Willow News

  • Flu Season
    Flu season will be upon us soon.  If you are aged 65 or over, or have a long term condition and you do not wish to have a covid vaccination, we are adding clinics at Waterside Medical Centre for flu only. These appointments can be booked via your NHS App or Patient Access, via Klinik, telephone or […]
  • Ethnicity texts
    In its drive to ensure everyone has access to the healthcare they need, the Government and NHS have asked GP practices to record the ethnicity of patients because some groups of people are more vulnerable to some illnesses. We are beginning to send text messages out to people registered at Willow Group whom we do […]
  • Coronavirus Information
    For the latest information regarding Covid-19, please visit www.nhs.uk.
  • Home and Well wins the Customer Vulnerability Award
    Home and Well wins the Customer Vulnerability Award at the (delayed) 2021 Utility Week Awards at Grosvenor House Hotel – a great celebration of partnership working. Home and Well is a countywide partnership project with Citizens Advice Hampshire, NHS Hampshire Southampton and Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group, SSEN Distribution, SGN, Southern Water, Portsmouth Water […]
  • Gosport’s two Primary Care Networks set to join forces
    The two Primary Care Networks which serve Gosport are planning to join forces – in a move which will make greater use of resources to improve patient services and could attract new GPs. NHS Hampshire Southampton and Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has approved the proposed coming together of Gosport Central Primary Care […]
  • Covid Booster Vaccinations
    We are pleased that the vaccination programme is being opened up wider to ensure more people can receive their boosters. Please can we ask you to wait until the NHS invites you for your jab and not call us in advance. To check your eligibility here https://bit.ly/3oebSRi Thank you for your continued support.
  • GVA Befriending Recruitment
    Gosport Voluntary Action is looking to recruit people to befriend socially isolated older people. As we have all learned over the past 18 months, keeping in touch with friends/family is important for our mental health. Those who are older and less able to get around can very quickly become lonely. For as little as an […]
  • Pathways Project
    Citizens Advice Gosport offers free flexible support to those aged 50+ who are not in employment to make a fresh start. The free informal training is at Gosport Discovery Centre and will help to develop skills and experience. This flyer has all the details including contact information.
  • What Does Your Health & Wellbeing Mean to You?
    Do you want to look into your own health and wellbeing more? Would you like to make a few changes to your life to feel healthier, fitter and better about yourself? There is no time like the present! Our Health and Wellbeing Coaches are here to help you realise what you want and encourage you […]
  • The Harbour
    The Harbour is a new, complementary service for people in mental distress and self-defined crisis. Solent MIND, Havant and East Hants MIND, Solent NHS Trust, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Portsmouth CCG, and Hampshire and IOW CCG have partnered with a wide network of other organisation to create a new remote service offering support […]
  • Covid-19 Booster Vaccinations
    As you will be aware the government have recently confirmed the roll out of the Covid-19 booster vaccinations for all patients over the age of 50, those with a long term condition and Health & Social Care Workers. Here at The Willow Group we are following NHS England guidelines and are rolling out the booster […]
  • Support and Friendship from Chat2Us
    Information about support and friendship groups run by the Chat2Us project.
  • GVA’s Buddy Brigade and TogtherNet
    Our friends at Gosport Voluntary Action – GVA have asked us to share flyers for their Buddy Brigade and TogetherNet initiatives. Buddy Brigade is for people 55 and over who nervous about getting back out into the community again. TogetherNet aims to reduce loneliness and isolation for older residents of Gosport through regular weekly contact […]
  • Important Notice Regarding Blood Tests
    There is currently an international shortage of blood bottles used for taking samples and clinicians working in GP practices, hospitals,community and mental health trusts and ambulance trusts have been asked to suspend non-essential blood tests. Our clinicians and managers in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are working together to be more efficient. We will […]
  • Veterans
    We are conscious that some patients registered at Willow Group may be affected by current events in Afghanistan.   Willow Group is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners as one which specialises in the care of military veterans and their families. All the team have been trained in the care of military veterans and their families. If […]
  • New Newsletter
    A new edition of our newsletter is now available. This edition covers the changes we have all had to go through and, thanks to your incredible support, made new ways of accessing healthcare. There is also an update on our vaccination programme and information on new services we are able to offer.
