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Think Pharmacy First

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.

 North Devon Pharmacies Opening Times

 Pharmacies providing Pharmacy First Services

Pharmacy First

(15/12/17)

 

Don't let indigestion spoil your festivities

Christmas indigestion

(01/12/17)

 

Christmas & New Year Opening Times

South Molton Medical Centre will be closed Monday 25th December, Tuesday 26th December and Monday 1st January 2018.

Day Lewis Pharmacy and Boots Pharmacy will also be closed on the above days.

(28/11/17)

 

South Molton Medical Centre's November Newsletter available now

November 2017 Newsletter

To subscribe to future newsletters click here.

(28/11/17)

 

Sign up to GP online services and you'll be able to use a website or app to:

  • book or cancel appointments online with a GP or nurse
  • order repeat prescriptions online
  • view parts of your GP record, including information about medication, allergies, vaccinations, previous illnesses and test results
  • view clinical correspondence such as hospital discharge summaries, outpatient appointment letters and referral letters

The service is free and available to everyone who is registered with a GP.

Click here, Patient Online Access, to download and print the information leaflet and application form to complete and bring to the practice with the specified identification.

(17/11/17)

 

Medicines waste - £5.5 million is wasted each year in Devon on used medicines Craig Rich BBC

Craig Rich, ex-BBC weather forecaster, delivers an important message on medicines waste.
Did you know as much as £5.5 million is wasted each year in Devon on unused medicines?

(17/11/17)

 

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.

(03/11/17)

 

Become a Dementia Friend

Dementia Friends(06/10/17)

 

Are you in shape for surgery?

Surgery puts stress on your body, so the healthier you are, the better you’ll handle it. 

Dr Alex Degan, GP at Mid Devon Medical Practice, and Karl Trimble, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, discuss the importance of being in shape for surgery. 

Improving your general health and wellbeing greatly improves how effective the surgery will be, shortens how long it will take you to recover and significantly reduces the risk of complications. 

Any steps you can take to eat a healthy diet, maintain a healthy weight and control your blood sugars, reduce your smoking, alcohol intake or substance use, and get enough sleep will benefit you.

(06/10/17)

 

We are now taking Seasonal Flu Vaccine appointments

We will be holding flu clinics on Saturday 7th October and Saturday 14th October from 8.30am to 2pm. The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk. This is to ensure they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications.

Those eligible are:

  • those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups
  • pregnant women
  • those aged 65 years and over
  • those in long-stay residential care homes
  • carers

If you think you are in one of those categories, call us to arrange a flu jab at one of our Saturday clinics.

Flu safe get the jab

(25/08/17)

  

Minutes of latest P3 Meeting

Click here for the minutes of the P3 Group meeting of 31st August 2017.

(22/09/17)

 

Going into hospital? Remember to take your medicines

Going into hospital? Remember to take your medicines Going into hospital? Remember to take your medicines 

(18/09/17)

 

Visit us on SMMC's new  Facebook page

See our new facebook Facebook page to keep up-to-date with our news, and to keep in contact with us!

(08/09/17)

 

South Molton Medical Centre's September Newsletter available now

 September 2017 Newsletter

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(01/09/17)

 

  
Latest Patient Practice Partnership (P3) Minutes

Click here to view the P3's minutes of latest meeting. Click here for the Aims & Ground Rules of the P3.

(04/08/17)

 

South Molton Medical Centre's July Newsletter available now

July 2017 Newsletter

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(18/07/17)

 

Reading well for long term health conditions

Please click here to see a list of helpful book for people with long-term health conditions. The titles cover a lot of key information about living with a long term condition, but visit the Reading Well website (www.reading-well.org.uk) for further signposting and support.

 

Paracetamol - for short term pain relief

For short term pain relief

 

Did Not Attend - June's missed appointments

Did Not Attend

In the month of June, 274 appointments were missed: 93 GP appointments, 77 Nurse appointments and 104 HCA appointments. If you are unable to keep your appointment or no longer need it, please inform us so someone else can you use it.

 

The Practice will be closed on the following days for staff training

Thursday 12th October 1pm - 5pm

 

National Diabetes Audit - helping to improve diabetes care

National Diabetes Audit

South Molton Medical Centre is taking part in an important national project about diabetes care and treatment in the NHS. The project is called the National Diabetes Audit (NDA).

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 further information about how your information is used please see the NDA patient information leaflet.

Taking part in the NDA shows that this GP practice is committed to improving care for people with diabetes.

IF YOU DO NOT WANT YOUR INFORMATION TO BE USED, PLEASE INFORM THE RECEPTIONIST, YOUR GP OR NURSE. THIS WILL NOT AFFECT YOUR CARE. 

