TEXT MESSAGING - Important Information

The surgery will be sending text messages to inform patients when they are due for  certain review such as Blood Pressure or where we require updated information such as smoking status.  These text messages will not contain personal information such as your name etc.   Please ensure your mobile numbers are up to date. If you do not wish to receive text messages please write to us and we will update your records accordingly.

Many thanks


Call Blocking  -  Does your mobile phone accept calls from unknown numbers?

The practice are experiencing difficulty contacting patients who have provided their mobile numbers due to Call Blocking.  Generally this is when patients have provided their number during the emergency triage clinic or when the doctors or administration team need to contact a patient regarding test results etc.

If you are contacting the practice please ensure you provide a number which will receive calls from an unknown number.

Thank you


Medication Information Leaflet - Patients at risk of Kidney/Renal impairment/ failure

 Being aware of kidney function is important in order to maintain health. Many people live with mild and moderately low kidney function, which is often referred to by health professionals as early stage chronic kidney disease or stage 3 CKD.

People with mild and moderately low kidney function are at greater risk of developing kidney damage during periods of acute illness such as infections caused by flu or gastroenteritis. This is known as acute kidney injury or AKI. AKI is common and affects over 20% of people who have an unplanned hospital admission. It is more common in the elderly and in people with multiple long term conditions. AKI is harmful and is associated with an increased risk of end stage renal failure requiring dialysis or kidney transplantation as well as a greater risk of death both in the short and long term. AKI is costly and results in more frequent, longer and more intensive admissions to hospital. AKI is also preventable. Recommendations to achieve this include keeping hydrated during episodes of acute illness, such as flu.

It is also recommended that people taking certain drugs called ACE Inhibitors, diuretics or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. ibuprofen) should temporarily stop these medicines during episodes of acute illness.

When you are unwell with any of the following:

 1. Vomiting or diarrhoea (unless only minor)

 2. Fevers, sweats shaking

 Then STOP taking the medicines listed below. You can restart when you are well (after 24-48 hours of eating and drinking normally).

 If you are in any doubt, please contact your local pharmacist or the surgery.

 ACE Inhibitors: Medicine names ending in 'pril' eg lisinopril, perindopril, ramipril

 ARBs: Medicine names ending in 'sartan' eg losartan, candesartan, valsartan

 NSAIDs: Anti-inflammatory pain killers eg ibuprofen, diclofenac, naproxen

 Diuretics: Sometimes called 'water pills' eg furosemide, spironolactone, indapamide, bendroflumethiazide

 Metformin: A medicine for diabetes

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