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With patients' needs at the heart of everything we do, our website has been designed to make it easy for you to gain instant access to the information you need. As well as specific practice details such as opening hours and how to register, you’ll find a wealth of useful pages covering a wide range of health issues along with links to other relevant medical organisations.
Flu Season is Here
If you are 65 and over
under 65 and in a clinical risk group that makes you eligible for a Flu Vaccination
Our clinics will run as follows:
Wednesday 16th September 08:00 – 17:00
This clinic is reserved for patients recorded as HIGH RISK of Covid-19
Thursday 17th September 14:00 – 19:00
Wednesday 23rd September 08:00 – 17:00
Clinics for ALL ELIGIBLE ADULTS OVER 18
!!! BOOK NOW !!!!
Call us or book your slot online via Patient Access
To reserve your vaccination
Please note: We have a limited supply of vaccines and we have a huge increase in eligible patients this year
If you do not book on the above dates, we may not be able to offer you a vaccine at a later date.
DO NOT ATTEND THE PRACTICE IN PERSON for any reason, unless this has been authorised or pre-booked by a member of the Practice Team
All GP appointments will be booked as initial telephone consultation or video link where required. This will then be transferred to a face-to-face appointment where the GP feels this is necessary
You can now book GP Telephone Consultations & Flu Appointments online via Patient Access.
Sick note requests should be done either by telephone, online consult or by email. These will then be emailed or posted as appropriate
Repeat prescription requests should be done via Patient Access, email or telephone. They will be processed electronically and sent to a nominated Pharmacy. We will not issue printed prescriptions for collection.
ALL OF THE ABOVE WILL REMAIN IN PLACE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
PATIENT ALERT (updated 6th August 2020)
Please see updated guidance given by Derbyshire's Director of Public Health 05/08/2020:
You will now all be aware that new restrictions have been introduced in a number of areas in the north of England and Greater Manchester – some of which border northern Derbyshire.
As the High Peak is close to some of the areas affected by Covid-19 outbreaks it is natural for us all to be concerned.
Although the extra ‘lockdown’ measures around Greater Manchester do not apply in the High Peak, like everyone else across the country it is really important we continue to be alert.
We have seen a slight increase in the numbers of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in parts of the High Peak, including Buxton and Glossop.
We would expect this given the close proximity to the areas affected by the extra restrictions but DCC would like to reassure all residents that they are closely monitoring the situation and will take action if needed in the future.
Understanding the rates of infection across Derbyshire is essential for us to act quickly to manage any local outbreaks and can help you to take precautions by knowing the infection rates in your area. Each week the latest statistics are published on the DCC website here: www.derbyshire.gov.uk/coronaviruscases
Below are some of the important things you need to be doing to avoid contracting the virus and passing it on:
Keeping a distance from people not in your household or support bubble
Continue to wash your hands regularly
Wear a face covering in shops, on public transport or when visiting the hospital or GP and from 8 August it will also be compulsory to wear one in other indoor venues, such as cinemas and places of worship
Two people from different households can meet indoors but you still need to keep your distance and keep windows and doors open where possible for ventilation
Outside you can get together with up to 30 people from two households or a maximum of six people from different households
If you have symptoms, it is easy to get a test. Simply ring NHS 119 for an appointment at the nearest drive-through or walk-through centre, to request a home testing kit or book online at nhs.uk
For the system to continue working well, it is crucial that we reiterate the importance of getting a test as soon as possible after experiencing symptoms and of giving the correct information to contact tracers to keep friends and family safe from this highly contagious virus.
We also need to highlight the fact that anyone who has symptoms or tests positive for COVID 19 must now isolate for at least 10 days – rather than 7 as had previously been the case.
Covid 19 Testing
You can arrange a Covid test via the Government website using the self-referral portal.
You can call NHS on 119
You can self refer using the referral form below
COVID-19 TESTING - SELF-REFERRAL PORTAL
Important information about COVID-19
NHS England and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
Updated advice is as follows:
Updated (06 August 2020)
Stay at home for 10 days if you have either:
a high temperature
a new continuous cough
- a recent loss/change in your sense of smell or taste
** You must self-isolate for 10 days ... or longer if your symptoms persist **
** Household members should also self-isolate, but for 14 days as per the current guidelines **
|Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
your condition gets worse
your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Stay At Home advice can be found here
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
More information can be found on the NHS website here
Social prescribing is when health professionals refer patients to receive support in the community. This support helps to improve their health and wellbeing and the concept has gained support within many NHS organisations across the country.
