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NHS Covid-19 pass for 12-15 year olds for international travel

Fully vaccinated 12 to 15 year olds are now able to access a NHS COVID Pass letter for international travel. You can find out more information about this on the gov.uk website.

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Cervical screening saves lives

On 14 February, The Department of Health and Social Care, together with NHS England and NHS Improvement, launched a Help Us Help You – Cervical Screening Campaign, to highlight the benefits of cervical screening and remind people that that it can help stop cancer before it starts. The campaign encourages those eligible for screening – women and people with a cervix aged 25-64 – to respond to their cervical screening invitation letters and to book an appointment at their GP practice if they missed their last one. Two women die every day from cervical cancer in England. Yet it is one of the most preventable cancers and getting screened can help stop it before it starts. Screening checks for certain types of the HPV virus that can cause cell changes to your cervix. Cell changes are easily treated and this prevents cervical cancer. For more information, visit www.nhs.uk/cervicalscreening
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However you do it, start a conversation about mental health!

Today is Time to Talk day, a day about learning how to create supportive communities by having conversations with family, friends, or colleagues about mental health.

If you are struggling with mental health or are worried about someone else’s mental health, you can find support and information at:

Nhs.uk 

Time to Talk Day

MIND

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Welcome to our new GP, Dr Everett

We would like to introduce our new G.P Dr Everett.
If you were previously a patient of Dr Haines it is likely Dr Everett will now be your named GP.
If you have any queries please contact reception on 01889 562145.

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Get your COVID-19 booster vaccine

Every adult in the country now needs to get a COVID-19 booster vaccine, because two doses does not give you enough protection against catching Omicron.You can now book your booster vaccination through the text invitation from the practice or you can also book using the national booking system:

Book your booster

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Important information regarding the Covid-19 Booster Vaccines

It was announced on Sunday, 12 December 2021, that the NHS will offer a booster vaccination booking to every adult by the end of December in response the Omicron variant.

Please note that you should not contact your GP Practice to book your booster jab, you should use the National Booking Service or call 119. Some vaccination sites may offer a walk-in service but the best way to ensure you get a jab is to make an appointments through the nationals booking service.

General practice is working hard to support the covid-19 vaccination programme, but we are still here for you but the way you access care may be different:

  • Face-to-face appointments are available to all patients where there is a clinical need. You will be asked to first discuss your conditions over the phone or online with a member of the healthcare team to assess what would be most appropriate for you and which practice member would best provide it.
  • Most common conditions can be assessed and diagnosed by your doctor by telephone or video consultation. They are experienced and skilled in doing this. Using technology like this will help to protect you, your family and loved ones – and GP practice staff from the potential risk of the virus.
  • General practice services are extremely busy and are working hard to treat as many patients as possible.
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In line with the new government guidance, we ask that you please continue to wear a face mask or face coverings when attending the practice.

If you are not wearing a mask you will be asked to prove exemption otherwise you will be asked not to enter Balance Street Health Practice.

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Alcohol Awareness Week

Alcohol Awareness Week is about raising awareness of the dangers alcohol can have on your health and wellbeing and it’s about campaigning for change.

Cutting back on alcohol consumption can be a really effective way to improve your health, boost your energy, lose weight and save money!

The NHS Better Health Campaign have a free ‘Drink Free Days’ app, allowing you to track your alcohol intake, view tips on cutting down and receive reminders when you need them most. The app is available for FREE on the app store or Google Play.

However, if you are struggling with your drinking and it is becoming an issue for you or your family, help is available, and many people seek it every day – https://alcoholchange.org.uk/help-and-support/get-help-now