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Updated North Devon Pharmacies Rota for Easter 2019

Easter 2019 Pharmacy Rota



During next phase of construction

Under Construction

Dear Patients,

We are making plans to move into the extension at the Medical Centre, this will give us 14 new consulting rooms but unfortunately some of these will be on the first floor and the lift will not be operational when we move in. This is part of the phase 2 renovations which will see 6 new treatment areas, a new entrance and reception desk in the old practice.
During phase 2, patients will be asked to use the East Wing entrance and check in there with the reception team. 
Patients will also be asked on a routine basis if they can make the stairs, as the GP they are seeing will be based on the first floor.  During this transition it will be very important to help the reception team as we wouldn't want patients to arrive at the surgery and not be able to make the stairs to see the GP.
We thank you for your patience during this difficult period, and are excited to let you know that the whole project is due to be finished by the end of 2019, at which time the population of South Molton will have a fit for purpose building for their medical care.
Many thanks,
Staff at South Molton Medical Centre

Under Construction



Devon Diabetic Eye Screening

Devon Diabetic Eye Screening



Diabetes Prevention Week 2019

Find out your risk – Use the Know Your Risk tool to find out your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. It only takes three minutes




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!

Move It or Lose It 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
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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.



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Premises Update

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.



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.

MenACWY Vaccine



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?

Brisk walking



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.

Pinpoint learning disability

Pinpoint older adults

Pinpoint families



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.




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.



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 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.

Act F.A.S.T.



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 for more information.

50 percent of sugar that our kids eat comes from snacks and drinks



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.

Patient transport



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