News

IB
22nd May

Infected blood: advice for patients

If you think you or a family member think you/they may have been affected by infected blood (if you/they had a blood transfusion, blood products or an organ transplant before September 1991) you can access support at
 
 
Given the time that has elapsed since the last use of infected blood products, most of those who were directly affected have been identified and started appropriate treatment. However, there may be a small number of patients where this is not the case, and particularly where they are living with asymptomatic hepatitis C.
 
For the families, patients and our wider community who have been impacted by this scandal the NHS offers an unreserved apology and sympathies for the avoidable suffering, pain and loss that they and their families have experienced following the supply and use of infected blood products in the NHS.
Booster
15th Apr

Covid Spring 2024 Booster

If you are aged 75 or over, OR have a weakened immune system (see below), you can now book your seasonal COVID-19 vaccine online or via the NHS App.
 
You have a weakened immune system if you:
 
- have ever had a blood cancer, such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma
- have had an organ, bone marrow or stem cell transplant
- have HIV (at any stage)
- have a genetic disorder affecting your immune system
- have certain medical treatments, such as steroid medicine (depending on your dose), certain antibody therapies, chemotherapy or radiotherapy (including those whose treatment ended up to 6 months ago)
- take certain medicines that increase your risk of infection, such as azathioprine, dexamethasone, prednisolone, ciclosporin or mycophenolate (depending on your dose)
- take long-term immunosuppressive treatment for conditions such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, scleroderma and psoriasis
FFT
12th Mar

Results of the Friends & Family Test

The Friends & Family Test provides patients, as well as their carers and loved ones, the opportunity to leave feedback on their care and treatment at the Practice.

The latest results from February 2024 shows that 94.7% of our patients are likely to be complimentary to us to their friends and family.

Vacancies
6th Mar

Vacancies

We currently have vacancies for:

Care Navigator & Correspondance Management Clerk - https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/candidate/jobadvert/A1632-24-0000

Medical Secretary - https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/candidate/jobadvert/A1632-24-0002 

 

Join #TeamTorkard!

Benefits of joining the practice!

  • Competitive salary
  • NHS pension scheme
  • Job security
  • Career developments
  • Friendly environment
  • Satisfaction in caring for people
  • Make a real difference to the community
WL
5th Mar

Hospital waiting times

We are being inundated by frustrated patients because of long hospital waiting list times.
 
Your GP does not control the hospital waiting lists!
 
Patients are being wrongly told to get a note from their GP to “expedite” their appointments.
 
We are happy to write and update the hospital IF YOU HAVE A CHANGE OF SYMPTOMS for THEM TO CONSIDER PRIORITISNG YOU.
 
We are seeing a large portion of patients asking for letters with no new symptoms and simply because they do not want to wait. From the hospital point of view, they would only consider prioritising you above someone else on clinical need only.
Everyone on the waiting list would be in a similar situation and equally frustrated at waiting!
 
Please do NOT contact the practice asking to be prioritised unless there has been a change of symptoms since your original referral was made.
 
If you wish to feedback to the hospitals about their waiting lists, please liaise with them directly through their formal channels.
 
Breathe Easy
28th Feb

Hucknall Breathe Easy group

Do you have a lung condition?
 
Come along to Hucknall Breathe Easy and meet others who have similar experiences to share, care, learn and socialise.
Strike
21st Feb

Doctor Strike this week

The British Medical Association (BMA) has advised that some junior doctors are taking part in industrial action from 7am on Saturday 24 February to 11.59pm on Wednesday 28 February. As a result, a number of junior doctors will be on strike on these days, this includes trainee doctors that work in GP practices.
 
This may mean that less appointments are available on these days, but we are doing all we can to maintain access to care for our patients.
 
Please attend your appointment as normal unless you are contacted and told otherwise.
 
We may experience a higher volume of calls and contact from patients making enquiries than usual during these dates, please bear with us and be patient during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience, please be kind to our colleagues when you speak to them.
 
Here’s how you can help your NHS during planned industrial action:
• The quickest way to receive medical help is via NHS111 online, but you can also use your GP, pharmacy or urgent treatment centre.
• Pharmacies can offer over-the-counter advice and treat many common illnesses that people may go to a GP for like urinary tract infections, sinusitis, ear infections, colds, sore throats, stings and allergies. Find out more on the local NHS website.
• Consider using Urgent Treatment Centres (UTCs). They can treat injuries including sprains, strains, suspected fractures, bites, cuts, scalds, and other non-life-threatening conditions. Waiting times are usually much shorter than A&E. We have UTCs at:
 
o Nottingham – The NHS Urgent Care Centre (next to the BBC building) is open every day from 7am-7pm. You don’t need an appointment to attend. Seaton House, London Road, Nottingham, NG2 4LA Tel: 0115 883 8500
o Newark – Newark Hospital is open 9am-10pm (last patient admitted at 9.30pm). It can be found on Boundary Road, NG24 4DE
 
• Please use A&E or call 999 if you are facing life threatening illness or injury. Your NHS is here for you when you need it – especially if you or your loved ones become seriously ill or injured, or their life is at risk.
Feedback
20th Feb

Friends & Family Test

The Friends and Family Test (FFT) is an important feedback tool that supports the fundamental principle that people who use NHS services should have the opportunity to provide feedback on their experience.

