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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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Practice team wins Gold for equality

Congratulations to our SSP Health team at Leigh Sports Village who have been given a GOLD accreditation in the LGBT Foundation's Pride In Practice scheme. The quality assurance service highlights how practices can support LGBT patients and improve equality in primary care. Well done to our practice in Leigh, who join a host of SSP Health practices across Greater Manchester…

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SSP leader's positive message on GP shortage

SSP Health’s Director, Dr Shikha Pitalia GP, has said the forward-thinking measures put in place by the federation will eventually solve the shortage of GPs in Wigan. In a letter to the town’s evening newspaper in response to a report stating that Wigan has a below average number of GPs in the local authority area, she says the amount of…

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Janet's Race For Life, health and her loved ones

SSP Health Practice Manager Janet Ingham had more reasons than just raising money for charity when she chose to run her first ever 5K Race For Life. Janet had decided that a lifestyle change was needed to improve her health following a double hip replacement – and she also wanted to support cancer research after she lost her ‘mam’ Betty…

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Dementia in spotlight at SSP practices

SSP Practices are doing their bit to make their surgeries more welcoming and supportive for people with dementia and their families. Dementia Action Week runs from May 20 to 26, 2019, this year, encouraging people to do things that will improve the lives of those who have the condition and working to create a dementia-friendly community where those afflicted do…

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SSP practice strikes Gold for equality

An SSP Health surgery has struck GOLD with the top award for good practice in caring for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) patients within the local community.  Leigh Family Practice, in Leigh, Wigan, has been given the Gold accolade in the LGBT Foundation’s Pride of Practice accreditation, which rates primary care providers on their equality credentials and their commitment…

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SSP Director wins award

SSP Health's Director and GP Dr Shikha Pitalia has been honoured with an award for inspirational women. Dr Pitalia won the Business trophy at the 2019 Inspiring Women Awards, a celebration of remarkable females from across the North West. She received her accolade at a special ceremony at Manchester’s Lowry Hotel where women from all walks of life were honoured…

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The Height Practice Nurse's dedication recognised

A dedicated nurse at The Height General Practice is a finalist in a Greater Manchester award that celebrates healthcare professionals who go above and beyond to help patients. Janine Hussey, Practice Nurse at The Height, is one of three people to be shortlisted in the People’s Champion section of this year’s Greater Manchester Health and Care Champion Awards. Janine was…

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BBC News focuses on SSP Health

SSP Health was in the national spotlight when the BBC’s flagship breakfast show broadcast live from one of its Ashton-in-Makerfield GP practices. The BBC health news team interviewed staff and patients at Ashton Medical Centre as part of a package of features about GP services and primary care. The Wigan Road practice, part of SSP Health which has 37 practice…

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Practice staff step up to keep children safe

SSP Health is taking its safeguarding commitment to the next level after ensuring its key frontline staff are experts in keeping children safe. Managers and other non-clinical staff from SSP Health’s practices across the region came together to learn how to spot the signs of abuse and when to step in to protect young people. The 60 staff, including Cancer…

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