Local health chiefs from the three south Staffordshire CCGs are encouraging all residents who are eligible to get their free flu jab without delay. It is free for those who are at increased risk from the effects of flu: people aged 65 and over, children aged 2-3, pregnant women, carers and those with long term health conditions. It’s free because you need it.
When you visit your GP with a health concern they may refer you to a hospital or community service to see a specialist. For example, if you are experiencing a skin or stomach issue your GP may refer you to a hospital or community service who will then decide what your next appropriate step will be.
This is done electronically between your GP surgery and the hospital or community service, known as a virtual appointment or virtual clinic. This currently includes any service for dermatology (via HealthHarmonie) or gastroenterology services (Cannock Chase Hospital and New Cross Hospital – run by Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust).
When the next appropriate step is decided you will be contacted by the hospital or community service. This often includes an appointment with a specialist or to have further tests.
World Sight Day on October 12 highlights the need for people to look after their vision in order to prevent avoidable sight loss.
And to mark the day GPs in Staffordshire are reminding people of a free NHS service that is available if they are worried about their eyes.
The Minor Eye Conditions Service is available through specially trained and accredited local optician practices to anyone who is registered with a local GP. But you don’t need to contact your GP to get an appointment – just go straight to the most convenient practice.
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