Newsletter Spring/Summer 2022

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Armley Medical Practice

Newsletter                                                                             


Spring/Summer Edition 2022           Issue 28


PRACTICE OPENING TIMES   Monday – Friday 08:00 – 18:00 Saturday 08:00 – 12.00 HUB OPENING TIMES AT PRIORY VIEW   Saturday and Sunday 8am-12pm First Contact Physiotherapy   Due to increased strain on primary and secondary care as well as community services there is now anew physiotherapy service that clinicians and receptionists can book into at the Hub based at Priory View Surgery and involves  physiotherapists assessing patients with new conditions such as back pain, joint pain, arthritis and pins and needles/numbness.   The assessments will be done via telephone consultation and may involve things such as assessment of problems with muscles, bones, joints and nerves, lifestyle screening, advice on the use of pain medications and exercise and injury management advice.   We have now commenced face to face appointments in surgery for first contact physiotherapy, please speak to reception.  PRACTICE MANAGER UPDATE 2022   Hello   As we start to move on with our lives, move about freely, shop and travel we are beginning to feel that life is returning to ‘normal’ which I am sure you agree feels good. However we ask that you continue to wear a face covering when coming into the surgery.   We continue to offer telephone appointments to the majority of patients in the first instance however there are certain conditions that can be booked in face to face with a GP within 48 hours; our reception team are aware of these conditions and will be able to support in booking a suitable appointment for you.   We continue to work exceptionally hard for our patients, however demand is very high at the moment and we are finding it increasingly difficult to meet such high demand, there will be times when we will direct your call to 111 for advice or offer our new pharmacy service for minor ailments.   Our reception staff are being verbally abused several times a day, which is unacceptable, they are doing their best to meet patient needs as are the clinicians, please be patient. We offer on the day appointments and those to book in advance however these are not unlimited but we do have as many as possible on any given day.   Please be assured that we are here to help and will do our best to do so; we are open Monday to Friday 8am-6pm and Saturday morning 8am-12pm. We have only one more planned vaccine clinic which is on 14th May otherwise we are open for collection of prescriptions and sick notes as well as offering GP and Nurse appointments.   It is always good to hear the views of patients and therefore we will be sending out a patient survey over the next few weeks, if you could complete and return to surgery we will be very grateful.   We have Patient Participation Group Meetings a few times a year, so if you would like to share your ideas, it would be lovely to see you.  Please let reception know if you would like to be included in the invitation and sent an agenda.  I hope to see you there.    Best Wishes to you all.   Linda Thompson Practice Manager  
Appointments   GP Appointments – We currently have routine telephone appointments which are bookable in advance as well as same day telephone appointments for URGENT cases only. 6   Nurse appointments – We are currently not carrying out ear syringing or spirometry’s however everything else can be booked as normal. Ear syringing can be carried out at Midway Pharmacy in Pudsey.   Pharmacy First – Did you know instead of seeing a GP you can go into a pharmacy and ask for ‘Pharmacy First’ for certain minor illnesses.   Sign up to online services where you can book appointments online rather than phoning the surgery and being in a queue. You can also order your repeat medication. Please bring in photo ID and one of our receptionists can assist you.

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Cancer Screening   Cervical Screening – All women in Leeds between the ages of 25 and 64 are eligible for a free cervical screening test every three to five years.
In Leeds 2021/22 64,823 women were eligible for screening and 50,105 women were screened. Breast Screening – Leeds Wakefield Breast Screening Programme routinely invites women between the ages of 50 to 70 years old every 3 years. The first step involves an x-ray of each breast – a mammogram – which is taken while carefully compressing the breast. The mammogram can detect small changes in breast tissue which may indicate cancers which are too small to be felt either by the woman herself or by a doctor. 1.19 million women screened in 2020/21 (aged 45+) 44.1% decrease from the previous year (2019-20 Bowel Screening – The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme in Leeds offers screening every two years to all men and women aged 60 to 74. Lung Screening Many people don’t realise that a cough that lasts for three weeks or more can often be the sign of lung problems. Common symptoms of lung illness include: A cough that lasts for three weeks or more Shortness of breath persistent chest pain Free chest x-ray If you are over 50, living in Leeds and have had any of the above symptoms, then you can go along to one of the following venues for a free Chest X-Ray, no appointment is needed at: Seacroft Hospital, St Georges Centre in Middleton, or Leeds General Infirmary.
Armley Primary Care Network Update Welcome to the Men’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Service We have a new member of the Men’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Service Matt Wareing who will be working alongside Russ Giles our mental health and wellbeing coach for Armley, supporting men who want to improve their mental wellbeing and need some one-to-one support to help them overcome loneliness and isolation, low mood or negative thoughts that they might be having. Russ and Matt are here to help support men who maybe find that they are struggling at the moment and could do with some help to get back into a positive frame of mind. If you feel like you want to meet any goals such as building confidence to go out of the house, budgeting and managing bills, healthy eating and exercise or returning to a favourite hobby please contact reception to pass on your details or speak to a GP. SOCIAL PRESCRIBING UPDATE Our social prescribers Sinead and Aine have been working remotely; continuing to support patients who are struggling. In order to meet the increasing demand patients can also be referred to Linking Leeds (a city wide social prescribing service) who are highly knowledgeable.   There are some fantastic community groups taking place across Armley that our Social Prescribers can connect patients to. We have forged strong links with New Wortley Community Centre and many of our patients are now long standing members of the groups that the centre has to offer. HEALTHY MINDS   The Healthy Minds Practitioner Service offers a psychoeducation, brief mental health intervention (coping skills and healthy living), and signposting function. It is for patients experiencing low level mental health issues. Appointments are for a single session with some patients having one or two follow up session where appropriate.   If you feel like you have any of these mental health issues and would like to be referred please contact our reception team.   Depression/ low moodAnxiety – including social anxiety or health anxietySleep difficultiesPanic attacksStress – including work, academic or family issuesAcute distress in response to a specific life event e.g. bereavementIsolation or limited support network

Armley Medical Practice, Armley Moor Health Centre, 95 Town Street, Leeds, LS12 3HDTel: 0113 4677499      www.armleymedicalpractice.co.uk