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Blakeney News, Autumn 2013
So we’ve had a somewhat steamy Summer, full of glorious warm weather and slightly less glorious occasional bouts of dehydration. At the surgery we’ve enjoyed the sun, if not sometimes resenting being inside for it, and now as the holidays come to a close (those with children breathe a sigh of relief!) we look towards Autumn wondering if the warmth will stay for an Indian Summer.
As always we’ve had lots going on at the surgery, training and finessing our team, improving and developing our services and working hard at giving the best health care possible to our great patients.
IN BREAKING SURGERY NEWS Mike Coates, D.Pod.M, PGCert(Biomechanics) chiropodist and podiatrist, has joined the Blakeney team!
Available on Thursday afternoons and bookable through the surgery, Mike is here to soothe every foot woe and more. He cares for all lower limb problems, from callused skin, corns and nail cutting, to the treatment of sports injuries requiring the use of insoles to improve foot posture and function.
Mike qualified in London in 1990 and first worked in Charing Cross Hospital, specialising in Diabetes footcare and biomechanics, before moving to Gloucestershire where he has now been practicing for 17 years.
It is fantastic news for the surgery to have Mike joining us, allowing us to offer yet more services to our patients assisting in achieving those healthy bodies and mobile lifestyles we aim for.
An initial 30 minute treatment with Mike costs just £25 with follow up 15 minute treatments at £17. To book in to see Mike, or for more information, call the surgery on 01594 510225.
We also have two new practitioners coming to join us at the surgery very soon:
Liz Kendall who is an osteopath and Laura Salter who is a clinical hypnotherapist – so watch this space and we’ll keep you posted!
New and exciting podiatry services aside , It doesn’t feel like only three months ago we were announcing Dr Raymond joining as a partner but we’re chuffed that she has settled in so well and is thoroughly enjoying being full-time at Blakeney and taking over the children’s clinic.
In our front of house team the brilliant Teresa , who you will all be familiar with from the Blakeney hatch, has taken her responsibilities as Lead Dispenser on with gusto improving the smooth running of the dispensary, that so many of our patients rely on, in leaps and bounds.
Friends of the surgery
The Blakeney Clinical Support Group have been so fantastic in supporting the surgery this year that we have to thank them for purchasing a replacement blood pressure monitor, ear irrigator, otoscope and so much more new equipment!
The Friends of the Surgery are currently looking for new members to join them so if you would like to be the first point of call when it comes to the Surgery’s changes, decision-making and fundraising please come and talk to us at reception – we’d love to have you on board.
We’d also like to thank all our kind patients who donate to support the surgery and the purchasing of vital medical equipment.
Test result changes
Please be aware if you are planning to have a friend or family member receive test results for you make sure you fill out the permission form in advance. Otherwise legally we cannot give your results out – even if we know you really well. Fill in the form from reception when you have your test or appointment to save confusion and frustration later on!
Travel Vaccs facts
If you’re going abroad on holiday you need to check if there are any vaccinations you are required to take. At the surgery we require 4-6 weeks’ notice of holiday vaccinations as some are specialist and need to be ordered in and most need to be administered 2 weeks before travel.
In order to enquire about getting your vaccinations at Blakeney Surgery your first step is book a phonecall appointment with a Practice Nurse, they will then advise you as to what action needs to be taken next.
If you’re not sure about whether you need a jab why not check out www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk for more helpful information.
Blakeney Same Day Access Clinic
As you may have noticed Blakeney surgery now operates a Triage service in order to provide our patients with better access to appointments every day for those with problems that cannot wait.
If you need an emergency appointment try to call as early as possible (before 11am). A receptionist will take your contact number and details of your condition booking you into the next slot available.
The appointments will then be viewed by the Triage Nurse who will decide if they are the appropriate Clinician to treat you - if not the appointment will be re-booked. However, our Triage Nurses are highly trained and in the majority cases will be able to assess, prescribe and treat the problem.
Please try to remember that these emergency slots should only be used by those whose condition is urgent and cannot wait until the next day. Appointments for children should take priority over school times.
TLC time with Carol
We love Carol Fisher and the soothing services she provides at the surgery on Monday, Thursday and now Friday afternoons.
Carol creates a place of space and relaxation and shares time with others. She offers a range of gentle touch massage therapies designed to help people therapeutically, emotionally and physically.
Through individually tailored treatments Carol seeks to help people by improving their ability to do their work well, their attitude to work, their sense of well-being and their quality of life.
To book with Carol or ask any questions about her services call her on 07769 720717 . An initial consultation with Carol is free, to see her therapy price list please pick up one from the surgery or visit online at www.healthcaretherapy.co.uk.
