News

HF
22nd Jun

Hay fever

We're seeing a lot of people presenting to us with hay fever who haven't tried any of the very effective treatments that can get over the counter.
 
Please remember, NHS England guidance means your GP won't prescribe medications that are available over the counter, even if you qualify for free prescriptions.
 
Why not pop in to your local pharmacy and seek some advice from a pharmacist!
 
FTF
11th Jun

Fit to Fly Letters

We are receiving a number of inappropriate requests for private letters and forms, asking GPs to certify someone is fit to fly. This includes women who are pregnant and travelling.
 
Unfortunately we are unable to do this.
 
We will endeavour to do our best to issue a private letter with statement of facts, which most airlines should accept, however if insufficient, you will have to seek a private assessment elsewhere by a suitable healthcare professional.
 
 
10th Jun

Blood test appointments

Blood Test Appointments
 
Did you know...
 
▶ Most blood tests should be done at the Hucknall phlebotomy clinic
▶ The phlebotomy clinic is at Hucknall Health Centre on Curtis Street 📌
▶ The phlebotomy clinic is run by Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust 👍 - not by any of the 4 Hucknall GP practices
 
▶ Torkard patients underuse the clinic with nearly 1️⃣0️⃣% of our "allocation" not being utilised 〽️
 
If you have any feedback about the blood clinic, please speak to Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust or NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG
FM
9th Jun

FACE MASKS

NHS guidance has recently change
 
You are no longer required to wear a face mask when attending the practice, unless you have any symptoms of Covid infection, or personal preference
 
Symptoms of Covid include:
 
▶️ Temperature
▶️ Cough
▶️ Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
▶️ Shortness of breath
▶️ Feeling tired or exhausted
▶️ Body aches
▶️ Headache
▶️ Sore throat
▶️ Blocked or runny nose
▶️ Loss of appetite
▶️ Diarrhoea
▶️ Feeling sick or being sick
XR
7th Jun

Problems booking xrays at Nottingham University Hospitals

There is an ongoing problem at Nottingham University Hospitals with some patients unable to get through to book their xrays via 0115 8754568.
 
They have advised, you can email email them with an appnt xraybookings@nuh.nhs.uk with details:
  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Contact number
 
If referral is routine, NUH will send you a letter with appnt, if urgent, they will ring you.
 
(They cannot guarantee the email is secure and by using the email method, the patient is accepting this risk.)
CW
6th Jun

Carers Week 2022

Find out about local events (incl online) in Nottinghamshire at:
www.tuvida.org/carers-week-2021-nottinghamshire 

#CarersWeek

Pharmacy
1st Jun

Jubilee Bank Holiday - Hucknall Pharmacy Opening Hours

Nabbs Lane Pharmacy

Open 10:00 to 17:00 on both Thursday and Friday

Lloyds Pharmacy

Open 10:00 to 16:00 on both Thursday and Friday

Tesco Pharmacy

Open 08:30 to 17:30 Thursday only

 

Dental
25th May

Dental problems

We understand the frustration of not being to access a NHS dentist. However, the GP service is not a substitute. We cannot assess, and treat, dental problems.

Please also be aware that dentists can:

✅ Prescribe antibiotics
✅ Prescribe pain killers
✅ Refer you to a hospital specialist for complex problems

If after contacting several dental surgeries you still cannot find a dentist accepting NHS patients, call NHS England's Customer Contact Centre on 0300 3112233.

If you have a dental emergency, ring your usual dentist or 111.

MK
23rd May

Monkeypox

Monkeypox is a rare infection that's mainly spread by wild animals in parts of west or central Africa. The risk of catching it in the UK is LOW.

Only a small number of people have been diagnosed with monkeypox in the UK.

You're extremely unlikely to have monkeypox if:

▶ you have not recently travelled to west or central Africa
▶ you have not been in close contact with someone who has monkeypox (such as touching their skin or sharing bedding)

Find out more: www.nhs.uk/conditions/monkeypox/ 

AR
23rd May

Annual Chronic Disease Review

If you have a chronic condition listed below, you will be invited at least once a year for review, usually with one of our amazing nurses or healthcare assistants.

These conditions include:


▶ Type 2 Diabetes
▶ Heart disease
▶ Stroke
▶ Hypertension (high blood pressure)
▶ Atrial fibrillation
▶ Chronic kidney disease

If you have a chronic condition listed below, you will be invited at least once a year for review, usually with one of our amazing nurses or healthcare assistants.
 
