Lung Cancer Awareness Month

This November marks Lung Cancer Awareness Month. The national Lung Cancer charity Roy Castle is calling for people to drop the taboos and to have an open and honest conversation about lung cancer. The campaign, which is called ‘Follow My Lead’ and believes that every cancer diagnosis is different and so is everyone’s way of managing their diagnosis. You can …

We are all in this together

On Saturday 31st October, Boris Johnson announced that England will go into a National lockdown from today. The Prime Minister said, he expected the latest restriction to last for four weeks, into the 2nd December, when regional restrictions will be reintroduced. This lockdown will be slightly different to the one that we entered in March: while pubs, bars, restaurants, non …

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

With everything that is going on in the world at the moment alongside navigating day-to-day life it’s almost impossible to check off everything from your ‘to do’ list. We know that vital cancer screenings were paused at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic but as services open again, we are here to remind you to attend your routine breast screening …

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Travel safely during the coronavirus outbreak

As the lockdown is eased, many are ready to jet off for some much needed relaxation. Although, on 4th July, the UK announced the reduction of travel restrictions to nearly 50 destination, some being subject to quarantine restrictions from the destination country, there is still a pandemic, along with no uniformly implemented health and safety guidelines. If you are in …

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The Question is No Longer ‘If’, but ‘When’.

This coming flu season has been hailed as the ‘biggest ever’, and not without reason. This year will see a coming together of challenges: more people eligible for flu vaccination and continued concerns around a ‘second wave’ of COVID-19. As such, CCGs, STPs, and other regional NHS bodies have been busily planning how best to execute their flu vaccinations this …

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Are you a carer?

Carers week is the annual National campaign that aims to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a family member or friend who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, cannot cope …

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What really goes down at a cervical screening?

Cervical cancer is the most common form of cancer in women under 35 with two women in the UK per day dying from the disease. Although these statistics have been floating around for many years, many women put off going to the appointment for numerous reasons, one being embarrassment. When going for a smear test, the visit to the GP …

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What causes sickle cell?

On the 19th June we supported World Sickle Cell Day, a day in which we encourage those living with sickle cell and empower them to achieve their full potential. Our goal is to simplify access to NHS services which involves generating awareness and creating support for patients, parents, carers and the wider family. Sickle cell, also known as SCD, is …

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What you need to know about Coronavirus

Over the past month, there have been a lot of discussions in the news regarding the Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), a new respiratory illness that has not previously been seen in humans. Like other coronaviruses, it has come from animals and many of those initially infected, either worked or frequently shopped in the Huanan seafood wholesale market in the centre of the …

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One of the best: Castle Medical Practice

We are currently touring practices across the UK, meeting practices that have the highest number of patients engaged with online services through myGP. We want to understand the benefits that myGP has brought to staff and patients, as well as learning and sharing any hints and tips practices have for promoting myGP to its patients. We took a trip down …