ashcroft surgery,

Newlands Way, Eccleshill, Bradford, BD10 0JE, West Yorkshire, UK

Useful Numbers

  • CALL 111 –  open 24 hours for help with medical problems of short duration and sudden onset
  • ANY LOCAL PHARMACIST for good advice about medicines, minor illness
  • DISTRICT NURSES: 01274 256 131 for wounds, dressings, elderly people
  • HEALTH VISITORS: 01274 221 223 for advice about babies and children
  • MIDWIVES: 01274 623 952 if you’re pregnant
  • National Coronavirus Support Line 0333 880 6619

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Thurs closed 1-3pm for training. 
Bank Hols – we are closed 

Everything you probably want to know about our service is all on this one home page.   Please scroll down for other NHS services (like counselling, stop smoking, drugs, alcohol, debt etc) and/or look at the numbers on the left BEFORE ringing our number.  

We are a very busy practice and like many other GP surgeries, we have long telephone queues.  This is often because a lot of people call us unnecessarily.  You don’t always need to see or speak to a GP!   There are other professionals in the NHS who can help – see the list on the right or one of the help services listed below which you can DIRECTLY access without seeing a GP. So please help us –   using one of the numbers on the left or scrolling through the additional NHS services below.  You might find what you’re looking for within 10-20 minutes than hanging on for 50 minutes on the phone!

Telephone 01274 612 279


REMEMBER THAT FOR MANY THINGS… YOU DON’T ALWAYS NEED TO SEE OR SPEAK TO A GP… There are other NHS professionals and NHS organisations who can help.  Please help reduce the burden on GP practices.  If you find that you are waiting a long time just to get through (you can be waiting for an hour or more), it is because we get an awful lot of unnecessary calls.   So, please think whether you really need to speak to us or whether one of the numbers or NHS services below might help you better.  Also remember: 111 are available 24 hours.

  • CALL 111 –  open 24 hours
    help with medical problems of short duration and sudden onset (i.e. acute)
    good advice about medicines, minor illness
  • DIRECT PHYSIOTHERAPY: call surgery, ask for physio for muscle joint problems
  • DISTRICT NURSES: 01274 256 131
    wounds, dressings, elderly people
  • HEALTH VISITORS: 01274 221 223
    advice about babies and children
  • MIDWIVES: 01274 623 952
    if you are pregnant

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Weekday EVENING appointments (6.30pm-9.30pm)
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  • Injured a muscle of bone?
  • Have a muscle or joint problem that is not Rheumatoid Arthritis?
  • Bad neck, hip, knee, shoulder, ankles?

Then ring Ashcroft Surgery (01274 612 279) and ask to book in with the FIRST CONTACT PHYSIOTHERAPIST (FCP).  Yes, it is as easy as that!   Watch the video on the right for more information.

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If you are worried about the care of the an adult, young person or child – for example, how they are being looked after or perhaps you think they are being mistreated then click on one of the links below.

Click here if you are worried about a CHILD or YOUNG PERSON and would like to report it.

Click here if you are worried about a ADULT or ELDERLY PERSON and would like to report it.

If any of the links above do not work OR you want some more advice click on the link below for Safer Bradford.

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If you are worried about the care of the an adult – for example, how they are being looked after or perhaps you think they are being mistreated then click on one of the links below.

Click here if you are worried about a ADULT or ELDERLY PERSON and would like to report it.

If any of the links above do not work OR you want some more advice click on the link below for Safer Bradford.

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We provide an Alcohol Service every Tues 9-1130am run by an Alcohol Health Care Worker. Patients can refer themselves. Alternatively, Bradford provides a service called New Vision Bradford (Humankind) – to support you if you want to make positive changes to your drug or alcohol use.

If you are worried about the care of the a young person or child – for example, how they are being looked after or perhaps you think they are being mistreated then click on one of the links below.

Click here if you are worried about a CHILD or YOUNG PERSON and would like to report it.

If any of the links above do not work OR you want some more advice click on the link below for Safer Bradford.

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Citizens Advice Bureau  0344 245 1282

Do you have and want help with either your mood, anxiety, OCD, nerves, stress, phobia or any other life situation? Perhaps it’s health anxiety you have or a relationship problem, a phobia, sleep problems or even a mid-life crisis. Now you can see a counsellor directly without having to see your GP. The service is confidential.

Experiencing  grief and loss? The following services offer free help and support, however you need it.

We’re listening….  a free professional support and advice to help with grief and loss. Please call us.  Give us a try.  Even if you are unsure.

