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National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme


The NHS BCSP offers screening every 2 years to all men and women aged 60 to 74.

Screening is the process of identifying people who appear healthy but may be at increased risk of a disease or condition.

People eligible for screening receive an invitation letter explaining the programme, along with an information leaflet explaining the benefits and risks of bowel cancer screening.

About a week later, the programme should send a faecal occult blood sampling kit. The kit includes simple instructions for:

  • completing sampling at home
  • sending the samples to the laboratory

The sample is then processed and the results sent to the individual within 2 weeks.

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Accountable/Named GP for All Patients

The practice is required by the Government under the terms of the latest GP contract to allocate all patients a named accountable GP.

For convenience if you have a medical card your accountable GP will be the named doctor you are registered with, although this may have changed with recent changes to doctors. Patients registering over the last 2-3 years will not have received a medical card as these are no longer routinely sent when registering with a new GP.

The practice does however keep a record of your registered (accountable) GP. If you wish to be told the name of your accountable GP, please ask the receptionists when you are next in the surgery.

Please note: there is no need to telephone the practice for this information.

Where a patient expresses a preference as to which GP they have been assigned, the practice will make reasonable efforts to accommodate this request.

Having a named GP does not prevent you seeing any other doctor in the practice. Your named GP will not be available at all times and if your needs are urgent, you may need to discuss them with an alternative doctor.

 The Practice has been made aware of some patients receiving information through the post about an online service for ordering medications. Although the Haymarket Health Centre (along with other local practices) is named on this mail out it is not associated with the company in any way and is not promoting the service. We would like to reiterate it is patient choice as to which pharmacy service they choose to use. Thank you.

Haymarket Health Centre Mission Statement

To offer the best care possible to our patients within the current health economy

To constantly improve on our care and efficiency

To have a supportive working relationship amongst employers and staff, give staff opportunity to develop skills needed to perform their role the best they can

The doctors and staff at Haymarket Health Centre in Tunstall are proud to offer the highest standard of patient-centred healthcare.

We run many clinics for the management of chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes and offer a wide variety of other medical services including antenatal and postnatal care, minor surgery, childhood vaccinations and well-person check-ups.

Disabled Access

We have two reserved spaces on our Car park for disabled visitors, and access is off the car park to enter through the electronic doors at the front of the building. We also have disabled toilets.

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