Our latest results can be found here.

NHS App
18th Feb

NHS App Event

Need Help with the NHS App?

Downloading, setting up or using the app on your phone/tablet?


Come along to the Torkard Hill Medical Centre for 1 to 1 help on Monday 19th February from 10:00 to 14:00. No appointment necessary.

Discover Me
12th Feb

Discover Me

We are inviting patients to get involved with the Discover Me Study, a national study looking into understanding diseases through analysing health and genetic information.

More information on the study, and registration, can be found at: www.discovermestudy.com

Pharmacy First
1st Feb

Pharmacy First

The new Pharmacy First scheme has launched, meaning you can now get treatment for 7 common ailments directly from your pharmacist instead of needing your GP. 

 

The 7 conditions are:

  • impetigo
  • ear ache
  • sinusitis
  • sore throats
  • insect bites
  • shingles
  • uncomplicated urine infection
N
11th Jan

Product recall - Nutramigen 1 & 2

From manufacturer:

PRODUCT: Certain batches of the Nutramigen LGG Stage 1 and stage 2 as set out in this notice

At Reckitt, we are committed to the highest level of quality and safety, and the health and safety of infants is our highest priority. As a precaution we are recalling the batches of the Nutramigen LGG Stage 1 and stage 2 set out in this notice due to an isolated overseas sample of the product testing positive for Cronobacter sakazakii, whilst we continue to conduct a thorough investigation. In the meantime please do not use the batches of the products below and return them to the pharmacy that dispensed them to you. The products being recalled are:

 

Regulatory Batch Code Description Expiry Date

ZL3F7D Nutramigen LGG Stage 1, 400 g 1st July 2025

ZL3FAA Nutramigen LGG Stage 2, 400 g 1st July 2025

ZL3FDM Nutramigen LGG Stage 2, 400 g 1st July 2025

 

We can confirm that no other batches of Nutramigen LGG Stage 1 and stage 2 are affected, and these remain safe to use. We can also confirm that no other Nutramigen products in the range are affected.

If you have the product listed above (please note the batch numbers) please return it to the pharmacy that dispensed it to you or if you require any further assistance or information, please contact our consumer relations line.

Your statutory rights are not affected.

CARELINE FREEPHONE NUMBER +44 (0)1895 230575 Or email ConsumerNutrition_GB@rb.com

We would like to thank everyone in advance for their co-operation and understanding. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

CI
4th Jan

Critical Incident

🏮 URGENT 🏮
 
The local healthcare system in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire is currently under pressure and a critical incident has been declared.
 
Patients and members of the public are being asked to use services wisely to ensure those patients with the greatest need can access care and support.
 
Ways you can help the NHS:
 
▶ Only call 999 or attend A&E if there is a life-threatening emergency. Non urgent attendances will be redirected to other services for onward care and treatment.
 
▶ If you are unsure where you should go, NHS 111 can help – search online for “NHS 111” or dial 111 from any phone. This will make sure you are seen in the right place and by the right person.
 
▶ Consider using Urgent Treatment Centres. They can treat injuries including sprains, strains, suspected fractures, bites, cuts, scalds, and other non-life-threatening conditions. Waiting times are usually much shorter than A&E. We have UTCs at:
 
Nottingham – The NHS Urgent Care Centre (next to the BBC building) is open every day from 7am-7pm. You don’t need an appointment to attend. Seaton House, London Road, Nottingham, NG2 4LA Tel: 0115 883 8500
 
Newark – Newark Hospital is open 9am-10pm (last patient admitted at 9.30pm). It can be found on Boundary Road, NG24 4DE
Use the NHS App for access to a wide range of services and information, such as accessing medical records, booking and managing appointments, reviewing medication and ordering prescriptions as well as checking symptoms.
 
▶ Members of the public can also help ease pressures by using their local pharmacy. Pharmacies can help with allergies, constipation, headaches, earaches and many other ailments.
 
▶ Anyone who is in mental health distress should call the Mental Health Crisis Line: 0808 196 3779 – the helpline is open 24 hours a day.
JD
2nd Jan

Strike from Wednesday 3rd January

Junior doctors will be on strike from tomorrow for 6 days - the longest in NHS history.
 
This will have a significant impact on services across the NHS, including our Practice.
 
Your patience is appreciated.
15th Dec 2023

NHS App Update!

Download the latest NHS App update.

 

The NHS App has been redesigned to make it simpler and easier to access NHS services.

 

Some items have moved within the App, but all the health services you need are still available. Your settings will remain the same before and after the update too. 

