Blood Bottle Shortage!
As per NHS England Guidance we have been advised to suspend non-essential blood tests amid a worsening shortage of test tubes.
The NHS operate a zero tolerance policy with regard to violence and abuse and the practice has the right to remove violent patients from the list with immediate effect in order to safeguard practice staff, patients and other persons. Violence in this context includes actual or threatened physical violence or verbal abuse which leads to fear for a person’s safety. In this situation we will notify the patient in writing of their removal from the list and record in the patient’s medical records the fact of the removal and the circumstances leading to it.
Please see below our most up to date statement.
Face Coverings in the GP surgery
You must continue to wear a face mask in our practice after 19 July
When attending our GP surgery, you must continue to wear a face mask and follow social distancing rules, unless you are exempt. Practice staff will continue to use appropriate personal protective equiptment (PPE)
This will help to ensure the safety of our patients, visitors and staff, especially those who are more vulnerable to infection.
This is in line with the latest national guidance which applies to all healthcare settings in England. You can find more about this on the NHS England website here-
Pennine Breast Screening
Free NHS breast screening is happening locally. You are eligible if you are registered with a GP and are aged between 50 & 70.
Have you heard of www.Coppafeel.org Register on their website and get a free monthly reminders to copp-a-feel!
Please watch the short video below to see more details about breast screening and how it works.
The new COVID-19 variant (known as Delta) spreads more easily than the other variants that were previously most common. It is spreading rapidly in Kirklees. To help stop the spread, you should:
Get both doses of the vaccinewhen you are offered it, and encourage others to do so as well
Participate in surge testing in your local area, whether you are vaccinated or not
Self-isolateimmediately if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) or if you’ve tested positive for COVID-19
In the areas listed above, you should also take particular caution when meeting anyone outside your household or support bubble. Wherever possible, you should try to:
Meet outside rather than inside where possible
Keep 2 metres apart from people that you do not live with (unless you have formed a support bubble with them), this includes friends and family you don’t live with
Minimise travel in and out of affected areas
You should also:
Get tested twice a week for freeand isolate if you are positive
Continue to work from home if you can
Refer to local health advice for your area (linked above)
You should get tested for COVID-19. This includes:
Arranging to have a PCR testif you have symptoms of COVID-19
Getting regular rapid lateral flow testsif you do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)
Arranging a testing or managed quarantine package if you plan to travel overseas. See further details
You should self-isolate immediately if you have symptoms or a positive test result for COVID-19. There is financial support if you’re off work because of coronavirus.
The NHS is now offering vaccinations to people in Kirklees who are most at risk from Covid-19.
Our practice is busy contacting eligible patients as supplies are made available. It is likely take several weeks before we contact everyone, so please be patient.
Vaccinations are currently being offered to people in care homes and those aged 80 or over, in line with national priority groups identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
When it is your turn, you will receive an invitation via the phone or through a letter either from your GP or the national booking system. When you are invited for a vaccine, please act straight away.
We know people are eager to get protected but do not to contact the practice for information about the vaccine or to ask for an appointment. You will not be able to get a vaccination until you receive an invitation.
We are currently receiving a large number of enquiries about the COVID-19 vaccination. Before you contact the practice, please check the NHS website or look at these frequently asked questions where you may find the answer to your question.
COVID-19 infection rates remain high and local health services are incredibly busy. The best thing we can all do to protect ourselves our families and our community is to remember - Hands, Face, Space.
Vaccinations are free of charge and only available through the NHS. Anyone who offers a vaccination privately or for a fee is likely to be committing a crime and should be reported to the police online or by calling 112.
The NHS will never ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text asking you to confirm you want the vaccine.
NHS North Kirklees and NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Groups are planning to merge and create a single clinical commissioning group for Kirklees from April 2021.
Please see information below.
See coronavirus page for further information.
PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE SURGERY IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS:
- a new, continuous cough
- A high temperature
- a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
Call NHS 111 for expert advice.
24 Hr Mental Health Helpline.
A 24 hour mental health helpline, offering confidential help and advice, to anyone registered with a GP in Calderdale, Kirklees, Wakefield and Barnsley.
The service supports people who are:
◦At risk of developing mental health problems
◦Diagnosed common mental health problems.
◦Known to mental health services.
◦Experiencing mental health distress.
◦Seeking information, advice and support.
The service provides a listening ear, emotional support and guidance to other services for both individuals and their carers. You do not have to have used mental health services before to call.
Telephone: FREEPHONE 0800 183 0558
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
West Yorkshire and Harrogate reality TV launches as part of ‘looking out for our neighbours’
Looking out for our neighbours is an award winning social movement that aims to prevent loneliness and its associated health risks throughout West Yorkshire and Harrogate. It succeeds by encouraging people to do simple things to help out their neighbours.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP) encouraged over 49,000 people to get involved by making a positive difference to their neighbours lives through acts of kindness a part of the ‘Looking out for our neighbours’ campaign.
On Monday 16 November, the winter 2020 campaign will launch with a bunch of ‘neighbourly folk’ possibly someone you even know, taking part in a short docu-series to show how neighbourly kindness is making a difference to people’s lives during the pandemic.
Over twenty people from diverse backgrounds will be the stars of a series of online documentary style films from across Bradford district and Craven; Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Wakefield and Leeds. Ranging from their early 20s to late 60s we hope they will bring you everything you’d look for in a reality show, including lots of fun and tips on how you can look out for your neighbours safely whilst spreading a bit of joy.