GPs and other frontline healthcare professionals are able to refer patients to a link worker. This provides them with a face to face conversation where they can learn about wider possibilities and receive support to design their own personalised solutions, i.e. ‘co-produce’ their ‘social prescription’- so that people with social, emotional or practical needs are empowered to find solutions which will improve their health and wellbeing. Many of these services are provided by the voluntary and community sector.
Social Prescribing is an innovative and growing movement, with the potential to reduce the financial burden on the NHS and particularly and ease the ever increasing pressures on general practice.
If you feel that you would benefit from the Social Prescribing model and would like to receive advice and support from our Link-worker, please contact us for further information & referral.
NATIONAL MMR CATCH-UP CAMPAIGN - CHILDREN & ADULTS
Following a previous increase in cases of Measles and related infections, the NHS are extending their Campaign to ensure that our population is fully vaccinated against Measles, Mumps & Rubella.
The 1st MMR vaccine is offered to babies at 12 months with a 2nd vaccination around 3yrs & 4 months.
Some children who have only had one dose may not be fully vaccinated against Measles, Mumps or Rubella.
This Campaign encourages parents to ensure that their children are fully vaccinated.
If any vaccines have been missed, children can receive a catch-up vaccination at their GP surgery.
Anyone born between 1980 and 1990 may not have received a mumps vaccine, and anyone born between 1970 and 1979 may have only had a measles vaccine.
There is no upper age limit to this Campaign and so any CHILD or ADULT who has not had 2 doses of the MMR vaccination is eligible to receive a catch-up vaccine.
** If you have not received the full MMR vaccination and would like to receive the catch-up, please contact us and book in.
Please see the link below for further information:
Instant online access to your medical record
We are aware that following a 'Patient Access Update' patients are experiencing lots of problems with being able to login into their accounts.
Should you have any problems please follow instructions on the link below .. unfortunately practice staff are unable able to help with these issues.
Online Appointment Booking and Viewing Medical Records
When you have registered with the surgery to book appointments online you will have received a registration identification sheet and pin number. When you have registered for medical record viewing you will have given the surgery a password to activate your account. Please click the link below to access appointment booking and medical record access. You will need your pin number and medical record password.
Register for Online Booking of Appointments and Viewing of Medical records
Your local pharmacy can issue NHS prescriptions for certain minor ailments.
Below is a list of the conditions:-
Sore throat Hay Fever UTI - Urinary Tract Infection
Cough & cold Head lice Nasal Congestion
Fever Thread worm Athlete’s foot
Headache Vaginal thrush Conjunctivitis
They can be issued on prescription without having to see your GP and your usual prescription payment method will apply.
This service is available from the following Pharmacies:-
Boots Pharmacy, Glossop (not UTI) . Well Pharmacy (Co-op), Glossop . Mews Pharmacy, Gamesley . Moorlands Pharmacy, Simmondley
Cohen’s Chemist, Glossop (not UTI)
Save a GP Appointment
….and use your local Pharmacy where possible
Get Well, Keep Well
Of course we’re not just here for when you are unwell. Our team of healthcare professionals and back-up staff offer a number of clinics and services to promote good health and wellbeing whatever your medical condition.
We hope you enjoy having a look around the site and familiarising yourself with some of the online features such as ordering a
repeat prescription. Whatever your thoughts, be sure to let us know via our feedback function. Comments and suggestions are always a great way of helping us continue to enhance the way we look after you.
We have wheelchair access to the patient waiting area, consulting/treatment rooms and provide disabled toilet facilities.
NHS Meningococcal ACWY Vaccination - 2017 School Leaver Cohort
There has been high media intereset in the very sad death of Lauren Sandell. Lauren was in the vaccine eligible cohort that left school last year and was at University for less than 2 weeks before falling ill with MenW disease. She had not been immunised before leaving for University and sadly her case highlights the need to vaccinate this age group with the MenACWY before they begin higher education. All patients at this practice within this age group will be sent a letter to invite them to have the vaccination here at the surgery.
Please take advantage of this vaccination whilst eligible ..... It could save your life!!!
Follow the link below to complete the HEART AGE Test
(Site updated 26/08/2020)