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Dr Uddin & Dr Anwar The Halliwell SurgeryLindfield DriveBolton, BL1 3RGTel: 01204 523716
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The GP surgery cannot provide letters showing your COVID19 vaccination record. You can get a copy of your COVID19 vaccination record on the NHS App. Please click on the link for more information - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad?fbclid=IwAR3hyALflxv1E23La5WJBabvZV7t0KBqxBKOCnxuxr2RzbU_ywUNwuX0UsM
Our Practice Nurses and our Assistant Practitioner clinic reviews for patients with chronic diseases.
Patients with asthma will be invited to attend a review at least once a year to review their asthma. Sister Rachel Barrett runs these clinic reviews. It is important that patients with asthma attend these reviews so that we can help those patients manage their condition, review their medication and provides the patient with the knowledge and understanding on how to help prevent an attack. Sister Barrett will review a patient's inhaler technique, carry out checks to understand how controlled a patient's asthma is and work with the patient to complete an asthma action plan.
Sister Barrett adapts her reviews for children and has a lot of useful material which can be used to get children to gain an understanding on their condition and provides parent(s) or guardian(s) on information on how they can help manage their child's asthma.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Reviews
Patients with COPD will be invited to attend a review at least once a year to review their asthma. Sister Rachel Barrett runs these clinic reviews. It is important that patients with COPD attend these reviews so that we can help those patients manage their condition, review their medication and provides the patient with the knowledge and understanding on how to help prevent a "flare up" on their condition. Sister Barrett will review a patient's inhaler technique, carry out checks to understand how controlled a patient's COPD is and will provide the patient with a self-management plan and where necessary provide a prescription for some standby "rescue" medication to have at home in case of a "flare up" and what to do in this situation.
Patients with diabetes will be invited for a review at least evey 6 months. Sister Catherine Else runs these clinic reviews. During the reviews, the nurse will carry out necessary health checks to understand how controlled a patient's diabetes is and where necessary to review any medication to improve control.
Heart Failure Reviews
Patients with Heart Failure will be invited for a review at least once a year. Our Practice Nurses and our Assistant Practitioner can carry out these reviews. During the review, any necessary health checks will be carried out and a self-management plan will be given to each patient.
Chronic Heart Disease (CHD), Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), Stroke and Hypertension Reviews
Patients will the above conditions will be invited for a review at least once a tear. Our Practice Nurses will carry out these clinic reviews. During the review, all necessary health checks will be carried out and any medication will be reviewed.
NHS Health Checks
The NHS Health Check programme aims to help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and certain types of dementia. Everyone between the ages of 40 and 74, who has not already been diagnosed with one of these conditions or have certain risk factors, will be invited (once every five years) to have a check to assess their risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes and will be given support and advice to help them reduce or manage that risk. NHS Health Checks can be carried out by our Health Improvement Practitioner, Janette, our Assistant Practitioner, Rebecca, or by one of our Practice Nurses. Please contact the surgery to arrange an appointment.
Please click on the below link for more information:
At Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
If a patient is identified as being at risk of heart disease or stroke, an appointment will be made for them to have a review of their lifestyle and to assess their risk and look at ways in which they can reduce or manage that risk. These reviews can be carried out by one of our Practice Nurses or our Health Improvement Practitioner.
At Risk of Diabetes
If a patient is identified as being at risk of developing diabetes, an appointment will be made for them to have a review of their lifestyle and to assess their risk and look at ways in which they can reduce or manage that risk. These reviews can be carried out by one of our Practice Nurses or our Health Improvement Practitioner.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. Please note: this is a non-NHS service, this means that there maybe a charge for certain vaccinations and any certficate that is required after a vaccination. As this is an additional service, priority will not be made to "fit in" these appointments if our Practice Nurse Clinics are already booked up. Please make sure that you book an appointment in advance to ensure that you have your immunisations in a timely manner before travel.
To assess whether you require vaccinations for foreign travel, you need to complete a travel vaccination form (1 per patient) and bring this to the surgery. One of the doctors will review the form to understand what vaccines are required for that country and will check your vaccination record to determine if vaccinations are required. Please call into the surgery for a form or you can print the form below, complete the information and hand to one of our receptionists.
If vaccinations are required, it is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel. This is to ensure that this gives enough time for the vaccines to work and in some cases, we do have to be order the vaccine, as some are not a stock vaccine.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are not providing our walk in service for blood tests. If one of the doctors/nurses need you to have a blood test, you will be asked to book an appointment. This is so we can manage the number of patients in the building at one time safely.
