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SMMC's October Newsletter
Download this month's Newsletter here: Oct 2018
Managing Osteoporosis: looking after your bones
Quit smoking with your free personal quit plane
Support your GP Practice by having your 2018 flu immunisation with us
Flu clinics this year will be on Tuesday 6th November, 2 - 7.30pm and Saturday 13th October 2018 at the South Molton Medical Centre.
A free flu immunisation has been reserved for all patients in the priority groups. Invitations will be sent via email, text or letter invitation.
Please support your GP Practice by having your flu immunisation with us
Call reception today after 2pm on 01769 573101 to arrange your appointment. If you are registered for online services you can also book your appointment online.
Who should have the flu vaccine?
Flu is an unpredictable virus that can cause mild illness in most people. It can cause severe illness and even death among vulnerable groups including older people, pregnant women and people with an underlying health condition.
Certain people are more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu such as bronchitis and pneumonia. These people are advised to have a flu vaccine each year.
For otherwise healthy people flu can be very unpleasant, however most people will recover from flu within a week or two.
People who should have a flu vaccine
The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk. This is to help protect them against catching flu and developing serious complications.
You should have the flu vaccine if you:
• are 65 years of age or over
• are pregnant
• have certain medical conditions
• are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
• receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
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.
North Devon Pharmacies Opening Times
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.