Patient Access

Lifeline Scam

Thursday 16th January 2020

Lifeline Scam

We would like to advise that sadly we have been made aware of a scam on Facebook where someone if purporting to be a Vine Medical Group GP.

The call is along the lines of:

"We are contacting patients over the age of 70 regarding personal alarm fobs."

The caller then tries to get the patient to change alarm fob supplier.

Obviously this is completely untrue and we can confirm there has been NO DATA BREACH from our records. The caller seems to only know the patient's name and address road name, both of which could have been obtained from the Electoral Roll.

If you have been contacted regarding this, we would advise you contact the police.

Getting your medicines if there's a 'no-deal' Brexit

Thursday 3rd October 2019

The government is working closely with the NHS and suppliers to help to ensure medicines and medical products continue to be available for patients if there is a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

Read more on the NHS website here...

Strengthen muscles as well as heart to stay fit and healthy, say top doctors

Monday 9th September 2019

Adults are advised to do muscle-strengthening exercises twice a week, as well as aerobic exercise, to help them stay active for longer, under new guidance from the UK's top doctors.

Read more on the BBC website here.

Flu Clinics 2019

Tuesday 3rd September 2019

We have now release our dates for the 2019 flu clinics. Click here to find out more.

Social-media use 'disrupting teen sleep and exercise'

Thursday 15th August 2019

Using social media isn't directly harming teenagers - but it can reduce the time they spend on healthy activities, such as sleeping and exercising, a study suggests.

Read more on the BBC website here...

Why is the HPV vaccine being offered to boys?

Tuesday 23rd July 2019

From the 2019-20 school year, girls and boys aged 12-13 will both be eligible for the HPV vaccine. The extension of the HPV vaccine aims to protect men from HPV-related diseases such as oral, throat and anal cancer.

Read more on the NHS website here.

List and description of online appointments available to book

Wednesday 17th July 2019

If you are using online services, such as Patient Access or the NHS App, you are able to book a variety of appointment types. Click here to view a full list and description.

'Amazing' gene-silencing drugs reach NHS

Tuesday 9th July 2019

A new form of medicine called "gene-silencing" has been approved for use by the NHS in England.

The drugs will be used to reverse a disease called amyloidosis, which causes nerve and organ damage. It can be fatal.

Read more on the BBC website here.

Sleeping with light or TV on linked to weight gain in women

Tuesday 9th July 2019

"Falling asleep in front of the TV could increase the risk of obesity," The Daily Telegraph reports, while the Daily Mirror suggests it's specifically women who sleep with a light who are more likely to gain weight.

Read more on the NHS website here.

Invite to Patient Liaison Evening

Monday 8th July 2019

Vine Medical Group is excited to invite you to discuss and view our proposals for a brand new Primary Care Centre to serve our patients. Click here for more details.

Early brain 'signs of Parkinson's' found

Thursday 20th June 2019

Scientists say they have identified the earliest signs of Parkinson's disease in the brain, 15 to 20 years before symptoms appear.

Scans of a small number of high-risk patients found malfunctions in the brain's serotonin system, which controls mood, sleep and movement.

Read more on this story on the BBC website here.

What are vaccines, how do they work and why are people sceptical?

Thursday 20th June 2019

The World Health Organization estimates that vaccines prevented at least 10 million deaths in just five years between 2010 and 2015. It says vaccines have been one of the biggest success stories of modern medicine, yet in many countries health experts have identified a trend towards “vaccine hesitancy” – an increasing refusal to use vaccination.

Find out what vaccines are, how do they work and why are people sceptical on the BBC website here.

It's hay fever season - read here about the dos and don'ts to help manage symptoms

Tuesday 18th June 2019

"Hay fever is usually worse between late March and September, especially when it's warm, humid and windy. This is when the pollen count is at its highest."
~ NHS.uk

The NHS website has some great information on how to manage your hay fever symptoms, treatments and where to find help.

You can read the full article here...

Prescription changes and how it affects you

Thursday 13th June 2019

Your GP, nurse or pharmacist will generally not give you a prescription for over-the-counter (OTC) medicines for a range of minor health conditions. Instead, OTC medicines are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket.

You can read more about this on the NHS website here.

Honey 'as good as antiviral creams' for cold sores

Thursday 13th June 2019

"Honey is 'just as effective at treating cold sores as anti-viral creams'," the Mail Online reports.

Cold sores are skin infections around the mouth caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). You catch the virus through direct skin contact with another person who has the virus.

You can read more about this on the NHS website here.

Can doing a daily crossword or Sudoku puzzle keep your brain young?

Thursday 13th June 2019

"Older adults who regularly do Sudoku or crosswords have sharper brains that are 10 YEARS younger," reports the Mail Online.

In 2 linked studies, researchers asked people aged 50 to 93 to fill in online surveys, which included questions about whether they regularly did number puzzles (like Sudoku) or word puzzles (such as crosswords).

You can read more about this on the NHS website here.

New type of dementia identified

Thursday 13th June 2019

"Form of dementia that 'mimics' Alzheimer's symptoms discovered," reports The Guardian.

An international team of researchers has proposed a name for a type of brain disease that causes dementia symptoms: Limbic-predominant Age-related TDP-43 Encephalopathy, or LATE.

The name brings together previously identified conditions linked to a protein that damages regions of the brain.

You can read more about this on the NHS website here.

Screen time may increase chances of attention problems in children aged 3 to 5

Thursday 13th June 2019

"How just 2 hours' screen time a day as a toddler can make children more likely to 'be badly behaved or have ADHD'," the Mail Online reports.

Researchers in Canada looked at parents' reports of how much time their children spent using screens each day at age 3 and 5. They compared screen time with scores on questionnaires the parents completed about their children's behaviour at age 5.

The researchers say children who used screens for more than 2 hours a day were more likely to have behavioural problems, mainly linked to poor attention, than those who used screens for 30 minutes or less.

You can read more about this on the NHS website here.

Vine Medical Group Patient Newsletter

Wednesday 12th June 2019

The June 2019 patient newsletter is now available. Click here to download it as a PDF file.

Vaccines protect your children

Saturday 1st June 2019

Data from Public Health England has shown the number of children being vaccinated against dangerous diseases has been slowly decreasing for the past few years. Learn the facts and make informed decisions.

Read about the facts behind vaccination

Mental Health advice

Saturday 1st June 2019

If you're feeling sad, anxious, angry or stressed, remember you're not alone. Get useful advice on how to look after your mental health and where to get help.

Find out how to access mental health services by clicking here.

Gardening for health

Saturday 1st June 2019

Gardening as a form of exercise can help you stay healthy, energetic and independent as you get older. Find out ways you can stay active in older age.

Find out more here...

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