Messages From Caldbeck Surgery

BEWARE: Scam Texts about Screening

We have received reports of a possible scam.

Some women are being contacted by text message, claiming to be from the Call and Recall service to advise they are overdue for screening. The message asks them to call a mobile number and provide personal details.

These messages are not from the NHS Cervical Screening Programme. The Action Fraud Line has been contacted.

Service or Ex-Service personnel

Our recent celebrations for VE day were rather muted due to the social environment we’re all working under, but most of us managed to celebrate 75 years safely!

As we all recall that previous great challenge – and another era of selfless service to each other – please don’t overlook your own and your family’s contribution. Any man over the age of seventy has most likely done National Service, and some in our community will have seen action in the War – or in foreign operations from Palestine to Afghanistan, or worked as part of relief or peacekeeping missions worldwide.

Any person who has ever served in the Armed Forces– and this includes Merchant Seaman serving under military orders on operations – even if only for a day, is classed as a Veteran and is entitled to priority access to NHS care (including hospital, primary or community care) for conditions associated with their time within the armed forces (service-related), subject to clinical need.

This means that they will be prioritised for treatment ahead of those with the
same clinical need.

There are 2.4 million Veterans in the UK, however only a tiny proportion of these have notified their GP, to ensure that they get access to the treatment they are entitled to and deserve.

As we grapple with the current pandemic, please think of those you know who have served – maybe yourself? – and take a moment to notify your GP practice.

We can help you more effectively if we know you’re a Veteran!

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