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Access to Medical Records

Online ServicesIf you are signed up to our online patient services module SystmOnline, as well as having access to booking appointments, ordering repeat prescriptions and updating your personal details, you can now also apply to view your medical record online. To do so you will need to read / fill out the additional forms below:
Application for online access to medical records (PDF)
Further information about online access to medical records (PDF) 

NHS 'cover up mate' campaign

In the past 10 years, skin cancer rates in the UK have increased by 59% in men and 36% in women. Many local areas across the South have higher rates of malignant melanoma than the national average.

Top sun safe tips:

-Use at least factor 15 sunscreen in the sun and use plenty of it.
-Apply sunscreen to all exposed skin – don’t forget your neck and ears and your head if you have thinning or no hair.
-Wear sunglasses and a hat.
-Take particular care if have fair skin, moles or freckles, red or fair hair, or light-coloured eyes

Further advice on sun safety can be found here

cervical screening awareness

12th-18th June 2017 is Cervical Screening Awareness Week, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of cervical screening for women of all ages and its role in preventing cancer, to encourage women to go for their screening test when invited or to contact their GP to ensure they are up-to-date with their screening. Did you Know:

  • - 1 in 4 women do not attend their smear test.
  • - People with Learning Disabilities are 45% less likely to be screened compared to those ;without learning disabilities.
  • - Every day eight women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and three die from the disease.
  • - Cervical screening saves 5,000 lives a year in the UK

For further information, please visit the Jo's Trust website or watch this video for women with mild and moderate learning disabilities.

National diabetes audit

Steyning Medical Practice is taking part in an important national project about diabetes care and treatment in the NHS. The project is called the National Diabetes Audit (NDA). The NDA checks whether people with diabetes are getting good care by collecting infomation from GP practices and hospitals. The use of this information is controlled by law and strict rules of confidentiality. Taking part can help improve understanding of the quality of care for people with diabetes, however, you can choose not to take part.

For further information about how your information is used please read this NDA patient information leaflet.

Mental health awareness

During Mental Health Week, the staff at Steyning Medical Practice raised £60.00 towards research to help those effected by mental illness.

There are many useful resources on the Mental Health Foundation website but we have placed a few links to particular patient leaflets you might find helpful here:

How to look after your mental health using exercise
How to overcome fear and anxiety
How to look after your mental health
How to look after your mental health using mindfulness
How to sleep better
How to look after your mental health in later life

childhood vaccinations

The week 24th to the 30th April was World Immunisation Awareness Week, during which the NHS was reminding parents and carers of the importance of vaccinating their child against a host of serious diseases.

The vaccination jabs which children receive in their early years – between birth and when they first go to school – are very important in helping them build protection against infections such as meningitis, diphtheria, polio, measles and mumps. These diseases are in circulation and an infection can cause serious complications, particularly for a child. But it is not only the child who is protected, vaccination programmes protect the whole population by making it harder for a disease to spread to others./p>

It is particularly important that children are fully up-to-date with all their jabs before they start school for the first time, which is when they come into contact with more potential sources of infection.The vast majority of parents do ensure their child has been fully protected, but there are many children who are missing doses and are therefore at risk.

More information is available on the NHS Choices website, and if in any doubt that your child is missing important vaccinations you should speak to your GP. Play your part and help spread the message to family and friends and help to ensure children are fully protected.

About your health and care record

Wherever you visit an NHS service in England a record is created for you. This means medical information about you can be held in various places, including your GP practice, any hospital where you've had treatment, your dentist practice, and so on. Find out more about your health and care record at the NHS Choices website  

Guide to coughs, colds, Earache & sore throats in childred

Having an ill child can be a very scary experience for parents. If you understand more about the illness it can help you to feel more in control. This booklet is for parents (and older children) and deals with common infections in children who are normally healthy. Please download this PDF Booklet here

Self Care Leaflets

We have recently added some new files to our list of downloadable PDF patient advice leaflets. Please do have a look at them if you are suffering from a common ailment as they contain some very helpful advice on what symptoms you can expect and when to seek medical advice.

When to Have Vaccinations

flu clinics at Steyning Health CentreWe have produced a short leaflet recommending when to have certain vaccinations (Shingles, Men ACWY, Pneumococcal, Whooping Cough). You can also view the recommended childhood immunisation schedule page of our website

Shingles & Pneumococcal (pneumonia) Vaccination

Dr Galloway has recommended at risk groups should have the Pneumococcal vaccination to protect against pneumonia and that those of you aged 70, 71, 72, 78, 79 on 1st September 2015 should have the Shingles vaccination. (The middle 70’s age group will be covered in the next 2/3 years). Both the Shingles and Pneumococcal vaccinations are one off vaccines, if you haven’t taken up the offer please do book an appointment. Please visit the links below for further information:

Pneumococcal vaccination - advice from NHS Choices
Shingles vaccination - advice from NHS Choices

Electronic Prescribing Scheme (EPS)

Electronic Prescribing SchemeThis system has embedded well and with very few hitches. For many years the doctors have had to print or write a green prescription and sign it and then for the patient to collect it and take it to the pharmacy. The pharmacist was meant to recognise the signature and then dispense. Well no longer! The admin team now put the request onto our clinical system, the GP approves and signs the request electronically and seconds later it is ready for the pharmacist to download. But this can only happen if you have nominated a pharmacy; so if you haven’t already done so, when you next make a medication request please do so.

Named Accountable GP

All patients have now been allocated a named accountable GP in accordance with our GMS contract and NHS England. Patients are still able to request an appointment to see any GP of their choice. To find out who you have been allocated, please ask at Reception when you are next in the surgery or you can find the information on your repeat prescription slip.

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