Clinics and Services
Our surgeries provide the following services for all registered patients:
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- Advice on preventing illness
- Advice on managing a long term health condition
- Cervical screening (smear tests)
- Contraceptive services (emergency and routine)
- Childhood immunisation
- Travel vaccinations
- Women’s health
- Men’s health
- Child health
- Cardiovascular care including – anticoagulant dosing, ischaemic heart disease screening, prevention and management, other circulatory disease screening, prevention and management
- Diabetes clinic
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) clinic
- Asthma clinic
- Chronic kidney disease monitoring
- Palliative (end of life) care
- Health screening
- Cholesterol and blood sugar testing
- Blood pressure checks
Bury Staying Well Team Information
The Staying Well Team is a project for over 50’s provided by Bury Council. The Staying Well Team will help you to ensure you are receiving great all round care and support, so that you can enjoy good health and maintain your independence.
The Staying Well Team will be able to provide you with advice, support and assistance to enable you to remain healthy, happy and independent for longer.
Once we have taken some basic details a Staying Well Co-ordinator will telephone you and have an informal discussion to help you identify what’s going well and what’s not going so well by using the Quality of Life Tool. We will assist, support and signpost you into services that can help you to maintain or improve your health and wellbeing
Individuals who qualify for the service include those:
- Aged 50 years and above
- Registered with the targeted GPpractice
- Resident in the community
Anyone can refer someone they know whether you are a professional working with someone or a friend or family member. You can also refer yourself to the service by simply ringing 0161 253 5151 or emailing email@example.com.
Further information can be found at: https://theburydirectory.co.uk/services/older-peoples-staying-well-team
First Contact Practitioner (FCP) Service
Who will I be seen by in this service?
You will be seen by a First Contact Practitioner who is a highly skilled and regulated autonomous physiotherapist specialising in musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions.
What is an MSK First Contact Practitioner?
An MSK First Contact Practitioner (FCP) is a highly skilled and regulated autonomous musculoskeletal specialist physiotherapist. They are the first point of contact for patients presenting to their GP practice with an MSK condition.
How will they be able to help me?
They will be able to assess, diagnose and fully manage your care in relation to your presenting condition. Where appropriate, they will arrange any necessary investigations, as well as making referrals to services such as physiotherapy or for a surgical opinion.
They will also support you to self-manage your condition and consider lifestyle factors which may impact on your general physical and mental wellbeing as well as providing work-related advice.
Beacon Service - Social Prescribing Link Workers
What is the Beacon Service?
The Beacon Service is a social prescribing service.
What is social prescribing?
“Social Prescribing, sometimes referred to as community referral, is a means of enabling GP’s, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services.” – NHS
“Social prescribing involves helping patients to improve their health, wellbeing and social welfare by connecting them to community services which might be run by the council or a local charity.” – NHS
The service is here to support those who:
- Are 18+ and registered with a Bury GP. This service is flexible to individual needs, therefore if it is thought that if a person will benefit from Social Prescribing then we will endeavour to support them. Social Prescribing is not in place of clinical services, but in addition to. If you feel you would benefit from speaking to a Social Prescribing Link Worker, you can self-refer into this service by contacting 0161 518 5550. Alternatively, your GP can also refer you to the service.
If any patient feels they would benefit from speaking to or accessing any of these services, please include this in your AskMyGP request, or bring it to the attention of a member of the Practice team.
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General Practice Community Pharmacy Consultation Scheme (GP CPCS)
What is this new service about?
From September 2021, when you call the Practice, you will be asked about your symptoms. If they indicate that you can best be helped by a pharmacist, you will be offered a same day private consultation with a community pharmacist of your choice. Community pharmacists have already successfully seen thousands of patients for a consultation for a minor illness, following a call to NHS 111. This new way of arranging consultations with the pharmacist by a GP practice, has been successfully piloted around the country.
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Why are we doing this?
Pharmacists are qualified healthcare professionals and experts in medicines. They can offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines for all sorts of minor illnesses, and a same day consultation can be arranged quickly and at a time to suit you. This in turns frees up GP appointments for those people with more complex symptoms who really need to see a GP.
What happens when I see the community pharmacist?
We will share your personal details with the pharmacist and details of your minor illness and the pharmacist will contact you to arrange your consultation on the same day, or at a time that suits you. You may be seen in person in a private consulting room, if the pharmacist thinks it appropriate, or your consultation may be carried out over the phone or via video. You will be asked about your medical history and symptoms and current medication, in the same way the GP would ask you about them. Usually, the pharmacist will provide you with advice and can sell you an over-the-counter product where needed, if you choose. They will also send details of your consultation back to us for our records. If the pharmacist feels you need to be seen by a GP urgently, they will call us to ensure you are seen, or they will advise you to contact the hospital Emergency Department if deemed necessary. You may also be referred back to us to arrange a non-urgent appointment or follow up.
What if I get free prescriptions from my GP?
Your pharmacist will provide you with advice on how to treat your symptoms, which may include a medicine or product. Medicines that can be purchased in a pharmacy to treat minor illnesses, are usually inexpensive and would not normally be prescribed by your GP anyway. You are free to choose if you wish to make a purchase or not. Some pharmacies provide additional NHS services to eligible patients, such as allowing pharmacists to supply certain OTC items and prescription-only medicines free of charge to patients who are exempt from prescription charges – if you are eligible, your pharmacist will discuss this with you.
What happens if I don’t want to see the pharmacist?
We want to ensure that you are offered an appointment with the most appropriate qualified health care professional based on your symptoms. If you have minor illness symptoms that can be treated the same day through a consultation with a qualified community pharmacist, but do not want to accept this referral, you will be offered a routine appointment with your GP. It is worth bearing in mind that community pharmacists are at the forefront of the NHS and understand their local community and patients’ needs. Pharmacists have extensive knowledge on health conditions and medicines and are able to provide appropriate advice on a range of health topics and therefore, where a patient requires health advice not related to their referral a pharmacist is well placed to provide this advice. If necessary, patients can be referred back to their GP, for example if further clinical examination is required or red flag symptoms have been identified. Many patients are happy to receive advice from their local community pharmacist for a number of reasons, such as:
- Pharmacies are highly accessible
- Longer opening hours
- No appointment is needed
- They have private consultation rooms
- Pharmacists are trusted healthcare professionals
- Informal environment
95 per cent of the population are within 20 minutes of their local pharmacy, and where patients are not able to attend the pharmacy, the pharmacist may be able to consult with patients via phone or video call where available.
What if the patient is my child?
All patients aged over one years are eligible to use this service and can be seen by the pharmacist. Children who are able to make their own decision about their health may be seen unaccompanied.
Why is this a good thing for patients?
Community pharmacies are local, open longer hours than the GP practice and can offer you the same consultation outcome at a time that is more convenient for you. Pharmacists are highly qualified healthcare professionals who are experienced in recognising and managing a wide range of conditions and minor illnesses. Pharmacists have expert knowledge of medicines and are able to determine when to refer patients to seek additional medical help. If the pharmacist thinks you need to see the GP, they can help arrange an urgent appointment for you. Patients who have already used the service liked the convenience of having a consultation on the same day, or a day that suited them, at a pharmacy of their choice. Around 90% of people who had a consultation with a community pharmacist were successfully helped.