  • Call Survive & Thrive on 0808 2800 999.
  • Women and girls who experience sexual violence can call 01274 308 270 or text 07435 752 975.
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    • Or ring them: 01274 296023. 
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      Is it time to come off the drugs and be in charge of your own life again? Then the New Directions service is for you. They’ve been helping people come off drugs in Bradford for years. And they can help you too. They’re a brilliant warm team.

Any patient who is registered with a Bradford or Airedale area GP (including Craven) can access this local service rather than waiting for a GP appointment or referral to a specialist clinic. Patients are able to self-present to an Optometry or Optician’s practice which provides this service. You will need to contact the Opticians first to arrange a suitable appointment date and time.  The service is for minor eye conditions like 

  • vision loss
  • red eye
  • sticky eye
  • dry eyes
  • watery eyes
  • sore eyes
  • visual floaters or flashes 
  • vision loss (even if temporary)
  • eyelid problems/pain
  • lumps & bumps around eyes

If so contact the clinic by clicking the link below and selecting your postcode.

  • Are you on 10 or more medication
  • Don’t know what they are for?
  • Fed up of taking so many?
  • Have some questions you’ve been meaning to ask?
  • Then give us a call    07944 515 915

To talk about your  mental health:

  • Call Guide-Line on 01274 594 594
    or chat online:
    The telephone line is open 12pm to 12am.  Everyday, for all ages.
  • MIND: Mental Health in Bradford: (12.00–21.00) 01274 594 594
  • Mind Centre for Mental and Emotional Help: 01274 730 815
  • Samaritans (Call to talk about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal):  simply call 116 123 (open 24 hours)
  • First Response  for mental health crises/suicidal feelings: 0800 952 1181.  The line is open all day, everyday, for all ages.


  • Bradford District and Craven Talking Therapies is a free and confidential NHS service, for people aged 16 and over, who are registered with a GP in bradford, Aredale, Wharfedale or Craven.
  • If you are feeling overwhelmed, worried, stressed, lonely, down or unsure – consider calling them.
  • They are a 9-5pm service and closed on Bank Holidays.
  • 01274 221 234
  • To get emotional wellbeing support:
  • Visit to chat online with a counsellor or in a group forum, read articles or write your own journal.

Are you in debt crisis? Can’t meet minimum monthly repayments? Have non-mortgage debts bigger than a year’s salary? Have sleepless nights or depression or anxiety over debt?

Parental mental health impacting on child? Domestic violence? Worried about your child’s mental health? Do you have an aggressive or violent child? Is your child taking street drugs or alcohol? Are you as parents struggling? Poor home conditions, Young carers, Children occasionally missing from home?

  • Call a service called EARLY HELP GATEWAY
  • This is a multi-agency team made up of qualified workers with a background in children’s social care (CSC), childcare, education, family support, CSE, residential and youth work.
  • Early Help Gateway 01274 432121

Ask one of our receptionists to book you with a smoking cessation advisor. This will be one of the biggest positive things you can do to improve your health.


  • First Response  for mental health crises/suicidal feelings: 0800 952 1181.  The line is open all day, everyday, for all ages.
  • Samaritans (Call to talk about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal):  simply call 116 123 (open 24 hours)
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Our Well-being Worker

Meet Janet.   To book in call: Tel: 01274 612 279.  Things Janet can help you with…

  • Weight Matters, Healthy Eating & Cooking
  • Stress, Anxiety, Domestic Stress, Low mood, Low confidence/self-esteem
  • Exercise Groups, Swimming,
  • Carer Support, Befriending lonely people, Emotional Support
  • Dementia friendly, Slips, Trips & Falls
  • Social Groups,Gardening Groups, Volunteering Opportunities
  • Looking after yourself in Summer, Winter or General Advice
  • Referral to Carers Services, Bereavement Support, Housing Advice, Benefits Advice Services.

Janet’s Qualifications

Social Prescribing Modules NHS England, Wellness Recovery Action Planning Facilitator, Systemic Family Therapy – Leeds University, Certificate in Education – Huddersfield, University Oxford and Cambridge Counselling Certificate, Play Specialist Course – Manchester, N.N.E.B Level 3 Percival Whitley College Halifax, Mental Health First Aid Training, Bereavement Training, All Mandatory NHS Training completed


In addition to Janet, we have Living Well Advisors.   They are available to provide FREE, friendly advice and non-judgmental support for people who may need a little extra help to start making lifestyle changes.   They can help your decide where to start, or what to do next, offer motivation to keep you on track and signpost you to useful resources and services.

