Patient Participation Group (PPG)
We are hoping to restart our PPG meetings virtually, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be involved.
Face Masks / coverings
Please bring a face mask / covering if you are asked to attend the surgery, more information is available at https://www.keepsafe.org.uk/mask
Do you need support with your mental health?
If you need support with your mental health, have a look at:
Big White Wall (BWW) is a digital mental health support service which is available online, 24/7, and is completely anonymous so you can express yourself freely and openly. Professionally trained Wall Guides monitor the community to ensure the safety and anonymity of all members. In addition to BWW’s online community, you will have access to a wealth of useful resources and can work through tailored self-help courses covering topics such as anxiety, sleep, weight management, depression and many more.
Spinal drop in clinics
Spinal drop in clinics have now ceased operation, although the service is still running you will need to be referred, if you feel that you require advice or help for a musculoskeletal / physiotherapy problem affecting your muscles, bones and joints, first have a look at the leaflets and exercise videos at: https://www.elht.nhs.uk/services/integrated-msk-pain-and-rheumatology-service
And then contact us if you need a referral.
I have symptoms of cancer what should I do during the coronavirus outbreak?
You should still contact us if you notice a change that isn't normal for you or if you have any possible signs and symptoms of cancer.
Even if you're worried about what the symptom might be, or about getting coronavirus don't delay contacting us. Your worry is unlikely to go away if you don't make an appointment. The symptom might not be due to cancer. But if it is, the earlier it's picked up the higher the chance of successful treatment. You won't be wasting our time.
This video explains the importance of going to your GP if you notice any possible cancer symptoms. It lasts for 42 seconds.
There is more information at https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancer-in-general/coronavirus/cancer-symptoms
Good Day Calls
Would you or an elderly relative be interested in receiving a regular 'Good Day' call?
Age UK are offering a daily call providing reassurance, security and support by a trained member of their team to check on the welfare of you or an older relative or friend. We know that if you live alone it can be difficult not to have someone to talk to, especially if you do not have regular contact with family members. This can be an extremely anxious time for people and we know you may worry that no one will notice if you become ill or are without the practical assistance and emotional support you need.
In addition to providing reassurance and practical support they will also chat about interests and how you are keeping busy at home.
Their service also brings reassurance to family members who may live at a distance and be unable to visit and keep in close contact owing to their own commitments.
Their daily call helps tackle these issues by making sure the person is up and well and provides an opportunity for a friendly chat.
For more information look at https://www.ageuk.org.uk/lancashire/our-services/good-day-calls/#
To sign yourself up please call: 0300 303 1234 (charged at local rate)
or email: email@example.com
If you are enquiring on behalf of someone:
Please download and complete the Good Day Call Referral Form at the bottom of the Age UK page and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Advice for parents during coronavirus
Whilst coronavirus is infectious to children it is rarely serious. If your child is unwell it is likely to be a non-coronavirus illness, rather than coronavirus itself.
Whilst it is extremely important to follow Government advice to stay at home during this period, it can be confusing to know what to do when your child is unwell or injured. Remember that NHS 111, GPs and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done. Here is some advice to help: