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DATE FOR YOUR DIARY - SATURDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER - FLU CLINIC

We are now taking bookings for our flu clinic which is being held on Saturday 23rd September.

We are also holding a shingles/flu clinic for those of you who are eligible for both vaccines on 23rd September.

Please contact reception on 01271 329004 to check whether you are eligible and to make an appointment.

NATIONAL PATIENT SURVEY - RESULTS

Thank you to our patients who completed the national patient survey for Brannam Medical Centre. We have now received the results and would like to share these with you. Please click here to view the results.

MJOG

We use a messaging system called MJOG which allows us to contact our patients by text and voice message. We have been using this to invite our patients in for their seasonal flu vaccinations, chronic disease recalls and also for appointment reminders.

We would like to make our patients aware that if you receive a voice message starting 'This is a message from Brannam Medical Centre' it is a genuine message from us and please listen to the message all the way through and you will be able to respond.

If you do not wish to receive messages in this way, please contact the reception team.

National Diabetes Audit (NDA): Helping to improve diabetes care

Brannam Medical Centre is taking part in an important national project about diabetes care and treatment in the NHS. Please click here for more information.

BLOOD PRESSURE APPOINTMENTS

Please remember to arrive at least 5 minutes before your appointment to give your heart rate a chance to steady. Please wear loose clothing and refrain from Caffeine and Nicotine for at least 30 minutes prior to your Blood Pressure appointment.

Carers

Did you know?

- In Devon there are around 130,000 carers providing unpaid care for relatives and friends, which is a 50% increase since COVID-19.

 

A carer is someone who provides unpaid support to family, friends or neighbours who could not manage without their help on a regular basis. Anyone can become a carer at any time- It may happen gradually as a person’s health deteriorates or instantly, as a result of an accident or unexpected health condition. Quite often a person does not recognise themselves as a carer, even though they have a caring responsibility. No matter who a person is caring for and whether they have the same condition as somebody else, their situation is unique to them.

Carers often put the health of the person they care for before their own.  To be able to care for others, you must care for yourself!  You do not need to be claiming or receiving Carer’s Allowance to be considered a “carer”.

Devon Carers is an organisation who support unpaid carers to maintain their own health, wellbeing and independence to care safely, confidently and effectively. The support is free and available to all unpaid carers, irrespective of any input by Health and Social Care agencies. The service is provided by Devon based charity Westbank and has been commissioned jointly by Devon County Council and NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group. They provide a range of services to over 20,000 carers across Devon, excluding Plymouth and Torbay. These include:-

• Website – an excellent information resource – visit www.devoncarers.org.uk
Carers Passport – all the information you need about you and your role in one place. It includes a Devon Carers ID card, which you can use to access a range of benefits and discounts through the Carer Friendly Devon scheme
Quarterly magazine – with the latest news, carer stories and training courses
• Helpline and webchat – available Mon-Fri 8am-6pm Sat 9am-1pm. 03456 434 435
Emergency Plan – a record containing important and useful information to help others if a carer is unexpectedly unable to carry out their caring role
Alert Card – to alert others if they become unexpectedly ill or taken to hospital that they are unable to care for their loved ones and to summon help for them
Training – opportunities to learn skills to assist with their caring role
Peer Support – connecting carers to mutually support each other
Hospital services – additional support following an admission to hospital
Carer assessments – a personalised assessment of how caring affects your health and wellbeing and how we can support you with one-to-one assistance if required.

  

Devon Carers treat each carer as an individual, taking time to find out what’s important to them, and work out together how they can support them in their caring role. The
challenges carers face in different parts of the county can vary greatly, so having local teams enables them to provide specific advice and support. The teams also liaise closely with health and social care services and have strong links with voluntary and community organisations.


If you think you are an unpaid carer, or know someone who is, please get in touch with Devon Carers - to find out more visit www.devoncarers.org.uk or call 03456 434 435

  


Click the link to view the Devon Carers Magazine

 


Useful Links

Devon Young Carers - www.devonyoungcarers.org.uk

NHS Home - www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/support-and-benefits-for-carers

NHS Website

There is a wealth of information on NHS website about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.

  • Telling people

    Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you're a carer is important so they understand and can support you.

  • Taking a break

    Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it's essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.

  • Housing and carers

    Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?

Carers support groups Finance and Law

Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.



 
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