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You will find a wide variety of useful information on this website, which will help you in accessing services at the Surgery and in providing self-help and other basic medical advice.

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Social Media Policy

Penygraig Surgery Social Media Patient Policy

 There are many social media platforms which are widely used by both staff and patients; this includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn. At Penygraig Surgery we have a Facebook and Web page, which provides a range of useful information for our patient population.Penygraig Surgery has a duty to maintain patient confidentiality and to safeguard vulnerable patients. You can help us achieve this by adhering to the code of conduct outlined in this policy.

Patients at Penygraig Surgery are expected to adhere to the following code of conduct at all times.

  1. The practice requires all users of portable devices to use them in a courteous and considerate manner, respecting their fellow patients. Please refrain from using portable devices during consultations.
  2. Patients are not permitted to disclose any patient identifiable information about other patients, unless they have the express consent of that patient.
  3. Patients must not post any material that is inaccurate, fraudulent, harassing, embarrassing, obscene, defamatory or unlawful. Any such posts on the practice Facebook page will be deleted by the practice manager and the post reported.
  4. Patients are not permitted to take photographs within the waiting room or areas where other patients are present, nor are photographs of staff or the premises permitted.
  5. Patients must not post comments on social media which identify staff who work at the practice.

Patient complaints on social media.

We have a separate complaints policy which patients should use if they wish to make a complaint. We will only respond to complaints made to the practice in accordance with the practice policy. If a complaint is made on the practice Facebook page, it will be deleted and reported.

Breaches of this code of conduct may result in legal actions being taken against that individual and/or removal from the practice list.

 This policy will be reviewed annually.

FLU 2018/2019

The flu injection is available up until end of February 2019 – please ask at Reception desk.

It”s that time of year again when the annual flu vaccine is due. It is recommended for all those who are:

  • Over 65 years
  • Patients living in residential homes and nursing homes
  • Health and social care staff
  • People who are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill

It is also recommended in those with:

  • Chronic Respiratory disease
  • Chronic Kidney disease
  • Chronic Heart disease
  • Chronic Liver disease
  • Those who are immuncompromised (through cancer or powerful medications)We highly recommend that all people in the above groups are vaccinated, since although flu is generally nothing more than a nuisance, it can prove fatal, especially to the older population. (In the bad winter weather of 2011, about 112 people died of flu.)

Council Housing

From 1st October 2012 Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council are introducing a new way of allocating homes. Applicants will no longer be assessed on a points based scheme, but will be allocated to one of five ‘bands’ depending on housing need and date of application.

The council will no longer require the completion of a medical questionnaire. Instead, the council will require a letter confirming your current medical/disability need. This letter must describe how your current accommodation is exacerbating your health condition (or that of a member of your household).

Therefore, the doctors at the surgery will no longer complete housing forms if asked to do so. Instead, the doctors will (at their discretion) write a letter containing the necessary medical information, provided such information can be substantiated from the medical record. Since this work falls outside of NHS commitments and requires extra time to complete, there will be a charge of £30 for such a letter.

The five bands are as follows:

  • Band A – an urgent need to be moved and will be housed within 3 months of application
  • Band B – high priority to move
  • Band C – medium priority to move
  • Band D – low priority to move
  • Band E – as above

The table below gives the medical conditions required to be placed into a certain band.

Band Medical Condition
A Terminally Ill
Accommodation affects health to point it may become life threatening
Disabled  person completely restricted within the accommodation
Hospital discharge where current accommodation no longer suitable
Overcrowding leaves the applicant at risk of infection
B Accommodation has serious or detrimental impact on health
Disabled person restricted from day-to-day activities by their accommodation (e.g. steps, stairs, situated on hill)
At risk of being admitted to residential care or hospital
Applicant is giving or receiving essential support in a specific locality
Accommodation is in a condition that is contributing to serious ill-health
C Accommodation exacerbates persons’ health
D No medical reasons
E No medial reasons

Further information can be found at www.rhonddacynontafhousing.co.uk