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Book your eye test during National Eye Health Week

Regular eye tests are important, not only will the optometrist tell you if you require glasses or have a change in prescription, but they will also carry out eye health checks to spot any early signs of eye conditions before they become a problem.

Optometrists are highly trained and can recognise abnormalities and conditions that could be causing eye problems.

The NHS recommend you get an eye test every two years (more often if advised by your ophthalmic practitioner or optometrist).

How can I tell if my child is having issues with their eyes?

Children often do not complain about their sight, but they may show signs of being unable to see properly such as:

• Sitting closer to the TV

• Holding objects very close to their face

• Blinking a lot

• Eye rubbing

• One eye turning in or out

If you think your child has any sort of sight problem, book and appointment at the opticians for further investigation. Children so not have to be able to read letters to have their eyes tested.

Children under 16 years of age or 16, 17 or 18 year olds in full time education are entitled to free NHS eye examinations.

You can find your local opticians by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/opticians/

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Provision of services outside the normal practice hours

As you may be aware the NHS England (who commission our practices services) have set out a requirement that practices work together to ensure that patients are able to access services outside our normal hours of work (8.00am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday).

This way of working is not new to us, we have been providing so called Extended Access services for the last five years, including the ability for our patients to access services locally on Saturdays.

The times we provide extended access services from this practice have been determined by analysing the preferences of our patients over the last five years, we have been keen to offer services to enable patients who work a distance away from the practice to access services.

We are proposing to add further services to our existing provision, from October 2022 our patients will have the opportunity to book appointments here (at the practice) on:

  • Saturday – 9.00am – 5.00pm

In addition to the services provided from this practice we are working with our neighbouring practices to offer appointments across the week. As always, the availability of appointments will be dependent on our capacity, however, please ask the practice receptionist if you would ideally like an appointment outside the normal core hours. It is important to stress that the number of appointments offered outside the normal hours will only be a small proportion of our total appointments, as it is important that we do not undermine our normal level of service particularly given the current high levels of demand and our workforce challenges.

As we have stated we are sure that the time this practice provides services (outside of core hours) reflects the preferences of our patients, but we would be pleased to hear your views so that we can continue to evaluate the best times to offer services.

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Let’s change the stigma around Dementia this Alzheimer’s month

Every September people come together from around the world to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and challenge the stigma around dementia.

Dementia is often perceived as a condition that is an inevitable part of getting older, but in fact anyone can get dementia.

You can find out more information and support at

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/alzheimers-disease/

https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/

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Happy Hearts – Together we can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke during Covid-19

Health services, local authorities, charities and other partners across Cheshire and Merseyside are working together to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

The Cheshire and Merseyside Happy Hearts website is aimed at helping you to reduce your risk of stroke and heart attack by giving you lots of information and tips on keeping your heart happy. The website shares local, practical information on:

  • how to live healthily and stay well
  • conditions that increase the chances of having a heart attack or stroke, such as
    • atrial fibrillation
    • high blood pressure
    • high cholesterol
  • how and where you can get your numbers checked
  • how you can help to manage and control these conditions to lower your CVD risk

Visit the Cheshire and Merseyside Happy Hearts website to find out more.

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No more suicide – support for children & young people

Many people, including children and young people experience times of stress or worry during their lives. If you need help now or if you’re worried about someone else, there are support services available. Visit no-more.co.uk for more information and a list of services available.

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999 Service Launched in British Sign Language

An official 999 service has now been launched in British Sign Language.

Using a dedicated smartphone APP or the 999 BSL website, callers will be connected to a 999 call handler via a BSL interpreter.

The service can be accessed at 999bsl.co.uk – you can also download the iOS or Android app there.

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Have you got the NHS App?

The NHS App is a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet. Account verification is done centrally and you don’t need a password from your GP surgery.

You can now use the app to show your Covid vaccination status.

You can use the NHS App to:

  • get advice about coronavirus – get information about coronavirus and find out what to do if you think you have it.
  • order repeat prescriptions – see your available medicines, request a new repeat prescription and choose a pharmacy for your prescriptions to be sent to.
  • book appointments – search for, book and cancel appointments at your GP surgery. See details of your upcoming and past appointments.
  • get health advice – search trusted NHS information and advice on hundreds of conditions and treatments. You can also answer questions to get instant advice and medical help near you.
  • view your health record – securely access your GP health record to see information like your allergies and your current and past medicines. If your GP surgery has given you access to your detailed medical record, you can also see information like test results and details of your consultations.
  • register to be an organ donor – choose to donate some or all your organs and check your registered decision.
  • find out how the NHS uses your data – choose if data from your health records is shared for research and planning.

Download the app now from the App Store or Google Play, or find out more information at NHS App – NHS (www.nhs.uk)