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Healthcare leader visits SSP

It was great to host Wigan Borough CCG MD Prof Craig Harris at our regular SSP Health meeting with Practice Managers and GPs. There was lots of discussion about how we can all further improve healthcare in the primary sector across our practices in Wigan and Leigh and throughout the wider borough. All 14 of our practices across the borough…

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Wendy celebrates 25 years of service

Regional Manager Wendy, who leads our Newton practices, began work at Newton-le-Willows’ Bridge Street Surgery (its name was changed to Newton Medical Centre when it moved premises in 2012) on September 4, 1994, as a receptionist and was promoted to Practice Manager in 2001.    Wendy, pictured with flowers awarded to her for her long service, said: “The practice was…

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Practice gains award for teaching

The awards keep coming for our team at Bee Fold Medical Centre, in Atherton, Wigan. The teaching and training practice is delighted to have been given a Teaching Excellence Silver Award certificate from The University of Manchester. It came just a week after the Care Quality Commission gave the practice an Outstanding overall rating. Well done to everyone at the…

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SSP Director named in Power 100

Congratulations to SSP Health Director Dr Shikha Pitalia who has been named in the Manchester Power 100 list. The list profiles the most influential people in the Greater Manchester area and includes business people, politicians, music idols and sportsmen and women, as well as those involved in the arts and public service. Dr Pitalia appears at number 54 in the…

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Another SSP practice is Outstanding

An SSP Health GP practice which last year was in danger of closure due to its doctor retiring has been given an Outstanding rating by healthcare inspectors. Beefold Medical Centre, in Atherton, Wigan was given the top accreditation by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after a comprehensive inspection. The CQC rated three out of five areas of service to patients as Outstanding…

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Our practice is Outstanding

An SSP Health GP practice in one of Wigan’s most challenging areas has been ranked as ‘Outstanding’ by healthcare inspectors. Marsh Green Medical Practice was given the top accreditation by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after a comprehensive inspection of the Harrow Road surgery found outstanding care and leadership. SSP Health took over the running of the practice just a…

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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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