Shingles Vaccination - Who's eligible?
If you are 70 years old, or in your 70's and born after 1st September 1942 you are eligible for a free shingles vaccination. You are also eligible if you are 78 or 79 and not yet had the vaccine.
For more information on the eligibility criteria please view the poster below from Public Health England:
Shingles Eligibility poster
Sue Ryder Online Community - Bereavement Support Service
The Sue Ryder charity provides an online bereavement service. The Sue Ryder Online Community is open to anyone affected by bereavement or terminal diagnosis. It offers free, 24/7 practical and emotional support from mobiles, computers and laptops for anyone coping with the loss of a loved one.
In 2018, the service was visited more than 28,000 times every month and 94% of users say that the site helps them to feel less alone.
The forum is moderated by the charity to ensure it is a safe and supportive environment. You can browse existing conversations or become a member to start your own. Users can remain anonymous if they wish.
You can join the online community at www.sueryder.org/notalone
Telephone: 0808 164 4572 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Website: www.sueryder.org
The charity is also on social media. You can like them on Facebook /SueRyderNational or follow them on Twitter @sue_ryder
Are you living with Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a health condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more likely to break.
The Royal Osteoporosis Society has a Stockport active volunteer team who deliver a range of events to support those people diagnosed with the condition:
13th September - Exercise and Osteoporosis: a session delivered by Dr Alex Ireland who is a senior lecturer in the physiology research centre for musculoskeletal science and sports medicine at Manchester Metropoliton University
1st October + 12th November - Singing for fun sessions with a professional vocal coach
7th October - Patient education session
All of these meeting are held at the Hazel Grove Bowling and Tenning Club, Douglas Road, Hazel Grove, Stockport, SK7 4JG.
For more information about these events including the times please contact Fiona Cooper (Development Manager) - email@example.com - 07712 524 880.
For more information about osteoporosis and the support available you can visit the society's website - www.theros.org.uk or telephone 01761 471 771.
New Tinnitus Support Group in Stockport
Tinnitus is the name for hearing noises that are not caused by an outside source. It's not usually a sign of any serious conditions and generally improves over time. Tinnitus can sound like ringing, buzzing, whooshing, humming, hissing, throbbing, music or singing which you may hear in 1 or both ears or in your head. 13% of UK adults have tinnitus and for 1 in 10 of us, it can affect quality of life including depression, anxiety, stress and sleep deprivation.
A new tinnitus support group is being formed in Stockport. It will be run by local volunteer Tony who has lived with tinnitus for over 40 years and wants to share his experience with others so that we can help and support each other.
The first meeting will be held on Monday 30th September 2-3:30pm at Our Lady & St Christopher's Church, 52 Barrack Hill, Romiley, Stockport, SK6 3BA.
For more information you can contact Tony on 0161 484 0755 (please use the word tinnitus when asked who is calling) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also visit www.tinnitus.org.uk
The group is a registered British Tinnitus Association support group.
Enjoy the outdoors but be tick aware
During this time of year, there is an increase in cases of Lyme Disease caused by tick bites. Public Health England have created an information leaflet and poster to raise awareness of the condition including the steps you can take to try and prevent tick bites as well as what to do if you have been bitten.
PHE Be Tick Aware poster
PHE Be Tick Aware leaflet
Are you experiencing sight or hearing loss?
Around 20% of people in Stockport have a sight or hearing loss that affects their everyday life. Walthew House is a Stockport charity that provides practical and emotional support to people with sight or hearing loss. For more information, please click here.
Frog-tastic Art Trail - 29th June to 28 September 2019
An art trail of 19 giant frogs is now in Stockport Town Centre to celebrate all the great changes taking place in Stockport.
Each frog has been sponsored by a local business and individually designed and painted to showcase the businesses and the people who are Totally Stockport.
Follow the trail and be in with a chance of winning your own miniature Golden Frog!
All frogs have a secret letter on their lily pad. Collect all 19 letters and un-jumble them to make a phrase. For more information about the different frogs and to submit your entry visit stockportsgiantleap.co.uk
A guide to the location of each frog can be printed from here.
We are now using Chain SMS to message patients
Chain SMS is a system which allows us to easily send text messages to patients for easier, quicker and secure communications.
Some examples of how the Practice uses this system include sending out reminders and notifications, sending advice at the end of a consultation and asking you to make an appointment (e.g. for a medication or chronic disease review).
The Practice name will always be at the bottom of the message and you will not be able to reply to them.
Please ensure we have your current up-to-date mobile number. If you don't want us to contact you in this way, please let Reception know.
The Northern contraception, sexual health and HIV service - Online Booking
The service which is available at the Choices Centre/Central Youth in Stockport now operates an online booking system.
You can go to the Northern at Choices Centre/ Central Youth for :
- Contraception incl condoms
- Pregnancy testing and advice
- STI Testing (non symptomatic)
- Information and advice
- Emergency Contraception
- STI testing & treatment (symptomatic)
- HIV Services
- SRE Youth Working Team (Under 25s - 0161 204 5899/ 5926)
- CY Counselling (Under 19s)
For more information about the online booking system click here.
For more information about clinics including days, times and locations click here.
For more information about the service in general click here.
Patient Webinars - IBS/Coeliac Disease/IBD
The Patient Webinars website has been developed by NHS Dietitians to provide information and advice to people who have been diagnosed with IBS, Coeliac Disease and IBD.
