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Macmillan Cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support
One in three of us will get cancer and it’s the toughest thing most of us will ever face. If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, or a loved one has, you’ll want a team of people in your corner supporting you every step of the way. Macmillan provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care.

Marie Curie Cancer Care

Marie Curie Cancer Care is a UK charity dedicated to the care of people with terminal cancer and other illnesses. Over the financial year 2010/11, we reached a total of 31,799 patients

Youth Health Talk

YouthHealthTalk
Youthhealthtalk enables young people, their family and friends, and professionals such as doctors and teachers to understand young people's experiences of health, illness and life in general. The website feature real-life accounts of issues such as effect on work and education, social life and relationships, consulting health professionals and treatment.

Latest News

We're in the Top 3!

You may have seen in the Examiner report that we are the No 3 Practice in Huddersfield based on the July 2018 National Patient Satisfaction Survey which is sent out in the post to the homes of our patients with anonymous returns. We’re really pleased with these results and take it as a massive achievement that though we are only little, we can hold our own against the big guys! Please find attached link to the results and the examiner article. Thank you for your continued input that helps us make improvements where necessary and continue to provide a good quality service!

 https://www.gp-patient.co.uk/report?practicecode=B85058

 https://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/how-good-your-local-gp-15020074

Antibiotics should not be issued as first line of treatment for a cough, says NICE and PHE

People should take honey or cough medicines instead but speak to their GP if it persists for longer than three weeks

lady using honey in drink

Honey and over-the-counter remedies should be a patient’s first point of call to treat a cough, not antibiotics, says NICE and PHE in new draft guidance.

In most cases, acute coughs are caused by a cold or flu virus, or bronchitis, and last around three weeks.

Clinicians are advised in most cases not to offer antibiotics as they make little difference to a person’s symptoms.

Dr Tessa Lewis, GP and chair of the NICE antimicrobial prescribing guideline group said: "If someone has a runny nose, sore throat and cough we would expect the cough to settle over 2 -3 weeks and antibiotics are not needed.

“People can check their symptoms on NHS choices or NHS Direct Wales or ask their pharmacist for advice.

“If the cough is getting worse rather than better or the person feels very unwell or breathless then they would need to contact their GP. 

"There are self-care products that people can take to manage their symptoms themselves.

Honey and cough medicines containing pelargonium, guaifenesin or dextromethorphan have some evidence of benefit for the relief of cough symptoms.

Honey should not be given to infants under 12 months because of the risk of botulism.

The NICE draft guidance states it is important the reasons for not giving an antibiotic are clearly explained by the healthcare professional and advice is given to the patient on appropriate self-care.

Dr Susan Hopkins, healthcare-associated infection and antimicrobial resistance deputy director at Public Health England, said: “Antibiotic resistance is a huge problem and we need to take action now to reduce antibiotic use. Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk of developing infections which in turn cannot be easily treated.

“These new guidelines will support GPs to reduce antibiotic prescriptions and we encourage patients to take their GPs advice about self-care.”

An antibiotic may be necessary for acute cough when a person has been identified as being systematically unwell or if they are at risk of further complications for example, people with a pre-existing condition such as lung disease, immunosuppression or cystic fibrosis.

Clear information about the most appropriate choice of antibiotic and duration of the course are outlined in the new guideline.

Professor Mark Baker, director of the centre for guidelines at NICE said: “We are keen to highlight that in most cases, antibiotics will not be necessary to treat a cough. We want people to be offered advice on alternatives that may help ease their symptoms.

“When prescribing antibiotics, it is essential to take into account the benefit to the patient and wider implications of antimicrobial resistance, only offering them to people who really need them.

“This guideline gives health professionals and patients the information they need to make good choices about the use of antibiotics. We encourage their use only when a person is at risk of further complications.”

Friends and Family Results - July 2018

We have collated our Friends and Family test feedback into a word cloud for last month's comments. Please keep letting us know what you think of our services either by the Friends and Family test forms in each waiting room, on our website, via Healthwatch or on NHS Choices. Thank you!

Word cloud July 2018

July & August 2018 Campaign - Diabetes Prevention

About Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is part of the national programme which by 2020 is expected to provide support to 100,000 individuals each year.

Those referred to the service will receive tailored, personalised support to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes including education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to lose weight and physical exercise programmes, all of which together have been proven to reduce the risk of developing the disease.

july diabetes campaign display

You are eligible for your local NHS Healthier You service if you meet the following criteria:

How to join

If you have been told you are at risk of diabetes and meet the criteria, you can access your local Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme service in the following ways:

  • A referral from your GP or nurse
  • A referral from a Health Check professional

Friends and Family Results - March 2018

We have collated our Friends and Family test feedback into a word cloud for last month's comments. Please keep letting us know what you think of our services either by the Friends and Family test forms in each waiting room, on our website, via Healthwatch or on NHS Choices. Thank you!

