Second conversation cafe proves popular

The practice held its second Conversation Café on July 25th.

Our Practice Nurse Amanda Bellas discussed travel vaccinations for our Patients, the risks involved if not vaccinated, when the vaccines come into effect and how important it is to have a travel risk assessment.

We had a talk from the local pharmacist Imran Nazir, he talked about the benefits of visiting your local pharmacist for advice and the minor element scheme.

We had a talk from Jabeen Meghiji, Practice Manager she discussed Care Navigation, she informed the patients that the staff try to care navigate the call which is linked with the minor element scheme.

The staff at Colne Road Surgery have access to signposting throughout the community for healthcare. It is not always appropriate to come to see the GP, there are many services out there available. This was met with great interest from the patients.

There was a talk from Dr Shah about pain management, He said opiates are useful in acute pain however may not be the ideal option for chronic pain management. East Lancashire CCG is one of the highest opiate prescribers in the country.

Patients on long term opiates need to consider moving away from them as there is a risk of dependence, cardio-respiratory depression, constipation, hallucinations etc. Alternatives are available.
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