A variety of free webinars are available for people to watch and listen to and a number of useful links and handouts for each condition are also available to read and download.
A webinar is an online presentation which allows viewers to listen to expert NHS Healthcare Professionals. You can listen anywhere at any time on a mobile, tablet, laptop or computer with a Wi-Fi or 4G internet connection.
Visit www.patientwebinars.co.uk for more information and to access these resources. You may be asked to complete a short survey prior to or after watching a webinar. You can also follow them on twitter to stay up-to-date with the latest webinars, information and advice - @patientwebinars.
Walking Football - 50+
Stockport County Community Foundation presents walking football! Sessions are for ages 50+ every Friday 11am to 12noon at Power League Stockport. Refreshments are available.
For more information call 0161 286 8888 - option 3, or email email@example.com. You can also visit their Facebook and Twitter pages @SCFCFoundation.
Hospital Prescriptions - January 2019
We are no longer able to issue medications that have been prescribed by Hospital Specialists using Hospital prescriptions. These prescriptions must be dispensed by the hospital pharmacy.
We will add the new medication to your regular prescription if required once we receive a letter from your Specialist.
This Policy has changed to ensure patient safety.
Choose to Change Weight Management Service
Fed up of dieting and want to learn how to manage your weight?
Are you ready to make positive lifestyle changes to improve your health?
If so, then join a FREE weight management service: Choose to Change.
The FREE programme differs from traditional weight loss programmes as it encourages lifelong changes to eating habits rather than short term diets. It helps people overcome their barriers to weight loss, make sensible food choices and become more active. It has produced many successful results.
You can access the service via a health professional referral such as a GP, Nurse or Dietician.
For more information on how the programme works, what you can expect and how to join, please click on the link below:
Choose to Change Weight Management Service
NHS Prescription Services privacy note
The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) provides services on behalf of the NHS.
As Data Controller, they are responsible for how your information is used and explaining that to you.
Click below to view their patient information poster to find out how they handle your prescription information.
NHS Prescription Services privacy note
Alternatively, click on the link below to find out more:
7 Day Primary Care Access
To compliment our improved access, we are pleased to advise you that arrangements have been made in Stockport for 7 day access to GP and Practice Nurse ROUTINE appointments - Saturday 9am - 3pm, and Sunday 9am - 1pm.
The appointments can be booked in advance by contacting the surgery during normal opening hours, and we will arrange for someone to contact you to book in. Appointments are likely to be limited but will be particularly helpful if you struggle to get in during the working week.
Click here for more info!
LEAP (Local Energy Advice Programme)
The Local Energy Advice Programme is a free energy and money saving advice service. LEAP can help you to save money and to keep your home warm and cosey. If you're eligible, you will get a free home visit from a Home Energy Advisor.
Visit the LEAP website for more information and to see if you're eligible.
Information Sharing - Stockport Foundation Trust
If you need to go to A&E from November 2017 the doctor or nurse treating you may ask to see your GP medical record.
Click here for more information
You have a right to opt out if you wish and you can download a form here
*If you have previously opted out of LOCAL record sharing, this will remain in force. You can change your mind, if you decide to - just let us know.
GP Online Services
The Practice will be expanding the range of online services available to Patients.
Patients can currently book and cancel appointments, order repeat prescriptions and view their allergies and adverse reactions online.
From 1st March 2016 patients will also be able to look at part of their GP records online this will include illnesses, immunisations and test results. If you wish access your medical record like this please ask at reception for an application form and information leaflet or download one here.
Application Form Information Leaflet
The practice is offering a health check to all eligible patients who have never had a health check before. If you are aged between 40 and 60 and have not yet been contacted please phone the surgery and book an appointment with the health care assistant for a routine health check.
Stockport Health and Care Record
As a Stockport resident, you may receive care and treatment from a number of places such as your GP practice, hospital and community services who will all hold information about you. In order for professionals to provide you with the best possible treatment and support it is important for them to have quick access to the information they need, which may be held by someone else who has provided you with care. In the past this was often done by fax, phone or post which can be slow. To improve this we have now moved to sharing information electronically. In Stockport this is via the Stockport Health and Care Record and the Summary Care Record.
To read more about this please click Stockport Health and Care Record Patient Leaftlet
If you do not want your information shared please below to download a form which can be completed and handed into the surgery.
No Consent Form
Named Accountable GP
The practice is required by the Government under the terms of the latest GP contract to allocate all patients a named accountable GP.
All patients are now registered with the practice and you can book an appointment with any of the doctors. This is purely an administrative exercise in order that patients can have a named responsible GP should they require them.
For convenience if you have a medical card your accountable GP will be the named doctor you are registered with. Patients registering over the last 2-3 years will not have received a medical card as these are no longer routinely sent when registering with a new GP.
However, the practice does keep a record of your registered (accountable) GP. If you wish to be told the name of your accountable GP, please ask the receptionists when you are next in the surgery.
Please note: there is no need to telephone the practice for this information.
If you need input from a variety of health professionals, then you can discuss these with the named GP if you wish. Alternatively you can discuss these with any of the other doctors.
Having a named GP does not prevent you seeing any other doctor in the practice. Your named GP will not be available at all times and if your needs are urgent, you may need to discuss them with an alternative doctor.