  • Specialist Employment Advice for Veterans
    There are almost 5,000 working age veterans living in Gosport, many of whom are struggling to find or sustain work due to ongoing mental or physical health conditions. As part of a two-year NHS England funded pilot project, there is now a dedicated employment specialist from The Poppy Factory available to support registered ex-Forces patients […]
  • DWP Help and Advice
    Is your health affecting your job? Are you worried about returning to work after a period of ill-health? Or are you thinking about a change of career because of your health condition? Did you know that the DWP can offer you advice and guidance to help you find a route back to work. Whether this is help with […]
  • Walking For Health
    Now that Spring is here and Lockdown is about to be eased, our friends at Gosport Voluntary Action – GVA are relaunching their Walking For Health sessions. Please see the attached for more info.
  • Messaging Willow Group
    Dear Patient At Willow Group we want to make sure your messages to us are read and dealt with as promptly as possible. We receive hundreds of messages daily through a variety of routes so it’s a challenge to achieve this. With that in mind, we are focusing on using the Klinik system for all […]
  • GVA Services
    Our friends at Gosport Voluntary Action – GVA have asked us to pass on the message of their services for people who need some extra help around the house and home Mend & Tend Basic gardening, decorating and repairs for Gosport residents who are older or with a disability. Dustbusters The Dustbusters scheme is a […]
  • ‘Get Moving’ from Diabetes UK
    Our friends at Diabetes UK are offering online courses for all adults living with diabetes to help them to get into fun exercise and physical activity. There will be a chance to discuss health and wellbeing related to diabetes as well as meeting new people in the area to share experiences. Please see the attached […]
  • Healthwatch Hampshire
    Healthwatch Hampshire is asking people what matters to them when it comes to health and social care Healthwatch Hampshire is running a health priorities survey to find out what matters to the people of Hampshire when it comes to health and social care services for this year. Now that there is a road map out […]
  • Gosport Community Pantry
    The Gosport Pantry opened on Friday 9 April and is aimed at people struggling to feed themselves. People apply to be a member and can then shop once a week. They select from the food available using some parameters and pay £5 with food valuing approx £15.
  • Self-referrals to Dept Work and Pensions now available
    Willow Group is pleased to be able to offer our patients a self-referral pathway to the Department of Work and Pensions in relation to progression into employment.  Please note this pathway is not a benefit advisory service.
  • Armed Forces Friendly
    The Royal College of General Pracitioners has accredited Willow Group as Armed Forces veteran friendly. If you are or have been in the Forces, please let us know.
  • Flu Vaccinations Still Available
    Flu season is still with us. Flu can make you seriously ill. The best way to protect yourself is to get a vaccination. You can book by sending us a Klinik message from our home page and we’ll contact you back. The Covid vaccine will not protect you from flu.
  • Covid Vaccinations
    We are currently inviting patients according to the Government’s strict priority guidelines. As we receive new batches of vaccinations we will send invitations by text message or telephone direct to book. We are organising clinics as fast as we are supplied with the vaccine. NHS England is organising mass testing centres for Frontline Workers and […]
  • Welcome to Willow Group
    We have written the attached document to welcome our new patients and help guide them when they need medical attention.
  • Over 65 Flu clinics
    Are you over 65? Have you had your Flu vaccination this season? Did you know that there must be 7 days clear between having the flu vaccine and the Covid vaccine? If you or a family member have not yet booked in for the over 65 vaccination, we have a clinic running Saturday 12th December […]
  • Self-care for Carers
    The italk service is delighted to announce a new wellbeing class for unpaid carers, developed through engagement with local carers groups. This short class aims to help carers to start thinking about their own wellbeing, and learn a simple technique for bringing balance into your life.  They’re not going to suggest you try to find […]
  • Mind Support Helpline
    Our friends at Mind have set up a coronavirus helpline to provide support if you’re anxious or low and need to talk to someone. They can offer a variety of guidance and support.
