Dr Maassarani & Partners

Towerhill Surgery, Ebony Way, Kirkby, Merseyside L33 1XT

Going Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Last month we got together for Breast Cancer Awareness and had an in-surgery Pink Party.

Pink Party at Dr Maassarani & Partners
Pink Party at Dr Maassarani & Partners
Pink Party at Dr Maassarani & Partners
Pink Party at Dr Maassarani & Partners

Breast Cancer Awareness Month happens each year during October and is a chance to fundraise for vital breast cancer research, while also ensuring that women are breast aware.

Checking Your Breasts

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Examining yourself every month helps you get to understand how your breasts usually feel and you can check for any lumps or changes each month thereafter.

If you ever notice a change in your breasts and you are concerned, speak to your GP.

The Big Help/Care Merseyside Food Club

Sign up days – Tuesday 6th and Thursday 8th November

At Tower Hill Community Centre 09:30am – 13:30pm

We are absolutely over the moon to be able to announce that in partnership with The Big Help, something really special is coming to Tower Hill.

The Big Help Food Club is a brand new community shopping scheme that gives Food Club members access to high quality food and drink for a weekly subscription. Open to members only, with membership limited to 100 local people, The Big Help Food Club costs £3.50 per week in return for a minimum of £15 worth of high quality fresh food.

With fresh meat, fruit, vegetables, bread, dairy produce and frozen, tinned, boxed foods plus toiletries and household goods, local people will be able to make huge savings on their weekly shopping.

The Big Help Food Club will operate on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon and members will have a choice which day works best for them each week. Our kitchen will be open and our volunteers will be making refreshments while you wait to shop. The scheme is already in operation in Bootle and is making a huge difference to local people.

To register your interest in becoming a member of the Food Club, please attend our membership sign up days on Tuesday 6th and Thursday 8th November 09:30am – 13:30pm at Tower Hill Community Centre (at the front of the surgery).

If you can’t attend but want to register your interest in becoming a member, contact Cathy Connolly on cathy@caremerseyside.org.uk or call/text 07841 042032.

An example of some of the food options at The Big Help Food Club

New Phone Number at Dr Maassarani & Partners

From Monday November 5 2018, the phone number for Dr Maassarani & Partners will change to:

0151 902 0010


Please make a note of this new number, save it on your phone or change in your contacts book.

May we take this opportunity to remind you of the different ways in which you can access appointments and the different clinicians who are able to help you in your surgery.

Online Appointments

eConsult

You may not even need to call the surgery with online appointments. Have an online appointment with your GP using the new eConsult system (launching on November 5th). Click on our homepage www.mazmedical.nhs.uk  fill out an online consultation form and you will get a response back from your GP by 6:30pm the next working day.

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You can also book appointments online using Patient Access. This is the NHS app and website that links to our system for routine appointments only. If you haven’t yet registered for Patient Access, please email us at tower.hill@nhs.net so we can set you up with a login.

On the day appointments

If you are unwell and need urgent medical advice on the same day, we have a number of same-day appointments for urgent medical needs that are released at 8am.

There are two ways you can access these appointments:

1) By calling us on the phone on our new number 0151 902 0010 and speaking with a member of our team in confidence. They will be able to get you the right appointment with the right clinician for your medical problem (subject to appointment availability).

2) By using the NHS online booking system called Patient Access from your phone, tablet or computer. If you have not yet registered for Patient Access, please email tower.hill@nhs.net and our team will be able to set you up on the system.

When you call the surgery in the morning, our helpful team will ask for a brief reason for your medical problem so that they can ensure you’re seen by the right clinician for the right duration time.

On the day telephone appointments

We now offer same-day urgent telephone appointments with a clinician for some patients, depending on the medical problem you are experiencing. If you would prefer a telephone consultation, please let us know when you call.

Our clinicians will call you back during the morning before 11:30am. They will attempt to call you twice. Your clinician will attempt to resolve your medical query over the phone, however they may invite you into surgery later in the day if they feel they need to see you face-to-face.

*Please note, if you do have a telephone consultation booked, please keep your phone on so we can get through. We understand in the past our telephone consultations have come from ‘No Caller ID’ numbers. From November 5th, the phone number will be clearly displayed so you will know it is us calling you.

When there are no appointments left

Unfortunately, appointments with your GP surgery are allocated on a first-come first-served basis and prioritised by medical need. This is why we ask for a brief reason for your appointment, to make sure we are able to get you seen as quickly as possible with the right clinician. You may be advised to seek medical help from your local pharmacist, walk-in centre or even advised to visit your local Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital.

