If you have travelled from China or have been in contact with someone confirmed as having Coronavirus in the last two weeks, you may be at risk of Coronavirus.

If you have travelled from China or have been in contact with someone confirmed as having Coronavirus in the last two weeks, you may be at risk of Coronavirus.

Please do NOT leave the house.

Instead, ring 111 if:

You have been in China in the last 14 days and develop cough, fever or shortness of breath; or

You have been in Wuhan or Hubei Province in the last 14 days or have been in contact with someone confirmed as having Coronavirus, even if you feel well

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Injectable toolkit- Ready to take control

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Recycle your inhalers

We are running a recycling and recovery scheme for all respiratory inhalers. Our aim is to support the reduction in waste and greenhouse gas emissions, moving towards a more environmentally sustainable treatment of respiratory disease.

Over 1.2 million inhalers have been recycled and recovered. This has saved carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to taking 5,199 cars off UK roads.

You really can make a difference to our environment by returning your used inhalers to a participating pharmacy, hospital or dispensing doctor.

We are collecting them here at the surgery but you can also return them to

Boots Pharmacy, Aspatria

Superdrug, The lanes Shopping Centre Carliste

Tesco Pharmacy, Warwick Road Carlisle

Thank you very much for helping us been Green.

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News story Coronavirus public information campaign launched across the UK

 A UK-wide public information campaign has been launched to advise the public on how to slow the spread of coronavirus and reduce the impact on NHS services.

Published 2 February 2020

Last updated 3 February 2020

  From: Department of Health and Social Care

The government-funded campaign will include public health advice on how people can protect themselves from infection.

Similar to the ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ campaign used for flu and norovirus, it will promote important hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.

HM Government and NHS-branded information will appear in radio and print media, as well as social media.

The campaign will advise the public to:

•always carry tissues and use them to catch coughs and sneezes, and bin the tissue

•wash hands with soap and water, or use sanitiser gel, to kill germs

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “Our highly trained and experienced clinicians are working round the clock to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the UK.

The government has detailed plans for how to deal with an outbreak like this. We can all play our part.

“Basic hygiene such as washing our hands regularly and using tissues when we cough and sneeze can play an important role in minimising the spread of viruses like this. Today we have launched a UK-wide public information campaign to help the public protect themselves and each other. “Our world-class NHS is well prepared and we are doing everything we can to protect the public.”

 People who have travelled back from the Hubei province in China within the last 14 days are being asked to:

•stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu

•call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the city

•if you are in Northern Ireland, call 0300 200 7885

Anyone who has travelled from anywhere else in China (not including Macao or Hong Kong) to the UK in the last 14 days and develops symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath should immediately self-isolate, even if symptoms are minor, and call NHS 111, or 0300 200 7885 if you are in Northern Ireland.

The UK is extremely well prepared for any potential outbreak of an infectious disease – we are one of the first countries in the world to have developed a test for the new virus.

On Friday 31 January 2020, 2 patients in England, who are members of the same family, tested positive for coronavirus. They are receiving specialist NHS care and we are using tried and tested infection control procedures to prevent further spread of the virus.

The government is already working rapidly to identify any contacts the patients had to prevent further spread, and are in close contact with the World Health Organization and the international community as the outbreak in China develops to ensure the UK is ready for all eventualities.

Coronavirus presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough or difficulty breathing. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild. For further information on coronavirus, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

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January 2020 Newsletter

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From Caldbeck Surgery we wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020

The new year is always a time for setting inspiring goals for ourselves. So, set positive goals and resolutions. Let this year be the one where you matter the most, where you appreciate all the small things in life

Every year, life gives us 365 days to find  something positive in each one of them.

Start small and see how far you can go !!!!

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Things to know about your Smear Test

Cervical cancer can be prevented by a smear test. 

Here are five things you need to know about smear tests. Smear tests are cervical cancer screenings which are carried out to detect any abnormalities in the cervix. To do this test, a small sample of cells are collected which are then sent off for testing. It is recommended that woman aged 25 to 49 should go for a pap smear every three years and for women aged 50 to 64 should go every five years.

“Once you have been called in for your smear test, your doctor or nurse will give you a private space, often behind a curtain, to undress.

They will give you a paper sheet to cover the lower half of your body.

“They will then use a very small, specialised brush to gently collect a sample of cells from the cervix. This sample will then be sent away for testing.

“You should get results back within two weeks of having the test however, they can take longer. You should receive your results in a letter which will explain what they mean.

“The process should not be painful and should take around three minutes. You may have a small amount of spotting or bleeding after the test which is normal and should usually stop in a couple of days.

“Most people will have a normal result. This means that you will not have to have any further tests and will be invited to book another smear test in three or five years.”

The NHS run a cervical screening program and if you’re registered with a GP, you will usually be invited to have a smear test.

The test is about checking the health of the cervix and is not a test for cancer or any STI’s. As well as attending screenings when invited, you still need to be vigilant for any unusual symptoms to your body. Signs you may be at risk of cervical cancer if you experience:

• Blood spots or light bleeding

• Increased vaginal discharge

• Pain during sexual intercourse

• Unexplained pelvic pain

• Bleeding after menopause

Smear tests do not test for STI’s however they do detect whether the HPV virus is present.

HPV virus is associated with a higher chance of abnormal cells in the cervix and it’s important to know if it’s present,”

Four things you need to know about smear tests:

• It’s not a test for cancer, it is a test to prevent cancer

• It only takes five minutes

• Smear tests are not painful

• If a test comes back abnormal it doesn’t necessarily mean you have cervical cancer

Go to Services and Clinics for more information.

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Extended Access Surgeries at Caldbeck Practice

From 1 July we will be able to offer a limited number of appointments both face to face and telephone outside of the normal opening hours. The appointments are from 6:30pm with either a Doctor or the Practice Nurse. The December dates are:

Thursday 19th

Tuesday 24th

Monday 30th

Tuesday 31st

The January dates are:

Thursday 2nd

Tuesday 7th

Thursday 9th

Wednesday 15th

Thursday 16th

Tuesday 21st

Thursday 23rd

Wednesday 29th

Thursday 30th

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December news letter 2019

Newsletter December 2019, page 2
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2019 Flu Vaccination Clinics

Flu Vaccines 

We are still giving  Flu Vaccines to patients at risk.

As you may be aware it is recommended that everyone aged 65 and over by 31st March 2020 and anyone with lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease or without a spleen is offered a ‘flu vaccination’. The vaccine is also offered to people who are a main carer.  

 Please make an appointment with us.   

 On behalf of the surgery team    

Thank you very much.

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