Gibson Lane Practice

Gibson Lane, Kippax, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 7JN
Telephone: 0113 287 0870

CERVICAL SMEAR UPDATE 15.5.20

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

APPOINTMENT UPDATE 12 MAY 2020

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 Healthchecks

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.

Bank Holiday Opening Hours

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

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

Gibson Lane Practice GP Earnings 2018/19

NHS England require that the net earnings of doctors engaged in the practice is publicised, and the required disclosure is shown below. However it should be noted that the prescribed method for calculating earnings is potentially misleading because it takes no account of how much time doctors spend working in the practice, and should not be used to form any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make any comparison with any other practice.”

All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (e.g. average pay) for GP’s working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice. The average pay for GPs working at the Gibson Lane Practice in the last financial year was £50,092 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 0 full time GPs and 10 part time GPs.”

COVID- 19 NHS Advice

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms Stay at home if you have either: 

•a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)                                      

•a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Stay at home.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do. https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/

Use the 111 coronavirus service Information:

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

How long to stay at home

•if you have symptoms of coronavirus, you’ll need to stay at home for 7 days

•if you live with someone who has symptoms, you’ll need to stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms

•If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days. If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

Read our advice about staying at home. How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (social distancing)

Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading

Prescription Requests Due to COV-19 outbreak

Patients are requesting additional medications due to COVID-19 and patients concerns re self -isolation.

The Practice will NOT be issuing additional supplies of medication.

Patients can order their medication in the normal way to avoid any stock piling causing shortages of medicines in the system.

We ask that patients do the following:-

1. Order their medication either on line, by email or post in the outside post box at Kippax Health Centre, as normal at Monk Fryston and letter box Garforth. We will also accept request via telephone from vulnerable patients /patients self isolating etc whilst we are in pandemic phase. NB We will NOT be reverting back to pharmacies taking 3rd party orders on behalf of the patient

2. We ask that patients nominate a pharmacy for dispensing and collection of medication to reduce footfall in practice. If you have a problem collecting your dispensed medications pharmacies provide a delivery service. Ask your nominated pharmacy for further details.

3. We will be increasing the number of issues that patients can have of their repeat medication before they are due a review to avoid clinically stable patients having to be seen during the pandemic.