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Don’t forget to book your Cervical screening test!

Cervical screening (smear test) is a free health test available on the NHS that helps prevent cervical cancer. It check for a virus called high-risk HPV and, if you have HPV, cervical cell changes. It is not a test for cancer.

All women and people born with a cervix between the ages of 25 and 64 should go for regular cervical screening. You’ll get a letter in the post inviting you to make an appointment.

If you are worried about how cervical screening is done, check out this short video:

If you missed your last cervical screening, you do not need to wait to book an appointment, call and book today!

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Diabetes – do you know the signs to look out for?

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. There are 2 main types of diabetes:

Type 1 diabetes – where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin

Type 2 diabetes – where they body does not produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells do not react to insulin.

This Diabetes Awareness Week, be aware of the symptoms to look out for:

  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Peeing more frequently than usual, particularly at night
  • Feeling very tired
  • Weight loss and loss of muscle bulk
  • Itching around the penis or vagina, or frequent episodes of thrush
  • Cuts or wounds that heal slowly
  • Blurred vision

Visit your GP as soon as possible if you experience that main symptoms of diabetes.

For more information https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/diabetes/ and https://www.diabetes.org.uk/07

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Diabetes – Check your risk

There are two type of diabetes – Type 1 and Type 2.

Type 1 diabetes isn’t linked with age or being overweight. The causes are unknown and it is unpreventable. Only 10% of people with diabetes have Type 1.

Type 2 diabetes is much more common. It is linked to lifestyle factors and develops over time. Unlike Type 1 diabetes, it is largely preventable.

Check your risk today

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Carers Week 2022

Approximately 6.5 million people in the UK are carers, looking after a parent, partner, child or friend. A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health problem or who needs extra help as they grow older.

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and their communities.

If you would like more information about carers week visit https://www.carersweek.org/.

If you are a carer and want to find out what support and benefits are available for you visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/support-and-benefits-for-carers/

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Queens Platinum Jubilee Extended Bank Holiday Weekend Practice Closures

A special extended Bank holiday weekend for the Queens Platinum Jubilee means we are closed on Thursday 2nd June to Sunday 5th June – re-opening as normal on Monday 6th June.

If you need medical advice during this period you can:

Visit your pharmacy. Your local pharmacy can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints. Opening times for local Pharmacies can be downloaded

or you can visit NHS Choices.

Access NHS 111. If you need urgent medical advice but your condition is not life threatening, simply visit 111.nhs.uk, enter your age, sex, postcode and main symptom, and then you will be guided through a series of questions about your health problems.

To access the service via phone, simply dial 111 from any mobile or landline free of charge and you will be put through to an operator who will run through a few questions regarding your health problem in order to get you the right care.

A&E or 999. For a genuine medical emergency including; loss of consciousness, acute confused state and fits that are not stopping, persistent and or/severe chest pain, breathing difficulties, severe bleeding that cannot

be stopped call 999 or go to your nearest A&E.

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Access to GP Surgeries

Further to the recent bulletin we sent out on behalf of the East Staffordshire District Patient Engagement Group, regarding access to GP Surgeries, we have an update regarding our Practice and access to the Health Centre in Monk St.

Discussions have been held with the surgery around re opening the doors and no longer monitoring patients who come in to surgery. However, the issues we are faced with include:

  • The makeup of the building and only having one waiting room for 2 different surgeries, isn’t conducive to allowing patients to enter without being monitored.
  • The building and rooms are also used by other external health services such as Podiatry, Physiotherapy and Family Health & Wellbeing Service who have their own patient list which require a proper social distancing waiting area.
  • There is no guarantee that patients coming into the building are not symptomatic and this therefore risks the whole building being shut down for deep clean etc as has happened in the past. This is the reasoning behind the questions that are asked prior to the patients entering the building.

The Practice has sought external health advice on the topic and below is a summary of the advice given:

As discussed as the waiting room is shared between patients of the two surgeries, plus those of several other providers, it would be difficult in practice to control the numbers using the waiting room and to maintain social distancing between them.

Currently access is controlled and numbers in the waiting room limited by patients using the external intercom. In the case of the non-GP surgery providers, the provider concerned meets them at the front door and takes them directly into the clinical room. There are no suitable alternative means of access that may be used by patients and no additional internal space that may be used as a waiting area. The potential exposure of vulnerable persons and potential contamination of the premises from uncontrolled access to the waiting room should also be considered.

In this instance it is recommended that the only practicable measure to ensure social distancing whilst current restrictions are in place is to continue controlling access by patients using the external intercom and being met at the front entrance door.

Our advice is still to space seating in waiting rooms to enable social distancing unless persons are in the same household until further advice has been given by the government.

We appreciate that the above will not be what patients want to hear but we must take on board the advice being given and support the Practice that for now the current system will have to be kept in place.

We will continue to work with the Practice and keep you informed of any further developments. Meanwhile can we please remind people to be understanding and not take their frustrations out on the staff, especially the receptionists who are the first point of contact.

Thanking you for your assistance

Chair, Deputy Chair and Secretary Tutbury Practice Patient Forum

 21st June 2021