For some years NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has worked with White House Surgery to provide a Prescription Order Line telephone service for ordering repeat medication. This service was set up as a test service and has only been available to a few volunteer Sheffield general practices and their patients, including White House Surgery. The CCG has formally looked for an NHS provider to extend the Prescription Order Line to all general practices in the city but unfortunately has been unable to find one that meets the right criteria.
Therefore, as we are unable to provide equal access to this service for all Sheffield patients, the CCG has taken the difficult decision to stop providing the Prescription Order Line to White House Surgery patients from 30 September 2021.
We understand that this will mean a change to how you can order your repeat medication and we and the CCG would like to know how this will affect you and what support you may need to order your medicines in the future.
Please tell us about how this will impact you by completing this short survey:
The number of Universal Credit claimants has risen dramatically in the city. As the Job Retention Scheme comes to an end, and many people are made redundant, there is expected to be a second large spike in UC applications. This is likely to cause issues for households whose UC income falls significantly short of their expenditure. Citizens Advice expect a 30% increase in demand for their services as lockdown eases more.
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Blood tests - National shortage of sample bottle
Due to a global shortage of blood testing tubes, NHS England have instructed all GP practices to cancel all routine and non urgent blood tests immediately.
If we need to cancel your blood appointment we will contact you, PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE SURGERY.
We are awaiting further guidance from NHS England who are monitoring the situation. We are expecting this to be in place up to and including 17th September, however we will update you should this change.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Improving Sheffield's Mental Health Services
As part of the effort to improve Sheffield Mental Health Services we are asking patients to complete the below questionnaire. If you can, please take a minute to follow the link and complete the form, thank you.
Women in the Manor and Castle areas of Sheffield are being urged by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals to attend their upcoming breast screening appointments as eligible women in this area will be receiving them in the post over the next few weeks.
Each month, more than 5,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, which is one of the most common cancers in the world. Each year in the UK alone there are more than 55,000 new cases and the disease claims the lives of 11,500 women. Screening appointments help to spot potential issues early by using an X-ray test, called a mammogram, which can spot cancers when they’re too small to see and feel.
Breast screening is currently offered to women on a three yearly basis between the ages of 50 to their 71st birthday in England. In some areas there is also a trial which is looking at how effective it is to offer women one extra screen between the ages of 47 and 49 and one between the ages of 71 and 73. The appointment letter will detail the time, date and location and appointments can be arranged by calling 0114 271 1920.
In Sheffield there are four GP Practices in the Manor and Castle areas whose breast screening appointments are due over the next few months, these are: Dovercourt Surgery, The White House Surgery, Duke Medical Centre and Norfolk Park Medical Practice.
Joanne Lay, Sheffield Breast Imaging Manager, said: “Breast screening aims to find breast cancers early. It uses an X-ray test called a mammogram that can spot cancers when they're too small to see or feel. Around 1 in 8 women in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime and if it’s detected at an early stage treatment options and chances of a full recovery are greater. Mammograms are taken by female radiographers and the appointment usually takes no longer than 20 minutes.”
Women over the age of 70 are not automatically invited for screening but are encouraged to continue to attend routine three-yearly screening by contacting their local breast unit.
It’s important for anyone worried about any suspicious symptoms of breast cancer, regardless of age or gender, to arrange a check-up with their local GP. Signs and symptoms could include, discharge from either of your nipples, a lump or swelling in either of your armpits, dimpling on the skin of your breasts, a rash on or around your nipple, a change in the appearance of your nipple. Knowing what is normal for you will help you notice any changes in your breasts.
For more information, please visit the NHS website by clicking the link.