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A new medical practice based in Salford Quays opened late September and has a main focus of wellness between themselves and the patients.
With plenty of new developments within the area there has been a demand for another medical practice for extra support.
The Quays Medical Practice encourages a proactive approach from their patients and hopes to ‘co-produce’ alongside them with what they think the problems surrounding healthcare are.
‘NHS goes digital’ was at Media City today with Salford and Greater Manchester health organisations.
The Quays Medical Practice itself wishes to ‘trouble-shoot’ accessibility problems by introducing online and video consultations.
GPs Kate Hayhurst and Claire Hindley believe a lot of patients struggle with anxiety and mental health when it comes to reaching out.
Awareness days and months can be helpful in teaching people they are not alone and GPs Hayhurst and Hindley agrees it educates and comforts those dealing with that issue.
The 21st November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness day, it is the 11th most common cancer and the 5th biggest cancer killer.
— Pancreatic Cancer UK (@PancreaticCanUK) November 21, 2019
Pancreatic cancer affects the regulation of the digestive system which can lead to unexplained weight loss, one of the most popular symptoms.
However, pancreatic cancer symptoms are fairly vague and telltale signs only develop at a later stage.
The GPs from The Quays Practice had something to say regarding pancreatic cancer: “There is usually a genetic link between cancers, if someone in your family has had one type it may lead to you having another,” GP Hayhurst explained.
“You are at higher risk if you are older and consume a lot of alcohol,” she said.
The Practice urges patients to go to NHS symptom checker or call 111 for information then follow up with a trip to the Doctors.
GP Hindley reiterated that this particular cancer has many ‘unexplained’ symptoms and it could potentially be very dangerous to dismiss them.
Only 18% of patients are diagnosed at an early stage whereas 3 in 5 are diagnosed at an advanced stage when the cancer has already progressed.
GP Hayhurst said the awareness days can be for any, “serious health conditions, just make people aware of what the key symptoms could be.”
If something seems suspicious, she said: “You need to think what to do about it.”
The Quays Practice, Ordsall Health Centre has a large patient focus and is working on motivating patients to reach out for help.
Written by Natalie Snape & Jason Simon.