These conditions include:
▶ Type 2 Diabetes
▶ Heart disease
▶ Stroke
▶ Hypertension (high blood pressure)
▶ Atrial fibrillation
▶ Chronic kidney disease
▶ Asthma
▶ Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
 
The results of the checks will then be reviewed by your named GP (and in the case of diabetes, you will have a 2nd follow up appointment with the nurse).
 
Medication review dates will be updated once the annual review has been fully completed, as well as any action needed on the findings.
 
Please do not ignore these invites.
 
Thank you.

Asthma
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

The results of the checks will then be reviewed by your named GP (and in the case of diabetes, you will have a 2nd follow up appointment with the nurse).

Medication review dates will be updated once the annual review has been fully completed, as well as any action needed on the findings.

Please do not ignore these invites. Thank you.

Air
18th May

Air Pollution

Air pollution impacts us all. It can move from your lungs into your bloodstream and reach many organs in the body.

If you suffer from long term lung disease including asthma or COPD, heart and circulatory disease, diabetes, dementia or are pregnant, you may be more vulnerable to the impacts of air pollution.

Find health expert approved guidance with simple steps that you can take to tackle air pollution and protect your health at cleanairhub.org.uk

Shingles
9th Apr

Shingles Vaccine

A vaccine to prevent shingles, a common, painful skin disease, is available to some people.

Unlike the flu vaccine, you'll only need to have the vaccination once and you can have it at any time of the year.

The shingles vaccine is expected to reduce your risk of getting shingles. If you do go on to have the disease, your symptoms may be milder and the illness shorter.

BeU
2nd Apr

Be U Notts - mental health support for children and young people

Be U Notts has launched! It is a mental health service for children and young people under age 25, that provides early support.

Find out more at www.beusupport.co.uk 

Research
24th Mar

Level 3 Research

We are pleased to have been, again, selected as a Level 3 research practice for 2022/2023
 
Only a small number of GP practices in our region reach this level, and a big thank you for our in-house research team, and to you, patients, for your ongoing support and participation!
PS
22nd Mar

Panoramic Trial

We are calling on those eligible to consider coming forward for a world-first trial to find antiviral medicines to treat people with COVID-19.

The study is home-based, lasts for only 5 days, the antivirals are oral capsules and participants are free to withdraw at any time.

To be eligible you must have received a positive test for COVID-19 and feel unwell with symptoms that started in the last five days, as well as being over 50, or 18-49 with an underlying medical condition.

It’s a world first opportunity to make a global impact and help us lives.

So visit www.panoramictrial.org to check if you’re eligible and to find out how to sign up!

Spring Booster
21st Mar

Covid Spring Booster

The NHS in Nottinghamshire will soon reveal details about the Spring Booster programme.
 
The groups that will be offered a Spring booster will be:
▶ Over 75s
▶ Immunosuppressed people
▶ Residents in care homes for older adults
 
This booster will be 6 months after your previous booster dose.
 
Click here for more information about Covid vaccinesYou do not need to contact the practice; the NHS will contact you.
NHS App
19th Mar

The NHS App

Owned and run by the NHS, the NHS App is a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet, including:

  • the ability to self-monitor and track symptoms
  • accessing test results 
  • view your medical record
  • ordering repeat prescriptions
  • the ability to access your care plans
  • a library of local information resources to help manage your condition(s)

Download at: www.nottsnhsapp.nhs.uk 

17th Mar

Diabetes Support Newsletter

The Nottinghamshire Diabetes Newsletter is out now!

Download the March 2022 edition here!

Carers
14th Mar

Carers in Hucknall

Carers in Hucknall is a support group; they meet twice a month, to provide advice and support. Their website is here.

Find out more about carers and the support you may access, at our webpage.

Res
7th Mar

Find out more about research

Did you know that clinical research takes place at this GP Practice? We're a Level 3 Research Practice - one of only a few in our region!
 
We’re proud to give our patients the opportunity to take part in research here so that together we can develop new treatments and medicines for the future.
 
There are many different types of research available for people to take part in, and the overwhelming majority of people have a positive experience of research.
 
Last year, more people took part in research in primary care settings (such as GP Practices) in the East Midlands than any other part of England. Join them, and help us to improve healthcare.
 