During the winter months you can request an ‘Extended Access’ appointment on an evening or weekend. Find out more here: http://www.mazmedical.nhs.uk/2018/09/28/extended-access-late-night-weekend-gp-appointments/

Routine advance appointments

We try and book routine appointments no more than 14 days in advance due to the very high number of DNA (Did Not Attend) appointments. Every person who does not attend their appointment takes a valuable appointment space up for someone who may genuinely need it.

You can book routine appointments by:

1) Calling our team AFTER 11am, Monday to Friday on the new number 0151 902 0010

2) Speaking to our receptionist when you are in surgery

3) Using Patient Access online booking system

4) Calling our 24hr automated telephone appointment system by calling our new number 0151 902 0010 and selecting option 1

5) Your doctor or clinician may book in a further follow up appointment during your consultation

Annual health check appointments

If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, stroke, asthma, COPD or you have been diagnosed with cancer, dementia or mental health condition you are asked to attend an annual health check during your birthday month. You will receive a letter with specific appointment booking instructions and the phone number for our annual health check team.

Clinicians at your GP practice

Many patients don’t realise that you don’t necessarily need to wait for an appointment with a GP to get the medical help you need.

At Dr Maassarani & Partners we have a team of highly skilled and trained clinicians in various roles including:

  • General Practitioner (GP)
  • Nurse Clinician
  • Practice Nurse
  • Health Care Assistant

This is why we ask for a brief reason for your appointment, so we can get you seen promptly by the right clinician for the right appointment duration.

Kind Regards,
Dr Maassarani & Partners

0151 902 0010
tower.hill@nhs.net

In other news:

Flu Season – are you eligible for your FREE flu vaccination?
http://www.mazmedical.nhs.uk/flu-vaccine-2018-19/

Extended Access – help us help you this winter with evening and weekend appointments http://www.mazmedical.nhs.uk/2018/09/28/extended-access-late-night-weekend-gp-appointments/

Big Help Food Club launches on Tuesday November 6th – get £15-£20 of high quality fresh food for just £3.50 a week
http://www.mazmedical.nhs.uk/2018/11/04/the-big-help-care-merseyside-food-club/


Extended Access – Late Night & Weekend GP Appointments

Did you know you can get a GP appointment in the evening and at the weekend?

Patients in Knowsley are able to benefit from extra GP appointments during normal surgery hours, in the evening and at the weekend.

The appointments are available in locations across the borough and we will aim to book you in at the most convenient time and location for you.

The appointments are available at:
Nutgrove Villa in Huyton
Kirkby Primary Care Resource Centre
Halewood Primary Care Resource Centre
Whiston Primary Care Resource Centre

Opening times vary between locations but overall Extended Access is available from 8am – 8pm, Monday – Friday and 10am – 8pm Saturday and Sunday.

To book an Extended Access appointment, ring us on 0151 244 4001, quote ‘Extended Access’ and a member of our helpful team will assist you.

Cervical Screening at Dr Maassarani & Partners

The aim of the NHS Cervical Screening Programme is to reduce the number of women who develop cervical cancer and reduce the number who die from it.

Since the screening programme was introduced in the 1980s, the number of cervical cancer cases has decreased by about 7% each year.

All women who are registered with a GP are invited for cervical screening:

• aged 25 to 49 – every 3 years
• aged 50 to 64 – every 5 years
• over 65 – only women who have recently had abnormal tests

Trans men who still have a cervix and are still registered as female with a GP will also be invited for cervical screening. Trans men who are registered as male will need to let a GP or Practice Nurse know so they can organise the test. For more information, read: Should trans men have cervical screening tests?

Women over 65 who have never been for cervical screening can have the test. Ask a GP or Practice Nurse for more information.

Being screened regularly means any abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix can be identified at an early stage and, if necessary, treated to stop cancer developing.

Cervical screening isn’t 100% accurate and doesn’t prevent all cases of cervical cancer, but it’s the best way to pick up any abnormal cells that could later turn into cancer.

Screening is a personal choice and you have the right to choose not to attend. To help you make an informed decision, please click the booklet below to download the latest guide published by the NHS.

Book your cervical screening direct with our team.
Call 0151 244 4595

Zero Suicide Alliance FREE Training

Monday, September 10th 2018 is World Suicide Prevention Day.

Staff from Dr Maassarani & Partners attended a recent launch of a brand new suicide prevention training scheme created by the Zero Suicide Alliance and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust to raise awareness of suicide prevention.

A brand new 20 minute online course is available to anyone, with Dr Maassarani & Partners encouraging staff and patients to undertake the training.

The online training will advise you on the steps (see, say, signpost) you can take if ever you find yourself in a situation where someone you know starts talking about suicide. Please take the time to complete the online training – it really could help you to save a life.

