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The NHS is updating their advice regarding Coronavirus regularly. Advice on self-isolation at home for those with symptoms can be found here. If your symptoms become unmanageable at home or last for more than 7 days visit the nhs 111 online coronavirus service for further advice. If you need a self-isolation fitnote click here.
Coronavirus Vaccines and Boosters
Covid Booster update 21/12/21:
All patients over the age of 18 who are eligible for their Covid Booster have now been invited. We have clinics running this week on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd December, with further clinics between Christmas and New Year and in January once vaccine supply has been confirmed. We would like to extend our enormous thanks to our wonderful staff who, after almost a year of vaccination clinics already, have stepped up once again to stay late and work extra hours to enable these clinics to happen.
GP Practices nationally have been instructed to cancel ALL routine work and focus solely on vaccinations for the rest of the month. This would obviously have an enormous impact on routine appointment wait times. We have not yet had to cancel ANY routine appointments and are determined to avoid cancellations if at all possible. However, the extra vaccination work will inevitably still have an impact on the wait time for routine appointments, and we ask for your patience in the coming weeks/months as this will take some time to correct itself.
Patients over 18 will be offered a Booster Vaccine at least 3 months after their 2nd dose. They cannot receive a booster within 8 weeks of a positive Coronavirus test. Immunocompromised patients who have already had a 3rd dose will be offered a Booster 3 months after this was given.
- 30 + year olds: Eligible to book on the National Booking Service/ attend Walk-In Clinics, or can book an appointment at the Practice now.
- 18-29 year olds: Will be eligible to book on the National Booking Service/attend a walk-in clinic from Wednesday 15th December, or can book an appointment at the Practice now.
All 12-18 year olds will receive 2 Primary Course doses, 12 weeks apart. They cannot be vaccinated within 12 weeks of a positive Coronavirus test.
- 16-17 year olds: Can be vaccinated at the Practice, through the National Booking Service, or can attend some Walk-In clinics
- 12-15 year olds with no underlying health conditions: Cannot currently be vaccinated at the Practice. Must be booked in through the National Booking Service, or can attend some Walk-In clinics.
- 12-15 year olds with underlying health conditions/living with an immunosuppressed person: Can be vaccinated at the Practice, through the National Booking Service, or can attend some Walk-In clinics.
How to Book:
You can book into one of our clinics using the link in your text message invite. If you don’t have a mobile phone, or are in one of the eligible categories and haven't yet received your text message, you can call us after 10 am on any weekday to book your appointment. Please do not call for a Booster appointment if your 2nd vaccine was after 7th October as we don't yet have vaccine deliveries confirmed for January. We will send invitations to these patients once we have clinics available.
To book with the National Booking System go to https://www.nhs.uk/.../coro.../book-coronavirus-vaccination/ OR call 119
To find a walk-in centre visit https://www.nhs.uk/.../find-a-walk-in-coronavirus-covid.../ OR call 119. Age limits are listed on the website as some clinics run for those aged 12 and above, and others only for those aged 16 and above.
Many thanks for your support and patience. Please help protect yourself and those around you by wearing a face mask when in public and practising social distancing.
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Our Annual PPG Report has been published
Find out more about our Patient Participation Group (PPG) and view the report here.
Pre-booking and Face to Face Appointments Open
As the national restrictions ease, we are working to increase the flexibility of our appointment bookings. From the beginning of December we have opened up all our appointments to pre-booking. Patients have the choice to book either a face to face or a telephone appointment. We expect demand to be high, so please bear with us if the wait time for routine appointments is longer than expected. If you have several issues to discuss, please ask for a double appointment.
There is also an emergency On Call GP available for medically urgent cases every day.
Please wear a face covering or mask if you are attending an appointment.
Please do not attend the Practice if you have symptoms of Coronavirus or live with someone who has tested positive within the last 10 days.
Evening and weekend clinics have been suspended while we focus on Coronavirus vaccinations. Until further notice, our opening hours will be 8am - 6:30pm Monday - Friday
Derbyshire NHS Foundation Trust have launched a mental health helpline
Open 9am-midnight 7 days a week, this helpline is for anyone suffering with their mental health during the Coronavirus Crisis, including those who normally have access to Mental Health Services that have been affected by the current situation. You can find out more here or call 0800 028 0077. See our mental health self care page for more resources to help you look after your mental health.
Our Patients can now use the NHS App
The NHS App is a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet. You can use the NHS App to check your symptoms and get instant advice, book appointments, order repeat prescriptions, view your GP medical record and more. If you are already registered for online access you can continue to use it, and can use the NHS App as well. for more information go to www.nhs.uk/nhsapp or search your app store for "NHS App."
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CARE QUALITY COMMISSION (CQC)
The Practice was last inspected by the CQC on 1st August 2016. The overall rating was GOOD. To see the full report, please click on CQC Report on SMC
Local Health News
BUXTON HEALTH HUB
It is important to note that whilst some recent newspaper articles have suggested that the 3 GP practices in Buxton WILL be involved in the project for the former Buxton Water site, nothing has been confirmed as yet and discussions are at a very early stage. The involvement of Stewart Medical Centre will be dependent on a number of factors and we will of course keep our patients up to date with any news.
MINOR INJURY UNIT OPENING TIMES
New opening hours of 8am to 8pm came into effect at Derbyshire’s Minor Injury Units (MIUs) from July 2018. The change is being made due to very low levels of activity seen after 8pm, and to ensure MIU staffing capacity can be concentrated at busier times to enable people to be seen and treated more quickly. MIUs across Derbyshire are making this change so all local services are used as efficiently as possible and we get the best use out of the county’s NHS resources. After 8pm patients can visit:
- NHS Choices - click on Advice for further information
- The nearest out of hours pharmacist
- Or call 111 for advice, or referral to support from an out of hours doctor or urgent care services if this is necessary.
MIU will still support patients between 8am and 8pm with the following:
Sprains and strains
Wound infections and management
Minor burns and scalds
Minor head injuries
Insect and animal bites
Minor eye injuries
Injuries to the back, shoulder and chest.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR PATIENT PARTICIPATION (NAPP)
The Practice is a member of the National Association for Patient Participation (NAPP). Established in 1978, N.A.P.P. is the only UK umbrella organisation for patient-led groups in general practice. It provides a range of resources for members and, in particular, it provides E-bulletins which cover the latest health issues and include the links to the source documents. To access the E-bulletins, click on the link NAPP eBulletins. In the December 2018 bulletin, there are items on:
- Consultation on a review and update of CCG guidance on Items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care; and
- General Data Protection Act – myth-busting tips directly produced by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).
PATIENT EXPERIENCE BULLETINS
Every month, the Patient Experience Team at North Derbyshire CCG pull together relevant NHS information and data and share it via an email. Clink on the link NDCCG Patient Experience Bulletins to view them or, if you are interested in joining the circulation list, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org