St Helens CCG Talkfest debate
On Thursdy, 25 January 2018, St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group is holding a live question-time style debate to discuss winter issues in St Helens. There will be expert pannellists form Emergency and Urgent Care, pharmacy, GP and other local non-profit organisations. Click here to find out more.
World Obesity Day – ‘The F Word’ – Come to this special event at the Totally Wicked Stadium on 11 October 2017 and participate in a debate about How St Helens could tackle the issue of obesity, everyone welcome – click here to learn more
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2 week trial:
WC 20th & 27th November 2017
In response to an increase in ‘acute illnesses’ over the winter period, we are trialling a series of special Winter Pressures Response Clinics. These will operate in addition to our normal service to help us meet times of high demand. The receptionist will pass urgent appointment requests to the doctors who will decide if you need to be seen in one of these clinics. If so you will be contacted and given a day and guide arrival time.
You will be seen based on clinical priority.
Patients who arrive after you may be seen before you. Please be prepared for a wait.
During your appointment the doctor will only discuss your urgent ailment. If you need to discuss anything else, you will need a routine appointment.
Please note this is a bookable clinic only.
If you feel you need urgent medical attention, you can also attend a walk-in centre, get treatment from your pharmacist or call NHS 111 for advice.
NHS England Consultation – Medication prescribed in Primary Care
NHS England are currently running a consultation taking place until 21 October 2017 on proposals around medication prescribed in primary care
This consultation is focusing on 18 medicines which are either:
- Items of low clinical effectiveness or there are significant safety concerns;
- Items which are clinically effective but where more cost-effective products are available
- Items which are clinically effective but, due to the nature of the product, are deemed a low priority for NHS funding
NHS England and NHS Clinical Commissioners are also seeking people’s views on whether a wider list of 3,200 products that are available over-the-counter, without prescription, may be considered appropriate for future restriction. At this stage, we are seeking views generally on this area, for further work and consideration by the clinical working group.
You can find out more and get involved:
Great opportunity to make new friends
Available each weekday, Positive Living Community Day Centres are suitable for older people (generally 55+) who need minimal support but want to enjoy later life. Click here to learn more
Healthwatch (St Helens) Patient Friendly Practice Award 2017/19
Healthwatch (St Helens) is your local watchdog around health & social care services, designed to collect your experiences and represent your views. They make sure that the views of the people who use services in St Helens are taken into account by service providers and people who design services for the future.
We are pleased to advise that following an inspection by Healthwatch, Garswood Surgery has been awarded the Patient Friendly Practice Award 2017 / 2019 (http://www.healthwatchsthelens.co.uk/patient-friendly-practice-award) , an initiative designed by patients, not professionals. The criteria practices must meet came from a consultation event attended by Healthwatch members, people from local communities, colleagues from St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group and partners from local 3rd sector organisations. Click on the above link to read the Healthwatch report
National GP Survey 2017 – The best and worst GP Surgeries in St Helens ranked by patients
The St Helens Star has published the best and worst GP Surgeries in St Helens ranked by patients.
The GP Patient Survey 2017 has rated Garswood Surgery in joint top position in the St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group with a 98% happiness rating (the national average was 85%).
Thank you to all who participated in the survey.
Grenfell Tower Fire - Product Notice - Hotpoint Fridge Freezer.
Following the Grenfell Tower fire it has been identified that a fire started in a Hotpoint Fridge/Freezer.
The manufacturer has issued a ‘Product Notice’ (https://www.hotpointservice.co.uk/fridgefreezer) on their website which requests owners of an Hotpoint fridge/freezer to check the serial number and if they own an appliance which falls within the criteria to contact Hotpoint for advice.
Emergency Dental Care
In-Hours Urgent Care
- Patients should firstly contact their own dentist, if the practice is closed a message should tell the patient how they can access the urgent care treatment arrangements put in place by them.
