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Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 6th May 2022

Date sent: Friday 6 May 2022

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers          This and previous updates are available here

Dr Helen Cotton: A former LMC committee member, educator and GP at Diamond health very sadly passed away this week after a short illness her family asked that we share her funeral details for GP colleagues who have worked with or knew Helen, it will be held On May 20th 2pm at Castle Cary Methodist Church (followed by private cremation). The wake will be in Cary also.The dress code is not black, but colourful to reflect the vibrance of Helen and her life.
Family flowers only, with donations to a charity still to be confirmed.

Somerset and North Somerset Registration Service: With the changes of MCCDs last month, some delays have been reported in a few cases:

Once the MCCD has been completed electronically, families can make an appointment to register a death 01823 282251 Register a death (

Patient access to GP-held records: General practices were previously informed that from April there would be changes for practices using TPP and EMIS systems, to provide patients with access to their future health records. GPs will be informed of a revised go-live date (expected summer 2022) with two months’ notice, and provided with support resources. Read further information about the changes; you can also attend a webinar series, or contact the team if you have questions

HRT review - testosterone: PAMM approved use of low dose topical testosterone Testim gel or Testogel sachets (off license uses) by or on the recommendation of a GP / specialist trained in the use of testosterone in post-menopausal women who have significant symptoms remaining despite optimal HRT treatment, they have also updated the Menopause and HRT page. Information on the new referral process and criteria, plus resources for GPs and patients, can be found on this page on the Glastonbury Surgery website. A training session will be arranged later in the year.

Somerset Menopause Clinic:This is to clarify that the new Somerset NHS Menopause Centre is not affiliated to Somerset Menopause Clinic run by Teresa Davison. the latter is a self referral private clinic and has been established for the last 3 years. Teresa cannot accept advice and guidance emails or give any advice about clients not already on her data base.
If patients would like to be seen privately please guide them to her website where they can book.
If GP's want to write an accompanying referral for someone who is going to book, her email is

Respiratory Nurse Advisor (from David Long): This is a quick reminder that I am still around and available to help you. This can be done in a number of ways and is supported by the LMC at no cost to the practice
In house education and clinical support can be provided to nurses who are new to the respiratory speciality, or those who are about to undertake/undertaken a formal respiratory course.
If you want advise and guidance this can be via e-mail, telephone and more recently via ZOOM.
My services are bespoke to your needs so any reasonable request will be considered for respiratory support and education. Contact detail are e-mail, Mob: 07525468023

Welcome to General Practice event 19th of May 2022: This event is aimed at trainees and newly qualified GPs to help them understand the opportunities and support available to them as they embark on their careers in general practice.
Developed in partnership with NHS England, Health Education England, the GMC, and RCGP. Presented by doctors working in general practice, the agenda will provide information about the GP Fellowship scheme, the RCGP First Five scheme, working as a partner, and how to develop a portfolio career, as well as what happens at CCT and appraisal.
Key speakers include Dr Nikki Kanani (Medical Director, NHS England & Improvement), Prof Simon Gregory (Deputy Medical Director, Health Education England), and Prof Dame Clare Gerada (President, Royal College of General Practitioners).
More information and registration for the event can be found here.

Making Meetings more Successful: Primary Care Academy Virtual Training Event – Free to practices Please find details and booking information for the 12th Primary Care Academy virtual event being held on Thursday 14th July from 1330hrs-1630hrs.

Top Tips....
Can be found here. New item this week is:
 -    Ukranian Refugee support and Helpline posters

And Finally...

Some wise words from a Somerset GP colleague at the conclusion of a meeting this week


Kind regards


Jill Hellens

Executive Director
Somerset LMC
Crown Medical Centre, Venture Way, Taunton, TA2 8QY

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