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Retina UK Peer Support Group Meeting

Retina UK supports people affected by all inherited retinal conditions such as retinitis pigmentosa, usher syndrome, stargardt disease and leber congenital amaurosis.

We are holding our first peer support group meeting in Milton Keynes on Saturday 8th February between 10.00 – 12.00  at the community room, John Lewis Milton Keynes. Our groups provide a welcoming and friendly opportunity for people to meet up to share experiences, tips and information. The information and support shared is not just for those with an inherited retinal condition but also for their family, friends and support network too.

You don’t have to live in Milton Keynes to join! For more information, contact Clair at Retina UK – email: or call the office on 01280 821334.

If you would like to know more about Retina UK please visit their website.

Do you have Type 2 diabetes?

Would you like to learn more about your diabetes?
Then attend a DESMOND course near you.

As part of a Milton Keynes-wide service all patients with Type 2 diabetes can attend our diabetes education courses called DESMOND. Whether you have been recently diagnosed with diabetes or have been living with the condition for a while now you can take advantage of a DESMOND course to learn more about your diabetes and how to manage the condition and live well.

DESMOND stands for Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed and is a group of education programmes for people with Type 2 diabetes. You can learn more about Type 2 diabetes and gain help managing diabetes-related health changes, as well as meet and share life experiences with others.

DESMOND courses work because they are designed to support the person with Type 2 diabetes, making them the expert by increasing the knowledge and understanding of what having diabetes means, and empowering you to make your own decisions.

The MK Diabetes Care educator team deliver full-day sessions during the week as well as on Saturdays, plus also deliver some half-day sessions in the evening. Group size is small, and you are welcome to bring someone along for support, and are offered at various community venues.

To book on a session please either speak to your GP or nurse to be referred.

Not all medicines can be supplied on NHS prescription!

You have been given this leaflet as you have asked for a prescription for something that is either available “over the counter” (OTC) from pharmacies, supermarkets and some other shops, or which has very little evidence showing that they are safe or effective.

After a local and national public consultation we no longer prescribe OTC medicines for conditions that will clear up on their own or can be easily treated at home. The NHS has a budget and cannot afford to prescribe these medications.

For children in full-time education and for people that receive benefits that allow them to have free prescriptions, your pharmacy can supply some medicines free of charge through the local minor ailments service (MK Pharmacy First). Speak to a member of the pharmacy team for more information.

Your pharmacist is a great source of advice, whether you use the MK Pharmacy First scheme or buy your medicines over the counter.

The advice to direct patients to Self-Care wherever possible has the full backing of Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and applies to all GP surgeries in Milton Keynes. Other areas of the country will have similar policies too.

The reasons for this policy are as follows:

 People should be able to look after themselves and their children where possible and manage self-limiting conditions with support from their local pharmacy if

  • In order to manage common illnesses at home, you should keep a small supply of simple treatments in your medicine
  • Lots of medicines are widely available from supermarkets, pharmacies and some other shops at reasonable
  • Many of these treatments are more expensive when prescribed on the NHS compared to when they are bought over the
  • The NHS belongs to everybody and we must ensure that funds are used in the best way for all patients.
  • There have been local and national public consultations recently to support this policy:


Tel: 01908 278684 during office hours (answerphone available)



The Complaints and Patient Experience Lead
Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group
Sherwood Place
155 Sherwood Drive Bletchley
Milton Keynes

Sonal Mehta on behalf of the Pharmaceutical Advisers May 2018

Review date: May 2020

Flu Clinics

Seasonal flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a flu virus. The virus infects your lungs and upper airways, causing a sudden high temperature and general aches and pains. You could also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a dry cough. Symptoms can last for up to a week. You can have a flu jab if you are over 65 years of age and have a long term illness.

You may be invited for a flu jab if you are:

  • are 65 years of age or over
  • are pregnant
  • have certain medical conditions
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
  • receive a carer’s allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
  • or have a serious long-term health condition, including:
  • chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma
  • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  • chronic kidney disease
  • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
  • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease
  • diabetes
  • problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
  • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS
  • being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)
  • eligible children who are aged 2 and 3 on 31st August 2019 – that is, children born between September 1 2015 and August 31 2017
  • Children who are 4 years old are also eligible for fluvaccination provided they were 3 on August 31 2019. These children should be offered the vaccination at their general practice.
  • Children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be offered their vaccination in school. In a couple of areas it might be offered in primary care settings.

Our Flu Clinics can now be booked.

If you have any queries please contact the surgery.

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Diabetes UK – Milton Keynes group dates

The Milton Keynes group of Diabetes UK meets on the third Thursday of the month at Centrecom Community Centre 602 North Row, Secklow Gate West, MK9 3BJ.

Meetings start at 7.30pm, after tea and a chat to others affected by diabetes from 7pm, and are free. Parking is also free.

January 17th: Update on local Integrated Diabetes Services

February 21st: Let’s talk about food!

March 21st: Let’s talk about Diabetes with Dr Asif Ali Diabetes, consultant.

April 18th: Let’s get us moving!

May 16th:  Let’s talk about eyes: with hospital eye care team.

June 20th: Lets talk about mood.

July 18th: Let’s talk about kidneys with Dr Husham Abuleis, Renal Consultant

For more information call: 01908 661039 / 0796 416 1792, visit or email