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Non-Clinical Cancer Champion



Your GP Practices Cancer Champions are:


Clinical –  DR MAW

Non-clinical -  REBECCA PHILLIPS


 Non-Clinical Cancer Champion


We are specially trained to provide help and support for anyone affected by cancer.


We’re based at local GP practices where many of us also work as receptionists, practice managers or office staff.


Although we’re not doctors or nurses, we can help with many questions you may have about cancer. And if we don’t have the answers we can always point you towards the person or service that will.


We think it’s important that anyone affected by cancer feels cared for in their community, which is why we volunteered to undergo training.


Our role is to ensure you know you always have someone to talk to - and to guide you to the right services and help when needed.


Come in and pick up a leaflet explaining more about how we can help you

 Friday at Ailsa Craig is Dress Down Day!
Each Friday at Ailsa Craig, the staff are dressing down and ditching their uniforms in aid of raising money for Charity. July's charity was Francis House.


Don't suffer in silence! 

Forced marriage is against UK Law and is NOT part of any Religion, Culture or Tradition. Are you or do you know a victim? Call Karma Nirvana in confidence - 08005 999 247 - They never talk to the victims family. Alternatively click the image below to be taken to their website.

Karma Nirvana

Review your recent treatment at Ailsa Craig!

We appreciate your feedback! If you're happy with the service you receive at Ailsa Craig, please let us know! You can leave comments and reviews on the NHS Choices website. Just click here and tell us what you think!

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Bowel cancer screening can save lives. If bowel cancer is found early, it is easier to treat. Screening may also pick up non-cancerous growths (polyps), which could become cancerous in the future.

Bowel cancer is treatable and curable, especially if it’s diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer. Taking part in bowel cancer screening is the best way to get diagnosed early.

Bowel cancer screening programmes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland invite people over the age of 60 to take part in screening. In Scotland, screening starts from age 50. We do not provide bowel cancer screening test kits or accept completed kits.

If you have a high risk of getting bowel cancer, you may have tests at a younger age.

Speak to your GP if you have any symptoms of a bowel problem or if you are worried about bowel cancer.

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New Alcohol Advice Issued!

New proposed guidelines on alcohol, drawn up by the Chief Medical Officers of the UK, have been published today.

The guidance advises that:

    • to keep health risks from drinking alcohol to a low level you are safest not regularly drinking more than 14 units per week – 14 units is equivalent to a bottle and a half of wine or five pints of export-type lager (5% abv) over the course of a week – this applies to both men and women
    • if you do drink as much as 14 units per week, it is best to spread this evenly over three days or more
    • if you have one or two heavy drinking sessions, you increase your risks of death from long-term illnesses and from accidents and injuries
    • the risk of developing a range of illnesses (including, for example, cancers of the mouth, throat and breast) increases with any amount you drink on a regular basis
    • if you wish to cut down the amount you're drinking, a good way to achieve this is to have several alcohol-free days each week

NHS Health Checks 'prevented thousands of heart attacks'


NHS Health Checks, introduced in 2009, are offered to people aged 40 to 74 years old. They look for risk factors associated with a number of related conditions: heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and some types of dementia.


Researchers looked at how many people took part in the programme. While the uptake was initially relatively low, this increased to about a third of those eligible in 2012-13.


A proportion of those identified as being at high risk of heart disease in the checks started statins or high blood pressure treatment. Extrapolating this data, the researchers estimated that NHS Health Checks prevented around 2,500 cases of major cardiovascular events such as stroke and heart attack over the course of five years.


If you are between the ages of 40-74 years old, make an appointment to see the Health Care Assistant for your NHS Health Check. 


Our Out of Hours Service has changed!

See our 'Emergency & OOH' tab in 'Further information

Ailsa Craig Online Services!
Did you know that you can book appointments, order prescriptions and view your medical record online? Ask at reception for a 'Patient Access' registration form (photo ID necessary)

Friends and Family Test (FFT) - April results

Thanks to all our patients that have completed the FFT either online or on the paper form. Results for May:

We asked:

"How likely are you to recommend our GP practice to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?" 

You answered: 
Extremely Likely = 23 

Likely = 9

Neither Likely or Unlikely = 1

Unlikely = 0

Extremely Unlikely = 2

Don't Know = 0
Total Responses = 35

It is a contractual obligation for all GP Practices to offer the NHS Friends and Family Test. We would like your feedback on the care or treatment we give you any time you visit your GP or have contact with the practice. Tell us what is working and what we can improve. Feedback forms are available in Reception or from any of the Doctors or Nurses. You can also complete the FFT online via this website. All your answers are anonymous, however we would like to publish a range responses on our website so that all patients can see how we're doing. If you would prefer your comments not to be used, please indicate this on the paper form or by using the tick box online.





If you do not need to attend for your appointment please can you phone the surgery on 0161 224 5555 as soon as possible to cancel or re arrange. Your appointment time can be offered to another patient that needs to be seen. These appointments can reduce the number of patients waiting to be seen. Please call to cancel your appointment. This has improved from last month, so a big thank you to everyone that cancelled or re arranged your appointment. Lets improve more for our February.









Sharing your confidential information with the NHS

In Spring 2014, the HSCIC (Health and Social care Information Centre) will start to extract data from patient information held on computer systems used for patient healthcare to allow those planning NHS services to provide more 'joined-up' care or to address variations in the quality, efficiency and equity of health service provision and is called the '' programme. It will also help those carrying out medical research. The HSCIC will be gathering this data from from many different parts of the NHS including GP held patient records. This confidential information along with your postcode and NHS number but not your name, will be sent to a secure system where it can be linked with other health information. GPs are legally required, under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, to provide data to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) for the programme.

You have a choice. If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything. If you would prefer that your information is not shared, please phone or email the practice and we will send you out and information sheet and form to sign declaring this so that we can code your records appropriately. Alternately, you can download the document here: Care Data Opt in/out form

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