OUR LIST IS NOW PERMANENTLY CLOSED AND WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS.
Dear Patient and friends of Mapperley Park Medical Centre,
I write to inform you of the upcoming retirement of Dr Mark Stevens. Dr Stevens has had a long and varied career in medicine and has spent many years as a GP here at Mapperley Park Medical Centre. Dr Stevens and our staff would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support over the years.
With the retirement of Dr Stevens, Mapperley Park Medical Centre will close its doors permanently to patients on 21st June 2019. Staff will remain until 30th June 2019 to finalise paperwork and close things down. Staff will then be moving on to pastures new.
We advise that you register with a new GP immediately to ensure that there are no gaps in your care. This is particularly important for patients with long-term health conditions and those who need repeat prescriptions. There are many very good GP practices in our area and these can be seen on the NHS choices website. To find a GP practice close to where you live, please visit www.nhs.uk. If you need any help registering or have any concerns, then please contact our Patient Experience Team on 0115 8839570 during office hours or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope that you will join us in wishing Dr Stevens a happy and healthy retirement and wishing the practice staff good luck in their future careers. It has been a pleasure to serve the community of Mapperley Park and we would like to wish you all the best for the future.
Please see attached personal letter from Dr Stevens.
Dr Stevens and the team at Mapperley Park Medical Centre
After 26¾ years of service, I am retiring as a GP. I have experienced such warmth and support from you that this is not a matter lightly undertaken.
I have been present for so many of you, and I will miss giving you the time we need to spend to help people feel stronger and less vulnerable. I am grateful for the understanding and support I have received from others. It has been a huge privilege to have been able to put into practice what my teachers, lecturers, consultants, psychotherapists and so many patients and staff colleagues have taught me over my years of continuing education. I have been connected to several generations of some local families for a quarter of a century; others of you have connected more recently but no less significantly. You have shared your lives with me, and I have been able to share the middle years of my life looking after people in the way that I would like to be looked after myself.
Retiring means a loss of these rich connections, but what I have learned from seeing so very many patients will always be a part of who I am. My hope for you is that you go on to find other doctors who recognise our need to depend on others in our vulnerability – we are not always individuals in control of our lives and destiny. With understanding and support, you and I can discover new resolve in our health situations. Understanding and support need to remain. We have entered the era when percentage likelihoods of diseases are being calculated by algorithms and are beginning to influence clinical assessment based on experience. But rare things do present themselves; a percentage needs evaluating in a human context; even a scan can occasionally be wrong. So still trust your mind-body instincts and your doctor about your own health. And look after yourself. Eat breakfast. Alcohol has no health benefits, nor does nicotine. Starving yourself for 13 hours every now and then might
be good for you. Sugar really is harmful; vitamin D matters. Eat 8 brazil nuts a day for the selenium. Google the health benefits of exercise and then do some! 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day is really just a start – 10 is better. Read Matthew Walker’s book ‘Why we Sleep’. Keep up to date with responsible main-stream health information. Forgive others as much as we are able – none of us is perfect!
Goodbye, and God bless! Mark Stevens
Welcome to Mapperley Park Medical Centre
We operate a morning Open GP Access system with an afternoon appointment-only surgery.
Please come early if you want to be seen on the day, and we will give you a time when you are likely to be seen. You do not have to wait here. People over 70 and under 12 can ring in for a time, as can pregnant patients with children who need to be seen.
We now have over 2600 patients, many of whom have registered with us over the last 12 months.
We are consistently working on reducing waiting times without losing a thoughtful and open style.
Our website will provide clear and concise help and give our patients the information they require in an easy and convenient format. It has been designed with the patient’s needs at the forefront of everything, from checking surgery times to letting us know what you think of us.
Our dedicated team are here to treat those minor ailments that occur as well as providing specialist management of long-term conditions and clinics covering a wide range of healthcare issues. The technology also means you can now do a lot of things from the comfort of your home such as order a repeat prescription or cancel an appointment.
Partners in Care
Once registered, patients and healthcare professionals work together to ensure the most appropriate care is provided. This partnership philosophy extends even further and our active patient group exists to make sure that patient needs and the practice offering are always heading in the same direction.
This practice has ramp access for wheelchairs and a toilet suitable for wheelchair use, with emergency call system. We also have an induction loop system; please ask if you need to use it.
There is limited space for parking at the surgery, for approximately 6 cars. The on street parking has no restrictions but can also be busy. Please be thoughtful to our neighbours when parking. If you do have any difficulty then please do come into the surgery, let us know and we will see where we can help.
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