To find out more, visit:
Byron PCN
7th Mar

Byron Primary Care Network

Byron Primary Care Network (PCN) offers health and care services to people in Hucknall.
 
Our network brings together the 4 Hucknall GP practices, with local organisations and groups including: community services, social care, the district council, and the voluntary sector.
 
By working together we can better meet the health and wellbeing needs of local people.
 
Find out more by visiting:
Weaning
4th Mar

NHS Start for Life

Get answers to all your weaning questions, plus safety advice, recipes and more at NHS Start for Life.

Visit www.nhs.uk/start4life

#StartforLifeWeaning

NHSRes
4th Mar

NHS Reservists

#WeAreTheNHS
16th Feb

A cervical smear test takes 5 minutes, but the impact of cervical cancer can last for life

Many people are nervous about going for cervical screening (a smear test), but our staff are here to help if you feel this way.

Cervical screening (a smear test) checks the health of your cervix. The cervix is the opening to your womb from your vagina. It's not a test for cancer; it's a test to help prevent cancer.

All women with a cervix aged 25 to 64 should be invited by letter. During the screening appointment, a small sample of cells will be taken from your cervix. The sample is then tested for changes to the cells of your cervix. Finding abnormal changes early means they can be monitored or treated so they do not get a chance to turn into cervical cancer. You'll get your results by letter, usually in about 4-6 weeks.

Cervical screening may check for:

  • abnormal cell changes in your cervix – left untreated, this could turn into cancer
  • Human Papilloma Virus ( HPV) – some types of HPV can lead to cell changes in your cervix and cancer

Try not to put off cervical screening. It's one of the best ways to protect yourself from cervical cancer.

Want to know more? Feel free to contact us to discuss further with a clinician of your choice, or visit Jo’s cervical cancer trust helpline on 0808 802 8000 or website www.jostrust.org.uk

Further information is also available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-screening/

7th Feb

Staff Vacancies

We have a couple of vacancies at the Practice. Please take a look at www.torkardhill.co.uk/vacancies for further information and how to apply!

HWC
1st Dec 2021

Wellbeing Cafe

EFL
22nd Sep 2021

FIT FANS / FIT MAGPIES

FIT Magpies is a free weight management project looking to tackle physical inactivity and obesity in adults within Nottingham with behaviour change being at the core of the programme.

The project is open to males and females looking to lose weight, get fitter and improve their lifestyle.

Participants are supported through their journey by a qualified and dedicated team of coaches who ensure every person feels included, motivated, and empowered to reach their targets.

Each 90-minute session includes a physical activity session that introduces all participants to simple, effective ways of exercising (e.g. walking football, circuit training, aerobics, group walks etc.) some of which they can continue in their own time.

Classroom sessions cover relevant topics such as the Eatwell Guide, take-aways, alcohol, portion sizes, and food labels. Participants receive a workbook that enables them to set targets, review their progress, and highlights areas for further reading.

 

More information at: www.efltrust.com/fitfans/ 

6th Aug 2021

An update on how the NHS uses patient data

NHS Digital has delayed their plan to extract GP data for Research purposes, because they want to review the way the data will be collected, to conduct more public involvement and information about the plans, and change the way in which patients can opt out of the extract of their GP data if they choose to do so.

We will update you when we know more about their plans, and any updates about to change how you can control who has access to your data.

10th Mar 2021

Research for 2021/2022

We are pleased to announce, we are yet again, to be a Level 3 research practice for 2021/2022.

This means we will be involved in at least 8 research projects over the forthcoming coming year - and one of only a handful in Nottinghamshire to be awarded this.

More information about research at our practice can be found at:

1st Mar 2021

Changes to prescriptions for OTC (Over The Counter) medication

Prescribing of over the counter medicines has changed. Your GP, nurse or pharmacist will no longer give you a prescription for over the counter medicines for a range of minor health concerns.
 
Instead, over the counter medicines are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket.
 
This is also the case, even if you currently get your prescriptions for "free".
 
The team of health professionals at your local pharmacy can offer help and clinical advice to manage minor health concerns and if your symptoms suggest it’s more serious, they’ll ensure you get the care you need.
 
Please help the #NHS to use resources sensibly.

More information can be found on: www.nhs.uk/otcmedicines