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Your Medicines, Your NHS

Did you know every year in mid Essex an estimated £2 million of unused medicines are wasted?

In March 2019 the Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group launched a new campaign around reducing the amount of local medicine waste.

This waste means that people living in mid Essex do not benefit from additional services or treatments that this money could have been better spent on. The £2 million wasted on medicines each year could pay for 566 new hips, 139 more breast cancer drug treatment courses for or 61 more community nurses.

When patients receive medicines that are not intended for them or that have been discontinued, there is also a safety risk in that the medicine may be inadvertently taken by somebody else or taken by the patient without realising it is no longer required. So reducing the wastage of medicines benefits patients from a safety perspective as well as a cost perspective.

That’s why they have launched a campaign called ‘Your Medicines, Your NHS’ to make the public aware of all the big costs involved in prescriptions.

In the first phase of the campaign patients are being encouraged to open their prescription bag in the pharmacy and see if they still need all items in the bag, and if not to hand surplus items back to pharmacy staff before leaving. (If you notice you have surplus after you have left the pharmacy it cannot be returned for use by anyone else, even if it hasn’t been opened.) Patients can reorder the surplus items next time if they still need them.

Paula Wilkinson, Chief Pharmacist for Mid Essex CCG, said: “We are encouraging everyone to reduce medicines wastage. Things can change between putting in your request for repeat medicines and when you collect them and although you are taking your medicines as prescribed stocks may build up. So play your part – ‘Open the Bag’ and hand back any medicines that you do not need.

“The public can get involved by making a pledge to support the campaign or by sending out social media messages with relevant hashtags.’

The official hashtag is #YourMedicinesYourNHS – if you would like to support this campaign please tweet @MidEssexCCG using the official hashtag

 

PLEASE NOTE THE SURGERY IS NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENT REGISTRATIONS IN THE IMMEDIATE COGGESHALL AREA.  

SEE OUR NEW ONLINE APPOINTMENT BOOKING SERVICE

 
NB appropriate bookings with doctors include
Illness
Suspected illness
Follow up to previous appointment/lab results
Medication review.
 
Appropriate bookings with nurse:
Smears
Childhood/baby immunisations.
Pill check
Dressings, removal of sutures
Ear syringe
Suspected urinary infection
Travel immunisation
Chronic disease management
 
Minor surgery, coil removal or insertion CANNOT be booked online
 
If you need medical help outside surgery hours please ring 01376 561242 and you will be given the out of hours number for NHS 111 which is 111.  For real emergencies use Accident and Emergency.
Please try and use NHS services wisely, thank you.
 
 
STOP SMOKING CAMPAIGN - Provide the community service provider are working with the practice and will be contacting patients in regard to stop smoking.  If you need any help with stopping smoking Castle Pharmacy in Coggeshall also have their own advisors.
 

Accessibility Statement for My Surgery Website

This website is run by My Surgery Website. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • zoom in up to 200% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)
  • the website is usable with Browsealoud.

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • video streams do not have captions
  • website not accessible via a keyboard
  • colour contrast doesn’t meet 4.5:1 ratio

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

Call or email us

Email: enquires@mysurgerywebsite.co.uk

Tel: 0333 433 0021

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 28 days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact:

My Surgery Website
Indigo House
Sussex Avenue
Hunslet
Leeds
LS10 2LF

Email: enquires@mysurgerywebsite.co.uk

Report all accessibility issues for My Surgery Website via email to enquires@mysurgerywebsite.co.uk with the email subjects “Accessibility Problem”.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Northern Ireland

The Equalities Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

My Surgery Website is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Non Unique Elements

Not all elements on a page have a unique ID.This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 & 4.1.1 (Info and Relationships & Parsing).

We plan to make all elements unique by September 2020.

Input Fields

All input fields don’t have descriptions and role attributes. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1, 3.3.2, 4.1.2 (Info and Relationships, Label or Instruction & Name, Role,Value).

We plan a descriptions and role attributes to all input fields by September 2020.

Content not Included in Landmarks

Not all landmarks include content.This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships).

We plan to make all elements unique by September 2020.

Labels in Forms

Not all labels are connected to a form control.This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships).

We plan to make all elements unique by September 2020.

Form Elements are not Group

Not all form elements are grouped.This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 & 3.3.2 (Info and Relationships Label or Instructions).

We plan to add group elements by September 2020.

Colour Contrast

The default colour combinations fail to meet the 4.5:1 contrast ratio.This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.3 (Contrast).

We plan to add an ID by September 2020.

No Keyboard Shortcuts

The content is not accessible via a keyboard.This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.1 (Keyboard).

We plan to keyboard access by September 2020.

Webpage Titles

Not all pages have titles.This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.2 (Page Titled).

We plan to keyboard access by September 2020.

Focus on Elements

Not all elements are focused on highlight.This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.7 (Focus Visible).

We plan to keyboard access by September 2020.

Language of Page

Language of pages has not been set.This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.1.1 (Language of Page).

We plan to add group elements by September 2020.

Submit Actions

All Submit buttons don’t have the correct action type. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.2.2 & 4.1.2 (On Input & Name, Role, Value).

We plan to correct the button types by September 2020.

Disproportionate burden

Alternative Tags for Images

Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader can’t access the information. This fails WCAG 1.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (Non-text Content).

My Surgery Website is a content management system and don’t control the images added by end users.

Link Description

Not all external link descriptions specify the link destination. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 (Link Purpose in Context).

My Surgery Website is a content management system and don’t control the content users add.

iFrame Descriptions Missing

Some iframes are missing the description. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (Name,Role,Value).

My Surgery Website is a content management system and don’t control the content provided via an iframe

Inline Styling

Some content contains inline styling. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships).

My Surgery Website is a content management system and don’t control the content users add.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

Audio Captions

YouTube fails to show audio descriptions as default. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.5 (Audio Description).

The information is from third party software and added via an iframe on to our site. There is a setting option to turn on audio description via the video.

Links to Multiple Destinations

Dropdown menus have links to multiple destinations.This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 (Link of Purpose).

How we tested this website

This website was last tested on 27th September 2019. The test was carried out My Surgery Website. We tested the site using the Chrome extension application ‘Site Improver Accessibility Checker’. The website also went under manual testing.

We tested:

Our main website platform

  • all templates
  • all default colour combinations available via the platform
  • all widgets

This statement was prepared on 27th September 2019. It was last updated on 27th September 2019.

 
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