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23/07/2020

If you're due a review with the nurse and she needs BP readings please scroll down the homepage and add your bp readings onto the sheet provided. You can email this to us at admin.grangemc@nhs.net. We will then upload it to your consultation ready for your review.

15/06/2020

Vitamin b12 Injections

We know you probably have many concerns about the tablet vitamin B12 but there is good evidence that the human body can cope adequately without B12 top ups in any form (injection or tablet) for a period of time. When you first started having vitamin B12 injections you will have started with 6 loading doses, half of which will have been stored in the liver. The subsequent top up doses every 2-3months are simply precautionary to stop the levels dropping again. All people currently prescribed injectable B12 will have enough to carry them through the next few challenging months but we are issuing tablet B12 to ensure levels stay steady. This is true of all patients with previous B12 deficiency including Pernicious anaemia.

One of the things people with Pernicious anaemia worry about is that they cannot absorb the B12 through the supplements alone but there is 5% of B12 which is absorbed in different ways in the body not just through the digestive system. So since we are simply keeping the levels topped up, this additional 5% absorption is enough for maintenance therapy until we start seeing you face to face again when it is safe to do so.

29/05/2020

Please look at the Covid-19 tab on the Right hand side of this page under 'Further Information'. We have added a little Q&A and useful links to help with Covid-19

07/05/2020

Warwickshire North Blood Test Clinics

Patients can book an appointment online at www.geh.nhs.uk . Friends, Family and Carers are able to book for others by adding them to their own online account, to help those who are in their care.

For people without internet access, the appointment line is 024 7615 3546 (Mon-Fri 9am-3pm).

15/04/2020

A patient of The Grange medical centre usually runs lots of marathons for charity at this time of year but as it is all on hold she wants to do something else to raise money. She has started a Go-Fund me page for a collection for the NHS as a way to give something back. She would like to donate this money to The Grange Medical centre. What a very lovely gesture. Please see link below

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/boots-rowlands

08/04/2020

If you have't had a high risk letter and were expecting one you can now follow this link and add yourself or family members onto the list. 

<https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable>

07/04/2020

Please could you let the surgery know your mobile phone number and email address if not already done. This means we can use these to contact you via our messaging system which is paper light a prompt. 

23/03/2020

Asthma 'RESCUE pack' rumours.

 

Practices across the area are aware of rumours circulating on social media  that asthmatics (and even those who aren't) , if they call their practice, will be issued with "rescue packs of amoxicillin and steroids".

 

This suggestion is incorrect and the decision to use rescue packs is only made after careful evaluation for people with severe (brittle) asthma or severe COPD who are under follow up by a specialist respiratory team.

 

Oral steroids are powerful systemic drugs that can have an immunosuppressant effect (thus potentially increase the severity of an infection) and thus the decision to use them would rarely be delegated to a patient without careful evaluation,  normally for one who is under specialist respiratory team care.

 

Please do not contact your surgeries asking for ‘rescue packs’ unless this is something that has been previously agreed with your medical team and careful instruction how to use and when has been provided. That would normally still involve discussion with the medical team where possible before starting.

 

As you can see, Asthma UK do not recommend use of rescue packs as a blanket policy for people with asthma during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/triggers/coronavirus-covid-19/

06/03/2020

Due to current circumstances we're unable to offer online appointments until further Notice

05/02/2020

Corona Virus

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Do not go to a GP surgery, community pharmacy or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.
Further information is available on nhs.uk.
Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan or Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.
Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the hospital and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
• Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at Further information is available on nhs.uk.

Please see advice sheet below for CORONA VIRUS

Coronavirus

14/11/2019

We have a Doorway collection in reception. This is for those who have been homeless and no longer have any belongings. There is a list below of items doorway need for their starter packs. These packs can help make a house a home for a homeless young person. 

  • Dishes and cutlery ( Can be second hand if in good condition)
  • Pot's and pans ( Can be second hand if in good condition)
  • Cleaning Items 
  • Bed Linen and towels ( Must be new or in like new condition) 
  • Clothing ( Any clothing suitable for young people age 16-25)
  • Long Lasting Food

We would also like to welcome Sami our new receptionist 

17/10/2019

Surgery changes

  • Dr Marks is now on maternity leave
  • Dr Ede will be covering Dr marks maternity leave 

  • Tania, Georgina and Kelly our new receptionist 
  • Welcome Stephanie our new nurse

11/07/2019

EMERADE is failing to activate please click on attachment below for more information 

Emerade Information

11/05/2018

Measles outbreak in Nuneaton

There has been a confirmed Measles case within Nuneaton.

Please see attached information about Measles. 

Measles Poster

05/04/2017

Collection of sharps boxes

If you have a sharps box at home that needs collecting you can contact the council and they will arrange free collection of this for you. Otherwise you can drop it in to any independent chemist. Please note that Lloyds and Boots pharmacies will not take these off you and they cannot be dropped into surgery.

Health checks and screening

Screening Programmes

Screening is a way of checking apparently healthy people using a test to identify those who may be at increased risk of a disease or condition, such as cancer.  They can then be offered information, further tests and treatment to reduce their risk and/or any complications arising from the disease or condition.

Screening can be applied to the whole UK population or a special section of that population. The UK National Screening Committee uses rigorous scientific methods and evidence to decide which conditions will be addressed by a national screening programme.

If you're offered a screening test, it will give you an accurate indicator of your risk. This will help to catch and treat serious conditions sooner and save more lives. It also means that if you do have a condition, you'll be guided through the process of diagnosis and treatment.

Adult screening tests on the NHS

There are many national screening programmes available on the NHS. If you’re registered with a GP, you'll automatically receive invitations for relevant screening tests throughout your life.

