Odiham & Old Basing Health Centres Patient Participation Group - February 2015
In December 2014 there were 220 missed appointments in total at the Odiham and Old Basing Surgeries. This is equivalent one whole doctor for a week! If you are unable to keep your appointment for any reason please let the Surgery know – even if it is on the day of the appointment – they can often fit someone else in at short notice.
They are now able to send you a text confirming the details of the appointment at the time it is made and a reminder on the day before you are due to attend. Please give your mobile phone number to the receptionist when you make the appointment, if you would like to make use of this facility. If you choose to do so you can also receive a text message when test results are received in the Surgery.
You can now book routine telephone appointments and also order repeat prescriptions on line. To do this you need to know your personal password to access the system. You can obtain this by calling at your Surgery with photo - identification.
You may have heard in the news recently that waiting times in many A&E departments across the country are increasing, and those patients not utilising all the alternative services available to them is contributing to this wait. So when you have a health issue where should you go and who should you call? A lot of illnesses can be treated at home with medicine you can buy at your local pharmacy and by getting plenty of rest. ‘Selfcare’ is the best choice to treat very minor illnesses and injuries.
When you need medical help and advice, but it’s not a 999 emergency, you can call 111. NHS 111 is a fast and easy way to get the right help, whatever the time. Calls to 111 are free, including mobiles, 24 hours a day 365 days a year. For less urgent health needs, you should still contact the surgery or local pharmacist. Our Surgeries offer ‘extended hours’ on some days – opening early in the morning or late into the evening, so try the practice first. Don’t forget, pharmacists don’t just dispense prescriptions, they can also provide advice and over the counter medicines for a whole range of problems.
For life threatening conditions such as choking, chest pain, blood loss or blacking out, do not hesitate to call 999.
NEW for 2015 - South Warnborough gets an hourly bus service
Hampshire County Council has recently completed a spending review and this has resulted in changes to our local bus services as follows:
- The Fleet Buzz route 30 will no longer be running.
- There is a new bus service (Number 13) being operated by the Stagecoachbus company. It will be running hourly (Mon –Sat) between Basingstoke and Alton via Hook, Odiham and South Warnborough.
The new service commenced on 4th
January 2015. For further details and timetables please visit the website www.stagecoachbus.com
Drainage Maintenance - Temporary Traffic Lights During January/February
As part of the programme of works being undertaken by Operation Resilience we will shortly be undertaking drainage/ditch maintenance works on B3349 Alton Road / New Odiham Road, between Alton and RAF Odiham.
The scheme will commence at the Alton end of the B3349 and are programmed to start on Monday 5 January 2015. The works are expected to last for 8-9 weeks, weather permitting. In order to undertake the works safely it will be necessary to use temporary traffic lights each day between 09:30 to 16:00hrs.
Information signs advising road users of the works will be erected before the start of works. An email will be sent to East Hampshire and Hart District Council’s, and the various parish clerks to advise them accordingly.