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Flu Clinics - 2019/20 - Change to late October Dates
Flu vaccination provides the best protection against an unpredictable virus which infects many people and can cause serious illness and death each year.
The vaccination is free and recommended yearly for those most at risk of flu; this includes; children aged 2 to 8 years old*, pregnant women, anyone living with a long term medical condition, everyone aged 65 and over and people with caring responsibilities.
Our next clinics for 18-65s will be held on:
Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th October 2019 07:30-10:00
Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st October 2019 07:30-10:00
Please note, our original second clinic, planned for Wed 23rd and Thu 24th October has now been put back one week, as above, due to a delay in our second delivery of vaccines.
Workforce Team of the Year Award - Group Consultations
On 25th September 2019, Dr Ramachandra and Nurse Margaret Baker, attended the Nursing Times Workforce Summit & Awards, in London as part of the Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership with the Experience Led Care Team, who were nominated for the Workforce Team of the Year award.
It gives us great pleasure to announce that we won the award for Workforce Team of the Year - Supporting retention of the primary care workforce by implementing group consultations to support long term condition care.
We are delighted to have received recognition as a surgery forging ahead with Group Consultation in Tameside & Glossop as part of the Greater Manchester team award. Well done to everyone involved, we will continue to offer more group consultations – Please scroll down to our Group Consultations news article, for more information,
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Market Street leads the way in Online Consultations
As you may probably be aware, we have been offering Online Consultations for around 2 years. Dr Ashwin Ramachandra’s feedback was published in a Tameside & Glossop CCG article, explaining the benefits and our experiences. We are also being visited by NHSX, the new innovative unit that will take forward digital transformation in the NHS, allowing patient and staff to benefit from the latest digital systems and technology. NHSX are going to look at how we run our online consultation service and hear about patients’ feedback where they have used this.
To read the article published within Tameside and Glossop CCG please click on the attachment
To find out more about NHSX, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/nhsx-new-joint-organisation-for-digital-data-and-technology
To try our online consultation service, please go to our home page , and click the orange button. You can start an online consultation with our GPs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and will receive a reply by the end of the next working day. On some occasions, you may not even have to come into the surgery at all and can collect your prescription at your preferred pharmacy, electronically.
Group Consultations have launched at Market Street!
On 4th July 2019 Market Street launched its first Group Consultation. We are the first practice in Tameside & Glossop to pilot this.
Group consultations - also called shared medical appointments, group medical appointments, group appointments - are one to one medical appointments delivered by a clinician to a group of patients with similar health issues in a supportive group setting. They replace routine one to one appointments. In group consultations, clinicians see up to twelve patients in 40-60 minute group slot. Working this way potentially doubles clinician capacity, and systematises follow up. Group consultations can also be used for unplanned, one-off urgent care. ‘Shared Group Consultations’ involve a specialist consulting with up to 12 patients with a primary care clinicians present. They provide a powerful way to integrate primary and specialist care, build relationships and increase clinician’s clinical knowledge.
Our first session was for pre-diabetes and was extremely popular with the ten patients who attended. We will be planning and running more of these very soon, tackling other health needs and areas. Many thanks to everyone who made this such a success.
Our second session with this pre-diabetes group revealed some astounding results where the group had improved their vital blood test statistics and health - This is the power of the group dynamic! Well done to all!
We have now held many more Group Consultations including respiratory groups, with more health improvement topics planned for the future.
If you would like to know more about our group consultations including to inquire about taking part, please speak to your Market Street Health Professional
Men - Is it time to talk?
Find a safe and confidential space that offers you (males 18+) the opportunity to talk about anything that matters - free from advice, judgement and any form of time or money commitment.
The only requirement is your desire to make progress.
Mentell is a self-help process, for men, based on 7 guiding principals that offer all men the opportunity to work through any personal issues in a safe and supportive way.
Mentell is set up in the form of a male peer to peer, support group (circles).
