Dr Moya Kelly - we are sorry to let you know that Dr Kelly will be leaving the Practice at the end of March after nearly 15 years of being a Partner here! She is leaving to follow new challenges and will miss both staff and patients very much.
Dr Shruti Patel -
We are pleased to welcome back Dr Patel following her maternity leave. She will be taking on her normal duties of 5 sessions a week.
Dr Sadia Malik -
Dr Malik will be going on maternity leave from mid-March. Her sessions will be covered by several locum GPs who are well known to the Practice. Dr Sarah Griffin will be covering many of Dr Malik’s sessions.
Gabapentin and Pregabalin medication
From 1st April 2019 these medications will not be part of "repeat" prescribing any more and cannot be requested electronically from the pharmacy. It will take the form of a printed, green prescription from now on. We are in the process of transferring these drugs over to "current" prescribing. This information has come to us from the Department of Health.
Update on current appointment availability
It has been brought to our attention that a number of patients have been struggling to get through to the Practice on the telephone in the morning owing to the large volume of calls we are experiencing at the moment. We apologise for these difficulties. We are, however, making more appointments available for patients at this practice. This is because we know that there are times you want to be able to see a GP at short notice.
The extra appointments are bookable by ringing reception on the usual number or by booking online.
Friends and Family Test
Please feel free to complete our Friends and Family Test either using the paper form in our reception areas or on line using the link on the website.
Choose & Book Referral Appointments
The majority of our hospital appointments are now made electronically via the Choose & Book system. Unless you specify otherwise, Jane Loveday, our secretary will select the next available appointment showing on the system for you. Details of the appointment will be sent to you in the post (or we can email the details if you prefer).
Please ensure your contact details (including mobile number, email address etc.) are up to date so the secretary can contact you about your referral appointment if necessary.
Don’t swallow up your NHS - use it wisely this winter
Every time you visit your GP it costs the NHS £45*
You can treat minor winter illnesses such as colds and coughs, sore throats, and upset stomachs easily at home with medicines, which you can easily buy at low cost from your local pharmacy.
So be prepared and stock up on winter essentials today:
- pain relief (paracetamol)
- cough and sore throat remedies
- first aid kit
- upset stomach treatment
- rehydration treatment
- heartburn and indigestion treatment
Having these winter essentials at hand will not only save you time and help you to feel better quicker, but help save the NHS much needed resources.
Your local pharmacist can also offer you advice and guidance on the best treatment for you – no appointment needed. Pharmacists are available on every high street and in supermarkets with many open evenings and weekends. Click HERE to find a pharmacy near you.
*£45 is the average cost for GP consultation time, cost of the medication, and dispensing fee.