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Going away for Easter? Order Medication Online

Easter’s nearly here, which for some of us might mean a much-needed break. Perhaps you’re even planning to get away for a few days?

If you are off on your travels, make sure you have enough medication before you head off. Even if you’re not off on holiday, remember that your pharmacy may not be open over the Easter bank holidays, so be sure to plan ahead.

The quickest and easiest way to request your repeat prescription is by using GP online services. GP online services let you order the medication you need at the click of a button, day or night, on your phone, tablet or laptop.

So that’s one thing you can tick off your ‘things to pack’ before your holiday.

If you’re not already registered to use GP online services, all you need to do is take a form of photo ID along to the practice to sign-up. It’s that simple!

You can also use GP online services to book an appointment with a GP or practice nurse and view some of your medical records.

You already manage the rest of your life online, so why not take the hassle out of managing your health too?

Find out more about GP online services on the NHS Choices website, or simply ask at reception for more details.

GP Earnings

All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (e.g. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice. The average pay for GPs working in Blue Dykes Surgery in the last financial year was £49,295 before tax and national insurance. This is for 2 full time GP, 1 part time GP and 2 locums who worked in the practice for more than six moths.

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Blood Pressure

Have you been asked to have your blood pressure taken? Why not use our self help room.

Dates and times are flexible; ask at reception.

Your results will be sent through to your doctor or nurse.

Summary Care Record

We (the NHS in England) are introducing a new electronic record called the Summary Care Record (SCR), which will be used to support your emergency care.

This is being introduced to improve the safety and quality of patient care. It will give healthcare staff faster, easier access to essential information about you, to help provide you with safe treatment when you need care in an emergency or when your GP practice is closed.

We are telling you before a Summary Care Record will be made for you so that you have time to think about your choices. You will receive a letter informing you about the creation of the Summary Care Record. 

You can choose to have a Summary Care Record:
You do not need to do anything, this will happen automatically.

You can choose not to have a Summary Care Record:
You need to let your GP practice know by filling in and returning an opt-out form that you receive with your letter. 

For more information about Summary Care Records and your choices visit

 Please click here to view news from the Royal Hospital - dated 7th July 2016

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