  • Lockdown and Contacting Us
    Dear Patient, Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that England will be subject to new restrictions from today, we want to reassure you that our Practice remains open to our patients with pre-booked appointments. For the health and safety of our patients and staff, we do ask that if you have a general enquiry you do […]
  • Thursday 15 October 2020
  • Maternity update
    To self-refer for maternity care for your pregnancy please follow this link: https://www.porthosp.nhs.uk/departments-and-services/maternity-services/97964 Once you submit the form you will receive an email response giving you information regarding screening and having a healthy pregnancy. A midwife will contact you when you are approximately 9 weeks pregnant to arrange to complete your booking notes.
  • Mind Opening Hours
    Our friends at Mind have asked us to spread the word on their new opening hours. If you, or someone you know, are struggling with a mental health crisis, you can call them on 0300 303 1560 between 6pm and 10pm any day of the year from 1 October. You can download their leaflet below.
  • Flu Clinics 2020
    We will soon be holding clinics for the 2020 flu campaign. With Covid 19, it is even more important than ever to have your flu vaccination and with this in mind we will have to run the clinics in a different way. Please do not attend if you have Covid 19 symptoms. If you cannot […]
  • 2020 Flu Season Campaign
    This years winter is going to be a huge challenge – with flu and COVID-19 circulating in the population at the same time. Please get your vaccination and encourage your family and friends in the inclusion categories to get theirs. You can protect yourself from flu, you can’t currently from COVID-19. Willow Group’s first ‘flu […]
  • Change in rules regarding face coverings
    It was announced yesterday that from 24 July 2020 everyone is required to wear a face covering when entering a shop or business. This is in addition to wearing one on Public Transport which has been mandatory for some time now. If you feel you are unable to wear a mask for auditory, sensory or […]
  • Latest Newsletter
    The latest edition of The Willow Group’s patient newsletter is now available. The issue includes an update on our service while it remains affected by the COVID19 situation and offers some advice on self-care and new ways we can communicate with you electronically. You can download it from here.
    Willow Group has been selected and approved to take part in the COVID-19 PRINCIPLE Trial which is being run by the University of Oxford. Our GP lead for the study is Dr Madeleine Taylor. The PRINCIPLE Trial aims to find treatments that reduce hospital admission and improve symptoms for people with COVID-19. We will be […]
  • Updating Your Details
    We have started to contact patients for whom we have limited contact details in order for us to update our records. We are doing this by telephone initially but if the call is not answered, we will send a text. Having the most up to date details for you enables us to contact you quickly […]
  • Connect to Support Hampshire COVID-19 Resources
    Hampshire County Council Adults’ Health and Social Care have added COVID-19 resources to their website to help you in this unusual time. Connect to Support Hampshire Support Hampshire COVID Resourses
  • Please seek alternatives to ED for minor injuries/illnesses
    Portsmouth Hospitals is asking us all to support the efforts to manage the impact COVID-19 by using alternative treatment centres for minor injuries and illnesses. Please read this message from Portsmouth Hospitals for full information.
  • Medication Rescue Packs
    We are aware of posts on social media telling patients to ask for rescue packs. The advice from the prescribing team is that patients who have not previously had rescue packs should not have them issued for the following reasons: In patients with COVID – 19 infection we are not aware of any evidence of […]
  • Surgery Signposting Service
    The Surgery Signposting Service provided by Gosport Voluntary Action is working to continue to provide the service by providing telephone appointments. If you have any enquiries or wish to book an appointment with a Signposter, please call The SSP on 07578 509 079.
