We have set up this website as a gateway to trusted health and care information for patients, their families and those they care for who are registered at Haughton Vale and Thornley House Medical Centres. See the "Patient Control Panel" on the left which helps you to drive the care for you and your loved ones!
Within the site there are sections with specific content for Haughton Vale and Thornley House. If you believe there is information that we have not included and that you would like to see included, please let us know by visiting the Patient Zone for each Practice and send us yourcomments. We value all the feedback that we receive and regularly include information supplied by our patients.
Online Services Want to know what the doctor or nurse has written about you? Have you had blood tests done or been referred to the hospital for further investigations. Or maybe, you just want to order prescriptions online when you remember and not need to come to the surgery. Then why don't you Get Access Now.
We thought we would ask Margaret Rickson aged 83, member of the Haughton Thornley Medical Centres Patient Participation Group if she would like to show us how easy it it to get access to your records. Watch the video and tell us what you think by e-mailing us on email@example.com!
Healthcare Websites Do you want to get a better understanding of your health? We provide here trusted websites where the information will help you to understand your record better. NHS Choices, Map of Medicine, Patient.co.uk and Medipaedia provide information about certain conditions. Local Map of Medicine provides information on what is available locally rather than just general information. Medications A-Z is a great resource to tell you more about your medicines, side effects, whether it is safe to use in pregnancy or if you are breast-feeding and also other drugs that you may take for certain conditions too. Lab Tests Online provides specific information about blood tests, what they mean, what they are for and common questions you may have about them. EasyHealth has been designed specifically for people with disabilities eg visual impairment, deafness or learning difficulties so that you can learn too or inform others.
Specific Health Concerns Do you need to know something specifically about a certain type of health concern rather than a condition? Need advice on types of contraception, what works, how effective it is and what suits your lifestyle and preferences? It is worth considering long-acting reversible contraception if you have not considered it before.
Is your dad, partner or loved one's health fading. Men are often less keen to go and visit their doctor or nurse until it's too late. Would you know the signs and what to look out for if their health was fading? Find out and don't be a statistic. Of course there is a lot that we can do to help support our physical and mental health. Learn how young men in Hyde are doing and what they think health is about.
Many patients suffer with pain in silence. But did you know there are many tools to help you manage pain that are proven to work via the Pain Toolkit.
Perhaps you are planning on going holiday abroad and just want to know whether you are fit to fly, what immunisations are needed or what information you need about specific conditions and how to stay safe abroad. Worried about your sexual health and need to contact the GUM clinic? Or maybe you just want to know what to do about some embarrassing problems - you know the kinds you sometimes find difficult to talk about. Can you sort them out yourself or do you need to come and see the doctor or nurse?
Many people reach a point in their lives when something is troubling them about their relationships from young people to older people and Relate can help as can MIND based in Tameside. But sometimes things can really seem impossible and you feeling taking your life is the only option. But it isn't! There is help if you are suicidal because U can Cope. And if a loved one does pass away and you are struggling with bereavement, here is somewhere to turn to besides your surgery.
Unfortunately there does come a time when the doctors feel you or your loved on is reading the end of life and plans need to be put in place for what to do in that eventuality. Planning for your future care, finding out what your options are, what help there is, whether a hospice is right for you, hearing other people's experiences, learning about how to care for somebody who may be terminal, finding out what are the best treatments for common problems in terminally ill patients, who ought to be informed so that you are not ket waiting if you need help is all here.
Care does not stop when you or your loved one dies. There is so much more that needs to be done, forms that need to be processed, authorities that need to be notified, post-mortem, cremations and burials and letters that need to be sent to loved ones who may not be aware. What about organ donation? Now is the time to ensure your loved ones wishes are fulfilled and somebody else gets the chance of an improved quality of life if that is what they wanted.
Abuse Domestic abuse, bullying and co-ercion against your will are heinous crimes that can cause devastation to you and your family. But would you know where to turn if it happens to you or if you know somebody who is at risk? You may not be able to tell anybody in the surgery for fear of being found out but you can try seeing here or for Asian domestic abuse.
Other Advice Want to know how to get the best from the Out of Hours service. Be prepared and make sure you have your passwords so that you can share your records with the doctor if they need to see specific information. If you do need to be referred to another hospital then we will use Choose and Book which offers us an opportunity to inform you about the different hospitals that you can be referred to also sometimes what appointments there are so that you can leave the surgery with a fixed appointment date and time with the hospital or provider of your choosing!
