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PATIENT INFORMATION

PATIENT’S PRESCRIPTIONS FOR THE FOLLOWING GROUPS OF MEDICATION ARE BEING REVIEWED BY THE DOCTORS AT THE PRACTICE IN LINE WITH NHS GUIDELINES FOR COVID ADVICE WITH REGARD TO THE ADDED ADVERSE EFFECT THAT THESE TYPES OF DRUGS CAN HAVE IF YOU CONTRACT THE CORONA VIRUS.

BENZODIAZEPINES (SUCH AS DIAZEPAM)

HYPNOTICS (SUCH AS ZOPICLONE)

OPIATE MEDICINES INCLUDING CODIENE/TRAMADOL/MORPHINE

CORONAVIRUS

Due to the coronavirus, Forge Medical Practice informs you that all appointments will be converted to telephone appointments. Only patients that have been requested to attend by a clinician should come into the practice for a face to face appointment until further notice. If you need to contact us, please call the practice – see https://www.theoldforgesurgery.nhs.uk for more information. If you are worried about Coronavirus, then please use the NHS111 online service for advice and help - https://111.nhs.uk/service/COVID-19/

We would ask that patients be patient with the reception staff and clinicians during this difficult period. The advice from the Government can change as the virus progresses and we will be updating information as we receive it. We request  where possible patients sign up for online access. Please contact the surgery for help with this. Can we also remind patients that it is important to update the surgery with current telephone numbers as we may need to contact them when necessary. Thank you for your co-operation. 

DOMESTIC ABUSE MESSAGE

  

    • Those living with domestic abuse or worried about someone who is can call the Wearside Women in Need local 24-Hour Helpline on: 0800 066 5555.  Their specialist advisors offer confidential, non-judgemental support and information to survivors, anyone experiencing domestic abuse, and their friends and families.

    • Those who are hurting a loved one, or are worried about their own behaviour and want to take steps to change it can confidentially call the Respect Helpline free on 0808 8024040 - Monday-Friday 9am-5pm 

    • Those who are concerned about the safety of a child or young person can contact Together for Children on 0191 520 5560 during office hours or the Out of Hours Team on 0191 520 5552. In an emergency always call 999  

 SUPPORT SERVICE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Kooth.com - online support for young people

 

We would like to remind you of the availability of our online service to support the wellbeing and resilience of young people.

 

Kooth is a web based confidential support service available to young people aged 11-18 and to care leavers up to the age of 25 in Sunderland. Kooth provides a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support designed specifically for young people.  

 

Kooth offers young people the opportunity to have a text-based conversation with a qualified counsellor. Counsellors are available from 12 noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop-in basis. Young people can access regular booked online counselling sessions as needed. Outside counselling hours’, young people can message our team and receive support by the next day.

 

When young people register with Kooth they will have support available to them now and in the future. Support can be gained not only through optional counselling but through articles, forums and discussion boards.  All content is age appropriate, clinically approved and fully moderated. 

 

To find out more visit www.Kooth.com  where young people can register and others can find out more about the service. 

 

You can also view a short video about the service at: https://vimeo.com/318731977/a9f32c87de.          

We would like to remind you of the availability of our online service to support the wellbeing and resilience of young people.

 

ThinkNinja is an App which is another option for 10-18 year olds to access to help with issues they may be struggling with during this stressful time. Link below.

 

https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/thinkninja/

 

 

 


FOR SELF HELP IN ILLNESS DURING THE WINTER MONTHS WHEN NHS SERVICES ARE VERY BUSY - PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW FOR ADVICE

http://www.urgentoremergency.co.uk/

EXTENDED HOURS SERVICE

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE SURGERY IS NOW ABLE TO OFFER APPOINTMENTS OUTSIDE SURGERY HOURS DURING EVENINGS AND WEEKENDS. THESE APPOINTMENTS ARE IN DESIGNATED LOCATIONS AND INFORMATION ON THIS CAN BE FOUND ON THE LINK BELOW. THE PRACTICE WILL ADVISE YOU ON THE AVAILABILITY AND CRITERIA WITH REGARDS TO THESE APPOINTMENTS AS NOT ALL REQUESTS WILL BE SUITABLE. PLEASE CONTACT THE SURGERY DURING NORMAL OPENING TIMES AS ALL APPOINTMENTS MUST BE BOOKED AND CANCELLED VIA RECEPTION AT THE PRACTICE.

http://www.sunderlandgpalliance.co.uk/sunderland-extended-access-service-information/

ALSO PLEASE GO TO 'FURTHER INFORMATION' -RIGHT HAND SIDE OF HOME PAGE  AND CLICK ON EXTENDED ACCESS - and URGENT CARE SERVICES -FURTHER WEBSITE LINKS AVAILABLE

HOSPITAL TESTS OR INVESTIGATIONS

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT IF TESTS OR INVESTIGATIONS ARE REQUESTED BY A SPECIALIST OR CONSULTANT, THEN THE RESULTS OF THESE TESTS NEED TO BE OBTAINED FROM THE CONSULTANT OR SPECIALIST INVOLVED.

