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The Elms Practice
 The Elms Practice

Macmillan Support Group

Macmillan are holding a monthly support group at Christ Church Ministry Centre, Long Lane, Aughton on every 2nd Friday of each month (9:30am - 11:30am). Anyone affected by Cancer can attend.

Extended Hours Service

West Lancashire now has an extended access service running 7 days a week - Please see the page 'Extended Hours Appointments' for more information.

All Things New


The Elms Medical Practice


GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)

Comes into effect 25/5/2018


How we use your medical records

Important information for patients



  • This practice handles medical records in-line with laws on data protection and confidentiality.


  • We share medical records with those who are involved in providing you with care and treatment.


  • In some circumstances we will also share medical records for medical research, for example to find out more about why people get ill.


  • We share information when the law requires us to do so, for example, to prevent infectious diseases from spreading or to check the care being provided to you is safe.


  • You have the right to be given a copy of your medical record.


  • You have the right to object to your medical records being shared with those who provide you with care.


  •  You have the right to object to your information being used for medical research and to plan health services.


  • You have the right to have any mistakes corrected and to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office. Please see the practice privacy notice on the website in the pink files in the waiting rooms or speak to a member of staff for more information about your rights.


  • For more information ask at reception for a leaflet OR visit our website www.theelmspractice.nhs.uk



Back Pain Event with Consultant Dr Adrian Head-Rapson



  A consultant from Renacres Hospital Dr Head-Rapson came to The Elms Medical Practice the evening of Wednesday 21st February to gave a talk to a group of our patients who suffer with back pain and muscleskeletal pain.


The event was very interesting with lots of information in the presentation and guidance from both the consultant and a physiotherapist. 


The consultant and physiotherapist both engaged in a question and answer session at the end of the presentation.


The evening was such a sucess that we shall be putting on other events covering a wide range of conditions.











Christmas Jumper Day





Help your self this winter


Please click the link for lots of interedsting hints and tips to help your self this winter.



Extended Access pilot


Please click the link for our new extended access pilot currently running in West Lancashire area.






Pharmacy opening times


Please click the link to find out all your pharmacy opening hours and needs for Christmas 2017 and up to Easter 2018








Patient Participation Group


We are starting a patient participation group, So if you would like us to shape The Elms Medical Practice Please get in touch and we will join you to our group . Please see the Patient Participation Group tab for more information.




We have now started using the MJOG patient messaging service.


This enables us at the practice to contact you quickly if we need for any reason to cancel appointments IE during the cyber attack.


It also enables us to remind patients that they have booked an appointment and it alllows the patient to cancel their appointment via a return text once they have received the reminder this is great for reducing DNA's (patients who did not attend) which enables us to offer more appointments.         


So please make sure we have your up to date mobile number.


If you want to opt out of the messaging service (which we dont recommend) please advise reception.


Parents Warned to be Aware of the Dangers of Button Batteries



A doctor at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital is calling for parents to be aware of the dangers of button batteries which may be fatal to their children.


Lithium button batteries that are used to power toys, key fobs, remote controls, birthday cards etc. can cause severe life changing injury or death in young children. 


Dr Kate Parkins, Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care says: “There have already been two reported deaths in the Greater Manchester area directly linked to children swallowing these batteries so it’s important parents are aware of the serious harm they can cause.

Children under six years old are most at risk, but severe injury can happen in any age group.

Most serious cases are associated with Lithium button batteries larger than 20 mm (the size of a 10p piece). These can get stuck in the throat or gullet (oesophagus) and this is where the battery can cause the most harm in as little as two hours.”


“Repair can require feeding and breathing tubes and multiple operations. Parents need to be aware there may be no symptoms at first or that symptoms may be similar to other illnesses (eg coughing, drooling, not eating or drinking normally, tummy pain). Children can usually breathe with the battery in their throat so it may be difficult to spot.”


“The button battery does not need to be bitten, damaged, crushed or leak to cause harm.  New button batteries are most likely to cause harm (especially Lithium button batteries), but even those that no longer work can cause serious injury. When the battery gets stuck it causes injury by setting up an electrical current when in contact with lining of the throat or gullet (oesophagus).  This causes a build-up of caustic soda (sodium hydroxide) and can cause a severe burn. Damage can occur if the button battery is not removed in less than two hours, and is more likely to cause severe injury if it is not removed within 8-12 hours.“


Parents are advised to:


Keep devices with button batteries out of reach if the battery compartments aren’t secure, and lock away any loose batteries.


If a child swallows a button battery take them straight to the nearest Accident & Emergency Department.  Do not let them eat or drink and do not try to make them sick. In Accident & Emergency doctors will check whether a button battery is stuck in the throat or gullet (oesophagus) using an X-ray. 


If a child gets a button battery stuck in the nose or ear take them to the nearest Accident & Emergency Department as soon as possible. It is important that it is removed quickly (ideally in less than 2 hours) as the battery can cause permanent damage.




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