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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.
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DO YOU WANT TO OPT OUT OF DATA SHARING?
NHS Digital has told GP practices across England that a new programme to extract data from GP IT systems will begin from 1 September. The General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) service will replace the General Practice Extraction Service (GPES) system that has been in place for the past decade.
The overhaul will mean that from 1 September NHS Digital will extract a broad range of patient data from practice systems - including 'data about diagnoses, symptoms, observations, test results, medications, allergies, immunisations, referrals, recalls and appointments, including information about physical, mental and sexual health; data on sex, ethnicity and sexual orientation; data about staff who have treated patients'.
TO OPT OUT, you must return a Type 1 opt out form to your GP practice. The opt out form is available from the reception desk at Stewart Medical Centre or by clicking here
. There is also more information on the NHS Digital website here
We are still 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 Priority Groupings.
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 demanding 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.
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.
We are now opening pre-booking to some of our appointments
As the national restrictions ease, we are working to increase the flexibility of our appointment bookings. The majority of Nurse appointments, and around half of GP telephone appointments are now available to book up to two weeks in advance. GP telephone appointments are available to pre-book online. The remaining appointments will become available both online and by phone at 8am each day. This hybrid approach aims to prevent the wait for a pre-bookable appointment becoming excessive, and increases the choice available to patients of whether to pre-book for up to two weeks away, or call on the day. Our "On Call" system for urgent cases remains unchanged and appointments will always be available on the day for medically urgent problems.
Because of the additional time needed for cleaning between patients which reduces the number of appointments we are able to offer, all GP appointments will continue to be by telephone in the first instance. Your GP will then book you a face to face appointment if necessary.
Please wear a face covering or mask if you are attending an appointment.
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."
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org