The new, user-friendly version of the NHS App will start to be available from December 11th, making it easier to: 

- order repeat prescriptions 

- book appointments 

- access 111 Online

- view your GP record

and much more…

Need some help using the NHS App? Use the in-app Help feature or visit www.nhs.uk/nhs-app

10th Dec 2023

Covid booster vaccinations from 15 December

From Friday 15 December, the national booking system, NHS App and 119 phone service will be closed for COVID-19 vaccination booking.
 
The booking of Covid vaccine home visits for those who are housebound, has already closed.
 
We encourage you to book now so you are protected in time for the winter holidays and whilst it is most convenient to book.
 
Sorry
1st Nov 2023

Extended hours double booking error

URGENT
 
We wish to apologise to a small number of patients affected by an IT issue - where appointments have been incorrectly booked. Unfortunately these appointments have been "double booked" in error. This appears to impact patients booked appointments after 6:30pm.
 
Affected patients will be contacted directly to rearrange.
 
We are very sorry for the distress caused by this.
PPGM
25th Oct 2023

PPG Meeting video

You can now watch highlights of our recent virtual PPG meeting online - click here!

App
8th Oct 2023

Digital support hub!

Need help with the NHS app?

Want to learn more about how digital services can be used to manage your health and care?

Come along to our Digital Support hub on Monday 16th October between 9am and 12pm to have all your questions answered!

PPG
6th Oct 2023

PPG Meeting next week!

Understanding the changes in General Practice

Presentations by GP, Nurse & Pharmacy Teams (with cake & coffee!)

Anybody is welcome! Numbers are limited due to space, please book my clicking the link on the text message.

Wednesday 11th October

10am - 11am

At the Practice

strike
28th Sep 2023

Strikes next week

Consultant and junior doctors are taking industrial action next week. The joint strike will take place from 7am Monday 2 October to 7am Thursday 5 October

We anticipate some junior doctors at our Practice will participate, and therefore some appointmnts will be cancelled. You will be notified if affected.

There will be severe disruption across the NHS next week.

Booster 23
19th Sep 2023

Autumn Covid booster vaccine

You can now book a booster vaccine!

Online at www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/covid-19-services/covid-19-vaccination-services/book-covid-19-vaccination/

or call 119

 

Find out more on our dedicated pages: Covid Vaccine

Calls
15th Sep 2023

Changes to how we handle calls

Thank you for the feedback regards to experiences of ringing the practice. Despite answering a call on average every minute, we know that isn't enough due to the local demands for our service!

From next week, we will be implementing a new caller system. We will be utilising capacity from additional trained navigators, who will use the existing protocols to ensure get you the care from the right person, and the right time.

TeamAward
10th Sep 2023

Shortlisted for award

We are very pleased and thankful to have been shortlisted for "Team of the Year" at the Nottinghamshire LMC annual GP awards!

PPG
6th Sep 2023

Online e-PPG Meeting

Our next online "e-PPG (Patient Participation Group)" meeting will be on: 4th October 2023

The topic will be to share some of the changes to the Practice (and wider NHS system), learn about new roles and faces at the practice, and getting the right care by the right person at the right time.

Find out more about the PPG here.

Flu
27th Aug 2023

Flu Vaccines 2023

FLU VACCINES
 
We are pleased to offer clinics on:
 
  • Saturday 16th September
  • Saturday 14th October
 
Eligible patients:
 
▶ those aged 65 years and over
▶ those at risk of infection due to certain health conditions
▶ carers in receipt of carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person
▶ close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
 
Please note, this is NOT the Covid Autumn booster.
 
Eligible patients will be send SMS messages with invites and booking links. You may also contact reception to book in.
CB
9th Aug 2023

Covid Autumn 2023 Booster vaccine

A Covid vaccine Autumn 2023 booster will be offered this autumn to people at greatest risk of getting seriously ill.
 
Eligible people include:
  •  residents and staff in older adult care homes
  •  everyone aged 65 and over
  •  those aged 6 months to 64 years in a clinical risk group
  •  frontline health and social care workers
  •  household contacts of immunosuppressed people aged 12 to 64
  •  unpaid carers aged 16 to 64
*Please do not contact the practice, you will be contacted by the NHS*
PT
8th Aug 2023

Whooping Cough Vaccination

Whooping cough (pertussis) rates have risen sharply in recent years and babies who are too young to start their vaccinations are at greatest risk.
 
Young babies with whooping cough are often very unwell and most will be admitted to hospital because of their illness. When whooping cough is particularly severe, they can die.
 
Pregnant women can help protect their babies by getting vaccinated – ideally from 16 weeks up to 32 weeks pregnant.
 
The vaccine is safe and effective!
Welcome
3rd Aug 2023

Welcome to our new doctors

A big hello and welcome to our new doctors starting this week who will be with us for 4-6 months:

Dr Marwan Ibrahim, Dr Itrat Rizvi, and Dr Ethel Alexander Mohan who are all training to be GPs!

Dr Shida Gholamian and Dr Danielle Berahzer who are Foundation Year 2 Doctors!

ZT
2nd Aug 2023

Please be polite when speaking to reception

Our receptionists and care navigators sadly continue to be abused on a daily basis by a minority of patients.

This is never acceptable.

