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The NHS is updating their advice regarding Coronavirus regularly. Advice on self-isolation at home 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.
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 really bad 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 life or wellbeing – contact NHS 111 online or by phone, get in touch with your GP, visit an Urgent Treatment Centre, or for emergencies go to A&E or call 999
Due to increased uncertainty about 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 DO NOT VISIT THE SURGERY UNLESS INVITED BY A CLINICIAN.
Online Appointment-booking has been temporarily suspended.
This is to ensure that you are triaged by telephone and to discourage people from coming to the Practice in person unless invited in order to protect all our patients and staff.
Please order all prescriptions online or via a pharmacy as we are unable to accept prescriptions in person at the Practice.
We recommend the NHS App (see below) which is quick and easy to set up yourself at home or, if no alternative is available, you can order using our prescriptions email address. Please call us on 01298 22338 for details.
We will be open on bank holiday Friday 8th May from 8am - 4pm for urgent cases only.
Evening and weekend clinics have been suspended. 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 0300 790 0596
Buxton Coronavirus Assessment Centre
In response to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, Stewart Medical Centre, along with our colleagues at Buxton Medical Practice, Elmwood Medical Centre and Hartington Surgery have opened a brand new ‘Coronavirus Assessment Centre’ based at the Cottage Hospital in Buxton. The new site opened 14th April and is designed as a ‘drive in’ facility to assess patients who have potential virus symptoms but are not unwell enough to need hospital treatment.
THIS IS NOT A TESTING FACILITY and no tests will be carried out at this site. The hub is only to be attended by patients who have been appropriately triaged by 111 and by their own surgery first. Only those who are required to be physically assessed will be invited to attend the hub.
Drop-ins WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED so please do not attend unless you have been through the appropriate triage first. Anyone attending the hub without the appropriate triage is putting themselves, staff and other patients at risk so it is vitally important you only attend if you are asked to.
This has been rapidly put together and we would like to thank everyone involved in making this happen, particularly those involved in the High Peak Primary Care Network and DCHS who have worked so hard on this project and all the staff at Buxton Cottage Hospital for accommodating us.
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
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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: email@example.com