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MORE BOOKABLE APPOINTMENTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE WHEN WE ARE CLOSED

6:30pm-9:30pm weekdays, 9:00am-5:00pm weekends

There are now more bookable GP appointments in Northampton, making it easier for you to get an appointment at a time that suits you including evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays.

The Northampton GP Extended Access Service is an extension of our usual GP practice, it is not a walk-in-service, you need to make an appointment through our Reception.

The service is located on the ground floor of Highfield Clinical Care Centre, Cliftonville Rd., Northampton NN1 5BD. 

For more information please visit: www.northantsgpalliance.com/services-we-offer/gpea

NHS

Flu clinics are now open for eligible patients. Please speak to our Receptionists to book an appointment.

Stay well This Winter

FAIR PROCESSING NOTICE FOR PATIENTS

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Your Information, Your Rights

 

Our Fair Processing Notice explains why we collect information about you and how that information may be used to deliver your direct care and manage the local health and social care system.  

 

The notice reflects:

 

  • What information we collect about you
  • How and why we use that information
  • How we retain your information and keep it secure
  • Who we share your information with and why we do thisThe notice also explains your rights in relation to consent to use your information, the right to control who can see your data and how to seek advice and support if you feel that your information has not been used appropriately. A full copy of the Fair Processing Notice is available from Reception or via our website: www.kers.org.uk

                                                    FIRST for well-being

We now have a Well Being Advisor in surgery on Friday mornings.  They can help with:

Weight Management - Smoking - Emotional Wellbeing - Alcohol - Financial Support - Housing Support - Social Inclusion - Employment and Adult Learning

Please ask at Reception for further information and to book an appointment.

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Does your GP know you look after someone?

If you help a family member or friend because of their physical, mental ill health, frailty, disability or substance misuse…….then you are a carer!

For more details please ask at Reception.

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TabletDid you know you can now order repeat medication on-line with the practice.  You are now able to order your repeat medication on-line, direct to the practice over an encrypted, secure link.  There is still a need to allow a maximum of 48 hours before you collect the prescription from the surgery or you could save time by nominating a pharmacy to receive electronically. There is still a need to allow a week for ordering your prescription and for it to be ready to collect from your chosen pharmacy.  For more details please ask at Reception about this service and for registration.

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Are you a Veteran of the Armed Forces?

Please let our Reception team know.

Primary Prevention:

This is about managing the risks of disease. Examples of this would include eating a healthy diet, exercising and not smoking. Ideally we would like to focus on Primary Prevention because it is better to prevent ill health than to treat it after its onset. Unfortunately the pressure of work means that currently we have to focus mainly on ill health. If you need advice our Practice Nurses and Health Visitors would be happy to point you in the right direction or offer healthy advice. The following evidence - based tips are a good starter for ten to help avoid heart disease and cancer. Ref: (www.jr2.ox.ac.uk/bandolier/booth/hliving/10steps.html):

  1. Eat whole grain foods (bread, or rice, or pasta) on four occasions a week. This will reduce the chance of having almost any cancer by 40%. Given that cancer gets about 1 in 3 of us in a lifetime, thats big advice.
  2. Dont smoke. If you do smoke, stop. Nicotine patches, gum or inhalers help a bit, but acupuncture wont help at all. Try to reduce your smoking, as there is a profound dose-response (the more you smoke, the more likely you are to have cancer, or heart or respiratory disease). So cut down to below five cigarettes a day and leave long portions of the day without a cigarette. Ask us for further advice.
  3. Eat at least five portions of vegetables and fruit a day, and especially tomatoes (including ketchup), red grapes and the like, as well as salad all year. This protects against a whole variety of different nasty things: It reduces the risk of stroke dramatically It reduces the risk of diabetes considerably It will reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.
  4. Use Cholesterol - lowering spreads instead of butter or margarine, if you can afford them. They really do reduce cholesterol, and reducing cholesterol will reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke even in those whose cholesterol is not particularly high.
  5. Drink alcohol regularly. Moderate alcohol consumers have lower mortality than either non-drinkers or heavy drinkers. The type of alcohol probably doesnt matter too much, but for an adult male the equivalent of a couple of glasses of wine a day or a couple of beers is beneficial, and the levels for females are about 25% less. Do not binge - it is a bad idea to drink a weeks quantity at the weekend!
  6. Eat fish. Eating oily fish (Mackerel, Sardines, Salmon etc) once a week wont stop you having a heart attack, but it reduces the likelihood of you dying from it by half.
  7. Take a multivitamin tablet every day, but be sure that it is one with at least 200 micrograms of Folate. The evidence is that this can substantially reduce chances of heart disease in some individuals, and it has been shown to reduce colon cancer by over 85%. It may also reduce the likelihood of developing dementia. Folate is essential in any woman contemplating pregnancy because it will reduce the chance of some birth defects.
  8. If you are pregnant or have high blood pressure, coffee is best minimised. For the rest of us drinking four cups of coffee a day is likely to reduce our chances of getting colon cancer and Parkinsons disease.
  9. Get breathless more often. You dont have to go to a gym or be an Olympic marathon runner. Simply walking a mile a day, or taking reasonable exercise three times a week (enough to make you sweat or glow) will substantially reduce the risk of heart disease. If you walk, dont dawdle. Make it a brisk pace. One of the benefits of regular exercise is that it strengthens bones and keeps them strong. Breaking a hip when elderly is a very serious thing.
  10. Check your height and weight on a chart to see if you are overweight for your height. Your body mass index is the weight in kilograms divided by the height in metres squared: for preference it should be below 25. If you are overweight, lose it. This has many benefits. There is no good evidence on simple ways to lose weight that work. Crash diets dont work in the long run. Take it one step at a time, do the things that are possible now, and combine some calorie limitation with increased exercise.

heartIf appropriate for you we can offer:

  • Blood Pressure checks
  • Blood sugar checks
  • Flu vaccinations
  • Cervical smears
  • Prostate assessments
  • Pre-pregnancy advice
  • Cholesterol assessments
  • Mammography
  • Contraception advice
  • Safe sex advice
  • Travel Immunisation advice

And dont forget:

  • Regular eye checks from an Optician (glaucoma)
  • Regular Dental checks
  • The value of the pharmacist  
 
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