The NHS has a Zero Tolerance Policy that you can read here and we will warn and remove patients who continue to act in this manner.

To the majority of our patients, we would like to say a big thank you for your patience, support, and understanding!

CP
20th Jul 2023

Please park responsibly

Space is extremely limited around the practice, but please be considerate to our neighbours!

JD
11th Jul 2023

Junior Doctor Strikes

The British Medical Association (BMA) has advised that some of their members are taking industrial action from 7am on Thursday 13 July to 7am on Tuesday 18 July. As a result, a number of BMA members will be on strike on these days. This includes trainee doctors that work in GP practices. Please be aware that this may mean that less appointments are available on these days, but we are doing all we can to maintain access to care for our patients.  

Please attend your appointment as normal unless you are contacted and told otherwise. We may experience a higher volume of calls and contact from patients making enquiries than usual during these dates, please bear with us and be patient during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience, please be kind to our colleagues when you speak to them.

Patients are being reminded that their local NHS is here for them to receive urgent and emergency care during the industrial action – but are being asked to support NHS staff by using services wisely and attending appointments as planned.

 

Here’s how you can help your NHS during planned industrial action: 

  • Please use A&E or call 999 if you are facing life threatening illness or injury. Your NHS is here for you when you need it – especially if you or your loved ones become seriously ill or injured, or their life is at risk.
  • If your relative is due to be discharged from hospital and needs to be collected, please do whatever you can to help bring them home as early as possible. This will help our teams to free-up a hospital bed for someone waiting to be admitted.
  • The quickest way to receive medical help is via NHS111 online, but you can also use your GP, pharmacy or urgent treatment centre.
  • Pharmacies can offer over-the-counter advice and treat common illnesses such as colds, sore throats, stings and allergies.
CPCS
3rd Jul 2023

The NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service

The NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service is now available in our area!

Local pharmacists can deliver care to minor conditions and provide treatments for minor illnesses. This service is available to ages 1 and above. When you contact the Practice, you may be referred to this service.

HF
14th Jun 2023

Hay fever injections

We have had a number of queries about hay fever injections, which are also being extensively advertised on social media, especially by beauty clinics and aesthetics clinics.
 
Please be aware that the NHS, nor the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, recommend this, not does the injection have a safety license for it to be used for hay fever.
 
Find out more about how to treat hay fever at: www.nhs.uk/conditions/hay-fever 
 
 
BT
12th Jun 2023

URGENT: BLOOD TESTS & RESULTS

The blood machines at QMC labs have stopped working this afternoon (Mon 12th June), because they are "too hot".

As a result the hospital will prioritise inpatient samples and stop processing bloods for GPs, for the remainder of today and Tuesday.

This will mean a significant delay on getting results.

Weight Inj
8th Jun 2023

Weight Loss Injections

GPs are not currently able to prescribe weight loss injection on the NHS, and the specialists services that can, are currently not accepting referrals.
 
This is because of a lack of funding and commissioning by NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire - who run our NHS in out region. You can feedback to them on the details below:
 
Telephone: 0115 8839570
Email: nnicb-nn.patientexperience@nhs.net
Pharm
7th Jun 2023

Coming Soon: NHS Community Pharmacy Consultation Service

We will soon be launching the NHS Community Pharmacy Consultation Service (CPCS) for our patients.

Lots of conditions are more appropriate for a consultation with a Community Pharmacist, rather than a GP.  Our Receptionists will discuss your symptoms and, if appropriate, send you for a same day appointment with an NHS Community Pharmacist for a personal consultation, assessment, and treatment. 

Welfare
24th May 2023

Council Benefits Team

16th May 2023

Men In Sheds

Men in Sheds is a nationwide initiative and supports men in search of a hobby as well as those who want to get together, share and learn new skills all in the welcoming setting of a workshop. It also supports who are isolated or disengaged from their community or are experiencing major changes in life.
 
This short film meets members of sheds in the Lake District, Nottinghamshire and London: https://youtu.be/xm8GcLwvku8 
 
Find out more about the Hucknall group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/477471810764171 
BP
11th May 2023

Loaning blood pressure machines

You will now be required to pay a refundable deposit of £20, to borrow one of our blood pressure machines.

CR
15th Apr 2023

Carer's Roadshows

Carer’s Roadshows are coming to a neighbourhood near you….
 
  • Find out about local carer services and support
  • Talk to carers, service providers and service planners
  • Find out about rights and benefits
  • Meet carers and share experiences
  • Air your views
  • Browse the market place
 
The events are free.
 
This is a series of events held in local communities designed, prepared and produced by carers, for carers.
 
Find out more about your nearest ones:
 
HUCKNALL: Hucknall Market Place, NG15 7AX
Thursday 22nd June
Thursday 3rd August
Online
13th Apr 2023

Online Consultation

Please do not submit online queries or consultations via the website or NHS App.

This feature is NOT currently live.

Strike
11th Apr 2023

Junior Doctors strike this week

Junior doctors are taking industrial action for 96 hours from 7am on Tuesday 11 April until 7am on Saturday 15 April 2023.

