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Winter pressure times GP Access Services

Due to the increase pressure on appointments, patients who need to be seen urgent on the same day may be directed to master call healthcare to see a GP at:

Master Call International Healthcare, Pepper Road, Hazel Grove, SK7 5BW.

 

Adele's Graduation

Huge congratulations to one of our Nurse's, Adele, who graduated yesterday.

Amazing hard work from her. From everyone at Hulme Hall Medical Group we hope she had the best day celebrating this amazing achievement.

Nurse Adele Graduation

 

Lesley Walker and Donating Blood

Please take a moment and read this inspirational story from one of our very own patients.

We are extremely lucky to have her as one of our patients here at Hulme Hall Medical Group and we are extremely proud to share her story with all of you and to try and spread awareness of the good donating blood can do.

 

Heald Green Friday Hub

'This is a new community group ran by two volunteers, meeting every Friday between 1pm and 3pm at the Heald Green Village Hall, 219 Outwood Road, SK8 3JL.

Everyone is welcome. Entry FREE.

Join us for a drink and a chat, meet new people and socialise. Activities available, cards, crosswords, knitting and crochet, with some items being made for charity.

We hope to expand as we grow to include excursions and talks. We are open to new ideas.

For further information; Tel - Cynthia on (0161) 437 2542. Facebook - Heald Green Friday Hub Group.

 

Preventing Domestic Violence

Please click here to view an information booklet about domestic violence.

 

Do you find managing insomnia challenging?

Managing patient expectations can be even trickier! We hope this PEARL helps us and our patients make decisions around this difficult issue.

In primary insomnia, Z-drugs and benzodiazepines do work better than placebo, BUT, the effect is not long lasting and there are significant concerns about side-effects. Key things to be aware of:

  • In trials, Z-drugs reduced  the time to getting off to sleep by only 22min (CI 11–33min) compared with placebo. This minimal benefit is worth sharing with patients.
     
  • Benzos and Z-drugs are addictive and may cause daytime sleepiness - the DVLA rules on driving and drugs apply to all these agents.
     
  • We should warn patients that one of the problems with next day driving impairment is the lack of awareness of a problem!
     
  • We should also be aware of the new US and European guidance on zolpidem doses in women.
     
  • NICE guidance restricts the use of the Z-drugs and benzodiazepines to those with severe insomnia which has a significant impact on everyday life.

But the good news is that there are valid alternatives.

  • Sleep hygiene will help all, and for some this will be all that is needed. For those with primary insomnia (no underlying cause), 30% will get better with sleep hygiene alone.
     
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia, called CBT-I, is consistently better than any drug therapy in chronic insomnia for both effectiveness and long-term benefits.
     
  • CBT-I combines sleep hygiene, stimulus control, sleep restriction, relaxation training and cognitive restructuring.
     
  • CBT-I should be available through IAPT, or patients can purchase it themselves; it costs just under £100.

Click here to see our summary of a BMJ clinical review that looked at some of the causes of insomnia and some treatment strategies. We have also included information from a review in the NEJM and another BMJ review.

 

Welcome to our latest foundation year 2 (FY2) doctor.

Dr Maria Nowicka

 

Welcome to our latest ST3 doctor

Dr Elisabeth Kilcourse

Please see the training section of our website for more information

 

Hulme Hall Medical Group awarded NHS England Beacon Practice for Patient Online.

 

National Diabetes Audit

To see how your information is used to help improve diabetes care click here.

 

Priority Treatment for Veterans

All veterans are entitled to priority access to NHS hospital care for any condition, as long as it's related to their service and subject to the clinical need of others.

Click here for full details.

 

Tea with the GP

If you are interested in having tea with the GP, please see the following links: Click here and click here.

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