Shared Decision Making
Healthcare is a team sport. It is very rare when the clinician (doctor or nurse) can know what is best for you. Usually we need to work with you to identify the "best" course of action. This is done best through shared decision making. It is hard to know exactly what this means particularly as this is an intensely personal experience but we have gathered together a number of resources that we think could aid you and your clinicians in this. What is Shared Decision Making, Patient Reported Outcome Measures, Decision Aids, Patient experience via HealthTalkOnline (adults and youth) and Patient Opinion. The Picker Institute did a case study looking at how Haughton Thornley Medical Centres is improving patient's health literacy by investing in engagement. Private health screening looks at the rise of private companies that are willing to screen you for various conditions and make a variety of claims for their benefit but at what cost.
We have got a few local services that we have put a spotlight on including COMPASS, District Nursing, the Healthy Trainer Service and Healthwatch Tameside. We also provide links for Care UK, Tameside Hospital Foundation Trust, Stettping hill hospital, Central Manchester Foundation Trust, St Marys Hospital, Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital, Wythrenshawe hospital and Salford Royal Foundation Trust.
The NHS isnot just about diseases that you may have or be at risk of. It is also about promoting health and wellbeing. Here you will find Superbetter, How to live to 100 and the top 10 tips to keep healthy. You can improve your lifestyle by trying Diski Dance from South Africa or perhaps look at Food & Diet, Exercise & Walking or find local places to get active. There's help to stop smoking (Smoke free or Quitline) and reducing alcohol intake (Drink Aware and Alcohol self-assessment), help with substance related problems. Here are questions and answers on weight loss. Learn about the Olympics 2012 and Sky Ride 2013.
Teenagers are in transition as they move from being a child to an adult. Often this can be a very difficult time and often they are not conducive to wanting to come to the surgery. So what issues do they have, what matters to them and where do they find out what is safe? Sheila Caldecott asked these questions from teenagers and helped to identify a variety of resources for teenagers (and their families) to use.
Many of us are carers and we also need help too. Carers in Tameside, Tameside Carer's centre, Carers' Direct, the Princess Royal Trust for Carers and the Carers Community Blog are all great resources that can help you to care for longer and with support.
Health Record Access
What does access to records mean? Is it for you? Perhaps you want to watch some YouTube videos showing Dr Hannan and Yvonne Bennett, a patient of Haughton Thornley Medical Centres describing what it is, what the issues as well as the benefits too. You can have a go with the test patient record and there is advice on how to keep your information safe and the details of the Local Care Record Development Board. You can check the top 10 reasons for having access to your medical records. Read a blog in the British Medical Journal on what we are doing as well as what the local MP for Hyde & Stalybridge Jonathan Reynolds thinks too. Listen to Dr Richard Fitton talk on BBC Radio Manchester with his patient Angela Lake talk about what this means for you.
Since 2008, we have done a number of talks on various subjects relating to patients accessing their records and what this may mean for you.
What does quality mean for you as a patient and for us in the NHS. Here are a variety of different documents and links which we have gathered to help us understand some of the theory behind all this, some of the policy that exists and some of the ideas we have generated in the practice that highlight how it relates to high quality care.
This final section gathers together a few miscellaneous items including Surgery Cares which introduces Instant Medical History which allows patients to complete an online structured questionnaire which helps to build a medical history for the doctor or nurse to read prior to seeing you. We also include NHS Evidence which is a great portal for finding relevant information from sources that have been recognised to have reached a certain level of quality as agreed by the NHS.
Do You Know?
More and more people are going on to the internet as each day goes by. But do you know how many and at what rate and what impact that is having on the way we inform people? Here is a You Tube video made by some Sony researchers in 2008 which gives us some idea of what is really happening out there and why it is essential that we embrace this technology but also start to help patients and the public to understand information and services better so that you can look after yourself and your loved ones better!
Enjoy (and turn up the volume !).
Who supplies the information for this website? There are many sources of information now available to us all on the internet, what we have endeavoured to do with this site is to bring together reliable sources of information from NHS Choices (National Health Service), BBC Health as well as links to patient and carer organisations, charities and others that we feel can be trusted. Please refer to the terms and conditions of use and ALWAYS CONSULT A DOCTOR OR OTHER HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL IF YOU REQUIRE MEDICAL HELP
Confidentiality We ask you for personal information so that you can receive care and treatment. This information is recorded on computer and we are registered under the Data Protection Act. The practice will ensure that patient confidentiality is maintained at all times by all members of the practice team. However, for the effective functioning of a multi-disciplinary team, it is necessary that medical information about you is shared between members of the team.
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