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The Selsdon Park Medical Practice
97 Addington Road, Selsdon, South Croydon CR2 8LG

Part of the SWC Medical Group (Selsdon, Warlingham & Caterham)

 

020 8657 0067

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 

October is breast cancer awarenss month 

 

 

Breast Statistics   Tthere were 5,727 new diagnoses of breast cancer in London in 2017 and the latest data suggests approximately 55,000 Londoners are living with a diagnosis of breast cancer.   Patients who are diagnosed early have the best chance of curative treatment and long term survival.  The most recent survival data for breast cancer shows a one year survival of 95.2% and a five year survival of 85.0%. Breast cancer screening saves lives. However, in London less than two thirds of women attended their screening in 2017/2018 (63.3%) which was also a reduction compared to the previous year (2016/2017, 64%).  Black women in England are more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage with breast cancer compared to white women.  Data from Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and Public Health England (PHE) for 2012/13 showed that late-stage disease is diagnosed in around 25% and 22% of black African and black Caribbean women with breast cancer, respectively. This figure is 13% for white breast cancer patients.   

Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer   Common breast cancer signs and symptoms include:  

• a lump or swelling in the breast, upper chest or armpit – you might feel the lump but not see it

• a change to the skin, such as puckering or dimpling

• a change in the colour of the breast – the breast may look red or inflamed

• a change to the nipple, for example it has become pulled in (inverted)

• rash or crusting around the nipple • any unusual liquid (discharge) from either nipple • changes in size or shape of the breast  

 

Breast Cancer in Women Over 70    

Women over the age of 70 don’t always realise that their risk of breast cancer increases as they get older.  Many women are also not aware that they can still go for breast screening by requesting an appointment when they stop automatically being invited for breast screening.   About a third of all breast cancers are diagnosed in women over the age of 70.  However, only a small proportion (9%) of these are found through breast screening, compared to nearly 50% in women aged 50-70.  It is therefore important to remind older women of access to screening and encouraged to be breast aware, knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and how to check their breasts.   Finding breast cancer at an early stage can often lead to simpler and more effective treatment and this is as true for women over 70 as any other age group.  https://breastcancernow.org/about-us/news-personal-stories/breast-cancer-women-over-70                                                                 

Breast Cancer in Black Women   

A study1 published in the Social Science and Medicine journal found a relatively low level of awareness about the prevalence of breast cancer among black women. The study was based on a series of 20 focus groups with 100 black women aged between 25-50. Many of the women referred to “the whiteness of the media coverage of breast cancer”.  The journal highlighted that despite cancer incidence being lower in black women, survival rates were also lower, black women who develop breast cancer are more likely to do so at a younger age than white women and it is likely that it will be a more aggressive form.   A photography exhibition titled “Black Women Rising” was the UK’s first all – black female cancer portrait exhibition held in Peckham in March of this year, it focused on the effects cancer has on black women including their mastectomy and surgery scars, with the aim of raising awareness of the disease in the community and getting more black women diagnosed.  

Black Women Rising is now a lottery funded project, raising awareness of breast cancer amongst black women. https://linktr.ee/blackwomenrisinguk  

Travel Services at Selsdon Park

As of 1st October 2019 the surgery will no longer be providing a travel service. The surgery will continue to provide Hep A, Typhoid and Tetanus vaccinations but we are unable to provide assessments for travellers.

 

You can visit www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk who will be able to advise you on the travel vaccinations you will need for your trip. 

If you require Hep A, Typhoid or Tetanus please make an appointment with the nurse to obtain. 

 

Jabs Travel Clinic 01883 212010 Caterham are a private service who may be able to help you obtain any other vaccinatioins you require.

 

 


Changes to Red Cross Mobility Services

From the 16th September 2019 Croydon Mobility Aids Service provided by the British Red Cross is introducing charges for the hire of wheelchairs and toileting aids. 

Please click here for a link to their letter and poster giving more information.

