Thank you!!

We would like to thank everybody for their patience and understanding during the upgrade to our IT system when we were only able to offer a limited service.

The system upgrade is a Welsh Assembly initiative to provide practices with modern IT systems to support the delivery of primary care services. The new computer system uses leading edge technology to deliver fast and reliable IT systems with enhanced security to protect the confidentiality of medical records.

The Practice would like to thank the team of IT professionals who upgraded the system for providing a first class professional service. The work was undertaken with expert precision with minimum disruption to the practice and the completed ahead of schedule.

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Service Disruption 19th to 21st May

The practice is undergoing a major upgrade to our computer system and we will have no access to computerised medical records between the 19th and 21st of May.

We apologise for inconvience caused – please understand that we will only be able to offer a limited service dealing with emergencies and we will not be able to print any prescriptions for repeat medication when the computer upgrade is taking place.

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Home Blood Pressure Monitoring

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Improving Health

Checking blood pressure is one of the commonest procedures undertaken by clinical staff accounting for in excess of 4000 appointments annually placing our appointment system under significant pressure.

Also, for many patients visiting the surgery is a stressful experience, not ideal circumstances to check blood pressure, resulting in high blood pressure readings and more surgery visits. So what is the answer?

Home Blood Pressure Monitoring

There are now a range of inexpensive home blood pressure monitoring devices available that are suitable for home use.

Checking your own blood pressure while relaxed in the comfort of your own home makes sense.

More frequent blood pressure measurement can be taken without the stress associated with a surgery visit, enabling closer monitoring of treatment and better control.

If more of our patients adopted home blood pressure measurement to monitor their treatment, it would also reduce pressure on our appointment system.

So, whether you have difficulty getting time off work or  you are retired with better things to do with your time, home blood pressure monitoring gives you the opportunity to take control of your own health, improve the control of your blood pressure and help free up appointment time at the surgery.

If you would like to know more about home blood pressure measurement, please refer to the information on our website by clicking on the image above or ask one our practice nurses.

 

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New Partners

Riverside surgery is pleased to welcome two new partners to the surgery. Dr Samuel and Dr Kannan joined the practice in July 2014 affording our patients the opportunity to consult with a female doctor.

Dr Samuel has an interest in diabetes and child health and will be actively involved in delivering high quality care to our patients.

Dr Kannan will be offering a full compliment of contraceptive services to our patients.

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Retirement

We would like to inform all our patients that Dr J C Barnes has retired from General Practice. We would like to wish him all the best for the future,  he will be greatly missed by us all.

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New Partner

Riverside Surgery is pleased to announce the appointment of our new partner, Dr Alun Hemington-Gorse who joined the practice on the 1st April 2013.  Dr Hemington-Gorse has an interest in Primary Care diabetes and will be involved in running the practice diabetic clinic.

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Flu Vaccination

The Practice has started vaccinating at risk patients against influenza. Even if you feel healthy experts recommend flu vaccination if you have:-

Contact the practice reception to
book your appointment for
flu vaccination.

  • A heart problem.
  • A chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including asthma that requires regular steroid inhalers or tablets.
  • Kidney disease.
  • Lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid treatment or cancer treatment).
  • Liver disease.
  • Stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA).
  • Diabetes.
  • A neurological condition such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy or post polio-syndrome.
  • A problem with your spleen or if you have had your spleen removed.

Even if you are fit and healthy, you have seasonal flu vaccination if you are:

  • Pregnant.
  • Aged 65 years or over.
  • Living in a residential or nursing home.
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GP out of hours telephone number

ABMU
GP Out of Hours
Tel: 0330 123 9180

 

ABMU launched a new Primary Care Out of Hours Service for patients in the Neath Port Talbot area today. If you require medical advice or need to see a doctor when the surgery is closed contact the new service.

The service is manned by trained members of staff who will determine the most appropriate way to deal with enquiries.

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Measles outbreak prompts plea to vaccinate children

Parents in England and Wales are being urged to have their children vaccinated after a tenfold rise in measles cases in the first four months of the year.

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Sleeping Tablets

Background

Difficulty sleeping or insomnia is a common problem and although most people experience short periods of insomnia at some time in their lives, for the some the problem is long term and significantly affects the quality of their lives. Patients suffering with insomnia frequently consult their doctor to request a prescription for medication to help them sleep and whilst useful in some circumstances 'sleeping tablets' are best avoided in most circumstances.

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