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POWELL PRACTICE  - WOMEN AGED 50 - 70

All Women aged 50 to 70 (Registered with Dr Powell & Partners) will shortly receive an appointment letter and an information leaflet from Breast Test Wales, inviting you to attend for a free breast screening appointment.

All woman aged 50 to 70 are invited to have this test because you have reached the recommended age to be included in the NHS screening programme.  

The aim of the test, which is a breast x-ray (called a mammogram), is to find breast cancer at an early stage.
This is an important and free NHS screening test. Taking part in breast screening is your choice.  If you need more information to help you make your decision, visit:

NEW** Penderi Cluster Website

Cluster Vision

The Penderi Cluster is a group of six GP Practices that have come together in order to share services, expertise and pool resourses for the local community.   The six Surgeries consist of – Brynhyfryd, Cheriton, Cwmfelin, Fforestfach and Manselton.  You can register as a patient, and/or access a range of community based support locally.  Penderi Cluster have a vision to care for the unique health and wellbeing needs of its patients and citizens in the most effective way possible. In recognition of its particular population needs, it will also work together to create an innovative culture of enabling long term change by taking a preventative approach to tackling ill health and its contributing factors.   

For more information about Cluster Networks, Click Here, 

CLICK HERE to visit the Penderi Cluster Home page.

HOW TO GET YOUR FLU VACCINE

*Over 65 and at risk patient vaccines are now available*

Seasonal Flu Update 

Are you Over 65 years old?   Flu vaccines available NOW

Here’s how to get your vaccine:

  • Book an appointment in either a weekday clinic.

  • Weekday Drop ins:  Every Monday to Friday, 12:00-12:30pm or 5:00-5:30pm

  • If we can fit you in when you next attend, we will.

Are you Under 65 with a long term chronic condition?  Such as asthma, COPD, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease etc

Here’s how to get your vaccine:

  • Book an appointment in either a weekday clinic, or upcoming Saturday clinic on 19th October.

  • Saturday Drop in’s 19th Oct: we have opened up our Saturday clinics to allow for drop in’s between 8:45am-12:30pm.

  • Weekday Drop ins:  Every Monday to Friday, 12:00-12:30pm or 5:00-5:30pm

  • If we can fit you in when you next attend, we will.

Be Online Ready for Appointment booking:

Next year we want to make booking easier for you using My Health Online.  Not just for flu vaccines.

Register for this service at the surgery bringing one form of Identification with you.

*Prescription ordering is already available with My Health Online.

Why get the flu vaccine?

  • Flu (Influenza) is a serious health risk and is not the same as a common cold. It can develop into a serious lung infection, inflammation of the heart, brain or muscle, and can even lead to multi-organ failure and death.

  • Last year in the UK, flu resulted in 3,157 patients being admitted to Intensive care units. Of these 312 died.1

  • Anyone with a weakened immune system is at the greatest risk. This includes those with asthma, COPD, heart disease, kidney or liver failure, diabetes, chronic neurological conditions, obesity, the removal of the spleen and pregnancy.

  • Patients taking certain medications; steroids, chemotherapy or immunosuppressants, are also at a greater risk.

*UPDATE* Children's Flu Vaccine

NHS GP Practices have been advised that  the earliest children's flu vaccinations will be available for ordering is the 21st October 2019, but this is NOT SET IN STONE.

Practices will be rationed to two boxes at the outset.

Welsh Government hop that the supply will be flowing by November.

Despite these delays, we recommend getting your child vaccinated as soon as possible, this will mean they are protected throughout the height of winter and Christmas.

Children are Super Spreaders, let them be Super Heroes and get your child vaccinated this winter.  We will keep you informed of availability.

BREXIT and Medication 

Please note that the surgery will not provide extra prescriptions of medication to build up a “stockpile” 

You should continue to order your medicines in the usual way.  

PLEASE DO NOT STOCKPILE YOUR MEDICATION. THIS IS UNNECESSARY AND COULD AFFECT OTHER PATIENTS’ ABILITY TO ACCESS THEIR MEDICINES. 

The Government is taking extra steps nationally to prepare for any disruption to the supply of medicines.  

This includes working with the manufacturers of medicines to ensure they have more stock in the UK, securing new storage facilities for medicines and prioritising the transport of medicines through UK ports. 

If you have any concerns about their medicines or regular prescription, you should talk to your local pharmacist in the first instance. 

You can help the NHS prepare for Brexit by continuing to Choose Well and choose the right NHS services for your illness or injury.

MY HEALTH ONLINE PRESCRIPTION ORDERING  

You can Register to order your medication online using My Health Online.   My Health Online gives you better access to your list of medications; you can see when they are due, and order with a tick of a box.

YOU MUST REGISTER AT THE SURGERY. THIS WILL BE QUICK AND YOU WILL RECEIVE A UNIQUE REGISTRATION CODE. 

YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACCESS MY HEALTH ONLINE WITHOUT THIS. 

TO REGISTER PLEASE BRING WITH YOU PHOTO ID.    If you do not have photo ID we will accept other forms of ID such as utility bill, statement, or birth certificate.

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