The purpose of Mentell is to give men the opportunity to access space within themselves to process and heal any form of mental and/or emotional suffering.
Circles work best for those who are willing to start making changes in their lives, however small that change might seem.
Ashton Walk-in Centre has moved to Tameside Hospital
From Monday 29th April 2019, access to urgent treatment in Tameside & Glossop is improving. A new Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) will open on the Tameside Hospital site. This will provide an enhanced offer for people with a condition that needs prompt medical help to avoid it deteriorating, but is not life-threatening..
The Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) is not a like for like replacement of the Walk In Centre (WIC) at Ashton Primary Care Centre, it is a new, broader and better offer. Being located on the hospital site means the Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) has direct and prompt access to urgent diagnostics or other hospital services. Staff at the Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) will ensure that any patient presenting is treated by the right professional – whether that be identified as an urgent or emergency need.
Open 7 days a week from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
For more information please click here
NHS App now Live for Market Street Medical Practice
NHS App - The new, simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet.
Tameside and Glossop practices are now connected to the NHS App and are some of the first practices in Greater Manchester to have been connected. All Patient online services can be accessed on the new NHS App. Visit your App Store or Google Play and search NHS App
Cervical Cancer Screening
Public Health England (PHE) will be launching a new national Cervical Screening Campaign at the beginning of March 2019 to help increase participation in the programme.
Nationally coverage is at a 20 year low, and whilst within Greater Manchester we are carrying out more smear tests than ever before, with the growth in the population and the significant variation in coverage across Local Authority/CCG areas and between GP practices, we know we still have work to do to ensure as many women as possible can access cervical screening.
In addition to the national PHE campaign, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP) will be amplifying the national campaign. The amplification will be supported by very brief advice delivered in pharmacies across GM as part of the healthy living pharmacy framework from 1 – 31 March 2019.
Improving detection of Atrial Fibrillation with newly approved technology
Over one million people have been diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation (AF) in the UK alone, however experts estimate that at least a third of people don’t even know they have it.
In Tameside and Glossop there are approximately 4,522 people who have been diagnosed and around 432 people have a stroke per year, of which 69 were related to having AF (SSNAP Data 2017).
An easy and effective way to detect the identification and management of AF is by using a AliveCor Kadia device, an exciting, innovative piece of technology funded by Health Innovation Manchester.
Many GP practices in Tameside and Glossop are utilising the device for patients with suspected AF by integrating its use in to new patient checks, appointments and clinics, and of patients with a long-term health condition or who are experiencing palpitations; breathlessness/dyspnoea; syncope/ dizziness; chest discomfort and stroke/transient ischaemic attack.
AF is a common heart condition which causes an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate. Having AF can increase your risk of a blood clot forming inside the heart. If the clot travels to the brain, it can lead to a stroke.
Ask your health professional whether you would benefit from a pulse check. Upon detection of AF, your health professional will develop a treatment plan for you and you should be reviewed annually.
Dr Ashwin Ramachandra, NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body GP member for Living Well, said: “The use of the AliveCor device can support the detection of Atrial Fibrillation. In many cases a simple pulse check can give you a good indication of whether you have the disease, then your GP will request a more detailed ECG before a diagnosis can be made.”
Ingrid Brindle, Patient Neighbourhood Group Chair, from Hyde shares her experience of AF and would encourage anyone to get a pulse check. She said: “I’m really pleased that many surgeries in Tameside and Glossop are now using the Alive Cor device which can help the detection of AF as having an arrhythmia attack can be very frightening!
“It happened to me several times in the middle of the night. I would be sitting up in bed with my heart pounding, feeling sick and dizzy, needing to go to the bathroom and short of breath. I was never sure whether to call an ambulance. In my case, AF was very irregular so when I visited the doctor the next day I would be examined thoroughly but of course, there would be no evidence of what had happened.”
Ingrid is very passionate about raising awareness of AF and is working with GP surgeries to keep awareness high.