Call 01274 438 884







Here are two things which will really help you understand how the NHS works.   The first is an entertaining short video.  The second is a pdf attachments showing you a visual representation of it all.

Here’s the video.


Click here for the pdf file showing a graphical summary..

“I can never get to see the doctor you want to see” is a complaint we hear from some of our patients.   Actually, it is a common complaint across nearly all GP practices in the UK.   This page will give you some tips on how to get to see the doctor you want to see.  

First of all, why is it so difficult?

Did you know that the main reason WHY you can’t see the doctor you want to see when you want to see them is because of the number of appointments where patients simply don’t turn up!   Here are some figures to help illustrate the point.

  • Did you know that on average there are 400 appointments EVERY MONTH where patients simply don’t turn up.  
  • They don’t even cancel to help release these appointments for other patients.  
  • If these patients would only ring us in advance to cancel, we could slot 400 other patients in every month!  
  • 400 waste appointments per month equates to 100 wasted appointments per week and nearly a whopping 5000 appointments per year!
  • Is it no wonder that other patients can’t see the doctor they want to see because of these valuable missed opportunities.
  • So, if you ever need to cancel, please ring and tell us (at least 3 hours in advance) so we may offer that appointment to someone else. 
But, there is a way of seeing the doctor you want to see.
  • If you visit a doctor for problem that is ongoing, and you know you will need a follow up visit in say 2, 3 or 4 weeks time (or the doctor has asked you to do so), BOOK THE APPPOINTMENT WITH THAT DOCTOR AS SOON AS YOU LEAVE THE DOCTOR’S ROOM and BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE SURGERY.
  • We can usually and quite easily make an appointment for you up to 4 weeks in advance.
  • Do not try to book the appointment closer to the time you need it because that doctor will probably be all booked up with other patients by then.
  • The earlier you book your appointment, the more likely it is you will get an appointment with the doctor of your choice.
In some situations, you have to accept seeing any available doctor

If you need an ‘on the day’ appointment either because something is an emergency or is urgent and WE manage to squeeze you in then it is only fair that you accept that you may not see the doctor of your choice.

  • Remember – the doctor you want to see might already have a full surgery and it would be unfair to cancel other patients who have booked their appointments in a timely manner.
  • It would also be unfair to squeeze you in with that doctor because the doctor would then spending less time on other patients, end up running late and their patients kept waiting.
  • And if your issue is a true urgency or emergency, then it really should not matter which doctor you see.  A doctor is a doctor and all of our doctors can all handle emergencies and urgent things.

We hope you will agree that this is a reasonable and fair approach.

A couple of things to remember…
  1. One appointment is for one health problem. 
    Please remember that you only have 10 minutes for a consultation with the GP.  So please try not to bring in more than one main thing to talk about.  No doubt many of you have experienced long waits before seeing your GP.  Doctors usually run late because some patients bring in 2-3 complaints to discuss which then takes more than 10 minutes to sort out.   Please – if you need to see the doctor about 2-3 complaints – then book a double (20 minute) or even triple (30 minute) appointment.
  2. For a particular ongoing health problem, please try your best to go back to the GP you have seen before about it.
    You can see which ever doctor you want to see in the practice.  You are not tied to any particular GP.  However, if you have started to see a specific GP about a particular health issue, then PLEASE GO BACK TO THAT GP if the same health issue continues to become a problem.
    If you don’t go back to the same doctor…
    • You will end up making an appointment with another GP who will not know about your problem and you may feel very little was resolved.
    • You will then have to waste time explaining it all over again from the beginning.   You might be wondering: ‘Isn’t it all in my medical notes though?  Won’t the last doctor have made notes for this new doctor to read?’.  Yes the last doctor will have made notes in your medical records but do you think that the original doctor will have managed to capture everything you said in the little time they will have had to write in your notes?
    • For a new doctor, it can be difficult for them to pick up from where the other doctor left off
    • So – it’s just easier going back to the same doctor so that you don’t have to start from the beginning.
    • And most of the time, that original doctor will remember what you had said before.
    • The same doctor will know what they had done before and will then know what to do next.
    • So please – if you have a recurrent problem, see the same doctor.   If you have a new problem which you have not discussed with anyone yet, then by all means book in with any doctor (even if you are seeing another doctor regularly for something else).

We hope this page has been helpful.   If you have any other suggestions to help our other patients or the surgery…. please drop us a line on

Some patients find it difficult to really express what they want to say.   As doctors and nurses, we understand this.    So – why not click the very simple and easy appointment guide below which will help you express what you really want to say.   Other patients have loved it.  We hop you do too.

