The extended access service, currently provided by Fylde Coast Medical Services, offers GP practice appointments in evenings and at weekends, when our surgery is closed.
These services are currently offered from five different sites across the Fylde Coast.
However, from 1 October 2022, NHS England has requested that primary care networks (which are networks of GP practices across a small geographical location) take over the running of these services in their local areas.
This means there may be some changes to the services for our patients. We hope these changes will actually result in a more accessible service for local people.
We feel it is important that our patients are able to have a say in how these services are provided, including where and when, and we therefore have devised a short survey so you are able to do this.
Please complete the survey at: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/03F5HL/
Community blood pressure checks in pharmacies – supporting management of long-term conditions
Who is this service for?
For people with certain long-term conditions (including diabetes, atrial fibrillation and chronic kidney disease), understanding their blood pressure is a really important part of managing their condition. We know that it is not always easy for people to get their blood pressure taken so we are launching a new service, to be delivered through community pharmacies, to improve this access.
What does it involve?
People identified as being eligible for this service will be contacted by their GP practice and asked to visit a pharmacy to have a blood pressure reading taken. If you are or have been contacted, please try to do so as soon as you can.
When you visit the pharmacy, the pharmacist should be able to take your blood pressure reading without you needing an appointment.
The pharmacy team will be able to advise you if any action needs to be taken following your reading (for example, if it is high they may offer you a blood pressure monitor to wear for a set period of time at home to get a more detailed view of your blood pressure). The readings will also be passed on to your GP to make sure they are kept up to date.
Please click on the link below to see participating pharmacies.
NHS England require that the net earnings of doctors engaged in the practice is publicised, and the required disclosure is shown below. However, it should be noted that the prescribed method for calculating earnings is potentially misleading because it takes no account of how much time doctors spend working in the practice, and should not be used to form any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make any comparison with any other practice.
All GP practices are required to declare the mean (average) earnings for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice. The average pay for GPs working in Layton Medical Centre in the last financial year was £31,203 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 2 full time GPs, 2 Part time GPs and 2 locum GPs who worked at the practice for more than 6 months
Worried someone close to you is losing their memory?
Many people suffer from memory loss as they get older. But if it starts to happen on a regular basis, it could be the early signs of dementia.
What should I look for?
Dementia is not a single illness but a group of symptoms caused by damage to the brain. The symptoms include:
- memory loss, such as remembering past events much more easily than recent ones
- problems thinking or reasoning, or finding it hard to follow conversations or TV programmes
- feeling anxious, depressed or angry about memory loss, or feeling confused, even when in a familiar environment
What should I do?
If you’re worried about someone who is showing the signs above, encourage them to visit their GP to get a proper diagnosis. Use the link at the top of the page to find your GP.
The Alzheimer’s Society provides tips on how to raise the topic of dementia with a loved one.