SELF CARE FORUM
Helping people take care of themselves. Find out more about this by clicking on the link below:
What is Self Care?
CERVICAL CANCER PREVENTION
The theme for the Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2018 is “Reduce your risk”
Cervical cancer can be prevented. With your help we can ensure every woman knows how they can reduce their risk of the disease and the steps they can take to look after their health.
2 Women lose their lives to the disease every day
9 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every day
75% of cervical cancers can be prevented by cervical screening (smear tests)
Attending cervical screening when invited
Knowing the symptoms of cervical cancer and seeking medical advice if experiencing any
Taking up the HPV vaccination if aged 11-18
Talking to friends and family to ensure they know how they can reduce their risk
Knowing where to find support and further information
DON'T MISS YOUR FLU VACCINATION!
Flu occurs every year, usually in the winter, which is why it’s sometimes called seasonal flu. It’s a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very quickly. Colds are much less serious and usually start gradually with a stuffy or runny nose and a sore throat. A bad bout of flu can be much worse than a heavy cold.
The most common symptoms of flu are fever, chills, headache, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, and extreme tiredness. Healthy individuals usually recover within two to seven days, but for some the disease can lead to hospitalisation, permanent disability or even death.
Appointments for flu vaccinations for eligible patients (patients over the age of 65 and those under 65 in relevant at risk groups) are now available to book at Topcliffe Surgery. Children in reception and Years 1-4 will be given their flu jab at school and we will give it to 2-3 year olds and other at risk children under age 18. The pneumococcal and shingles vaccinations will also be offered to those patients who are eligible this year.
If you have an appointment with a doctor or nurse over the next few weeks you can have your flu jab then. Just ask the doctor or nurse at the time.
If you do not want a flu jab this year please let us know so that we can enter this in your medical records.
Please speak to a member of the reception team for more information.
Our funding is partly dependant on the number of flu jabs we give each year to eligible patients so please support the surgery by having your flu jab here.
Saturday morning appointments
Patients registered at Topcliffe Surgery are now able to pre-book a routine appointment between 8.30am and 12 noon on Saturday as part of the Heartbeat Alliance Better Access Service.
The venue for this service is: The Doctors Surgery, Chapel Street, Thirsk YO7 1LG.
Appointments are available with a physiotherapist, pharmacist and GP although please note that not all clinicians will be available every Saturday.
In order to be seen by a health professional in the Better Access Service, patients must provide consent to enable access to their Topcliffe Surgery medical record before consultation.
To book an appointment or to find out more about eligibility for this service, please contact Topcliffe Surgery reception on 01845 577297. A receptionist will be able to give advice including which clinicians are available on which dates.
Heartbeat Alliance is a federation of GP practices in the Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby area.
ANNUAL PATIENT SURVEY
Thank you to everyone who took the time to take part in our survey. To view the results of the 2017 Topcliffe Surgery Patient Survey please click on 'Survey Report' under 'Have your say' on the right hand side of this page.
For our latest newsletter please click here:
Topcliffe Surgery newsletter Autumn 2017
Topcliffe Surgery newsletter summer 2017
Patient Summary Care Record (SCR)
The surgery went live with the upload of patient SCR data on 12 November 2014.
The SCR contains only key demographic information about you and the medicines you are taking, allergies suffered from and any adverse reactions to medicines that you have had in the past. It is not a full upload of your GP medical record.
The SCR means that the summary information will be available to authorised healthcare professionals in places like Accident and Emergency Departments and GP Out of Hours services. Healthcare professionals will ask your permission before they look at your record.
You are able to "opt-out" of the SCR by completing and returning a form which is available here SCR_Opt_out_Form.pdf or from reception. You are free to change your mind at any time by informing us. Children under the age of 16 will automatically have a SCR created for them unless their parent or guardian chooses to opt them out by completing the form.
If you have not completed an "opt-out" form then your SCR will have been uploaded and will be kept up to date going forward.