Many thanks to all patients who, despite the awful weather, turned up for their ‘flu jab yesterday. The initial count is that 411 patients had their ‘flu shot yesterday – a record number.
The Nurses and Admin Team coped admirably, not only managing the jabs, but also reviewing each patient’s record and performing where possible or scheduling other routine health checks where they were due.
Thanks also for the support from Ann Hillyeard and other members of the PPG team* who were on tea and coffee duty throughout all of our Flu sessions which have now seen 1,535 of our patients vaccinated.
This was more of a chllenge than usual because of the delayed delivery of vaccines this year and the different type of vaccine administered, dependent on patient age.
Lets hope we can all enjoy as ‘Flu-free’ a Winter as possible.
( * & Norman, Annette, Cress, Peter, Beryl, Ann, Jean, Sandra, Peter and Pat hope I’ve not missed anyone )
For those who can get a free NHS Flu-Jab
Under guidance from NHS England and Public health, we have been advised to use a new Quadrivalent flu vaccine this year for patients that are under 65 but have a medical condition that gives a much broader protection to you. Our duty of care to you means we have to buy this vaccine in for you and unfortunately we don’t receive the full price back if the vaccine is not used, so we ask that you please come to the surgery to have it on one of our drop-in days, or if it difficult for you to get to one of these clinics please call us and we will try to fit you in somewhere – YOUR VACCINE IS HERE WAITING FOR YOU.
As always we are the best place for you to receive your flu vaccine as other healthcare professionals do not have full access to your clinical record and we will keep your health record up to date.
If you are not eligible for a free jab, then we would recommend seeing our local Pharmacy for a Private Flu Jab for a small private fee, (as we are prohibited from offering this to you)
Earlier this year funding which supported GP practices to provide consultations to those who had suffered a minor injury was withdrawn.
Increased funding has instead gone to A&E Departments, who last year saw a 41% uplift on their clinical payments.
An A&E department will receive as much money for ONE patient visiting their department as your GP receives for a whole year of looking after the same patient.
Therefore, please don’t be upset with us when we ask you to attend A&E, not the practice for any minor injury treatment, as we are no longer commissioned to provide this service.
Throughout the country there is a push at present to try and reduce demand on GP services wherever possible.
BEFORE approaching us for help, please consider looking at the NHS help pages for common conditions here:
..or seeing the pharmacist.
GDPR is an update of the Data Protection Act to provide increased protection for each individual’s personal data.
The new regulations came into force on 25th May 2018.
GDPR requires us to process the data we hold on you fairly, lawfully & transparently.
Please click the following link to find a copy of our privacy notice :
The notice explains what data we hold, what we do with it & why, who it goes to and the rights you have over it.
You can also read our leaflet about How We Use Your Information here:
A small number of evening and weekend morning appointments with either a GP or an Advanced Nurse Practitioner are now available to our patients. This service is being provided by the Three Valleys Clinical Team, from Gosforth Valley Medical Centre in Dronfield and Moss Valley Medical Centre in Eckington.
These appointments are by appointment only and are currently being used for those patients who need a prompt review but have difficulty getting in to the appointments offered here at Stubley.
Many many thanks to Gary Fletcher Surfacing for clearing our car park this morning ahead of the scheduled clearance.
Stubley Drive remains difficult without a 4×4, but the Centre and Pharmacy are open.
Welcome to March – is it Spring yet?
The Medical Centre is running a full service today – all staff are here although home visiting options are a little more limited.
However, staff at the Pharmacy have so far not been able to get in (9am) , with no prospect likely this morning we are told.
If you were planning on visiting them or collecting a prescription please call first.
If you’re attending the surgery it’s probably best to avoid the car park – although it was cleared last night it’s covered over again this morning and without a 4×4 you will struggle.
Phone consultations where appropriate may be order of the day.
The Derbyshire CCGs have agreed that over the counter items for minor, self-limiting short term conditions should not be prescribed, but instead purchased by patients directly from the pharmacy.
In keeping with this decision, (see link here), we will be respectfully declining requests for such items to be on prescription.
We will no longer be prescribing gluten free food items for those patients with coeliac disease.
We are delighted to welcome ‘PureChiro’ to the Medical Centre site.
Luke Turner and his team open their doors for business today and we wish them well.
For those with long standing or difficult musculoskeletal pain, especially back pain, chiropractic may offer some relief and although a private service some Insurance schemes, including Westfield may cover the cost of treatments.
Luke grew up in Dronfield, just across the road from the Surgery and having worked in a large practice for a number of years is excited to be starting up on his own.
His website can be visited here.