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Is Tinnitus affecting your life?

This week is Tinnitus Awareness Week.

Tinnitus is the name for hearing noises that are not caused by sounds coming from the outside world. It’s common and not usually a sign of anything serious. It might get better by itself and there are treatments that can help.

Tinnitus can sound like:

  • Ringing
  • Buzzing
  • Whooshing
  • Humming
  • Hissing
  • Throbbing
  • Music or singing

You may hear these sounds in 1 or both ears, or in your head. They may come and go, or you might hear them all the time.

If you hear these sounds regularly or constantly or its getting worse, book an appointment to see your GP.

Find more information about Tinnitus at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/tinnitus/ or https://www.hearingaid.org.uk/hearing-loss-awareness/tinnitus-awareness-week-2023-the-tinnitus-breakdown

Don’t forget to order your repeat prescriptions to cover the holiday season!

Please remember to order your repeat prescriptions in time to make sure you have enough medication to cover you over the New Year period.

Your GP Practice will be closed on Monday 2nd January 2023.

Launch of New MSK Rehabilitation Therapeutic Exercise Programme

Everybody healthy (Crewe Lifestyle Centre) have recently launched a new innovative health programme called Good Boost.

Good Boost is an app-based therapeutic aquatic exercise programme, for people with musculoskeletal conditions.

Aqua rehab and hydrotherapy is a proven effective treatment for people living with MSK conditions, Good Boost can offer personalised aquatic rehabilitation technology on waterproof tablets.

Everybody are keen to provide accessible personalised service for rehabilitation, helping people self-manage their condition.

There is also the Escape Pain Class, an education and exercise programme for people with chronic pain.

The programme will be rolled out across Cheshire East over the coming months.

www.everybody.org.uk

This programme is available at a reduced cost of £27 for 3 months on referral, if you are interested please contact our Health and Wellbeing coach at Rope Green Medical Centre on 01270 275990.

Download a copy of the GoodBoost Information Poster for more information.

GHR & Eaglebridge Primary Care Network: Provision of our services outside the normal practice hours.

As you may be aware NHS England (who commission our practices services) have set out a requirement that practices work together to ensure that patients are able to access services outside our normal hours of work (8.00am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday).

GHR and Eaglebridge Primary Care Networks cover the following practices:

Grosvenor Medical Centre

Hungerford Medical Centre

Rope Green Medical Centre

Millcroft Medical Centre

Earnswood Medical Centre

GHR and Eaglebridge PCNs have produced a plan based on services being provided from the individual practices and from a local practice-based Hub on Friday and Saturday.

This way of working is not new to us, we have been providing so called Extended Access services for the last five years, including the ability for our patients to access services locally on Saturdays.

The times we provide extended access services from our practice bases have been determined by analysing the preferences of our patients over the last five years, in particular we have been keen to offer services to enable patients who work a distance away from the practice to access services.

Each practice is currently publicising when services are available and we are proposing to add further services to our existing provision, from October 2022.

In addition to the services provided from each practice we are working with our neighbouring practices to offer appointments across the week and on Saturdays. As always, the availability of appointments will be dependent on our capacity, however, please ask the practice receptionist if you would ideally like an appointment outside the normal core hours. It is important to stress that the number of appointments offered outside the normal hours will only be a small proportion of our total appointments, as it is important that we do not undermine our normal level of service particularly given the current high levels of demand and our workforce challenges.

As we have stated we are sure that the time our practices provide services (outside of core hours) reflects the preferences of our patients, but we would be pleased to hear your views so that we can continue to evaluate the best times to offer services.

Happy Hearts – Together we can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke during Covid-19

Health services, local authorities, charities and other partners across Cheshire and Merseyside are working together to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

The Cheshire and Merseyside Happy Hearts website is aimed at helping you to reduce your risk of stroke and heart attack by giving you lots of information and tips on keeping your heart happy. The website shares local, practical information on:

  • how to live healthily and stay well
  • conditions that increase the chances of having a heart attack or stroke, such as
    • atrial fibrillation
    • high blood pressure
    • high cholesterol
  • how and where you can get your numbers checked
  • how you can help to manage and control these conditions to lower your CVD risk

Visit the Cheshire and Merseyside Happy Hearts website to find out more.

Serious Shortage Protocol for HRT gels

The NHSBSA have released new Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) for HRT products.

The SSPs apply to Oestrogel pump gel, Sandrena 0.5mg and 1mg gel sachets and Lenzetto spray.

Pharmacies are now allowed to switch patients to patches if they are unable to obtain a supply of the gels.

Pharmacies are also allowed to restrict the quantities to 3 months’ supply without contacting the prescriber.

Local pharmacies have been contacted to ensure they are aware of the SSPs.

Please note that you do not need to contact your GP, your Pharmacist will be able to look into this for you.