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Wednesday 11th September 2019 - The practice is closed from 12.30pm - 6.00pm due to staff training. Please contact NHS 24 on 111 or visit www.nhsinform.co.uk if you require medical assistance. (We have a small clinic running in the afternoon)

PUBLIC HOLIDAY PRACTICE CLOSED - Monday 16th September 2019 - The practice is closed from 12.30pm - 6.00pm due to staff training. Please contact NHS 24 on 111 or visit www.nhsinform.co.uk if you require medical assistance. (We have a small clinic running in the afternoon)

What is GDPR?

GDPR is a new law that determines how your personal data is processed, kept safe and the legal rights that you have in relation to your own data. The regulation applies from 25 May 2018. GDPR will supersede the Data Protection Act 1998 which the practice already complies with but strengthens many of it’s principle.

You can find more information on the further information tab under the heading 'GDPR'. We have all of this information displayed in the patient notice board in the practice. If you have any questions then please speak to the Practice Manager.

 

MEDICATION IMPROVEMENTS - the practice is now running some prescribing improvement projects to ensure that you receive the safest and most cost-effective medications for your conditions. You will receive a letter directly if you are affected by any of these changes.

 

Bowel Screening

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Everyone in Scotland between the ages of 50 and 74 is sent a home screening lit every two years. It is a simple test to involving sticking a small probe into your bowel motion (poo). They changed the test in 2017 and it is now much easier to do. Watch this clip to see how:

https://youtu.be/bLASx2S4sxQ

 

If you would like to do the test but no longer have your testing kit you can call the Bowel Screening helpline on 0800 0121 833 and they will arrange for a new kit to be sent to you. You can also request another kit online at https://www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/screening/bowel/request-a-bowel-screening-test-kit

 

If bowel cancer can be found early enough then there is more than a 90% chance of cure. The sooner it is caught the easier it is to treat, so I would encourage you to do the test. You will receive the result about 2 weeks after doing the test. If it is positive you will require further investigation (usually a camera test or sometimes a scan).

 

Early cancer often has no symptoms and that is why screening is important. However, symptoms of concern would be blood in your bowel motion, change in your bowel habit, pain, weight loss, tiredness and looking pale. If you have any of these symptoms of concern then please make an appointment with a doctor as soon as possible.

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More information is available here:

http://www.healthscotland.com/uploads/documents/26149-Bowel%20Screening%20booklet-September2018-English.pdf

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