Something out of the ordinary - Have you ever wondered what our GPs get up to when they are not working with patients?  Well read on ......

Dr Chris Coles has been open water swimming for approximately 6 years and he has decided that now is the time to take up the challenge of swimming the English Channel. The shortest distance across the Channel is from Shakespeare Beach, Dover, to Cap Gris Nez (the headland halfway between Calais and Boulogne) a distance of 18.2 nautical miles which is approximately 21 land miles.

Chris is fundraising for the Snowdrop Trust. The recent  pandemic has  made fundraising for this small charity more important than ever. “They have  looked after and supported my great nephew and his family after he  was  diagnosed with a brain infection  just after he  was born.If you  would like  to support Chris his  fundraising page can be  found here:

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Click on the blue box above to read the Gov UK advice for employers, employees and those who are self employed about returning to work and keeping safe.

If you are concerned about returning to work because of an underlying health issue the Practice has written a letter that patients may print off to provide information for their employer about safeguarding in the work place regarding underlying health issues.  Click on the letter image to access the letter to print to show your employer.

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Staying well at home during coronavirus to avoid hospital admission


For some of our older Hampshire residents, there are increased health risks from coronavirus so it’s more important than ever to look after your health and wellbeing. Making simple lifestyle changes can help you lead a healthier life and avoid preventable hospital admission, which is good for you and good for the NHS. Click on the Hampshire logo to find out more about the local support available. 

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One of the facts of life during the current Covid-19 Pandemic is that we are constantly reminded on the news, about the unexpected loss of life of family members and friends. People experiencing bereavement because of this illness are having to face loosing a loved one in circumstances that are making it difficult to grieve and cope with the loss. 

Bereaved people may have to deal with increased trauma, and may be cut off from some of their usual support network. Those who are already struggling with bereavement, or whose relatives or friends die through other causes will also be affected.

Cruse Bereavement Care have put together resources to share how bereavement and grief may be affected by this pandemic. It covers some of the different situations and emotions bereaved people may have to deal with.

You can find out more by clicking on their logo:  

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There is also a local support group for those experiencing bereavement which is sponsored by the PPG.  It is called Living after Loss and you are invited to contact Dot Croall to find out how the group is operating during the lockdown to allow people to share their experiences of loss and how they are dealing with this.  

Tel:  07825 649105

A virtual round of applause to show our thanks to the GPs, Nursing and Admin Staff of Red and Green Practice for their dedication in providing support for patients at this difficult time.

Seeking support if you need help and are on your own.

Click on the poster image to go to the support page to learn more.

A message from the Chairperson of your GP Practice’s ‘Patient Participation Group’ (PPG).


I would, on behalf of the 23,000 patients registered with the Practice, like to thank all staff, at both Waterside and Blackfield, for their dedication in working under enormous pressure during these worrying times.

As well as following the advice on both our PPG and Practice websites about keeping safe and maintaining your health and wellbeing, please give some thought to signing up to the NHS ‘Volunteer Responder Service’ that helps to support the NHS and save lives. 

The NHS and social care organisations, urgently need people to join the NHS Volunteer Responders to do simple but vital tasks, including such activities as delivering food and medication whilst respecting the requirements for social distancing.

Even if you are in a vulnerable group, it is still possible to comply with the UK’s current ‘Stay at Home’ rules by signing up as a telephone ‘check in and chat’ volunteer. I am included in that group and have recently signed up in the confidence that it is being run, with all the necessary checks and safeguards, by the Royal Voluntary Service, a nationally recognised organisation. 

If you haven’t already done so, please consider signing up today using this link:

Martin Pryor


Everyone understands that illness is distressing, especially at this time when large numbers of the population are fearful about the possibility of contracting the Coronavirus. However it has been disappointing to hear about patients using aggressive and abusive behaviour towards Practice staff in these difficult times.   The Practice is reminding patients that whatever the circumstances, they should show respect to staff who are providing support under difficult circumstances, when they themselves are increasing the possibility of contracting the virus by their interaction with patients.   


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Click on the following link to see the expectations the Practice has, concerning the behaviour of patients and keeping staff and other users of the practice safe.


