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  A NEW WAY TO GET YOUR MEDICATION:

YOU CAN NOW REQUEST FOR YOUR PRESCRIPTION TO BE SENT ELECTRONICALLY TO THE PHARMACY OF YOUR CHOICE. YOU WILL NO LONGER GET A PAPER PRESCRIPTION, BUT CAN GO DIRECTLY TO THE PHARMACY TO COLLECT YOUR PRESCRIBED ITEMS. PLEASE CALL RECEPTION TO LET US KNOW WHICH PHARMACY YOU WOULD LIKE TO USE OR COMPLETE AND RETURN THE ELECTRONIC PRESCRIPTION SERVICE NOMINATION FORM TO USE THIS SERVICE.

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PLEASE REGULARLY CHECK WITH RECEPTION IF WE HAVE YOUR UP-TO-DATE CONTACT DETAILS - ESPECIALLY YOUR MOBILE NUMBER - AS WE NOW SEND APPOINTMENT REMINDERS BY TEXT MESSAGE!

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YOU CAN NOW BOOK & CANCEL APPOINTMENTS ONLINE

In order to use this service, you will need to register at reception. You will be given a unique ID and password to log into our 'SystmOnline' website where you can also order repeat prescriptions and view your medical record.

You will need to complete a registration form which you can complete online, print and bring with you to the surgery together with 1. Photo ID AND 2. Proof of residence (bank statement, utility bill or council tax bill).

Patient Online Access Request

 

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Named accountable GP

From 1st April all practices are required under the 2015-16 General Medical Services Contract to allocate a named accountable GP to all practice patients, including children.

The named accountable GP will take the lead responsibility for the co-ordination of services required.

Any member of the practice team will be able to confirm the name of your accountable GP. This does not prevent you from seeing any doctor or nurse of your choice!

If a patient expresses a preference as to which GP they are assigned to, the practice will make reasonable efforts to accommodate this request.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE!

 

Can all patients please be aware that ONE booked appointment is only ten minutes long.

 

This means that only ONE patient will be seen, and only ONE problem dealt with.

 

This will help everybody to be seen as close to their allotted appointment time as possible.

 

NHS Choices Conditions and Treatments

See the NHS Choices Conditions and Treatments browser for an in-depth description of many common health issues.


Decision aids

NHS Direct Patient Decision Aids (PDAs) are designed to help patients make difficult decisions about their treatments and medical tests. They are used when there is no clinical evidence to suggest that one treatment is better than another and patients need help in deciding which option will be best for them.

Cervical Screening (Smear Tests)

Cervical screening is a method of preventing cervical cancer by detecting abnormal cells in the cervix (lower part of the womb). Cervical screening is not a test for cancer, but it is a test to check the health of the cervix.

Most women's test results show that everything is normal. But for one in 20 women, the test will show some changes in the cells of the cervix. Most of these changes will not lead to cervical cancer and the cells will go back to normal on their own. In some cases, the abnormal cells need to be treated to prevent them becoming a problem later.  

NHS Choices - Cervical Screening
The why, when & how guide to cervical screening

Cervical Screening
This factsheet is for women who would like information about having a cervical smear test for screening. This means having the test when you don't have any symptoms.


HPV Vaccination

Since September 2008 there has been a national programme to vaccinate girls aged 12-13 against human papilloma virus (HPV).  There is also a three-year catch up campaign that will offer the HPV vaccine (also known as the cervical cancer jab) to 13-18 year old girls.

The programme is delivered largely through secondary schools, and consists of three injections that are given over a six-month period. In the UK, more than 1.4 million doses have been given since the vaccination programme started.

What is Human papilloma virus (HPV)?
Human papilloma virus (HPV) is the name of a family of viruses that affect the skin and the moist membranes that line your body, such as those in your cervix, anus, mouth and throat. These membranes are called the mucosa.

There are more than 100 different types of HPV viruses, with about 40 types affecting the genital area. These are classed as high risk and low risk.

How you get HPV?
Types of HPV that affect the skin can be passed on by skin contact with an affected person. The types of HPV that affect the mouth and throat can be passed on through kissing. Genital HPV is usually spread through intimate, skin to skin, contact during sex. You can have the genital HPV virus for years and not have any sign of it.  

How HPV can cause cervical cancer?
Most HPV infections are harmless or cause genital warts, however some types can cause cervical cancer. Most HPV infections clear up by themselves, but in some people the infection can last a long time. HPV infects the cells of the surface of the cervix where it can stay for many years without you knowing.

The HPV virus can damage these cells leading to changes in their appearance. Over time, these changes can develop into cervical cancer. The purpose of cervical screening (testing) is to detect these changes, which, if picked up early enough, can be treated to prevent cancer happening. If they are left untreated, cancer can develop and may lead to serious illness and death.  


Resources

Cancer Research UK
HPV Facts and information

NHS Choices - HPV Vaccination
Why, how and when is the vaccination given and what are the side effects

HPV Vaccine
This factsheet is for people who would like information about the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine.


These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice
 
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