Firearms/shotgun certification/licensing.

The surgery does not engage in the firearms certification process on grounds of conscientious objection because of religious or ethical beliefs. We are sorry if this disappoints. For advice on alternative methods of obtaining a firearms license, you should contact your local licensing authority. In Birmingham this is West Midlands Police.

We are a Vaccine Positive practice

We know nothing in life matters more than your child. We share this view. This is why we are a ‘Vaccine Positive’ practice. This means we: Confidently and positively promote giving all the NHS childhood vaccinations. Are always willing to discuss any questions you have about your child’s vaccinations. Will always follow things up with […]

Clinical Practice Research Datalink

This practice contributes to the Clinical Practice Research Datalink Information in patient records is important for medical research to develop new treatments and test the safety of medicines. This practice supports medical research by sending some of the information from patient records to the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD). CPRD is a Government organisation that provides anonymised […]

World Immunisation Week

Maternal whooping cough vaccine 2022 data shows the average vaccine uptake across England has dropped to 61.5%, its lowest level since 2016. The whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine is given to pregnant women to help protect their babies against whooping cough from birth during their first weeks of life. Whooping cough can be a serious, life […]

Flu cases on the rise, vaccines available until 31 March

This winter we have seen an increase of flu , reduced exposure to flu (due to previous year protections) have led to lower natural immunity and so far during the 2022 to 2023 season the highest levels of flu for over a decade have been seen – with hospital admission rates at a very high […]

Breast Screening

Dear Patient We support the national breast screening programme The NHS Breast Screening Programme invites all women aged between 50 and 70 for screening every three years. This means having a special X-ray called a mammogram. We strongly encourage you to attend as soon as you are invited. The mammograms are done from a mobile scanner and so if […]

Birthday Bloods

Dear Patient ‘Birthday Bloods’: a simple rule about medication and other reviews at the surgery. At Ridgacre, we try to sort out your medical reviews in as few visits to the surgery as possible. We think this is better for you and helps us too. To do this we have a simple rule: to bring […]

Patient Feedback Survey

We are pleased to share the results of our national, independent survey from 2022. This shows that, despite the well-publicised pressure on the NHS Generally, we are maintaining our position by comparison with other practices in the city and across the country. Thank you to all our patients who took part. We continually adjust our […]

Opiate Drugs and Other Pain Medications of Concern

Dear Patient As your medical team we are worried about the ‘opiate epidemic’ in the USA, and concern that similar problems are arising in the UK. We are sharing this information sheet with you to involve you in the discussion about these medicines and to protect you from possible harm. The commonly used drugs in […]

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