This is expected to cause significant disruption across the entire NHS this week.

Please be reassured that any urgent medical care will be provided by the NHS.


To help keep you safe and protect the NHS, we are asking you to:

- Visit a local pharmacy for things like coughs, colds and sore throats.
- Use 111 online or call 111 – 111 can direct you to the best place and even book you an appointment.
- If you are in mental health distress, please call the Mental Health Crisis Line: 0808 196 3779.

Please continue to contact the NHS if you have an urgent health need. 

Booster
5th Apr 2023

Covid Spring 2023 Booster

A spring booster dose of the Covid vaccine is available to:

  • everyone aged 75+
  • residents in care homes for older adults
  • immunosuppressed people aged 5+

Book now to stay protected throughout Spring and Summer.

https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/covid-19-services/covid-19-vaccination-services/book-covid-19-vaccination

Pharmacy
4th Apr 2023

Clarification for our patients regards to the pharmacy next door

Please be aware that the Pharmacy next door to the Practice, now confusingly called "Torkard Hill Pharmacy" (previously LLoyds Pharmacy), is NOT owned, related or connected to our Practice.
 
We are disappointed that this creates unnecessary confusion for our patients.
DC
31st Mar 2023

CHANGES TO DEATH CERTIFICATION - FOR DEATHS IN THE COMMUNITY

ALL deaths, whether expected or unexpected, from 1st April, will be referred to the independent Medical Examiners at Nottingham University Hospitals.
 
The Medical Examiners will review the medical notes , and liaise with next of kin about a cause of death. The GP practice will then be informed if they can issue a death certificate or not.
 
Any deaths that require input from the Coroners office, will also go through this new system, and referred onwards.
 
This system will replace the current system, whereby all expected deaths in the community would be certified by the GP, often the same day.
IAPT
28th Mar 2023

Nottinghamshire’s new NHS Talking Therapies service is launching on 1 April 2023!

Who the service is for:
It is available to anyone aged 17.5+ and registered with a GP in Nottinghamshire.
 
The service will provide support for people experiencing symptoms of common mental health problems, including:
 
  • Low mood or depression
  • Worry or anxiety
  • Stress
  • Panic
  • Trauma
  • Issues related to long-term health conditions
  • Phobias
 
How to self refer:
Phone 0333 188 1060
Booster
25th Mar 2023

Information about the Covid Spring 2023 booster vaccination

Will be offered to:
 
  • Adults 75 years and over
  • People aged 5-74 with a weakened immune system
  • Residents in care homes
 
Please wait to be contacted by the NHS if you're eligible.
Please do NOT contact the GP practice because we won't be offering vaccinations.
PCN
23rd Mar 2023

Byron PCN Clinical Director

Dr Kerri Sallis (GP at Whyburn) has been elected the new Clinical Director of Byron Primary Care Network.
 
She will take over from Dr Adam Connor in April. We would like to thank Dr Connor for all his good work and efforts with the PCN over the past few years!
 
Find out more about the Byron PCN and what it means for health services in Hucknall: www.byronprimarycarenetwork.co.uk 
HRT PPC
21st Mar 2023

NHS Hormone Replacement Therapy Prescription Prepayment Certificate (HRT PPC) - Launching 1st April 2023

The HRT PPC could save you money if you pay for NHS prescribed HRT medicines. The HRT PPC will cover certain HRT medicines for twice the single prescription charge and will be valid for 12 months. It will save you money if you need to pay for 3 or more HRT prescription charges within 12 months.
 
The HRT PPC does not cover all HRT medicines.
 
Find out more at:
Talk
16th Mar 2023

NHS Counselling Services

From April 2023, NHS counselling services will be provided by Vita Health Group.
 
Until then, Insight will continue to accept referrals.
 
Those already under Insight, Let's Talk, and Trent PTS services will continue to receive treatment until the end of their planned course.
Goodbye
27th Feb 2023

Changes in staffing

Nurse Alison Hill and Dr Alex Brodie will be leaving us soon.

We would like to wish both a heartfelt thank you for their commitment to the practice and the community, and wish them all the very best for the future.

IT
26th Jan 2023

IT Works

On Monday 30th January 2023, to improve our network speeds and ability to offer service to our patients, our practice will have a reboot of our IT systems. This will impact our service ability during the times: 13:15 & 14:15.

We thank our patients for their tolerance during this time as routine and urgent services may be impacted for a short period.

HfH
26th Jan 2023

Hucknall for Health - 25th February, Hucknall Leisure Centre

Hucknall Residents and Communities are invited to our FREE Health and Wellbeing Event to find out more about local services and diabetes. There will be health and wellbeing professionals at the event who will be providing information on how to prevent, manage and control your conditions. During the course of the day there will be fun activities and information stalls so come along and join in the fun!

