Balance Street Practice is pleased to announce that Dr Emma Wood joined the Practice on a permanent basis in June 2020. We are delighted to have such an experienced GP on board and all patients that have up until now been assigned to a locum GP will be allocated to Dr Wood. However, we will still be supported regularly by our long standing locums covering sessions for all the GP Partners.
We would like to thank patients for your continued support and understanding over the last couple of years.
When attending the surgery for any reason, you will need to wear a mask or face covering. Thank you for your co-operation.
We thank you for maintaining social distancing measures in an aim to keep everyone safer.
You need to contact the surgery *before* attending for any reason, please do not attend the surgery unless you have spoken to a member of our team first.
Thank you for your patience and understanding at this difficult time and please follow Government guidance and stay safe.
This service, at nhs.uk, is for those who have been told to stay at home because of coronavirus and you need a note for your employer.
This service is only for people who:
If you are not sure if you need to stay at home, get the latest NHS advice on coronavirus.
If you have to stay at home but feel well enough to work, ask your employer if you can work from home. If you can work from home, you will not need an isolation note.
You can also use this service for someone else.
The NHS in Cheshire and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to protect patients, our community and NHS staff while ensuring as many services as possible are available to the public.
If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough, loss or change to your sense of smell or taste and a high temperature, you are advised to stay at home for 7 days.
Please do not book a GP appointment or attend your GP practice.
If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home. After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.
But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they’re at home for longer than 14 days. The most up-to-date public guidance is always online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.
If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do.
Only call 111 direct if you are advised to do so by the online service or you cannot go online.
In order to minimise the spread of Coronavirus, until further notice we will initially offer our patients a telephone consultation with a GP or ANP, we have also removed the facility to book appointments online. This is a precautionary measure to minimise the amount of patients sat together in our waiting room.
We would also ask patients to call the surgery when booking an appointment rather than booking an appointment at the reception desk.
Thank you for your co operation .
Today marks National No Smoking Day, aiming to bring awareness to the dangers of this addition and highlight resources available to you to help you quit!
Every cigarette causes real harm and with quitting you’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll see the benefits. You’ll breathe more easily, feel fitter, your skin will look better, your sense of taste will come back and it can improve your fertility. If you have kids, you’ll be protecting them from the risk of asthma attacks, ear infections and cancers. You could also be around £250 a month better off too – that’s £3000 a year – just think what you could spend that on!
If you are ready to take that big step and quit, you can find advice and support to help you at:
You may need to get medical advice if you’ve recently travelled to the UK from somewhere with a higher risk of coronavirus.
These places are:
If you’ve been to one of these places in the last 14 days, find out what to do using the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.
For more information on Coronavirus including symptoms and how it can spread visit the NHS.uk Coronavirus page.
Over 7300 cases of Ovarian Cancer are diagnosed in the UK every year, but do you know what signs to look out for?
Ovarian cancer is the fourth most common form of cancer death in women, after breast lung and bowel cancer. But the average GP will see only one case of ovarian cancer every five years.
Most women are diagnosed once the cancer has already spread, which makes treatment more challenging.
The current five-year survival rate for ovarian cancer is 46 per cent. If diagnosed at the earliest stage, up to 90 per cent of women would survive five years or more3. This is why early diagnosis is so important.
What to look out for
Symptoms are frequent (they usually happen more than 12 times a month) and persistent, and include:
Other symptoms can include unexpected weight loss, change in bowel habits, and extreme fatigue.
If you regularly experience any of these symptoms, and that’s not normal for you, it’s important that you see your GP. It’s unlikely that your symptoms are caused by a serious problem, but it’s important that you get checked.
For further information, visit the Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month website.