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Love Your Lungs Week 22nd - 28th June
It’s #LoveYourLungs Week!!
Your lungs work all day, every day, to help your body function and thrive. Our lungs are incredible and it’s so important that we look after them properly.
Join us for the UK's lung health awareness week from 22-28 June 2021
Let’s love our lungs together this #LoveYourLungs week! https://www.blf.org.uk/take.../campaign/loveyourlungsweek
Loneliness Awareness Week
This week is ‘Loneliness Awareness Week’ – the campaign is led by the Marmalade Trust, a charity dedicated to raising awareness of loneliness.
The theme this year is acceptance and encouraging people to talk about loneliness to help remove the stigma around it.
Loneliness can impact our physical and mental wellbeing and having living through a pandemic that saw social restrictions and lockdowns it has resulted in many people experiencing loneliness and isolation.
Loneliness Awareness Week 2021 asks us to try and consider loneliness as a condition and that it is something we can all experience. Through conversation and acceptance we can begin to help others and also ourselves to reach out, learn and manage the feeling of loneliness.
If you are struggling with loneliness and isolation, please phone the surgery and a referral can be made with our Social Prescribers who can speak with you to access information and support to help you. #hereforyou #LonelinessAwarenessWeek #LetsTalkLoneliness
Your GP would like to invite you to complete an online screening questionnaire to see if you qualify to participate in a clinical research for an investigational COVID-19 vaccine booster comparison study. To participate please click www.covboost.org.uk
We are here to help
As we are still in the Covid pandemic, the NHS recommends that we triage or phone back every patient who wants advice from a nurse, doctor or other healthcare professional.
If you need medical advice or treatment, please ring us on 01202 697639
or visit our website birchwoodpractice.co.uk and send us your query
Our opening hours are 08.00am – 18.30pm
We ask many of the patients we have telephoned, to then come to the surgery for a face-to-face appointment, but due to infection control measures and social distancing, we can only let patients into the surgery if they have a planned appointment.
We are keen, as we are sure you are too, to avoid transmission of infection and so to ensure social distancing we are closely monitoring how many patients are in our building including sitting in the waiting room. We need to take more precautions than shops etc due to the vulnerability of some of our patients.
We know that some of these measures are frustrating for you as they are for us. We are facing unprecedented demands with a huge increase in the number of calls we are receiving and the need for us all to catch up with the monitoring of patients which was not possible in the height of the pandemic.
We all look forward to lockdown measures continuing to ease but in the meantime, many thanks for your patience and understanding
Dr Goodworth and Partners/Practice Manager
During Covid 19 we are here for all our Patients and are happy to accept new patients within our Bounadary Area
If you would like to regiaster with us you can download the Registration Forms from the New Patients section of this website
Armed Forces healthcare briefing and latest updates on COVID-19
This brief is intended to keep you up-to-date on the provision of NHS services for the Armed Forces community, as well as latest information and guidance relating to COVID-19.
The NHS continues to deliver the COVID-19 vaccination programme. In England, the vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and pharmacies, at local centres run by GPs and at larger vaccination centres.
A Beacon of Hope: The UK Vaccine Story
The Government has shared a new vaccination film called The Beacon of Hope, which covers the story of the development and delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine. There is also a short advert running on primetime television.
This film covers some extraordinary moments in the journey to create a vaccine, shining the light on our NHS people and the pivotal part they’ve played in saving lives.
New advice on COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has updated its guidance, in relation to COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy and the actions to take. There's no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine has any effect on a person’s chances of becoming pregnant. There's no need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination.
Reports of very rare blood clots
The latest information on COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting is available on GOV.UK.
Health and wellbeing updates
NHS Chief Sir Simon Stevens to stand down this summer
Sir Simon Stevens has decided to step down as the chief executive of NHS England and NHS Improvement. It’s a testament to what he’s achieved that he’s been called ‘the most important figure in NHS history since Nye Bevan’. Simon has been an inspiring leader and completely devoted to the role. We will miss him greatly but wish him every success for the future.
Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 10 to 16 May 2021. This year, the theme is the '5 Ways to Wellbeing' and reconnecting with nature. The ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ are a set of pillars which are key to improving our mental health. Modelled by the New Economics Foundation, they’re geared around themes of social connectedness, physical activity, awareness, learning, and giving. Read more here.
Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service, is being widely promoted during Mental Health Awareness Week, via social media, newsletter articles and through an Op COURAGE feature in Civvy Street magazine, which they are promoting via their website and Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Please support by sharing the Civvy Street social media posts and our posts on the NHS England and NHS Improvement Twitter account, or create your own using the suggested copy below and sharing a social media asset (attached to the briefing):
Example social media copy:
Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service
Specialist care and support for Service leavers, reservists, veterans and their families
www.nhs.uk/opcourage #OpCourage #NHS #Veterans #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service
In support of helping more veterans seek help from Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service, the London region has produced the following series of videos:
• Episode one: Who are Veterans?
• Episode two: Military Culture
• Episode three: Veterans and the Criminal Justice System
• Episode four: The Officer and Op COURAGE
• Episode five: Veterans and Op COURAGE
The Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have also recently launched a three minute animation which shows how Op COURAGE supports armed forces veterans in mental health crisis across the North of England.
Help improve the NHS website
NHS Digital are working to improve the information about Armed Forces healthcare on the NHS website. You can help them to make sure this information is clear and easy to navigate by completing a short online survey and research activity.
The activity takes 10-15 minutes and your responses will help shape how the information is organised and what is included on the website. The deadline for responding is 5.00pm on Tuesday 18 May 2021.
Mesothelioma UK Celebrates Armed Forces Day 2021
Mesothelioma UK - Supporting our Armed Forces is hosting a webinar on Thursday 24 June 2021 at 4pm to celebrate Armed Forces Day 2021.
Event attendees will find out more about the project, outcomes from the mesothelioma and the Armed Forces study, and can hear about the planned sculpture at the National Memorial Arboretum. Event registration is open now.
Male Cancer Awareness
MAKING MEN AWARE OF CANCER
Cancer rates are increasing Nationally; cancer can impact everyone, directly or indirectly. Though men have higher rates of getting cancer than women, they are less likely to go to their GP with concerning symptoms than women.
There are more than 200 different types of cancer and some are most prevalent in men than women. The three cancers that men are most at risk of are prostate cancer, bowel cancer and lung cancer. Other male specific cancers include testicular and penile cancer.
Research has shown that men are often too embarrassed to seek medical advice when potential early warning signs show. Men are reluctant to access services because they are often concerned about the risks of doing so or the potential outcomes for their family or work. Early detection and early treatment are vital.
Men over 70 are less likely to present to their GP with worrisome cancer symptoms. Reasons for this included:-
(a) they don’t want to worry their partners or family members;
(b) often state that they are too busy to see their GP;
(c) fear around the diagnosis and having an intimate examination;
In general, men over 70 years are not good at discussing their health problems or potential harmful symptoms to friends and family.
One way in which you can detect cancer early is by staying up to date with National screening programmes such as the Bowel Cancel Screening Programme. Men should also be aware of certain symptoms which should be presented to a GP. These include:-
(a) persistent cough;
(b) unexplained weight loss;
(c) change in bowel habit;
(d) passing urine frequently;
(e) blood in your stool or urine;
(f) checking for lumps in your testicle and breast areas.
We want to make sure men of all ages across our Practices are seeking help and advice on symptoms that are worrying them. We want to assure you that you can speak to us in a safe and confidential environment. We are hear to help.
PROSTATE CANCER FACTS AND FIGURES.
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK.
In the UK, about 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime.
Prostate cancer mainly affects men over 50, and your risk increases with age. The risk is even higher for black men and men with a family history of prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer can develop when cells in the prostate gland start to grow in an uncontrolled way.
The prostate is a gland. It is usually the size and shape of a walnut and grows bigger as you get older. It sits underneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine (wee) out of the body. The prostate's main job is to help make semen – the fluid that carries sperm.
Some prostate cancer grows too slowly to cause any problems or affect how long you live. Because of this, many men with prostate cancer will never need any treatment.
But some prostate cancer grows quickly and is more likely to spread. This is more likely to cause problems and needs treatment to stop it spreading.
Prostate cancer that’s contained inside the prostate (called localised prostate cancer or early prostate cancer) doesn’t usually cause any symptoms.
