Introducing the PPG information emails
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.  Please be aware that each email is time sensitive and some of the issues covered will have changed as time has moved on.
The Changing face of the Virus in Hampshire
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COVID-19 vaccination programme

The NHS in Hampshire and Isle of Wight is continuing to vaccinate patients against COVID-19 during the largest immunisation programme in history.

To view a central resource for updates on the roll-out of the vaccination programme in our communities, including answers to frequently asked questions click on the image on the left.

The response to the most recent local vaccination clinics has been disappointing. The more people in the community who have received their vaccinations means there will be less ongoing infection. Remember you will not only be protecting yourself if you get your vaccination, but also your friends and relatives.
Hythe Hospital - update on the redevelopment
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Work is progressing on the Hospital redevelopment.  
To read about the ongoing redevelopment of the Hythe Memorial Hospital click on the image on the right.
To view a time-lapse video of the demolition of the hospital prior to the start of the rebuilding in April click on the image on the left.
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Support and advice to help you stay well this summer

Click on the image to see the advice from the NHS on how to stay safe this summer
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Key behaviours to  prevent spread of infection
While many restrictions have been lifted, COVID-19 has not gone away so it's important we remain cautious. By practising key behaviours we can continue to protect ourselves and others and help stop the virus spreading.
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Please be a 'patient patient'
You will be contacted by the Practice to be offered an appointment for either a first or second Covid-19 vaccination. Please don't add to the overload being experienced by Practice staff by phoning to ask when that will be.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
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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.

Meeting up safely with family and friends
We are rapidly moving towards a time when we will have greater freedoms as lockdown is eased, which will bring greater responsibility to maintain the safety of both ourselves and others. Leisure time, work, health and holidays will all bring their challenges to which we will have to adapt. While many restrictions have been lifted, COVID-19 has not gone away so it's important we remain cautious. By practising key behaviours we can continue to protect ourselves and others and help stop the virus spreading. Consider limiting close contact with people you do not live with and open windows to let fresh air in.
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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 

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.

How the Practice is protecting patients visiting the surgery
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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


Click on this link below to go to the Practice website at:

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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:
  • 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 ...
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 operating back to it's usual programme
The latest programme of walks has now been published and is always available online. It may be found by clicking the Walking for Health logo on the right. 
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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 someone 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:  

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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Please don't use eConsult to contact the surgery to ask about making an appointment for a Covid-19 vaccination. When one becomes available, 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. n.b. eConsult is not currently available to use at the weekend.

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 the image below:
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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.