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We are running a Covid Vaccination Clinic on Saturday 28th May. If you are over 75 years of age or have an underlying medical condition which makes you eligible for Spring Booster please contact the surgery in order to make an appointment for your vaccination. 

The North Riding Community Health Primary Care Network are seeking to recruit a Care Coordinator located at Ayton & Snainton Medical Practice. Please click on the link below for more details and to apply.

The 'My Planned Care' website contains helpful information and guidance for patients waiting for a hospital consultation, treatment or surgery. This included information about waiting times at your hospital and other supporting and local services while you wait. This site is updated weekly and can be viewed by anyone.

Dispensing Service
We want to let you know about the new and exciting developments that we have been implementing at the practice.
Over the last few months, we have been re-shaping our dispensary and upgrading our dispensing systems. We are aware that this has caused some delays and we have had some teething problems with the new system. We are confident that we are now in a position to provide a better than ever dispensing service to those patients that we are allowed to dispense medication to. Regrettably we are still not allowed to dispense to those patients who live within one mile of a Pharmacy.
Some of you may have already been sent a text to collect your order from our new medicines collection locker. If we have your mobile number, you will be sent a text to collect your order when it's ready. The locker allows you to pick up your medicines 24 hours a day and prevents you from having to queue at the dispensary door. If this is a service that you want to access, and we don't have your number please let us know when you place your order. 
There are several ways to order your repeat prescriptions:
  • Call 01723 864553 and leave your order on our answer machine by pressing option 1
  • Call the above number and speak to one of the dispensing team, this may necessitate a wait at busy times
  • Order online at www.ayton-snainton.co.uk
  • Download and order through the NHS App
  • If you have a query about your medication, please call 01723 864553 and press option 2, again this may necessitate a wait at busy times

We apologise to those patients who have had a longer wait than usual over the last few weeks.


***Important information regarding visiting the surgeries***
Please note that we don't yet know whether the rules for the NHS will change.
So, until this is confirmed, please continue to:
-wear your mask in the surgery
-keep distance from others when in the surgery
-arrive no longer than five minutes before your appointment time
-avoid attending for routine care when you have Covid
-tell us if you have Covid symptoms or are Covid positive when you have an appointment
That way we can keep all patients safe - including those who cannot be vaccinated or whose immune systems are compromised/weak.
Thank you



We are in the process of improving our Dispensing area. This will cause some disruption therefore please order your medication in plenty of time. We will endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum. Please visit this site or our Facebook page for further updates. 
Thank you.

Please note that if you do not wish to receive text messages from us please let us know as soon as possible. We hope to invite eligible patients for their Flu and Covid vaccinations by text messages going forward. 
Thank you 


The data held in GP medical records of patients is used every day to support health and care planning and research in England, helping to find better treatments and improve patient outcomes for everyone. The new data collection, known as the General Practice Data for Planning and Research, reduces burden on GP practices, allowing doctors and other staff to focus on patient care. NHS Digital has engaged with the British Medical Association, Royal College of GP's and the National Data Guardian to ensure relevant safeguards are in place for patients and GP practices.

From 1st September 2021 pseudonymised (non-identifiable patient data) data from GP medical records will be shared with NHS Digital. NHS Digital will not collect patients' names and addresses. Any other data that could directly identify patients (such as NHS Number, Date of Birth, full postcode) is replaced with unique codes via de-identification software before the data is shared with NHS Digital.

If you do not want your identifiable patient data to be shared with NHS Digital you can opt-out by registering a National Data Opt-out via the below link:-

https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/manage-your-choice/

If you have any further queries please visit the following link for more information:-

https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/data-collections-and-data-sets/data-collections/general-practice-data-for-planning-and-research/advice-for-the-public

Health Information

 Diet - "You Are What You Eat!"

The media has recently focused on the problem of increasing numbers of overweight children and adults due to junk food diets and less exercise and leading to more heart disease, diabetes and arthritis. On a more positive note the health information campaign to encourage people to eat 5 portions of fruit or vegetables a day has had some success.

