New Practice Website
This website has been newly created in collaboration with a colleague from NHS Digital to provide you with a better understanding of the Practice’s services and how you can access these, when it is appropriate to seek help from other outlets, and where you can go for further information for your health and well-being.
We aim to develop this further to meet your needs and would welcome your feedback on how well this works and whether you would like to see further information here. Please let us have any comments.
Over-the-counter medicines, changes to prescribing
Did you know in 2017-2018 we spent £3.2 million on prescribing over-the-counter medicines in Leeds?
And across England, in the year prior to June 2017, the NHS spent approximately £569 million on prescriptions for medicines which can be purchased over the counter from a pharmacy and other outlets such as supermarkets.
To help ensure we make the best use of our budget we have now implemented national guidance (issued by NHS England) and are asking GPs not to routinely prescribe over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor health concerns. Instead we are asking local people to buy over-the-counter medicines from their local pharmacy or supermarket.
Please help the NHS to use the resources sensibly.
Sign-up for Online Services
The Practice is always looking for ways to simplify your engagement with us. We encourage you to register for our Online Services which will enable you to book and cancel appointments, order repeat prescriptions and handle additional tasks without having to call us or wait in a queue. The NHS App will be launched in early 2019 and make this even easier.
We would also ask you to provide us with up-to-date mobile phone numbers and email addresses, so that you can receive free text messages regarding your appointments, medical reviews and vaccinations, and changes to our services.
Additional Evening & Saturday Appointments
We are now offering a number of extra routine appointments in the evening and on Saturdays to better suit your needs. These include face-to-face appointments with a GP or nurse (Saturday morning appointments are at Aireborough Family Practice in Yeadon), a ‘virtual’ clinical pharmacist service by telephone, and telephone appointments to discuss muscle and joint problems. Please speak to our Reception team for further information on how to book one of these appointments which are not a walk-in service.