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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.

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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

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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.

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We are closed bank holiday Friday and Monday this weekend. Please call 111 to access GP services in Huddersfield this weekend.

Choose well and help ease the pressure on NHS services this winter...

Jan 5, 2018 | News archive

With unprecedented numbers of people accessing hospital services at this busy time, the local NHS is urging everyone to make the best use of other health services and choose the right one for their illness or injury.

Dr Steve Ollerton, local GP and Clinical Leader of NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG said:
“Winter is always a busy time for the NHS, so we’re asking people to use services appropriately and remember that most medical conditions do not need emergency care. Each year, millions of people visit A&E with self-treatable conditions such as colds, flu and stomach bugs, putting the NHS under unnecessary strain. This means less time for people with life threatening conditions who vitally need emergency care.”

Dr David Kelly, Chair of NHS North Kirklees CCG added:
“There are many different ways that people can help themselves to get the right treatment this winter. When people use health services appropriately, it means that the ambulance service and A&E departments are then able to deal with serious conditions more quickly and effectively. Please think twice before visiting A&E or dialling 999 and consider whether one of the following routes would be better suited to your needs.”

Self-care
Coughs, colds, sore throats and other minor ailment can be treated at home with a well-stocked medicine cabinet that includes pain relief medication, cold relief products and a thermometer to check for fever. If you’re unfortunate enough to catch the winter vomiting bug, ‘Norovirus’, this can also be treated at home, helping to reduce the risk of it spreading to others too. You’ll need to drink plenty of fluids, take paracetamol for any fever or aches and pains, eat plain foods (if you feel like eating) and get plenty of rest.
Winter ailments and stomach bugs usually clear up by themselves in a few days but you should seek medical help if your symptoms are continuing to get worse.
For information and advice about Norovirus, and hundreds of other health conditions, take a look at NHS Choices, the UK’s biggest health website.

Visit your local pharmacy
Your local pharmacist can offer expert advice on common illnesses and the best medicines to treat them. At the first sign of a cough or a cold, it’s a good idea to get help from your pharmacist before it gets more serious. This is particularly important for people with long-term health conditions because cold weather can make some health problems far worse. Here’s more information about how your pharmacist can help and some of the ailments your pharmacist can help with.

GP appointments
Your local GP surgery will be offering more urgent appointments at this time of year and don’t forget ‘out of hours’ GP appointments are available, if necessary, via 111. Click here to find out more. GPs are best used if you become ill when you have a complex medical condition, if you are frail or elderly or if you are taking lots of medications. Please don’t use GPs for simple coughs and colds.

NHS 111
NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free from landlines and mobile phones. Call 111 if you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. A trained advisor, supported by healthcare professionals, will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms. They will help you access the local service that can help you best, which could be an out-of-hours appointment with a local GP. Here’s more information about NHS 111.

Accident and Emergency (A&E) and 999
People should only use A&E or dial 999 in critical or life-threatening situations that require immediate medical attention, such as loss of consciousness, acute confused state and fits that are not stopping, severe chest pain, breathing difficulties, bleeding that cannot be stopped, severe allergic reactions or severe burns or scalds. There’s more information about A&E services here.
In the case of suspected heart attack or stroke call 999 immediately. Every second counts with these conditions.

Making the right choice about which health service to choose benefits patients who get the appropriate level of care they need, when they need it. It also benefits healthcare professional in making sure people receive the right care, particularly at this time of year when demand on emergency services increases dramatically.

Friends and Family Results - Oct 2017

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 october 2017

Friends and Family Results - Aug 2017

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 Aug 2017

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

Friends and Family Results - July 2017

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 July 2017

July & August Campaign - Diabetes awareness

July august campaign board

Friends and Family Results - May 2017

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 May 2017

Support for those affected by the terror attacks

NHS Choices has published information to support people affected by the terror attacks. This resource brings the best evidenced based advice into one place to help NHS staff and others to provide vital support to people affected by the attacks. The resources were published prior to the London attack; some are specific to Manchester.

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Friends and Family Results - April 2017

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

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Friends and Family Results - Jan 2017

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 wordcloud Jan 2017

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This February, think about your heart...

The heart

The heart is a muscle about the size of your fist. It pumps blood around your body and beats approximately 70 times a minute. After the blood leaves the right side of the heart, it goes to your lungs where it picks up oxygen.

The oxygen-rich blood returns to your heart and is then pumped to the body's organs through a network of arteries. The blood returns to your heart through veins before being pumped back to your lungs again. This process is called circulation.

The heart gets its own supply of blood from a network of blood vessels on the heart's surface called coronary arteries.

What causes coronary heart disease?

Coronary heart disease is the term that describes what happens when your heart's blood supply is blocked or interrupted by a build-up of fatty substances in the coronary arteries.

Over time, the walls of your arteries can become furred up with fatty deposits. This process is known as atherosclerosis and the fatty deposits are called atheroma.

Atherosclerosis can be caused by lifestyle factors and other conditions, such as:

Read more about the causes of coronary heart disease.

For a free heart Health Check up please book in for an NHS Health Check

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Friends and Family Results - Nov 2016

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!

friends and family word cloud

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CQC Inspection Report GOOD

We were visited by a CQC inspection team in a planned visit on July 7th and their report is now available to read here. We achieved a rating of GOOD overall and for each separate area too. We also had several things noted as outstanding by the inspection team. Thank you again to all the patients who completed comments cards in the weeks preceding the visit and a special thank you to the patients from our Practice Viewpoint Group who came in to talk to the inspectors in person.

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