DATE FOR YOUR DIARY - SATURDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER
We are now taking bookings for our flu clinic which is being held on Saturday 23rd September.
We are also holding a shingles/flu clinic for those of you who are eligible for both vaccines on 23rd September.
Please contact reception on 01271 329004 to check whether you are eligible and to make an appointment.
Have you heard of veterans gateway? They are a partnership betweeen The Royal British Legion, Poppyscotland, SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, Combat Stress and service provider Connect Assist. Vetrans' Gateway is for any ex-service personnel and their families looking for advice or support - whatever they're dealing with. For more information, visit https://www.veteransgateway.org.uk/
National Diabetes Audit (NDA): Helping to improve diabetes care
Brannam Medical Centre is taking part in an important national project about diabetes care and treatment in the NHS. To take part, we will share information about your diabetes care and treatment with the NDA. The type of information, and how it is shared, is controlled by law and enforced by strict rules of confidentiality and security. For more information, please take a look at the National Diabetes Audit leaflet here.
Make sure your child is protected and up to date with their childhood vaccines...
Putting the Dragon to Bed
Our reception manager Rebecca has put together this document on the role of the receptionist and why you may be asked further questions regarding your appointment.
Please Click Here
Home Blood Pressure Monitors
The price of hiring a blood pressure machine from the surgery has now increased to £20. Alternatively, they can be purchased from any pharmacy.
See Hear Centre
Getting older? Finding it harder to hear? The See Hear Centre in North Devon are holding monthly meetings throughout 2017 for relaxed, friendly advice and support. For more information phone 01271 373236 or 07831 515809, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.livingoptions.org
See Hear Centre dates of meetings in 2017
New voice messaging system
We use a messaging system called MJOG which allows us to contact our patients by text and voice message. We have been using this to invite our patients in for their seasonal flu vaccinations, chronic disease recalls and also for appointment reminders.
We would like to make our patients aware that if you receive a voice message starting 'This is a message from Brannam Medical Centre' it is a genuine message from us and please listen to the message all the way through and you will be able to respond.
If you do not wish to receive messages in this way, please contact the reception team.
Where To Go If Your GP Surgery Is Not Open
There are four options available to you, depending on your symptoms. Think carefully before dialling 999 or going to A&E.
Your New Improved Out-Of-Hours Service
From October 1st 2016, Devon's out-of-hours GP facility and the local NHS 111 telephone number will be joining together as one service.
A warm welcome to Rachel Nestel, our new Clinical Pharmacist. Rachel will be working alongside our GP and nursing teams on issues to do with medication on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For more information go to; What is a Clinical Pharmacist?
Dr Bunney's Retirement
Dr. Bunney retired from the practice at the end of June 2016. All his patients have been transferred to his job-share partner Dr. Jackie Tolhurst. She has increased her number of surgeries per week until a new GP is appointed.
Dr. Oliver Hassall is taking on new patients. If any of Dr. Bunney's patients wish to change their doctor please speak to a member of reception.
Measles Outbreak in South Devon
There are now fourteen cases of confirmed measles and thirteen probable cases in South Devon. The majority of cases are unimmunised but some have been partially or fully immunised. Those who are fully immunised and contract the disease are less likely to be severely affected and the risk of them having serious complications is reduced. For more information about measles please click here.
NHS England Infrastructure Fund - New Investment at our Practice
We have now completed the building work for our extension. We now have 2 bright and shiny new rooms, these will be used by one of our Registrars and the other will be used by Dr. Taylor. Thank you for your patience and co-operation during the building works.
Dr. Bunney's sad farewell
We have said a fond farewell to one of our Partners. Dr. Bunney has now started his well deserved retirement after working at the Surgery for 25 years. Dr. Bunney will still be seen around the Surgery as he will be working with us as a Locum to cover GP's holiday and sickness over the Summer.
Cancer Care Car
The 'Cancer Care Car' is a service available to patients who are attending the Hospital for appointments for oncology or cancer related appointments.