As we enter one of the most challenging winters we have faced there has never been a better time to inspire neighbourly spirit and simple acts of kindness through social media, letters and texts. Keeping in view COVID-sensible recorded content the campaign will also cover seasonal topics and hope and goodwill as we head into the festive period.
Rob Webster, CEO Lead for WY&H HCP said: “We are really pleased to be connecting a group of neighbours from across West Yorkshire and Harrogate and hearing them discuss a series of topics about life during the pandemic. We hope to show that physically distanced doesn’t mean we have to be socially apart – it’s the smallest of things that will help us through these difficult times and sharing the positives can really boost someone’s feelings of wellbeing and bring areas of positivity to our lives. We continue to work together with local communities and hundreds of VCSE organisations to support this important work”.
Cain Lewis from Bradford, who is taking part in the series said: “Taking part in 'Looking out for our neighbours - Online' has been an absolute pleasure. Grabbing a cuppa and speaking with other people and being to listen to other people's highs and lows during lockdown was really interesting, lots of tips too. One thing we all had in common is that everyone had done or is doing an act of kindness that is supporting another person in a positive way”.
It was also a great opportunity for me when speaking with my online neighbours about being vulnerable and reminding them that we are human and it is ok to sometimes feel vulnerable and reach out to talk and seeking help if the vulnerability is over whelming by contacting your GP in the first instance.
Matthew McLoughlin, from Huddersfield and who is also taking part in the series said: "Being part of ‘Looking out for our neighbours’ has been a joyous experience that has restored my faith in humanity. It was a coming together of the hearts of different communities which are all beating as one".
Kazia from Leeds, said: “When I was invited to take part in this documentary I jumped at the chance, community is very important to me and being given the opportunity to talk about it is special”.
Lisa Holmes, from Birstall took part and said: “I felt a little bit out of my comfort zone doing something like this but really enjoyed the experience. I really learnt a lot listening to other people and how they are coping throughout the whole COVID-19 situation - some interesting views and some which I had not considered”.
We will be linking to local help available via local place project leads to ensure it is current and reflective of the local climate. All content will be on hosted at ourneighbours.co.uk and on social media @wyhpartnership
You can watch an introduction to the series at rb.gy/8t3ad4
All of our GPs at Cleckheaton Group Practice have pledged to be antibiotic guardians.
Antibiotics do not work for everything. Taking antibiotics when you do not need them will put you and your family at risk. Please take your doctor’s advice.
Please click the link below to watch a short video for further information
Cleckheaton Group Practice now has a Facebook Page!
Cleckheaton Group Practice has set up a Facebook page, please check it out and give us a like! We plan to keep this page updated with news and patient information.
Please click the link below to access this page.
You can now book your doctor's appointment online. This service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
All you need to do to register for this service is to call at reception with photographic proof of ID. Our receptionist will then issue you with a user name and password.
Online Patient Access
You can renew prescriptions and view your health records online? Ask at reception for more information to register for these services.
North Kirklees GP Extended Access
Evening and weekend appointments are now available. Patients can now see a local GP for routine appointments on weekday evenings and at weekends.
Pre-bookable and on-the-day appointments are available between 6.30pm and 9.30pm each weekday, with additional slots available on Saturdays from 9am and 4pm and Sundays 9am and 1pm. The appointments are available in Dewsbury Health Centre.
Important changes to repeat prescription ordering
NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is changing the way repeat medication can be ordered to increase safety and efficiency. Patients or their carers will now need to order their repeat prescription directly through the surgery. This can be done in a number of ways including:
- Ordering via the online system. You can register for this service by contacting reception
- Dropping your repeat request at the surgery in person
- Posting your request to the surgery
Please only order the medication you need 7-10 days before you are due to run out. You should allow 2 full working days for your prescription to be processed.
Pharmacies that collect prescriptions from your GP and deliver medication to patients will still do so. It is only the ordering process that is affected by this change.
If you feel you may need support ordering your repeat prescription please get in touch with the practice or contact:
Patient Advice Liaison Service, NHS North Kirklees CCG - Tel: 01924 504975
Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.
The Accessible Information Standard aims to ensure that patients (or their carers) who have a disability or sensory loss receive information that they can access and understand, for example in large print, braille or via email, and professional communication support if they need it, for example from a British Sign Language Interpreter.
Charities including Action on Hearing Loss, CHANGE, SENSE and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) will also be able to provide further support.
Here at St John's House Surgery we will do our best to ensure that your needs are met and with your permission record this in your file and share the information with other NHS and adult social care providers.
Further information can be found on the Accessible Information Standard on the NHS website at: www.england.nhs.uk/accessibleinfo
Please do not hesitate to contact the Practice if you have any questions
Are you a Carer?
Please inform us at the Surgery and we can signpost you to support and advice from Carers Count, a new service for adult carers in Kirklees. There is more information in the Surgery or you can contact Carers Count directly on 0300 012 0231 or through their website www.carerscount.org.uk.
As a Practice we are required to provide you with a named GP.
At this Practice, this is your registered GP. If you are unsure who your registered GP is please ask at Reception.
You are still able to book appointments with the GP of your choice but your registered GP is responsible for your overall care.
SMS Text Messages
We use SMS text messages to confirm and remind patients about their appointments.
Please make sure that we have your up to date mobile telephone number to benefit from this.
We are offering NHS Healthchecks to all adults aged 40-74 without any previous Cardiovascular disease (High Blood pressure, Angina).
It includes an assessment of Blood Pressure and Lifestyle, and a fasting blood test for cholesterol, thyroid, liver, kidneys and diabetes. You will then be telephoned with your results and invited to see the nurse for either yearly or 5 yearly screening.
Please ask at reception for more details.