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Birchwood Medical Practice

Phone:0117 330 4223
Phone:0117 330 4225

** ONLINE GYNAE CLINICS 4-15TH MARCH 2019 *** ( posted on Mar 6, 2019 )


Did you know....?


You do not even have to leave your home to discuss some health needs.


Worried about a gynae problem? Experiencing symptoms that are out of the ordinary?


Talk Health is hosting an Online Clinic on Gynaecologyfrom 4-15 March2019!


With guidance from some of the leading experts in the world gynaecology and obstetrics, this is the perfect opportunity to have your questions answered!


Find out more here: http://bit.ly/2W71RFD #talkgynae


Dr Diana Warner Is Retiring!!! Congratulations! ( posted on Feb 28, 2019 )


Dr Warner joined us in 2016 to help out when Dr Lewis took a sabbatical and she liked it so much here she never left!

However, now is the time that Dr Warner will be retiring. Well, we say retiring but knowing her, it is likely to be a very active retirement fighting for the environment and the future of our planet for generations to come.

Dr Warner wanted to let her patients know her last day is on Tuesday 12th March and that you have been fabulous patients making her time here so enjoyable.

We hope you join us in wishing Dr Warner a super retirement!


Over The Counter Medicines Prescribing Changes ( posted on Feb 26, 2019 )


Did you know....?


Prescribing of over the counter medicines is changing!


Your GP will not generally give you a prescription for over the countermedicines for a range of minor health concerns as listed in the picture below.


Instead, over the counter medicines are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket. The team of health professionals at your local pharmacy can offer help and clinical advice to manage minor health concerns and if your symptoms suggest it’s more serious, they’ll ensure you get the care you need.


Please help the NHS to use resources sensibly.


You may still be prescribed a medicine for a condition on the list if:


• You need treatment for a long-term condition, e.g. regular pain relief for chronic arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease.

• You need treatment for more complex forms of minor illnesses, e.g. migraines that are very bad and where over the countermedicines do not work.

• You need an over the counter medicine to treat a side effect of a prescription medicine or symptom of another illness, e.g. constipation when taking certain painkillers.

• The medicine has a licence which doesn’t allow the product to be sold over the counter to certain groups of patients. This could include babies, children or women who are pregnant or breast-feeding.

• The person prescribing thinks that a patient cannot treat themselves, for example because of mental health problems or severe social vulnerability.


Carers - Are YOU a Carer? ( posted on Feb 4, 2019 )




Did you know....?


There are a lot of people who are carers that don't even know it. You don't have to wear a uniform!

If you do any of the following YOU may be a carer:


* Emotional support – sitting and listening to the person you care for (family member, neighbour, friend)

* Household jobs – extra domestic chores such as cleaning, cooking, washing up, shopping and ironing

* Medical care – helping with medicine and injections

* Personal care – helping with washing, dressing, feeding or taking them to the toilet

* Physical care – helping them to move around the house or go out


Carers are at a much higher risk of becoming ill themselves and your GP can help keep you fit and well by recognising the effects caring can have on your health, such as depression, stress, high blood pressure or back pain.


Many carers are inclined to ignore symptoms because they worry about being ill when caring for others. It is important that carers look after themselves as it is not possible to look after someone else without first looking after yourself.


So be prepared to share with your GP how much caring you are doing and any health concerns.

Please speak to any of our team members about being added to our Carers Register - we offer extra support to our registered carers.


There is also excellent support available through the Carers Support Centre locally.



And remember - a carer can be any age! Many young people are carers for

their relatives and there is support for everyone.

LET'S BEAT TYPE 2 DIABETES TOGETHER! ( posted on Jan 16, 2019 )

We are pleased to advise the peer group is now set up and the volunteers are now seeking more peers to attend!


On the 23rd January Dr Alsop from Brooklea Health Centre will

be presenting an education event on Diet & Lifestyle

including support for those fussier eaters.


Do come on down - no need to register in advance, just come to Brooklea at 6.30pm on Weds 23rd Jan


We look forward to seeing you there.