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SSP practices nominated for award

Three SSP Health GP practices have been nominated for an award for their excellent healthcare – and you can help them win it. The surgeries have been put forward in the General Practice Awards and patients and the general public can vote. The General Practice Awards, currently in their 11th year, honours initiatives and achievements by professionals across the primary…

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Wigan GP's laughter therapy

A Wigan GP practice is a lot jollier – and hopefully healthier – now patients and staff have been taking part in Laughter Yoga.  The technique, designed to relax people by having a good old chuckle, comes from India and has spread around the world since it was first practised around 20 years ago. Laughing releases ‘happy hormones’ in the…

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Practice raises money for Alzheimer's Society

The Height General Practice held a charity day which raised £160 for the Alzheimer’s Society. As part of Dementia Awareness Week, the Salford GP practice orgainsed a cake table and there were games, balloons, children’s goodie bags and hot and cold drinks. SSP Health staff and the practice’s Patient Participation Group helped on the day. Pictured, from left, are PPG…

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Patient event a big success

Bolton General Practice held a celebration event to applaud the work of practice volunteers, say thank you to carers in the community and raise awareness of dementia. This week has been Carers Week, National Patient Participation Week and Dementia Awareness Week and patients and staff joined together for a series of events at the practice on Moor Lane. There was…

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Goodbye to Office Manager Sophie

Higher Ince Surgery is saying goodbye to its Officer Manager Sophie Budgen.Sophie is leaving to join a practice closer to where she lives in Ormskirk, but she says she is really sad to leave Lower Ince behind. “I love my job and don’t really want to go!” she said. Claire Doherty, who is the new Practice Manager at Higher Ince…

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Women given more options for cancer screening

Women in Wigan can have a smear test without an appointment next week when walk-in centres will give them a screening. It is Jo’s Trust Cervical Screening Awareness Week, when women are encouraged to have a smear test. Screening is the best protection against cervical cancer, with the Jo’s Trust programme saving 5,000 lives every year. Patients due a test…

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Practice opens up for donations to homeless

Astley General Practice is doing its bit to help people in crisis after setting up a food bank donation point in the surgery.  Patients can deposit gifts for local charity The Brick Project at the practice which will be distributed to people who are homeless, in poverty or facing debt problems. The services run by The Brick Project include running…

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Cervical screening drop-in clinic

Women in St Helens can have a smear test without an appointment next week when a walk-in centre will give them a screening. It is Jo’s Trust Cervical Screening Awareness Week from Monday when women are encouraged to have a smear test. Screening is the best protection against cervical cancer, with the Jo’s Trust programme saving 5,000 lives every year.…

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SSP Health staff encouraged to be screened

Next week is Jo’s Trust Cervical Screening Awareness Week, when SSP Health encourages women to have smear tests carried out. Many practices will be making a special effort between June 10th and 16th to ensure as many patients as possible who are required to have screening take up the offer. It could save their lives. But SSP staff should also…

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Practice's 'Outstanding' help for vulnerable patients

A SSP Health GP practice has been awarded an ‘Outstanding’ rating for its work with vulnerable people. Poplar Street Surgery, in Tyldesley, and its branch site of Nelson Street Surgery, in Atherton, were marked as ‘Good’ overall in a comprehensive review by independent inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), after visits earlier this month. Inspectors also gave the practice…

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