Newsletter – July 2015

from Sharon Unwin – Manager

Up Towillingham_surgery Date Mobile Numbers

Please update the surgery with your latest mobile numbers.

On Line Services

Please call into the surgery to register for on line appointment booking and prescription ordering. Please bring along some form of ID. Once you are registered you will be able to view, book and cancel appointments on line with either the doctor or nurse and can also order your repeat prescriptions.

Named GP

You now have an accountable GP, this is the same as your registered GP. This does not stop you from seeing a GP of your choice.


The next Hearing Aid Clinics will be at Willingham Surgery on Wed 15th July and Wed 19th August from 2 – 4pm. No appointment necessary. Just pop along for your free NHS hearing aid batteries and for help and advice regarding hearing loss.

Shingles Vaccinations

Have you received a letter from the surgery inviting you to come along for a vaccination to prevent shingles? The immune system weakens with age and so the chance of developing shingles increases as we get older. It is most common and tends
to be more severe in people aged over 70 years. It can be a very painful and distressing condition so don’t forget to book your appointment with the nurse to get your protection.

Summer sun

We are all hoping for good weather this year but if you are out and about in the summer sun do remember to use adequate sunscreen to prevent skin cancer. Ask our pharmacy staff for advice on the best products to use. Take particular care with children and make sure they wear a sun hat and drink plenty when out in the hot sun.

Heatwave Advice from Public Health

Heatwaves can be dangerous, especially for the very young or very old or those with chronic disease. Advice on how to reduce the risk either for yourself or somebody you know can be obtained from NHS 111 or from your local chemist or visit the NHS Choices website The main points are:

  • Stay out of the sun.
  • Keep your home as cool as possible – shading windows and shutting them during the day may help. Open them when it is cooler at night.
  • Keep drinking fluids. If there’s anybody you know, for example an older person living on their own, who might be at special risk, make sure they know what to do.


We would like to extend our grateful thanks to the families and friends of Terence O’Brien and William Melville for their generous donations to our Surgery Equipment Fund in memory of their loved ones who passed away recently.

Good Bye and Good Luck To Cynthia Bidwell who retired from the surgery after 44 years of service on the 29th of May. We shall all miss her but are sure she will be kept busy with her grandparent duties.

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