Hello all,

It's been a busy month in which we've a had an influx of patients from Shadwell Medical Practice. Welcome all.

Our very own Anne Aitken (Practice Nurse) unveilled her Ginger and Orange Cherubs in the Harrogate branch of Waitrose earlier this week following her TV appearance with Lorraine Kelly. They are now available to buy at the Waitrose Patisserie. I've had the good fortune to sample her wares and would highly recommend you give them a go (in moderation and with lots of exercise etc..).

Finally we welcome Daisy and Lois as 2 new members of staff. Our aim is to use them as a resource to help signpost our patients toward the many community based services which we have in Leeds.

We envisage that initially patients will be referred on from their GP if they have certain chronic health conditions, are carers or who are in the early stages of an illness, such as diabetes or hypertension, and could be helped with diet and lifestyle advice.

Thanks for reading.

Dr J Hobman, 15/5/14.

There have recently been several developments at Street Lane Practice.

Patient paper records are being scanned onto computer discs. They will be forwarded onto new GP practices as and when patients move out of our practice area as opposed to sending the paper records. This move will free up space in our offices which can then be put to alternative use.

All patients receiving medicines on a repeat prescription need to have their medication reviewed annually. This is to ensure that medicines are being used safely and are still required. It's also an opportunity to assess control of chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma. The medication review may require blood pressure check and blood tests. Our aim is that patients have their medication review in the month of their birth. In the short term patients may find that they are being asked to come in for medicaiton review sooner than they expect. We ask you to bear with us in this transitional year.

We welcome several new members of staff:

Dr Zahra Alani, GP Registrar

Dr Elizabeth Doxford-Hook, FY2 GP trainee

Nicky Whitfield - practice nurse

Lois Bentley and Daisy Ebanks - patient liaison facilitators

Best Wishes

Dr J Hobman

Alcohol:

We all lead stressful lives and cope with the stress in different ways. Some people use alcohol to destress. The danger arises when drinking alcohol becomes an essential part of the evening and is being relied upon to help cope with life. In Roundhay we don't see many patients guzzling 3 litre bottles of White Lightening. We do however see lots of patients who drink a bottle of good quality claret each day and assume that because they aren't falling out of pubs drunk this is an acceptable level of consumption. In reality alcohol is alcohol and both patterns of drinking are harmful. 

Recommended safe alcohol consumption levels:

Men - <21 units per week. Not more than 4 units each time and at least 2 alcohol free days per week.

Women - <14units per week. Not more than 3 units per day and at least 2 alcohol free days per week.

If pregnant, to minimse the risk of harming the baby, women should drink a maximum 1-2 units of alcohol per week.

This allows the liver to recover between drinking sessions

Examples of a unit of alcohol would be:

Half a pint of 3-4% lager, bitter or cider

A single 25ml measure of 40% alcohol spirits

A bottle of 12% wine would typically contain 9 units of alcohol. Those with 14-15% alcohol content contain more.

Therefore to be within safe limits men should drink no more than 2 bottles of wine per week and women no more than 1.5 bottles.

Health risks of persistent alcohol excess:

Depression, Hepatitis (liver inflammation). Cirrhosis (scarred liver), Cancer (mouth, oesophagus, bladder), pancreatitis (pancreas inflammation), high blood pressure, impotence and others.

How to know you're drinking too much:

  • Need a drink every day
  • Drink alone often
  • Drink to stop shaking
  • Drink early in the day
  • Neglect other interests so you can drink
  • Other people are telling you you're drinking too much

If you think you need help:

  • Come and speak with your GP or Practice Nurse
  • Gradually reduce the amount you drink
  • Self refer to Leeds Addiction Unit 0113 295 1300

Internet resources:

http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Alcohol-and-Sensible-Drinking.htm

www.drinkaware.co.uk

www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

Additional information