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Coronavirus information

CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION   If you think you have Coronavirus and have symptoms, which can include a cough and/or fever, DO NOT come into your GP practice or visit any other health facility, including a pharmacy. Please stay at home and look at the NHS 111 web pages below for advice and information. Anyone who has a new, continuous cough and/or…

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Update on prescription guidelines

Your GP, nurse or pharmacist will now not generally give you a prescription for over the counter medicines for a range of minor health concerns. Instead, over the counter medicines are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket in your local community. The team of health professionals at your local pharmacy can offer help and clinical advice to manage minor…

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SSP Director writes for national magazine

SSP Health Director and GP, Dr Shikha Pitalia, has written a feature for health professionals magazine, Pulse. The feature has been published, giving other GP practices an insight into the benefits and possible concerns about inviting the media into a busy GP practice. One of SSP Health's surgeries, Bolton Medical Centre, was the venue for a live broadcast by Radio…

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SSP practice continues to be Outstanding

Healthcare inspectors agree that our Salford GP practice continues to give Outstanding care to its patients. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has recently reviewed how The Height General Practice operates and is happy to continue to rate the quality of its services as ‘Outstanding’. The SSP Health practice, in Irlams o’ th’ Height, was first given an Outstanding rating by…

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Smiles and scones for SSP dementia patients

Dementia patients and their carers from SSP Health practices came together for a spot of afternoon tea at an event that highlighted the support on offer to them across Wigan and Leigh. Patients and their carers from Poplar Street Surgery in Tyldesley, Bee Fold Medical Centre, in Atherton, and Astley General Practice, in Astley – were invited to the get-together…

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New surgeries open at weekends in Wigan

From this weekend, there is a more choice for patients in Wigan and Leigh who need an out-of-hours GP appointment. From Sunday (09/02/2020), Wigan GP Alliance will be opening up new surgeries in Shevington and Leigh where patients can see doctors on Saturdays and Sundays, along with current venues in Ashton, Hindley, Wigan town centre, Pemberton and Tyldesley. To book…

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SSP Health features on BBC video

When SSP Health hosted a Radio 5 Live broadcast at its Bolton Medical Centre, the BBC's social media team also made a video of the staff giving their views about the pressures that GP practices are currently facing. The interviews went out live on 5 Live Drive, hosted by BBC presenter Tony Livesey, and featured staff including SSP Health Director…

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Information on Coronavirus

Two cases of Coronavirus, a new illness from China, have been confirmed in Newcastle this morning (Friday, January 31). Both cases are from the same family and are being treated in quarantine. The NHS and SSP Health practices are fully prepared for any eventualities if this illness spreads within the UK. If you need more information or advice about Coronavirus,…

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BBC show comes live from SSP Health practice

It was great to host BBC Radio’s 5 Live Drive show at our Bolton Medical Centre, giving listeners a snapshot of life in a GP practice. With features and interviews with our staff and patients, the programme revealed the pressures that GP surgeries face and how Bolton Medical Centre and its nearby sister surgery of Bolton General Practice – with…

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New prescription service

Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) If you get regular prescriptions the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) may be able to save you time by saving you unnecessary trips to your GP. The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) allows your GP to send your prescription directly to your chosen pharmacy without a paper prescription. Find out more about the Electronic Prescription Service visit http://www.hscic.gov.uk/epspatients or speak to your…

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