But some men might have some urinary problems. If you do notice changes in the way you urinate, this is more likely to be a sign of a very common non-cancerous problem called an enlarged prostate, or another health problem. But it’s still a good idea to get it checked out. Possible changes include:
- difficulty starting to urinate or emptying your bladder
- a weak flow when you urinate
- a feeling that your bladder hasn’t emptied properly
- dribbling urine after you finish urinating
- needing to urinate more often than usual, especially at night
- a sudden need to urinate – you may sometimes leak urine before you get to the toilet.
If any of the above information worries you or you know someone it might, please phone your GP surgery for an appointment with your GP.
How we will be contacting Patients to book Covid Vaccinations
I have been invited to book my Covid-19 vaccination through accurx.thirdparty.nhs.uk. Is this legitimate?
The link you will receive is a legitimate invitation from your GP. Accurx, is a software provider helping GP practices like ours to deliver the Covid-19 vaccination programme across the UK.
The link you will have received or will receive is sent on behalf of our GP practice and will enable you to book in to appointments available at your Local Vaccination Centre(s). You should feel confident accessing it.
accuBook is an NHS Digital assured appointment management solution, and this can be verified on their website:
Please do not worry if we are unable to contact you by Mobile Phone, we will still be contacting our Patients by landlines or Post
COVID-19 Useful Links
We are pleased to announce we are offering a weekly contraceptive clinic at our Northmead drive Surgery.
We will be able to offer the following:Implants
- Mirena coils
- Coil checks
- Coil removals
This is open to both registered and non- registered patients (non-registered patients will need to complete a Temporary Resident form.
To book an appointment or for further details please contact the surgery on 01202 697639.
COVID-19 vaccination fraud warning issued
We are aware that some people are receiving suspicious calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination.
To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, remember the following points:
- The vaccine is only available on the NHS for free to people in priority groups, and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. Anyone offering a paid-for vaccine is committing a crime.
- The NHS will never ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text to confirm you want the vaccine, and never ask for payment or for your bank details.
- At the moment we are also not making house calls to deliver or discuss the vaccine. Anyone offering this now is committing a crime.
The health and care system is working together to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to local people. We’re doing it in a way which means those who are most at risk will be invited to get their jab first.
Please be reassured that the NHS will get in touch when it’s your turn to be vaccinated.
Dr Karen Kirkham, local GP and Clinical lead for the Dorset COVID-19 vaccination programme, and Assistant Clinical Director of NHS Dorset CCG, said: “It’s really important that people are aware of how to protect themselves and their family members from fraud and follow the advice on how to do this.
“At the same time, we’d like to provide reassure to local people in Dorset that the NHS will be in touch when it’s your turn to be vaccinated. Please don’t contact us to seek a vaccine. We will contact you. We hope this is helpful. We’d like to thank people in Dorset for their continued support.”
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police online or by calling 101.
Red Hub Sites
During the current Covid-19 outbreak, patients experiencing certain symptoms (breathing issues and / or fever) and who have been telephone assessed by a GP to need a face to face examination will be called to one of our local 'Red Hubs'.
Your local Primary Care Assessment Service is Fernside Surgery, 2A Hennings Road, Poole BH15 3QU
If you need to be seen, please ring your own practice who will add you to a list for triage, then they will give you a time to attend the hot site if needed.
Process if you attend the hot site:
Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes before your appointment time as parking may be limited.
When you arrive WAIT IN THE CAR and call 01202-673520 to inform reception:
- If you are in your car you will be asked for your car registration, make and colour.
- Please have this information available.
When it is your turn.
- A member of staff - who will be wearing full protective equipment - will come to the car park to invite you in.
- You will be given a mask to wear into the Red Hub. You must always wear this during the assessment.
GP Telephone Consultations
Please be advised during the pandemic, if you wish to see a doctor face to face, you will need to recieve a telephone call first to triage your medical needs. If the doctor requires to see you face to face, they will book you to come in to the surgery as soon as possible.
It is mandatory for adults to wear face masks when visiting or attending our surgery, both on Oakdale and Creekmoor. This is to protect patients and staff from the spread of the Coronovirus.