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 The Silverdale and

   Ryecroft Practice

You can now nominate a pharmacy of your choice and we will send your prescriptions directly to them for you to collect. Please contact your preferred pharmacy for more information.

Care Data

How sharing information in your medical records can help the NHS to provide better care


A modern information system has been developed, which will make increased use of information from medical records with the intention of improving health services. The system is being delivered by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) and NHS England on behalf of the NHS.

It is important that the NHS can use this information to get a complete picture of what is happening across health and social care and to plan services according to what works best. The new system will provide joined-up information about the care received from all of the different parts of the health service, including hospitals and GP practices.


Your date of birth, full postcode, NHS Number and gender rather than your name will be used to link your records in a secure system, managed by the HSCIC. Once this information has been linked a new record will be created. This new record will not contain information that identifies you. The type of information shared, and how it is shared, is controlled by law and strict confidentiality rules.

The new system will also provide information that will enable the public to hold the NHS to account and ensure that any unacceptable standards of care are identified as quickly as possible. Information will help to:

  • find more effective ways of preventing, treating and managing illnesses
  • guide local decisions about changes that are needed to respond to the needs of local patients
  • support public health by anticipating risks of particular diseases and conditions, and help us to take action to prevent problems
  • improve the public’s understanding of the outcomes of care, giving them confidence in health and care services
  • guide decisions about how to manage NHS resources so that they can best support the treatment and management of illness for the benefit of patients

It is important that you read the leaflet How information about you helps us to provide better care (PDF, 344kb) so that you understand how information in medical records can be used to improve the way that healthcare is delivered.

If you are happy for your information to be used then you do not need to do anything. But if you have concerns you should talk to your GP.

If you do not want information that identifies you from being shared outside your GP practice, talk to a member of staff at your practice. They will make a note of this in your medical record. This will prevent your information being used other than where necessary by law, such as in case of a public health emergency. You will also be able to restrict the use of information held by other places you receive care from. However, this will not affect the care you receive.

You can change your mind at any time and as many times as you wish. Just speak to your GP practice and ask them to record your wishes. For example, if you state that you are happy for your information to be used then you later decide that you object, tell your GP and the HSCIC will then ensure that any information they have from your GP practice and that could identify you is removed.

Information from GP practices will begin to be extracted and sent to the HSCIC in the autumn 2013. The GP data will be linked with the hospital data already held by the HSCIC.

For more information about how data is collected and shared, including confidentiality, read the Q&A below or download the FAQ for patients (PDF, 153kb) produced by the HSCIC and NHS England.


Flu Vaccinations 2016/17 - Vaccinations are available from early September to the end of March.


Flu vaccines


Influenza is a common illness during the winter months. If you are normally fit and healthy, then although extremely unpleasant, it is not normally dangerous.


If you have a chronic health condition or are in an at-risk group than immunisation is recommended because it reduces the chances that you may need admission to hospital for 'flu and reduces the chances of dying from influenza.





Out of hours contact.

As of the 3 April 2013 there is a new number for out of hours:

0300 123 0868 - This number is for when the surgery is closed.




Breast Cancer is the most common cancer and around 45,000 women in the UK will develop it each year. The risk of breast cancer increases with age and 80% of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50. 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer at some time in their lives.




The NHS Breast Screening Programme invites all women between the ages of 50-70 for a mammogram once every three years.  The age range has been increased and women aged 47- 49 are also eligible for screening.

If they do not receive an appointment one can be arranged by telephoning

0300 123 1463.

Any woman over the age of 70 can also self-refer every 3 years.


Breast screening can pick up cancers when they are too small to see or feel, so regularly attending your breast screening appointment is very important.

Your GP strongly recommends you to attend this x-ray.


We now have a mobile unit parked on the Morrisons car park in Newcastle as well as the static unit in Hanley.  It is easy to change your appointment if it is not convenient by phoning the number on the invitation letter.


We also have a web site:     www.bscreen.org.uk/northstaffordshire


Screening is not the only way to spot breast cancer. It is important that women know how their breasts normally look and feel so they can find changes early.

Finding breast cancer early can save lives so it is important for women to be

Breast Aware.


Know how to find the signs of breast cancer

Follow the five point code:


  • know what is normal for you
  • look at and feel your breasts
  • know what changes to look for
  • report any changes without delay to your GP
  • attend for breast screening if you are 47 or over


Look out for:

  • a change in the size, shape or feel of your breast.
  • a new lump or thickening in one breast or armpit
  • puckering, dimpling or redness of the skin
  • a rash that does not heal easily
  • changes in the position of the nipple or a nipple discharge


If you have any of these symptoms, it’s really important that you get checked out by a doctor.

Pneumococcal Vaccination

Everyone over the age of 65 years is eligible for this vaccine which helps to prevent pneumonia. If you have not yet had the vaccine please contact the surgery to make an appointment. More information about the vaccine is available here (requires acrobat reader).

NHS Summary Care Record

The NHS in England is introducing the Summary Care Record, which will be used in emergency care. The record will contain information about any medicines you are taking, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had to ensure those caring for you have enough information to treat you safely. It does not include full access to your medical record.  


Your summary care record will be available to authorised healthcare staff providing your care anywhere in England, but they will ask your permission before they look at it. This means that if you have an accident or become ill, the doctors treating you will have immediate access to important information about your health.

The Silverdale practice is supporting Summary Care Records and will start to create records from September 2011.

As a patient you can choose not to have a Summary Care Record by completing an opt out form available from Reception.

Dove Bereavement Service

The Dove Service works across Staffordshire and South Cheshire providing support and counselling to those struggling with bereavement, life-changing illness, and loss, as well as providing workshops and training for issues related to loss, grief, bereavement. They now run a clinic at the surgery for patients to book in to directly.  Please ask at the surgery for details.

F2 and ST2 Doctor and GP Registrar

The Practice is an established teaching Practice and trains both undergraduate and postgraduate doctors. Currently we have one Registrar and two Specialist Training Doctors. Both are attached to the North Staffordshire GP Vocational Training Scheme.        


We also have a Foundation Level 2 doctor who is a junior Doctor attached to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, gaining valuable experience in General Practice as part of basic training. All training Doctors are supervised. 

On occasion you may be asked to participate in a video surgery which is used as an assessment tool.

Improving Our Service

We wish to remind you that you can now use the internet to:

  • order your repeat prescriptions
  • to make some doctor appointments
  • to cancel any appointment
Interested? To register for this service please ask at Reception for further information. We are pleased to tell you that two patient lines are now up and running. This should make a significant difference to telephoning the surgery, especially at busy periods in the mornings. Please still try to ring for results in the afternoons.

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