Ruston Street Clinic

Other NHS services and resources

NHS 111 service

NHS 111 is a new service that has been introduced to make it easier for you to access local NHS healthcare services in England. You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is a fast and easy way to get the right help, whatever the time. For more information visit www.nhs.uk/111.

NHS Screening

Screening is a way of identifying apparently healthy people who may have an increased risk of a particular condition. The NHS offers a range of screening tests to different sections of the population.

If you get a normal result (a screen negative result) after a screening test, this means you are at low risk of having the condition you were screened for. This does not mean you will never develop the condition in the future, just that you are low risk at the moment.

If you have a higher-risk result (a screen positive result), it means you may have the condition that you've been tested for. At this point, you will be offered further tests (called diagnostic tests) to confirm if you have the condition. You can then be offered treatment, advice and support.

Screening in pregnancy

Pregnant women are offered the following types of screening:

Screening for newborn babies

Newborn babies are offered:

Diabetic eye screening

From the age of 12, all people with diabetes are offered an annual diabetic eye test to check for early signs of diabetic retinopathy.

Cervical screening

Cervical screening is offered to women aged 25 to 64 to check the health of cells in the cervix. It is offered every 3 years for those aged 26 to 49, and every 5 years from the ages of 50 to 64.

(letter invitation is sent to patients from the NHS screening team, however if your unsure when you are due for screening please contact us)

www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-screening/?gclid=CJ2w3bbyz-ECFZdnGwoduzYAFg

Breast screening

Breast screening is offered to women aged 50 to 70 to detect early signs of breast cancer. Women over 70 can self-refer.

If you have missed your screening contact : Central and East London Breast Screening Service, West Wing, St Bartholomew's Hospital, West Smithfield, London, EC1A 7BE Telephone:020 3758 2024 Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm

www.nhs.uk/conditions/breast-cancer-screening/

Bowel cancer screening

There are 2 types of screening for bowel cancer.

A home testing kit is offered to men and women aged 60 to 74.
Bowel scope screening uses a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera on the end to look at the large bowel. It is offered to men and women at the age of 55 in some parts of England.

If you're 75 or over, you can ask for a kit every 2 years by phoning the free bowel cancer screening helpline on 0800 707 60 60.NHS screening kits aren't available for people under 60.

www.nhs.uk/conditions/bowel-cancer-screening/

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening

AAA screening is offered to men in their 65th year to detect abdominal aortic aneurysms (a dangerous swelling in the aorta). Men over 65 can self-refer.

North london screening office details: Tel: 0333 009 6971 , North London Aaa Screening Programme, 1st Floor, Capital Tower, 91 Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8RT

www.nhs.uk/conditions/abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-screening/
 

Pharmacy First

If you are registered with a GP in Tower Hamlets you will be able to take part in Pharmacy First, a new scheme that allows faster access to advice and treatment for short-term minor conditions.

The conditions covered by the scheme include headaches, colds, sore throats, cough, fever, hay fever, constipation, diarrhoea, mouth ulcers, teething, indigestion, athletes foot, head lice, thrush, bites and stings, certain skin conditions, back pain, sprains and strains and eye conditions.

To register for the scheme you need to visit your GP practice and get a Pharmacy First registration voucher, which you take to a pharmacy in Tower Hamlets.

To use the scheme all you have to do is return to the same pharmacy.

Repeat Dispensing

If you, or someone you care for, use the same medicines regularly, you may be able to benefit from repeat dispensing from the pharmacist. This means you can collect your repeat medicines directly from the pharmacy without having to visit the surgery or make an appointment to see the doctor or practice nurse every time you need more medicine.

If you would like to be considered for repeat dispensing the first step is to talk to your doctor and ask them if you can use repeat dispensing.

News

  • Blood tests update

    Bloods tests ordered at the clinic should be done via booking appointment with the health care assistant at the clinic  or in the community hub clinics.

    Please DO NOT GO TO THE LOCAL HOSPITALS as this service is no longer available since 1st September.

  • Flu vaccines

    The first wave of delivery for the over 65 year old patients will be on 27th sept and patients will receive SMS to book appointments. (only eligible if on a chronic disease register)

    The second wave of delivery for the under 65 year old patients will be on the 10th October. ( again upon eligibility criteria)

    The children’s flu vaccines will also be ordered mid October. This is a live nasal vaccine for only a specific age group and again parents will receive an SMS inviting them in.

  • New staff joining RSC

    Dr Julia Moody - We are pleased to have her join from September onwards. She has a wealth of experience of working with the Tower Hamlets population and is a clinical lead in safeguarding children for the borough.

    Ms Shahara Begum – reception team

    Mr Abalkassim Mohamed- Health Care Assistant covering maternity leave.

     

  • Cervical Smear result Delays in results (National Issue)

     

    Laboratory turn-around times have been declining in London and across the country with many women not receiving their result letters within two weeks. To address this, several laboratories are now testing cervical samples using HPV primary screening. It is expected that all cervical samples will be tested using HPV primary screening by December 2019.

    The GP practices will not have the information either to help you with your results.

     

  • Intermittent slow internet connectivity and N3 line upgrade

    We experience drop in internet connection at the clinic from time to time. Many practices in the area are due to get an upgrade shortly. We shall keep patients updated when problems occur and we hope you will understand if econsult, EPS or online bookings are temporarily affected and our advised is to revert to telephone call to the practice or walking in and booking appointments in these circumstances.

     

  • Need a fit note, GP letter or test result?

     

  • Online services

    It is not necessary to always book a face to face appointment to see a GP.

    Use our e-consult blue banner to make contact with practice staff whether for admin purpose or to seek medical advise. Photographs of conditions can also be uploaded. The Gp will make a decision to call you with advise or ask reception to book an appointment for you or sign post to another service provider.

    Often patients are left frustrated that they have long waiting times on the telephone to book appointments. Did you know by downloading the Patient Access app you can book appointments, request for medications and view your medical records.

    WATCH THIS SPACE- online registration is soon coming!

  • How we use your medical records

    Important information for patients

    • This practice handles medical records in-line with laws on data protection and confidentiality.
    • We share medical records with those who are involved in providing you with care and treatment.
    • In some circumstances we will also share medical records for medical research, for example to find out more about why people get ill.
    • We share information when the law requires us to do so, for example, to prevent infectious diseases from spreading or to check the care being provided to you is safe.
    • You have the right to be given a copy of your medical record.
    • You have the right to object to your medical records being shared with those who provide you with care.
    • You have the right to object to your information being used for medical research and to plan health services.
    • You have the right to have any mistakes corrected and to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office. You can click to read the practice privacy notice here or speak to a member of staff for more information about your rights.
  • HUBS

    Walk in centres no longer exist, however some practices around Tower Hamlets offer extended evening and weekend appointments. Our reception staff may offer you appointments for emergency or new symptoms at these HUB practices especially if we have no appointments to offer. Please consider taking them up.

    Hub practices are: Harley Grove Surgery (E3 2AT), Blithehale medical centre (E2 6JA), Strouds Place (E2 7QU), East One Health Centre (E1 2QA).

    Click here for more information

  • Mental health

    If you are feeling suicidal and having a mental health crisis call the Tower Hamlets crisis number 02077715807.

    If you would like to speak to a therapist please contact Tower Hamlets Talking Therapies 0208 475 8080 and self refer.

  • DRUGS and ALCOHOL self referral

    Based at Mile End Hospital they accept self referral telephone 02081215301.

    Click here for more information

  • Registering now!

    Our list is open for new patients. Contact our reception on 020 8980 1652 for details.