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Parents are usually good at noticing when something is wrong with their infant or child.  However, it can be difficult to tell whether something is badly wrong or whether it’s a result of something mild like a small viral cold.  Here are some signs that can help you tell the difference.  If you notice any of these, please seek medical advice.

1. If your baby or child is not responding to you normally
  • When awake, your baby or child looks terrible or seems miserable, irritable, dislikes being touched, unusually drowsy, listless, unusually quiet or not interested in looking at you.
  • In addition, for babies – they may feel floppy or limp when cuddled, or perhaps their cry seems different (perhaps moaning, whimpering or shrill), and soothing doesn’t help.

If you notice any of these, please call 111 or see your emergency GP.

2. Your baby or child is not feeding or drinking

If your child is not interesting in feeding, please come and see a doctor.   We get particularly worried if a child stops drinking.

3. Your baby or child is not passing urine

If a child is not passing urine, it could be a sign that they don’t have enough fluids inside of them and that they may be becoming dehydrated.    In babies, you might notice the nappy becoming dry.    Again, if you notice these, please come and see a doctor.

4. Your baby or child starts to develop a new rash

If a new rash develops come and see the doctor.   We get particularly worried if the skin looks bruised or discoloured.   Do the glass test for meningitis.

When should I worry?
Watch this little video

Believe it or not, this is one of the best videos I have seen about the seriously sick child on the internet.   It is made by Medical Aid Films and although you might think it is developed for those in the third world, all of its points are applicable for us in the UK.   These are the things we as doctors get worried about. 

Remember… Call 999 if your baby or child
  • Has blue lips or looks very pale
  • Has difficulty breathing
  • Has a fit
  • Is drowsy or hard to wake
  • Becomes jerky or unusually floppy
  • Has glazed eyes and cannot focus properly

Remember – you know your baby better than anyone else!  If you are worried, please call 111 or see the emergency GP.

By Dr. Ramesh Mehay, GP Ashcroft Surgery

What are antibiotics?

Antibiotics are medicines that are used to kill or inhibit a class of bugs called bacteria in order to cure infections in people and animals (yes, vets use them too!).

Watch this video to understand the threat of antibiotic resistance

So if they kill or inhibit bacteria which cause infections, why can’t I have them for my cough or cold?

Good question.  The problem is that coughs and colds are caused by a different class of bugs called viruses.   Antibiotics only work against bacteria, not viruses.  Therefore if you take them, you are simply wasting your time.  And if you did take them even just to try – not only would you be wasting your time but there are two other things you should consider…

  1. First, most antibiotics cause side effects.  Therefore, you are likely to suffer side effects (like diarrhoea, vomiting, generally feeling like rubbish) whilst on the antibiotic.  Do you really want to take the risk of this whilst you are recovering from your cough or cold?
  2. Secondly, by giving you antibiotics, we are likely to promote something called antibiotic resistance.  This will be a massive problem for you in years to come (or for your children and grandchildren).  Read more about this below.
Why do I get antibiotics for tonsillitis or a water infection then?

Tonsillitis and urine infections are often caused by bacteria.   Hence, antibiotics are given because they work against bacteria.  HOWEVER, did you know that the latest research says that many simple bacterial infections will resolve on their own WITHOUT antibiotics.   For example, a person recovering from tonsillitis who IS NOT given any antibiotics will get better in about 5-7 days.  Now, if we give that person antibiotics, they will get better a little quicker BUT ONLY BY HALF A DAY!!!   So, if you think you have tonsillitis or a water infection, please do things yourself first to see if that will help clear it.  For example, with tonsillitis, gargle with slightly salted warm water (one teaspoon salt in one glass of warm water).  If you have a water infection and you are female – drink plenty of water, perhap cranberry juice and buy some cystopurin from your local chemist.  If this doesn’t start to clear by day 3 or if you feel rotten, then by all means come in.

fluBut in the past I’ve had antibiotics and they’ve worked within 3-5 days

Did you know that most infections start to settle after 3-5 days.   Therefore, it is easy to see why a patient who takes antibiotics and then notices his or her infection starting to fade after 3 days might think the antibiotic is working.   But the reality of the situation is that the infection was going to settle anyway, even if they hadn’t taken those antibiotics.

