“I won’t get sleighed by flu – and neither should you!” Santa urges over 65s to get their jab done before flu season gets going

14th December 2018|Latest News|

Santa took a break from grotto duties this week to pop into Prestwich Pharmacy to get his free flu jab, and make double sure he’s on top-form for the festive season. As with all over 65s, Santa is eligible for a free flu vaccination, available from pharmacies or GP surgeries. This year there is a specific vaccination that has [...]

Know what’s open this Christmas

13th December 2018|Latest News|

Patients are being urged to get organised and pick up prescription medicines before the Christmas holidays start and to book appointments on days within the holidays when the surgeries are open as usual. GP services will only be limited on Bank Holidays. On all other regular working days surgeries are open from 8am to 6.30pm as [...]

Get organised and stock up on medicines before Christmas

6th December 2018|Latest News|

Local GPs and pharmacists are advising people in Bury to get organised by ordering and collecting any repeat prescriptions before the Christmas holidays start and keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home. The top must-haves in your medicines cabinet to help you deal with the most common illnesses and winter ailments are: Painkillers such as aspirin, [...]

Over 65s urged to get vaccinated before flu season hits

30th November 2018|Latest News|

Health bosses are encouraging older people to have their free flu vaccination and get protected against the virus ahead of winter. Stocks of the flu vaccine designed for over 65s are fully available – meaning anyone who still needs the jab can get it before the flu season hits. With flu rates currently low, there is [...]

Health decision makers to meet later this month

21st November 2018|Latest News|

NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) next routine Primary Care Commissioning Committee and Governing Body meetings are scheduled to take place on Wednesday 28th November. Members of the public are invited to come along to observe. Both meetings will be held at Townside Primary Care Centre, Knowsley Place in Bury (5th floor). The Primary Care Commissioning [...]

Local meet ups help vulnerable patients in Unsworth to get more active and involved

16th November 2018|Latest News|

A GP practice in Unsworth has organised local meet ups for some of their most vulnerable patients to help them get more active. For some years now Unsworth Medical Centre in Bury has been linking with a group of their older patients, some living with dementia, to encourage them to do more activities and to help [...]

Local GPs praised for going the extra mile!

26th October 2018|Latest News|

Two GPs from GP practices in Bury have been praised at a recent health awards for their care, commitment and going the extra mile. Patients and carers from Bury were asked to nominate members of their GP practice team for a ‘Patient Choice’ award. Hosted by NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the Patient Choice award was [...]

New test for patients with digestive problems reduces the need for hospital investigations

12th October 2018|Latest News|

A new type of quick and pain free test has been introduced into GP practices across Bury, reducing the need for some patients presenting with digestive problems to have invasive tests at hospital. The new ‘Faecal Calprotectin’ test checks for levels of a protein called Calprotectin in the gut. The protein is present in a stool [...]

Innovative ‘Red Bags’ help care home residents admitted to hospital be discharged quicker

3rd October 2018|Latest News|

A new ‘Red Bag’ scheme has launched in Bury to ensure care home residents receive quick, personalised and effective treatment should they be admitted to hospital in an emergency. The scheme, which launches this month, will see care homes for the elderly in Bury provide their residents with a Red Bag. The Red Bag contains a patient [...]

Decision made to reduce IVF provision for patients registered with a Bury GP

27th September 2018|Latest News|

From October 2018, any new applications to seek funding for IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) services will be capped to one funded cycle for Bury patients. The decision to reduce provision in this area from the current offer of up to three funded cycles, to one, was made at this week’s meeting of NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning [...]