News release: Rochdale GPs offer blood test to tell if patients really need antibiotics This winter a simple blood test is being introduced to GP practices in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale to help decide if patients really need antibiotics to treat their symptoms.
It enables healthcare professionals to perform a fingerprick blood test on patients who visit the practice with a respiratory infection such as a chesty cough. Test results are available within minutes and these can help GPs determine whether a patient's infection is caused by bacteria and needs to be treated with antibiotics, or if the infection is caused by a virus which will not respond to antibiotics. The blood test assesses levels of C-reactive Protein (CRP) - a biological indicator of bacterial infection.
Prescribing antibiotics when they aren't necessary can lead to antibiotic resistance - a situation when the bugs that cause infections are able to resist the antibiotics used to treat them.
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Patient participation group seeking volunteers
Stonefield Street Surgery's patient participation group (PPG) are looking for more patients to join the group. If you are over the age of 16 and would like to shape the future of the practice's services, why not join us for our next meeting? PPG meetings are held in the practice at 6:30pm on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Everybody is welcome. There is no need to book your place, you can just turn up on the day.
Your named GP
As part of the GMS GP Contract this year, all GP Practices have to notify, each of its registered patients who their Name General Practitioner is. This does not mean that you have to only see the named Doctor- as a group practice; you can see any GP of your choice. For more information please speak to the receptionist.
New mobile friendly website
We now have a completely refreshed and updated mobile friendly website meaning you can now book / cancel appointments, order repeat prescriptions and much more from your mobile device.