Take a look at Wayne’s story as told to the Zero Suicide Alliance:

If you need help or if you are worried about someone else, you can speak to your GP or seek immediate help from:

Samaritans – a national registered charity with local branches, available around the clock. Freephone: 116 123 or visit the Samaritans website.

CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably – a registered charity, which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. Phone: 0800 58 58 58 or visit the CALM website.

Knowsley CAMHS Services offers advice and support for people aged up to 18 and can help with lots of problems or worries such as if you’re feeling depressed, not enjoying food, feeling panicked or scared, having trouble concentrating, or having problems with your family life. Find out more by calling 0151 489 6137.

Kooth provides online and face to face counselling, information, advice and support for young people in secondary schools. Find out more on Kooth’s website.

AMPARO – support after suicide – offering advice and support around suicide prevention as well as support to adults, children and young people affecting by suicide. Find out more by calling 0330 088 9255, emailing referrals@listening-ear.co.uk, visit the Listening Ear website or follow on Twitter.

SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide) – meeting the needs and overcoming the isolation experienced by people over the age of 18 who have been bereaved by suicide. Find out more by calling 0300 111 5065, emailing support@hotmail.com, visit the website or follow on Twitter.

Zero Suicide Alliance FREE Training

Monday, September 10th 2018 is World Suicide Prevention Day.

Staff from Cornerways Medical Centre attended a recent launch of a brand new suicide prevention training scheme created by the Zero Suicide Alliance and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust to raise awareness of suicide prevention.

A brand new 20 minute online course is available to anyone, with Cornerways Medical Centre signing up to ensure that all our staff undertake the training.

The online training will advise you on the steps (see, say, signpost) you can take if ever you find yourself in a situation where someone you know starts talking about suicide. Please take the time to complete the online training – it really could help you to save a life.

Take a look at Wayne’s story as told to the Zero Suicide Alliance:

If you need help or if you are worried about someone else, you can speak to your GP or seek immediate help from:

Samaritans – a national registered charity with local branches, available around the clock. Freephone: 116 123 or visit the Samaritans website.

CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably – a registered charity, which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. Phone: 0800 58 58 58 or visit the CALM website.

Knowsley CAMHS Services offers advice and support for people aged up to 18 and can help with lots of problems or worries such as if you’re feeling depressed, not enjoying food, feeling panicked or scared, having trouble concentrating, or having problems with your family life. Find out more by calling 0151 489 6137.

Kooth provides online and face to face counselling, information, advice and support for young people in secondary schools. Find out more on Kooth’s website.

AMPARO – support after suicide – offering advice and support around suicide prevention as well as support to adults, children and young people affecting by suicide. Find out more by calling 0330 088 9255, emailing referrals@listening-ear.co.uk, visit the Listening Ear website or follow on Twitter.

SOBS (Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide) – meeting the needs and overcoming the isolation experienced by people over the age of 18 who have been bereaved by suicide. Find out more by calling 0300 111 5065, emailing support@hotmail.com, visit the website or follow on Twitter.

Mingle for Shingles

We are celebrating 70 years of the NHS with a special event, with a medical twist.

Eligible patients born after September 2, 1942 and those aged 78 – 79 have been invited to:

Mingle for Shingles

Thursday, July 5
13:00 – 16:00
Tower Hill Community Centre, Ebony Way Kirkby

It is a chance to celebrate the NHS landmark birthday, gather over tea, coffee and cake, enjoy the vintage inspired music and dancing and get the shingles vaccination.

Thursday July 5th is also the 70th birthday of the NHS and we are inviting an eligible group of patients to join us for an afternoon of vintage inspired music, dancing, refreshments and cake.

Why Have the Shingles Vaccination?

NHS statistics state approximately 50% of all cases of shingles occur in adults 60 years of age or older. 1 in every 6 people older than 60 who get shingles will go on to develop severe nerve pain in the area that they had shingles in, this is called post herpetic neuralgia which can last months or even years. There is no effective treatment or cure for this pain.

The Zostavax vaccine reduces the risk of shingles by 51% and reduces the risk of post herpetic neuralgia by 67%. You only need the vaccine once.

Please note that some people may experience mild reactions after being vaccinated that can last a few days such as headaches, soreness, itching, redness or swelling where the injection was given. This is rarely an immediate reaction and so it shouldn’t spoil your enjoyment at the event.

Eligible patients will be called week commencing June 18 to be invited to the event, with confirmation letters posted out week commencing June 25. If you cannot make the event but would like the shingles vaccination, this can be arranged in surgery.