For more information on this service visit the 'Go North Devon' website: http://www.gonorthdevon.co.uk/cancercarecar.php
Patient Experience Survey Results 2015/2016
If you would like to see a full report of the Improving Practice Questionnaire please contact the Surgery.
New Childhood Immunisations
A new vaccine to prevent meningitis will be offered to babies as part of the routine NHS childhood vaccination programme from Setember 1st 2015. The Men B vaccine will be offered to babies aged 2 months, followed by a second dose at 4 months, and a booster at 12 months. The Men B vaccine can be given at the same time as other routine baby vaccinations, such as the 5-in-1 vaccine and pneumococcal vaccine.
For more information, Click here
Local Shared Care Record
Many people think that their GP health record is available to all healthcare professionals involved in their care, but this is not always the case. At the moment, each professional you see keeps a separate record. This can mean some important information not being communicated between health services as well as it could be. NEW Devon CCG are launching a local shared record programme that will make it possible for health professionals to view relevant information about you. This practice is part of the local shared care record initiative. For more information please visit NEW Devon CCG
Care Quality Commission Visit
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. We had our CQC inspection on 18th November 2014 and the report was published on 9th April 2015. Our report was very positive, to view the report click here. Thank you for all your support and to all our staff for their hard work.
Patient Participation Report 31st March 2015
To View the previous 2014-2015 patient participation report, click here.
Practice Overview Survey Results
Click on the link to view the overview from our practice survey report Practice Overview 2014. For full details of the National Survery Report click here.
Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)
Prescriptions will now be sent to your nominated pharmacy electronically (EPS) instead of having your paper copy. This will not affect the way you collect your medication or how it is delivered to you. If you would like to OPT OUT of this change please contact the surgery.
Do you find it difficult to talk about your healthcare?
Live Chat is for anyone who wants to access information about their local health services, share experiences, give feedback or get in touch. Find out more about Live Chat.
Put Patients First: Back General practice
Please sign the online petition to help increase the funding given to general practices to protect high quality services to all patients. For more information and to sign the petition click here .
Use of Third Party Mailing Organisations
We use two secure print and mailing companies, DocMail and Imail, to handle bulk mailing to our patients such as the invitations to attend flu clinics. They both provide a print and mailing service for Local Government, GPs, Schools, Exam Boards and Banks, etc, throughout the UK. DocMail and Imail guarantees the security of your data and meets with the terms and conditions of the Department of Health Information Governance Assurance Statement. The records provided will only contain enough data for them to provide the mailing service and all patient data is deleted 28 days days after the mailing. If you would prefer not to be invited to clinics in this way please let us know.
Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Monthly Newsletter
Included in this month's edition is news of a new eye care referral system for North Devon, plans for the future of Tiverton Hospital’s minor injuries unit and an Open Day held at Derriford Hospital. Also covered is the CCG’s link up with national charity Stonewall to improve healthcare for people who are lesbian, gay and bisexual, as well as GPs issuing winter health tips to people in Devon.
NHS 111 is a new service that's being introduced to make it easier for you to access local NHS healthcare services in England. You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is a fast and easy way to get the right help, whatever the time.
NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones (pay as you go mobiles require a minimum of 1p credit).
The Smokefree Homes and Cars campaign is raising awareness of the dangers from smoking in the home and car.
Millions of children in the UK are exposed to second hand smoke that puts them at increased risk of lung disease, meningitis and cot death.
Secondhand smoke contains harmful cancer causing toxins and poisons that are unknowingly damaging children across the country every day. Over 80% of secondhand smoke is invisible and odourless so no matter how careful you are children still breathe in the harmful poisons.
If you could see what’s really there you wouldn’t smoke.
Up to 5 million children across the UK regularly exposed to SHS in the home, resulting in over 300,000 GP visits and 9,500 hospital admissions for children each year. The cost to the NHS of treating SHS-related illness in children alone is £26 million per annum.
Not only does smoking in front of children directly impact their health through secondhand smoke, but children of smokers are 90 per cent more likely to become smokers themselves.
For help and advice please visit http://www.nhs.uk//smokefree and order your free Smokefree Kit.
If you would like further help contact us at the surgery for information on our Smoking Cessation clinics.