Keep Antibiotics Working
Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant. More and more bacteria are becoming resistant to available antibiotics, limiting the options available to clinicians. Using antibiotics when you don’t need them, for everyday illnesses, may mean they no longer work when you really need them.
Whilst antibiotics are vital for treating many infections, there is evidence that antibiotics are often used when they are not needed, for example, for viral infections such as colds or flu where they are not effective or for illnesses that can get better by themselves.
Research has shown that this is, at least in part, due to patients expecting antibiotics, without understanding that they may not be effective for their illness. The ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ campaign, therefore, aims to reduce patient expectations for antibiotics.
The campaign key messages are:
- Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk.
- Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant. That means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them.
- Always take your doctor’s advice on antibiotics
Care Quality Commision Inspection - Rated GOOD Across all Areas
We are excited to announce the results of our Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection, held on 19th June 2018. We were rated GOOD across all areas, with particular praise given to innovations such as our eConsultation Service.
A massive thank you to all patients, service users and colleagues and we will continue to innovate and care for all of our patients, with excellence. You can access the report published here.
Alzheimer's Society - Thursday 14th June 2018 - £85.00 Raised - Thank you!
Thank you to those who joined us on Thursday 14th June and supported the Alzheimer's Society Cupcake Day . We are pleased to announce we raised a total of £85.00!
The difference a Cupcake Day makes
Dementia devastates lives. In the UK, someone develops dementia every three minutes, and there is currently no cure. But together we will beat it, dementia will not win.
Until the day we find a cure, Alzheimer's Society will be here for anyone affected by dementia - wherever they are, whatever they're going through. Dedicated Cupcakers like you have raised £1.4 million since 2016 and this year we can raise even more together! Please come and purchase a cupcake. All proceeds go to the Alzheimer's Society.
Contact our GPs online 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year.
Did you know, you can now start a consultation with our GPs online and will receive a response by the end of the next working day?
You can obtain medical advice at the click of a button, right from our website homepage. Just click the link to contact our doctors online.
Here you will be able to learn more about your condition and contact your GP via a form, this will allow the GP to decide upon the most appropriate treatment options for you and you will receive a response by the end of the next working day.
You will also be able to request test results and extensions to fit notes. In some instances, you may not need to come in for a face-to-face appointment at all.
More information can be found on the home page and in the practice.
Pride in Practice - Market Street Medical Practice Gets the Gold!
We are pleased to announce that our surgery has recently achieved the Pride In Practice Gold Award to celebrate our dedication to delivering an excellent service to all patients.
Pride in Practice is a quality assurance support service that strengthens and develops our relationship with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) patients within our local community.
Endorsed by The Royal College of GP’s, Pride in Practice is a support package that enables us to effectively and confidently meet the needs of our LGBT patients. It supports us in meeting the requirements of our Clinical Commissioning Group, the Care Quality Commission and other bodies we work with. Pride in Practice evidences our commitment to and compliance with the General Medical Council Good Practice Guidelines and the Equality Act 2010.
The Pride in Practice award demonstrates our practice’s commitment and dedication to ensuring a fully inclusive patient-centred service.
KEEPING APPOINTMENTS - Easy ways for you to CANCEL
We have recently noticed an increase in the number of patients not attending their appointments. Per week there are around 40 appointments wasted due to non-attendance. This is an equivalent of at least 6.5 hours, per week!
Please, can you ensure that you give a minimum of 24hrs notice for an appointment that you no longer need, so we can ensure the effective use of our clinical resources and allow us to give these appointments to other patients who need them.
We have now made it easier than ever for you to let us know that you do not need your appointment, you can either:
- Call us on 0161 371 6188 - Press 0 - There is no need to wait in the queue for a call handler to answer, you can beat the queue and leave us a message!
- Reply back to your text message appointment reminder with the word CANCEL
If you are not receiving appointment reminders to your mobile, please check that we have your latest, up-to-date phone number, or complete a short web form by clicking here