How GP practices in Wakefield will be working to tackle coronavirus

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has put an increased demand on primary care services in Wakefield.

As a result of this, and in line with last week’s government’s guidelines about staying at home to stop the spread of the virus, patients should not attend their GP surgery without an appointment and should make contact by telephone – but only when necessary.

If you do have a confirmed face-to-face appointment with a clinician, you may be asked to see them at a neighbouring GP practice to the one you would usually attend.

This is because some practices will be closed or reorganising themselves to effectively cope with increased demand and suspected coronavirus (COVID-19) patients.

These changes will begin to take effect from Tuesday 31 March.

The location at which you will be seen will always be communicated to you by your clinical team who you will always be able to contact via your usual GP practice number.

As you will be able to appreciate, this is an unprecedented time so your cooperation, understanding and patience are greatly appreciated. Please continue to keep up to date with the latest advice around coronavirus on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Cycling Wakefield

Are you interested in getting active on your bike or borrowing a bike to help with this? Cycling Wakefield are a voluntary organisation who organise cycling events in the local area. There are rides of varied lengths and difficulty using traffic free routes and some minor roads. The rides are free (unless otherwise stated on their website) and you can just go along with no need to book. Pick up at leaflet at the surgery or visit their website for more information: www.cycling-wakefield.org.uk .

Bladder and Bowel Service

Do you suffer from bladder symptoms (e.g. leaking when you cough or sneeze, frequently going to the toilet or recurrent urinary tract infections) or bowel symptoms (e.g. constipation, straining to open your bowels or difficulty holding on when you need to go)? 

The Specialist Service for Bladder and Bowel care offer specialist nursing assessments to assist you with symptoms like these within a clinic environment. You can self-refer to them so you do not need a referral from your GP. Clinics are run across the Mid-Yorkshire area. The Nurses will discuss with you a proactive treatment and management plan to help improve your symptoms. 

Please contact them on 01924 542479 for an appointment.

Park Run Practice

College Lane Surgery are now an official park run practice. For further details of how you could get involved, click Park Run Flyer.

Clinical Teaching Excellence Awards 2018/19 - Winners

Clinical Teaching Excellence Awards – individual and team - are made to encourage and reward excellent undergraduate clinical teaching across the NHS in West Yorkshire & Harrogate and to support the development of medical, healthcare and dental staff in this area. The team at College Lane were one of the winners. Click here to read more information about why we were selected as one of the award winners.

Patient Participation Group Newsletter

The latest edition of the Patient Participation Group Newsletter is now available. Click here to view it PPG Newsletter August 2019.

Changes To Prescribing For Minor Illnesses

The NHS has changed its prescribing policy for minor illnesses where the treatment can be purchased over the counter at your local pharmacy. Click here to view a list of conditions for which medicines will no longer be routinely prescribed Prescribing Update Leaflet March 2019.

Infection Control Audit

College Lane Surgery have passed the recent infection control audit achieving 97% for College Lane Surgery and 95% for Thorpe Lane Surgery.

Spirometry Audit 

Our nursing team have achieved 100% on the spirometry audit for the second year running. 

NHS Health Checks

The NHS health check is for anyone aged between 40-74 who has not had an annual health check in the last 5 years. It is aimed at preventing disease run by public health. Patients need to ask reception if they are eligible as there is an exclusion criteria that covers underlying medical conditions e.g. diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease etc...

This is an MOT of the patients current health status- blood tests will be performed before the review so patients can be given the appropriate advice at the appointment.