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The Speedwell Practice



Good Thinking Campaign

Good Thinking is an online mental wellbeing service that promotes proactive self-care for the four most common mental health conditions: anxiety, low mood/depression, sleeping difficulties and stress. It developed through a partnership of local authorities, NHS and Public Health England and is supported by the Mayor of London – with the Association of Directors of Public Health taking a lead role.


The link to the campaign is here



Prescribing of Over the Counter Medicines is Changing


Please be aware the GP or Practice Nurse will not generally give you a prescription for over the counter medicines for a range of minor health concerns. Instead, over the counter medicines are available to buy in a pharmacy or a supermarket in your local community.


For more details please see the posters in the surgery or ask your GP, Nurse or reception staff for a leaflet.  You can also use the links below:






We are joining up your health and care records to improve the local services you receive


What does this mean for you

Being able to see your health and social care records at any time and in different places means health and care professionals can make quicker and safer decisions about your care.


We all use a wide range of health and care services in our lives, whether it’s a visit to see your GP, a hospital appointment or receiving a visit from a social worker.  We don’t receive our all of our care in one place or from a single organisation.  We may see our GP locally, but go to a hospital in another borough.  If we need emergency care, we may be taken to the most appropriate accident and emergency unit, which may be some distance from where we live.


When this happens, each organisation keeps a record of the care we receive; in the past, these records were on paper, but now this is usually an electronic record held separately by each organisation. 


We are one of a number of GP practices, who are part of a scheme to join up the electronic health and care records of all adults and children in north central London.


Health and care professionals have shared information on paper for many years – we now plan to do this using digital technology. Joining up records in five boroughs (Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington) is a building block for future plans to join up records across the whole of London but until this happens, your joined-up record will cover these five boroughs.


Most of your current health and care information, such as medication and allergy history, the summary of your care from past hospital stays and future appointments will be included. This will be your recent history as health and care services have not always recorded this information on electronic systems. Sensitive information such as sexual health, HIV status, fertility treatment records, domestic violence and criminal records will not be included.


Over time, it will also include information from other organisations that provide NHS and local authority social care services. (We do not currently plan to include children’s social care records) 


If you don’t want to be part of the joined-up record, you can opt out now, or at any point in the future. More information and a detailed privacy notice can be found at:



To print or view the leaflet, please click here


To view HIE privacy notice, please click here



What is Sepsis

Sepsis (also known as blood poisoning) is the immune system’s overreaction to an infection or injury. Normally our immune system fights infection – but sometimes, for reasons we don’t yet understand, it attacks our body’s own organs and tissues. If not treated immediately, sepsis can result in organ failure and death. Yet with early diagnosis, it can be treated with antibiotics.


Sepsis can initially look like flu, gastroenteritis or a chest infection. There is no one sign, and symptoms present differently between adults and children.



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