Practice News

Samaritans Awareness Day (July)

Samaritans Awareness Day is on 24 July (24/7) so we’re raising awareness throughout July, to let people know that they can talk to us, day or night, 24/7.
Every year in July, Samaritans branches in the UK and Ireland hold local events to raise awareness that Samaritans are here to listen to anyone who’s struggling to cope, at any time of the day or night.

Published on 9th Jul 2024

UV Safety Month (July)

U.V. Safety Month is celebrated every July when most of us are gearing up to enjoy the warmer days outside.
 
Here are some simple tips to protect yourself and your loved ones:
1. Wear Sunscreen: Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and reapply every two hours, or more often if swimming or sweating.
2. Seek Shade: Whenever possible, stay under shade, especially during peak hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
3. Wear Protective Clothing: Long-sleeved shirts, wide-brimmed hats, and UV-blocking sunglasses can provide excellent protection.

Published on 9th Jul 2024

Group B Strep Support (GBSS) Awareness Month (July)

The annual campaign is led by Group B Strep Support, a UK charity which aims to eradicate group B Strep infections in babies.

Throughout the month they bring people together to raise awareness and highlight the importance of education and research in this field.

Why is Group B Strep Awareness Month important?

GBS is a leading cause of meningitis and sepsis in newborn babies.

There were estimated to be nearly 400,000 cases of GBS disease in babies worldwide in 2020.

Around 1 in 4 were estimated to have died and around 1 in 8 survivors were estimated to have been left with a significant impairment like seizures, problems with movement or learning difficulties.

Many expectant parents may not know about the bacteria or the potential impact it could have on their baby.

Group B Strep Awareness Month aims to save lives by reaching as many new parents as possible, making them aware so they can speak to their healthcare professional about protecting their baby.

 

Group B Strep Awareness Month 2024 - Group B Strep Support (gbss.org.uk)


Published on 9th Jul 2024

Hyperpigmentation/Melasma Awareness Month (July)

This month is 'Hyperpigmentation/Melasma Awareness'.
 
Melasma, also called ‘chloasma’ and ‘pregnancy mask’, is a common skin condition of adults in which brown or greyish patches of pigmentation (colour) develop, usually on the face.
 
Melasma usually becomes more noticeable in the summer and improves during the winter months. It is not an infection; therefore, it is not contagious, and it is not due to an allergy. It is not cancerous and will not develop into skin cancer.
 
If you’re concerned about what you think could be melasma, you should seek advice from a GP

Published on 9th Jul 2024

Lung MOTs available in Reddish, Brinnington, Woodley and Bredbury

Smokers and former smokers aged 55-74 years based at doctors’ surgeries in parts of in Reddish, Brinnington, Woodley or Bredbury will be invited for a lung health check later this summer.

The quick, free checks can help find lung cancer at an early stage – before you might have any symptoms - when it is much more treatable and help save lives.

Most visitors to the lung health checks will get reassurance that everything is OK or be referred to get help to stop smoking.

The will checks are available to smokers and former smokers aged 55-75 based at the following GP practices:

  • Reddish Family Practice
  • Heaton Norris Medical Practice
  • Park View Group Practice
  • Alvanley Family Practice
  • Brinnington Surgery
  • Bredbury Medical Centre
  • Vernon Park Surgery

The mobile clinic will be based at: Morrisons, Stockport Road West, Bredbury, Stockport SK6 2BN.


Patients who are invited for a lung health check will firstly talk to specialist nurse where they will answer some health and lifestyle questions which will determine whether they are ‘high’ or ‘low’ risk.

If deemed high risk, they will be offered a low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan of their lungs for further investigation on the same day and be enrolled into the programme.

Dr Monica Saksena Joye, GP Principal, Reddish Family Practices, said: “Lung Health Checks help the NHS to spot any lung cancer symptoms earlier, when it is much more treatable.

“If you’re registered with a doctor mentioned on the list from the Reddish, Brinnington or Bredbury areas, are a smoker or used to smoke, you’ll be sent an invite through the post or via text message.”

Karen McEwan, Clinical Lead for Cancer in Stockport, said: “Please do come along for your appointment. You’ll have a chat with a nurse and fill out a questionnaire to look at your risk. About half of the people who visit may also need a low-dose scan which we will also do on the truck.

“It will most likely offer you some reassurance. But it could save your life!

The Lung Health checks in Reddish, Brinnington, Woodley or Bredbury are the latest phase of the Greater Manchester Targeted Lung Health Check Programme – a drive to help improve earlier diagnosis of lung cancer and save more lives. The programme is jointly organised by the Greater Manchester Cancer Alliance and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. There are plans to expand the programme further in the coming months and years to ensure that all eligible participants are invited.

So far more than 500 patients have been diagnosed with lung cancer as a result of the Lung Health Checks in Greater Manchester, however, almost 80% of these patients were diagnosed at stage 1 or 2 meaning they were more likely to be eligible for curative treatment.

People diagnosed with lung cancer at the earliest stage are nearly 20 times more likely to survive for five years than those whose cancer is caught late.

Patients will be contacted by letter or via text message. 

For more information on the Targeted Lung Health Check programme please visit www.mft.nnhs.uk/lunghealthcheck

If you have received your invitation but missed your appointment, please call 0161 529 0900 to rebook.

If you have concerning symptoms you should speak to your GP who will be able to refer you for tests if needed. You can read about symptoms of lung cancer here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/lung-cancer/symptoms/


Published on 2nd Jul 2024

Tame Valley Primary Care Network New Website

As some of you may be aware Park View is part of the Tame Valley Primary Care Network, along with 7 other practices in the area.

The purpose of the PCN is to provide similar services across the area, but also to provide services which tailor to the needs of the local population of each practice. 

The Tame Valley PCN has now created a website where you can find out more information on what a PCN is, our goals, services you may not know that we offer with our PCN staff, our PCN ppg and much more!

Please visit www.tamevalleypcn.nhs.uk and let us know what you think


Published on 4th Jun 2024