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Dr Philip Stevens to step down as partner

After 38 years at Brackley Medical Centre Practice, Dr Philip Stevens will be retiring as a Partner at the end of this year.
Philip will be taking a short, well-earned sabbatical in the New Year and then we are delighted that he has agreed to return to us to help with general GP clinics.
The practice has an ‘open list’ where patients can choose who they see, but going forward, when making an appointment, we would suggest that his patients see one of the newer GPs to even out practice workload. We will also be recruiting a new GP in 2022.
We would like to thank Dr Stevens for his service to this practice and the local community ... we have been very fortunate to have him. We hope he thoroughly enjoys his retirement and send him our very best wishes.
Dr Stevens would like to say thank you for all the support he has received from colleagues and staff over the years. He is also very appreciative of the tremendous support the practice has received from the local community, without which the wonderful new Brackley Medical Centre would never have been built.
Finally he would like to pay tribute to all those people he has had the privilege of looking after over the years, many of whom he has got to know very well and considers as friends as well as patients.

Philip Stevens to retire as partner

POLICIES GOING FORWARD FROM 19 JULY 2021

Brackley Medical Centre has confirmed that the use of face masks or face coverings will remain in place after COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed on 19 July.

A statement issued by BMC said: “Throughout the pandemic we have strived to make Brackley Medical Centre as safe as possible for our patients and staff.  We will continue to do so going forward.

“From the 19th July, patients and visitors to BMC will still be expected to wear a mask, maintain social distancing and use hand-sanitiser.  Clinical staff will continue to wear PPE. 

“In terms of ‘opening up’ we have never been shut. We have worked throughout the pandemic offering both face-to-face and telephone consultations with GPs and other clinicians. Since December we have also been running regular Covid vaccination clinics and to date have administered more than 17,000 vaccines.

“The local community has come so far in trying to minimise the impact of Covid and we are sure you understand that we need to keep Brackley Medical Centre as safe as we can.”

Public Health England has said that existing guidance on Covid infection control will continue beyond 19 July, meaning the current situation on mask-wearing in health and care settings will continue.

Visitors to all facilities and departments based in the new Brackley Medical Centre & Community Hospital building in Wellington Road will be expected to adhere to Covid infection control policies unless they are exempt. This means that masks should be worn and social distancing observed in Lowick Pharmacy, by patients attending outpatients clinics, physiotherapy, podiatry etc and by anyone visiting the Community Hospital.

policies remain

BRACKLEY MEDICAL CENTRE & COMMUNITY HOSPITAL: SERVICES PROVIDED

There have been some misleading comments circulating about Brackley Medical Centre & Community Hospital so we just wanted to explain the services provided.

Brackley Medical Centre (BMC) is a GP Practice run by GP partners.

Brackley Community Hospital is a 16-bed REHABILITATION WARD run by Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Neither the GP Practice nor the Hospital Ward has an A&E Department.

BMC  has been open throughout the Covid Pandemic and, whilst many of our appointments are telephone consultations, we continue to offer face to face consultations where needed.

For patients of BMC who have an URGENT medical condition that requires treatment on the day, we have our Urgent Care Unit. You need to call 01280 702436 to book an appointment. One of our urgent care clinicians will then phone you back. In most cases this will provide a solution to the problem but, if we need to see you, we will invite you in for a face-to-face appointment. PLEASE NOTE, THIS IS NOT A WALK-IN SERVICE.

The only walk-in clinics we currently offer are for FIRST COVID VACCINATIONS. The next Covid Walk-in Clinics will take place this weekend on Saturday 10 July and Sunday 11 July between 8.30am and 12noon and will be for the Pfizer vaccine only. These are available to people aged 18  and over, and not just those registered with BMC.

The new centre in Wellington Road is also used by other organisations and outpatient departments offering services for the community at large. These include Physiotherapy, ENT, Cardiology, Audiology, Speech & Language, Diabetic Eye Screening, MIND etc.  Appointments for these are dealt with by the individual departments and NOT Brackley Medical Centre or the Community Hospital.

Brackley Medical Centre is committed to offering high quality health care services for our patients. Should you wish to comment on the services we offer please visit:  https://www.brackleymedicalcentre.co.uk/suggestions--complaints

RESIDENTS BENEFIT FROM LOCAL OUTPATIENT SERVICES

Less than nine months after it opened, Brackley Medical Centre & Community Hospital is now hosting a number of outpatient clinics which means that patients are able to access services on their doorstep rather than having to travel to Oxford, Banbury or Northampton.

The first outpatient clinic to launch at the new centre was Ear Nose & Throat, operated by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

This was closely followed by Cardiology, Audiology and Speech & Language clinics.

In addition, the new centre is also hosting regular diabetic eye screening, abdominal aortic aneurysm screening, podiatry, osteopathy and physiotherapy sessions. Further services include plastic surgery, hair loss clinics, MIND therapy sessions and child counselling sessions.

