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Testing for blood in your poo using the FIT test

The NHS sends out free home test kits, called faecal immunochemical test (FIT), to eligible people to collect a small sample of poo and to send to a lab. This is checked for tiny amounts of blood. The tests are for people with no symptoms and most people get the all-clear.

Everyone aged 60 to 74 years who is registered with a GP and lives in England is automatically sent an NHS bowel cancer screening kit every 2 years. The programme is expanding so that everyone aged 50 to 59 years will be eligible for screening. This is happening gradually over 4 years and started in April 2021 with 56-year-olds and 58-year-olds in London invited from May 2022.

This home testing kit was introduced in June 2019 across England and is easier and more convenient to use than the previous bowel cancer screening test.

To do the test, you use the kit to collect a small sample of poo and send it to a lab. This is checked for tiny amounts of blood. Blood can be a sign of polyps or bowel cancer. Polyps are growths in the bowel. They are not cancer but may turn into cancer over time.

Ninety-eight out of 100 people who do the test get the all-clear. Two out of 100 are asked to go to hospital for further tests. Nine out of 100 people who have these further tests turn out to have cancer.

If people have symptoms of bowel cancer at any age, they should always see a GP, even if they have recently completed an NHS bowel cancer screening test. Symptoms of bowel cancer include one or more of the following: a persistent change in bowel habit, blood in the poo without other symptoms of piles (haemorrhoids), abdominal pain, discomfort or bloating always brought on by eating.

We are open and here for you and your family

To make sure you get the right care at the right time, Bromley GP practices are changing the way we work.

In a GP practice you will now find a wider team of specialists and professionals working together to help and care for you.  The larger practice team is designed to best manage the very busy workload and the range of health needs that people have.   New roles in GP practices include physician associates, health care assistants, clinical pharmacists and mental health practitioners.  These are just a few examples.

We also want to make it as easy as possible for you to make an appointment.   Due to high demand for services, the phone lines are busy, especially in the morning when lots of people call.  We are answering calls as quickly as possible, so please do be patient.

If your need is not urgent, please help your practice by using eConsult or the NHS App to ask questions, request prescriptions and book appointments.  If you need is urgent, please use the phone. ​​​​​​​

For more information on how we are working, visit www.selondonics.org/Bromleyprimarycare

Polio Vaccination – Children aged 1 to 9 years old

Children aged 1 to 9 years old in London are being offered a dose of polio vaccine. For some children this may be an extra dose on top of their routine vaccinations. In other children it may bring them up to date with their routine vaccinations. There are signs the virus may be spreading in London and the number of children vaccinated in London is lower than it should be. Boosting immunity in children should help protect them and reduce the risk of the virus continuing to spread.

If your child is eligible for an extra dose, the NHS will contact you to ask you to book an appointment for the vaccine.”

 Information leaflet for parents – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/polio-booster-campaign-resources

Information leaflet for parents in different languages –https://www.healthpublications.gov.uk/ArticleOverview.html?sp=Sall&pageTableId=tableView&pageNr=2

***FLU CLINICS***

All patients who are eligible for a flu vaccination will receive an invite letter from the surgery.  The letter will contain details of the flu clinics and a barcode slip.

NO APPOINTMENT is necessary as the clinics will be walk in only.  However you MUST remember to bring your tear off slip, as this will be proof of your eligibility for the flu vaccination.

FLU CLINIC DATES:

Saturday 1st October   08:30 – 11:30am

Saturday 22nd October 08:30 – 11.30am

Patients with mobility problems, should telephone the surgery to make alternative arrangements once they have received their invite letter after the 1st October 2022

 Please only contact the surgery if you have not received an invite letter by Monday 17th October 2022.

Notice – Dr Ami Patel

Dr Patel will be leaving Stock Hill Medical Centre on Wednesday 3rd August 2022.

We would like to wish Dr Patel all the best for the future.

Whilst we are trying to recruit a doctor to replace Dr Patel, her patients will not have named GP but their care will continue to be overseen by all the doctors at Stock Hill Medical Centre.  Please note that in any case, all patients are able to book appointments with any GPs working at the practice.