But I know my chest and I always need antibiotics

We don’t argue with you when you say you know your chest.    But really, it is the doctor who has the medical knowledge and equipment to examine you who is best placed to decide whether an antibiotic is needed.  So why not leave it to them to decide, even if you have had loads of antibiotics before by previous doctors.  Remember, in the past, doctors gave out antibiotics more freely because we generally were not that concerned as we are today about antibiotics and resistance.  And yes, there are some medical conditions like COPD and asthma that often need antibiotics.  We are not saying that you don’t need them.  All we are saying is let your doctor make the decision because they are the most qualified person to do so (and by all means have a discussion but please don’t argue if they say no).

The NHS is always trying to save the pennies.  Seriously, isn’t the antibiotic thing all about money?

Trust us when we say this is DEFINATELY not about money.  Okay, let us ask you ONE question.  How much do you think a week’s supply of Amoxicillin ( a commonly given antibiotic) costs?   £30?   £25  £10   £5………   What do you think?   Actually all of these are wrong.  It costs about 30 pence.  That’s right, only 30 pence!   Yet loads of people are on blood pressure tablets and a one month prescription of ONE blood pressure tablet can easily cost £15 per month.  So, if you were in charge of the NHS, would telling doctors to stop using antibiotics save the most money?

At this point we would like to say three things….

  1. If a doctor feels (on clinical grounds) that you need a particular drug, they will give it.  It is unethical to do so.    Remember, we doctors go into this profession because we love people and we want to help them.
  2. If there is a drug that we think could help you, it will be given and the only time cost comes into it is if there is a similar drug that does exactly the same job but is cheaper, then we would use that.  Wouldn’t you?
  3. And finally, antibiotics are not given by doctors to patients ONLY when they honestly believe that the antibiotic would not help.  And this is not about cost.
Tell me more about this antibiotic resistance thing.

Bacteria (which cause infections) are killed or inhibited by antibiotics. But bacteria are clever little bugs.   The more they see that antibiotic, the more they are likely to adapt and protect themselves against them.   For example, if you were in charge of an tribe of people, and every year you fought against the same but different tribe of people and you knew they always used the same tactics to try and beat you, wouldn’t you tell your own army how you might beat them?   The same goes for bacteria – when they see the same drug again and again, they can genetically adapt and protect themselves from the killing action of the antibiotic.  These new type of bacteria are then called resistant strains (or in lay terms, super bugs).

Now, if we don’t pay attention to the antibiotic resistance problem, then (in the future) we are going to get thousands of different types of superbugs for which we don’t have antibiotics to kill them.

  1. If you’re under 60 – this will mean that in the next 15-20 years, you may end up catching simple infections which are caused by superbugs which we will have no antibiotics for.   And these superbugs will then be able to multiply and make your illness last longer or even cause your death.
  2. If you’re 70 and over and you think ‘Oh well, that won’t affect me, I’ll be dead by then anyway’, think about your children or grandchildren or their children.  Do you want to risk the possibility of them catching these superbugs and risking an early death?  This is the reality if we don’t do something now – while we still can.   And even if you have no children, shouldn’t we as human beings show kindness, compassion and consideration for one another?  After all, that is what unifies us as a human race!
How serious is the problem?

The situation is getting worse with the emergence of new bacterial strains resistant to several antibiotics at the same time (known as multidrug-resistant bacteria). Such bacteria may eventually become resistant to all existing antibiotics. Without antibiotics, we could return to the “pre-antibiotic era”, when organ transplants, cancer chemotherapy, intensive care and other medical procedures would no longer be possible. Bacterial diseases would spread and could no longer be treated, causing death.   In India, theres a bacteria that’s been discovered that is resistant to nearly all antibiotics!   That’s how scary the situation is.   Some are now even calling this the antibiotic apocalypse era (apocalypse means ‘an event involving destruction or damage on a catastrophic scale’).   But the good news is that we can do something about it now.   So, let your doctor decide whether you need an antibiotic, and don’t argue with them when they say no.

Is the problem worse than in the past?

Before the discovery of antibiotics, thousands of people died from bacterial diseases, such as pneumonia or infection following surgery. Since antibiotics have been discovered and used, more and more bacteria, which were originally susceptible, have become resistant and developed numerous different means of fighting against antibiotics. Because resistance is increasing and few new antibiotics have been discovered and marketed in recent years, the problem of antibiotic resistance is now a major public health threat.

What can be done to solve the problem?

