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SSP in awards spotlight

SSP continues to impress in healthcare awards, with our Newton Medical Centre and Leigh Family Practice being highlighted recently. Newton Medical Centre has been named Practice Of The Year. The honour was given by the University of Liverpool GP Society for the ongoing support that the Newton-le-Willows surgery gives to medical students. The society said when announcing the award: “This…

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SSP's commitment to the armed forces

SSP Health has shown its commitment to our armed forces and veterans by pledging to support them in its GP practices across the North West. SSP has signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant, which supports regular, reservist and former personnel and their families, ensuring they are not disadvantaged in the services they require and giving special consideration to their…

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Our surgeries are very much open for patients

A SSP Health lead GP has urged people not to neglect their health and to contact their surgery with medical concerns despite the new Coronavirus restrictions. Dr Atif Shafique said GP surgeries were ‘open for business’ despite the new tiered restrictions beginning today in many areas of the North West. Dr Shafique said: “Despite the new rules in place, GP…

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National recognition for SSP Health

SSP Health has been recognised nationally for its success in improving GP practices. The GP federation was shortlisted in the BMJ Awards, the UK’s premier healthcare awards which reward inspirational work done in the sector. SSP Health was a finalist in the Primary Care Team section of the awards, organised by the British Medical Journal, after making significant improvements to…

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Patients' Charter is updated

SSP Health has updated its Patients' Charter, which outlines the responsibilities our patients have when attending our surgeries during the pandemic. Please read it. Thanks!   SSP HEALTH COVID-19 PATIENT CHARTER   During this current crisis, our practice and SSP Health takes the protection and safety of our staff and patients very seriously. May we politely request that to help…

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Time for your flu vaccination?

The flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk from flu and its complications. Flu can be unpleasant, but if you're otherwise healthy, it'll usually clear up on its own in about a week. But flu can be more severe in certain people, such as: anyone aged 65 and over pregnant women children and adults with an underlying health…

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SSP Health launches Patient Newsletter

SSP Health has launched a new quarterly newsletter for patients, giving them advice, support and tips. The SSP Health Patient Newsletter will go out seasonally and the Summer edition has been released to patients across its 36 practice sites in the North West, with access via the web and social media, and links being sent out via text. The magazine-style…

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SSP Director features in best practice guide

A best practice guide has published an article by SSP Health Director, GP Dr Shikha Pitalia, about how Wigan GPs quickly changed their model of primary care to cope with Coronavirus. Dr Pitalia, who is also Chair of the Wigan GP Alliance, is featured in the Best Practice Bulletin describing how the borough's 60 GP practices in Wigan and Leigh…

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Training award for SSP Health doctor

An SSP Health doctor has been given an award for his dedication to the training of medical students. GP Dr Zulquarnain Shah received the GP Tutor of the Year 2019/2020 award from the University of Central Lancashire. His Colne Road Surgery practice, in Burnley, works with a number of students during the academic year and Dr Shah received the award…

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Exemptions to wearing face masks

The wearing of a face covering is now mandatory in shops and on public transport. This is to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Some groups of people are exempt from this requirement including children under the age of 11; people with disabilities; those with breathing difficulties; those travelling with someone who relies on lip reading. These groups of people,…

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