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Mouth Cancer Action Month

November is Mouth Cancer Action Month, raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of mouth cancer. The sooner mouth cancer is detected the much better chance there is of beating it.

The most common symptoms are:

  • sore mouth ulcers that do not heal within several weeks
  • unexplained persistent lumps in the mouth that do not go away
  • Unexplained persistent lumps in the lymph glands in the neck that do not go away

Many of these can be caused by less serious conditions however, it is strongly recommended that you see your GP or dentist if any of these last longer than 3 weeks.

For further information visit https://www.dentalhealth.org/spotthesigns or https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/mouth-cancer/symptoms/

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Early detection of lung cancer makes it easier to treat

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and as it’s the most common cause of death from cancer in both men and women claiming almost 35,000 lives a year, the campaign is encouraging people to visit their GP sooner if they have symptoms.

Early detection of lung cancer makes it more treatable, so encouraging people to recognise symptoms such as a persistent cough, breathlessness and sudden weight loss and to see their GP could save lives.

To find out more about Lung Cancer Awareness Month, visit https://roycastle.org/.

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Test Results

Test results have various different time frames in which they are returned to the practice to be reviewed by a clinician. For example most, but not all, blood test results are generally returned within 72 working hours, however, radiology results such as X-rays and scans can take much longer to be returned. The Practice will only contact you following review of your result if there are further actions that need to be taken, you will not be contacted by the practice if there is no action required on your result

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Millcroft Medical Centre is no longer providing a Covid-19 Booster vaccination service

Millcroft Medical Centre is no longer providing a Covid-19 Booster vaccination service.

You can use the National Booking service to book your vaccination by calling 119 or using the below link:

Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Please do not contact the practice as we are unable to book an appointment for you. Thank you – Millcroft Medical Centre

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GHR & Eaglebridge Primary Care Network: Provision of our services outside the normal practice hours.

As you may be aware NHS England (who commission our practices services) have set out a requirement that practices work together to ensure that patients are able to access services outside our normal hours of work (8.00am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday).

GHR and Eaglebridge Primary Care Networks cover the following practices:

Grosvenor Medical Centre

Hungerford Medical Centre

Rope Green Medical Centre

Millcroft Medical Centre

Earnswood Medical Centre

GHR and Eaglebridge PCNs have produced a plan based on services being provided from the individual practices and from a local practice-based Hub on Friday and Saturday.

This way of working is not new to us, we have been providing so called Extended Access services for the last five years, including the ability for our patients to access services locally on Saturdays.

The times we provide extended access services from our practice bases have been determined by analysing the preferences of our patients over the last five years, in particular we have been keen to offer services to enable patients who work a distance away from the practice to access services.

Each practice is currently publicising when services are available and we are proposing to add further services to our existing provision, from October 2022.

In addition to the services provided from each practice we are working with our neighbouring practices to offer appointments across the week and on Saturdays. As always, the availability of appointments will be dependent on our capacity, however, please ask the practice receptionist if you would ideally like an appointment outside the normal core hours. It is important to stress that the number of appointments offered outside the normal hours will only be a small proportion of our total appointments, as it is important that we do not undermine our normal level of service particularly given the current high levels of demand and our workforce challenges.

As we have stated we are sure that the time our practices provide services (outside of core hours) reflects the preferences of our patients, but we would be pleased to hear your views so that we can continue to evaluate the best times to offer services.

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Happy Hearts – Together we can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke during Covid-19

Health services, local authorities, charities and other partners across Cheshire and Merseyside are working together to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

The Cheshire and Merseyside Happy Hearts website is aimed at helping you to reduce your risk of stroke and heart attack by giving you lots of information and tips on keeping your heart happy. The website shares local, practical information on:

  • how to live healthily and stay well
  • conditions that increase the chances of having a heart attack or stroke, such as
    • atrial fibrillation
    • high blood pressure
    • high cholesterol
  • how and where you can get your numbers checked
  • how you can help to manage and control these conditions to lower your CVD risk

Visit the Cheshire and Merseyside Happy Hearts website to find out more.

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Serious Shortage Protocol for HRT gels

The NHSBSA have released new Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) for HRT products.

The SSPs apply to Oestrogel pump gel, Sandrena 0.5mg and 1mg gel sachets and Lenzetto spray.

Pharmacies are now allowed to switch patients to patches if they are unable to obtain a supply of the gels.

Pharmacies are also allowed to restrict the quantities to 3 months’ supply without contacting the prescriber.

Local pharmacies have been contacted to ensure they are aware of the SSPs.

Please note that you do not need to contact your GP, your Pharmacist will be able to look into this for you.

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You don’t need to see your GP for a common cold

The common cold, although frustrating, is a mild viral infection that usually clears up on its own within a week or two. In most cases there is no need to see your GP, however, your local Pharmacist may be able to advise on over-the-counter medications to help with your symptoms.

The main symptoms of a common cold include:

  • A blocked or runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Cough

There is no cure for the common cold, but there are things you can do to self-care at home;

  • Get some rest
  • Drink plenty of fluids and eat fruit and vegetables
  • Take over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, to reduce any fever
  • Use decongestant sprays, steam or tablets to relieve a blocked nose
  • Try remedies such as gargling salt water and sucking on menthol sweets

In general, a person is contagious a few days prior to any symptoms occurring until all their symptoms have gone.  There are a number of ways you can help stop the cold virus spreading:

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Always sneeze and cough into tissues
  • Clean surfaces regularly
  • Use your own cup, plates and cutlery
  • Don’t share towels or toys

You can find more information about coughs and colds and information on your nearest pharmacy at NHS Choices.