Keeping antibiotics effective is everyone’s responsibility. Responsible use of antibiotics can help stop resistant bacteria from developing and help keep antibiotics effective for the use of future generations. On this basis, it is important to known when it is appropriate to take antibiotics and how to take antibiotics responsibly. Successful public awareness campaigns, which have already taken place in some countries, have resulted in a reduction of antibiotic consumption.  Everyone can play an important role in decreasing antibiotic resistance:

  • Follow your doctor’s advice when taking antibiotics.
  • When possible, prevent infection through appropriate vaccination.
  • Wash your hands and your children’s hands regularly, for instance after sneezing or coughing before touching other things or people.
  • Always use antibiotics under medical prescription, not using “leftovers” or antibiotics obtained without a prescription.
  • Ask your pharmacist about how to dispose of the remaining medicines.
What is the resistance situation in other regions in the world?

Inappropriate use of antibiotics is a problem worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a global strategy and guidelines to help countries in setting up systems to monitor antibiotic resistance and to implement efficient actions (for instance, insuring that antibiotics can only be purchased with prescription). While people still die in developing countries because they lack the correct antibiotic treatment, antibiotic resistance resulting from inappropriate use is causing concern in every continent.

Specifically talking about MRSA

Bacteria are everywhere.   There live in our guts and outside on our skin.  Many are harmless and those in our guts actually do some good for us.  There is one bug called Staph Aureus (SA for short) which lives on all of our skin.  It usually causes no problem unless for example the skin is broken (through a cut for example) where it can then start infecting the inside of the skin – hence needed antibiotics.   However, Staph Aureus is one of the bugs that is becoming resistant to a group of antibiotics which contain methicillin.   These superbugs are called MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus) and it is a difficult bug to treat.  Typically, MRSA that is found in hospitals is resistant to many other antibiotics.  If it does get into the skin, it can cause infections that are so difficult to treat that the skin starts to break down really quickly.  Then, that infection can get into the blood stream and some people then die.   You may be wondering how you catch MRSA – MRSA is mainly acquired through direct contact from human to human or via equipment or medical devices. Antibiotic use is also associated with higher risk of acquiring MRSA.  How can I protect myself/my family from MRSA?
The most important thing to protect yourself and your family from MRSA is to comply with simple hygiene measures: clean and cover wounds, cuts and scrapes, keep your hands clean until they are healed, and avoid sharing personal items such as razors and towels. If you catch an infection due to MRSA, ask your doctor or nurse about which hygiene measures you and your family will have to comply with, in hospital and when you go back home.

In Summary, let your doctor decide

So, when you come in to see your GP, please don’t demand or be aggressive about wanting antibiotics.  Please let your doctor decide whether you need an antibiotic or not.  They are the only qualified ones who can tell you.   Even if you have antibiotics in the past for infections does not mean you will always need them.  In the past, doctors have given antibiotics more freely often because of patient pressure rather than there being a clinical need.   However, doctors these days are more clued up and more aware about the hazards of antibiotic resistance.  So – let the professionals make that professional decision.

And if you are given an antibiotic, always follow your doctor’s advice on when and how to use antibiotics.

Here are some real patient stories

These stories are not to scare you but to simply show you the reality of the situation.

Watch this amazing short video.

Couch to 5K, is a fantastic programme that’s been designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers or 30 minutes in just 9 weeks.  Okay, so you might not like running and actually you may not fancy running 5K.  BUT this programme is amazing because it gently introduces you to running so that it doesn’t feel like hard work.    In doing so, it will help you get fitter.   And feeling fit will make you feel good.  It will help build your core muscle strength.  You will simply feel stronger, fitter and leaner in just 9 weeks.

Like I said, the great thing about this programme is that the exercise feels quite light.  If you have visions of being completely out of breath, exhausted, in pain when thinking of exercise, think again!  Try this programme and see for yourself.  The Couch to 5K programme is designed to condition your body for running – so instead of giving your body a sudden shock and going out for a 1 mile run, the couch to 5k introduces you to running gradually, giving you time to adapt and get fitter.  You might find the programme a little slow-going at first – but stay with it – things will liven up mid-way through, so try to be patient and positive, there’s no rush..!

  • You can rely on this programme – because it has been developed by the NHS – the largest health organisation in the world.
  • And it’s provided for you completely free!
  • And you don’t need to read anything.
  • All you need to do is download some audio and listen to it on a portable player like an MP3, an iPhone or actually any modern phone.
  • And it is easy to do.  Gentle exercise that alternates between gentle running and walking.  Each session only lasts 30 minutes.  And you don’t have to do it every day – only 3-4 times a week.

‘With the help of the Couch to 5k program, In less than seven months, I went from a 47 year old, 104kg, 30 cigarettes a day sort of guy to an 82kg, 0 cigarettes, running 45 to 50 kilometers a week sort of guy. And I’m not the only one, C25K has been responsible for getting thousands of couch potatoes up and running.’ 