(See top ribbon 'Tests & Results' for more details)

THANK YOU.

'BE DOG SMART'

SUNDERLAND SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN BOARD (SSCB) IS WORKING WITH PARTNERS ACROSS THE CITY TO RAISE AWARENESS OF GENERAL DOG SAFETY

PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK FOR USEFUL ADVICE ON GENERAL DOG SAFETY

www.bedogsmart.org.uk

 

PATIENTS PLEASE NOTE

 

PATIENT'S FAILING TO ATTEND APPOINTMENTS

PATIENT'S WHO DO NOT ATTEND FOR BOOKED APPOINTMENTS WITHOUT LETTING US KNOW, PREVENT  OTHER PATIENT'S FROM TAKING AN APPOINTMENT WHICH THEY REALLY NEED. PLEASE CANCEL IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND - EVEN AT SHORT NOTICE WE CAN USE THE APPOINTMENT. PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK  TO SHOW HOW MANY PATIENTS FAILED TO ATTEND LAST MONTH. THANK YOU.

We will start updating this information when surgery re-opens for regular face to face appointments.

COULD PATIENTS PLEASE ENSURE THAT THEY UPDATE THE SURGERY WITH CONTACT DETAILS. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT IF WE NEED TO CONTACT YOU URGENTLY.

THANK YOU

SCREENING/AAA/Breast/Bowel

AA (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm)

AAA stands for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. The aorta is the main blood vessel that supplies blood to your body. It runs from your heart down through your chest and abdomen.

In some people, as they get older, the wall of the aorta in the abdomen can become weak. It can then start to expand and form what is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The condition is most common in men aged 65 and above. Men are six times more likely to have an aneurysm than women and your risk of having an aneurysm increases if you are or have been a smoker, you have high blood pressure or you have a close family member who has had one.

If you have an AAA you will not usually notice any signs or symptoms; this means cannot tell if you have one, will not feel any pain or notice anything different. Large aneurysms are rare but can be very serious. As the wall of the aorta stretches it becomes weak and can burst, causing internal bleeding. Around 85% die when an aneurysm bursts.

An aorta that is only slightly larger than normal is not dangerous; however, it is still important to know about it so that we can check if the aneurysm is getting bigger.

AAA screening is a free NHS national programme that screens men aged 65 plus to check if they have an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The screening is by invitation and uses an ultra sound scan. If you are a man aged over 65 you are more at risk of an abdominal aortic aneurysm that any other demographic so this is why you will be invited for screening.

We offer screening so we can find aneurysms early and monitor or treat them. This greatly reduces the chances of the aneurysm causing serious problems.

Men over 65 who have not previously been screened or diagnosed with an aneurysm can request a scan by contacting their local programme directly on: 0191 445 2554

The North East of England and North Cumbria AAA screening programme is run from The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, you will be invited to a local clinic for an ultra sound scan. Our centre covers the area from North Yorkshire to Berwick and North Cumbria.

Click here for a leaflet with more information on the AAA screening process or here for accessible AAA screening process leaflets

http://www.qegateshead.nhs.uk/aaa

BOWEL CANCER SCREENING

Bowel cancer is the  fourth most common cancer in the UK. The aim of the national Bowel Screening  Programme is to discover bowel cancer at an early stage. The sooner it's caught, the easier it is to treat.

Bowel screening involves a simple test that you conduct at home. For these reasons we encourage you to consider participating in the bowel screening programme.

Whether or not to take part in bowel screening is your choice.

Men and women aged between 60 and 74 of age are eligible to take part every 2 years.

If you have not received your screening pack or which to have another sent out  to you, please telephone the following number: 0800 707 6060

You can also discuss this with any member of practice staff.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT BOWEL CANCER SCREENING PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/bowel-cancer-screening/Pages/Introduction.aspx

As the likelihood of getting breast cancer increases with age, all women who are aged 50-70 and registered with a GP are automatically invited for breast cancer screening every three years.

In the meantime, if you are worried about breast cancer symptoms, such as a lump or area of thickened tissue in a breast, don't wait to be offered screening – see your GP.

PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE INFORMATION ABOUT BREAST SCREENING. (VIEW VIDEO TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS DURING A MAMMOGRAM, ALSO THE BENEFITS OF MAMMOGRAPHY AND ULTRASOUND EXPLAINED.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/breast-cancer-screening/



 
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