The basics of a healthy diet are –

  • Eat regular, moderate size meals (don’t skip breakfast!)
  • Try and have 5 portions of fruit or veg a day
  • Eat more fibre (brown bread, cereals, pulses, fruit, veg)
  • Eat less fat (especially saturated fat)
  • Eat less salt
  • Eat less sugar
  • Drink more water (at least 2-3 pints/day)

Thinking of Stopping Smoking? - Read On..

We all know people who lived to a ripe old age despite smoking 20 a day for years. But they are the exceptions. One in two long term smokers will die prematurely from disease related to smoking, most commonly lung cancer, heart disease or chronic bronchitis. Half of these deaths will be in middle age. Smoking causes 1000 admissions every day to UK hospitals.

If you smoke and would like to stop we can help – we know that it isn’t easy to give up. You can contact Living Well SmokeFree on 01609 797272 or visit https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/stopping-smoking .

Exercise

Exercise makes the heart stronger and lowers blood pressure, improves the efficiency of the lungs, improves muscle strength and flexibility, prevents osteoporosis (thinning of the bones), reduces cholesterol and aids weight loss, improves digestion, reduces depression and stress and improves brain function, improves immunity (ability to fight infections) and reduces the effects of aging. So why don’t we all do it?!

“Haven’t got time” – there are the same 24 hours in a day for all of us – what we do with them is a question of setting our own priorities. 

“Can’t think what to do” – choose something you will enjoy – it doesn’t have to be running or going to the gym. Swimming, dancing and brisk walking are all good exercise. Try one of the walks below.

“It makes me too tired” – think positive – say to yourself “my body is working hard and I’m getting stronger”.

Plan well – each Sunday think about what you will be able to do in the coming week. Set yourself goals and reward yourself if you achieve them.

Walks Around Our Area

Brisk walking is good exercise – we would like to publish a series of local circular routes, starting from the villages in our area, on our website. If you know a good route of between one and three miles (we will publish longer routes but the main emphasis is to describe walks that people can do regularly) please let us know and we will put it on the site. Please ensure that only routes over public rights of way are described.

Route 1 – To Hutton Buscel

Walk West along Pickering Road past the surgery. Cross at the pedestrian island and take the first turning R towards Hutton Buscel. Turn immediately L across the stile along a public footpath. (for a shorter route, miles, continue along the road and join the main route again at Allandale House). Follow the path across the fields, below the village, to join the road at Church lane. Walk straight across, through the lych gate into the churchyard. Follow the path straight ahead then round to the right past St Matthews church and out along vicar’s walk to join the main street. Turn R along the street and follow it along and down the steep hill. 50yds from the bottom of the hill, turn L just before Allandale House. Walk up the hill and as the ground levels turn R along a footpath, initially between two hedges, then through a gate and along the R hand edge of the field. Go through another gate and down the hill to Yedmandale Road. You can see the old quarry to your R and Low Yedmandale farm to your L. Turn R and follow Yedmandale Road back to Pickering Road.

Route 1 - Cross country to the Downe Arms (2.3 miles)

From the main street turn L up Middle lane. After 400yds turn L through gate into field signed public footpath. Keep along the northern border of this field to join Great Moor Road. Turn L then almost immediately R onto another footpath. This runs along the edge of the field then between two hedges (can be very muddy) down to a foot bridge over Bedale Beck. (For a shortened route turn L before the footbridge and cross the stile back into the field following the path diagonally across the field to the west end of Main St). Cross the bridge and follow the path around the R side of the pond, into the field, turning L then R to skirt the edge and then join the road above the Downe Arms. Turn L and follow the road down to the pub. Turn L along the A170. Just past the entrance to St Helen's caravan park, turn L across a stile, then R into the field signed "dog exercise area". Cross this diagonally via the footpath, crossing a second field on the same line to the top L hand corner. Step out of the field onto the W end of Hutton Buscel Main Street and return to your starting point.



 
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