Welcome to Ystwyth Medical Group
Here is a short introduction to the practice with some introductions to staff members
Clinigau Ffliw / Flu Clinics 2021
2021 flu clinics for those aged 18 - 64 at risk and those aged 50 - 64 and not at risk.
We have received confirmation of another small delivery and will be holding a clinic on Thursday 4th November between 9.00 & 12.00. Appointments are available to book via My Health Online for those patients who are already registered for this service and by telephoning the practice.
From Monday 14th September 2020 face coverings are now a legal requirement and must be worn in shops and other indoor public places - Please click on the following link for further information - https://gov.wales/face-coverings-guidance-public#section-47414.
Please ensure that you wear a face covering if attending an appointment at the Practice and attend alone where possible. If you are unable to wear a face covering for medical reasons, please inform the practice when making your booking.
Please ensure to adhere to our social distancing and one way system within the Practice.
If you, anyone you are living with or anybody in your bubble has symptoms of coronavirus, has tested positive for coronavirus, is currently self-isolating or has been asked to self-isolate by NHS Track and Trace please inform the Practice of this when making your booking - DO NOT attend the Practice.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus please use the symptom checker https://111.wales.nhs.uk/SelfAssessments/symptomcheckers/COVID19.aspx.
NEW COVID SYMPTOMS - Hywel Dda Health Board are now asking any individuals with the following symptoms to book a PCR test:
Mild summer cold type symptoms - including a sore throat, runny nose, headache
Flu-like symptoms - including muscle ache and pain, excessive tiredness, persistent headache, runny/blocked nose, persistent sneezing, sore throat/hoarseness, shortness of breath or wheezing
Generally felling unwell and have a history of being in contact with a positive case (you may have been contact traced)
Any new/changes in symptoms since following a negative PCR test
further information can be found on https://hduhb.nhs.wales/new/press-releases/people-with-wider-symptoms-urged-to-book-a-covid-19-test/
COVID VACCINATION BOOSTERS
Those eligible for a booster vaccination and 12 -15 year olds will be invited to attend a mass vaccination centre by the health board when it is their turn.
Residential care homes will be supported by GP practices. We kindly ask people to not contact the health board or their GP practice at this time to ask about the vaccine.
Update - Thomas Parry are now accepting walk-ins for patients who are due their Covid-19 booster vaccination.
Who is eligible for a booster?
The JCVI recommends that individuals who were eligible and received vaccination in Phase 1 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme (priority groups 1-9) should be offered a third dose COVID-19 booster vaccine with a minimum 6-month interval after the 2nd dose.
- Those living in residential care homes for older adults
- All adults aged 50 years or over
- Frontline health and social care workers
- All those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 (as set out in the Green Book), and adult carers
- Adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals
- As most younger adults will only receive their second COVID-19 vaccine dose in late summer, the benefits of booster vaccination in this group will be considered at a later time, by the JCVI, when more information is available.
- Eluned Morgan MS, Minister for Health and Social Services
For further information please visit: https://gov.wales/written-statement-covid-19-vaccination-jcvi-announcement-autumn-booster-programme
Hywel Dda University Health Board is asking those who have received a booster or first dose vaccine appointment letter to attend their nearest mass vaccination centre if the appointment provided is not at a convenient location.
This week, the first appointment letters to 12- to 15-year-olds and booster appointment letters were issued to people who received their second vaccine dose over 6 months ago.
Bethan Lewis, Interim Assistant Director of Public Health for Hywel Dda UHB, said: “Having been made aware appointments have been allocated for some at a centre further than their closest centre, we would like to reassure people with an appointment letter that they can attend their nearest centre at a time convenient for them.
“There is no need to contact the health board to rearrange and we apologise for any confusion or distress this may have caused.”
Please note this offer is strictly for only those who have received an appointment letter from the health board. Please bring this letter with you when you attend for your booster or first vaccine if you are aged 12 to 15 years.
- Aberystwyth (Thomas Parry Library, SY23 3AS)
or telephone 0300 303 8322
ACCESSING GP SERVICES – NHS WALES
How you access your GP surgery has changed - please watch this short video which explains how you can access services.
With the implementation of the new COVID 19 guidelines coming into effect from 11th July 2020, we want to continue to ensure that we offer the best protection to our patients and Staff.
Therefore, with the likely influx of temporary residents to the area, we are asking that all persons who are not registered patients with the Surgery to make contact with via E-consult – please click on the E-Consult banner above.
Before you can submit and E-consult for any advice via E-consult, you will need to fill in a temporary services form, which is available on our Website.
Once you have completed the form, send it back to us via email and we can then make the necessary arrangements for your consultation – without you having to come into the Surgery.
Please note that E-consult is not a replacement for any emergency treatment that you may require, and in the case of an emergency, please call 999.
During tough times we can all need help sometimes whether just a friendly face and a talk or an activity to occupy your time and mind. This charity specialises in giving that support for people with life limiting or incurable illnesses. Set up and based in Aberystwyth they have provided support since their founding in 2015.
For more information and the services that they offer, please follow the link below.
We welcome people of all ages including students to our family friendly medical practice, where we work as a team to provide you with the best possible service.
We are located on the outskirts of Aberystwyth town, near to the Welsh Government offices, with ample car parking and a convenient bus stop.
With patients' needs at the heart of everything we do, our website has been designed to make it easy for you to gain instant access to the information you need. As well as specific practice details such as opening hours and how to register, you’ll find a wealth of useful pages covering a wide range of health issues along with links to other relevant medical organisations.
Get Well, Keep Well
Of course we’re not just here for when you are unwell. Our team of healthcare professionals and back-up staff offer a number of clinics and services to promote good health and wellbeing whatever your medical condition.
