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Marple Cottage Surgery 50 Church StreetMarpleStockportCheshire, SK6 6BWTel: 0161 426 0011
If you need urgent medical assistance between 6.30pm - 8:00am (when the practice is closed) you should call 111 (please call 0161 476 2299 between 12:30 -13:30 on Tuesdays and 18:00 - 18:30 on Fridays). For more information about NHS111 please see link: http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/doctors/Pages/out-of-hours-services.aspx
Named GP: As from June 2015 we are obliged to inform patients that they have a “named GP”. This has no bearing at all on which GP you currently see and / or wish to see in the future.
We aim to provide a wide range of general medical services at the practice, including:
This involves fitting an ambulatory BP machine to you, which will take readings of your blood pressure over a 24 hour period. Then, on returning to the practice to have the machine removed, we will interpret the results to decide the best course of medical action, if required.
Cardiovascular disease is the medical term for heart attacks, strokes and other diseases of the circulation. These serious conditions are common causes of both death and severe disability, particularly in western society. In the UK the further north you live, the greater the risk you have of developing these serious problems.
Both men and women are affected (although women are largely protected from heart disease until after the menopause) and for so many people problems of the circulation tend to run in families. However, there are many risk factors that can be identified and treated, either by your doctor or yourself, or more commonly a combination of both.
At Marple Cottage Surgery we are keen to help you to prevent heart attacks and strokes from occurring and recurring. To do this, we test people (screen) for the presence of risk factors, eg smoking, high blood pressure and high blood fat levels (cholesterol), which can increase your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Once identified there is a lot that we and you can do to reduce them.
We operate a screening recall programme and will routinely send out appointments to our patients.
Menopause literally means the last menstrual period. It occurs when the function of the ovaries ceases. This does not happen instantaneously and so many women are aware of symptoms for many months or years before their last period. Sometimes these same symptoms can last for years after a woman’s periods have stopped. The average age in the UK is 51. However, many women experience symptoms years before this. Symptoms include hot flushes, mood changes, and problems with passing urine frequently, among many others. Information leaflets can be found on www.thebms.org.uk/factsheets.php
However, many women prefer to talk to a healthcare professional and our patients are able to come in and talk to any of our team.
If you are ready to give up smoking there is help available:
You can access a website at: www.givingupsmoking.co.ukYou can ring the Stop Smoking Service at 0161 474 3141 or email START@stockport.gov.uk You can ring the NHS Smokefree National Helpline on 0300 123 1044
22% of all male deaths and 11% of all female deaths are due to smoking. Giving up smoking can reduce the risk of developing many smoking related illnesses. Within 10-15 years of giving up, an ex-smokers' risk of developing lung cancer is only slightly greater than someone who has never smoked.
The costs of smoking are high and we're not just talking money. Consider some of the less obvious costs below and the price a smoker may have to pay.
At today's rates, a 20-a-day smoker will spend £31,025 over the next 20 years. Holidays you could have enjoyed; savings you could have built up; a home, car or important possessions you could have owned; toys and experiences you could have brought for your children.
We offer you the choice of referral under the NHS and referral to a Trainee Counsellor at the practice.
All trainee counsellors are part-qualified counsellors, currently working towards their Diploma in Counselling, and members of the BACP.
The counsellor sessions are run by students who are currently undergoing a counsellor qualification at Stockport College.
As part of their training they need to gain practical experience of counselling patients, as they would if they were fully qualified, before they can work in the private sector.
Although not employed by the practice they are bound by the same confidentiality rules as all the staff at the practice, and all sessions are kept completely confidential.
If you are deemed to require a referral to a counsellor a clinician will give you a choice of referral to the NHS counsellors or to one of the trainee counsellors at the practice. If you choose to see a Trainee Counsellor you will be added to a short waiting list at the surgery and someone from the Reception team will be in contact as soon as a free appointment becomes available.
Our current busy lifestyles are making it difficult for people to keep their weight down and, as we age, our joints prevent us from being as active as we once were. More than half the adults in the UK are heavier than recommended. About 2 in 5 adults are overweight, and about a further 1 in 5 are obese.
You are at increased health risk if the extra fat you carry is mainly around your waist ('apple shaped'), rather than mainly on your hips and thighs ('pear shaped').
As a rule, a waist measurement of 40 inches or more for men and 34.5 inches or more for women increases the risk of developing coronary heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.
There are things you can do to lose weight. It's never too late to try new ways. Becoming more active; walking is a great form of exercise, and eating sensibly such as reducing meal portion sizes will help. Remember your body gets used to what you feed it and if you are used to overeating you will feel hungry when you cut down. A sensible eating plan can help you to lose weight without the hunger.
We have a wide range of information available and expertise. Please ask for further advice.
The Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) provides assessment and treatment for people with recently occurring minor eye conditions.
The service is provided by MECS accredited optometrists (also known as opticians)
Minor eye conditions that can be treated by the service include:
The service is for people registered with a GP in Stockport. It is for people of all ages - adults and children. Children under 16 years must be accompanied at their appointment by an adult.
