Brackley Medical Centre began administering the Covid-19 vaccination at the end of 2020, with the first clinic for those patients in the over 80s cohort taking place on 29 December.
Since then we have administered thousands of vaccinations and are inviting patients to come in for their jabs in the order mandated by the government. As of 15 January we have also started taking the vaccine out to housebound patients.
Please do not contact the surgery to find out when your vaccination will be administered. WE WILL BE IN TOUCH WITH ALL PATIENTS IN DUE COURSE.
A vaccination programme of this magnitude involves a tremendous amount of organisation and hard work from our staff ... both those you see and those behind the scenes. Thank you all for your patience and support, and thank you to the volunteers who are helping us to run the programme.
NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART MEDICAL CENTRE TO OPEN IN NOVEMBER
A new state-of-the art medical centre in Brackley is set to welcome its first patients later in November.
Brackley Medical Centre and Community Hospital on Wellington Road will include a GP surgery featuring 16 consulting and treatment rooms and a dedicated urgent care unit. The building will also house a new high-tech pharmacy, located adjacent to the reception area, with a state of the art automated robot picking system, and two consulting rooms.
Thanks to a partnership with the Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust, Brackley Community Hospital 2020 Trust and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, facilities will include an X-Ray department, specialist clinics, physiotherapy and a well-being hub. Intermediate care beds … all with en-suite facilities … will be available on the top floor.
Dr Philip Stevens, one of eight GP partners at Brackley Medical Centre, said: “The opening of this new medical facility is very exciting. We have been planning for this day for a very long time and are delighted that it is nearly here.
“The new centre will enable us to dramatically expand the range of services and care available for the people of Brackley and neighbouring villages in South Northants and on the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire borders.
“The facilities will be second to none and we have to give thanks to the Brackley Community Hospital 2020 Trust which has so far raised more than £172,799 to finance community assets including a high-spec X-ray machine (the charity is funding the additional spend required to upgrade from the basic machine provided by the NHS) and various specialist features in the hospital rooms to enhance patient stay and aid recovery. Continual fundraising is on-going to support the introduction of further services.”
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. The project has also been fully supported by South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom.
Building work on the 4,200 sq m site began in earnest in January 2019 with the hope of opening during the summer of 2020. However, delays due to Covid-19, caused the opening to be put back to November 2020.
“The Coronavirus Pandemic has obviously delayed things,” said Dr Stevens. “Not only did we have a time when our contractors were unable to work on the site, but we also lost some of our supplies … the original flooring that was due to be delivered for the community hospital, for example, was re-directed to be used in the London Nightingale. That said, the contractors, Wildgoose Construction, have done an amazing job and I would like to pay tribute to site manager Richard Williams who has done his utmost to keep things as on track as possible.”
Currently, Brackley Medical Centre GP Practice operates from two sites on the Halse Road … Washington House Surgery and Brackley Health Centre. In addition to the eight GP partners the practice employs two further GPs, two registrars, 11 nurses and health care assistants and a host of support staff, all of whom will be relocating to the new site.
All of the surgery’s existing patients will automatically be registered at the new centre which will also be taking on new registrations. Community facilities at the new site will be available to all local residents and will provide choice for patients from surrounding areas to receive treatment.
The initial opening of the new building in November will see the launch of the new GP practice, Lowick Pharmacy and the community services. There will be a phased opening of new elements not currently provided, including the Xray department and intermediate care beds, over the following weeks.
Patients already registered with Brackley Medical Centre will be getting a sneak preview of the new site during October when Brackley Medical Centre will be operating ‘drive-through’ Flu Clinics from the centre’s new 130-space car park. Explained Brackley Medical Centre Head nurse Jane Wilkinson: “Normally our waiting rooms are packed during flu clinics as we try to ensure that as many of our eligible patients as possible are vaccinated. However, due to Covid-19, we needed to find a space where we could operate safely under social distancing rules. With the new centre nearly completed, the car park provides the perfect venue for us to operate drive-through flu clinics.”
As the new Brackley Medical Centre and Community Hospital nears completion we are delighted to announce we have three consulting rooms available for hire. If you are interested please contact either Dr Jean Ker or Dave Bridger on 01280 702436 who will arrange for you to see the rooms concerned.
The mobile Breast Screening Unit is currently based in Brackley. If you are due a mammogram, you will be sent a letter from the hospital asking you to call them to arrange an appointment. This is a change to the previous practice where you would receive a letter with an appointment already made. We would encourage you to make an appointment when you receive your letter.
Flu Vaccinations 2020
Our Flu Clinics will start in October. All those entitled to receive a flu vaccination will receive an invitation from the surgery by text or by post. Once you have received your invite please contact us to book an appointment ( 01280 702436 ). This year we will be running our flu clinics differently to ensure that we are Covid safe and are currently finalising plans for a drive-through method which will take in the car park at the new Brackley Medical Centre. Further details will be available shortly.
Media information suggesting vaccinations for all over the age of 50 is an aspiration at present and we will post information about this as soon as we have it. We do not anticipate that this will be available until the end of the year, at the earliest.
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:
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.
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