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Doctorlink

We are now using Doctorlink, which enables you to check your symptoms online and be signposted to an appropriate healthcare appointment. If you require an appointment at the practice, Doctorlink will send this information to us and we will contact you to arrange.

For more information and to register please visit: https://app.doctorlink.com/garstang/register

If you have any problems with registering for this service, please contact the Doctorlink support service on 0330 111 6433 or via helpdesk@doctorlink.com.

Please note, this is an additional service. Patients can still contact the surgery via telephone to discuss symptoms and arrange appointments.

 

Digital Diabetes Education Resource Now Available

Your Diabetes Your Way is an easy to use interactive website available to help support people living with diabetes. You'll find leaflets, videos, educational tools and games containing information about diabetes.

Register now at: https://ydyw.co.uk/online or ask your local healthcare team to help you sign up!

 

NHS Diabetes Helpline

NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched a new helpline in response to disruption to normal diabetes services due to the COVID-19 pandemic and response.

The service is for adults living with diabetes who use insulin to manage their condition and require immediate clinical advice. Whether you or a member of your household have caught the virus, or routine care has been disrupted, the helpline is available for immediate clinical advice to help you un...derstand how to effectively manage their diabetes.

You can access NHS Diabetes Advice via Diabetes UK's support line on 0345 123 2399 Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm.

 

Possible Cervical Screening text message scam

We have been made aware that some women are being contacted by text message claiming to be from the call and recall service to advise they are overdue screening. The message asks them to call a mobile number and provide personal details.

**These messages are not from the NHS Cervical Screening Programme**.

The Action Fraud line has been contacted.

If you are due your cervical screening, please contact the surgery to arrange your appointment.

 

Incorrect 'shielding' text messages

A number of our patients not in the highest clinical risk group for coronavirus have received text messages inappropriately advising them to shield. The genuine messages were sent from ‘NHS coronavirus service’ from the 23rd to 29th March from the number 07307 810 357. If your text does not come from this number, please ignore it.

 

Organ Donation

Did you know? The law around organ donation has changed. Find out what this means for you at: Organ donation website
#organdonation

 

Audiology Screening Service - ***SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE***

We are now able to offer a free to access screening service for patients who are suffering from hearing related difficulties. This service is provided by Scrivens Audiology at Garstang Medical Practice. A limited number of appointments are available each week for patients aged 40 years+. If the screening identifies a hearing loss, patients will be referred to the appropriate Audiology or ENT service. If you believe that you are suffering from hearing related difficulties, please contact the surgery to arrange an appointment. For further information, please contact the surgery on 01995 607399 or Scrivens Patient Services on 0800 027 4487.
Please note: Audiology patients who were previously seen by PDS Medical now have the option to be transferred to Scrivens at the surgery. Please contact PDS on 0300 123 1441 (select Option 4) and ask them to transfer you to Scrivens Poulton.
Scriven Poulton will then contact you and ask if you wish to be seen by the Poulton clinic or the Garstang clinic at Garstang Medical Practice.

 

International Nurses Day - 'Shine a light'

On 12th May 2020 we marked International Nurses Day, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale and “shined a light” on our fantastic nursing team here at Garstang Medical Practice. Here are just some of our wonderful nursing team but we want to recognise and thank the whole team for their hard work and support, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Children in Need 2019

Surgery staff dressed in PJs/Onesies on Friday 15th November 2019 to raise money for the Children in Need campaign.

 

Winmarleigh School Visit November 2019

We were happy to welcome the children from Winmarleigh School who visited both Garstang Medical Practice and Kepple Lane Pharmacy in November.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month & 'Wear It Pink' Day - 18th October 2019

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a worldwide annual campaign taking place in October, involving thousands of organisations, to highlight the importance of breast awareness, education and research.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Breast Cancer Now aimed to get as many people as possible involved in raising awareness and funds to help support life-saving research and life-changing support.

As the UK's largest breast cancer research charity, along with their supporters, they aim to do this through campaigning, raising money and an array of events across the UK including 'Wear It Pink' on Breast Cancer Awareness Day - 18th October 2019.

On Breast Cancer Awareness Day the surgery staff wore pink to raise money and awareness and to support the 'Wear It Pink' campaign.

 

Jeans for Genes - 16th to 20th September 2019

Jeans for Genes is the annual fundraising campaign for Genetic Disorders UK, the national charity that supports individuals and families affected by a genetic disorder.

Monies raised through Jeans for Genes fund the work of the charity and provide grants to organisations for projects that aim to transform the lives of children with genetic disorders.

During the week our surgery staff dressed in jeans (or something denim) to support this campaign and raised money towards the work of Genetic Disorders UK.

 

Dementia Action Week 2019

In order to raise awareness and show our support for those with Dementia, the surgery team had a 'Wear something purple for Dementia' day on Wednesday 22nd May 2019 in exchange for a donation to the Garstang Memory Café.  

During the week members of our PPG (Patient Participation Group) had a 'Listening stand' in the main foyer with the aim of raising awareness and providing information and support for those with Dementia and their carers. 
The donations raised by our staff were presented to Sandra Perkins, a member of our PPG and co-ordinator of the Garstang Memory Cafe. Sandra was absolutely thrilled by the gesture.

For more information, support and advice please visit the Alzheimers or Dementia UK websites.

 

Garstang Town Council Good Citizen of the Year Award

Congratulations to our Lead Nurse Helen Kerrigan-Hawkes who was given this truly deserved accolade at the Town Council Awards on 25th April 2019.  As Chair of our WREN Integrated Care Community she has worked tirelessly for our patients and for all patients across our WREN network and her dedication and enthusiasm has been both infectious and admirable. Huge congratulations Helen from all of us; we are very proud of you and all you have achieved.

 

Countryfile Ramble for Children in Need

As part of the Countryfile Ramble for Children in Need, staff, friends and dogs of the Garstang Medical Centre enjoyed a Ramble on the 7th October 2018 covering 12km. We are very pleased to have raised £680. A massive thank you to everyone who donated.

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