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Extended Access - A new service is starting on the 2nd July 2018 for all patients in Stevenage called Extended Access.  This service offers additional Doctor and Advanced Nurse Practitioner appointments outside of surgery hours - these are for routine appointments only and can be booked by calling the practice in the usual way.  Please see our 'Latest News' section for more details.


Upcoming Events

EUROPEAN HEAD & NECK CANCER WEEK - 12TH - 19TH SEPTEMBER 2018

European Head & Neck Cancer week is an opportunity to promote awareness about the symptoms of head & neck cancer.

  • There are more than 30 areas within the head and neck where cancer can develop
  • Head and neck cancers include cancers of the mouth and throat, as well as some rarer cancers (cancer of the sinuses, the salivary glands, or the nose or middle ear)
  • Mouth cancers can develop on the lip, tongue or anywhere inside the mouth.  The most common places are the side of the tongue or floor of the mouth.
  • Some head and neck cancers are preventable.  You can reduce your risk by stopping smoking, reducing alcohol intake, eating 5 fruit and veg a day and keeping a healthy weight.

Signs and Symptoms - Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Poster

  • Sore tongue, non-healing mouth ulcers and / or red or white patches in the mouth
  • Pain in the throat
  • Persistent hoarseness
  • Pain and / or difficulty swallowing
  • Lump in neck

For further information please click on the link below:-

QUESTIONS ABOUT CANCER ?

Macmillan's Mobile Information and Support Service will be in the area shortly.  If you have any questions about cancer please go along to speak to their friendly specialists at one of the venues/dates detailed below: -

  • Outside Boots, Town Centre Road, HATFIELD, AL10 0JT on Tuesday, 28th August 2018 9am-4pm
  • Market Place (off High Street) HITCHIN SG5 1BH on Wednesday, 29th August 2018 9am-4pm
  • Outside Boots, Town Square, STEVENAGE, SG1 1BP on Thursday, 30th August 2018 9am-4pm

If you are unable to make it to one of the above dates/venues, you can contact Macmillan on 0808 808 00 00 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk

 

Carers in Hertfordshire Carer Hub Support Groups and

Peer Led Groups

Carers in Herts now have 13 hubs running in Berkhamsted, Bishop’s Stortford, Buntingford, Chorleywood, Hemel Hempstead, Hoddesdon, Potters Bar, Letchworth Garden City, St Albans, Stevenage, Ware, Watford and Welwyn Garden City.

The hubs are groups run by volunteers or carers for carers and focus on offering emotional and practical support. Most groups meet once a month and offer activities include a programme of speakers and time to talk. Carers can book 1:1 appointments with a Carers in Hertfordshire Carer Support Advisor at some meetings to plan their caring role.

In addition to the Carer Support Hub groups many areas will have Peer Led Carer Groups, for example there is a Carers' Camera Club, a Stitch and Knit group, plus support groups in areas such as Borehamwood and Bushey. 

There are some evening groups - one in Hemel Hempstead that meets on the second Thursday of every other month at Greenhills Day Service, Tenzing Road, Hemel Hempstead, from 7pm - 8.30pm and another in Hatfield at the Tesco Extra (Community Room) on the second Wednesday of each month from 7.30pm - 9pm.

You can find out more about Hubs in the Carers in Herts new 2017 video 'An Introduction to Carer Support Hubs' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmsjNOw-ins   There is also a video about the Stevenage Carers' Support group - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBD1Fd6Aq04, which they have been supporting for a number of years. This will give you an idea of what a Carer Support Group will look like.

For further information about the groups, venues, dates etc, please click on the link below:-

If you are interested in trying out any of the groups, please either email learning@carersinherts.org.uk or telephone 01992 586969 and let them know which group you are interested in attending.  Carers in Herts will then contact the carer contact for the group who will be able to confirm timings, dates and venues with you - as occasionally these may have to change.

Stevenage Ostomistics

The Stevenage Ostomistics host a group meeting for people who have a stoma.  These meetings take place on a monthly basis at the Oval Community Centre between 10.30am-12.30pm

For further information regarding these meetings, please contact Judy Colston on 01438 354018



 
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