Practice News

Free NHS Health Checks for patients aged 40-74 years

Dated: 26-Nov-12

Free NHS Health Check at Sutton Park Surgery

The NHS Health Check programme aims to help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. Everyone between the ages of 40 and 74, who has not already been diagnosed with one of these conditions, will be invited (once every five years) to have a check to assess their risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease and will be given support and advice to help them reduce or manage that risk.

The NHS Health Check consists of a few simple tests that will give you and your GP or health professional a clearer picture of your risk of developing these common conditions. For more information please follow the link: What happens at NHS Health Check?

You'll then be given advice on what action you can take to lower your risk and improve your chances of a healthier life. For example, making changes to your diet or becoming more active.

If you're aged between 40 and 74 and haven't already been diagnosed with heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, or had a stroke, you will be invited for your check at some time over the coming years. We will write to you enclosing a leaflet about the NHS Health Check programme and we will also ask you to complete a questionnaire about your alcohol and exercise habits which you should bring with you to your Health Check appointment.

Following your first check, you will be invited for another check every five years until you are over 74. If you are diagnosed with heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease or have a stroke after your first or any subsequent NHS Health Checks, your condition will be managed as usual and you will not be sent another NHS Health Check invitation.

If your GP offers you any medical treatments after your NHS Health Check, such as medicines to lower your blood pressure, your progress on those medications will be monitored by your GP.
If you’re concerned about your health currently, please don't wait until your NHS Health Check to do something about it. Go to your GP as you would normally.

Whooping Cough Vaccination in Pregnancy

Dated: 9-Nov-12

There is a lot of whooping cough (pertussis) around at the moment and babies who are too young to start their vaccinations are at greatest risk. Expectant mothers can help protect their babies by being vaccinated against whooping cough from week 28 of their pregnancy. There is no evidence to suggest that the vaccine is unsafe for mother or baby if used in pregnancy.

You may have thought whooping cough had died out, but the number of cases has recently been rising with over four times as many cases in England and Wales up to the end of August 2012 as there were in the previous year. Cases in young babies are rising particularly quickly.

Whooping cough is a serious disease that can lead to pneumonia and permanent brain damage. Many babies with whooping cough will be admitted to hospital. Deaths from whooping cough are rare in the UK but more babies have already died this year than in recent years.

Young babies are particularly at risk of serious disease and they remain vulnerable until they can be vaccinated against whooping cough from two months of age. You can help protect your unborn baby from getting whooping cough in its first weeks after birth by having the whooping cough vaccination while you are pregnant. You should be vaccinated even if you’ve been vaccinated before or have had whooping cough yourself.

The best time to get vaccinated to protect your baby is from week 28 to week 38 of your pregnancy – ideally between 28 and 32 weeks. You can still have the vaccination beyond week 38 and new nursing mothers who missed the opportunity to be vaccinated during pregnancy and who have not previously been vaccinated can be vaccinated up to when their child receives their first vaccinations.

Your baby will still need to be vaccinated as normal when he or she reaches two months of age.

For further information please go to the NHS Choices website (link below) or speak to your community midwife.

Patient Survey Results


The Practice questionnaire given out to patients was created by the members of our Patient Participation Group. The questions & results from last years survey were discussed in detail to help them to create an appropriate survey to address key areas of the Surgery & its services.

The questionnaires were distributed over a 3 week period covering the end of January and the beginning of February 2014.  The results were collated and verified independently by some members of the group and the results discussed by the members of the group at the meeting on 17th February 2014 and an action plan agreed with all members.


This year’s Practice Questionnaire was devised for the 2nd year by the members of our Patient Participation Group.  The questions and results and actions from last year’s survey were discussed, reviewed, and updated where appropriate.  Additional questions regarding services were agreed and included.  

Questionnaires were distributed by clinical staff over a two week period covering the end of January and the beginning of February 2013.  The results were then collated and verified independently by several members of the PPG and discussed at our meeting on 25th February 2013 and an action plan agreed by all members.


Past survey results, reports and action plans...

Dated: 11-Jul-12

Don't be a DNA!

When a patient fails to attend a booked GP or nurse appointment (routine or urgent) this is called a DNA (“did not attend”). The practice regularly audits the level of DNAs.

Over the four week period 11th June to 11th July, 66 patients failed to attend their booked appointments which is equivalent to 11 hours of GP and nurse time that could have been made available to other patients.

This may be one of the reasons why you may have had to wait longer to book an appointment. We ask patients to please get in touch with the surgery as soon as possible if you find that you no longer need your appointment.

Clinical Commissioning Group Merger

Dated: 19-Oct-12

Two Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Groups work towards joining together. Birmingham CrossCity and Northeast Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have set out plans to join together.

This move would make the combined CCG the fourth largest in the country in terms of population, with 117 GP practices looking after more than 730,000 people in the city.

Dr Gavin Ralston, Chair of Birmingham CrossCity CCG, said: “We are very much looking forward to working with the staff of Northeast Birmingham CCG, who will make an essential contribution to our joint future.

“This is going to be a large, dynamic CCG, which will have the potential to improve and redefine healthcare for the people of our city at a strategic level whilst retaining a vital local focus.

“Our approach recognises the importance of strong clinical engagement through our ten local networks, whilst providing a large enough organisation to deal effectively with Birmingham’s complex healthcare landscape.”

Dr Anthony Ainsworth, Chair of Northeast Birmingham CCG, said:

“We welcome the opportunity to join this vibrant CCG.

“During the past two years, we have formed excellent relationships between member practices and have also started the process of developing meaningful patient engagement.

“We look forward to continuing to develop this work, which we believe to be vital to the success of the CCG, whilst also contributing to the larger scale work across the city.”


For further information on the CCG's in your area, download the Information Leaflet.