  • Providing Proof of Coronavirus Absence from Work
    Please see the Government advice on providing proof of coronavirus absence from work
  • Covid-19 Update 20/03/2020
    IN AN EFFORT TO PROTECT OUR PATIENTS AND STAFF WE HAVE TAKEN THE DECISION TO RESTRICT ACCESS TO THE SURGERY IN LINE WITH NHS ENGLAND AND PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDANCE. GP/NURSE APPOINTMENTSYour appointment will now be over the telephone rather than face to face. Please ensure we have an up to date contact number for you. […]
  • Appointments
    During the week 17-21 February we had 1182 routine appointments available to book. We’d like to thank everyone who attended their appointment and also those who cancelled thus allowing someone else to book in their place. However 134 of them were not attended. That equates to at least 33 hours where people who needed to […]
  • Reminder: New Stoke Road Opening Times
    Following our previous post, this is a reminder that from 2 March the new opening times for our Stoke Road will be changing to 8.00am-6.30pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only. When Stoke Road Medical Centre is closed on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, you will still be able to access all the same services at our […]
  • Smokefree Hampshire
    Smokefree Hampshire is running stop smoking sessions at Gosport market all day every Tuesday (outside Poundland). Patients can either call 0800 772 3649 for an appointment or alternatively can simply drop in to the mobile clinic.
  • TrueYou Blood Sugar Monitors
    Do you have a TrueYou monitor to measure your blood sugar levels? The manufacturer has now ceased production of thise device. A replacement monitor from NIPRO is now available for you to collect from Forton Medical Centre. To use the new monitor, you’ll need new strips. Your prescription will be updated once you have collected […]
  • Stoke Road Medical Centre
    Dear Patients – please read the attached letter regarding our Stoke Road site.
  • Diabetes Refresher
    Have you been living with Type 2 Diabetes for over a year? The Community Diabetes Team is holding refresher sessions on maintaining a healthy lifestyle to keep the condition under control. If you are interested, please reserve your place by calling the Community Diabetes Service on 023 9268 1003.
  • Wuhan Novel Coronavirus Information
    NHS England has issued guidance for anyone who has been to Wuhan, China in the last two weeks. You can download a copy of this here Click here to go directly to the NHS.uk page
  • Seasons Greetings
    Dear all We have had another busy year at Willow Group finding new and better ways to look after our patients. We’ve written a short letter to you summing it all up. We’d like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.
  • Are you flu proof?
    We have received reports that people with confirmed cases of flu are being admitted to hospital. If you are 65 or over, have a long term condition, are pregnant or are a carer, you are eligible for a free flu vaccination. We have appointments available. Dr Chilvers reports that “the H3 strain is taking off […]
  • Become an Antibiotic Guardian
    Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing us today. Without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous.  Setting broken bones, basic operations, even chemotherapy and animal health all rely on antibiotics that work.   To slow the resistance we need to cut the unnecessary use of antibiotics.   Public Health England are inviting the public, […]
  • Patient Survey 2019 – The Results
    Our patient survey for this year is now complete and we’d like to thank everyone who completed a form. We value your opinions and use them to shape the services we provide. The results are available now for you to view.
  • UDAMO Study
    Several of you very kindly took part in the GLAD Study and the researchers are grateful to everyone who participated. As this was a success, we are taking part in further studies. Self-help apps – do you use them? Are they useful? How could they be improved? We are now inviting you to take part […]
  • GLAD Study
    We are pleased to announce that we are participating in the GLAD Study, the world’s largest study of depression and anxiety. The study is hoping that 40,000 people will take part so, if you are 16 or over, live in England and have ever had clinical or serious anxiety/depression, you are welcome to sign up. […]
  • Your Big Health Conversation – GP Services Survey
    Locally the way in which you can access some of your GP services is changing with the introduction of: Integrated Primary Care Access Service Same Day Access Services GP provided phlebotomy tests (blood taking) Online access (eConsult) Online appointment booking Online prescription requests Long term condition clinics Care navigators. Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group […]
  • Same Day Access Service Move – Feedback
    We’re a few weeks in to relocation of our Same Day Access Service (SDAS) from Gosport War Memorial Hospital to Forton Medical Centre. We have already received a lot of feedback about the move from patients. If you would like the chance to give us your point of view about SDAS at Forton, please add […]
  • Summer Newsletter
    The latest edition of our patient newsletter is now available for download here and on our Patient Participation Group page. This issue discusses our recent CQC inspection and gives feedback on your suggestions in Friends and Family surveys and our patient involved QI Workshops.
