Welcome to The Forest Practice
Formerly known as Dr Driver and Partners
Our normal Practice service hours are 08:00am - 6:30pm, Monday to Friday.
For appointments, Results and Cancellations:
0208 250 7510
Outside of theses hours:
In an EMERGENCY, always dial 999
For urgent, 'non emergency' needs, please dial NHS 111 who will be able to redirect you to the most appropriate out of hours service.
The Newham Access 7 Days a week service may be able to offer you an appointment 6:30pm to 10:00pm Monday to Friday and 8:00am to 8:00pm Saturday and Sunday. Call 0207 540 9949
Full details are attached Newham Access 7 Days a week
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
- There were 5,727 new diagnoses of breast cancer in London in 2017 and the latest data suggests approximately 55,000 Londoners are living with a diagnosis of breast cancer.
- Patients who are diagnosed early have the best chance of curative treatment and long term survival. The most recent survival data for breast cancer shows a one year survival of 95.2% and a five year survival of 85.0%.
- Breast cancer screening saves lives. However, in London less than two thirds of women attended their screening in 2017/2018 (63.3%) which was also a reduction compared to the previous year (2016/2017, 64%).
- Black women in England are more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage with breast cancer compared to white women. Data from Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and Public Health England (PHE) for 2012/13 showed that late-stage disease is diagnosed in around 25% and 22% of black African and black Caribbean women with breast cancer, respectively. This figure is 13% for white breast cancer patients.
Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer
- Common breast cancer signs and symptoms include:
- A lump or swelling in the breast, upper chest or armpit
- A change to the skin, such as puckering or dimpling
- A change in the colour of the breast – the breast may look red or inflamed
- A change to the nipple, for example it has become pulled in (inverted) Rash or crusting around the nipple
- Any unusual liquid (discharge) from either nipple
- Changes in size or shape of the breast
If you are between 50 and 70 years old, or part of the age extension pilot (47 to 49 years or 71 to 73 years) you will receive an appointment once every three years, inviting you to have a breast screening mammogram. If it has been over three years since your last breast screening appointment then please contact the office on 020 3758 2024
What is cervical screening?
Cervical screening, or the “smear test”, is a routine health check that identifies potentially harmful cells and changes on the cervix. Cervical screening is not a test for cancer but catching any changes early can reduce your risk of developing cervical cancer. Cervical cancer kills two women every day. Regular screenings can help reduce that number, which is why it’s so important you attend your screening when invited.
Who is the screening for?
If you are a woman, or someone with a cervix, you will be invited for your cervical screening at regular intervals:
If you’re aged 25-49, you’ll be invited every 3 years
If you’re aged 50-64, you’ll be invited every 5 years
It is advisable you have regular cervical screenings, but ultimately, it is your choice whether you attend.
What happens during cervical screening?
Your screening will only take a minute or two, the whole appointment usually takes around ten minutes. During your screening, a nurse will give you a private space in which to undress from the waist down. They will also give you a paper sheet to cover yourself and will ask you to lie on the bed. They’ll then place a speculum (a hollow cylinder with a rounded edge) in your vagina. This helps them see your cervix. Then, using a small brush, they’ll gently gather some cells from your cervix. They’ll remove the speculum, put your sample in a pot and send it off for testing. You’ll get your results around two weeks later.
The nurse is there to answer any questions or concerns you may have before your appointment, so please talk to them if you’re feeling nervous. There are also a range of things you can do to put yourself at ease during your screening:
- If you’d like, you can take a trusted friend or family member with you
- Wear a long, loose dress or skirt. It may make you feel more covered during your screening
- Take long, deep breaths to help you relax
- Listen to a podcast or some music during your screening to put you at ease
- Speculums come in a range of different sizes. It is a rounded cylinder which is gently opened so nurses can see your cervix. You may want to discuss the size of the speculum with the nurse before you have the test.
If you’re due to have a cervical screening, you’ll receive a letter in the post. Don’t ignore it, book your cervical screening with your GP practice today.
If you missed your previous screening, contact your GP practice to book an appointment today.
How to book your cervical screening appointment
If you are due a cervical screening you can book an appointment with your GP practice.
As a parent, you may not like seeing your baby or child being given an injection.
But vaccination will help protect them against a range of serious and potentially fatal diseases.
There are 3 good reasons to have your child vaccinated:
- Vaccinations are quick, safe and extremely effective.
- Once your child has been vaccinated against a disease, their body can fight it off better.
- If a child is not vaccinated, they're at higher risk of catching and becoming very ill from the illness.
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There will always be some children who are unprotected because:
- They cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons.
- They’re too young to be vaccinated.
- The vaccine does not work (although this is rare).
- But if more parents have their children vaccinated, more children in the community will be protected against an illness, such as a measles outbreak.
IF YOU DO NOT VACCINATE YOUR CHILDREN THEN THEY ARE AT RISK
GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS
The new GDPR Regulations come into effect from Fri 25th May 2018. We have updated our Privacy Notice to reflect this. If you require any further information please contact our Duty Manager at Reception.
DO WE HAVE YOUR CORRECT CONTACT DETAILS?
It is important that your contact details are up to date. If you have changed your mobile number, e-mail address or any other details recently or if you are unsure if we have your correct details, please check with us on your next visit.
PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP (PPG)
We have an active Patient Participation Group (PPG)which is very keen to have more members. The PPG meets every 3 months to discuss anything related to the practice and the wider NHS. Please see reception or the PPG Board in the waiting area for info on the next meeting and how to get involved.
APPOINTMENTS WITH GP'S
We appreciate it is hard to get an appointment at the moment in the NHS. Please kindly consider if you need to see a GP.
Your local PHARMACIST can over minor ailments, chronic disease reviews and medications over the counter. On the minor ailments scheme, they are also able to give you medications like Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, Anti-fungal treatment, Warts, Cold sores etc - please see your pharamcist where possible.
LOOK AFTER YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
Should you need support with your mental health, Talking Therapies Newham will be able to help. You can simply call them directly to arrange a review. Please call 0208 475 8080. They offer a range of counselling and support services.
Should you get pregnant and need to see a midwife you can self refer to the midwife who does all your antenatal care, you do not need to see the GP. Please call Newham Hospital Antenatal Clinic to book an appointment.
TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY
Should you require a Termination Of Pregnancy, you do not need to see the GP. Please call British Advisory Pregnancy Service on 0345 7304030, based in Stratford. They will give you an urgent appointment dircectly.
You can now book appointments or order your repeat prescriptions online. You will need to contact reception first to sign up to use this service. You will need to bring a photographic ID and proof of address (e.g utility bill) with you.
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