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CLOSING FOR STAFF TRAINING

Please be aware that on Thursday 20th May 2021 the Surgery and Dispensary will be closing at 1pm for staff training.  We will re-open at 8am on Friday 21st May. 

If you need medical advice and support when we are closed please contact NHS111.  If you have a life threatening emergency please dial 999. 

TELEPHONE PROBLEMS

We appear to have some technical issues with our phone system this morning - we are open until 1pm today 28/04/2021 before staff training.  We hope to solve the issues asap but you can still contact us via eConsult if you need advice today.    Please use the link on our home page.  

Appointment Pressures

We are experiencing exceptionally high demand for our GP appointments and we know this has a knock on effect for you our patients.

To help us help you we would encourage all patients to utilise our eConsult service available via this website, to confidentially contact the practice with routine and urgent but not medical emergency queries.  

This service has been designed to help your GPs manage and assess your healthcare needs efficiently.  If you use this service before 2pm we aim to contact you back the same day.  

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding. 

March 2021

Dispensary Update

We are pleased to announce that from Monday 29th March our dispensary hours are changing.  You will be able to collect medication between 9am until 1pm and 2pm - 6pm Monday to Friday. 

Thank you everyone for your continued support and kindness to our staff during the last 12 months.

Don't forget that the Dispensary and Surgery will be closed from 1pm on Wednesday 31st March due to staff training for the whole practice and we will be closed again on Friday 2nd and reopen on Tuesday 6th April for the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend. 

CLOSURE FOR STAFF TRAINING

Please be aware that the Surgery and Dispensary will be closed for staff training on Thursday 20th May from 1pm.  We will reopen as normal on Friday 21st. 

If you need medical advice during the time we are closed please dial 111 and speak with NHS111.  If you have a serious or life threatening emergency please dial 999. 

Thank you for your ongoing support. 

Please be advised the next scheduled shutdowns are as follows:

Wednesday 30th June 2021

Thursday 29th July 2021

Thursday 30th September 2021

Thursday 28th October 2021

Wednesday 24th November 2021

Thursday 16th December 2021

Thursday 24th February 2022

Wednesday 30th March 2022

January 2021

EMAIL SCAM WARNING

We have been alerted by patients that there is an email in circulation claiming to be from the NHS asking you to book a COVID Vaccination.  They seem genuine in appearance but are asking for your bank details and a payment. 

COVID Vaccinations are FREE, the NHS will never ask you for a payment for this. 

Please stay safe online, if you are suspicious of any email please report it to your service provider or the police and block further emails. 

Please speak with your family and friends if you think they may be at risk from this or other types of email scams, encourage them to speak out before signing up. 

Weight Loss & The Freshwell Low Carb Project

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Are you interested in a healthy diet, weight loss, being able to put Type 2 diabetes or Prediabetes into remission? Then read on.

A new FREE Colne Valley PCN Low Carb Programme is now available to patients of Freshwell Health Centre with a BMI of over 25, who are looking to lose weight or eat more healthily.  The six-week programme, delivered over Zoom,  will equip you with information, skills, tips and support to help you to adopt the low carb approach and help you to achieve your health goals. 
To find out more and book a place email:
lowcarb.cvpcn@nhs.net

Low Carb Support Group

Get support and share your experiences, recipes and success with others following a low carb lifestyle in the Colne Valley PCN area.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/382235179606729

The clinicians here at Freshwell are becoming increasingly excited about the low carbohydrate lifestyle revolution.There is emerging strong scientific evidence for the benefits of this way of eating, which can also be a very effectivemeans of losing weight. A low carb diet, similar to the traditional “Mediterranean diet” focuses on using naturalingredients and it tastes good. It is rich in healthy natural fats, nuts, meat, fish, pulses and vegetables.

Even for those not looking to lose weight there is scientific evidence to suggest that a low carbohydrate high fat lifestyle can reduce appetite and maintain a healthy bodyweight, reduce visceral fat (unseen fat which can coat organs such as your liver), benefit your blood cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of developing a number of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, dementia and cancer.

Even more excitingly, there is now increasingly strong scientific evidence showing that you can not only lose weight and clear fat out of the liver but also send Type 2 Diabetes into remission with this type of lifestyle. Many people have been able to stop their diabetes and blood pressure medication as a result of their weight loss and healthier lifestyle.Many of them are able to keep the weight off longer term as well.

In the six months leading to June 2019, we have recorded that 73 of our patients have lost 660lb (300kg) between them – that’s 9lb (4.1kg) average per person! Well done to all concerned and keep up the good work! It is amazing how many of these patients have told us how well they feel, with so much more energy than they had before.

We are pleased to announce our new website: www.lowcarbfreshwell.co.uk. It has been developed as a resource to help our patients to learn more about this healthy way of living. We are hoping that the “Freshwell Low Carb Project” will help spread the word amongst our community, so that they will be able to share information with each other about this lifestyle.

Our low carb website outlines a number of useful resources. In particular, we have found Dr Michael Mosley’s “8 Week Blood Sugar Diet” book a very useful resource. In this book, he advocates a low carb Mediterranean diet as a way of losing weight and sets out the health benefits that arise from this - especially the impact on Type 2 Diabetes and high blood pressure. This book can help anyone lose weight, not just diabetics. He explains the theory behind this way of eating in a way that is easy to understand. He also outlines his “8 week diet plan”, which is a “very low calorie diet” and a way of kick starting this lifestyle. Although it is quite extreme, it can be very effective if you are highly motivated. The accompanying “8 Week Blood Sugar Diet Recipe Book” is full of useful low carb recipe ideas.

If you suffer with any significant health conditions, particularly affecting the kidneys or liver or suffer with diabetes or high blood pressure – then please speak to a doctor or nurse before embarking on weight loss programs. This is especially important if you are on any medication because you may find very quickly that you no longer need this medication and should stop taking it so that your blood pressure or blood sugar does not drop too low. Please also discuss with a doctor first if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, under 18, if you have a past history of any significant mental health problem or any type of eating disorder. We will be only too pleased to hear of your plans and assist you through this stage.

Below, we have included a simple guide to get you started with your low carb lifestyle, written by Dr David Unwin, an experienced low carb GP in Southport. If you have any questions about any of this, then please book in with one of the Freshwell clinical team and if you have any success stories to share with us, we’d love to hear them!

Dr Unwin's Low Carb Mediterranean Lifestyle Sheet



 
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