Happy World Health Day!

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Welcome to “World Health Day!” , a day allocated by the World Health Organisation to acknowledge a health topic that concern people all over the world. For 2022, the theme features Our planet, our health focusing on urgent actions needed in order to keep humans and the planet healthy and foster a movement towards creating societies focused on well-being.

Here at PCD, we continue to provide services in order to help our member practices help their patients. Our services include; the Health Bus, visiting various areas in and around Doncaster, in order to reach those who have difficulty in accessing GP services within our communities.

We also provide additional routine and urgent appointments across the borough including, screening services and appointments for acutely unwell residents. These services are provided via Extended Access, which is designed to help and support the practices with the demands, in terms of capacity of appointments needed, ensuring that patients are seen within a timely manner.

A recent service which we held on Tuesday 5th April, was a drop-in Smear Test clinic. And with “World Health Day” in mind this week, we thought it was a great opportunity for women across Doncaster to get their smear test with no appointment needed. Our aim for this clinic was to reach as many women as possible, who may never have had a smear before, or have been on a waiting list with their local GP.

Throughout the day, we saw 12 women and booked 4 more in for our routine clinics next week. From the feedback, all ladies seen on the day said they would recommend the service, they were generally overdue their smear, or attending for their first smear and most had been waiting for an appointment – between 1 week and 1 year!

This shows, that via the additional capacity which Primary Care Doncaster provides to support our members help their patients, we are improving the health and lives of the residents across Doncaster and include the harder to reach communities in such challenging times.

Suzanne Hallworth-Manley, Chief Nurse

Sally Hall, one of our Nurses working at the drop-in Smear Test Clinic on 5 April 2022.