The service is provided by a number of MECS registered optometrists across these areas. To find out more information visit www.stockportmecs.co.uk
List of Stockport MECS Optometrists
Marple Cottage Surgery has a wealth experience in dealing with all people of all ages, including our teenage patients. We also have access to other services that are available to young people, so if you have a problem that we are not able to deal with, we can put you in touch with someone that may be able to.
Confidentiality is treated in a highly professional manner so remember that anything you discuss with us remains confidential. You do not need to have an adult with you when you come to your appointment. If any matters do need to be discussed with anyone else or you need to be referred for specialist opinion this would be made very clear to you during your consultation.
We would like you to feel that you are welcome at the surgery and trust us to look after your health needs. If you would like some advice but do not want to book an appointment why don’t you email one of the clinicians.
Alternatively, below are links to other local services for specific problems:
RUClear offers free and confidential Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea postal testing service for people aged 16 to 24 years. RUclear is run by the NHS, the tests are of a high quality and are FREE.
If you would like further information on how to receive a testing kit please click here where you can request a kit be sent to your home.
Offers advice and regarding sexual health care.
0161 204 5899/5926
Offers advice, support and treatment for sexual health issues, including HIV testing.
0161 419 5371 (females)
0161 419 5370 (males)
Provides emergency contraception, contraceptive pills and injections, condoms, smear tests, pregnancy tests, some clinics fit contraceptive implants and coils fitting, some offer STI testing.
Ring 0161 204 5888 for advice
Website for under 18’s sexual health information.
If you require a medical or sexual health advice call 0300 123 7123
Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm & Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 4pm
For advice call 0800 28 29 30
Offers and drug and alcohol advice.
0161 480 9600
As of Friday 22 March 2019, we now have a smoking cessation clinic running at the Practice each Friday, 2:30pm - 5:30pm.
To make an appointment, contact the Practice on 0161 426 0011.
Alternatively, you can call the stop smoking service on 0161 870 6492 or e-mail: email@example.com
Offers general advice, information, and counselling for young people
Provides confidential support.
Helpline: 0161 273 4500Monday to Friday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday evenings 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
*Last Updated 4 August 2019
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf*(*This is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)
Please note that there is usually a 10 working day turnaround from receiving a form to completion / collection.
Why do GPs charge fees? The National Health Service provides most health care to most people free of charge, but there are exceptions: prescription charges still exist in England and there are a number of other non-NHS services for which fees are charged eg medical reports for insurance companies, claim forms for referral for private care, letters and forms which require the doctor to review the patient's medical records, etc.
It is important to understand that GPs are not employed by the NHS. They are self-employed, and they have to cover their costs - staff, buildings, heating, lighting etc - in the same way as any small business. The NHS pays the doctor for specific NHS work, but for non-NHS work the fee has to cover the doctor's time and costs. What is covered by the NHS and what is not?
The government's contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients. In recent years, more and more organisations have been involving doctors in a whole range of non-medical work.
Examples include the following:
Why does it sometimes take my GP a long time to complete my form?
Non-NHS work (checking notes, completing forms and preparing reports) is time-consuming and takes the GP away from the medical care of his/her patients. As most non-NHS work is not urgent we aim to complete non-NHS work within 10 working days.
Often patients complain that they only require a signature from the doctor. What is rarely considered is that when a when doctor signs a certificate or completes a report, it is a condition of remaining on the Medical Register that they only sign what they know to be true, which requires the doctor to check the patient's medical record. Naturally there is a charge for the time required to check information and/or the degree of responsibility in signing the document.
What can be done to avoid charges?
Not all documents need to be signed by a doctor. For example, a teacher, an accountant, etc may be willing to sign a passport application free of charge.
What will I be charged?
The BMA recommends that GPs tell patients in advance if they will be charged, and how much. It is up to the individual practice to decide how much to charge, but the BMA produces lists of suggested fees for the doctors to use as a guideline.
Please see list of BMA recommended fees alongside the practice
Fees must be paid in advance at the time the request for the letter or form to be completed is made or when the appointment for a medical is booked.
The X-Pert is a six-week group education programme for those who are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. It will help you understand more about diabetes and how you can manage it through lifestyle changes. It is suitable for anyone newly diagnosed and those who have had diabetes for a while but want to learn more.
Each programme is run by 2 experienced health professionals who will guide you through all aspects of your diabetes. It is a 2 ½ hour session each week for 6 weeks. It is important that you attend all the sessions to fully benefit from the course. If you wish you may bring along a family member or friend.
The X-Pert is run on different days in various venues around Stockport.
For more information, contact the X-Pert Administrator on 0161 835 6689
Diabetes X-Pert Information Leaflet
We now have a Wellbeing & Self Care clinic running on Monday evenings at the Practice.
Self Care Coordinators provide this service for people aged 18+ in your practice to help you to manage the things in your life that may affect your health and wellbeing. We have time to listen, explore options and help you to work towards your goals.
The Self Care Coordinator is someone who:
The type of issues the service can support you with:
Wellbeing & Self Care Service Leaflet
Below is a list of organisations offering support during Coronavirus pandemic.
