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What is the Ask for ANI domestic abuse codeword scheme?

The government has launched the Ask for ANI (Action Needed Immediately) codeword scheme to enable victims of domestic abuse to access immediate help from the police, or other support services, from the safety of their local pharmacy or Doctors Surgery. If you need help please approach a staff member and Ask for ANI.

Further information can be found here: https://safelives.org.uk/Ask-for-ANI-launch

Choose if data from your health records is shared for research and planning

There have been posts on social media with false information about opting out of sharing your data with the NHS.

Here's what you need to know:

  • There is no 30 September deadline for opting out of sharing your data. You can opt out at any time.
  • NHS Digital will never sell your data.
  • There are strict rules about how NHS can use your data. It's only shared securely and safely.
  • Shared data helps the NHS. It has been used to find the first treatment for coronavirus and for vaccine research.

For further information and to record your preference click here and: https://selondonccg.nhs.uk/news/general-practice-data-for-planning-and-research/

DadPad – downloadable resource for new Dads/Dads-to-be

 The DadPad app is an easy-to-use, freely downloadable resource for new dads and dads-to-be in the Bexley/Bromley/Greenwich area, packed with relevant information, as well as details on local support groups and service providers. Its aim is to provide new fathers with guidance on how to develop the mindset, confidence and practical skills needed to meet their babies’ physical and emotional needs. Here is the link to the DadPad website: www.thedadpad.co.uk

Type 2 diabetes is serious. Find out your risk today. (from home, in only 2 mins!)

Anyone can get Type 2 diabetes. But, being over 40 years old, being overweight or having a relative with it can increase our risk. The good news is that there are steps we can take to lower our risk of diabetes!
Greenwich Health has partnered with the Royal Borough of Greenwich and London Borough of Bexley to support people to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes by living a healthier lifestyle.
It’s really easy to find out your diabetes risk score. It only takes 2 minutes and all you need is a scale and measuring tape.

Take the 2 minute quiz here

Online MSK Services

Adult MSK (Musculosketetal) Service - Bexley

Bexley MSK is a Multidisciplinary service providing care for a wide range of muscle, bone and joint pains and problems for adults in the Bexley locality.  We are a large team of Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Hand Therapists and Pain Psychologist with expert knowledge in how to help people manage painful conditions.

This webpage aims to help you find information and help about our team and about treating common conditions we come across.


You can now refer yourself directly to the Bexley MSK Service for simple physiotherapy problems without visiting your GP first.

Your first appointment will be a telephone triage session with a physiotherapist and this will take around 20 minutes.

Please note that self-referral is most helpful if you are suffering from recent injuries such as strains and sprains, or joint and muscular pain.

mskFurther details on the Service

About Bexley MSK

Bexley MSK is a multidisciplinary Team which means we are a group of professionals from different disciplines who together make decisions about how to care for MSK conditions. Multidisciplinary teams are the Gold Standard for managing MSK conditions which means you will get the best possible outcome under our care. When you access our service you may see one or more health professionals, and once under our care you can move easily within the service to find the right treatment plan for you.

Our specialist team includes

Extended scope practitioner (ESP)

A highly skilled physiotherapist who specialises in a specific clinical area. Our service has clinicians who specialise in the management of upper limb, lower limb, spine and complex pain conditions. They assess patients, order investigations (blood tests, scans -, MRI, Ultrasound,)start simple, non-surgical treatments and refer to surgeons, rheumatologists and pain specialists.

Musculoskeletal physiotherapist

A specialist therapist with expertise in treating joint, bone and muscle problems and disabilities.

Hand therapist

An occupational therapist or physiotherapist who specialises in assessing, diagnosing and treating hand and upper limb problems. They often help to speed up patients' recovery after surgery.


A specialist in assessing, diagnosing and treating foot problems. A podiatrist is qualified to care for people with sports injuries and conditions such as arthritis and plantar fasciitis.

Pain Psychologist

Pain Psychologists are experts in helping people cope with the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that accompany long term pain.

We can help you to manage a range of common conditions, such as;

  • Sports injuries
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Tendinopathy
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Emotional distress caused by painful conditions

When you attend our service you will be seen by a member of our team who will help develop a treatment plan to meet your needs, common treatments include;

  • Education sessions on health and wellbeing
  • Advice on sport and exercise
  • Rehabilitation with focussed 1:1 exercise sessions
  • Group exercise classes  including Pilates and hydrotherapy
  • Foot orthoses, braces, splints and footwear advice
  • Post-operative care following orthopaedic surgery
  • Psychotherapy and psychology-led group sessions

If your condition does not get better, your Clinician will be able to help you onto the next stage of your care plan by facilitating;

  • Referrals for clinical investigations such as x-rays, MRIs, and blood testing
  • Referrals on for consultant opinions such as orthopaedics, rheumatology and pain management teams

Use our self-referral portal by clicking on the banner above, we look forward to hearing from you.


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Download our new weight loss leaflet from our weight loss section

Bexley Medical Groups is very proud to share the news that Dr Samra has been awarded an unsung hero award by Pulse Today for her hard work and planning during the pandemic:

Dr Hardip Samra
London-based GP Dr Samra has been praised for her ‘meticulous planning’ during the pandemic. Her colleague Dr Kosta Manis nominated her after witnessing her volunteer not only to organise her practice’s hot hub, but also work for the borough’s local version too, despite the risk to herself – being of a minority ethnic group. She sourced World Health Organisation-level PPE and trained staff in its use.


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We are taking part in the SUMMIT study what is the SUMMIT Study?

The SUMMIT Study is a large-scale study involving 50,000 people aged 50-77 living in north and east London. Half of the participants will be people who currently smoke or have smoked regularly in the past (Group A) and the other half will be those who do not have significant smoking histories (Group B).

Why are we conducting the study?

The study has two main aims: the first is to detect lung cancer early using the proven method of low-dose CT (LDCT) screening of at-risk individuals. The second aim is to support the development of a new blood test for the early detection of lung and other cancers.

Please let our Reception team know if you do not want the study tea\m to have your information. Please see further information below or visit: www.summitstudy.co.uk


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