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Covid Boosters

We await further information regarding cohorts and eligibility . Following the success of Hertsmere practice staff combining to offer all our eligible patients a vaccination this next vaccine will be given at Allum Hall- Borehamwood. We await further information regarding which cohorts will be eligible first and as soon as this is known we will contact our patients as they become eligible to make an appointment.

There is no need to contact the surgery regarding this.

Support for Young Parents

Lifelong Links aims to find people who can support you and your children. These may include family members, friends, former foster carers or teachers.

A Lifelong Links Coordinator will:

✓ Learn about the people important to you
✓ See if they can find these people
✓ Arrange a meeting for these people to come together to work out how they can support you

How can they support you:
✓ Cooking
✓ Messages and calls
✓ Advice
✓ Childcare
✓ Shopping
✓ Housework

Support Groups:
✓ Meeting other young parents
✓ Support each other
✓ Access information about support services e.g. benefit advice or childcare

If you would like to find out more, contact your Personal Adviser or Social Worker or call the Family Group Conference Service on 01992 588345.

Restricted Access To The Building Continuing

As a surgery, we have a responsibility to look after the vulnerable and sick patients that need to visit us. We also need to protect our staff for their own safety and to maintain services to our patients.

The practice along with our Potters Bar colleagues will continue to operate with restricted access to the building, social distancing measures will remain in place, and you will need to wear a face mask when visiting us ( unless exempt).

The practice remains open for tel calls from 08:00 – 18:30 Mon-Friday . The building for prearranged access is open until 18:00

We continue to operate a telephone triage system. Any face to face appointments will be given by a clinician.

Receptionists are working to protocols set out by the partners in order to keep the practices operating as efficiently as possible and we ask that you respect that when you call to access care.

We will continue to review the situation and will adapt when appropriate and safe for our vulnerable patients to do so.

In the meantime, more information can be found regarding restrictions for GP Practices on www.hertsvalleysccg.nhs.uk/news/articles/patients-still-required-wear-face-coverings-gp-practices-and-other-healthcare-settings-after-covid-19-restrictions-ease

Thank you for your continued understanding

Highview Partners

From 19th July

Dear Patients

Mask wearing will become optional from 19th July 2021 as per government guidelines announced recently.

We must stress however that the same guidance suggests caution and recommends ongoing wearing of masks in closed spaces, small areas and where vulnerable people will be present.

As you will often be in close proximity to our clinicians, surgery’s staff and other patients when you come to us, we will continue to ask patients to wear masks on our premises until further notice. This is to minimise disruption to our service and ensure those most vulnerable are still protected when accessing care.

Many thanks
Highview

NHS National Data Opt Out

The national data opt-out was introduced on 25 May 2018, enabling patients to opt out from the use of their data for research or planning purposes, in line with the recommendations of the National Data Guardian in her

Patients can view or change their national data opt-out choice at any time by using the online service at www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters, on the NHS app or by phoning NHS digital on 0300 303 5678.

Access to GP Practices from 17th May 2021

You may have seen on the news that from Monday 17th May, doors at GP practices are ‘re-opening’.

As you will know, our GP practice has been open throughout the pandemic, offering patients telephone and online appointments, with face to face consultations available for those who need them. This was in-line with national requirements to keep patients safe, whilst COVID infection rates were high and before vaccinations was widespread.

GP practices are now being encouraged to offer patients a choice of whether they would like a remote or face to face consultation. However, before we have more people coming into the surgery to see us in person, we need a bit of time to put in place measures to keep everyone safe. As we wait for further national guidance on doing that, we ask that patients continue to contact us by phone or online as you have been doing. We are facing unprecedented demands for our services and will need to continue to adjust how we use our clinicians’ time to best support our patients- particularly those who need us the most.

We will keep you updated as soon as we are clear about how we can re-open our reception areas safety.

Thank you for your support.

No Smoking Day 2021 – 10th March 2021

No Smoking Day 2021, the theme agreed for this year is: Quitting smoking doesn’t have to be stressful.

This is a positive message that acknowledges smokers’ preconceptions while challenging them and providing hope. The messages will drive smokers towards using aids in their quit attempt and inform smokers that those who have been quit for more than six weeks have seen improvements in their mental health.

Key messages

  • Quitting smoking doesn’t have to feel painful – stop smoking aids can really help
  • Quitting isn’t always easy but getting the right stop smoking aids and support can stop you feeling like you need a cigarette all the time
  • Today is the Day to put smoking behind you. Smokers who quit for 6 weeks or more are happier and experience less anxiety and depression than those who carry on smoking.
  • Research shows that people who have quit smoking for a year are happier than those who continue to smoke.

Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for your health and mental wellbeing.  For support to quit this No Smoking Day contact 0800 389 3998.

The No Smoking Day 2021 Communications Toolkit is now available to support your local activity. The Toolkit includes:

  • Campaign aims and key messages
  • Links to assets to support local amplification work
  • Templates for social media, emails, websites and local PR

No Smoking Day 2021 Communications Toolkit

Quitting during COVID

The last year has been difficult for many of us. Stress and concern about our health is on the rise. For smokers this has pulled them in two directions. On the one hand, the chances of smokers successfully quitting are has high as they’ve ever been. On the other, smokers experiencing stress and mental distress are more likely to be smoking more. This No Smoking Day we want to take the opportunity to inform smokers that quitting can be less stressful than they fear and can ultimately improve their sense of wellbeing. We all of us have less control over our lives than we’d like at the moment, but smokers can take some positive control on No Smoking Day. We can support smokers to cease the moment and look forward to happier smokefree future.

Evidence behind the campaign

Getting support can reduce symptoms of withdrawal

Nicotine Replacement Therapy, Varenicline and Bupropion have all been shown to improve a smokers’ chance of successfully quitting by reducing the extent to which smokers experience withdrawal.

These medications do not completely eliminate the symptoms of withdrawal but behavioural support can help smokers to manage those withdrawal symptoms that remain. Most smokers see their withdrawal symptoms peak after the first week and pass within 4 weeks.

Stopping smoking boosts your mental health

In 2014 a meta-analysis found that stopping smoking is associated with improvements in mental health such as reduced depression and anxiety when compared to continuing to smoke: www.bmj.com  This analysis has been updated by Cochrane and is due to be published shortly. In summary the findings from over 160,000 people suggest that people who quit smoking are likely to have improved mental wellbeing, in particular:

  • Reduced depression
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Improved mood
  • Improved quality of life

The study also looked at people’s social contacts and found no evidence that quitting smoking damaged people’s social connections (something that some people who smoke worry about). The Cochrane update is due to published to coincide with No Smoking Day and ASH will be putting out a press release on the findings as will Cochrane.

How quickly do smokers see the mental health benefits of stopping?

The immediate impact of quitting for most smokers is a range of withdrawal symptoms that worsen people’s sense of mental wellbeing from increased irritability to heightened sense of depression. Research indicates that these symptoms rarely exceed 2 – 4 weeks. The improved mental wellbeing scores are from at least 6 weeks after quitting though people may well feel the benefits sooner.

Why does stopping smoking improve your mental health?

There could be a number of reasons why quitting improves your mental health but one is that it breaks the cycle of nicotine dependence. Every day smokers go through withdrawal symptoms which damage their mental wellbeing, these are alleviated by smoking but quickly return as the effect of the nicotine wears off. Stopping smoking breaks this cycle improving people’s sense of wellbeing. To understand more please watch the below video: