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Welcome to Willingham Medical Practice

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)

How we use your medical records: Important information for patients

 

  •  This Practice handles medical records in line with laws on data protection and confidentiality.

  • We share medical records with those who are involved in providing you with care and treatment.
  • In some circumstances we will also share medical records for medical research, for example, to find out more about why people get ill.
  • We share information when the law requires us to do so, for example, to prevent infectious diseases from spreading, or to check the care being provided to you is safe.
  • You have the right to request a copy of your medical record.
  • You have the right to object to your identifiable information being used for medical research and to plan health services.
  • You have the right to request that any mistakes in your medical record are corrected.  
  • Our practice privacy notice is on the practice website which includes information on how to contact the Information Commissioner’s Office to seek advice or make a complaint if you need to do so
     
  • For further information, please click on the GDPR tab on the right of this page, where you will be able to download our Practice Privacy Statement.

 

Happy 70th Birthday NHS! 

On 5 July this year the National Health Service will celebrate its 70th birthday.

The NHS was launched on 5 July 1948 by Aneurin Bevan who was the Health Secretary at the time. The last 70 years have seen huge changes in medicine, from heart transplants and the eradication of diseases like polio to advances in the way we treat cancer, enabling people to live longer lives.

There’s a whole range of celebrations being planned to celebrate the platinum anniversary of the NHS and a dedicated website, www.nhs70.nhs.uk, has been set up where you can find out about how you can get involved.

Here are just a few ways in which you can help the NHS to celebrate:

  • Joining the organ donor register, or giving blood, would be a great birthday present to the NHS. If you’d like more information visit the website at https://www.nhs70.nhs.uk/get-involved/support-the-nhs/blood-and-organs/
  • Time is one of the most precious gifts we can share and it doesn’t cost a penny. How about sharing some of yours with the NHS? There are lots of opportunities to volunteer, from befriending patients on a ward, to being a first responder with an ambulance service, to being a hospital radio DJ.
  • NHS at 70 is collecting stories from patients, workers, volunteers, and the public as part of a project, led by the University of Manchester, to preserve NHS heritage as part of the birthday celebrations. 

In addition, the Royal Mint has produced a special range of 10p coins which forms part of an A-Z of things that make Britain great – N is for NHS. Look out for these special coins and get involved on social media using #coinhunt.

Don't let Hayfever spoil you summer!

Did you know you don’t need to see your GP for hay fever treatment? 

Hay fever and seasonal allergy treatments such as tablets, eye drops and nasal sprays are all easily available at low cost from your local pharmacy – no prescription from your GP required! 

Antihistamines are usually the best treatment for hay fever and these can easily be bought from local pharmacies or supermarkets. Buying a packet of 30 tablets can cost as little as £2, but if a patient goes to their GP to get a prescription then it costs the NHS considerably more. 

By going to the pharmacy you’ll be saving yourself time and money, freeing up GP appointments for people with more urgent needs as well as doing your bit to help the NHS save money on unnecessary prescription costs. 

For more information about treating allergies or to find your nearest pharmacy and opening times visit www.nhs.uk 

Top tips to help ease hay fever symptoms:  

  • Keep house and car windows closed, especially when the pollen count is high (early morning between 7am to 9am and evenings between 5pm and 7pm) 
  • Avoid large grassy areas, woodland, cutting the grass and car fumes 
  • Wear wrap-around sunglasses 
  • Use petroleum jelly inside your nose to block inhalation of pollen 
  • Don’t dry washing outside to avoid pollen sticking to your clothes  
  • When you get in from outside wash your hands, face, hair, rinse your eyes and change your clothes

Are you considering getting tested for Prostate Cancer?            

Following recent media coverage of some high profile celebrities diagnosed with Prostate Cancer, we have received a number of enquiries regarding screening and testing. If you are considering having a PSA test for Prostate Cancer, you should firstly collect an information leaflet from the Surgery which will explain the PSA test and the reliability of such testing. Experts disagree on the reliability of the PSA test a screening tool for prostate cancer, which is why there is a lot of research into this illness, and why no national screening programme for prostate cancer exists in the UK at present. You will need to make an appointment with your GP to discuss your family history, symptoms and the reason you would like the test, so the GP can assess whether the PSA blood test would be suitable. 

Stock up for summer! 

The warmer weather often means that we spend more time getting out and about. That’s why it is even more important to make sure you stock up on some summer self-care essentials in case you need them. 

Key first aid essentials include: 

  • Painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen 
  • Antihistamines for allergies/hay fever 
  • Antiseptic cream for bites and stings  
  • Sunscreen at least factor 15  
  • Plasters and bandages  
  • Diarrhoea/constipation relief medication  
  • Travel sickness medication  

 All of these are easily available to buy at local pharmacies or supermarkets.  Further information on medicine cabinet essentials is available HERE 

For advice on travel health including sun safety, vaccinations, DVT and how to apply for your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is available HERE 

If you are not able to attend an appointment you have booked, for whatever reason, please let us know. We can then offer that appointment to someone else who needs it.

 

 

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