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Veteran Support

We, at Ashfields Primary Care Centre are proud to be an accredited Veteran Friendly GP practice.

As a Veteran Friendly GP Practice we:

  • Have a Veterans Champion David Crosthwaite who is supported by the whole practice to improve veteran health services.
  • Ask patients ‘Have you served in the Armed Forces?’ to help identify veteran patients and code them on our system.
  • Support veteran patients to access dedicated health services.

If you’re a veteran patient, please let us know that you have served so that we can make sure that we understand your health needs.

Royal British Legion can offer people that are serving, have served and their families, including ex-partners, children under the age of 18 or over 18 if cared for.  The RBL have a Grants Portal which has more information about the support they can offer but it includes £200 per month for fuel, up to a total of £2,400 (2 years).  They can also provide white goods and brown goods and up to £500 crisis grant.  For more information, please click on the link (https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-support/financial-and-employment-support/finance/grants/cost-of-living-grants).

Did you know:

  • There are 2 million veterans in England across all ages and with different medical needs
  • GP practices have an average of around 300 veteran patients. That equates to seeing approximately 1 veteran patient each day
  • Over 1,600 GP practices are now accredited ‘veteran friendly’
  • 99% of accredited practices would recommend the accreditation

As a veteran, you can ask for a referral to a specialist Orthopaedic clinic at The Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 7AG. There is a specific Veterans Clinic run by Lt Col Carl Meyer, an Army Reserve consultant surgeon who also works with 202 Field Ambulance and Reserve Hospital.

Lt Col Meyers specialises in hips and knees,  the nursing staff are outstanding too.

If you feel that you are waiting too long, this might be the way to go to achieve a much quicker result.

What is it?

A service for military veterans to have their hip or knee arthritis assessed and, if appropriate, have joint replacement surgery and is led by Lt Col Carl Meyer, Military Consultant Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Surgeon at Oswestry specialist orthopaedic hospital.

Lt Col Meyer is an Army Reserve officer who has been on three tours to Afghanistan and one to Iraq. He is an Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon with 16 Medical Regiment, 202 (Midlands) Field Hospital.

Who is it for?

Anyone who has been in regular military service, including national service.

Where is it?

The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RJAH), Oswestry, Shropshire .

How do I obtain an NHS referral?

Through your GP – Ask to be referred to the VETERANS’ HIP & KNEE SURGERY SERVICE at Oswestry – And ask your GP to make a named referral to Lt Col Meyer:   

Veterans Aware Links Veterans Breakfast                                          

If we can assist further please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the surgery.

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ORCHA – Cheshire East’s own health & care apps library

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Change of provision of services

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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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.