Below is a list of organisations who will be there on the day for you to speak to:

  • Everyone Active
  • Ashfield Voluntary Action
  • Bryon Primary Care Network - Hucknall GP Practices
  • Insight Healthcare
  • Diabetes Specialist Nurses
  • DESMOND - NHS Diabetic Education Programme
  • Your Time
  • Inspire Education
  • IAPT Services
  • Your Health Your Way
  • Hucknall Patient Participation Groups
  • NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Board
  • Hucknall Food Club
  • Nottingham Forest Community Trust
  • Ashfield District Council
  • Digital Weight Management Programme
  • Low Calorie Diet
  • Notts County Council Benefit Services

All attendees who register and attend will receive a FREE healthy food parcel on the day. Don't delay book your space today!

Free parking is available at the event.

If you wish to book your ticket, please click on the link to order your ticket now to avoid disappointment.

PLT
19th Jan 2023

Closure for staff training

The practice will be closed next Thursday 26th Jan from 12pm, for staff training, and we will reopen on Friday 27th Jan from 8am.

UA
4th Jan 2023

Permanent changes to Urgent Same Day GP appointments

From Thursday 5th January, we will be adopting a new system to manage urgent same day appointments.

To find out about these changes, and understand why, please visit our dedicated page here.

Times
24th Dec 2022

Christmas & New Year Opening Times

19th Dec 2022

CRITICAL INCIDENT NOTTINGHAMSHIRE - Monday 19th December

 
A critical incident has been declared across the healthcare system in Nottinghamshire - 19/12/22.
 
 
This is due to a number of factors, including:
- significant pressure and demands across ALL NHS services
- unprecedented demand on General Practice
- increased waiting times in emergency departments and NHS 111
- staff sickness
- planned strike action by nurses and EMAS ambulance service
 
What YOU can do:
NHS 111 online can tell you where to get help for your symptoms if you’re not sure what to do, how to find general health information and advice, where to get an emergency supply of your prescribed medicine and how to get a repeat prescription. You can also call NHS 111 to speak to a clinician and make bookings for urgent treatment centres and other services. The online and telephone services are available 24/7
If you have concerns about Strep A, please see the latest guidance at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/strep-a/
Anyone who is in mental health distress should call the Mental Health Crisis Line: 0808 196 3779 – the helpline is open 24 hours a day.
Pharmacists can help with over-the-counter advice and medication. Use the NHS search to find your nearest pharmacy
Take at look at the Practice health and advice pages: https://www.torkardhill.co.uk/health-advice
 
Thank you
OPEL 3
14th Dec 2022

URGENT

Today the practice has escalated our OPEL (Operational Pressures Escalation Levels) to Level 3 - this means were are experiencing unprecedented pressures and the service to you will be impacted as a result.
 
We apologise for this. We are doing everything we can. Please be patient with us.
 
This is as a result of a near doubling of urgent care access over the past two weeks, issues with lack of medication availability, and staff sickness.
Abx
8th Dec 2022

Antibiotic shortages

There are SIGNIFICANT antibiotic shortages in the local Hucknall pharmacies, affecting the most prescribed antibiotics such as penicillin, amoxicillin, and clarithromycin.
 
If you have been prescribed antibiotics, you may have to try multiple pharmacies further afield.
 
You can search for pharmacies at:
Info
7th Dec 2022

Scarlet fever / Group A Streptococcus

GPData
4th Dec 2022

GP Practice League Tables

The Practice condemns the use of GP practice appointment data by the press, to create league tables.

Torkard Hill Medical Centre, alongside many other GP practices, are working incredibly hard to meet unprecedented levels of demand. These league tables are inaccurate, divisive, unwarranted, and do not lead to better care for patients.

These league tables were drawn up without consultation with the local NHS or Practices.

We are working hard to meet the needs of our patients and have embraced different ways of working to serve you the best way that we can. 

We continue to advocate for better access to primary care by improved resourcing – especially in areas like Hucknall with a growing population of very elderly and the housebound, as well as young children under the age of 5. We have 50% more residents in care homes than the national average. We need to be able to attract doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals into our area.

Primary Care carries out more than 90% of the total NHS patient contact (hospitals do less than 10%) whilst only being funded with less than 8% of the NHS budget. GP appointments each month are 25 times greater than A&E attendances.

GP numbers continue to fall despite promises by governments – we see the effects of this locally and Hucknall is a typical example of this. It has been Government and NHS England policy even before covid to have a blended approach to appointments with use of technology such as virtual and remote consultation.

Torkard Hill Medical Centre is proud of the work we do with our patients – we will continue to do our very best for you and our community.

Dr Kachhala

Online Week
17th Nov 2022

Get Online Week

Thank you to those who attended the digital support hub at the practice last month!

COL
31st Oct 2022

Cost of living support

Take a look at the council hub webpage where you will find key information and links to help to support you or your business during the cost of living crisis: www.ashfield.gov.uk/environment-health/cost-of-living-support 
MSK
30th Oct 2022

Refer to NHS musculoskeletal services

Aches and pains? You can self refer for specialist servcies without needing to see the GP!

 

Visit www.connecthealth.co.uk/resources/physionow or ring 0115 7842147

DV
26th Oct 2022

Tackle Domestic Violence and Abuse Study

This month, we are inviting female patients aged 18 & over to take part in an Imperial College London study on the theme of domestic violence & abuse.