- If the patient doesn’t have a dentist, they should contact the Triage/Helpline service on 0161 476 9651 (9.00am to 9.30pm)
Out of Hours Urgent Care
- Patients should contact the Triage/Helpline on 0161 476 9651 (9.00am to 9.30pm)
Closures for Staff Training
Please note that the surgery will be closed on the following date for Staff Training:
Friends and Family Test
Please help us to improve our service by giving us feedback via the below link. All responses are anonymous. Thank you.
Find out more about why the Friends & Family Test is important in this short NHS video.
Garswood Surgery Charity Fundraising
On Friday 30 September 2016 we held a bake sale for MacMillan and a tombola to raise money for the Wool Fund.
Many thanks to everyone for baking, donating, eating and supporting!
We will be holding the annual “McMillan Cancer World’s Biggest Coffee Morning” on Friday 29 September 2017, 10:00am – Noon – all welcome – Proceeds to McMillan
We are also hoping to hold a bake sale the following day (30th) during our Saturday morning Flu clinic. Proceeds from this event on the 30th will be split between McMillan and the Wool Fund.
If you would like to donate baked goods to either event please speak to Alex Prince.
Recent changes to the GP contract mean that all patients in England, including children, will benefit from having a named, accountable doctor who will be responsible for coordinating their care. We have allocated all our patients a “Named GP”. At this time you have been allocated to your registered GP however you can request to be allocated to any of the GP Partners.
Please note, patients who were formerly registered to Dr White have been allocated to Dr Lawson.
- You can still talk to any of our clinicians, not just your Named GP.
- You can still have appointments with any of our clinicians, not just your Named GP.
The frequently asked questions below answer most of the queries we have received in this regard.
Why have I been allocated a named GP?
The government believes, as we do, that continuity of care adds value to consultations and people with long term medical problems benefit from seeing the doctor who knows them best. We have always promoted continuity of care, especially for patients with long term complex medical problems.
Will having a named GP mean I will always be given a same day appointment with that doctor?
No. Having a name GP ensures an individual clinician has overall responsibility for the care and support our practice provides to you but it does not imply that doctor’s personal availability or mean that you will have any reduction in the time you may have to wait for an appointment.
Will the quality of my care be affected if I don’t see my named GP?
No. The clinicians make comprehensive notes in your medical record about every consultation they have with you. If you need to see a different doctor your full medical records will always be readily available including any correspondence, test results and medication issues so, in reality, there is sufficient information available in your records to ensure that any of our clinicians can care for you appropriately without any compromise in the standard of care provided.
Do I need to take any action?
You do not need to take any further action, but if you have any questions or wish to specify a GP partner as your named GP please note that our telephone lines are very busy and we cannot discuss this over the phone. Just let us know next time you visit the practice or email us at Garswood.email@example.com,
Looking to stop smoking?
Smokefree St Helens is pleased to provide a new drop-in session offering St Helens residents/workers support to help them to quit or reduce their smoking. Open 6 days per week Monday – Friday 11 -1pm, and Saturday 10-12, these new sessions are based in Unit 12, St Mary’s Indoor Market which can be located by entering the market near to B&M’s. A private area has been sectioned off within the stall to ensure confidentiality.
Click here to see other Stop Smoking Support sessions available throughout St Helens
The NHS Summary Care Record
Every household in England is receiving the leaflet ‘Better Information means better care leaflet’ during January. The leaflet helps to support us in raising awareness amongst patients about how their information is used for purposes beyond their direct care, including for the care.data programme. We thought you might find it helpful if we provided an update on progress, and reminded you about a number of resources that are available to support GP practices and patients. CLICK HERE to read more
For further information on Care.Data and Summary Care Records, including how to opt out, see the Further Information menu on the right.
Quality Improvement in NHS Services
In recognition of the challenging financial situation that the NHS is facing, the Government has implemented a series of sweeping changes throughout the NHS with a view to making the service more efficient and cost effective.
Changes to the way you order your repeat medicines
In St Helens at least £1.5 million worth of medicines each year are returned to chemists unused. These medicines cannot be re-used and are destroyed. In an effort to reduce waste St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group have decided to stop pharmacies, and other 3rd party suppliers from ordering medication for patients.
How can I order my medication?
