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Unsolicited Urine Samples

Please do not drop off a urine sample at the Practice because we have stopped accepting unsolicited urine samples. If you suspect that you might have a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) you have a couple of options:-

1. If you are female and between the ages of 16 and 64, you can use the UTI service provided by Day Lewis Pharmacy. Their number is 01531 632693. Please call them first, do not go there with a sample. Once they have spoken to you they might ask you to drop off a sample or they might prescribe antibiotics without the need for a sample. Please note that this service is not available on a Thursday.

2. If you would prefer to speak to the Practice, please call or submit an online request by following the Online Services Link under the Services tab at the top of the Home page. You will receive a call from one of our Duty team and they will ask you questions about your symptoms. They might ask you to submit a sample or thy may be able to prescribe antibiotics without the need for a sample.

Cancer screening and prevention

You may be invited  participate in one of the national cancer screening programmes; either by us, or centrally by the NHS.  It is important that you attend your breast and cervical  screening; if the date is not convenient then please rearrange your appointment.

Below you will find information on 3 types of cancer for which regular screening is available depending on your age and sex.

www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/bowel-cancer

www.youtube.com/watch?v=il6VSceMWfM

www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/breast-cancer

www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cervical-cancer

Are you newly pregnant?

From 1st July 2021 there is a new way for you to register for all your maternity care at Wye Valley NHS Trust.

Unsolicited Urine Samples

October 2021

Please do not drop off a urine sample at the Practice because we have stopped accepting unsolicited urine samples. If you suspect that you might have a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) you have a couple of options:-

1. If you are female and between the ages of 16 and 64, you can use the UTI service provided by Day Lewis Pharmacy. Their number is 01531 632693. Please call them first, do not go there with a sample. Once they have spoken to you they might ask you to drop off a sample or they might prescribe antibiotics without the need for a sample. Please note that this service is not available on a Thursday.

2. If you would prefer to speak to the Practice, please call or submit an online request by following the Online Services Link under the Services tab at the top of the Home page. You will receive a call from one of our Duty team and they will ask you questions about your symptoms. They might ask you to submit a sample or thy may be able to prescribe antibiotics without the need for a sample.

New Shared Care Record delivering better, safer care for all our patients

October 2021

We wanted to let you know that we are finally connecting our systems to offer joined-up health and care records, which will enable better, safer care and treatment for all our patients.

As a GP, it is difficult to provide joined-up care with so many separate systems for handling patient information. These were not connected, meaning that you often had to repeat your story each time you received care at a different organisation, or with a different health professional. The Shared Care Record means up-to-date records will be immediately available to professionals caring for you as a patient, when you need direct care.

It will mean, for instance, a doctor in a hospital, or a paramedic who attends a 999 call will be able to confidentially access the same crucial information that we can at the Practice, such as details of any allergies and current medications, bringing potentially life-saving benefits. Robust security measures are in place to protect your health information and all staff must follow the law on keeping your information confidential.

The Shared Care Record is not the same as the General Practice Data for Planning and Research Directions (GPDPR), which is a national NHS Digital initiative to use GP practice data for research and planning purposes. The Shared Care Record is a local initiative to share information with organisations directly involved in your care to ensure that you receive prompt and appropriate treatment when you need it.

For more information, please visit: https://herefordshireandworcestershireccg.nhs.uk/health-services/shared-care-record

new practice manager

September 2021

We are pleased to announce the arrival of our new Practice Manager, Catherine Simonini.

Catherine has been a Practice Manager for 11 years and previously worked in Oxfordshire. Please feel free to contact her at either catherine.simonini@nhs.net or on her direct line: 01531 825933.

Catherine is looking forward to working to the whole team at Ledbury Health Parternship.

flu vaccine delivery delays

September 2021

Practices across the UK have been informed that flu vaccines deliveries from the supplier Seqirus are going to be delayed by at least one or two weeks due to "unforeseen freight challenges."

That means that UK General Practices will be without vaccines, possibly until the beginning of October. This is completely outside of our control.

Your GP Practice will continue to work hard to change their existing plans and ensure that as soon as delivery dates are received patients will be contacted and appointments booked.

Thank you for your patience.

Welcome to Ledbury Health Partnership

August 2020

St Katherines Surgery and Ledbury Market Surgery merged on 1st August 2020 in order to maintain general practice services in Ledbury and the surrounding area.  This means that everyone now has equal access to both premises, all services and staff. We will continue to use both of the surgery buildings and you will be advised which site to attend when your appointment is booked.

We have combined our many years of experience and expertise to create a very diverse and forward thinking organisation offering an extended range of services to our patients – please take a look around the website to learn more about us.

The COVID pandemic continues to affect how we can offer services to our patients, though the restrictions are lifting slowly. If you are unsure as to how to access our services, or which site to attend for appointments it is important that you ask for advice from the staff who will be happy to help.

How to access services during the current pandemic

September 2021

In March 2020 GP practices were told by the Government to change the way they worked to keep patients and staff as safe as possible during what was a very scary and uncertain time.  These changes included being asked to carry out appointments either on the phone or video wherever possible and offering face to face appointments for examination or treatment when medically necessary. The emphasis nationally in healthcare was to provide urgent care as a priority whilst limiting routine interactions.

You may be aware that our doors are now open and we are delighted to have welcomed our patients back to our reception area, whilst remaining vigilant and conforming to current Government guidelines on how to stay safe including the rules around hands, face, space and fresh air. We are hoping to reintroduce a greater capacity for routine care appointments, both with the GPs and Nurses and we are actively recruiting more GPs.

In order to improve access to health and social care and release GP time for the care of patients with complex medical needs, when you contact the surgery our fully trained Patient Service Advisors will provide information to help you to access the support that is right for you. This will help you to see the right person, to provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time as efficiently as possible.  This includes signposting you to a person or service within the Practice as well as other NHS organisations, social care and in the community.

First Contact Practitioners

What is the role of an FCP?

The role of First Contact Physiotherapists (FCPs) in Primary Care is to assess patients with soft tissue, muscle and joint pain and to plan the most appropriate management pathway.

Who are FCPs and what do they see?

FCPs are physiotherapists with expertise in the assessment and management of the following Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions:-

• All soft tissue injuries, sprains, strains or sports injuries

• Arthritis – any joint

• Possible problems with muscles, ligaments, tendons or bone, egg tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, ankle sprains

• Spinal pain including lower back pain, mid-back pain and neck pain

• Spinal-related pain in arms or legs, including nerve symptoms, egg pins and needles or numbness

• Post-orthopaedic surgery

How do I book an appointment with an FCP?

You can book an appointment via reception, there is no need to see a GP first

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