You don’t have to take up these invitations,but think hard before you turn them down. All screening tests are scientifically proven to be effective and could mean that a serious condition is spotted early, when it may be easier to treat.

The range of NHS screening tests on offer for adults includes:

- Bowel Cancer Screening
This is available for all men and women aged 60 and over.

Bowel cancer can be present for a long time before any symptoms appear. If bowel cancer is detected before symptoms appear, it is easier to treat and there is a better chance of surviving the disease.  The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme in England started in July 2006. Men and women aged 60-69 registered with a GP will automatically be sent an invitation for screening through the post.

The screening programme is being extended in England to those aged 70 to 75. Screening centres in England are rolling out the extension once their two-year screening invites have completed.  People over 70 can also request a screening kit by calling the freephone helpline 0800 707 6060.

Screening consists of a home testing kit, called an FOBt (faecal occult blood test) kit. The kit arrives through the post when screening is due. The kit is used to collect tiny stool samples on a special card. The card is then sealed in a special hygienic freepost envelope and sent to a laboratory where it will be checked for traces of blood, which may indicate a problem.

-Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) screening
This is available for men aged 65 and over.

Abdominal aortic aneurysms are often diagnosed during a routine physical examination when a GP notices the distinctive pulsating sensation in the abdomen.

A diagnosis can be confirmed using an ultrasound scan. Ultrasounds can also determine the size of the aneurysm, which is an important factor in deciding on a course of treatment.  In 2009, the NHS launched a screening programme for aortic aneurysms. The programme is designed to offer all men who are 65 years old or over an ultrasound scan for aortic aneurysms.

All men should receive an invitation in the year that they turn 65 years old. Men who are older than 65 can refer themselves for screening by contacting the local NHS AAA screening service on 01788 663428.

- Diabetic Retinopathy Screening  
This is for everyone with diabetes aged 12 and over.  
It’s important to identify diabetic retinopathy as soon as possible and screening is an effective way of detecting retinopathy at an early stage, in order to
reduce the risk of vision loss in people with diabetes.

If retinopathy is detected early enough, it can be effectively treated using laser treatment. Otherwise, by the time the symptoms of retinopathy become noticeable, it can be much more difficult to treat.

Everyone with diabetes who is 12 years of age or over should have their eyes screened once a year. You should receive a letter inviting you to attend a screening appointment. Contact your GP if you have not received a letter and your appointment is overdue.

Seek immediate medical advice if you have a problem with your vision in between screening appointments, such as sudden vision loss or deterioration in your vision. Do not wait until your next screening appointment.

- Cervical Cancer Screening
Cervical screening tests are available for all women aged 25 and over.

A cervical screening test (previously known as a smear test) is a method of detecting abnormal cells on the cervix. The cervix is the entrance to the womb from the vagina.   Detecting and removing abnormal cervical cells can prevent cervical cancer.  Cervical screening is not a test for cancer; it is a test to check the health of the cells of the cervix. Most women's test results show that everything is normal, but for around 1 in 20 women the test will show some abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix.

Most of these changes will not lead to cervical cancer and the cells may go back to normal on their own. However, in some cases, the abnormal cells need to be removed so that they cannot become cancerous.

About 3,000 cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed each year in the UK, which amounts to 2% of all cancers diagnosed in women.  It's possible for women of all ages to develop cervical cancer, although the condition mainly affects sexually active women between the ages of 30 and 45. The condition is very rare in women under 25.

- Breast Cancer Screening
This is available to all women aged 50 and over (the age range of women eligible for breast screening will extend from age 47 by 2016).  The NHS Breast Screening Programme screens around 1.6 million women a year. Women aged 50 to 70, who are registered with a GP, are automatically invited for screening every three years. You will first be invited for screening between your 50th and 53rd birthday.

Women over the age of 70 are still eligible to be screened and can arrange this through the local screening unit on 02476 967200.The NHS has extended the breast screening age range in England so that all women aged 47 to 73 will be invited.

Screening takes place at a special clinic or mobile breast screening unit. A mammogram (X-ray of the breast) is taken by a female health professional. The mammogram is then studied to look for any abnormalities. The aim is to detect breast cancer at an early stage, when any changes in the breast would be too small to feel and when there is a good chance of successful treatment and full recovery.

Not all cancers are found during breast screening. Breast cancer can develop between screening appointments. Even if you go to breast screening, it is important to get to know your breasts so you can spot any unusual changes early on and report them to your GP.


Health Checks on the NHS

- NHS Health Checks

The NHS Health Check is for adults in England between the ages of 40 and 74.  Everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and some forms of dementia. The good news is that these conditions can often be prevented, even if you have a family history of them. NHS Health Check can help you by assessing your risk of developing these health problems and giving you personalised advice on how to reduce it.

You will be invited to attend the surgery for a NHS Health Check in the year that you turn 40.  If you are between 40 and 74 and would like a NHS Health Check, please ring the surgery and request a NHS Health Check with one of the practice nurses.


- Health checks for people with a learning disability
Adults with a learning disability are offered a check-up of their physical health once a year at the practice.  If you are eligible, you or your carer will be contacted by the practice directly.

- Physical health checks for people with long-term mental health issues
People with long-term mental health issues often have poorer physical health than most people.  The practice therefore offers a physical health check. Please ring the surgery on 02476 322810 for an appointment with one of the practice nurses.

- Frail and Elderly Over 75 Health Checks

We now offer all our patients who are over 75 a health assessment to assess your needs and if you need any further support. Please make an appointment with our Health Care Assistant Abi for this check.



 
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