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Flu Clinics 2019

Seasonal flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a flu virus. The virus infects your lungs and upper airways, causing a sudden high temperature and general aches and pains. You could also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a dry cough. Symptoms can last for up to a week.

You may be invited for a flu jab if you are:

  • are 65 years of age or over
  • are pregnant
  • have certain medical conditions
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility 
  • receive a carer’s allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill 
  • or have a serious long-term health condition, including:
    • chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma
    • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
    • chronic kidney disease
    • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
    • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease
    • diabetes
    • problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
    • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS
    • being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)
  • eligible children who are aged 2 and 3 on 31st August 2018 – that is, children born between September 1 2015 and August 31 2017
  • Children who are 4 years old are also eligible for flu vaccination provided they were 3 on August 31 2019. These children should be offered the vaccination at their general practice.
  • Children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be offered their vaccination in school. In a couple of areas it might be offered in primary care settings.

Our Flu Clinics can now be booked.

Flu Clinic Times

28th September

Beaumont Villa Surgery

Plympton Health Centre

5th October

Beaumont Villa Surgery

Efford Medical Centre

12th October

Plympton Health Centre

If you have any queries please contact the surgery.

External Websites

Temporary Site Closure

Pathfields Medical Group (including Beaumont Villa Surgery) will be closing Armada Surgery every Friday afternoon between  until 8th September 2019 as a temporary measure.

Pathfields has been affected by the national shortage of GPs, which is particularly acute in Plymouth.  We are really pleased to have successfully recruited additional members to our clinical team.  However, during August we have not been able to attract enough locum support to cover clinicians taking annual leave  In order to consolidate our staff and ensure we continue to provide excellent patient care we are temporarily closing Armada Surgery on Friday afternoons.

This is a temporary measure and, although the building will be closed, you will continue to be able to contact the surgery as usual by telephone   If you are an Armada patient  and a doctor feels you need to be seen urgently on a Friday afternoon you will be able to attend Beaumont Villa Surgery or one of our other practice sites:

  • Crownhill Surgery, 103 Crownhill Road, Plymouth, PL5 3BP
  • Efford Medical Centre, 29 Torridge Way, Plymouth, PL3 6JG
  • Laira Surgery, 95 Pike Road, Laira, Plymouth, PL3 6HG
  • Plympton Health Centre, Mudge Way, Plympton, PL7 1AD
  • Beaumont Villa Surgery, 23 Beaumont Road, Plymouth, PL4 9BL

Please speak to a member of our reception team if you have any queries regarding the above.

We would like to thank all our patients for their continued support and apologise for any disruption this may cause.

Hay Fever 2019

Hay fever is caused by an allergy to pollen. The symptoms of hay fever are caused when a person has an allergic reaction to pollen. Common hay fever symptoms are:

  • a runny, itchy and/or blocked nose
  • sneezing
  • itchy eyes

Pollen is a fine powder released by plants as part of their reproductive cycle. Pollen contains proteins that can cause the nose, eyes, throat and sinuses to become swollen, irritated and inflamed.

How to treat hay fever

Many hay fever symptoms can be controlled with over-the-counter medication at your local pharmacy.

  • Steroid nasal sprays help to prevent or reduce inflammation in the lining of the nose and some can help to relieve watery eyes.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Antihistamines help to relieve a runny nose, sneezing, itching and watery eyes. Some types of antihistamines make you drowsy and are best taken before bed. Newer antihistamines are less likely to make you drowsy and are a common choice for children and people with milder or occasional symptoms of hay fever.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Decongestant nasal sprays and tablets are used to unblock the nose. They should never be taken for more than a few days at a time.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Eye drops can be used to treat itchy or watery eyes.
    Available from your local pharmacy.

If none of the above treatments are effective for you, please book an appointment to discuss other treatments.