  • Exercise on Referral at Gosport Leisure Centre
    Exercise has fantastic health benefits for everyone including people with long term conditions. Gosport Leisure Centre has recently extended its Exercise on Referral programme so you can self-refer. If you are overweight, have asthma, arthritis, osteoporosis, depression, diabetes, high BP, high cholesterol, or just need to be more active you can refer yourself. Follow the link to […]
  • Same Day Access Service Move
    Our Same Day Access Service will temporarily relocate from Gosport War Memorial Hospital to Forton Medical Centre from Monday 22nd July 2019.  This will make it easier for us to cover shifts for staff over the school holidays, allowing us to continue offering the best same day service possible to our patients. This shouldn’t affect many […]
  • New PPG Minutes
    Our Patient Participation Group held a meeting on 5 April 2019. You can read the minutes by visiting our PPG page. The next meeting will be on 28 June. If you have anything you’d like the group to discuss of if you’re interested in joining the group, please contact our Patient Experience Team (fgccg.mywillowexperience@nhs.net)
  • Patient Survey 2019
    The Willow Group continues to strive to meet patients’ needs and as part of our ongoing quality improvement process we have created a questionnaire for our patients to complete. We’d love to hear about your of the facilities that are now available to you to aid further development.  The anonymous questionnaire is available at all […]
  • Open Day
    On Saturday 18 May 2019 Waterside Medical Centre has an Open Day. Come along and meet the team, find out more about the services we provide and how to access them. We’re also interested in your feedback so there’ll be an opportunity for you to speak with our Patient Experience Team and Patient Participation Group.
  • CQC Inspection
    We were recently inspected by the UK’s national health regulator, the Care Quality Commission. We are delighted to share that they rated our services as ‘Good’ overall. It is great to see our improvements are having a positive effect. You can read the full report here. We still have lots to do and will continue […]
  • Care about Primary Care in Gosport?
    You are invited to a Quality Improvement even in March. If you are interested in learning how Primary Care works and to influence its transformation, please see the attached details.
  • New PPG Minutes and Newsletter
    Our Patient Participation Group met in January 2019 and the minutes are now available together with a new newsletter. Please see our PPG page for details.
  • Casting Off
    Dr Stuart Morgan is retiring from The Willow Group. He has written a letter to all patients to say goodbye you can download it here.
  • Telephone update for Virgin Mobile users
    We were recently made aware of an issue affecting Virgin Mobile customers who were being cut off when trying to call the Willow Group. We have been working hard to identify the issue which appears to only be affecting a small subset of Virgin customers who were previously on the Orange network.  The reasons that […]
  • End of Year Letter
    Dear Patients We have had some thoughts about the past year which we’d like to share with you all. May you all have a merry Christmas and a very happy new year. Best wishes Everyone at Willow Group
  • Gosport Walking for Health Dec 2018 – Jan 2019 Programme
    Gosport Voluntary Action has released its new programme for the Gosport Walking for Health initiative. You can find it here.
  • New Smart App
    Our texting service just got a whole lot smarter. When we send a message to you, it can now send it via text, email or to the new MJOG Messenger App. The Messenger App is free to download from your phone’s App Store and you register using  your mobile number. The system automatically switches you […]
  • Flu Season – book your vaccination
    Autumn has arrived and anyone aged 65 and over or living with a long-term condition is entitled to a free vaccination. This year there are two vaccines: one for people 65 and over and another for under 65s with a long-term condition. Everyone who is eligible for vaccination will be get a text message but […]
  • Telephones Update
    We are delighted to announce that we have a proposed ‘Go Live’ date for our new telephone system: 27 September 2018. From this date, our new number will be 023 8231 1034 (local rate applies) We thank you for your continued support and patients while this work has been undertaken. After 27 September, if you […]
  • Patient Participation Group Newsletter
    Our Patient Participation Group has been busy over the Summer and has now published its latest newsletter. You can download it from our PPG page.
