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Practice Closures for Training

The Practice is closed in the afternoon on the following Wednesdays for training. These training periods form an essential part of the Practices continued development and we apologise for any inconvenience that these closures may cause.

Dates:

12th February 2020 Closed 13:00 - 18:30

11th March 2020 Closed 13:00 - 18:30

8th April 2020 Closed 13:00 - 18:30

13th May 2020 Closed 12:30 - 18:30


Staying Warm and Well this Winter

The cold winter weather can cause older and vulnerable people to become ill and in extreme cases cause admission to hospital or worse.  It's also important that you do all you can to keep yourself healthy and well in winter too.

Heating your home can be really expensive but there are services available that can offer support.

Top tips for staying warm

  • Heat your home as best you can, but if you can't heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day and the bedroom at night 
  • Keep your bedroom window closed during the winter because breathing in cold air can increase your risk of chest infections
  • Layer your clothing whether you are indoors or outside. Wrap a scarf around your mouth to protect your lungs from the cold air when you go outside
  • Close your curtains and shut doors behind you to keep heat in the rooms you use most
  • Make sure you receive any winter allowances you're entitled to such as the Warm Home Discount, Cold Weather Payment or Winter Fuel Payment 
  • Make sure you are paying the lowest fuel tariff. Lots of people stay with their energy provider because it's easier, but it's worth shopping around for a better deal. Some local councils and housing providers can offer advice and practical support with changing your tariff and/or provider. Or why not ask a family member or friend for some help if you aren't confident using the internet

Don't forget your flu jab. If you're a carer it's likely you and the person you care for are both eligible for a free flu jab.

Get help early if you or the person you look after feel unwell. If you or the person you care for start to feel poorly, even if it's just a cold, take advice from your local pharmacist to try and prevent it getting any worse. You can talk to a Derbyshire Community Pharmacists in confidence and you don't need to make an appointment.

Check the opening times of your GP surgery and pharmacy - make sure you've got all the medications you and the person you look after need over weekends and also the Easter bank holidays. Also if you think you could possibly need help from emergency or crisis services and helplines, check their opening hours in advance. 

Keep moving. Getting out and about is difficult in the cold weather but try and stay as active as you can. Even if you can't get out, try and do what you can at home to keep moving. There are loads of videos you can follow on websites like YouTube and you'll get the benefit even if you just do ten minutes of gentle exercise each day. 

Warmer Derby and Derbyshire

If you think you’ll struggle to stay warm and afford your energy bills this winter you can call Warmer Derby & Derbyshire on 0800 6771332. .

This free energy helpline offers impartial advice on how to stay warm at home, afford energy bills and be more energy efficient. Householders across the county might be eligible for financial help with a new boiler, money off their energy bills, help with energy bill debt, or a home visit for more advice.

Healthy Homes Services 

If you or the person you look after have a health condition or illness that is made worse by the cold and you struggle to afford to heat your home, the Healthy Homes Service may be able to help on tel: 01629 536919. If they can't help, they'll try to direct you to someone who can.

More information

You’ll also find information and top tips on staying warm and well in winter on our website: https://www.carersinderbyshire.org.uk/healthy-and-warm-in-winter


Living with Long Term Conditions

FREE Courses for People Living with a Long-Term Condition

People with long-term conditions face many similar issues such as fatigue, pain, frustration, stress and depression. 

The Living with a Long-Term Condition Programme is a FREE 6 week course for anyone living with any long term health condition(s) and aims to help them take control of their long term health conditions so they can live well. 

Please call 07487 257 187 or email lwltc@citizensadvicemidmercia.org.uk 

FREE Courses for People Living with a Long-Term Condition


Time Swap Derbsyhire

Time Swap is an initiative that encourages local communities to help each other by sharing time and talents.

The idea is simple – as a Time Swap member you can earn 'time' by giving help and support to other members in your community. This could be things you enjoy or are good at.

You can then spend that time on getting help from other members. This could be help with something that you find difficult, or maybe someone in your community could teach you a new skill. If you prefer, you can donate your time gained to someone else.

Time swap is flexible, there's no regular commitment and you choose how often you want to swap.

The scheme is completely free to join and participate in - the only currency is time. All new members receive an hour of time when they join which is deposited in your account. Time Swap will not affect any benefits you claim.

Time Swap activities can give you the chance to share or learn new skills and meet new people in your community. This could also help with seeking employment in the future.

Time Swap is an initiative that encourages local communities to help each other by sharing time and talents

The Time Swap officer for Derbyshire Dales is Mel Dorna, email: mel.dorna@derbyshire.gov.uk


Mental Health Support Derbyshire

Qwell is a FREE online Mental Health and Wellbeing service commissioned by NHS Derby and Derbyshire CCG for parents and carers of young people under the age of 18 that requires no formal referral, instead only requiring the user to set up an account on the website. Available 365 days of the year via mobile, tablet and desktop devices from 12 noon to 10pm Monday-Friday and 6pm-10pm at weekends, the service provides access to accredited counselling support, peer support via online forums and relevant articles detailing a variety of topics. To sign up, please visit www.qwell.io/

Kooth is a FREE online Mental Health and Wellbeing service commissioned by Derby and Derbyshire CCG for children and young people in Derby and Derbyshire that requires no formal referral, instead only requiring the user to set up an account on the website. Available 365 days of the year via mobile, tablet and desktop devices from 12 noon to 10pm Monday-Friday and 6pm-10pm at weekends, the service provides access to accredited counselling support, peer support via online forums and relevant articles detailing a variety of topics. To sign up, please visit www.kooth.com/


Online Access To Medical Records

You can now have to access to your Summary Care Record and Detailed Coded Record. The Summary Care Record (SCR) is a summary of your GP medical records. The SCR displays your Repeat and Current Medications for the last 12 months and any Allergies and Adverse Reactions. It is possible to include additional information. Additional information can be included with the agreement of You and the Practice.

To access this, you need to contact the Practice, who will arrange for this function to be made available within your Systmonline account.

For more information on Derbyshire Health Social Care, Click the link below:

https://derbyshirehealthcarerecords.org.uk/


Care Quality Commission – Practice achieves “Outstanding” rating

https://www.cqc.org.uk/location/1-561931188

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