Firstly, please remember it's that time of year again - Flu season - and eligible patients can receive their jab in their surgery. Please click here for more general info about eligibility, and the importance of receiving your jab - both on an individual level, but also in order to protect others.
This year, there is a new, more advanced jab, the 'adjuvant flu vaccine' available for the over 65's, though there have been stock/supply issues nationally; please contact your practice to find out when you can book your jab, as this is the recommended jab for this age group, even if it means a slight delay. Read more
Social Prescribing: Secondly, Taff Ely Cluster have been chosen for a Welsh Government Pilot in Social Prescribing, work that is going to be done by our friends in MIND. We are hoping this will be up and running in the new year, and will provide more info when we have it.
e-Consult: One of our Cluster practices, Parc Canol have recently started using e-consult, which will allow their patients to utilise online consultations. The practice responds to these online requests within 2 working days, and this affords patients a convenient method to make contact at a time that suits them. It is obviously not appropriate for all medical issues, for instance if an examination is required, however we think this system is something we can all learn from going forward, and the Cluster will be monitoring their progress, with a view to other practices potentially rolling out this service next year.
Local Activities: We have updated the community co-ordinator resources section for October 18.
Also, our friends in the Garth Olwg Lifelong Learning Centre are offering a Wednesday "Chatty Cafe" from 2-3 for all local residents in the Cluster area, everyone welcome, for a cuppa and a chat!
Free Courses: There are course starting currently across Taff Ely cluster area on both Mindfulness and Stress-Control, please click here to find out more detail.
We have been informed about a scheme running from September, based in Dewi Sant hospital and open to all who would like tips and information about maximising your wellbeing and mental health. Please click here for further info.
Also, as mentioned before, the Care Navigation service will be commencing in all practices in the Cluster from September this year and the video below featuring a local GP helps to outline the reasoning behind starting this scheme.
Please visit www.taffelycluster.com to find out about:
- Garth Olwg Lifelong Learning Centre who offer all sorts of classes and events.
- Updated local resources from the community coordinators.
- Upcoming 'Care Navigation' scheme we are starting across all the GP practices within the cluster.
Please see the 'Breathing Space' page to find out more about local art classes which have been setup with Cluster support in order to help with stress, anxiety or depression in a supportive environment.
Alternatively, if you are looking at losing weight and improving your general health, find out more about the 'Joint Care Programme' which offers both gym sessions, as well as cooking and nutritional support, a scheme which is already making a difference to patient's lives (see video below)
Keep checking back to www.taffelycluster.com for regular updates including a video section outlining the Sheds programme - Walking Rugby in Pontypridd.
Also, NHS Wales have launched a page outlining current wait times and patient numbers in various A+E departments across Cwm Taf. In our Taff Ely Cluster area, the Royal Glamorgan Hospital offers our local A+E services, and we ask that you check your symptoms are appropriate before attending there, and believe this tool will be helpful to understanding the pressures they are under, when you need to 'choose well'.
We have updated the site to reflect the updated wellbeing resources available, please see the Local Activities page for further info.
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