April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Bowel Cancer is treatable and curable if diagnosed early 

TAMESIDE and Glossop residents are being urged to contact their GP if they spot the symptoms of bowel cancer.   It is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK with someone diagnosed every 15 minutes. But it shouldn’t be, as it’s treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.   This April is Bowel Cancer Awareness month and NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is backing Bowel Cancer UK’s campaign urging local people to contact their GP practice if they have any symptoms or if things don’t feel right.    Year on year the CCG continues to see an increase in the number of people who complete a bowel screening test when offered, this is in line with NHS England but remains below the National standard (75%).   Bowel cancer is more common in the over 50s but can affect people of all ages. Increasing the chances of an early diagnosis could save a person’s life.  In March 2020, 62.1% of eligible people in Tameside and Glossop, aged between 60 and 74 years of age, were screened for bowel cancer within the last 30 months.   Nearly everyone survives bowel cancer if diagnosed at the earliest stage, however this drops significantly as the disease develops.   The symptoms of bowel cancer can include:  

  • Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
  • A persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
  • A pain or lump in your tummy

  Dr Ashwin Ramachandra, Co-Chair at NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG, said: “Most people with these symptoms don’t have bowel cancer. Other health problems can cause similar symptoms, but if you have one or more of the symptoms highlighted, or if things just don’t feel right, contact your GP practice.”   Bowel Cancer UK are offering free online awareness talks to workplaces and community groups about symptoms, risk factors and screening and can offer training in all aspects of bowel health, screening and symptom awareness.   During April, they are also encouraging people to sign up to Step up for 30!  It's really simple, just get active every day and ask family, friends and colleagues to sponsor you.  Whilst you’re getting fitter and feeling healthier, you’ll also be raising money to help stop people dying of bowel cancer by funding vital services and lifesaving research. Sign up today.    For more information visit bowelcanceruk.org.uk   Campaign information can also be found at: https://www.tamesideandglossopccg.org/campaigns/bowel-cancer-awareness

NHS 2021 GP PATIENT SURVEY is now open

Your views can help improve local GP and health services. Some patients registered at this GP practice will soon be invited to take part in a national survey about their experiences of local NHS services.

If you receive a questionnaire, please help NHS England by filling it in as soon as possible.

It is really important that we hear your views, even if you have received a questionnaire like this before. Your response will help to improve GP practices and other local NHS services so they better meet your needs.

Visit www.gp-patient.co.uk to find out more.

The GP Patient Survey is an independent survey run by Ipsos MORI on behalf of NHS England. Around 2.3 million people, aged 16 and over, who are registered with a GP practice in England will receive an invitation by letter.

It is designed to give patients the opportunity to feed back about their experiences of their GP practice and covers issues that concern patients, such as access to care and satisfaction with treatment, how easy or hard it is to make an appointment, satisfaction with opening hours, the quality of care received, and more.

The data provides vital information to the NHS to identify what’s working well and what can be improved. It helps identify inequalities in experience too, such as for certain age or ethnic groups or people with other protected characteristics. It can also provide new information that does not come to light in other ways. Last year’s survey helped the NHS to learn more about the high proportion of people who have caring responsibilities and about how this affects their experiences of using health services.

Anyone who receives a questionnaire is urged to help NHS England by filling it in as soon as possible.

Dr Ashwin Ramachandra, Co-Chair at NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning said: “Over the last twelve challenging months GP practices have had to make some changes in response to the Covid-19 pandemic so they could continue to provide their services. As a result, it is more important than ever that a patient’s experience of local NHS services during this period, even if they haven’t visited their GP practice in a long time, or filled in a questionnaire before, are heard.

“The more people who respond to their invitation to take part in the survey, the better the quality of information received about experiences of using general practice.”

Covid Vaccination Programme this is a reminder of the

groups 1 - 9 eligible for vaccination:

Group 1 - Care Home residents & Care Home staff

Group 2 - Patients aged 80 year & over

Group 3 - Patients aged 75 to 79 years

Group 4 - Patients aged 70 to 74 years and all patients aged 18yrs + who have been identified as extremely vulnerable.

Group 5 - Patients 65-69 years

Group 6 - Patients 16-64 years and in a defined At Risk group

Group 7 - Patients 60-64 years

Group 8 - Patients 55-59 years

Group 9 - Patients 50-54 years

Please ensure that you have given your up to date contact information to the surgery. If we do not have up to date contact details this may delay our ability to contact you.

If you are within the groups 1-9, listed above, you can book your covid vaccination by accessing the link at www.tamesideandglossop.nhsvaccinations.co.uk

Please note the link will also list any available slots within the surrounding area. This is not just for Glossop Cricket Club vaccination site.

Please also be aware that you may receive communication from NHS with a link to book online via the national link or to telephone 119. These letters are sent out centrally by the NHS and not from the practice.

The NHS National Booking System now allows unpaid carers to create an appointment online for their vaccination.

Covid Vaccinations for unpaid Carers in Derbyshire: Covid Vaccinations for Unpaid Carers Derbyshire

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To use Online Consult to contact your Doctor and get health advice: https://www.patientaccess.com 

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Appointments - If you are asked to attend the practice, following a telephone/video consultation, please report to reception and you will be given instructions and directed where to wait. Please be aware there may be a delay from your arrival to the clinician collecting you from the door - this is due to the extra cleaning down and PPE changes between face to face appointments. This is all in place to protect our patients and our staff.

Please be aware you can continue to book GP telephone consultations on-line. Please ensure that you have given us your up to date telephone details.

Prescription requests – Please ensure that you have informed us of the pharmacy that you wish to process your prescription. We still recommend online requesting for your repeat prescription.

Please also be aware that we may send text messages to those that have pre-booked appointments and you may also receive updates and additional details via text messaging. You may also receive text messages, from us, regarding the availability of the covid vaccination appointment slots. Please ensure that we have your up to date telephone contact details this will ensure important information is relayed to you as quickly as possible. You may like to register for the NHS App/online services - this gives you the ability to review and to order items and use our online triage.

NHS App how to set -up: https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/nhs-app/nhs-app-help-and-support/logging-in-to-the-nhs-app/

CORONAVIRUS ADVICE TO PATIENTS

DO NOT GO TO THE SURGERY OR HOSPITAL

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back

  • a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.

Read the NHS advice about staying home, including how long to isolate for.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home

  • your condition gets worse

  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Use the 111 coronavirus service

Contact NHS111 on-line services https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19 , stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

For further information Visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

If you are concerned that you have or have come into contact with someone suspected of coronavirus NHS111 have created the following guidance https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19

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Exemption boxes on the back of prescription forms have been updated to make it easier for eligible patients to correctly claim free NHS prescriptions and avoid penalty charges.

For more information, visit: www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/prescription-forms

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