DID YOU KNOW THAT VETERANS CAN RECEIVE
PRIORITY IN HEALTH CARE?
We are pleased to be able to let you know that Armed Forces Veterans are now able to receive priority in some NHS services.
Here is a link to start you off in the right direction.
HAVING TROUBLE USING
PRACTICE & NHS ON-LINE SYSTEMS?
Tomorrow (Tuesday 3rd December 2019) and for the next 3 Tuesdays, I will be in the main reception area between 3.00pm and 5pm to help out anyone who has problems using the on-line services provided by the NHS and the Practice on a one to one basis.
This includes on-line Appointments, Hospital Referrals, Prescriptions, on-line Doctor services, etc.
If you need help in accessing these services come along, and bring your laptop, tablet or smartphone with you.
HOW DID THE PATIENT’S MEETING GO TODAY?
Free Speech at a PPG Meeting
Sadly the weather and sickness played their part in attendance today. We had already received apologies from our chairman, Len Sale and Dr Penny Crouch.
The minutes of the last meeting were approved.
There is currently a swift turnover of recepltionists, as two had left to follow a career outside of the medical world, and replacements are currently being trained up.
BUILDING CONDITION UPDATE.
The building’s condition means that parts of the buildings may have to be closed off. How this will be managed is being negotiated with the owners. We ask that all patients be patient and understanding, as the actual schedule is set by the building owners and not the practice management. As these works are required urgently, the practice will ensure that there will be as little disturbance as possible.
ORDERING OF MEDICATIONS ON-LINE
We are pleased to be able to say that Acute and Controlled medications can now be ordered on-line. This will make life easier for those patients who depend on these medications longterm, and those using Dosset boxes to control the taking of their medication. Please let us know how this is working for you.
MEDICAL RECORDS AVAILABLE ON-LINE
We are pleased to inform you that you can now obtain your medical records on-line, once your identity is confirmed. Please let us know how this is working.
FOLLOW-UP TO PANORAMA SHOW ABOUT PRACTICES CLOSING.
We are pleased to say that our practice does not have the problems that contributed to the closing of surgeries. The program seems to have caused a stir, but we are not in the same bracket as those which were closed.
]VITAMIN D SCREENING
It was suggested that screening of patients for vitamin D deficiency should be introduced. The Practice will take this suggestion up the ladder for regional level approval.
DATE OF THE NEXT MEETING
The next meeting will be on:
Wednesday 4th September 2019
please come along
THE LOCAL HOPITAL’S COMPUTERS HAVE BEEN HIT BY CYBER TERRORISTS
This article is from the Action Fraud website.
It is believed that personal information of patients is secure.
NHS hit by large scale cyber attack
There have been confirmed reports that the NHS has been hit by ransomware, taking down hospital computers.
Currently Trusts and hospitals in London, Nottingham, Blackburn, Cumbria and Hertfordshire have all been affected.
The ransomware which has locked NHS computers is asking for payment of $300 in Bitcoin.
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is aware of cyber incident and is working with the NHS and the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU).
A spokesperson for NHS Digital said: “The investigation is at an early stage but we believe the malware variant is Wanna Decryptor.” NHS Digital is working closely with the NCSC, the Department of Health and NHS England to support affected organisations and to recommend appropriate mitigations.This attack was not specifically targeted at the NHS and is affecting organisations from across a range of sectors.”
“Our focus is on supporting organisations to manage the incident swiftly and decisively, but we will continue to communicate with NHS colleagues and will share more information as it becomes available.”
We are reminding people of how to protect themselves from ransomware
- Don’t click on links or open any attachments you receive in unsolicited emails or SMS messages. Remember that fraudsters can ‘spoof’ an email address to make it look like one used by someone you trust. If you are unsure, check the email header to identify the true source of communication.
- Always install software updates as soon as they become available. Whether you are updating the operating system or an application, the update will often include fixes for critical security vulnerabilities.
- Create regular backups of your important files to an external hard drive, memory stick or online storage provider. It’s important that the device you back up to aren’t left in an insecure location or on the same network that your machines are connected too.
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This article is from the Action Fraud website.