Welcome to Balmore Park Surgery
We hope our website will provide you with the information necessary to make the best use of our services. We will try to keep it current with any developments that we feel are relevant to you. We will always strive to improve our patient services and welcome any feedback on how we can further develop our website.
Many of our patients come from families who have been our patients for several generations. We are delighted to encourage this continuity of care for family medicine but of course we welcome new patients too!
The doctors operate a personal list system to provide continuity of care wherever possible.
This practice is part of the NHS North and West Reading Clinical Commissioning Group. To find out more please visit www.nwreadingccg.nhs.uk
You can now book or cancel your doctor's appointment and order your repeat prescription online. Please ask at reception or click on the link below:
Texting Appointment Reminders
We are now texting appointment reminders to our patients. Please give your mobile phone number to reception so we can add it to your record.
Please note that following advice from the Medical Defence Union (MDU), we will not be offering Online Services or Texting Appointment Reminders to under 16 year olds.
From October 1st you will be able to collect your repeat prescription directly from your chosen pharmacy. Please let us know which pharmacy you would like to nominate.
Care.data is a forthcoming extract of patient data commissioned by NHS England. The intention of the scheme is to make increased use of the information in medical records in order to improve the quality of care for patients. The service is one of the first initiatives to use the powers of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 (HSCA), which allows the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), in certain circumstances, to extract confidential data from GP practices without seeking patient consent.
Practices have received an email from the HSCIC including GP guidance and FAQs and a separate information pack containing patient information and materials. They have been advised to undertake patient awareness raising activities, such as displaying the poster, making the leaflet available and providing information on the practice website. These activities will help ensure that patients are aware of the scheme and their right to object.
Further information is available on the NHS England website
Flu Jabs-stay well this winter!
To check if you are eligible for the flu vaccination please follow this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/232230/The_flu_vaccination_winter_2013_to_2014.pdf
Shingles Vaccine Available
Shingles is caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus. Once we have had chickenpox, the virus stays in our bodies. The virus can reactivate when we are older causing shingles which can be painful. For some people the pain can last for months or even years. Those eligible for the vaccine will be aged 70 OR 79 on 1/9/2013. Date of birth 2/9/1942-1/9/1943 or 2/9/1933-1/9/1934. If your birthday is covered by these dates please phone the surgery for an appointment to have the vaccine or discuss it further. There will be a vaccination programme over next few years for those aged between 71-78.
Pneumonia - protect yourself!
Pneumonia affects about 5-10 people per 1,000 of the adult population - it isn't seasonal and can affect you at any time of the year. Adults aged 65 or older tend to suffer more severely and with more complications, so are eligible for a free NHS vaccination (Pneumovax). Younger patients who are particularly susceptible to severe infection or complications may also be eligible. Your GP may offer you the vaccination if you are eligible or you can book an appointment with the practice nurse. In most circumstances one vaccination will last you the rest of your life, unless you have certain illnesses such as chronic kidney failure or you have had your spleen removed, in which case you need a booster every 5 years.
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) vaccination for pregnant women
Following an increase in outbreaks of whooping cough, women who are between 28 and 38 weeks pregnant are advised to have the whooping cough vaccination. Please telephone the surgery to book an appointment.
For further information please click on the link below:
Patients With Osteoarthritis of The Hip or Knee
For those patients who have Osteoarthritis of their hips or knees, there is a Patient Decision Aid (PDA) to help you decide what the right treatment for you is. Please click on the appropriate link below. Once you have decided which treatment choice you want to follow, please let your GP know.
Patient Decision Aid (PDA) for Hip
Patient Decision Aid (PDA) for Knee
(Site updated 22/10/2014)