SMMC's February Newsletter
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NHS App begins public rollout
After successful private testing with more than 3,000 patients across 30 GP practices in England, the NHS App has started its public rollout.
The NHS App went into the Apple App and Google Play stores on Monday 31 December, with a web based version due to launch in the coming months.
During testing between September and December, NHS England and NHS Digital teams listened to feedback from patients and practice staff and used this to make improvements to the app and plan the national rollout. Changes included improving the online registration process, how GP appointment information is presented, and changes to the information patients see before accessing their GP medical record.
The app is now being rolled out across England, with individual GP practices needing to review some of their system settings before they can go live and all the functions of the NHS App will be available. These actions and the gradual rollout will ensure patients have the best possible user experience of the app.
When the GP practice is connected patients will be able to use the NHS App to:
•book and manage appointments at their GP practice
•order their repeat prescriptions
•securely view their GP medical record
•check their symptoms using NHS 111 online and the health A-Z on the NHS website
•register as an organ donor
•choose whether the NHS uses their data for research and planning Read more
Trim tone and dance your way to stay FABS!
A new fitness class designed specifically for the over-60s has launched in South Molton as part of a campaign to help people to stay young by improving strength, balance and overall health as we age.
Sarah Stone is on a mission to keep the over 60s moving by encouraging them to go along to an exercise class with a difference designed by Move it or Lose as seen on BBC's “How to Stay Young”. This class is known as FABS, which stands for Flexibility, Aerobics, Balance and Strength.
The FABS programme combines exercises that have been scientifically proven by the Centre for Healthy Ageing Research at the University of Birmingham to turn back the clock.
“I’m thrilled to be part of the FABS family. I want to make a real difference to the community and love the improvements I am already seeing in the groups already in place. All the activities are functional and aimed at promoting independence and building confidence. You can join in seated or standing making the group inclusive for all levels of mobility. It’s a fantastic way to get together with other people in the area, keep fit and have fun whilst doing it!
“The exercises we do in the classes are easy to follow and fun. This isn’t about people dressing in lycra ready to hit the gym or do a high intensity session, FABS is for people who want to live longer, happier, healthier lives.
“We ensure there's a warm welcome for everyone who attends and the first session is free.”
Please join me for a taster session at South Molton Library on Wednesday 27th February at 13:30.
Weekly Classes starting 20th March
Wednesday mornings 9:30 – 10-30 at South Molton Methodist Church Hall
For further information please contact Sarah Stone 01598 711850
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook - Move it or Lose it with Sarah
Share Your Views on GP Improved Access
You may be aware that recent months have seen the introduction of evening and weekend GP appointments. We are collecting patients' views of this service in a short and confidential survey that will take no more than 5 minutes to complete. Please click here to access the survey. Thank you in advance.
The next P3 meeting:
Medical Centre at The Library
Staff from the Medical Centre will be at South Molton Library on 17th January 2019 from 10am to 11am offering blood pressure and health checks and advice on healthy eating and help coping with addictions. No need to book, free.
SMMC's December Newsletter
Download this month's Newsletter here: Dec 2018
Christmas & New Year Pharmacy Opening Hours
Click Pharmacy Opening Times for North Devon Pharmacy opening times during the festive period.
Christmas & New Year Closures and last order date for prescriptions
The Practice will be closed on the following dates:
Tuesday 25th December 2018 (Christmas Day)
Wednesday 26th December 2018 (Boxing Day)
Tuesday 1st January 2019 (New Year's Day)
Last order date to ensure you have your Christmas repeat prescriptions is Monday 17th December 2018.
South Molton Medical Centre PRESS RELEASE
Ex-president Barrie Lewis –Ranwell from South Molton Rotary Club made a donation to the Medical Centre from his year in office. The practice is pleased to announce it has purchased a further ear irrigation machine to treat the patients of South Molton.
The Health Care Assistants offer this service on a Friday afternoon and the additional equipment will enable us to offer the service more widely.
Pictured with the new piece of equipment are two of the Health Care Assistants.
South Molton Medical Centre are grateful to South Molton Rotary for their kind donation.
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SMMC's October Newsletter
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Quit smoking with your free personal quit plane
How healthy is your heart? Use this heart age test
At the end of September 2018 the practice is saying good bye to Dr Pete Miller who is leaving general practice to take up a new venture. We are all very sad to see Dr Miller leave us, but I am sure you, like us would want to wish him well in his next challenge.
Dr Ryan Strzelecki will be looking after his patients for a few months whilst we appoint another partner. Some patients may remember Dr Strzelecki from his time at the practice a few years ago.
Dr David Burton ST2 is also working with us currently and is with us until February 2019.
Janice Headon our practice pharmacist has increased her hours and is available for consultations on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for medication queries and questions, this work is generally done over the telephone.
Morgan Sindall are working hard behind the scenes and the foundations for the new extension is nearly completed ready for the construction of the steel frame which will form the structure of the new part of the medical centre. The new wing is due to be opened at the end of this year, and once we have moved into this, the existing buildings will be renovated. This will cause disruption for patients and staff, as we continue to provide a medical service in difficult conditions.
We ask that our patients are supportive during this period.
