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www.westbankpractice.com 25th June 2016

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Publication of GP Earnings - 2014/15

All GP Practices are required to declare the mean earnings (e.g. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.

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Electronic Prescribing

We now offer 'Electronic Prescribing'

We can now send your repeat medication prescription directly to your 'nominated' pharmacy via electronic transfer. You don't have to come and collect it and it's quicker and much more reliable than sending paper. A more convenient way to get your prescription.

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GP Retirement

We are sad to see two of our GPs retire.  Dr Quinn retired early in December 2015 and Dr Perkins plans to retire from the beginning of March 2016.

We will have 3 new GPs taking their place.

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Information Sharing Agreement (MIG)

The practice has enabled software to share your GP medical record with urgent care services. This means that if you need urgent care treatment (A&E, Out of hours GP, Walk-in centre) the clinician treating you will ask for your consent for them view your GP medical record; if you do not wish them to view your GP medical record you can decline access.

 

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Chicken Pox

Chicken pox is a relatively harmless illness that mainly affects children. However, the virus can remain dormant in the body and cause shingles in adulthood.

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Mumps

Mumps is infectious from two or three days before the swelling appears until eight or ten days after that date.

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Colds

Even in the 21st Century there is no magic cure for colds. Antibiotics do not work on viruses. There are hundreds of cold viruses, that is why we can catch a cold frequently.

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Shingles Vaccination

From 1st September 2015, the shingles vaccine will be offered routinely to people aged 70 and 78. You become eligible for the vaccine on the first day of September 2015 after you've turned 70 or 78

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HSCIC and NHS England care.data Service

How information about you helps us to provide better care

 
Confidential information from your medical records can be used by the NHS to improve the services offered so we can provide the best possible care for everyone.  This information along with your postcode and NHS number but not your name, are sent to a secure system where it can be linked with other health information. This allows those planning NHS services or carrying out medical research to use information from different parts of the NHS in a way which does not identify you.

We need to make sure that you know this is happening and the choices you have.

 

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Patient Experience Survey Report 2014/15

We now have the results of the IPQ (Improving Practice Questionnaire) Report by CPEP for 2014/15.  

We are pleased to announce that we have achieved a high result of 84% for the Practice.

 

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Avoiding Unplanned Admissions Service

The NHS has introduced a new service for people who are thought to be at increased risk of emergency hospital admission and who might benefit from more active support from their GP surgery. This service is being introduced as part of a move to reduce unnecessary emergency admissions to secondary care.

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Weight loss

The risks of being overweight are many, ranging from painful feet and knees to coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. The vast majority of people who are overweight would like to weigh less, but we know that instead of the incidence of overweight and obesity decreasing, it is in fact increasing.

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Osteoporosis and diet

Bone is a complicated structure consisting of minerals, vitamins and protein. The main mineral is calcium. There is over 1Kg of calcium present in the body, but 99% of this is found in the bones.

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Healthy bowels

Today, cancer of the bowel is responsible for thousands of premature deaths a year. The role of diet in maintaining healthy bowels is indisputable and every year, it appears that more and more is understood about the development of disease in the lower end of the gut.

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