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WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT DR JESSICA BROWN IS TO BECOME A PARTNER AT THE PRACTICE WHEN SHE RETURNS FROM MATERNITY LEAVE IN FEBRUARY 2018. DR DEBBIE KNOTT WILL BE LOOKING AFTER DR BROWN’S PATIENTS UNTIL THAT DATE.
IN ORDER TO CREATE A PATIENT LIST FOR DR KNOTT/DR BROWN SOME PATIENTS OF DR WIGHT, DR PARTINGTON AND DR SHERWOOD ARE TO BE TRANSFERRED. THE SELECTION OF PATIENTS TO BE MOVED WILL BE SELECTED AT RANDOM.
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Following a review of our appointments system, we are introducing a new system which will hopefully allow us to appropriately triage patients and meet patient need.
From Monday the 2nd of October, a duty co-ordinator will be responsible for dealing with all urgent-for-the day telephone triage calls. We would ask for your co-operation in providing reception with a brief description of your problem.
It is our expectation that by having a duty co-ordinator that we will be able to offer more pre-bookable GP appointments.
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We are open normal week commencing 19th -23th.
Closed Monday 26th And Tuesday 27th December.
And closed Monday 2nd January reopen as normal on Tuesday 3rd January
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More on Vitamin D
It seems strange to be writing about Vitamin D in the height of summer but for many of our patients, low Vitamin D levels are a year round problem. As mentioned last month the best source of Vitamin D is exposure to sunlight but for some patients, it is difficult to get outdoors and others may have increased needs for various reasons. I have therefore reproduced some helpful information from the NHS Choices website.
Vitamin D has several important functions. For example, it helps to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. These nutrients are needed to keep bones and teeth healthy. A lack of vitamin D can lead to bone deformities such as rickets in children, and bone pain and tenderness as a result of a condition called osteomalacia in adults. Most people though have no symptoms and a low Vitamin D is found by chance or when dealing with other health problems. We get most of our vitamin D from sunlight on our skin. The vitamin is made by our body under the skin, in reaction to summer sunlight. However, if you are out in the sun, take care to cover up or protect your skin with sunscreen before you turn red or get burnt. Vitamin D is also found in a small number of foods. Good food sources include:
Oily fish – such as salmon, sardines and mackerel; eggs; fortified fat spreads; fortified breakfast cereals & some powdered milk. In the UK, cows’ milk is generally not a good source of vitamin D because it isn’t fortified, as it is in other countries. But how much vitamin D do you need?
Most people should be able to get all the vitamin D they need by eating a healthy balanced diet and by getting some summer sun. However some groups of the population are at risk of not getting enough vitamin D and include:
-all pregnant and breastfeeding women; babies and young children under the age of five; older people aged 65 years and over; people who are not exposed to much sun – such as people who cover up their skin when outdoors, or those who are housebound or confined indoors for long periods & people who have darker skin, such as those of African, African-Caribbean and South Asian origin. The Department of Health recommends that:
-all pregnant and breastfeeding women should take a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms (0.01mg) of vitamin D, to ensure the mother’s requirements for vitamin D are met and to build adequate foetal stores for early infancy
-all babies and young children aged six months to five years should take a daily supplement containing vitamin D in the form of vitamin drops, to help them meet the requirement set for this age group of 7-8.5 micrograms (0.007-0.0085mg) of vitamin D a day
-babies fed infant formula will not need vitamin drops until they are receiving less than 500ml (about a pint) of infant formula a day, as these products are fortified with vitamin D, however, breastfed infants may need to receive drops containing vitamin D from one month of age (particularly if their mother has not taken vitamin D supplements throughout pregnancy )
People should also take a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms (0.01mg) of vitamin D if they are aged 65 years or over or aren’t exposed to much sun – for example, those who cover up their skin for cultural reasons, who are housebound or confined indoors for long periods. You can buy single vitamin D supplements or vitamin drops containing vitamin D (for use by under-fives) at most pharmacies and supermarkets. Women and children who qualify for the Healthy Start scheme can get free supplements containing the recommended amounts of vitamin D. Remember though that if you take vitamin D supplements, do not take more than 25 micrograms (0.025mg) a day, as it could be harmful. Fortunately, your body doesn’t make too much vitamin D from sun exposure, but always remember to cover up or protect your skin if you are out in the sun for long periods. Dr Phil Rayner, The Calverton Surgery.