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Stay Well this Summer

Click here for advice and information to help you stay well this Summer.

Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week

Conditions like panic, anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are more common than people think – 1 in 5 people experience anxiety on a daily basis (ONS report, 2013) – and can be managed if treatment is sought early. According to the Centre for Mental Health, problems like anxiety and depression cost the economy around £105 billion a year.

Your mental health is important, we all want to feel good about ourselves and the world around us, and be able to get the most from our lives.  There is evidence that good mental wellbeing is important for our physical health and that it can help us achieve the goals we set for ourselves. 

Five steps to mental wellbeing
Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing.  If you approach them with an open mind and try them out you can judge the results yourself.  More information about all of these is available from www.nhs.uk.

Connect - connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.  Spend time developing these relationships.  There are a list of local groups and services available here.

Be active - you don't have to go to the gym.  Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football.  Find the activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life

Keep learning - learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence.  So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument or find out how to fix your bike?

Give to others - even the smalles act can count, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind work.  Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre or group, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks

Take notice - be more aware of the present moment, including your feelings and thoughts, your body and hte world around you.  some people call this awareness 'mindfulness', and it can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

 Are you Anxiety Aware Mental Health Awareness Week 2014 12-18 May.

Pop in to the waiting room on Monday 12th May 2014 from 2pm to meet representatives from the Bethany Healing Centre and find out more about their mental health support services.

Symptom Checker

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

http://www.nhs.uk/symptomcheckers/pages/symptoms.aspx

Pharmacies

Please consider your pharmacy as a really good source of advice and treatment, and use your GP surgery appropriately.  Common symptoms that the pharmacy can deal with include:

· Back ache, sprains and strains

· Colds

· Coughs

· Conjunctivitis

· Constipation

· Diarrhoea

· Earache

· Haemorrhoids

· Hay fever

· Head lice

· Headache and fever

· Heartburn and indigestion

· Insect bites and stings

· Mild eczema and dermatitis

· Minor fungal infections of the skin

· Mouth ulcers

· Nappy rash

· Sore throat

· Teething

· Threadworm

· Thrush

· Dressings for cuts

· Advice about medication

Click here to find your nearest pharmacy, or click on the icon:  Pharmacy.gif

Prescription Price Increase 

NHS charges from April 2014

NHS prescription charge in England will increase by 20 pence from £7.85 to £8.05 for each quantity of a drug or appliance from 1 April 2014.

It is also intended that the single charge will increase by 20 pence to £8.25 in the following year.

Please remember that we unfortunately cannot accept repeat prescription requests over the phone. Please discuss this with your local pharmacy or the dispensary to find alternative solution.

 

New Paperless Prescription Service 

Electronic prescribing 

If you receive regular repeat prescriptions and collect your medication from the same pharmacy most of the time you may wish to consider this new service which will start on the 5th March 2014. You should continue to order your repeat prescriptions in the usual way but the surgery will send the prescription electronically to the pharmacy you have nominated so there is no need for a paper prescription. 

 

You can then go straight to the pharmacy to collect your medication saving you a journey to the surgery. The pharmacist will print a copy of your medication and any messages or reminders from your doctor about medication reviews so it is important that you check this and book an appointment if asked to before your next prescription is due.

 

CLICK HERE FOR AN INFORMATION LEAFLET 

http://systems.hscic.gov.uk/eps/library/summary.pdf

 

Online Services

You can use the link below to access online services, including updating your smoking status (by completing the questionnaire).  Having up-to-date information about you enables us to provide you with the best care and information to help you stay healthy.  You can obtain a log-on from the surgey if you don't have one already.

https://systmonline.tpp-uk.com/Login?Date=20130320143025

 

Welcome to Church Street Surgery

Our aim is to provide you with the very highest standards of healthcare including both medical care and health information and awareness.  We have an integrated approach which focuses on prevention, treatment and supporting you to manage your health.  Our new state-of-the-art premises have been purpose built to provide you with better facilities including improved wheelchair access, better car parking and more space in which to look after you. 

Our nine doctors and supporting team of nurse practitioner, nurses, receptionists and administrators are able to offer you many services.   We work closely with community-based teams and external organisations to offer you a wide range of services from the practice.   Details of the services we offer to you are contained within this booklet along with some useful tips and telephone numbers. The practice also provides training opportunities for medical students from Leeds University and GP registrars.

(Site updated 21/07/2014)
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