This study aims to raise awareness of this issue across our community.

Please click the link to participate.

https://imperial.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5nLy2C6shi25ksC

App
18th Oct 2022

NHS App

Do you need help registering for or using the NHS app?

Want to learn more about how digital services can be used to manage your health and care?

Come along to our Digital Support hub at the practice, on Thursday 20th October between 9am to 12pm to have all your questions answered.

CAB
14th Oct 2022

Covid autumn booster update

Over 50? Book you Covid Autumn booster
 
▶ Ring 119
 
The Autumn booster is a modified vaccine compared to the first 2 doses, and Spring booster - it is vital to keep you well this winter!
 
(Please do not ring the practice, we are not doing Covid vaccination here)
Res
13th Oct 2022

Dementia Research

We support Join Dementia Research, a service enabling people to take part in vital dementia research. Anyone over 18 years can register at www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk/signup 

MPC
12th Oct 2022

My Planned Care

Are you waiting for a hospital appointment, operation, or treatment? Make sure you visit My Planned Care.
 
www.myplannedcare.nhs.uk offers the latest information and support for people waiting for hospital procedures and treatments.
 
The website is updated weekly and is easy-to-use and open access.
 
Visit the website to instantly find out the latest information without having to call the GP practice.
SMS
9th Oct 2022

Ethnicity survey

This weekend (9th October 2022), you may receive a text message from the practice asking you to confirm your ethnicity.

Please do complete!

This national NHS survey forms part of the "Prevention and Tackling Health Inequalities" scheme, that allows the NHS to understand our patient population better.

Thank you!

BE
4th Oct 2022

Hucknall Breathe Easy Group

Do you have a lung condition?
 
Come along to Hucknall Breathe Easy and meet others who have similar experiences to share, care, learn and socialise.
Flu
22nd Sep 2022

Flu jabs!

Anyone aged 50 years and over, can book in for their free NHS flu jab! Please contact reception to book!

Check eligibility at: www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine 

 
(This is NOT the Covid booster!)
BH
18th Sep 2022

Practice Closure

19th September has been declared a bank holiday for the State Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II, and therefore the Practice will be closed.
 
That unfortunately means patients who have booked appointments for the 19th September will need to rearrange their appointments. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and your understanding due to the unexpected nature of recent events and unprecedented circumstances 💜
 
NHS Emergency, GP Out Of Hours, and Urgent Care Services will continue as normal. Please use the 111 service to access these if you have a problem that cannot wait.
 
We will be open as usual on Tuesday 20th September.
 
Thank you.
Queen
12th Sep 2022

HM Queen Elizabeth II 1926 - 2022

We are deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty The Queen. She was much loved within our community in Hucknall and respected for her lifelong service and contribution.
 
Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with His Majesty The King and The Royal Family.
Vac
7th Sep 2022

Covid Booster

People aged 75 and over and those with weakened immune systems can now book their autumn COVID-19 booster online 🤩

Visit www.nhs.uk/covid-booster

 

 

Booster
3rd Sep 2022

Covid Autumn booster

An autumn booster will be available from mid-September to:
 
▶ anyone aged 50 years and older
▶ residents in care homes for older people
▶ aged 5 years and over with weak immunity and their household
▶ health and social care staff
 
Important points:
 
▶ We will NOT be doing Covid vaccinations at our practice
▶ The NHS in Nottinghamshire will shortly be announcing the plan for how to book your vaccinations and where you can attend. You do not need to contact the practice.
▶ The Covid vaccine is different to the flu vaccine - if you are eligible, please get your flu vaccine (this IS available at the Practice 😀)
MH
31st Aug 2022

UPDATE ABOUT NHS COUNSELLING SERVICES

One of the NHS providers, Let's Talk Wellbeing (provided by Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust ) will no longer be accepting new referrals from tomorrow 1st September.
 
You can continue to self refer to the other two NHS providers, Insight and Trent PTS.
 
More details can be found on our website:
 
Flu
29th Aug 2022

BOOKING FOR FLU VACCINATION 2022

We are now booking for flu clinics, incl Saturday flu clinics on:
 
▶ 24th September
▶ 15th October
 
 
(This is NOT the Covid booster!)
COPD
26th Aug 2022

COPD survery

DO YOU HAVE COPD?
 
NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (the people who run the NHS in our area) is looking to hear views from patients with COPD about how they prefer to access COPD treatment and care in the local area.
The survey is for people aged 16 and over, which will enable researchers to get a better picture of how patients feel about different treatment options to ensure that future local resource allocation decisions better reflect the wishes of patients.
 
Please do share your views on this important piece of research by accessing the survey below.
Survey closes on 5 September 2022 and should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete. Patients can be assured that all the information that we collect during the course of the research will be kept strictly confidential.
SMS
24th Aug 2022

Recent SMS texts

Over the last couple of days, the Practice has sent SMS texts out to patients asking for their ethnicity:
 
"Torkard Hill Medical Centre would like to update your ethnicity details.
This helps us understand the needs of all patients and provide the best care we can..."
 
