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Missed appointments in November 2014

The following number of patients failed to attend their appointments

1018 at Lakeside 410 at Forest Gate & 25 at Brigstock

These appointments could have been offered to other patients. Please remember to cancel your appointment if you no longer need it.

Patient Participation Group         

Wed 14th January 2015  

5:30 pm 

Lakeside Surgery

Are you interested in finding out more about Lakeside Surgery or keen to influence your local health services?

Come along to the next Patient Participation Group meeting to discuss your ideas and hear about any planned changes.

Please let us know you are attending by leaving your name at reception or contacting Rita Duncan on 01536 748 258.

JavaJava - Coffee Shop

We are pleased to be able to offer the facilities of a coffee and sandwich bar 8-6 Monday - Friday and 9 - 5 Saturdays and Sundays.A variety of cold and hot drinks, hot food, snacks and salads can be purchased.  There is a dedicated area to enjoy your food whilst waiting for either the Urgent Care Centre or prescriptions. 

 Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 8pmTuesday 8am - 6.30pm Wed 8am - 6.30pmThursday 8am - 8pmFriday 8am - 6.30pm

We offer extended hours appointments until 8pm on Mondays and Thursdays.

Please note that the surgery will not be open on Saturday mornings.

Text Messaging Service

We are now offering a text messaging service to our patients.  We will be asking you if you would like to receieve a text message reminding you of your appointment.  To help us please make sure we have your right mobile number.

Please remember to let us know if you change your contact details.

Out of Hours

Out of hours, doctors and nurses offer patients registered with our practice a full GP service when our practice is closed.  For urgent advice and treatment dial 111.

Appointments

Ring our Lakeside switchboard number on 01536 204 154 or  Forest Gate switchboard number 01536 206 789 to book an appointment or 01536 373 283 for our Brigstock branch surgery.

Cancelling your Appointment

If you are unable to attend an appointment with one of the doctors or nurses, please telephone or use the link at the bottom of this page to cancel your appointment. By giving us as much notice as you can you are helping us to make sure that someone else is given your slot.

Home Visits

Our doctors typically see four patients in the practice in the time it takes to do a single home visit.  For this reason, we ask our patients to come to the practice if at all possible.  However, we can visit you at home if your condition means you cannot attend one of our practices.  Please ring before 10.00am to arrange a visit and let us know if your condition is urgent.

NHS Choices Conditions and Treatments

See the NHS Choices Conditions and Treatments browser for an in-depth description of many common health issues.


Decision aids

NHS Direct Patient Decision Aids (PDAs) are designed to help patients make difficult decisions about their treatments and medical tests. They are used when there is no clinical evidence to suggest that one treatment is better than another and patients need help in deciding which option will be best for them.

Cervical Screening (Smear Tests)

Cervical screening is a method of preventing cervical cancer by detecting abnormal cells in the cervix (lower part of the womb). Cervical screening is not a test for cancer, but it is a test to check the health of the cervix.

Most women's test results show that everything is normal. But for one in 20 women, the test will show some changes in the cells of the cervix. Most of these changes will not lead to cervical cancer and the cells will go back to normal on their own. In some cases, the abnormal cells need to be treated to prevent them becoming a problem later.  

NHS Choices - Cervical Screening
The why, when & how guide to cervical screening

Cervical Screening
This factsheet is for women who would like information about having a cervical smear test for screening. This means having the test when you don't have any symptoms.


HPV Vaccination

Since September 2008 there has been a national programme to vaccinate girls aged 12-13 against human papilloma virus (HPV).  There is also a three-year catch up campaign that will offer the HPV vaccine (also known as the cervical cancer jab) to 13-18 year old girls.

The programme is delivered largely through secondary schools, and consists of three injections that are given over a six-month period. In the UK, more than 1.4 million doses have been given since the vaccination programme started.

What is Human papilloma virus (HPV)?
Human papilloma virus (HPV) is the name of a family of viruses that affect the skin and the moist membranes that line your body, such as those in your cervix, anus, mouth and throat. These membranes are called the mucosa.

There are more than 100 different types of HPV viruses, with about 40 types affecting the genital area. These are classed as high risk and low risk.

How you get HPV?
Types of HPV that affect the skin can be passed on by skin contact with an affected person. The types of HPV that affect the mouth and throat can be passed on through kissing. Genital HPV is usually spread through intimate, skin to skin, contact during sex. You can have the genital HPV virus for years and not have any sign of it.  

How HPV can cause cervical cancer?
Most HPV infections are harmless or cause genital warts, however some types can cause cervical cancer. Most HPV infections clear up by themselves, but in some people the infection can last a long time. HPV infects the cells of the surface of the cervix where it can stay for many years without you knowing.

The HPV virus can damage these cells leading to changes in their appearance. Over time, these changes can develop into cervical cancer. The purpose of cervical screening (testing) is to detect these changes, which, if picked up early enough, can be treated to prevent cancer happening. If they are left untreated, cancer can develop and may lead to serious illness and death.  


Resources

Cancer Research UK
HPV Facts and information

NHS Choices - HPV Vaccination
Why, how and when is the vaccination given and what are the side effects

HPV Vaccine
This factsheet is for people who would like information about the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine.


These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice
 
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