Monthly Archives: July 2021

Diabetic Patients

As you know, as part of your diabetes annual review, urine testing is really important to look for early signs of kidney damage. We do this through a test called the albumin:creatinine ratio (ACR) test, which looks for small amounts of protein in the urine.

We know people struggle to do the test, and many would prefer to avoid the clinic and test at home wherever possible. That’s why we are offering a new, NHS funded service to allow people to do this test at home with a kit and a smartphone.

If you meet the criteria for the new service, you will receive a text message (or a letter!) about this testing process, which is run by Healthy.io. If you want to find out more, please click here: www,bit.ly/uACRtest.

This text is not a scam; you do not need to pay for the service, and if you would rather opt out of the process you can say at any time. If you want to speak to their customer support team, you can call them on 020 7183 7939.

Looking forward to hearing your feedback!

Practice Nurse Vacancy

This is a part-time vacancy, offering approximately 25 hours per week

An exciting opportunity has arisen within our friendly and forward thinking General Practice Surgery to join our nursing team. We are a 10 Partner, 5 site GMS practice located in Buckinghamshire with a growing patient list size of over 21,000 patients.

We are looking for an exceptional nurse who wants to join an innovative and forward-thinking team, is committed to maintaining a high standard of patient care and is continually open to professional and personal development.

You will be responsible for all areas of practice nursing as well as more specialist skills including long term condition management and health promotion.

This post is open ideally to an established Practice Nurse with experience in Long Term Condition management, however nurses who wish to embark on a new career in Practice Nursing will also be considered. Training and development will be provided for the right candidate should you not immediately match the criteria as detailed within the job description/person specification.

The main clinical responsibilities of the role are to:

  • Implement and evaluate individual treatment plans for patients with a known long-term condition.
  • Undertake annual review and provide support to patients in understanding their long-term condition and ability to self-manage using a care and support planning approach.
  • Identify and manage as appropriate, treatment plans for patients at risk of developing a long-term condition.
  • Implement and participate in vaccination and immunisation programmes for both adults and children.
  • Advise, support and where appropriate, administer vaccinations for travelling abroad.
  • Support and manage health needs of women presenting for cervical cytology screening.
  • Assess and care for patients presenting with wounds.
  • Undertake procedures such as phlebotomy, ECGs, urinalysis, stitch/staple removal.
  • Contribute to maintaining disease registers and managing patient cohorts.

The Nursing Team

Within the team there are two lead nurses, six practice nurses, one of whom is also a nurse prescriber and seven HCAs.

We are a five site practice and each team member generally works over two of these sites.

We are a friendly, hardworking and close knit team. We hold monthly whole nurse team meetings and throughout the year we have regular respiratory and diabetes multi-disciplinary team meetings.

The practice is very supportive of the nurse’s professional development.

The closing date for applications is 21st August 2021

If you would like to apply for the role, please go to www.jobs.nhs.uk

Face Coverings To Be Worn

We realise that from today there will be a general relaxing of the requirement to wear face masks.

However, our waiting rooms are often full with some very vulnerable patients and likewise our doctors and nurses need to make sure that their rooms and they are kept ‘clear of infection’ to avoid passing on any infection.

We therefore request that you respect the concerns and wellbeing of each other and continue to wear a face mask in our buildings.

Unity Health COVID Clinic Closure

After a very busy and successful 7 months, we closed the doors to our COVID Vaccination Centre on Wednesday 30th June.

We were the second vaccination centre to open in Buckinghamshire, delivering just under 30,000 Pfizer and Astrazeneca vaccines. We have administered both first and second doses to patients aged 50 and over and those with underlying health conditions. In addition we have given first doses for those aged 18-49 years. Everyone who received their first dose through us will need to book their second dose after 8 weeks via the National Booking system online or by calling 119. The same applies for those still needing to book their first dose. Whilst we are no longer offering COVID vaccines, we would still like to encourage everyone to be vaccinated.

We are extremely proud of what we have achieved during this time and this would not have been possible without our dedicated members of staff across all 5 sites, whether this was working in the vaccination centre or keeping the surgeries afloat. We are also grateful to have such supportive patients.

And last, but most definitely not least, we would like to a say a very big Thank-You to all our volunteers – vaccinators, queue managers and traffic/car park marshals. We were extremely fortunate to have such a huge uptake of volunteers, regardless of the weather conditions or the day of the week, we never struggled to fill all the positions needed to allow our clinics to run smoothly. They have nominated two local charities to whom we will make a charitable donation; these are Rennie Grove Hospice and The Princes Centre in Princes Risborough.