Perhaps you don’t want to run marathons.  Well – that’s okay.  This programme simply gets you fitter in a gentle way.  For just this moment, I’d like to ask you a 5 quick questions.

  1. How fit do you feel?
  2. Do you feel frumpy and saggy?
  3. Do you feel that your backbone doesnt feel that strong?
  4. Do you find it difficult to sit or stand for long periods?
  5. Do you wish you could just feel amazingly strong ‘inside’?

Well, now you can with the Couch to 5K programme.  Its secret is that it’s a gentle introduction to getting the body moving, starting off alternating between walking and running small distances, and slowly building up until after 8 weeks, you’re ready to run 5 kilometers or 30 minutes non stop.


What do I do next?  How do I sign up?
In Summary

Couch to 5K is a running plan designed to get complete beginners from couch potato to running 5k (or 30 minutes) in nine weeks. It is: – Achievable – starting with a mix of running and walking and building up slowly – Virtually free – all you need is a decent pair of trainers and an MP3 player (a regular mobile phone will do) – Easy – a motivating ‘personal trainer’ tells you exactly when to stop and start. The plan sets three runs per week with a day of rest between each run.

More Information

Want more advice on the Couch to 5K programme?  Or perhaps just more running tips?  Click here:

Top Tips for Beginners

Not sure about what this lady says about needing bigger shoe size (go get some advice from a running shop), but she is right about getting the right trainer shoes because they will make your walking and running far more enjoyable.  Her other advice is very good too – especially about getting your gait (the way you actually walk or run) checked out by a sports trainer, physiotherapist or running shop.

Some more tips

Have you got pain that you’ve had for a long while and does not seem to be responding to any of the medical treatments the doctor is giving you?  We know how disabling that pain can be – it can affect your relationship with your family, friends and work colleagues.

A website to help you

So here is a website completed devoted to this subject matter.  There are a lot of resources on that website to help you.

Understanding pain


Understanding learned nerve pathways

Dr. Howard Schubiner discusses the how chronic pain can be devastating, but that it is often not what it seems. Pain can be caused by tissue damage, however many people with chronic pain have no tissue damage. Their pain is caused by learned nerve pathways which are explained in this video. Stress and emotional reactions to stressful life events can produce nerve pathways of pain, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety and depression. Learned nerve pathways can be reversed as described in this video.

Getting out of the loop of suffering
Solution-focused therapy for pain

By now, it should be clear to you that there is pain is made up of several components.  That which from damaged tissues themselves and which is then exacerbated (or amplified) by other things – like being worried, stressed, fearful, bad relationships and so on.   If we try and make these ‘other things’ better, the pain should lessen to a level you can live with.   Solution-focused therapy provides psychological skills to help lessen these ‘other things’.  Most GPs, psychologists, counsellors and pain-clinics can help you with this.   Please talk to your GP in the first instance.

Patient views of Solution-focused Therapy

In these clips, the patients are all Australian – and over there, they have specialised clinics doing Solution-based therapy.  In the UK, please go and see your GP in the first instance.    Some places in the UK have a pain clinic that do something similar to the Australians, but be careful, not all pain clinics are the same.    And some GPs are good at Solution-based therapy and others are less so.    If you find that your GP is providing much support, ask whether a referral to a counsellor, psychologist or pain clinic is possible.

At Ashcroft, we firmly believe in being open, honest and transparent with you.    We also like to share information and knowledge and if there is anything you feel we can improve, we would be delighted to hear from you: email us on or telephone us.  



Please consider getting tested for HIV and regular tests for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).    Most STIs can be treated.   

Scientific evidence shows that people ON EFFECTIVE TREATMENT for HIV are NOT INFECTIOUS.  And now, in the UK, people at high risk of catching HIV can take a tablet called PREP to stop them from getting it.  Ask your local sexual health centre for more information (link below).


Simply type these app names into your iOS app store or Android Playstore.   Click on each for more information.

Helps you sleep

For anxiety and depression

Helps you run again

For those with back, shoulder, neck or knee problems

Orcha 4 Health Apps

Confused by the hundreds of apps out there?   Trust Orcha. Orcha screens all the apps out there and only recommend the ones they think are good.

quick tips to beat...

Anxiety, Worry & Stress

Watch the 3 videos below.   The second two are exercises to help you with your anxiety.  Do them every day, twice a day.  Mid morning and early evening.   You can do them more if you like, but make sure you do them every day.   And in between, do things – things with the family, fishing, going out (whilst social distancing of course).

