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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 will be opening a brand new ‘Coronavirus Assessment Centre’ based at the Cottage Hospital in Buxton.
The new site opens on Tuesday April 14th 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.
Walk in’s 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.
We would also like to take this opportunity to wish all our patients a Happy Easter!!
The NHS is updating their advice regarding Coronavirus daily. Advice on self-isolation at home can be found here. PLEASE DO NOT VISIT THE SURGERY UNLESS INVITED BY A CLINICIAN. If your symptoms become unmanageable at home, or last for more than 7 days, visit the nhs 111 online coronavirus service for further advice.
We are now also unable to accept Prescription requests in person at the Practice. Please order all prescriptions online or via a pharmacy. We recommend the NHS App (see below) which is quick and easy to set up yourself at home.
Our patients can now use the new NHS App; 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."
URINE SAMPLESAs of February 2019 we no longer accept urine samples that have not been specifically requested by a Doctor or Nurse, either verbally or by letter. If you feel you make have a urine infection, please ask to speak to the Doctor on call.
As part of a national initiative to improve patient access to primary care services, Stewart Medical Centre patients are now able to access GP and Nurse appointments up till 8pm on weekdays and on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday mornings, at practices across Buxton and the High Peak. Please click on Appointments for further information.
CLOSURES FOR TRAINING
All surgeries across North Derbyshire close one afternoon per month for staff training and development. The Stewart Medical Centre will be closed on Wednesday afternoons on the following dates in the next 3 months of 2020: 13th May, 10 June & 8th July. For further details, see Opening Times.
The Practice provides additional information on Facebook. Click on SMC Facebook to see this.
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