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Our patients get their dancing shoes on

Patients and carers from Wigan GP practices came together to dance in the face of dementia. Around 100 people attended SSP Health’s Tea Dance to raise awareness of the condition and there was music, laughter and, yes, lots of dancing! Patients from the practices Claire House, in Ince, Lower Ince Surgery, Higher Ince Surgery and Platt Bridge Medical Centre were…

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SSP Health practices support NHS research

All our practices work with the NHS National Institute for Health Research to promote research and offer our patients the opportunity to take part in ethically approved research studies. Research has always been at the heart of NHS, mainly through hospitals; however, research will become standard practice within GP surgeries.  Research allows the NHS to continually improve treatments and discover…

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Practices officially Breastfeeding Friendly

Our practices are now officially Breastfeeding Friendly! All SSP Health’s GP practices in Wigan and Leigh have made a commitment to say breast is best and support breastfeeding mums. All 14 of SSP Health’s practices in the borough, and their five branch sites, are committed to giving breastfeeding mothers a safe, supportive and welcoming place to feed their babies, either…

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Come to and dance in the face of dementia

SSP Health is raising awareness of dementia by holding a Tea Dance for patients and their carers and friends. The event - which is now SOLD OUT - will include a singer, Paul Jordan, information from dementia and care charities, tea, coffee and cake - and, of course, lots of dancing! The event is being run by SSP Health for…

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We want to recruit salaried GPs

We require dynamic and enthusiastic full or part-time GPs in our SSP Health practices across the North West of England, which are highly rated by the CQC. GPs are needed in the areas listed below, although the ultimate location will be decided by mutual agreement: • Wigan, Leigh and Ashton-in-Makerfield • Widnes • Sefton • St Helens • Newton le…

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Patients urged to use the NHS App

If you are an SSP Health patient, you can now use the new #nhsapp, a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet. You can use the #nhsapp to check your symptoms and get instant advice, book appointments, order repeat prescriptions, view your GP medical record and more. For more information go…

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GP practices salute our veterans

A veteran has pioneered better understanding of the healthcare needs of those who served in the armed forces. Simon Carr, Practice Manager at Poplar Street Surgery, in Tyldesley, and Nelson Street Surgery, in Atherton, has ensured his surgeries have become accredited in ensuring excellent care for former military personnel. Before Simon became an SSP Health Practice Manager he was a…

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Nurses are hailed as fine Fellows

TWO dedicated Practice Nurses have been recognised for their continued professional development. Jodie Baczynski and Katie Holt have completed their training to become Practice Nurse Fellows in an initiative in collaboration with Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group. The two nurses, employed by SSP Health, have been given formal structured theoretical education in General Practice Nursing, supported by practical skills training…

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SSP Health Director welcomes NHS findings of high confidence in GPs

SSP Health Director and GP Dr Shikha Pitalia wrote to newspapers in the region to express her optimism in primary care after new research by the NHS showed that more than nine in 10 patients have confidence in their family doctor. The findings come shortly after the creation of Primary Care Networks, bringing in ideas of efficiencies of scale and…

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Award-winning nurse is a video star

SSP Health Practice Nurse Janine Hussey was given the honour of having a video made of her hard work for patients. Janine was named People's Champion at the recent Greater Manchester Health and Care Champion Awards and organisers created the video for the awards ceremony to explain why Janine was a clear winner. Janine, pictured, who works at The Height…

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