Neasham Road Surgery
186 Neasham Road Darlington County Durham DL1 4YL
Tel: 01325 461128
Fax: 01325 469123
Out of Hours: 111
The Surgery Newsletter – Jan 2020
 

News and Reminders
 

  • You can still have your flu vaccination if you are eligible, please make an appointment at reception
     
  • Our practice learning afternoons will be 14th January, 12th February & 12th March. The practice will close at 12pm and reopen the following day at 7.30am.
     
  • Chemists are no longer able to order your repeat medication(s) on your behalf. You can order online (see over for details), by emailor by handing in your repeat slip at reception (Please note that it can take up to 3 working days for a prescription to be processed).
     
  • We have had 2 of our Nurse Practitioners leave the surgery recently, Vikki Briggs and Sharon Jackson. We have another Nurse Practitioner Heather Hebden starting this month and currently recruiting for another practitioner.
     
  • If you have flu like symptoms or sickness and diarrhoea it is best to stay at home and not come to the surgery.
     
  • If you have a medical emergency or need medical advice when we are closed, ring the 111 service.
     
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    Online Access Account

 

 
 We all lead very busy lives and sometimes we can forgot to order our medications or not able to get to the telephone to book an appointment. Using Systmonline means you can do this over your morning coffee or with a hot chocolate at bed time with no more waiting to get through on the phone.
 
Call into the surgery and complete and sign a consent form, remembering to bring 2 forms of identification. We will give you a user name and password. The either go on to our website www.neashamroadsurgery.co.uk and click on the Systmonline blur logs (as above) or download the Systmonline TPP app from the app store on your phone.
 
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Did you know ??
 

  • The human body has more than 650 muscles.
     
  • The eye muscles are the most active in the body, moving more than 10,000 times a day.

 

  • We can cough up to 60 miles an hour and sneeze up to 100 miles an hour.

 

  • Reading can lower levels of unhealthy stress hormones.

 
 
New year – New you ? is 2020 the year you make some changes ?
 
Healthy Eating
 
Eating a healthy, balances diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best.
This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body.
 
The Eat Well Guide shows that to have a healthy, balanced diet, people should try to:

  • Eat at least 5 portions of fruit or vegetables a day
  • Base meals on starchy foods like potatoes, bread, rice or pasta
  • Have some dairy or diary alternatives (such as soya drinks)
  • Eat some beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other proteins
  • Choose unsaturated oils and spreads (eaten in small amounts)
  • Drink plenty of fluids especially water
     
    If you’re having foods and drinks that are high in fat, salt and sugar, have these less often and in small amounts.
     
    As well as eating healthily, regular exercise may help reduce your risk of getting serious health conditions. It is also important for your overall health and wellbeing.
     
    Quit Smoking 
     
     The Darlington Stop Smoking Hub provides a single point of access for smokers seeking advice and support to quit smoking.
    The Hub provides a range of information and tools via telephone or online to support individuals to stop smoking.
     
    Visit www.darlingtonstopsmokinghub.org.uk or ask at reception for details.
     
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     Screening Services
     
    The NHS provides a variety of screening services. They help detect early signs of illness, therefore it is import for you to have these screening’s done when you are invited.
     
    Cervical Screening
     
    Cervical screening is offered to women aged 25 to 64 to check the health of cells in the cervix. It is offered every three years for those aged 26 to 49, and every five years from the age of 50.
     
    Breast Screening
     
    Breast Screening is offered to women aged 50 to 70 to detect early signs of breast cancer. Women over the age of 70 can self-refer into this service.
     
    Bowel Cancer Screening
     

There are two types of screening for bowel cancer.
Bowel Scope Screening – a test where a thin, flexible tube with a camera at the end is used to look for and remove any polyps inside your bowel. It is a one off test offered to men and women aged 55.
Home Testing Kit  – a kit you use to collect small samples of your poo and post them to a laboratory so they can be checked for tiny amounts of blood (which could be caused by cancer). It is offered to men and women aged 60 to 74 every 2 years (if you are 75 or over, you can ask for a home testing kit every 2 years by calling to free bowel cancer screening helpline on 0800 707 60 60).
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening
 
AAA screening is offered to men in their 65th year to detect abdominal aortic aneurysms (a dangerous swelling in the aorta). Men over 65 can self-refer.
 
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We hope you enjoy these newsletters, the next edition will be published in May.

 

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