This text is official and not a scam. Please do kindly complete the survey if possible!
CAB
23rd Aug 2022

Citizens Advice

You can self refer!
 
Ring 01623 203080 (Mon-Fri 9.30am to 2.00pm)
Welcome
7th Aug 2022

Welcome to our new junior doctors!

Dr Alaa Ismail, Dr Ayesha Akhter & Dr Zeeshan Murtaza are with us for their GP speciality training, whilst Dr Anna Bennet & Dr Roshni Rahman will be with us for 4 months for their foundation doctor training.

parkrun
6th Aug 2022

parkrun

PARKRUN parkrun UK
 
parkruns are free, weekly, community events on Saturdays (for adults) and Sundays (children 4-14 years)! Everyone is welcome to come along, whether you walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate.
 
Our local runs and to find out more:
 
Want to find out more?
 
▶ Bestwood parkrun at Bestwood Country Park
 
▶ Hucknall junior parkrun at Titchfield Park
Appnt
3rd Aug 2022

Making appointments

When making appointments with doctors, please let reception know if you prefer a face to face appointment or telephone appointment - this is available for all doctors (excluding locum GPs)

AR
27th Jul 2022

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
▶ 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.
Sun
17th Jul 2022

Hot weather advice

#TorkardTopTips for the hot weather!

It’s going to be a record breaking few days! Do enjoy the weather but please be safe and look after yourselves!

  • Drink plenty of fluids (unless you have specific medical condition that is worsened by that).
  • Avoid excess alcohol (alcohol actually dehydrates you!).
  • Stay cool indoors: close curtains in rooms that face the sun. Turn off the central heating and unnecessary lights/electrical equipment.
  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, when the UV rays are strongest.
  • Apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat. Walk in the shade if possible.
  • Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day.
  • Avoid enclosed spaces such as cars – they get hot veery quickly!
  • Take regular breaks at work, where possible.
  • Look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated, such as older people, people who live alone, and those with underlying conditions.
  • Make sure medicines are stored below 25°C or in the fridge (read the storage instructions on the packaging).
New Rooms
16th Jul 2022

New rooms!

You may have noticed some building work at the Practice over the past few weeks....
 
Introducing a new consulting room - D12, and a new room for our Pharmacy team 🤩!
DNA
15th Jul 2022

Wasted appointments

If you find that you are unable to keep an appointment, please let us know AS SOON AS POSSIBLE so that we can re-allocate the appointment to another patient.

Pressures OPEL
11th Jul 2022

Practice pressures this week

Unfortunately, a number of clinicians are currently off unwell with Covid and other illnesses 🤧.

This will impact nursing and doctor availability 🙁.

Please be patient with us and continue to be kind when contacting reception and making appointments - availability will be extremely limited this week 😫.

Please also remember to use NHS 111, the Urgent Treatment Centre, and the Nottinghamshire Mental Health and Crisis lines.

For bloods, please use the clinic at Hucknall Health Centre on Curtis Street, and if urgent or a blood request from a hospital clinic, please use the phlebotomy clinics at Nottingham City and QMC.

Thank you.

Face mask
11th Jul 2022

Updated guidance on face masks

As Covid rates are now increasing in our region, you are requested to wear a face mask when coming to the Practice.

8th Jul 2022

Study Results - Eczema Care Online

Thank you to those of you who took part! Objective was to determine the effectiveness of two online behavioural interventions to support eczema self-management. Eczema Care Online for parents/carers and Eczema Care Online for young people.

Results

Do the Eczema Care Online interventions improve outcomes in eczema?

YES

• Online intervention led to improved eczema severity over 24 and 52 weeks in parents/carers of children with eczema and young people with eczema compared to usual care

• We found a small but sustained effect and there were no reported adverse events

• This is a scalable and reliable intervention that is free to access and aligns with UK eczema guidelines

• Eczema Care Online interventions are currently being adapted into software, freely available without registration at www.EczemaCareOnline.org.uk

Phleb
4th Jul 2022

Blood tests

Please ensure you book routine blood tests at the phlebotomy clinic at Hucknall Health Centre, Curtis Street.

To make an appointment, please ring 0115 8440565.

HF
22nd Jun 2022

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 2022

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 2022

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 2022

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 2022

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 2022

Carers Week 2022

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

#CarersWeek

Pharmacy
1st Jun 2022

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 2022

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 2022

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/ 

Air
18th May 2022

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 2022

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 2022

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 2022

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 2022

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 2022

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 2022

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 2022

Diabetes Support Newsletter

The Nottinghamshire Diabetes Newsletter is out now!

Download the March 2022 edition here!

Carers
14th Mar 2022

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.

Byron PCN
7th Mar 2022

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:
Res
7th Mar 2022

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:
NHSRes
4th Mar 2022

NHS Reservists

#WeAreTheNHS
Weaning
4th Mar 2022

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

16th Feb 2022

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 2022

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