Health and Wellbeing
On this page we report on what is happening in the NHS both locally and Nationally where it will impact us locally in the future. We will try to bring you information to help you keep well and maintain an active life.
Long serving Dr Ian Bell is seriously ill
It is with shock and great sadness that we have learnt that Dr Bell has very recently been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. He will not be returning to work in order to spend his time with his family.
Dr Bell has been a GP in Lee on the Solent for nearly 30 years. He is the senior partner at Solent View Medical Practice and was instrumental in combining the 2 separate Practices that existed within the building into one.
Last year Dr Bell and Janette Hadley, Practice Manager, took the lead in forming the Gosport West Primary Care Network. The network enables the group of local Practices to support each other and to access extra funds from the NHS. The money is used to employ more staff to strengthen the healthcare provision for our area.
Doctors in the Solent View Medical Practice are increasing their hours to cover Dr Bell’s clinics and, despite the shock that all his colleagues are feeling, the Practice will continue to operate as normal.
Wash with soap & water for 20 seconds!
New role created in our Healthcare system
Colds, Flu & Coronavirus
Some simple precautions to help you avoid catching or spreading them.
Sneeze or cough into a tissue and dispose of it
Wash you hands regularly with soap and water
Keep your hands away from eyes and ears
Avoid close contact in groups
Avoid kissing, hugging and shaking hands
Why are we being told to wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before rinsing them?
(Singing two verses of happy birthday takes about 20 seconds.)
Washing with soap and water or applying antiseptic gel both kill bacteria but both still leave some bacteria on your hands afterwards.
It has been demonstrated that soap and water is better because:
The very action of rubbing the hands together whilst washing with soap and water helps to remove bacteria from the skin surface. However, it leaves more bacteria in total than a gel, but the majority of the bacteria left behind are the ones you naturally have on your skin and are good at fighting off infections and harmful bacteria.
Antiseptic gels kill off more bacteria in total, but the majority of the ones left behind are harmful bacteria, as the gels kill off more of the natural bacteria we have on our skin.
Within General Practice they can:
take medical histories from patients
carry out physical examinations
see patients with acute conditions
see patients with long-term chronic conditions
perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
develop and deliver treatment and management plans
provide health promotion and disease prevention advice for patient
Currently they are not able to prescribe medication, or request x-rays and CT scans.
A form of exercise
Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.
Walking briskly can help you build stamina, burn excess calories and make your heart healthier.
You do not have to walk for hours. A brisk 10-minute daily walk has lots of health benefits and counts towards the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week.
What is a Physician Associate?
Although a relatively new role, physician associates have been practising in the UK for over 10 years.
The Department of Health defines a Physician Associate as a new healthcare professional who, while not a doctor, works to the medical model, with the attitudes, skill and knowledge base to deliver holistic care and treatment within the general practice team under defined levels of supervision. In order to train as a physician associate, students must already have a degree in biomedical or health/life science.
The postgraduate training to become a physician associate is a full time intensive 2-year course in medical science and clinical reasoning. This consists of 50% theory and 50% practice, including over 1,600 hours of clinical placement experience in acute and community settings. Students must pass both their university programme and the UK physician associate national examination to be able to work as a physician associate.
Physician associates are healthcare professionals who work alongside GPs providing medical care as part of the multidisciplinary team. Whist they are able to work independently, there is always a supervising GP who can discuss cases, give advice, and review patients if necessary.
Using Physician associates increase the numbers of the medical workforce and increase access to quality care for patients. They act in an enabling role, helping to reduce the healthcare team’s workload.