FFt word cloud March 2018

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Closed 7th May Bank Holiday

We are closed bank holiday Monday 7th May, please order your prescriptions with this in mind. When we are closed please call 111 to access GP services in Huddersfield.

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February & March 2018 Campaign

Cholesterol campaign Feb 2018

https://heartuk.org.uk/health-and-high-cholesterol

What is cholesterol and and where does cholesterol comes from?

Cholesterol is a waxy substance which is made in the body by the liver but is also found in some foods. It plays a vital role in how every cell works and is also needed to make Vitamin D, some hormones and bile for digestion. However, too much cholesterol in the blood can increase your risk of getting heart and circulatory diseases.

Understanding HDL-cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol

Cholesterol is carried in the blood attached to proteins called lipoproteins. There are two main forms, LDL (low density lipoprotein) and HDL (high density lipoprotein). LDL cholesterol is often referred to as "bad cholesterol" because too much is unhealthy. HDL is often referred to as “good cholesterol” because it is protective. Knowing your levels of these can help explain your risk of heart disease. Your doctor should be able to tell you your levels of “good” and “bad” cholesterol.  You can find out what to expect from your doctor by checking out our Patient's Charter. 

Cholesterol in our diets

Most of our cholesterol is made by the liver, but we get some from our diet as well. HEART UK has lots of information and resources about diet, foods and cholesterol.  Take a look at our page on Low Cholesterol Diets & High Cholesterol Foods and for ideas for cholesterol-busting foods, then take a look at our Six Super Foods to Help Lower Cholesterol and our Ultimate Cholesterol Lowering Plan (UCLP©).

Who is affected by High Cholesterol

Raised or unhealthy patterns of blood cholesterol affect many people.  Many factors play a part including:

Having unhealthy cholesterol levels alongside other risk factors for heart and circulatory disease such as smoking or high blood pressure can put you at very high risk of early heart disease. 

HEART UK's Cholesterol Helpline

If you looking for free, impartial, friendly and informative advice on cholesterol, then get in touch with our Cholesterol Helpline.    Whether your concern is about yourself or someone you care about, we're here to help you with advice and information from specialist cardiac nurses and dietitians.

What is cholesterol and and where does cholesterol comes from?

Cholesterol is a waxy substance which is made in the body by the liver but is also found in some foods. It plays a vital role in how every cell works and is also needed to make Vitamin D, some hormones and bile for digestion. However, too much cholesterol in the blood can increase your risk of getting heart and circulatory diseases.

Understanding HDL-cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol

Cholesterol is carried in the blood attached to proteins called lipoproteins. There are two main forms, LDL (low density lipoprotein) and HDL (high density lipoprotein). LDL cholesterol is often referred to as "bad cholesterol" because too much is unhealthy. HDL is often referred to as “good cholesterol” because it is protective. Knowing your levels of these can help explain your risk of heart disease. Your doctor should be able to tell you your levels of “good” and “bad” cholesterol.  You can find out what to expect from your doctor by checking out our Patient's Charter. 

Cholesterol in our diets

Most of our cholesterol is made by the liver, but we get some from our diet as well. HEART UK has lots of information and resources about diet, foods and cholesterol.  Take a look at our page on Low Cholesterol Diets & High Cholesterol Foods and for ideas for cholesterol-busting foods, then take a look at our Six Super Foods to Help Lower Cholesterol and our Ultimate Cholesterol Lowering Plan (UCLP©).

Who is affected by High Cholesterol

Raised or unhealthy patterns of blood cholesterol affect many people.  Many factors play a part including:

Having unhealthy cholesterol levels alongside other risk factors for heart and circulatory disease such as smoking or high blood pressure can put you at very high risk of early heart disease. 

HEART UK's Cholesterol Helpline

If you looking for free, impartial, friendly and informative advice on cholesterol, then get in touch with our Cholesterol Helpline.    Whether your concern is about yourself or someone you care about, we're here to help you with advice and information from specialist cardiac nurses and dietitians.

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Beat the heat...

With the forecast hotting up we'd like to alert people to, and prevent, the major avoidable effects on health during periods of severe heat in England. Public Health England have produced several documents to help keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy this summer.

beat the heat posterBeat the Heat Poster 2017

Beat the Heat Leaflet

Keep Cool at Home Checklist

Care home guide - overheating 2017

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