Marple COVID-19 Mutual Aid Group - 0161 531 2230Practical support putting people in touch with local delivery services or other services. They are currently using volunteers to help deliver prescriptions. Volunteers have all given proof of address and they also have a list of DBS checked volunteers. (DBS checked volunteers have not been checked by Marple Covid 19 Mutual Aid Group)
Marple COVID-19 Mutual Aid Group Leaflet
Support for Extremely Vulnerable from Gov.ukRegister if you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. For example, you’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food. https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable
Stockport Council – Coronavirus Helpline – 0161 217 6046 Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 4pm The helpline will provide advice and tell you how you can access support. You can call the helpline if do not have a network of family and friends you can call upon for support, particularly if:
Call handlers will be able to provide advice about how you can access local support.
DWP Stockport Job CentresAll Job Centres are closed. Customers can contact case managers/ work coaches through their journal or alternatively for urgent queries can contact:0161 429 2193 / 2214 / 2409 / 2046
For foodbank enquiries - 0161 429 2166
Age UK Stockport
We are dealing with a high number of calls, but if you can’t get through please leave your name and number and we will get back to you. Please be patient, we are aiming to get back to people within 24 hours, even if the call is just a quick one to say we have heard you - we got your call - we have your number and we will be back further. We can be contacted by telephone on 0161 480 1211, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
WIN & MHN
0161 470 1227 or by email at email@example.com
We are still able to be conducting phone support to newly referred/current & closed vulnerable clients. Also finding specialty help if available.
We have a small number of foodbank vouchers left for our clients.
Also offering essential shopping (& book/jigsaw donation drop off) only for clients with mobility issues & severe MH impairment without support (family, care or community).
TPA Stockport - 0161 474 1042
In response to the developing situation with COVID– 19 The Prevention Alliance have made some changes to the way we are working to protect both the people we work with, as well as our staff. We will continue to work with anyone in Stockport who needs help and advice with the following – • Health & Wellbeing • Benefits/Income • Loneliness and befriending • Housing circumstances • Other services available in your area Our specialist keyworkers are also available to offer support around domestic abuse.
If you would like to speak with one of our keyworkers, our TPA phone line 0161 474 1042 continues to be staffed Monday – Friday 09:00 – 16:30.
Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) - 0300 330 9073Information and advice available on their website www.casort.org
Disability Stockport - 0161 480 7248Telephone support/appointments only, no groups, day centre closing for now.http://disabilitystockport.co.uk/
Stockport MIND - 0161 480 7393Telephone support/appointments only, no groups.https://www.stockportmind.org.uk/
Signpost Stockport Offering support to adult carers and young carers over the phone.https://www.signpostforcarers.org.uk/ Adult Carers Team - 0161 442 0442Young Carers Team - 0161 947 4690**Because of COVID-19, you will hear an answer phone message directing you to ring one of the team on their work mobile and the number will be provided, this will change on different days. If you cannot get through to the young carers number-of-the-day please ring Katy on 07540 722371.You can also email Young Carers via firstname.lastname@example.org or send an online enquiry by visiting https://www.signpostforcarers.org.uk/contact.
Samaritans - 116 123Resources and help for all ages, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call free on 116 123.https://www.samaritans.org/
NHS Staff Support Line - 0300 131 7000https://people.nhs.uk/In the current climate of increasing pressures on our healthcare system, our NHS people potentially face significant stresses. A confidential staff support line, operated by the Samaritans and free to access from 7.00 am – 11.00 pm, seven days a week.
You can call for support, signposting and confidential listening. Alternatively, you can text FRONTLINE to 85258 for support 24/7 via text.
Still taking referrals telephone appointments only. Access via email or through website by completing referral form.
Manchester – Any queries about your referral or bookings please email us on: email@example.com or if you wish to make a referral please go to our website at: www.selfhelpservices.org.uk/Manchester
Stockport – Any queries about your referral or bookings please email us on: firstname.lastname@example.org or if you wish to make a referral please go to our website at: www.selfhelpservices.org.uk/Stockport
Cheshire – Any queries about your referral or bookings please email us on: email@example.com or if you wish to make a referral please go to our website at: https://www.mytalkingtherapies.com/
Rochdale, Heywood and Middleton – Any queries about your referral or bookings please email us on: firstname.lastname@example.org or if you wish to make a referral please go to our website at: https://www.thebiglifegroup.com/thinkingahead
Tameside and Glossop – Any queries about your referral or bookings please email us on: email@example.com or if you wish to make a referral please go to our website at: https://www.thebiglifegroup.com/mindsmatter/
eTherapy Salford and Trafford – Any queries about your referral or bookings please email us on: firstname.lastname@example.org or if you wish to make a referral please go to our website at: www.selfhelpservices.org.uk/etherapy
If you would like help, support or advice to quit smoking, you can get this at the Practice, or from the Local Stop Smoking Service, run by ABL Health.
As of Friday 22 March 2019, we now have a Telephon Smoking Cessation Clinic running at the Practice each Friday, 2:30pm - 5:30pm.
To make an appointment for a Telephone Consultation, contact the Practice on 0161 426 0011.
Alternatively, for other dates/ times, you can contact ABL Health on 0161 870 6492 or e-mail: email@example.com
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