Are you aged 60-74? Free bowel cancer screening kits now available.
Local residents aged 60-74 are encouraged to take part in the bowel cancer screening programme to help improve early diagnosis.
Residents within this age bracket who are registered with a GP, will receive an NHS bowel cancer screening kit through the post every two years, and are encouraged to take the simple test that can be done in the privacy of your own home.
The risk of bowel cancer increases with age, with over 80 per cent of cases presenting in people aged 60 or over. The screening is encouraged to detect bowel cancer at an early stage when no symptoms are displayed, as this is when treatment is likely to be most effective.
Evidence demonstrates that bowel cancer screening can reduce the risk of dying by 16 per cent. When diagnosed at the earliest stage, more than 9 in 10 people will survive the disease for more than 5 years.
To order your free home testing kit call 0800 707 60 60. People over the invitation age can continue to be screened by calling the number above.
If you have concerns or need more advice you can contact your GP, or for more information on bowel cancer screening visit: www.chorleysouthribbleccg.nhs.uk/bowel-cancer
Important Changes to the funding of certain medicines and treatments
The CCGs are making some changes in relation to low priority prescribing, in line with many other NHS organisations in Lancashire and nationally.
We are proposing to stop the funding of medicines or treatments that are readily available over the counter in pharmacies or on the shelves in shops and supermarkets. These include:
Treatments for minor ailments, including medicines like paracetamol, ibuprofen, head lice lotion and indigestion tablets.
Treatments where there is little evidence that they have a real clinical benefit, including cough syrups, nasal congestion sprays, sore throat products and vitamin supplements.
Gluten free bread and flour.
In some cases there will still be exceptions to this, such as the prescribing of these treatments for people with long term conditions, for babies and children, for breastfeeding mothers or when caring for people at the end of their life.
Please check the website for further updates.
Accident and Emergency departments provide immediate emergency care for people who show the symptoms of serious illness or are badly injured, for example choking, chest pain, severe bleeding and blacking out.
If you telephone 999 and tell the operator that there is a medical emergency, a response vehicle may be sent to your location.
Emergency services are very busy. They should be used for serious and life-threatening injuries and conditions only.
If you need any urgent advice, call NHS 111 or call your normal GP (family doctor) surgery and listen for the instructions on how to contact the GP our of hours service. You should also call NHS 111 if you need emergency dental care.
Your local pharmacist is a highly trained healthcare professional who can give you advice on common illnesses and the medicines you need to treat them.
Most pharmacies have a quiet area away from other customers where you can speak to the pharmacist more privately.
Visit your local pharmacy when you are suffering from a common health problem which means you don’t need to be seen by a nurse or doctor.
If you need any specific support in relation to pharmacy services, you can contact NHS England, which is the commissioning organisation for pharmacy services.
Roslea, Ryan's and Riverside Medical Centre....working in collaboration!
The partners at the Riverside Medical Centre are pleased to announce the beginning of a more formal working arrangement between the three medical centres serving Bamber Bridge and its surrounding areas. The agreement, signed earlier this week will enable the three practices to join up their approaches in respect of local health care initiatives; the first of which will be the Primary Care Support Scheme - an initiative intended to enhance the health needs of the 'over-75' population.
The Riverside Medical Centres partners are very much looking forward to exploring the opportunities, and dealing with the challenges, that such an arrangement brings, but firmly believe this is a step in the right direction to enhancing primary care health service in the locality.
We hope you enjoy having a look around the site and familiarising yourself with some of the online features such as ordering a repeat prescription /booking an appointment.
Whatever your thoughts, be sure to let us know via our Patient feedback function . Let us know what we are doing right....and also anything you feel we are doing wrong, which can then be addressed and hopefully rectified for your future contact with the practice.
Comments and suggestions are always a great way of helping us continue to enhance the way we look after you.
(Site updated 13/03/2017)