Proposed Changes to payments for adult social care

Proposed changes to the Direct Payments policy for adult social care

  • We are proposing to update our direct payments policy and want to hear from people who use, or may want to use direct payments, their families, carers, professionals and organisations. 
  • We are doing this to ensure our direct payments policy is in line with the Care Act legislation (April 2015) and the changing needs of our population. 
  • Croydon is updating the policy, for our staff, and the people who use (or want to use) direct payments
  • Before we make any changes, it’s important that we understand if people think it will make their life better or if it could cause problems. 
  • To do this, we have developed a short survey, where people have the opportunity to let us know their thoughts.
  • The survey is online at www.croydon.gov.uk/directpayment_consultation where there is the full draft policy, a summary and an easy read version.  People can choose which one to read through and then answer a few questions.
  • If someone can’t go online, but has access to email, they can email Talk2SocialCare@Croydon.gov.uk  and they will be contacted to find out the best way for them to take part. 
  • The consultation runs until 16 August 2019.

 

Doctorlink

Doctorlink is a web based programme

 

The surgery has gone live with a new programme called Doctorlink. This is a web based programme which is accessed via https://app.doctorlink.com/selsdonparkmedicalpractice/register the programme works on an algorithm which helps direct you to the appropriate care provider for your symptoms.


Prescription Charges

 

 

Prescription charges are now £9.00per item/appliance from 1st April 2019.


If you receive regular prescriptions you may want to look into purchasing a PPC(pre payment certificate).

 

There are 2 PPC options to choose from: a 3-month PPC costs £29.10 and will save you money if you need more than 3 prescribed items in 3 months. a 12-month PPC costs £104.00 and will save you money if you need more than 11 prescribed items in a year.

Connecting Your Care

Connecting your Care is a new project being rolled out over across South West London. It will link health and care professionals enabling them to access your information. This will make things easier and quicker when you visit your GP or Hospital. 

 

Please click here to read further information on this new project

 

If you wish to opt out you will need to contact Connecting Your Care directly. The surgery is unable to do this for you. Please click here to find out how you can opt out 

 

Please click here to read the privacy notice regarding this project

 

Dermatology ENT Musculoskeletal Appointments

 

If you receive communicaton that you have an appointment here at Selsdon Park Medical Practice to see either a Dermatologist or ENT Doctor these appointments are made by Communitas who run this service. We do not have anything to do with their appointments or follow ups. If you need to contact Communitas please call 0208 683 6734.

 

Musculoskeletal appointments  are made by Connect Health the company that run this service. If you need to contact them please call 0207 052 1659.


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GP appointments at Selsdon Park Medical Practice

 

The surgery offers GP and Nurse appointments after 18:30 on various days of the week and on occasion GP appointments at 07:30 for those patients who work and are unable to attend surgery during normal opening hours, such as working patients & carers. These are subject to change and we would recommend that you contat the surgery to make on of thes appointments. 


GP Appointments after 6.30pm and Saturdays

 


The surgery is participating in a scheme located at Parkway Medical Centre New Addington. We are able to book patients into appointments from18:30-20:00 Monday - Friday and Saturdays 08:00-14:00

Nurses appointments are available on a saturday from 08:00-16:00.

We are only allocated a set amount of these appointments and there is a criteria which we are required to follow before booking these appointments.

Park Run

 

Dr Debbie Berry has registered the practice as a park run practice. This is a scheme to encourage people to run,jog, walk in local parks. This has been proven to have a positive effect on people's physical and mental health.   To find out more details of local park run locations or sign up please visit.

 

http://www.parkrun.com/

 

There is no sign up procedure you just locate your nearest park run even using the above link and turn up.

Click here for all the latest news including how to book your antenatal care directly with Croydon University Hospital and Princess Royal University Hospital

National Data Opt Out Programme

 

The national data opt out prorammed was introduced on the 25th May 2018.  This provides a facility under which individuals can opt-out of the use of their data for research and planning purposes,ensuring it is only used for direct care.

 

If you wish to opt-out you will need to visit www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters to set your preference. More information can be found at https://digital.nhs.uk/services/national-data-opt-out-programme.

The practice is unable to set your preference. 

Just be Croydon

On the 1st April 2017 Croydon Council started a new scheme for residents in Croydon to help improve their health and wellbeing. Areas covered include a free on line MOT, links to help you stay active, make smart food choices, help with giving up smoking and lots more. Please visit the site at https://www.justbecroydon.org to find out more on how you can stay healthy for life.


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