News

Telephone Repeat Prescription ordering service to stop

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Except in extreme circumstances from particularly vulnerable patients, the surgery only accepts telephone requests for prescriptions between the hours of 9am and 1pm. But from the 1st of December 2019, the surgery will cease to accept requests for repeat prescriptions over the phone
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Extra support available

Do you know about Kirklees council's Community plus service? Community Plus works with people in our communities. It's all about helping and supporting people and families who might be struggling to lead a better life by connecting them with local resources, groups and individuals. Follow the link for more information.

Thriving Kirklees

Thriving Kirklees is there to offer support for children, young people and families.

Charity fundraising - our "book and cake" "day

On the 12th April 2019 the surgery's patient participation group ran an event to raised money for the Forget me Not childrens hospice. We raised £130.30 altogether. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

Saturday Morning Flu Clinic

On the morning of Saturday 6th October 2018, the surgery ran its annual flu imunisation clinic for eligible patients. During the session 369 people were vaccinated.

Please see our flu page for more information on flu jabs and eligibility for a free NHS flu tab.

Website update

New features added to website

This website is continuously kept upto date. The most frequent changes are on this "News" page. Some updates (for example updates as a result of the new GDPR regulations, on the privacy page) are made without anouncement.

This anouncement is to inform you about new feaures that have been added to the surgery website. On the Contents page, for example, there is now a search box to make it easier to find the content you're looking for. We've also added a handy pregnancy calculator to the Pregnancy page, and height and weight related calculators to the how to lose weight page.

NHS Birthday

NHS 70th Birthday

On the 5th July, 70 years ago, the National Health Service was launched in England. To find out more about how this occasion is being marked, click the logo.

In-house pharmacist

Clinical Pharmacist

A clinical pharmacist has joined the clinical team at Shepley Health Centre.

As part of the team, he can see and consult with patients directly (either over the phone or at a face-to-face appointment at the surgery), is able to prescribe, review and even alter repeat prescriptions. It is expected that his influence will improve the care of some patients with long-term conditions, give patients an extra place to seek advice, and improve the availability for GP's to to see patients to do what they do best, to diagnose and treat complex conditions.

Staffing changes

Mel Hawthornthwaite has stepped down from the post of practice manager, but luckily for us we're not losing her knowledge or experience as she's staying on as part of the reception team.

We were fortunate to be able to recruit Sue Bruffell to take over the position of practice manager. She brings with her a wealth of ideas and experience through her previous work in General Practice Management elsewhere.

Paient Wi-fi at the surgery

NHS wi-fi

We're pleased to announce that we offer free wi-fi internet access to all visitors to Shepley Health Centre. Set up is quick and easy. Please see the posters in the waiting room.

Charity Flu Clinic

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On Saturday 30th October the surgery opened its doors to do a flu clinic. We administered 371 vaccines that day. We'd like to encourage eligible patient who did not attend that session to contact the receptionist to get booked in for their vaccination.

Read more about flu jabs and eligibility here

Our patient Participation Group wanted to use the occasion to try raise money for McMillan cancer relief. And so, they hosted a coffee and cake morning. We managed to raised £422. Thank you to all who contributed and all those who gave up their time to help.

The truth about the state of General Practice

The NHS is currently under tremendous pressure. We are concerned that the media and the government are portraying general practice in a very negative way. The Ivy Grove Practice in Derbyshire have created a short video about the present state of the NHS. To view the video click here.

New Advanced Nurse Practitioner

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Claire Wright, one of our practice nurses, has recently qualified as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. From the start of August Claire will work alongside the doctors in her new role.
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Travel Vaccinations

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Nowadays people are jetting off to more and more exotic locations. The surgery is happy to offer general travel advice, and through our travel immunisations service, we're happy to offer common vaccinations (such as typhoid, hepatitis A, tetanus) and preventative treatment against catching malaria. However, there are some more exotic vaccinations that we cannot offer, such as to rabies, yellow-fever and Japanese-encephalitis.
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Wasted Appointments

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In the Month of April 2019,there were 40 appointments where the patient failed to show up, (this was a typical number). This amounts to over 12 hours of wasted doctor and nurse time. We understand that sometimes conditions get better, or other engagements crop up and people cannot attend their appointment, but if this occurs we ask that you cancel the appointment with as much notice as you can give so that the appointment can be offered to other waiting patients.

Elective Surgery

The C.C.G. has decided to restrict or postpone elective surgery for smokers and overweight patients until they have stopped smoking or lost weight.

This is because the anaesthetic risks and the risks of complications are so much greater in these groups of patients. The long-term outcomes have been shown to be so much better in people who successfully stop smoking and lose weight.

Patients affected will be given a target and a timescale in which to achieve it.

Learn more about how to lose weight and services to aid quitting smoking.