New City Medical Centre
Patient Group Autumn Newsletter 2015
How quickly this year has gone by. Already we are into autumn and Christmas is not far away. It has been a busy year in our Practice, with a number of staff changes. Alison Sanderson, Practice Secretary will be leaving for pastures new on Oct.7th We are sorry to lose her and wish her luck in her new role and every success in the future. The Practice is currently recruiting for Alison’s replacement. Adele Nelson, part-time Medical Receptionist left the Practice on 31st July 2015 and we were sorry to say goodbye. She has been replaced by Lauren Foster who joined us on 1stSept. as a full-time Admin-Clerk/Medical Receptionist and we hope she will enjoy working with us. On 12th Aug. We said goodbye to Dr Anna Ord she has been replaced by Dr Siobhan Mc Aleese as a long term locum until a suitable GP replacement is found. In November 2015 Dr Ravi Boora will be joining the Practice as a long term locum covering 8 Clinical Sessions (Surgeries) Dr Boora will be covering Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
We are all being told on a daily basis by our doctors and in the media to look at our bodies, so we thought this would be a good opportunity to remind our Patients how important it is that we examine our bodies and go to see our doctor if we are concerned about anything.
In women this means BREAST EXAMINATION. You should examine your breasts regularly and also have your check-up via a MAMMOGRAM. . There are leaflets available in the practice showing you how to self-examine your breasts, just ask the Nurse Practitioner for an illustrated copy and you can discuss with her what changes you are looking for and if you need further advice. After your first one you will be recalled every three years until you reach 70. Even when you reach 70 you can go on having a Mammogram but YOU MUST BOOK AN APPOINTMENT YOURSELF. Below there are a couple of websites which you might find useful.
In men this is means examining for TESTICULAR Cancer. Self examination can help but do see your GP if you are concerned. Below is a website you may find helpful, or ask at Reception for a leaflet.
|Autumn means flu vaccinations , so can we remind people that it is now time to book your vaccination. Just ask at Reception.|
|A Safe place to be
We should all be able to feel safe wherever we are in our community but sometimes there are problems. Our Practice has signed up to the SUNDERLAND SAFE PLACE SCHEME to give help to anyone who feels threatened, or worried. It may be that you are lost or have lost something, are frightened or been bullied and need somewhere to go for help and to feel safe. Each Safe Place will display a sign showing that it is a ‘Safe Place’ where you can go for help. More information is available from the Practice.
We hope that you will find this Newsletter interesting and that it may persuade you to join our Patient Group.