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Welcome to Brierley Park Medical Centre. Our aim is to treat all our patients equally and to give you an effective service that is sensitive to your needs.
The doctors and staff are committed to providing high quality medical care.
We look forward to welcoming you to our practice and hope that we may meet your needs. If you feel that there is something else that we could offer, we are keen to hear from you.
If you require advice on self-isolation, such as what to do if you have a certain medical condition, live with a vulnerable person or unsure how to self isolate, please visit:
If you are in the at risk groups announced by the Government at the weekend, you will soon receive a letter with further advice. Please do not call the surgery as due to demand on the service we do not have the capacity to answer individual queries and the advice is the same .You do not need to contact 111 to inform them you are self-isolating and testing is also not required if you are self-isolating. The main points are detailed below but please follow the link for in-depth advice.
•If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (The ending isolation section below has more information)
•If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. See the explanatory diagram
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the current demand on the service, at the advice of the government we have unfortunately have had to suspend some routine work we normally do at the surgery. Some of the routine work we will still be doing as it is felt to be necessary are as follows but not limited to:
- Cervical smear tests
- Baby and childhood vaccinations
- Rheumatology and other vital drug and condition monitoring
- INR tests
- Stitch removals
- Dressings (f you are unable to do them yourself)
- B12 injections
- Testosterone, Zoladex and Decapeptyl injections
If you need to speak to a doctor for medical advice you can still book a telephone appointment. The GP will call you and try to deal with as much over the phone as possible. If they feel they need to see you and you do not have symptoms of COVID-19 they may ask you to come to the surgery. They may also ask you to email the surgery additional information or possibly images of a condition if needs be (such as eczema, lesions etc.)
We are all finding the current crisis very difficult. If you are experiencing difficult emotions right now, you may find the following web pages helpful: Every Mind Matters and NHS mental health and wellbeing.
We would like to thank all our patients again for understanding and bearing with us at this very difficult time. Please continue to follow the advice on social distancing and non-essential travel etc.
Ashfield Voluntary Action is running a community support web Hub which includes a very informative News section with much information including a ‘Covid-19 Summary Bulletin published by the CCGs, and what the recently announced Covid Lock down easing means for people, all on https://www.ashfieldvoluntaryaction.org.uk/news/
Appointments and Prescription ordering update
As of today and the foreseeable future for all GP and nursing appointments, we will be contacting you prior to the appointment to assess your symptoms and to try and deal with as much as possible over the phone. Please ensure you have your phone with you as we cannot specify a time due the demands on the service. If the clinician feels they need to see you in person to assess your symptoms and diagnose anything, they will ask you to come down to the surgery after assessing t...he risk of infection. We have done this to try and minimise risk to our patients, especially our most at risk patients such as the elderly or people with underlying health conditions. This means that you should only attend the surgery if you have been asked to. If you are unclear if you should attend, please call the surgery first. Thank you for understanding and bearing with us at this time.
Please email your prescription requests to the practice email where possible (firstname.lastname@example.org) If you are unable to do so, please write your request down with your name, date of birth, address and the medication you require and post this into the post box at the surgery. Please do not come into the building unless absolutely necessary. Due to the increase in telephone traffic currently coming into the surgery, we are still unable to take them over the phone. If you have a nominated pharmacy, you will still be able to contact them by phone who can pass on the request to us for you. Thank you for your understanding and patience at this difficult and evolving time.
PRESCRIPTION UPDATE - Please note when you order a repeat prescription from the surgery, any regular repeat medication (i.e daily medication and inhalers) will be set up for repeat dispensing for 6 months. This means you will be able to go the pharmacy each month and collect your medication without having to re-order it. Please note you can still only pick up one months at a time. This will not apply to PRN (when needed) medication such as creams, sprays and tablets not prescribed to take regularly. All prescriptions must now be sent electronically to a chemist of your choice. If you do not have already have a nominated pharmacy at the time of ordering and do not specify a pharmacy, they will automatically go to Peak pharmacy next to the surgery. Please do not come to the surgery to collect your prescription as it will not be here. If you have recently ordered a prescription, please do not re-order this early. We will automatically do this for you when your next one is due and you put the request in. Thank you.
Sick note guidance for COVID-19
If you are personally affected and in isolation for seven days you do not need to contact your GP for a sick note. You must self-certify for the first 7 days as normal. Information on this can be found at:
If you are personally affected and remain unwell for over seven days. Please visit www.111.nhs.uk and complete an online self-assessment. You may be asked to call 111 for further advice on the next steps regarding returning to work. You do not need to contact your GP.
Please be aware you cannot currently book an online appointment using SystmOnline or the NHS app. Due to Coronavirus outbreak, Public Health England have advised we are to triage every patient coming in for an appointment. As this is not possible when patients book an appointment online, we unfortunately have had to disable this feature for the foreseeable future.
Do you need legal advice in this difficult time?
Have you asked your pharmacist?
Minor short term illnesses can be treated at home or by getting advice from your local pharmacy. You don't always need a doctor or nurse for:
- Coughs, colds and blocked nose
- Hay fever
- Headaches or Migraines
- Indigestion and heartburn
- Minor pains (aches, sprains or strains)
- Constipation or diahorrea
- Temperature or fever
If your symptoms are not improving after a few days of treatment with over the counter medications, you should contact the local pharmacist or your GP for more advice.
If you do not have access to a smartphone but do have access to a computer you can still access our online services by coming into the surgery with photo identification. We will then give you a username and password to access the same online services as the NHS app. Currently they both have the same information and features, but in future the NHS app will have much more to offer than our services.
For more information on this, please visit the Online services page
Citizens Advice Bureau Ashfield Outreach
The citizen’s advice bureau is here at Brierley Park Medical Centre the first Thursday of the month 9:30am - 2:00pm
GP Access Scheme
Monday - Friday 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Saturday morning 9:00am - 12 noon
Sunday & Bank Holidays 9:00am - 1:00pm
Ashfield North Federation of practices includes, Willowbrook Medical Practice, Woodlands Medical Practice, Brierley Park Medical Centre, Skegby Family Medical Centre and Kings Medical Centre. We are a group of practices who are working together to offer our patients access to GP pre-booked appointments evenings and weekends.
You can now have pre-bookable appointments Sunday & Bank Holidays at Forest Medical, Rosemary Street, Mansfield, NG19 6AB (near civic centre).
These appointments can only be booked through your own GP practice. There will be a GP and sometimes a nurse on duty at each surgery. Your appointment will be 15 minutes long. There are no emergency appointments available during extended GP Access Surgeries. Should the GP you see like to refer you for further investigations or procedures, this information will be passed on to your usual GP practice to process.
Extended GP Access service is now accessible 7 days per week. If you require an appointment on a Sunday please enquire with the reception team. For further information https://www.mansfieldandashfieldccg.nhs.uk/our-services/doctors-surgeries/did-you-know-you-can-now-book-gp-appointments-in-mid-nottinghamshire-on-evenings-and-weekends/
Great Self-Care App for patients
and staff alike!
The website below if full of apps around healthy lifestyle choices and self-care advice with community forums for discussion topics.
We are an accredited training and teaching practice. We have speciality trainee Doctors (who are qualified Doctors who are training to be come GPs) and Foundation Doctors (who are qualified Doctors with over a year's experience of working since they left medical school
We work as part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) We are an accredited level 2 research practice. We undertake research studies to benefit the health and wellbeing of our patients and to help to contribute to the knowledge of humankind. You can read more about the NIHRR CRN here:
(Site updated 20/05/2020)