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Healthy Living Workshops
Anyone over the age of 18 and registered at a Church Street Surgery who would like to know more about making the best of life, reducing stress and improving health can attend the workshops.
It maybe that you are noticing the early warning signs of stress or just that you are wanting to prevent symptoms from occurring. It is also a great way to learn more about what other support Righsteps can offer and get yourself referred for further support if required.
The aim of the workshop is to leave you with some ideas to help make some changes. This session is delivered by our qualified therapists.
A power point presentation will be given by a therapist who will talk you through lots of really helpful tips for improving your mental wellbeing. There will be some group discussion for those who wish to join in. It is ok to be shy and just listen and there is no pressure to disclose any personal or difficult information.
If you cannot do these date or venues but would like to attend, please contact Rightsteps on 01924 234 860 or email@example.com and let them know your requirements, as they may have other events on that are more convenient for you.
To book a place on any of these workshops please contact the surgery.
Introduction to Mindfulness
Saturday 13th February at 10-11.30am
This workshop aims to teach you a form of meditation which will help you develop your inner resources to help cope with negative emotions poor sleep, anxiety and illness.
Introduction to Anxiety and Low Mood
Saturday 20th February at 10-11.30am
This workshop will help you to recognise signs and symptoms of anxiety and low mood. Introducing positive changes into your life with thought challenging, changing behaviours and tackling your physical symptoms through relaxation, diet and exercise.
Managing Panic attacks
Saturday 27th February at 10-11.30am
This workshop will teach you about your panic attacks, what’s caused them, what keeps them going and how you can manage any future attacks.
Managing Workplace Stress
Saturday 5th March at 10-11.30am
This workshop will teach you about the common causes of workplace stress and how to manage it. Find out more about the support available and who to contact in your time of need.
Improving your sleep
Saturday 12th March at 10-11.30am
This workshop will teach you new techniques to help improve your sleep, whether it’s sleeping too much, too little or just poor quality sleep—and finding the root and tackling sleep problems.
Saturday 19th March at 10-11:30am
This workshop will teach you to develop new techniques to help build on your assertiveness and confidence skills.
Low mood workshops
Session 1- Saturday 26th March at 10-12pm
Session 2- Saturday 2nd April at 10-12pm
If low moods are getting you down then this workshop is ideal for you. You will be taught skills on how to improve your low mood; by helping you to recognise your negative thinking and behaviour styles, and working to change this.
Saturday 9th April at 10-12pm
This group is great for those who eat too much, too little or just have poor eating habits. This workshop will teach you how not to let your emotions guide your relationship with food so that you can have a healthier eating routine.
To book a place on any of these workshops please contact the surgery.
Helping you to help yourself
Empowering you, your friends and family to self-care may have many benefits for your short-term and long-term health, this is particularly important as people are living longer. Helping people to look after their own health, and their family’s health also helps to manage demand on health services.
Find out more about how people have benefited from self-management courses by watching this short video:
You can take part in self-management courses or find out more from:
Expert Patient Programme
We apologise for any inconvenience, however we have had to temporarily suspend the online appointment booking while we make some amendments to the rota. This service will be available again soon.Online Services
Adults can now book their appointments for a flu vaccination, please call the surgery after 10 am to book an appointment.
You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you:
- are 65 years of age or over
- are pregnant
- have certain medical conditions
- are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
- receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
- are a healthcare worker with direct patient contact or a social care worker.
For more information, click here.
We are still waiting for the flu vaccinations for children.
We want to set up some clubs where people can come together, learn new skills, share their skills, meet friends (old and new), and most importantly have fun. Below are some of the ideas we’ve had, let us know if you have any others, and if you’re interested in joining in by completing this form. The clubs are likely to start in September and we’ll be in touch soon.
If you are interested in joining any of our groups, as outlined below, please complete a form in the Practice or you can complete the online survey here
Introducing the Appointment Guide
We (along side the Practice Health Champions) are introducing the appointment guide to help you make your 10 minute consultation as productive as possible, we hope that by doing this you and your clinician will get the best possible outcomes from the consultation.
