DO YOU CARE FOR A FRIEND OR RELATIVE?
IF YOU ANSWER YES TO THE ABOVE QUESTION PLEASE CONTACT THE SURGERY SO WE CAN UPDTAE YOUR RECORDS TO REFLECT THIS
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.
For more information go the website https://www.gov.uk/topic/population-screening-programmes
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.