Have you seen blood in your pee, even once?
Then it's time to tell your Doctor. This leaflet tells you about bladder cancer and kidney cancer. Blood in Pee Easy Read Leaflet
SMMC's July Newsletter
Download this months Newsletter here: July 2018
MenACWY Vaccine for Teenagers and "Fresher" Students
Teenagers and "fresher" students going to University for the first time are advised to have a vaccination to prevent meningitis and septicaemia, which can be deadly. Students who have not yet had the MenACWY vaccine remain eligible up to their 25th birthday.
Physical Activity - Are you walking briskly?
Modern day life makes it hard to be healthy. The good news is that brisk walking counts towards an active lifestyle. So how much brisk walking are we currently doing and how can we fit more into our lives to get the health benefits?
Prepare for Pollen - use community pharmacies & local shops
But your hay fever medicines from pharmacies and shops. No appointments or prescriptions are needed for most hay fever treatments.
Update to South Molton Medical Centre's Privacy Notice
Please click here for the practice's Full Fair Processing and Privacy Notice
Here is the Summary Notice
Put us to the test...the Friends & Family Test
After you have watched the video, click here. Thank you.
Couch to 5k - running is free and burns more calories than many other exercises
Couch to 5K has been designed to get you off the couch and running in just 9 weeks. Grab your trainers and follow the step-by-step instructions in this free app.
Pinpoint Devon is a directory of community services in Devon
You can find care and support services, community groups, activities, family support, registered childcare and much more across Devon.
86% of all patient ratings about this practice were good, very good or excellent
Thank you to all of our patients who completed this survey. It will be discussed at the next P3 meeting.
Is pain slowing you down?
No longer need an appointment? Let us know
In January this year, there was a total of 250 appointments missed. That averages out to be 11.9 appointments per day being missed. If you no longer need the appointment or cannot make it, please let us know so we can give the time to someone else.
SMMC's March Newsletter
Download this months Newsletter here: March 2018
Folic Acid Leaflet
This leaflet contains information about why your baby needs folic acids as well as how to take folic acid.
Folic Acid leaflet
When stroke strikes, act F.A.S.T.
Click here for an Easy Read version on how to recognise the signs of stroke.
SMMC's January Newsletter
Download this months Newsletter here: January 2018
PRESS RELEASE: South Molton patients to benefit from revamped GP premises
as practice receives a share of NHS England Estate and Technology Transformation Fund.
SOUTH MOLTON patients will benefit from a major NHS funding boost to improve local GP facilities.
South Molton Medical Centre will receive £2.2m from the NHS England Estates and Technology Transformation Fund.
Together with £1.2m of investment from South Molton Medical Centre Partnership, it will fund a large extension and refurbishment of the medical centre in the centre of the town, to continue to provide modern day healthcare to their patients.
The NHS England Estates and Technology Transformation Fund is a national funding programme to support GP practices to make improvements to services for local patients including more modern, expanded facilities and use of new technologies.
Dr Simon Chappell, of South Molton Medical Centre, said: “We are really excited to see the culmination of our bid for NHS funds for improvements start on site.
“Over the next twelve months there is bound to be some disruption for which we apologise, as the builder works around us in phases, but the end result of improved premises for staff and patients will be worth. It will assist us in our mission of delivering the best quality primary healthcare for our patients.”
Laila Pennington, Head of Primary Care for NHS England in the South West, said: “These are really exciting plans that the surgery has developed – they should make a real difference for patients. We’re pleased to be able to add funding to an impressive scheme that will stand the town in good stead for years to come.”
David Wilson Partnership Architects have worked with the Practice on the design of their premises for the past 18 months and director David Wilson said, “We believe that the scheme will transform the Medical Centre into light and airy premises suited for modern primary healthcare.
“We understand that it was important for patients and staff to retain their presence in the heart of the town and are pleased to that the extension and refurbishment retains the facilities on their original site. State of the art facilities and crucially more room will help will help the Medical Centre’s staff in their mission to deliver the best care for their patients. ”
Nigel Whelan, area manager at Morgan Sindall, the construction company appointed to deliver the works, said: “This is a key project which will significantly enhance healthcare services for South Molton residents. We’re delighted to have been appointed to deliver the expansion and refurbishment and look forward to handing over a much improved facility on completion.”
Are you worried your kids are having too much sugar?
Over half of the sugar that kids eat comes from snacks and drinks. Look for 100 calorie snacks, two a day max. Visit http://www.nhs.uk/Change4Life for more information.
Planning a journey to an NHS medical appointment?
Patient Transport Advice Service can give help and support if you need transport assistance to an NHS medical appointment.
Think Pharmacy First...they play a key role in providing quality healthcare
Pharmacists and chemists play a key role in providing quality healthcare to patients. You do not need an appointment to see a pharmacist and most pharmacies will have a private consulting room or a quiet area where you can discuss your symptoms if you wish. They can also help you decide if you need to see a doctor, or whether to use any other type of local NHS service.
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Pharmacies providing Pharmacy First Services
Keep Antibiotics Working TV campaign
Taking ANTIBIOTICS when you don't need them puts you and your family at risk.
Always take your doctor's advice on antibiotics.