Meanwhile, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust teams – including school nurses, health visitors and community nurses – have their offices in the new centre, together with Washington House Occupation Health Ltd.

Dr Philip Stevens, one of the GPs at Brackley Medical Centre, said: “We are delighted that so many outpatient clinics are now taking place. It was always our intention that the Medical Centre & Community Hospital building would be used to provide local medical services for local people and the speed in which this has happened has been impressive … especially considering it has all taken place against the background of a world-wide pandemic.”

The GP practice at Brackley Medical Centre in Wellington Road opened in November 2020 and the new Community Hospital welcomed its first patients in March 2021. Since December 2020, the centre has also been operating as a Covid Vaccination Centre for residents in Brackley, Towcester and surrounding villages and by mid-June had administered more than 16,000 doses. Additional vaccines have also been given at other surgeries which form part of the Primary Care Network in Brackley and Towcester.

Dr Jane Cassidy, also a GP at Brackley Medical Centre, said: “The building has a real buzz about it with so many different clinics taking place and a community hospital on the top floor.  However, I would stress that all of these additional services operate independently.

“These clinics are for the local community at large, not just BMC patients, and all patient bookings are dealt with by the individual departments, so please, for the sake of our patient services team, do not ask us to book or change these appointments as we are unable to assist with this.”

 

OPTING OUT OF NHS DIGITAL (Type 1 Opt-out)

There has been a lot in the media recently about the sharing of medical records.

You can choose whether your confidential patient information is used for research and planning. This is different to your Summary Care Record, which allows other healthcare settings (such as A&E) to access your medical data.

If you wish to register a Type 1 Opt-out (in regards to research and planning), please visit nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters or call 0300 303 5678. The deadline for this has been extended until 30th Septemeber 2021.

First Outpatients Clinics open at Brackley Medical Centre

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) has started hosting outpatient clinics at the new Brackley Medical Centre & Community Hospital.

The first clinics – Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) – began in March and will see up to 120 patients each month. Further clinics, including Cardiology, Audiology and Speech & Language Therapy, are due to begin later this month (April).

Dr Reshania Naidoo, OUH project manager for the Brackley-OUH Clinics Agreement, said: “Our doctors and staff are very excited to be able to deliver specialist services closer to the communities in which our patients live, and we are looking forward to a long and fruitful partnership that will enhance patient care.”

Penny Lennox, ENT Consultant at OUH, said: “OUH will have the exclusive use of the Wellington Suite at Brackley Medical Centre & Community Hospital to treat outpatients. The suite is fully equipped with the same equipment that we use at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, allowing us to provide the same level of service but at a more local level.”

Dr Jean Ker, Brackley Medical Centre GP, has been chief liaison over the OUH/BMC partnership. She said: “We are delighted that regular clinics have started in the Wellington Suite. They will have a huge impact on residents from Brackley and the surrounding area, greatly reducing the amount of travel and time needed to attend appointments.

“In addition to the clinics already announced, we are also hoping to get Gynaecology, Ophthalmology and Plastic Surgery clinics up and running in the near future.”

Pictured: (left to right) Penny Lennox, Senior Sister Outpatients ENT Tania Perestrelo, Dr Reshania Naidoo and Nursing Assistant Veronica Castillo.

  • The Wellington Suite is named because the new Brackley Medical Centre & Community Hospital is built on the site of a World War 2 Wellington Bomber crash. During a night training flight on 17 March 1944, Vickers Wellington III, serial No BK352, flying from RAF Turweston crashed, killing all but one of the crew members on board. The Wellington Suite is named in tribute to the men of 17 RAF Operation Training Unit and all others who gave their lives locally in the service of their country.

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Community Hospital welcomes first patients.

Monday 29 March 2021 was a historic day for Brackley as it saw the very first patients being admitted to the new Community Hospital.

Provisional go-ahead for a new Brackley Medical Centre and Community Hospital was approved by the NHS Northamptonshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in 2009, following which a core committee - involving GPs, CCG members, Community Healthcare Trust representatives, trustees of the Brackley Cottage Hospital and representatives of Town, District and County Councils - was formed to take matters forward. 

Building work on the 4,200 sq m site in Wellington Road began in earnest in January 2019 and the Medical Centre was officially opened in November 2020.

The new hospital, which is located on the top floor of building, has 16 intermediate care beds … all with en-suite facilities, and is the result of a partnership between Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

Pictured below: (left)Community Hospital Ward Matron, Megan Nannfeldt and and Service Manager Rosemary Cairns cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the new Brackley Community Hospital and (right) the staff team get set to welcome the first new patients.

Council charity boosts hospital funds

Brackley Community Hospital – which is expected to welcome its first patients in the next few weeks – has received a boost of £6,200 thanks to South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) Chairman’s Charity.

