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FLU & COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

If you’re aged 50-64, we will contact you about getting your free flu vaccine from December. Please wait until you are invited by us to come forward for your flu vaccine. For more information, visit: https://gov.uk/government/news/free-flu-vaccinations-rolled-out-to-over-50s-from-december.

CORONAVIRUS VACCINATION - This is very much in the planning stage and we don't have detailed information at this stage, so we ask that you don't ring us about the vaccine, our phones lines are incredibly busy dealing with our normal workload and the increased demand for flu vaccinations.  


Salaried GP Vacancy

For details please see staff vacancies section in further information at the bottom of the webpage


PRESS RELEASE

8 October 2020

 

NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART MEDICAL CENTRE TO OPEN NEXT MONTH

A new state-of-the art medical centre in Brackley is set to welcome its first patients later next month (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.”


Breast Screening -

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 see attached document for further information.

Breathing Space

Please do not hesitate to contact Breathing Space via any of the contacts list below for further information:

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


Northamptonshire MIND Anxiety Wellbeing Course

Northamptonshire Mind our offering online anxiety management courses.  Please click on the link below for further information

Northamptonshire MIND Anxiety Course


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

 


New Building - Brackley Medical Centre & Community Hospital.

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.

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School Nurse - Advice

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   Stop Smoking Service

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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)


Respiratory Rescue Packs.

The Prescribing team have been made aware of posts on social media telling patients with asthma and COPD to ask for rescue packs. 

The advice from the prescribing team is that patients who have not previously had rescue packs should not have them issued for the following reasons: 

  • In patients with COVID – 19 infection we are not aware of any evidence of benefit from early prescription of steroids 

  • As COVID – 19 is a virus, antibiotics will not be of any benefit.

  • GP practices and pharmacies are already working at capacity, additional requests for prescriptions for the ‘worried well’ cannot be supported. 

  • We need to protect the medicines supply chain. 

  • The best way for ‘at risk’ patients to protect themselves is to self – isolate as per government guidelines. 

  • Patients who develop severe symptoms should use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. Self-treating at home may delay appropriate treatment. 

 COPD patient who are at risk of exacerbation should have a rescue pack on repeat already.


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


Polite Parking Notice 

Could we please ask patients to be respectful of residents’ driveways when parking to use the surgery. 

We are aware that parking is limited in the surgery car park and that parking on the road may be a necessity but we would ask patients not to park in front of drop curbs or other residents’ driveways. 

Thank you for your co-operation 

Brackley Medical Centre 




 Blood Pressure Machine

We have invested in a ‘Do it yourself’ blood pressure machine which you will find situated in the main entrance to the surgery.

You are free to use this machine at any time and it would be extremely helpful if you were to take your blood pressure prior to seeing the GP or Nurse for your appointment.  Take your slip to the clinician you are seeing and they will update your records.  This will save time in your appointment.

If you are not seeing a clinician then hand your printed result to a receptionist so they can record your name and pass the information to a clinician for updating. 

With the approval of a nurse or GP you may use this to record your blood pressure and attend at a time to suit you with no waiting times. Random checks are always acceptable and if you have any questions a receptionist will be happy to help you.

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