(16/06/17)

 

Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Programme

To mark Diabetes Week, NHS England has produced the following short animation, following a fictional character's journey on discovering he was at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

 (16/06/17)

 

South Molton Medical Centre's May Newsletter

 May 2017 Newsletter

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(11/05/17)

 

Press release - from South Molton Medical Centre

From 1st April 2017, we are officially known as South Molton Medical Centre. As many of you will have seen, the building works to make us into one  building has been completed on the ground floor and the old entrance to East Street Surgery is no longer operational. We wish to thank all our patients for their understanding and patience whilst this work has been ongoing.

We hope you like the new style reception and waiting area; we are looking at the entrance currently and hoping to make this easier to access.  When checking in at the reception desk you will be asked to take a seat in one of the designated waiting areas, depending on where the doctor, nurse or HCA you are seeing is located within the practice, if you could take a seat where requested, this will help us enormously, thank you.

Our reception team are on hand to help with any questions you may have, and we have a suggestion box on the reception desk for your comments and concerns. We would value your thoughts, so please take a moment to fill in a message and leave for us.

As well as the physically changes to the premises, we have introduced our Same Day Team, giving patients the opportunity to find help in the form of face to face appointments and over the telephone.  This team includes a Nurse Practitioner, Duty Doctor and a pharmacist. Our reception team are a trained group of staff who would be better named “patient service advisors” and will play a key role in this process, so please be prepared to answer their questions and give as much information to them as possible to enable them to sign post you so you get the best possible treatment.

You may also encounter doctors and nurses who you are not familiar with, but please be assured that your full medical records are available to them, informing them of previous medical conditions and medications you may have previously taken.

A planning application has been submitted to North Devon District Council for our major build project. We are working with David Wilson Partnership in Barnstaple to deliver a facility which is designed to deliver modern day primary care to you. Whilst we are in the construction phase as it is our plan not to move out but to work around the build project which we realise will be challenging for everyone. At every stage we will be considering the safety of patient and staff and are working with a team of people to deliver this scheme.

GPs and Staff of South Molton Medical Centre, 28th April 2017.

(28/04/17)

 

Don't Let Hayfever Ruin Your Day

 (07/04/17)

  

Which health service to choose?

 For more information visit here.

 (03/03/17)

 

What's in your food? Get the app and find out

 (24/02/17)

 

Latest Community Connections South Molton newsletter

Please click here to open the newsletter. (24/02/17)

 

Samaritans helped me when nobody else was up

Samaritans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 (15/02/17)

  

Important Press Release Concerning Practice Merger

Following our patient survey, discussions with North, East and West Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, our patient groups, and NHS England we are pleased to confirm that we will be merging our practices from 1st April 2017 and we will be known as South Molton Medical Centre... Please click here to continue reading. (24/01/17)

 

An open letter from the Practice Manager to all Patients

 

PUBLIC RESPONSE TO ANONYMOUS PATIENT COMPLAINT REGARDING PATIENT CONFIDENTIALITY

 

 

 

5th January 2017

 

 

 

Dear Patients

 

Following a letter which was received anonymously late last year, I am publically responding to explain the situation regarding patient confidentiality.

 

The letter stated that some patients were unhappy about the medical receptionists having access to their medical records and that the medical receptionist asks private and personal questions.

 

Firstly I can assure you that all staff working at the practices have undertaken confidentiality training and must adhere to strict rules to protect patient confidentiality. The receptionists are a very important part of the team and in order to ensure patients receive the best possible treatment they need access to patient medical records.

 

The reason they ask what appear to be private questions is to ensure the GP or Nurse you are seeing has all the information and the correct allocation of time to deal with your problem adequately. It would be difficult for patients if they were booked in with a GP or Nurse who did not offer the service they required. The receptionists have been instructed on behalf of the doctors to ask these questions.

 

I hope this alleviates any concerns patients have, but if not please feel free to speak to me regarding individual situations.

 

Yours faithfully

 

 

Maria Hosegood

Practice Manager

South Molton Health Centre (06/01/17)

 

10 Reasons To Walk 1,000 Miles In 2017

  1. It's 2.74 miles a day
  2. You can do that in your lunch hour
  3. You'll feel brilliant
  4. You'll look amazing
  5. It's free, fun & flexible
  6. ...and that's just how you'll feel
  7. It's cheaper than the gym
  8. The views are better
  9. The aches soon fade
  10. The achievement never will

Sign up FREE to join the community, get advice, get a progress chart, enter competitions and share your pics.

www.livefortheoutdoors.com/walk1000miles

(06/01/17)

 

 

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