The cheque was presented to Caryl Billingham, Chairman of Brackley Community Hospital 2020 Trust, on Tuesday, 23 March, by Cllr Anthony Bagot-Webb, current Chairman of SNC and Cllr Rosie Herring, immediate past Chairman and now Vice Chair.

Miss Billingham said: “I am delighted to receive this donation which we plan to use to help fund further equipment at the Community Hospital for the benefit of all patients from Brackley and the sounding areas.”

Brackley Community Hospital is located on the top floor of Brackley Medical Centre, in Wellington Road. The hospital will have 16 intermediate care beds … all with en-suite facilities, and is the result of a partnership between Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  Facilities not funded by the NHS are being financed by Brackley Community Hospital 2020 Trust which, to date, has raised in excess of £185,289.

The donation from SNC Chairman’s Charity was unusual because, due to Covid 19, it spanned two Civic Years … 2019/20 and 2020/21. The donation includes proceeds from a number of Civic and Chairman events and sponsorship activities which took place in 2019. In addition, some funds that would ordinarily have been used in attending award ceremonies and charity events, cancelled due to Covid restrictions, have also been included.

Pictured below are:

1: Cllrs Bagot-Web and Herring are pictured presenting the cheque to Caryl Billingham. Also pictured is Megan Nannfeldt, Community Hospital Ward Matron.

2: Cllrs Bagot-Web and Herring are pictured presenting the cheque to Caryl Billingham. Also pictured are (left) Sandra Mellors, Deputy Chief Executive of Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (NHFT), Giles West,  also from NHFT and (right) Dr Philip Stevens representing Brackley Medical Centre.

cheque presentation
cheque presentation

Standing in silence

Staff, visitors and patients at Brackley Medical Centre joined with the rest of the UK to observed a minute's silence at 12noon on Tuesday 23 March 2021 in remembrance of those who have died during the coronaviruse pandemic.

Breathing Space: The ‘GO TO’ place within Primary Care, for patients with COPD & other related disorders

What is Breathing Space?

Breathing space is a service for anyone in Northamptonshire diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and related conditions and their unpaid carers.  We are also inviting those with persistent lung/ breathing problems, post Covid 19.  The service is provided by Northamptonshire Carers in partnership with Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust and enables the voluntary care sector to work directly with health professionals from across the county, using a collaborative approach.  It is commissioned and funded by Northamptonshire CCG.  Please click here for further information.

Please do not hesitate to contact Breathing Space via any of the contacts list below for further information:
Email: Breathingspace@northamptonshire-carers.org
Telephone:  Penny Edwards, Breathing Space Coordinator on 07540669727
Visit our Website https://www.northamptonshire-carers.org/Pages/Category/copd-breathing-space

Monitoring Your Blood Pressure at Home

Blood pressure keeps blood circulating around your body, but if your blood pressure is raised it puts you at increased risk of a number of conditions, including heart attack and stroke. You can keep on top of your blood pressure by monitoring it from the comfort of your own home. The British Heart Foundation website offers some excellent advice on the types of monitor available.

https://bit.ly/2WTKt9b

for friendly helpful advice text your school nurse on 07507 329 600
Northamptonshire Stop Smoking service - call 0300 126 5700

Northamptonshire Community Resilience Service

A support line has been launched to support the most vulnerable people in Northamptonshire during the Coronavirus crisis. 

The helpline, which will be managed by the Customer Service Centre at Northamptonshire County Council, went live on Tuesday 31st March. 

It allows those who cannot leave their homes under current restrictions and those who are self-isolating and have nobody to call upon for help to request support in getting access to food, prescriptions and other vital services that they require.  It means that care can be provided to those that really need help.  Others in need include those with existing health conditions, those who are pregnant or those aged 70 and above. 

Each call to the helpline will be triaged so that individuals receive the care and support that is appropriate to their needs. 

The Community Resilience Service will co-ordinate requests for help in conjunction with the district and borough councils, mapping those requests by area and linking them up with local community groups, volunteers and voluntary organisations who have pledged their support.

Those requiring help are asked to call the support line on: 0300 126 1000 (option 5).

Diabetic Eye Screening

Do you have Diabetes? Are you aged 12 or above? 

If you can answer yes to both questions, you are eligible for a free NHS diabetic eye screening appointment. 

If you have diabetes and you haven’t had an NHS eye screening appointment in the last year contact the screening department now to arrange an appointment at one of the local clinics.  Eye screening is an important part of your diabetes care and looks for small changes at the back of the eye.  If left untreated these changes can lead to sight loss. 

To book an appointment call the Diabetic Eye Screening Programme on: 0300 555 6789 Option 1 

Your local clinics are:  Brackley, Towcester and Northampton

AAA Screening Programme

This is a free NHS service and provides screening for men over 65 years of age for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms.

To request a scan or for more information: 

Telephone: 01604 523276

Email: aaascreening.nhs@nhs.net

Web: www.nhs.uk/aaa