You will be required to wear a face mask/covering when you come for a blood test. There is a short supply of face masks and we would be grateful if you could attend your appointment prepared with your own face mask.
Thank you for your co-operation.
New Phlebotomy (Blood Taking) Service
From 03 August 2020 we will providing a new clinic times for our blood taking clinics. The clinics will run on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and these will be by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please contact our surgery to arrange an appointment.
We will no longer be providing a walk in service.
The NHS provides most health care free of charge. However there are a number of other services for which fees can be charged. These are mainly for services not covered by the NHS, such as medical reports for insurance companies.
Examples include the following:
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
For more information and for the latest up to date charge, please contact the surgery on 01204 523716 and one of our receptionist will be able to help you.
If you have a hospital appointment and require transport to get you to the hospital, i.e. you have a medical condition that prevents you from getting to the appointment and no other form of transport to get you to the appointment, telephone the Referral & Booking Management Service (RBMS) on 01204 462882.
The surgery are unable to book this on your behalf as RBMS need to go through an individual needs questionnaire with the patient or their representative.
Are you aware that most pharmacies offer a stop smoking service? Please visit your local pharmacy and sign up for the service.
Let's quit Smoking. Together. Greater Manchester.
You can contact Greater Manchester Stop Smoking Helpline: 0300 123 1044 for more information
You can also visit the following websites for more support and information:
If you have symptoms that are concerning you and you can’t explain, contactyour GP for advice.This includes symptoms that are unexplained and persistent, such as: Lumps Weight loss Blood in your poo or pee A change of bowel habit Extreme tiredness Unexplained pain Coughs that have lasted over 3 weeks, especially if you have ever smoked.These can occasionally sometimes be symptoms of cancer and it is importantto discuss them with your GP if you are worried.For more info, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/be-clear-on-cancer
NHS Cervical Cancer Screening Programme
The NHS Programme aims to reduce the number of women who develop invasive cervical cancer and the number of women who die from it. It does this by regularly screening all women at risk so that conditions which might otherwise develop into invasive cancer can be identified and treated. The screening is a method of preventing cancer by detecting and treating early abnormalities which, if left untreated, could lead to cancer in a woman's cervix (the neck of the womb).
The screening intervals are:
Age group (years)
Frequency of screening
25 - 49
50 - 64
Only those women who have not been screened since age 50 or have had recent abnormal tests
Our Practice Nurses will carry out the cervical screening test (also known as a smear test) here at the surgery.
Please click on the below link to take you to the NHS Cervical Screening website for more information:
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, a charity dedicated dedicated to women affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities, has provided a number of new resources for healthcare professionals.
The charity’s short film, ‘Your Guide to Cervical Smearing,’ is now available in the following languages:
The aim is to ensure that more women can access information to help them understand the role of cervical screening in preventing cervical cancer. All translated versions can be downloaded for free to be used with patients. To find out more about the film and download your chosen language, go to:
NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme
Bowel cancer screening aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage (in people with no symptoms), when treatment is more likely to be effective.
The screening can also detect polyps, these are not cancers but may develop into cancers over time. They can easily be removed, reducing the risk of bowel cancer developing.
The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme offers screening every two years to all men and women aged 60 to 69, and will be extended to age 74. The screening programme will send you out a screening kit, so you can do the test at home.
The screening kit provides a simple way for you to collect small samples of stools of your bowel motions in the privacy of your own home. You may think that doing the test sounds a bit embarrassing or unpleasant, but it will only take a few minutes and it is an effective way to detect bowel cancer.
NHS Breast Screening Programme
The NHS Breast Screening Programme provides free breast screening every three years for all women aged 50 and over. The programme is a rolling one which invites women from GP practices in turn, so not every woman wil receive an invitation as soon as she is 50 but she will receive her first invitation before her 53rd birthday.
The programme is now phasing in an extension of the age range of women eligible for breast screening to those aged 47 to 73. This started in 2010 and is expected to be complete by 2016.
Breast screening is a method of detecting breast cancer at a very early stage. The first step involves an x-ray of each breast - a mammogram - which is taken while carefully compressing the breast. Most women find it a bit uncomfortable and a few find it painful. The mammogram can detect small changes in breast tissue which may indicate cancers which are too small to be felt either by the woman herself or by a doctor.
NHS AAA (Abdominal Aortic Anuerysm) Screening Programme
Greater Manchester AAA Screening Programme
Address: AAA Screening Office, Vascular Studies Unit, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, Wythenshawe Hospital, Southmoor Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester M23 9LT
Telephone: 0161 291 5716
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