Useful Links

  • NHS – Hay fever
  • NHS – Find your local Pharmacy
  • Met Office – Pollen forecast

Beaumont Villa Surgery to leave University Medical Centre

Dear Patient,

As you may already be aware, on the 31st March 2019, Beaumont Villa Surgery at Pathfields Medical Group is leaving the University Medical Centre (UMC). This means that Peverell Park Surgery will be the only GP Surgery situated within the University Campus.

Why are Pathfields leaving the University Medical Centre?

Due to the shortage of Clinical staff across the South West, and the struggle with recruiting, it has been decided that we will be able to offer better care to our patients within fewer sites.

What does this mean for the students currently registered at Beaumont Villa Surgery and how does this affect us? 

It means that Beaumont Villa Surgery will no longer be situated inside the University Medical Centre on Endsleigh Place.  As we have not been running many clinics from the UMC this year, the care that you receive from Pathfields will not change. You are still able to call us at 8am every morning to get your book on the day appointment/telephone call or your Emergency Telephone call/appointment with our Duty Hub.

Where are my closest surgeries?

Your two closest surgeries are:

Armada Surgery
Oxford Place
Western Approach
PL1 5AJ (opposite Sainsbury’s in town)

and

Beaumont Villa Surgery
23 Beaumont Road
St Judes
PL4 9BL

Which number do I call if I want to make an appointment?

The usual 01752 222341 opt 2 number will no longer be in use for Beaumont Villa patients.

Please call Armada Surgery on 01752 428938 as your first port of call, or Beaumont Villa Surgery on 01752 663776 if you are unable to get through. However, you are able to call any Pathfields Practice to book your appointments.

Please save the numbers in your mobile.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the UMC on 01752 222341 opt 2 and speak to a receptionist.

Kind regards,

Pathfields Medical Group

Stay well this winter

People are being urged to keep an extra special eye on themselves and the people they care for over the winter period so minor illnesses don’t become more serious.

Those who are older or have long term conditions may be particularly vulnerable to winter bugs which could become serious and require hospital treatment. Getting help earlier may prevent this from happening.

To make sure winter bugs don’t become more serious:

  • Have your flu jab
  • If you start to feel ill, get help from your pharmacy straight away.
  • Keep your home warm, at least 18 degrees
  • Make sure you take any medicines as directed
  • Get any repeat prescriptions filled in advance as many surgeries and pharmacies close over Christmas
  • Keep a supply of cold and flu remedies in the house so you don’t need to go out if the weather is bad
  • If you are prescribed antibiotics finish the course
  • Don’t go to A&E or call 999 unless it’s an emergency. If you are in any doubt, NHS 111 can help you get the right treatment

Further Information

Stay well this Winter

People are being urged to keep an extra special eye on themselves and the people they care for over the winter period so minor illnesses don’t become more serious.

People who are older or have long term conditions may be particularly vulnerable to winter bugs which could become serious and require hospital treatment. Getting help earlier may prevent this from happening.

To make sure winter bugs don’t become more serious:

  • Have your flu jab
  • If you start to feel ill, get help from your pharmacy straight away
  • Keep your home warm, at least 18 degrees
  • Make sure you take any medicines as directed
  • Get any repeat prescriptions filled in advance as many surgeries and pharmacies close over Christmas
  • Keep a supply of cold and flu remedies in the house so you don’t need to go out if the weather is bad
  • If you are prescribed antibiotics finish the course
  • Don’t go to A&E or call 999 unless it’s an emergency. If you are in any doubt, NHS 111 can help you get the right treatment

NHS Choices has a wealth of information to help you and the people you care for to keep well this winter.

Practice Merger – November 2017

Pathfields Practice  & Beaumont Villa Practice are working closely with a view to merging the Practices in November 2017.

We do not envisage that there will be any immediate change to the way the surgeries operates. We anticipate that if there are any changes, they will evolve over a period of time.

Most of the administration work will happen in the background, there will not be any disruption to patient care.

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