February 2015

At Street Lane Practice we are heavily involved in local medical politics. We have been encouraging patients to register for online access to their medical records for a while. We believe that it encourages a collaborative approach, between clinician and patient, to healthcare.

Click on this link to see a video which explains more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9nGMbEa9go&feature=youtu.be

Dr J Hobman, 9/2/15

December 2014 news

During Andrew Lansley's tenure as Secretary of State for Health he managed to alienate large numbers of Doctors and patients with his proposal to radically overhaul the NHS. This seemingly had been embarked upon without consulting (m)any health professionals or service users. There has since been a drive from Jeremy Hunt for the NHS to be patient centred with more efforts being made to engage patients in the management of the NHS.

The latest facet of this is the 'Friends and family test'. This asks the single question: "We would like you to think about your recent experiences of our service. How likely are you to recommend our GP Practice to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?"

Responses can be completed by following this link: https://www.iwantgreatcare.org/gpsurgeries/the-street-lane-practice

Responses are anonymous. Results and actions will be published on our website.

We are now in the grip of viral season. I would encourage anybody whose child has a runny nose and temperature to consult: http://www.patient.co.uk/health/coughs-and-colds-in-children. In essence it is normal for children with raised temperatures and runny noses to be off their food and to sleep more than they normally would. As long as they are drinking water, alert and not short of breath there is probably no action required except calpol, encouraging fluids and lots of cuddles. It is rare for coughs, sore throats, earaches and sticky eyes to need antibiotics. The defaut would always be though to consult your GP if concerns persist.

We will be open until 18:00 on 24/12/14. We will then reopen on 29/12/14 for business as usual. Additionally we will be closed on New Years Day.

And finally we would like to wish all of our patients a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Dr J Hobman, 8/12/14

October 2014 news

Expert Patient Programme

As a practice we are going to accumulate a list of patients on our list who are prepared to help other patients on our list on a voluntary basis. In our practice area we are blessed with experts in many fields. This may include people who are involved with national chronic disease charities and could advise patients with that illness on aspects of their care. We have plenty of retired medical professionals who have knowledge to share with patients. It could include people prepared to help with social care, for instance providing company for some of our lonely elder patients.

We have links with the Royal Voluntary Service which we will use to vet our volunteers. Our patient liaison workers, Daisy and Lois, are based at the practice. They will be instrumental in signposting volunteers to patients and vice versa.

Please e-mail the practice at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in being a volunteer

Thank you

Dr J Hobman 21/10/14

August 2014 news


Today we launched an e-prescribing system at Street Lane Practice. We think that this will benefit our patients. In essence if you are on regular repeat medicine you can nominate a pharmacy to manage your prescriptions. The pharmacy can then order your medicines electronically and remove the need for patients to pick up a prescription and deliver it to the pharmacy.

The same system will work for acute prescribing eg if painkillers are needed for a sudden onset backpain. Potentially you could nominate a pharmacy near your workplace to make picking up prescriptions easier.

Please ask at reception if you require further details.

I'll be posting the flu clinic details on the website as soon as they've been finalised.

Best Wishes

Dr J Hobman


May 2014

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

May 2014 News

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.



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

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