If you think you’re eligible for the vaccine and would like to attend, or you’d like to make an appointment to have your shingles vaccination in surgery please call our team on 0151 244 4595

Mingle for Shingles event July 5th

 

Low Carb Life Group Cookery Demonstration

PLEASE NOTE: THE ORIGINAL DATE SCHEDULED FOR THIS EVENT HAS CHANGED TO JULY 5TH DUE TO WORLD CUP FIXTURES

 

The next Low Carb Life Support Group is due to meet on Thursday, July 5 at Melling Scout Hut (Caunce Hall) on Waddicar Lane.

This will be a special group meeting from 6pm to 8pm and will be hosted by Adam Franklin – the chef from local village pub, The Horse and Jockey.

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With rosettes under his belt and a host of award nominations, Adam started his career as a pastry chef before working all over the UK as a hospitality consultant to bars and restaurants.

Adam said: “My speciality is hearty, flavoursome dishes that warm and feed the soul. I am around food all day every day and have been for the best part of 3 decades. I feel like I had my 80 year lifespan allocation and just chucked it all into almost five decades. It was a shock, but not really a surprise, when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in February 2018.”

Since February, Adam did his own research and embarked on a low carb diet. His numbers have improved and he has lost 3 stones in weight in the last four months.

“It’s not been easy going from eating all the carby foods I love to completely overhauling my diet. I’ve experimented with flavours and textures and come up with some foolproof ways to make dishes as tasty as possible – whether low carb or not.” said Adam.

Adam will be bringing his pots, pans and a host of ingredients along to Melling Scout Hut for the live cookery demonstration for our Low Carb Life patients. He will show how to make simple low carb swaps and also talk us through ways to jazz up meals with spices, herbs and condiments. There will be a chance to have a taste of his dishes too.

If you’d like to join us on 28th June, please email lee.panter@knowsleyccg.nhs.uk

For further information on the Low Carb Life support group click here

Low Carb Life Support Group

LOW CARB LIFE SUPPORT GROUP FOR DIABETICS TYPE 2 DIABETES DR MAASSARANI

Join us every fortnight for our Low Carb Life support group for patients with type 2 diabetes.

If you’re looking to find out more about adopting a low carb diet to manage your diabetes, and find out how our current patients are doing on the diet, then consider joining us every other Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm.

We don’t believe in offering prescriptive and forced advice when it comes to transitioning to a low carb lifestyle. We prefer to arm you with the latest research, real world stories and medical results from current patients and let you make up your own mind as to whether this could be the eating plan for you.

Transitioning to a low carb diet is often met with challenges from friends, family, colleagues and contacts. It tends to go against the ‘norm’ but we have seen first hand the incredible results our patients have had in a short space of time.

As Featured on the BBC

THE TRUTH ABOUT CARBS LOW CARB SUPPORT GROUP

Dr Maassarani and 8 of our patients recently took part in a low carb, low GI trial where the first fortnight’s progress was filmed and featured on a recent BBC documentary The Truth About Carbs with Dr Xand Van Tulleken. In the first two weeks, the patients all reported a surprising average 7lb weight loss, but more importantly their blood results showed a reduction in their levels of HbA1C levels, reduction in fatty liver and there was no increase in low density lipid protein or total cholesterol, despite eating a higher fat diet.

In the original 8 patients, 3 reversed their type 2 diabetes, with some coming off their medication for the first time in 17 years – after just a fortnight of following the low carb plan!

It has been 7 months since the TV show was filmed and our original patients have been inspirational in their approach to the low carb lifestyle, making further health improvements.

Low Carb Life Support Group Meetings

Our patients wanted to maintain momentum by opening up the low carb lifestyle learning to other diabetic patients and their families through a support group setting.

Our Low Carb Life support group has recently welcomed a second wave of patients who we are supporting through the transition to a low carb lifestyle, to assist them in their management of their diabetes.

The group is open to patients of:

  • Dr Maassarani & Partners (Tower Hill & Melling Surgeries)
  • Cornerways Medical Centre
  • Roseheath Surgery
  • Halewood Surgery

We meet every other Thursday, upstairs at Tower Hill surgery from 6pm to 7:30pm, unless otherwise stated. For example, we may use other facilities for cookery demonstrations, but will always publicise this ahead of time.

Bring Your Partner

We encourage patients to come along and also bring their partner or family member (the people who cook most in the family!) to also understand the benefits of a low carb lifestyle and support you at home in between sessions.

The sessions are fun, informal and supportive in nature. Each session is different and may incorporate low carb documentaries, visits from low carb speakers and also live cookery demonstrations. The aim of each session is to present you with up-to-date information on living a low carb lifestyle, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and weight loss so that you can feel knowledgable and confident to change your nutrition for the good of your overall health.

If you would like to join us at the next Low Carb Life session, please email lee.panter@knowsleyccg.nhs.uk