We hope you enjoy having a look around the site and familiarising yourself with some of the online features such as ordering a repeat prescription.
Access for wheelchairs is well provided for, with ramp access and automatic doors to the waiting room. However if you need assistance please ask a member of our staff. We have a wheelchair available for use.
The reception area has an induction loop system for patients with hearing aids.
Several of our staff are Welsh speaking and we can also arrange for you to see a Welsh doctor or nurse if you wish.
Fall Awareness Week
Prevent a fall - Falls are not an inevitable part of growing older. Take a look at the flyer for information on how to reduce the risk.
New Data Protection Regulations from May 2018 (GDPR)
What is GDPR?
GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulations and is a new piece of legislation that will supersede the Data Protection Act. It will not only apply to the UK and EU; it covers anywhere in the world in which data about EU citizens is processed. GDPR is a new law that determines how your personal data is processed and kept safe, and the legal rights that you have in relation to your own data. The GDPR is similar to the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998 (which the practice already complies with), but strengthens many of the DPA’s principles.
The regulation applies from the 25th May 2018 and will apply even after the UK leaves the EU.
Please see patient leaflet below for futher information.
Data Protection Regulations May 2018
Practice Privacy Notice
Your Information, Your Rights
Please click on the below links for further information:
Are You Collecting A Prescription / Sick Note / Letter That Is Not Yours?
Giving Consent For Someone To Speak On Your Behalf? (E.g - All health needs, medication or test results)
Due to General Data Protection Regulations from Friday 25th May 2018 only the patient may collect their prescription / sick note / letter OR speak about their health with one of the Practice Team, unless they have provided written consent for someone else to do.
If you are in need of one of these forms, please click on the below link - Print the form off, fill it in and return it to the surgery.
Consent for Prescription/Sick Note/Letter
Consent to Share Information
Consent forms are available:
- from the surgery reception
- from any member of the clinical team
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Text Message / E-mail Reminders
You can now register to receive information by text message/e-mail regarding appointments and healthcare.
Under the new data protection regulations introduced from 25th May 2018, we will continue to contact patients via text messages regarding the delivery of care if they have provided consent to do so.
If practices are sending messages about recommended treatment for the management of a specific health issue, then this is defined as providing appropriate care for patients, not marketing purposes.
If you wish to register for this messaging service please fill out the consent form.
If you wish to opt out of this messaging service then please contact the surgery on 01970 613500
Zero Tolerance Policy
The Practice takes it very seriously if a member of staff or one of the doctors or nursing team is treated in an abusive or violent way.
The Practice supports the government's 'Zero Tolerance' campaign for Health Service Staff. This states that GPs and their staff have a right to care for others without fear of being attacked or abused. To successfully provide these services a mutual respect between all the staff and patients has to be in place. All our staff aim to be polite, helpful, and sensitive to all patients’ individual needs and circumstances. They would respectfully remind patients that very often staff could be confronted with a multitude of varying and sometimes difficult tasks and situations, all at the same time. The staff understand that ill patients do not always act in a reasonable manner and will take this into consideration when trying to deal with a misunderstanding or complaint.
However, aggressive behaviour, be it violent or abusive, will not be tolerated and may result in you being removed from the Practice list and, in extreme cases, the Police being contacted.
In order for the practice to maintain good relations with their patients the practice would like to ask all its patients to read and take note of the occasional types of behaviour that would be found unacceptable:
- Using bad language or swearing at practice staff
• Any physical violence towards any member of the Primary Health Care Team or other patients, such as pushing or shoving
• Verbal abuse towards the staff in any form including verbally insulting the staff
• Racial abuse and sexual harassment will not be tolerated within this practice
• Persistent or unrealistic demands that cause stress to staff will not be accepted. Requests will be met wherever possible and explanations given when they cannot
• Causing damage/stealing from the Practice's premises, staff or patients
• Obtaining drugs and/or medical services fraudulently
We ask you to treat your GPs and their staff courteously at all times.
Removal from the practice list
A good patient-doctor relationship, based on mutual respect and trust, is the cornerstone of good patient care. The removal of patients from our list is an exceptional and rare event and is a last resort in an impaired patient-practice relationship. When trust has irretrievably broken down, it is in the patient’s interest, just as much as that of the practice, that they should find a new practice. An exception to this is on immediate removal on the grounds of violence e.g. when the Police are involved.
Removing other members of the household
In rare cases, however, because of the possible need to visit patients at home it may be necessary to terminate responsibility for other members of the family or the entire household. The prospect of visiting patients where a relative who is no longer a patient of the practice by virtue of their unacceptable behaviour resides, or being regularly confronted by the removed patient, may make it too difficult for the practice to continue to look after the whole family. This is particularly likely where the patient has been removed because of violence or threatening behaviour and keeping the other family members could put doctors or their staff at risk.
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THE SKYLARK SINGERS
Singing for lung health
Do you suffer from breathlessness as a result of a lung condition, or Long Covid? Do you live in North Ceredigion?
A new singing group, specifically for those who suffer from chronic lung conditions, has begun online. They use breathing exercises to strengthen the lungs, and sing simple songs together. Research has shown that breathing exercises and singing can improve lung health and reduce the experience of breathlessness, as well as improving our general well-being.
If you, or someone you know, is interested in joining this weekly group on Zoom, please contact the group leader, Susie Ennals. The group meets on a Wednesday from 3-4pm, and is free of charge. email@example.com
Here is a video for a brief introduction: https://twitter.com/i/status/1377905346916855808
(Site updated 25/10/2021)