Carol’s services include
The Emmett Therapy is a unique body therapy technique created by Ross Emmett. It offers an alternative treatment to ease pain and discomfort and may benefit many other conditions. The treatment may be done fully clothed and incorporates a gentle physical release of muscle groups.
The Bowen technique of gentle manipulation of muscle and connective tissue stimulates a healing response from the body's autonomic nervous system. Pain relief is the main objective and when practised by an advanced Bowen therapist the results can be significant and lasting both for acute and chronic conditions.
The thousands of nerve endings in our feet give unique access to whole-body energy lines. Reflexology massage aims to remove blockages that occur in these energy lines and restore harmony to the whole body. The resultant release of endorphins can relieve pain, toxic impurities remove more easily and the immune system is boosted.
Universal Life Energy (Reiki) is all around us and lack of connectedness to it produces lack of ease (dis-ease) or imbalance in the mind, body and spirit. The light, hands on application of a Reiki practitioner helps you to renew your connection in a state of deep relaxation where renewal and healing can take place. Belief is not necessary.
Therapeutic massage using essential aromatic oils. A stress-busting deep relaxation treatment for body and soul
Classic Massage (also known as Swedish Massage)
Eases muscular strain, flushes out toxins, increases flow of blood oxygen, helps keep ligaments and tendons supple.
Indian Head Massage
Working mainly on head, scalp, face & neck, this is a great stress-reducing massage, increases energy, and stimulates the circulatory and lymphatic systems.
Watch out for …dehydration!
Water makes up over two-thirds of the healthy human body. It lubricates the joints and eyes, aids digestion, flushes out waste and toxins and keeps skin healthy. Yet even the slightest imbalance of it can lead to dehydration – so it’s important to head off the heat and drink, drink, drink!
Although those who are most at risk are babies and infants, older people and those with long-term conditions - such as diabetes and alcoholism , dehydration can catch anyone off-guard so be on the lookout.
Early warning signs of dehydration can be feeling thirsty and lightheaded, having dark coloured, strong-smelling urine and passing urine less often than usual.
If you do become dehydrated, drink plenty of fluids. This can be water, semi-skimmed milk and diluted squash or fruit juice, but it's best to avoid fizzy drinks or caffeine if possible.
If you're finding it hard to keep water down because you're vomiting or have diarrhoea, try drinking small amounts more frequently and make sure it’s not only water as it's likely to further dilute the minerals in the body and make the problem worse – so try squash or diluted juice.
If you suspect that your toddler or baby is suffering from dehydration speak to a Clinician.
Find drinking water boring? – Here are three simple, fresh and fruity hydration recipes to get you glugging!
The classic: lemon&cucumber:
Mix 1 cucumber & lemon (thinly sliced), ¼ cup fresh finely chopped basil leaf & 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves in a pitcher with ten cups of water. Leave in the fridge overnight before serving ice cold.
Either enjoy as a breakfast refresher or as a healthy mid-week G&T replacement!
The granite: strawberry&lime
Mix 15 strawberries (or raspberries), 1 thinly sliced lime & a small handful of finely chopped fresh mint leaves with ten cups of water. Leave in the fridge overnight before serving with ice.
Strawberry and lime are the perfect bitter-sweet combination – make the most of this summer’s strawberries whilst they’re still here!
The digestive: fennel&citrus
First infuse 3 grams of dried and crushed fennel seeds in 150 ml of boiling water for 5-10 minutes then allow to cool. Then mix the infusion of fennel seeds, the juice and rind of 1 lemon, 1 small orange (thinly sliced) & 12 fresh chopped mint leaves with 10 cups of water. Leave in the fridge overnight before serving.
Fennel has a strong taste – those who like liquorish will love it. Enjoy this drink as both a digestive aid and snack-time appetite suppressant.
If you like these recipes why not try watermelon&rosemary , pineapple&mint or even apple&cinnamon?
Walking can improve your health , your happiness and, if you join the Blakeney Walking for Health group, will give you the chance to explore the outdoors, get to know your local area and meet new people .
If you want to get into gentle exercise but feel intimidated by ideas of the gym then this is the perfect opportunity for you to get out and about in the fresh air and improve injuries, blood pressure and mental wellbeing.
Our Walking for Health group meets at the surgery at 2pm on Thursdays and offers good company and a stroll around Blakeney community green – or even the 400 meter forest path, followed by refreshments at the Otter Holt Café.
Coming along and learn how to boost your fitness, we’ll be with you every step of the way.
Have you seen our new website yet? It contains tonnes of easy-access information about your health and the surgery. You can find out about our team, appointments and even submit your repeat prescriptions! Have an explore at www.Blakeneysurgery.nhs.uk .
That’s all for now! Have a healthy, hydrated Autumn - we’ll keep you updated.
-The team at Blakeney Surgery