Important changes to the way ‘repeat prescriptions’ are ordered in the practice. See more ›
Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)- Changes from 1st August 2017 See more ›
What is an NHS Health Check? See more ›
Launch of medical record system will improve patient care See more ›
Important changes to the way “repeat prescriptions” are ordered in the Practice See more ›
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Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service delivers Omnitherapy online video courses, with sessions that deal with a wide range of feelings/symptoms.
When you’re experiencing mental health difficulties, you want to find help right away. We’re committed to delivering professional support promptly, when and where it’s needed. That’s why we’re helping to break down the barriers to accessing mental health support by exploring new technologies and new ways of delivering the help you need.
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Following on from the Government’s announcement last week to ease some of the lockdown measures we are aware that some people will now be returning to work.
Some people will be anxious about returning to workplaces where adequate social distancing measures have not been put in place by their employer. We would ask that in such situations patients should discuss the issues with their employer – employers should be making reasonable adjustments and performing appropriate risk assessments for their staff using occupational health support if necessary. A fit note from a GP should not be required.
Some of our patients have recently been incorrectly contacted by the Government advising them that they are at high risk of complications from covid 19 and they should be shielding. We have complained to NHS Digital about this situation and they are looking into it. If you receive such a message or letter that does not seem correct please contact the surgery. A receptionist will take your details and one of the GPs will review your notes to determine whether you are at high risk or not.
We are aware of a possible scam regarding cervical screening. Some women are being contacted by text message – this claims to be from the call and recall service for smears and advises them that they are overdue for screening. The message asks them to call a mobile number and provide personal details. These messages are NOT from the NHS Cervical Screening Programme. The Action Fraud Line has been contacted. If you receive such a message please do not respond to it. If you need advice about when your next smear is due, please contact the surgery and we will be able to advise you.
You may have read in the Yorkshire Evening Post that the practice is involved in covid 19 research. We are a long established research practice and have been involved in various research projects over the years. We are currently in the early stages of planning for 2 covid 19 trials which may result in us asking some patients to be involved – the practice will contact any patients who may be suitable for this in due course.
Dr C Hirst
If you are due a cervical smear please let the practice know.
We are restarting our smear clinics and indeed Drs Grainger and Skipp did a smear clinic each on Thursday 14th May. Our waiting list for such appointments is low as a result. Once we have a list of patients who need appointments we will arrange more clinics either with our nursing staff or doctors.
Dr C Hirst
We continue to offer telephone appointments for ALL appointment requests with our GPs.
A few of these appointments are pre-bookable but the majority of these appointments are bookable on the day and are available to book from 8am.
Please be aware that if you book either a pre-bookable or an on the day appointment then the GP will phone you at any time in morning after 8am. Please be ready to take a call from 8am onwards.
If you wish to make an on the day appointment please contact us early in the day. We are now busier than in previous weeks and have become aware that some patients are phoning us later in the morning by which time most of our appointments might already be booked. If we are fully booked and your problem is not urgent then you may have to book for another day.
Our nursing team continue to see patients when this is felt to be clinically necessary. Any patients seen by them will be screened for coronavirus symptoms prior to coming to the surgery. Patients who are free of coronavirus symptoms will be asked to wait in the car park for a member of the nursing team. You will be asked for your car registration number so we can identify you in the car park.
We will continue to monitor and adapt our appointment system for both GPs and nurses as the current situation evolves.
Dr C Hirst
NHS Health Checks are being offered to people aged between 40 and 74 once every five years.
The check is to assess your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease or diabetes. If there are any warning signs, then together we can do something about it.
By taking early action, you can improve your health and prevent the onset of these conditions. There is good evidence for this.
As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease or type 2 diabetes. Your free NHS Health Check can spot early signs and help prevent these happening to you, which means you’ll be more likely to enjoy life for longer.
This questionnaire should take you less than 5 minutes to complete.
You can find more useful information in the questionnaire by clicking on the links provided.”
All the information is confidential and will not be shared.
GIBSON LANE PRACTICE will be CLOSED for
BANK HOLIDAY on the following dates:
Friday 8th May
Monday 25th May
So please make sure you:
- Stock up on your regular medications (last day to order repeat prescriptions in time for Bank Holiday will be Mon 4th May and Tues 19th May).
- Order repeat prescriptions in plenty of time
- If you need oxygen, make sure you have an adequate supply
If you need urgent medical attention during the holiday period, call your normal surgery number and you will be directed to the out-of-hours service 111
Note this service is for EMERGENCIES ONLY
If you require health information or advice you can also:
Log on to NHS Choices online at www.nhs.uk
They will help you get you the right treatment.
B12 switch to oral medication Following on from our practice decision to delay everyone who is currently receiving B12 injections by 3 months and offer to convert them to oral B12 during that time we have put together the following information to hopefully address any queries that patients may have.
Q – Why are you asking us to change?
A. During the current Covid 19 pandemic we are trying to reduce the footfall through the surgery as much as is safely possible. This is not only to protect you the patient from leaving home and coming down to the surgery but to also protect our staff and other patients and relatives you may come into contact with during your appointment. The NHS is under tremendous pressure at present and we are having to make some difficult decisions regarding treatments etc.
The main reasons for the change are:
• Many of patients on B12 are high risk themselves from COVID-19 and we do not want to put them at further risk bringing them down to the practice
• We are trying to protect frontline staff from unnecessary contacts and keep essential services going as well as freeing up nursing time from these appointments. As staff go off with the illness themselves this may become increasingly important as we will have limited staff available to work
Q. Does having tablets work and am I at risk if I don’t receive my injection?
A. All our patients on B12 injections will have had loading doses that are initially administered close together. Approximately 50% of the loading dose is stored in the liver for the body to use up slowly when needed and so the 3 monthly injections are just top ups. So you will have plenty of B12 from the injections you have already received to last many months through this crisis and so no you are not at risk.
Q. I have been told I don’t absorb B12 so tablets wont work for me
A. B12 is not made by the body so we have to obtain it from our diet. Usually this occurs by something called intrinsic factor which is a carrier in our body that binds to the B12 and takes in into the bloodstream. HOWEVER there is another 5% which is absorbed without the intrinsic factor. So in patients with B12 deficiency who have an issue with intrinsic factor, a small amount will be being absorbed anyway to keep the levels up. We will discuss with you prescribing high doses of oral B12 during this time (400 times the normal recommended amount) to ensure that you absorb enough to keep your levels up. There is no danger of overdose as the body will naturally dispose of excess in the urine