you are aged 70-79 you are eligible for a shingles vaccination if you have not already received one, and there is now a non-live vaccine available for patients who were previously not able to receive the live vaccine. We will be inviting eligible patients over the next few months to book an appointment, but if you are eligible and would like the vaccine now then please contact the surgery to book an appointment. More information about the shingles vaccine can be found here.
Carers Plus Yorkshire
Carers Plus Yorkshire offers independent advice and support to unpaid family carers. Information about financial support, emotional support, and self-care can be found in the 'knowledge locker' https://www.carersplus.net/knowledge-locker/over-18s
May is Stroke Awareness month. If you think you're seeing the following symptoms in yourself or someone else, act FAST and call 999.
Facial Weakness - Arm Weakness - Speech problems - Time to call 999
Are you a Military Veteran?
If you have served in HM Armed Forces please let us know so we can add this to your record. This will help us to help you access the right care.
March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Symptoms include feeling bloated, a swollen, uncomfortable, or painful tummy, feeling full quickly, loss of appetite, weight-loss, needing to pee more often/urgently. These symptoms can be caused by lots of things, so ovarian cancer is can be hard to diagnose, but it's really important to be seen by a GP if you've these symptoms, they are unusual for you, and if they continue or get worse.
See https://nhs.uk/conditions/ovarian-cancer/ for more information.
Wearing of masks in GP surgeries/hospitals
Although some restrictions have been eased in the 'living with covid' plan, all patients, staff, and visitors are still required to wear masks (unless exempt) when attending the GP surgery, or when attending or visiting any health-care settings, including hospitals and care homes. Unless you are exempt, you must still wear a mask before coming into either of our surgeries.
We are now on Twitter @AmpleforthGP and on Instagram @AmpleforthSurgery
International Epilepsy Day (14 February 2022)
This year International Epilepsy day falls on 14th February, when more than 130 countries join together to raise awareness of epilepsy and how it affects the daily lives of sufferers. An estimated 50 million people are living with epilepsy around the world.
Recording Covid Vaccines Received Outside England
If you received any or all of your Covid vaccines outside of England (this includes Scotland, N. Ireland, and Wales, as well as overseas), and they are recognised in this country, you can now book a face-to-face appointment at some vaccination centres to have this recorded officially. Please phone 119 to book.
Tinnitus Awareness Week (6-13 February)
Sufferers of tinnitus hear a noises that are not caused by external sounds. Over 30% of people will experience tinnitus during their lifetime, and around 13% (1 in 8 people) live with tinnitus on a persistent basis. @BritishTinnitus https://www.tinnitus.org.uk/all-about-tinnitus
Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer in men, but most men don't have early symptoms.
You can find out more and check your risk using this link https://prostatecanceruk.org/risk-checker
Lateral Flow Tests
Lateral flow tests can be ordered online or collected from a pharmacy, they are not available to collect from the surgery. Please click here for further information about ordering and collecting lateral flow tests.
Self Care for Patients
Prescribing of over the counter medications is changing, click here for more information.
Please also click here for self care information for minor ailments, and here for information about what you can keep at home to be prepared for common health problems.
Dementia Forward is a local charity supporting people affected by dementia across North Yorkshire. Please click here for more information and resources.
There are currently no vacancies.
Covid-19 Vaccination Status
Proof of your vaccination status will be available on the NHS App, and you will not need access to your Detailed Coded Record in order to view your vaccinations on the NHS App after this date. Please note that we are unable to issue vaccination status certificates at the practice.
The NHS App can be downloaded from https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/nhs-app/id1388411277 for iPhone or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhs.online.nhsonline for android. Alternatively, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 from 17th May and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine, and the letter may to take up to 5 days to reach you. Please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad for further information about travelling abroad.
Please continue to use the NHS website here for up to date information about Covid-19, and there is further help for patients who are recovering from Covid-19 here.
Physiotherapy Self Referrals
Please click here for information about how to make a self referral to physiotherapy.
Mental Health Support
TEWV have launched a freephone crisis line for those in mental distress. In a mental health emergency call 0800 0516 171 for your local crisis service.
Advice and information on what to do in a mental health crisis is available here: www.tewv.nhs.uk/crisisadvice.
For more information about this new service for young people and parents please visit the website above or click here.
Please allow a minimum of 5 working days to order your medication. We are experiencing delays in medication stock delivery from our wholesalers.
Extended Access Service
Ampleforth & Hovingham Surgeries work alongside other GP Practices in Ryedale to provide services 7 days per week. Click here for more information about booking appointments.
More Information about the Patient Forum
Ampleforth Surgery has ramp access from the car park at the front of the surgery. Hovingham Surgery offers parking right outside the door on a flat surface which you may find easier.
If you require assistance please ring before visiting the surgery and we will be waiting to help.
(Site updated 01/07/2022)