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Coronavirus updates: 

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 

We are now inviting patients for Covid vaccinations at the Buxton Vaccination Hub based at Buxton Medical Practice on Temple Road.  
We will contact patients either by text (if they have a mobile phone) or by telephone to book their appointment.  Patients will be invited in order of the National First Phase Priority Groupings (for further information click here)
It is vitally important that you wait for us to contact you for your vaccine. You will only be able to book your appointment when you have been invited. Please do not attend without an appointment.
The vaccination hub has been set up in collaboration with our colleagues at Buxton Medical Practice, Elmwood Medical Centre and Hartington Surgery and we are very grateful for all their hard work to organise this service.
The vaccination service is going to take a high level of staffing from our GPs, Nurses and admin teams over the coming weeks and months - We are continuing to provide our usual high quality care to those patients who need it, but ask that if your issue is non-urgent you consider seeking help through NHS 111 by phone or online, or make use of Online Consult or the NHS website prior to calling the Practice.

We are hiring! 

We are expanding our team and are now able to offer an exciting opportunity for 2 new Receptionists to join our friendly, hard-working and patient-focused Practice.
Role 1. 20.5 hours per week
Tuesday 12:30 – 6pm
Wednesday 8am – 6pm
Friday 12 – 6pm
Role 2. 19 hours per week
Monday 2 – 6pm
Wednesday 1 – 6:30pm
Thursday 8 – 6:30pm
Please apply in writing, enclosing a copy of an up to date CV and stating your preference for role if applicable. Applications must be returned by the end of Friday 7th May and should be marked for the attention of:
Graham Chipp
Practice Business Manager
Stewart Medical Centre
15 Hartington Rd
Buxton
SK17 6JP
The successful candidates will receive a highly competitive salary and are able to join the NHS Pension scheme. They will also have the opportunity to get involved in the Covid-19 vaccination program, and some additional hours (including at weekends) will be available.

 

Our Annual PPG Report has been published

Find out more about our Patient Participation Group (PPG) and view the report here.

We are still here for you if you are unwell - please don't delay seeking treatment

During the coronavirus pandemic, our staff have been working hard to ensure that all patients who need urgent care – not just those with coronavirus – have been able to get it. To avoid unnecessary contact, some non-urgent appointments and surgeries have been postponed and others delivered differently using technology. We will continue to ask patients to attend face-to-face services only when it is really necessary, and where it can be done safely without putting our patients, the public or our staff at greater risk of catching coronavirus. Where possible, appointments will continue to be offered using remote services such as a video or phone consultation.

If you feel unwell or have hurt yourself, you can still get the care and treatment you need. It’s vital that if you’re having a potentially life-threatening medical emergency, such as a heart attack, stroke or flare up of asthma, you contact the NHS. You might be worrying about a mole that’s changed shape, or grown larger, and think you need to contact your GP.

Everyone in the NHS really appreciates people taking pressure off services for conditions that can be safely managed with over-the-counter medicines, and taken care of at home. But it is crucial that for anything else that you do not risk your life or wellbeing – contact NHS 111 online or by phone, get in touch with your GP, or for emergencies call 999.

 

Due to the ongoing unpredictability of staffing, we are currently operating an "on the day" booking system. 

All appointments will be by telephone. A GP/Nurse will call you back to assess you on the same day.  If you need to be seen face to face, we will make sure that this is done safely.

Please wear a face covering or mask if you are attending an appointment.

You can now book some appointments online.

Blood tests and routine telephone appointments with a GP are now available to book online. For more information about online access see the Online Services tab.

 

Evening and weekend clinics have been suspended for the time being. 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." 

 

Request a fitnote, check your symptoms and more with the new Online Consult Service

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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 

STEWART MEDICAL CENTRE PRIVACY POLICY

In order to comply with the new GDPR (Data Protection) legislation the Practice has updated its privacy policy. You can read the updated privacy policy by clicking on Confidentiality and GDPR Privacy Notice.


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

Broken bones

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 Health News

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: enquiries@northderbyshireccg.nhs.uk

 

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