Bowel Cancer Awareness - April 2019
Every 15 minutes someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer and it’s the UK’s second biggest cancer killer but it shouldn’t be. It’s treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone survives bowel cancer if diagnosed at the earliest stage however this drops significantly as the disease develops. Early diagnosis really does save lives. Being aware of the key symptoms and visiting your GP if things don’t feel right can help increase chances of an early diagnosis.
The symptoms of bowel cancer can include:
Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
A persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit
Unexplained weight loss
Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
A pain or lump in your tummy
Most people with these symptoms don’t have bowel cancer. Other health problems can cause similar symptoms. If you have one or more of these, or if things just don’t feel right, see your GP.
For more information visit https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/
Shingles Immunisation – 2018-19 Programme
The doctors strongly recommend that you take up Shingles immunisation if you are eligible. This immunisation is available to patients who fulfil specific age criteria please see poster below
Shingles eligibility by Age poster
- From 1 April 2018, people who are or will be 70, 71, 72, 73, 78 or 79 years of age on that date are eligible for the shingles vaccination. If you under 70 or between 74 to 77 or 80 and over on 1st April 2019 then you are not eligible for the 2018-19 programme.
Patients who attain the age of 70 or 78 can however be opportunistically immunised at any point in the year. Patients remain eligible for the shingles vaccine up until their 80th birthday. Those with existing eligibility for the vaccine but who missed it, can be offered immunisation on an opportunistic basis.
Please contact the surgery to book an appointment.
Information Technology (IT)/Electronic Patient Records – Statement of Intent
New contractual arrangements came into force on 1st April 2014 requiring GP practices to make available a statement of intent about the following IT developments.