Please note this important information about the current availability of access to the resources of the PPG ....
The PPG Steering Group has taken the decision to pause all PPG activities with the exception of two elements that will continue. We will continue to monitor the ‘Contact Us’ form on our website for patients to make contact, but will not be updating articles on the website, planning any health promotion events, or sending out our health and well-being emails. Many of the entries on the website will update automatically as they link to other sites which update their materials as necessary.
To read why the Steering Group has taken this decision click on the Pause button image
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.
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.
Did you think it was all over? Covid-19 is still with us and we need to maintain the small steps that continue to keep ourselves and others safe ...
We are advised that we must get the jab when the time comes, for Covid or flu to help protect both ourselves and others.
It is suggested other "little steps" will help reduce the spread of Covid - including:
meeting outdoors where possible
opening doors and windows when meeting inside
wearing a face covering in crowded areas - especially if coming into contact with people you don’t normally meet
it is also suggested we should make rapid flow tests a part of our weekly routine. A quarter of the positive cases being identified, come from lateral flow tests. These little steps make a big difference.
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.
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.
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 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.
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, 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:
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.