Introducing a new information facility
The Waterside (Hythe) & Blackfield PPG has in the past connected with Patients through events. Currently due to the Coronavirus restrictions this has proved not to be possible.
To enable us to continue to deliver our focus of health promotion and supporting the concept of patient self-care, we are trialling information emails that focus on current health issues and provide pointers for patients to to take responsibility for their health and wellbeing. Our aim is to provide up to three emails a month on current health concerns.
Whilst we support patients across the Practice, because of privacy regulations we are not allowed to use patient contact details held by the Practice, so we are only able to contact patients who provide their email address directly to us, requesting to receive these emails. We are gradually building our database of contacts and if you have not already expressed an interest in receiving these emails you may do so by completing the form on the 'contact us' page of this website. We only ask for the minimal amount of information and you may unsubscribe at any time if you wish to stop receiving these emails.
We look forward to hearing from anyone who would like to receive information in this way.
If you have not yet registered to receive these emails from the PPG there is an archive of past emails that you are able to view by clicking here.
Coronavirus vaccinations update
The Waterside Primary Care Network, that consists of The Red and Green Practice, Forestside and Waterfront medical centres are well underway with the vaccination of the priority groups with the final group of the over 80s being invited for vaccination in the next two weeks.
Patients are being invited in line with the government's cohorts. To help with the administrative burden to manage the large number of patients in the PCN they have started using a new SMS messaging service to invite patients to their CoVid 19 vaccination appointment which will be sent to mobile phones.
You will receive your text message, asking you to follow a link that will take you directly to the bookings page where you can make an appointment. The message will look similar to this:
Dear Mx. ???????,
You have been invited to book your COVID-19 vaccinations.
DO NOT PHONE THE SURGERY TO BOOK!
Please click the link to book your vaccination times:
Red And Green Practice
When you click on the link you will be asked for your birth date and will then be offered a choice of dates and times. Once you make your choice you will receive confirmation of the arrangement
Please don't call your surgery as they are inundated with calls at the moment. If you can't make the booking via the link don't worry, you will receive a call in a few days to make it for you. This new system means it is possible to redeploy more staff into giving more vaccine.
Those who are expecting their second vaccination will receive notification of when this will be. People who are carers for friends or relatives may submit a form signed by them and the person for whom they are caring. Click here to go the forms on the Practice website. No-one should turn up to the vaccination centre without having first received an invitation and made an appointment.
Thank you for your cooperation in helping to manage this process.
COVID-19 vaccination scam alert
This warning was originally circulated on 21st December 2020
We are aware that some people are receiving fraudulent calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination. People are warned to be alert to these scams.
The vaccine is only available from the NHS and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. At present, appointments are only being offered to members of the public over 80 years old.
The NHS will:
NEVER ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text asking you to confirm you want the vaccine.
NEVER ask for payment for the vaccine or for your bank details.
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. Find out more about the COVID-19 vaccination programme here https://westhampshireccg.nhs.uk/nhs-coronavirus-vaccine-roll-out/
Note the additional advice below circulated by Hampshire Constabulary.
Hythe Hospital - update on the redevelopment
To learn about the current progress of the redevelopment of Hythe Memorial Hospital click on the image on the right to read the Winter 2020 newsletter.
Covid-19 update from the West Hants Clinical Commissioning group (WHCCG)
Friday 8th January. We have been asked to bring the latest update on the Covid-19 vaccination info to the attention of patients. Click on the update image to read the current situation.
Covid-19 vaccination strategy
Who gets the vaccine and when?
The timing of when the vaccine becomes available for each group will be different for different areas. Please don't ring the Practice to find out when you will receive the vaccine you will be contacted about this.
To find out more about what being in total lockdown means and also about protecting people more at risk from coronavirus, click on the banner.
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.
There is a new NHS App to alert you to when someone with whom you have been in contact is showing signs of the the symptons of the Corona virus. Click on the image above to find out more and watch the video explaining how it works..
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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
Click on the heading on the left to go the updated information about travel for UK citizens.
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:
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
Health Information supporting self Care during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Click on the logo above to go to the 'Patient' website .....
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.
However if your symptons persist always make an appointment to see your doctor.
(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)
Walking is a great way to improve your health & fitness
Waterside 'Walking for Health' is back
There is a new programme of walks now published for January. The latest list of walks is always available online and may be found by clicking the Walking for Health logo on the right.
It is possible to walk together, as we are an "organised ‘outdoor physical activity events’, and Walking for Health group walks are exempt from the restrictions on social gatherings.
Now the New Forest is in total lockdown the group walks are postponed. However you are allowed to drive short distances to walk with your family or 1 other friend. Click on the logo for information and routes about walks you might try on your own.
There will be a limit of 30 people on each walk and you are asked asked to pre-register for the walk, which will include you filling out a simple form with your name and telephone number. this is needed because in the event that one of us catches the Covid-19 virus, we have to be able to supply this information to NHS Test and Trace staff. The data is kept safe for 21 days then destroyed. An email with a link to the form will be sent several days before each walk. If you do not preregister you may have to be turned away, according to the Governments rules.
To receive the registration form contact Mike Roberts by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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.
Please don't use eConsult to contact the surgery to ask about making an appointment for a Covid-19 vaccination. When one becomes available for you you will receive an invitation to attend the vaccination centre.
Please use eConsult to contact the surgery about a health problem, apart from feeling unwell with Coronavirus symptons. In this instance ring the NHS 111 help line.
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:
Facebook You may access the Practice facebook page by clicking on the Facebook icon in the footer of this page. This provides the opportunity to find out the most recent information provided by the practice.