We hope that this will help you have more control over your health and will ultimately improve your health, and the experience you have when you come to the Practice. By completing the questions it means that clinicians are able to use the time they have more appropriately improving health care outcomes for you.
These will soon be available and we would appreciate it if you could complete one prior to your appointment.
You don’t have to wait for a doctor’s appointment, you can go straight to your pharmacy.
Pharmacies in West Wakefield offer a service called Pharmacy First to give you easier access when you need health advice and treatment.
Your local pharmacy can give you advice and, if needed, medicines for common illnesses.
Your pharmacist is a qualified health care professional who can help with your health problems. The pharmacist may offer you a private space to talk to you about your symptoms.
If you don’t normally pay for your prescriptions, then any medicines supplied by your pharmacist will be free.
If you do pay for your prescriptions, then you will get free advice from the pharmacist and the cost of the medicines should be less than the prescription charge.
Just ask at your pharmacy about Pharmacy First or click here for more information.
Why is your blood pressure (BP) so important?
When your heart beats, it pumps blood round your body to give it the energy and oxygen it needs. As the blood moves, it pushes against the sides of the blood vessels. The strength of this pushing is your blood pressure. If your blood pressure is too high, it puts extra strain on your arteries and your heart. Regularly monitoring your blood pressure helps us look after you - it can complement other tests which will help give us the bigger picture about your health.
How to monitor your BP
You can now use our waiting room BP machine any time during opening hours to monitor your BP. Just pop in, if you need some help just ask at reception and one of our specially trained care navigators will be happy to help you (please remember to write your name and date of birth on the ticket and hand it to reception).
Alternatively if you monitor your blood pressure at home using a home blood pressure machine please ring us on 01924 217 999 and select option 1 for enquiries. It would be appreciated if you could do this in the afternoon when it’s a bit quieter. Alternatively, if you have access to our online services you can send us your readings electronically logging on to SystmOnline (use the link at the bottom of the page or click here) then select the questionnaires section.
Friends and Family Test
From the 1st December 2014 all GP practices are required to ask patients the Friends & Family test questions that will be monitored by NHS England on a monthly basis. The two questions are as follows:
- How likely are you to recommend our GP Surgery to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?
- Which services would you least like to lose?
The PPG asked us to include the second question because the Practice is due to lose 13% of its funding over the next 4 years - this would mean the loss of up to two doctors or a doctor and several nurses and as such we would not be able to provide the current level of service that you receive.
It is important to us that you let us know what services you don't need so that we can structure our remaining service to meet your needs. We will continue to work with local MPs such as Mary Creagh to stop this happening as we are experiencing greater demand than ever for our services and we are concerned that it will result in more A&E attendances or walk-in centre appointments which will be detrimental to the NHS due to the cost. This is at a time when the NHS is already financially stretched.
Each A&E appointment costs between £56 and £245 even if you leave before you are seen (usually it is around £156), a walk-in centre appointment is £63 and a GP appointment is £25. We therefore feel that we provide a cost-effective service to the NHS and are very concerned that our service will be reduced which will be detrimental to all of our patients.
You will soon be able to complete the survey online by clicking on the patient survey button at the bottom of this page - this will change on the 1st December 2014. Many thanks for your time.
You can complete the friends and family test on the day that you attend surgery by completing the form in Practice or by clicking here, or click on the survey button at the bottom.
We look forward to hearing from you.
If you choose the right service for your needs, it enables us to focus on patients who need our help and have more serious/complex conditions. Please help us to help you by choosing well.
Use the symptom checker to check you are accessing the right service at the right time and obtain useful advice to help you manage your own health
We apologise for any inconvenience, however we have had to temporarily suspend the appointment booking while we make some amendments to the rota. This service will be available again from the 17th August 2015.
(Site updated 25/01/2016)