The easiest way to order your repeat medicines in to sign up for Patient Access which provides secure access to the practice clinical system using a PC, tablet or smart phone. Patient Access allows you to not only order your repeat medicines but you can also book and cancel appointments, access your test results and view your medical record. It’s very simple to sign up - just enquire at reception with a form of ID (eg., driving licence, passport, etc.,) and proof of address (eg., utility bill, council tax notice, etc.,) and we will do the rest.
Alternatively, you can order your repeat medicines by dropping off your monthly prescription request into one of our two posting boxes (NB., if you are ordering this way please use the right hand side of your prescription order form to order your medicines – this reduces the chance of error and gives you the opportunity to cross of any medicines you don’t need that month)
Could I be signed up for Repeat Dispensing?
Your GP may be able to put your medication onto a system known as Repeat Dispensing – this means a special prescription is sent to your nominated chemist which allows the chemist to dispense your medication for up to a year without you needing to order it. Ask about this next time you visit the doctor (please note, not everyone is a suitable candidate for repeat dispensing)
What if I don’t need all of the items on my prescription this month?
Sometimes, you may not use all of the medicine(s) you have been prescribed– this can often be the case with some creams or certain medicines such as laxatives which you only need to take as and when required. To avoid a wait at the pharmacy, if you let them know when you intend collecting you medicines they can usually prepare your medicines ready for collection – at the same time if tell them about medication you don’t need they will make the necessary adjustment(s) to the items they dispense.
Please ONLY order the medication you need. Do not stockpile your medicines at home – many medications have very short shelf lives and are not as effective as they should be if they have gone past their expiry date. If there are medicines on your repeat prescription that you no longer take please inform you doctor, practice nurse or chemist. Thank you.
Efficient and Effective Prescribing
You may find some of your regular medication is switched to a different product which will have exactly the same effect but will cost the NHS less. We will give you information about any changes. If you have any concerns please discuss with your GP, Practice Nurse or Pharmacist.
NEW online mental health resource
A new online mental health resource for people in Halton & St Helens was launched on World Mental Health Day (Wednesday 10th October 2012).
http://www.live-life-well.net has been specifically designed to help manage a person's own mental health and wellbeing. Designed by the Health Improvement Team in Halton & St Helens, this interactive website offers information on lifestyle and mental health, including:
- useful local contacts
- a self help section for depression, anxiety and sleep
- information on medication
- a useful resources section with lots of downloads
- information on suicide prevention
According to the Office for National Statistics Survey of Psychiatric Morbidity, 1 in 4 adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any one year with the most common being mixed anxiety and depression. This is echoed across Halton and St Helens as this is the most common reason for referral to mental health services throughout the boroughs.
Patient Text Message Service
We now offer a text and email service to patients.
To find out more about this service please click here
Self Check-in Service
We have introduced a self check in facility whereby patients can enter some basic information onto a touch screen to log their arrival for an appointment. The system has been well received and is helping to alleviate queues at the desk.
Practice E-Mail Service
We welcome your feedback and you can now e-mail any comments, compliments or complaints to us at Garswood.firstname.lastname@example.org
Although we can pass on a non-urgent message to a doctor please note we are unable to book appointments, deal with general clinical queries or repeat prescribing requests via the practice e-mail service. You can, however, use it to tell us about changes to your changes to your contact details such as a new mobile phone number or a change of address, etc. You can also use it to tell us if you need to cancel an appointment (please give as much notice as possible so that we can reallocate the appointment to another patient).
When e-mailing please ensure you provide us with your name and date of birth to help us identify you.
It is an abuse of NHS resources to use A & E as an alternative to booking a practice appointment. A & E and 999 services are for emergency and life threatening problems only.
Click here to read more about choosing NHS services appropriately.
Dr Parr now offers the contraceptive implant (Implanon). The implant is a small flexible rod that is placed just under the skin of the upper arm. It releases a progestogen hormone similar to the natural progesterone that women produce in their ovaries and works for up to three years. Click here to find out more .
Beating Cervical Cancer
Click here to download The HPV vaccination programme. (PDF file)