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EMERGENCIES

If you need urgent medical advice during practice opening hours, please phone the surgery on 01623 550254.

If you need to see a doctor urgently when we are closed, please phone 111.  An operator will take some details and pass you through to our local out of hours GP service.

APPOINTMENTS

You DO NOT NEED TO CALL AT 8 o'clock in the morning for routine appointments.  If your problem is urgent, please call reception as early as you are able to and you will be seen in our Urgent Care Clinic.  Routine appointments can be booked up to 4 weeks in advance.  Some appointments can be booked online - please speak to reception to obtain a username and password.

CANCELLING AN APPOINTMENT

If you no longer need your appointment, it helps us and other patients if you can cancel your appointment as soon as possible.  This way, we can make sure the appointment can be offered to another patient.  You can cancel at reception, by telephone (01623 550254) or online.

STAFF TRAINING

The practice will be closed on the 3rd Wednesday of the month for essential staff training.

 

Welcome to our practice website

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.


Brierley Park Medical Centre will be open Good Friday and Easter Monday to take telephone calls and arrange necessary GP consultations. This is to help support our NHS.


Coronavirus update

 

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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

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


COVID-19 UPDATE

 

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.

 

Thank you.


Local pharmacy opening times for April 2020

Pharmacies


Please find attached current information regarding local support services  to  the COVID19 pandemic.  This is an on-going work in progress and our link workers will be adding to this, as we learn/find out more.  Can you please share with your staff teams to support them in their roles?

Key contacts


 Do you have a 3D printer can help with the coronavirus outbreak?

If you have a 3D printer and can help make visors for our practice, please help. We have no visors and we are short on face masks in our surgery. We understand that the attached document will show you how to make it. If you make any amendments, please inform the authors of the document (their emails are at the end) so they can help the national effort. If you can donate masks, please contact us to arrange delivery because we are in a locked surgery right now.

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/cb123pz9r01493s/Medical%20Face%20Shield%20-%20Manufacturing%20Specification%20%28Mark%202%20Model%29.pdf?dl=0&fbclid=IwAR0dtoXx6VNo9eXGqEecAxHdzl4zBp8XkvBnQ1ZJEdCmzj2r5lHycVevawo

                                                                                  


 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 (maccg.c84077@nhs.net) 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 from today (20th March) 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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/statutory-sick-pay-employees-statement-of-sickness-sc2

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.


Online services

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.


Carers Event Wednesday 25th March 2020

CANCELLED

Please note that unfortunately due to the current coronavirus outbreak, the planned carer’s event on the 25th March has been cancelled to minimise the risk of infection and patients coming into the surgery. As soon as we are able to reschedule, this post will be updated. Apologies for any inconvenience this has caused. If you are a Carer and require advice or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the surgery. Thank you.


Do you need legal advice in this difficult time?

CAB


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.

 


Online Services

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. 

https://apps.beta.nhs.uk


Teaching/Training practice

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


Research practice

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:  

                                   https://www.nihr.ac.uk/explore-nihr/support/clinical-research-network.htm

 

Resesarch 

 


 

(Site updated 08/04/2020)
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