A NEW ERA AT LONGROYDE
After nearly 30 years at Longroyde Surgery, Dr Brook has decided to hang up his stethoscope and retire on April 25th. He had the surgery built in 1989, and established the practice as a single handed GP. It has continued to grow into a thriving practice with over 4000 patients. Dr Brook has always been committed to providing excellent access for patients, with readily available appointments. The Practice recently did well in a national NHS patient survey, voted the top practice in Calderdale for access by our patients. This is an acknowledgement of the way Dr Brook has strived to work, and he will be missed by a lot of patients. We will be sorry to see him go, but we wish him and his wife Jacky a very happy and well deserved retirement.
Dr Preston and I are delighted that Dr Sophie Mugglestone is joining the practice. She is already known to a lot of patients because she has been working here regularly for the last few years as a locum. We will continue to strive to maintain the excellent standard of care that Dr Brook established 30 years ago, although we can’t guarantee to provide the same banter about Huddersfield Town!
Access is a topical theme. We are currently working with neighbouring practices to set up an out of hours hub, which will provide appointments from 6.30 pm to 8pm, Monday to Friday. More information will be made available when plans are finalised. We hope this service will complement what is already offered at Longroyde.
After a very long, cold winter I think we are all looking forward to spring. I personally will be pleased to see the departure of all the horrid viruses and flu that people have been dealing with recently, and also to finally enjoy some milder weather. Spring will certainly be a time of change for all of us at Longroyde. We will always endeavour to provide the best care for all our patients, but we can’t promise to get it right all of the time! So if anyone has any feedback or comments, this is welcomed and can be given either through our patient group, or via the comments box in the surgery waiting room.
At this time of year we see more people with respiratory infections, earache, colds and sore throats. The majority of these are caused by viral infections, and do not require an antibiotic.
Because of increasing antibiotic resistance, and the lack of development of new antibiotics by pharmaceutical companies, we have to be very careful to use antibiotics appropriately. If germs become immune to antibiotics, infections that are currently treatable will become much more serious.
Public Health England have launched the "Antibiotic Guardian " campaign, which calls on everyone in the UK to become Antibiotic Guardians, by pledging to make better use of these vital medicines. All three GP's have signed up to this, and you may see literature displayed in the surgery.
We also have a range of leaflets in the surgery, which give useful advice about self management of these common conditions.
To try to ensure that all our patients continue to access an appointment within 24 hours, even during the busy winter months, we are employing additional GP's to create more appointment slots to match the increased demand.
Please can you help us by cancelling an appointment if you find that you no longer need it? We have a new text reminder system, and we can send you an appointment reminder providing we have an updated mobile phone number.
We still have a few flu vaccines left for anyone in an "at risk" group who hasn't yet had their usual vaccination. The receptionists will be pleased to make you an appointment.
We have two great new services in Brighouse- a pulmonary rehabilitation course which is a fantastic facility for patients who have been diagnosed with COPD, and an eight week pain management programme for anyone who experiences chronic pain. We are keen to encourage people to attend these, so please ask for more information if you are interested.