 What are the symptoms of the Coronavirus and what can help stop its spread?  


The main signs of infection are fever (high temperature) and a cough as well as shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.


What you can do to protect against the corona virus: Frequent hand  washing with soap or gel, avoiding close contact with people who are ill and not touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands can help cut the risk of infection. Catching coughs and sneezes in a tissue, binning it and washing your hands can minimise the risk of spreading the disease.


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To find out about:

  • the arrangements the Practice has put in place to reduce contact between patients and address the cross infection issues that might arise when visiting the surgery, also

  • the latest advice from the NHS and UK Government about the Coronavirus and how to protect yourself,


click on the ink below to go to the Practice website at:

In addition to the information above, please note this latest advice in relation to attending the Practice, if you are feeling unwell and recently returned from a visit abroad:
All travellers who develop relevant symptoms ( for example respiratory symptoms, shortness of breath, cough, fever) however mild, within 14 days of returning or transitioning from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau should not attend the practice, but should remain at home and immediately call NHS 111 for advice.
This website aims to actively encourage patients to promote personal action to improve a healthy life style and manage illness and wellbeing. It provides links to trusted NHS sites, and the websites of national organisations with a particular health focus, However the PPG is not able to guarantee the information provided by other organisations in their websites.
The Patient Participation Participation Group (PPG) needs to recruit volunteers to help with its work.  There are a variety of roles we would like to develop. All we need is for you to be enthusiastic in improving the patient experience provided by the Practice, to help improve patients understanding of how they may manage their health and wellbeing for minor ailments and be willing to commit to a small amount of time over the year, to contribute to the work of the team. 
You may choose the level at which you get involved with the PPG.  Find out how to:
  • Belong
  • Participate
  • Contribute
To belong: let us have your contact details and we will keep you informed about PPG activities
to participate: join one of our focus/activity groups and have your say 
To contribute: provide suggestions for improving the patient experience,
If you would like to find out how to get involved with the PPG and contribute to the patient perspective on the work of the Practice click on the link below
Click here for how to contact us ...

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Health Information supporting self Care

Click on the logo above to go to the 'Patient' website .....

(n.b. The clinical information provided on the site is certified to meet NHS England's Information Standard. However the PPG has no control over this external site)

The 'Patient' website provides health information that aims to help patients to actively manage their healthcare, supplying information on a wide range of medical and health topics. Before making an appointment with your GP, check to see if you might take action to help alleviate your symptons.
However if your symptons persist always make an appointment to see your doctor.

Walking is a great way to improve your health & fitness

In the UK, over 70% of us are not taking enough exercise to keep ourselves healthy.  Just half an hour of moderate intensity exercise per day, five days a week, is enough to feel a real difference.  Walking is an ideal form of exercise to help you achieve this goal.  It is free and almost anyone can do it.  Regular brisk walks will increase your heart rate, making you warm and slightly out of breath.  Start slowly, enjoy the fresh air, and gradually build up to the recommended 30 minutes a day.

Walking will:

  • Reduce the risk of heart disease

  • Keep your heart strong

  • Reduce or maintain your weight

  • Reduce blood pressure and stress

  • Improve the strength and tone of your muscles

  • Aid relaxation and enjoyment

  • Improve your mood and boost your energy levels

  • Provide and opportunity to enjoy the countryside and beauty of the New Forest

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The information above is taken from the New Forest Health & Leisure site about the benefits of walking.  Click on the image on the left to find out more about the variety of walking activities available in our area.

There are opportunities to either walk on your own or in a group, as well as walks suitable for those with mobility problems.

Walking in the New Forest

Click on the image on the right to go to the New Forest walks mobile IOS App download page.  If you download the App to your smart phone it provides information on guided walks using the GPS facility on your phone.

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The focus for this month?

Waterside Health Centre

Beaulieu Road, Hythe, Southampton

Hampshire. SO45 5WX

Blackfield Health Centre

Hampton Lane, Blackfield, Southampton Hampshire. SO45 1XA

Where to get help when the two health centres are closed ...

When the Practice is closed you are able to access help and support at the Lymington Urgent Treatment Centre.  Details of the services available may be found by clicking on this link:  

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