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Medicines you can buy without a prescription

Following a public consultation across Hertfordshire, we will no longer routinely write prescriptions for medicines you can buy yourself.

Further information can be obtained via this link:

Over the counter meds

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week - 22nd January to 28th January

Key messages:

  • The cervix is the opening of the womb at the top of the vagina
  • Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in woman under 35 in the UK, but can affect women of any age.
  • In the UK women between the ages of 25 and 64 are invited to cervical screening (smear tests) to prevent it from developing.
  • Practice safe sex.  Using condoms won’t protect you completely, but will reduce your chances of getting or passing on the virus that causes cervical cancer (HPV)
  • Smoking also increases the risk of cervical cancer and can make it harder to treat abnormal cells.

What should I look out for:

  • See your doctor if you notice any bleeding between periods, during/ after sex, or after the menopause (even if you have been for a smear test).
  • Get to know your body and keep an eye out for these or other changes that are unusual and don’t go away (e.g. pain or change in vaginal discharge).

Cervical screening statistics:

  • Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers - 75% could be prevented by cervical screening (smear tests).
  • In this area 75% of women take part in cervical screening.  This has decreased by 5% since 2010.
  • Across the UK the number of women taking part in cervical screening has been decreasing and is at a 19 year low.

Test Results via SMS Text Message

The surgery is trialing a system whereby patient's are notified of test results via text message. In order to do so, we need your consent to say you are happy for this to take place. We also need to ensure that your contact details on the system are up to date.

When you visit or call the surgery next, you may be asked to express whether you would be happy to receive your results in this manner and to confirm your mobile number. Please note that in the interests of confidentiality specific medical details will not be mentioned in the message, but it will let you know if any further action is required.

Extended opening hours for GP practices in Welwyn Hatfield: consultation closed

East and North Herts Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS England have sought views about extending the opening hours of most GP practices in the Welwyn and Hatfield area.

Currently most GP practices in Welwyn and Hatfield are open between 8am and 6.30pm Monday to Friday.  These are referred to as “core contracted hours”. Most practices are also open for longer hours on one or two weekdays and some Saturday mornings. These are referred to as “extended hours appointments”.

We aim to provide a service to start in April 2018 whereby these “extended hours appointments” are offered every weekday evening and at weekends depending on local demand for ALL patients regardless of which surgery they are registered at.

This “extended hours service” could mean visiting a nearby practice other than your registered practice and seeing a clinician from another practice rather than one from your own surgery.

In the Welwyn and Hatfield area, the Urgent Care Centre at the New QEII hospital will continue to provide urgent medical care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Any new arrangements would come into effect from April 2018.

New 'My Care Record' project set to improve patient care in Hertfordshire

People in Hertfordshire will soon benefit from better care, thanks to a new programme which will give health and care professionals the ability to view their patients' up-to-date medical records.

Health and care professionals need accurate information in order to make the best decisions with their patients about their treatment.  The My Care Record programme will enable patients' records to be viewed quickly and accurately, over a secure healthcare information network.  Before any records are viewed, patients will be asked for their permission by the health or social care professional caring for them.

Dr Nicky Williams, a Hertfordshire GP and deputy clinical chair of East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group said:

"We know that patients want us to make informed decisions about their treatment, based on the most accurate information about their health.  By securely accessing up-to-date information about our patients during consultations, medical professionals can make well-informed decisions and avoid the need for unnecessary, expensive and invasive tests and paperwork."

My Care Record does not create a new record for patients, but instead allows a patient's existing records to be viewed through a secure healthcare information network, as long as they have given their permission for this to take place.  An example could include allowing a hospital doctor to see a person's previous medical treatment or conditions in order to treat them appropriately.

Third parties, private companies and health and care staff who are not directly involved in a patient's care will not be able to access their records.  Existing arrangements for sharing information - by phone, fax, email or post - will be maintained to ensure that patients have a choice about how their information is viewed and to provide for those who choose to 'opt out' of the programme.

A dedicated website has been created for people who want to find out more about My Care Record and how it will work.

Go to to read more and view detailed questions and answers about the programme, which will begin to be implemented at the end of January.

Named Accountable GP

As part of a Government initiative, practices have been instructed to inform patients of who their named accountable GP is. This GP is responsible for co-ordinating your care, but it will not affect the care you receive at the surgery and you can still opt to see any clinician of your choice.

We will be informing patients in a manner of different ways, such as text messages, letters and messages on your prescription. Please keep an eye out for this information. Alternatively, you can ask at reception.

Shingles Vaccinations

If you are or will be 70, 71, 72, 73, 78 or 79 on the 1st September 2016, you will be eligible for the shingles vaccination.

It is a one off vaccine, so if you had already had one, you will not need another.

For further information or to book to have your vaccine, please call the surgery to book a routine nurses appointment.

Meningitis ACWY for University Freshers

The Meningitis ACWY vaccine is now available for adolescents who are finishing school & going off to University.

For further information or to book to have your vaccine, please call the surgery to book a routine nurses appointment.

Meningitis B

Meningitis B vaccines will be available as part of the National Immunisation Program from 1st September.

Babies & toddlers attending for their 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 1 year immunisations, will be eligible to receive the vaccine.

For further information or to book to have your vaccine, please call the surgery to book a routine nurses appointment

For information regarding paracetamol use after the vaccine, please look at the following website

Check your blood pressure in the 'POD'

Patients can now do some simple health checks themselves by visiting 'THE POD'. This is located inside the entrance on the right. You can check your blood pressure etc. Ask at reception if you need help.

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