Norovirus causes diarrhoea and vomiting and is one of the common stomach bugs in the UK. This is also known as the "winter vomiting bug". It can be very unpleasant, but usually goes away in about 2 days. Click on the poster below to find out more information.
Welcome back to Dr Abdel-Salam
We are pleased to welcome back Dr Abdel-Salam from her maternity leave. Dr Abdel-Salam will be working Tuesdays and Wednesdays during December 2019 and Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from January 2020.
There are a number of primary care mental health teams available to our patients who can help with counselling, phobias and other problems. You can self-refer to any one of these services by telephone or online.
Telephone: 0300 555 5582
Let's Talk Wellbeing
Telephone: 0115 9560888
Telephone: 0115 8963160
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 www.nhs.uk/cervical/screening
"The practice team at Torkard Hill Medical Centre have significantly contributed towards primary care research for a number of years through our Research Scheme to successfully deliver a number of studies in various medical areas. This year they applied for a higher level and were successful, which is fantastic news as 22 surgeries across the East Midlands applied for this level and Torkard Hill was one of 8 that were successful with 6 out of the 8 from Nottinghamshire which is great news for our region.
We thank them for all their hard work over the years and we also thank all of you who have participated in the studies as research could not happen without you. If any of you are interested in getting involved in studies please contact your surgery."
Nottingham Research Team > Valentina, Helen and Nadia
Torkard Hill Medical Centre has been successful in becoming a level 3 research practice, which means that we engage with at least 8 research studies each year. The studies that we are currently collaborating with are:
GLOW Study: Glucose LOWering of patients with diabetes through Weight management
ACCESS Study: Study exploring what type of electronic medical test results services are used in GP practices in England and to find out what patients and staff think of those services
BEE Study: Best Emollient in Eczema
CODEC Study: Chrono type of patients with type 2 diabetes
FOCUS Study: Long term effects of semaglutide on diabetic retinopathy in subjects with type 2 diabetes
BICS Study: Bisoprolol in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
MSK Study: To measure and characterise the development and progression of different frailty, pain and disability phenotypes and their individual associations in a survey of adults
COPD Study: Assessing anti-viral biomarker responses and clinical effects of inhaled SNG001 compared to placebo in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Skill Mix Study: An investigation into the scale, scope and impact of skill mix change in primary care
Pincer Study: A focused group study to gain patient views on the use of software to assist the management of safe prescribing and medication monitoring
Torkard Park Run Practice
The GP partners at Torkard Hill Medical Centre have joined the new national parkrun GP scheme which is a joint venture between the Royal College of GPs and Parkrun UK. GP practices are being encouraged to develop closer links with their local parkrun to become certified ‘parkrun practices’, where our health care practitioners can signpost patients and carers to parkrun, particularly those who are the least active and have long-term health conditions. Many practice staff across the country have already reaped the personal benefit of taking part. We know that experiencing parkrun for yourself is a great way to appreciate the benefits and share them with patients. Part of our application meant we needed to collaborate with our local parkrun provider, Bestwood Village Park run team, and they are very happy to support us.
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