  • Forton’s Telephones Are Fixed
    Our telephones at Forton Medical Centre have now been fixed. You can know use the 023 258 3333 number again. We apologise if you were inconvenienced by this issue.
  • Fault with Telephone at Forton
    We are aware that there is a fault with the telephone number for Forton Medical Centre. We have informed our supplier and they are investigating the problem. If you are trying to reach us on the 023 9258 3333 number, please try calling one of our other medical centres. We apologise for any inconvenience. Brune […]
  • Letter from Dr Morgan
    Dr Morgan has written a letter to all Willow patients. Letter to Patients Bowing Out July 2018
  • Patient Access Now Fixed
    We are very pleased to announce that our supplier has fixed Patient Access and patients are now able to register to use the system at https://www.patientaccess.com/ When registering, you will be asked to pick a practice on a map. You can choose any of our sites. Please note: Data protection and NHS rules now enforce that […]
  • Online Consultations – What do you think?
    NHS England is interested in your view of online consultations, sometimes called eConsultations. Please consult the survey at https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/survey/online-consultations-public-engagement/  
  • New Privacy Policy (GDPR update)
    We have reviewed and updated our privacy policy to reflect the new data privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We encourage you to take the time to read the full policy but we also have a quick guide here.
  • Electronic Prescriptions Service
    The Electronic Prescriptions Service (EPS) connects us to your preferred pharmacy so when you request your medication, we can send it there directly. No need to collect your green prescription. Pop in to the pharmacy you want your prescriptions and ask about EPS. You don’t have to have a computer to use this service. You […]
  • Forton Medical Centre – Your Questions Answered
    Thank you for your continued feedback on the proposed changes to routine GP appointments at Forton Medical Centre. Following your input, we have put together a Frequently Asked Question documents with more information about some of the comments raised so far here on Facebook and face-to-face in our practice. You can find them here: Forton […]
  • Letter to Forton Based Patients
    Our letter about the changes to routine GP appointments at our Forton Medical Centre site has now been posted. This should be with our Forton patients from today onwards (subject to Royal Mail posting times). It will also be available from all our reception desks. As advised some weeks back, we are looking to move […]
  • Update on GP appointments at Forton Medical Centre
    We have been contacted by several patients to enquire about changes to GP appointments at Forton Medical Centre. Please find below a brief update: We have been experiencing problems finding GPs to come and work in our practices, due to a lack of GPs across the country. This means that our GPs often work alone […]
  • An Important Update
    A few weeks ago we updated you about the issues with our phone lines. We are pleased to say we’ve now secured the significant funding needed to progress this work. The project will start on Monday (12 March) and we expect to go live with one new number for our practice within the next 12 […]
  • A Message About Our Telephones
    Thank you for all your messages in the past few weeks about the issues with our phone lines. We are very sorry that this problem is impacting on our ability to provide easy access to the service for you . The frustrations you are feeling aren’t being ignored – but the system we need is […]
  • NHS Choices – Behind the Headlines
    There’s a news story about health almost every day. Sometimes they contradict each other. So what are we supposed to think and do to keep ourselves healthy? NHS Choices looks at the stories behind the headlines and explains them in plain language to help you decide.
  • What does it mean to be frail?
    Living with frailty is becoming a part of a growing number of people’s lives. If you or someone you know lives with this condition or just concerned about it, a new web site has been created to help us start a conversation. With planning frailty can be managed and even avoided. Developed by our friends […]
  • New web site launches!
    We’re proud to announce our new web site for Willow Group! Here you’ll find out about how the Group works for you as a patient. You can use this page to access eConsultations and log into your medical record to book appointments, request medication and much more. We’d love to hear your comments too – […]
  • Dementia Awareness Campaign
    Worried someone close to you is losing their memory? Many people suffer from memory loss as they get older. But if it starts to happen on a regular basis, it could be the early signs of dementia. What should I look for? Dementia is not a single illness but a group of symptoms caused by […]

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