January & February 2019 Campaign - Cervical Screening Saves Lives
It's our Cervical Screening Awareness campaign in January and February to advertise this vital NHS screening programme that saves lives.
We know attending is not always easy and some people find it difficult for many reasons. During Cervical Screening Awareness Week 2018 we addressed some of the different barriers and talking about how cervical screening can be made easier for more women and people with a cervix to attend.
From struggling to book an appointment to feeling unsure or anxious, or not understanding why it is important, we want every woman to know where they can find support and tips.
For some women, including those with a physical disability or who have experienced sexual violence, it can be particularly difficult to attend an appointment.
Find out lots more about cervical screening at https://www.jostrust.org.uk/
Watch this video to find out what happens during cervical screening.
One of our patients recently suggested that we play calming music to help make patients undergoing this procedure feel more at ease so we've done that! If our nurse doesn't remember to offer, please ask and we can try and make this as relaxing an experience as possible.
Please welcome Dr Satpal Singh!
Dr Satpal Singh will now be working here as a GP partner on a Monday and Thursday every week. Dr Glencross will continue to work Tuesdays and Wednesdays - plus were now open on a Wednesday afternoon!
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!
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
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remedies should be a patient’s first point of call to treat a cough, not antibiotics, says NICE and PHE in new draft guidance.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 - December 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!