In times of stress, worry, fear or emergency, we often let our thoughts take control of our minds. And if we let our thoughts run wild, we make our situation worse than it really is. Watch this short clip.

This video demonstrates diagphragmatic breathing – often called belly breathing – where you use your deep muscles to breath.  This is good for ANYONE – and even people with asthma and COPD, but please remember, it is NOT a replacement for your medication.

A video demonstrating how to do muscle relaxation.  This particular exercise is called Progressive Muscle Relaxation.    It’s only 7 minutes long – demonstrating that it is easy and quick to do.

More Help Services

Are You a Carer?

Caring for someone? Then that means you’re a carer. Most carers at some point feel strain and struggle. But there is help to make life enjoyable again. Call The Carer’s Resource now. You’ve got nothing to lose and you might get your life back. Click the picture to read more...

Amazing website. Help with all aspects of well-being - work-related stress, sleep problems, anxiety, depression, drugs, domestic violence, post traumatic stress, parenting and families, dieting, eating disorders, stress, healthy eating and healthy living. Click the picture to read more...

Report Adult Abuse

Even if you're suspicious, please report it. We all have a duty to protect one another. And it's not just about the elderly being taken advantage of. It's about all adults including things like human trafficking, domestic violence and so on. Click the picture to read more...


Instead, letter the doctor, who is qualified, make the medical decision.

A lot of patients think they need antibiotics because they seemed to work for a previous illness or because they feel they know their own bodies. 

But illnesses like coughs and colds are not all the same even if they feel the same.  So, let the doctor decide.  And let them decide based on their (often) 10 years plus medical training – rather than on what you feel about your own body.

Watch the two videos on the left…

Antibiotics are a doctor-only decision. Let the doctor make that decision.

Are they GOOD or BAD?

Confused about e-cigarettes?

There is a lot of confusion about the harms and benefits of e-cigarettes.  Since they are a new technology, we don’t yet know the long-term impact of e-cigarette use, and it’s not recommended that non-smokers use them. But there is growing evidence that they can be an effective quitting tool. Research shows that e-cigarettes:

  • are actually far less harmful than smoking
  • can help people quit, especially those who have tried and failed to quit previously
  • and their safety profile is more comparable to that of other Nicotine Replacement Treatment products than tobacco

With this in mind, NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) guidance recommends that e-cigarettes should be discussed as an option for smoking cessation and patients are advised that they need to switch completely rather than becoming ‘dual users’ (i.e rather than using e-cigarettes and smoking).

Kids & Fizzy Drinks

Do your kids love fizzy drinks?
Look at these two interesting videos.


Patient Participation Group (PPG)

Our patient involvement group is a group of patients who want to help us do better.   We provide a forum where patients can meet the doctors and staff to discuss things about the practice and the services we provide. It’s an opportunity to get involved and make things better.  You’ve got nothing to lose.  In fact, you might feel good about yourself for contributing to your community.  We only meet about twice a year with 2-3 emails in between.  Involvement is not heavy – you can come and go as you please.   Give it a go…

Click here to email us & ask to join Ashcroft’s Patient Participation Group (PPG)

If you don’t use email, simply provide a name and contact number and ask our reception staff to hand it over to Mr Claire Revitt, our Practice Manager.

Want to help make the patient serve you and the community better?  Come join our friendly and welcoming group.

Everyone has the potential to do something

Give meaning to your life...

Yes, everyone has the potential to make a difference to the world and feel good in doing so!   Many patients from Bradford come from difficult and challenging backgrounds.  BUT DON’T LET THAT DEFINE YOU.  Use it to empower you.  You’re in a unique position to use your experiences to help others and in doing so, you’ll feel real good about yourself too.   Click the video to see what Katie and Molly have achieved – and remember, they come from Thorpe Edge in Bradford.  Is it time for you to do something different too?   Come in and talk to one of our Well-being Worker.



Please watch this video.   Our refugees have not come to our country through choice, but out of desperation.    Imagine – one day – your house is blown up, bank accounts all frozen, the streets taken to riots, killings, and looting. How would you feel living in a lawless UK?   Your brothers being shot.  You sisters being raped.  It’s difficult to imagine – but it was difficult for our refugees to imagine too.  They didn’t think what happened to them would happen in a zillion years.  Would you not want to be desperate to run away and find somewhere safe for you and the people you love?  That doesn’t stop them from loving and missing their once peaceful country.   So, let’s be a little kinder and respectful.  And let’s do our little bit and EMBRACE our refugees.

They are people just like you and me.  There are 65 million displaced people of which the UK takes about 300 000.  But Germany & America takes 3 times more.  

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