The NHS in Derbyshire and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
The risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.
Anyone who has travelled to China or places listed above in the last 14 days and develops symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, should immediately:
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
- Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country
Information for the public is available at gov.uk/coronavirus.
Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan, Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.
Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the GP practice and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell
You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus
We have a new app available to make it easier to book GP appointments and medication reviews. There are also additional SMS reminders for all appointments, links to pharmacy information and the ability to book appointments for other people you care for without accessing their medical records. Download our new appointment bookings app to your smartphone for free. myGP was developed to make access to healthcare easier and faster for patients. Once downloaded, simply log-in with your date of birth and mobile number and add the people you care for, allowing you to book and cancel appointments for them. It’s really that easy! For more information, please visit: mygp.com
Joined up Care Derbyshire Winter Newsletter
JUCD Winter Newsletter
If you are eligible for a vaccination please call the surgery on 01283 732257 option 1 to make an appointment today!
Eligible groups include:
All patients aged 65 years and over, chronic respiratory disease, asthmatics requiring continuous or repeated use of inhaled or systemic steroids, chronic heart disease, chronic kidney disease, chronic liver disease, chronic neurological disease, diabetes, immunosuppression, pregnant women, people living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities and carers.
New Mental Health Apps
Please see our mental health section for many new apps available to help with anxiety, stress, sleep problem or mental health issues and where you can self-refer.
Chair Based Exercise Class
In conjunction with Derby and Derbyshire Age UK, a chair based exercise class for older adults is currently being run at Hilton Village Hall helping people to maintain strength and balance. Please see the poster below for more details.
Chair Based Exercise Class
There is a new online support site for people with Type 1 diabetes.
It can be hard for those newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes to know which websites to trust, so NHS England has made it easier by collecting all the useful NHS-trusted links in one place on the nhs.uk website. The new pages will help people with Type 1 diabetes to gain the knowledge and confidence to manage their condition. The site has been developed with NHS Digital, Diabetes UK and people living with Type 1 diabetes.
The site provides links to practical help on injecting insulin and checking blood glucose levels – as well as useful advice around living with the condition.
For all the information you may need, please click on the link below.
NHS UK Type 1 Diabetes
Healthy, Warm and Well
Please click on the following link for information about saving energy in your home and keeping warm, well and healthy. We aim to promote better health through addressing the issues people face living in cold, damp conditions by improving the energy efficiency and warmth of their homes. This booklet also offers health advice and other practical advice about your home including useful contacts for other relevant agencies.
Guide to self-care
Self-care refers to the actions we take to recognise, treat and manage our own health. It's about doing small things, everyday things for yourself to keep healthly and happy.
Self-care is good for you and for the NHS. We believe it's:
Please click on the link for online advice and general self-care and wellbeing http://nhsstaywellderbyshire.co.uk/
Please see our new Healthy Eating page!
Each week we will add a new recipe and hope you enjoy it and share it with your friends and family.
Patient Safety Questionnaire
Our practice is interested in understanding how we can improve patient safety. As part of this we are asking you to complete an online patient safety questionnaire (survey) that is currently being developed at the Universities of Nottingham and Exeter.
This questionnaire is already available in paper form but the project team are seeking to develop an online version that would be suitable for patients like you. The patient safety questionnaire helps a practice to find out what you, as one of our patients, think about the safety of healthcare in general practice.
If you would like to take part in this survey, please click on the link below:
Patient Safety Survey
Please note that you are free to choose whether or not to fill I the questionnaire and your choice will not affect your health care or legal rights in any way.
We are 'Outstanding'
We are very proud to announce the Care Quality Commission have rated the Wellbrook Medical Centre as 'Outstanding'! Click on the link at the bottom of the page for more information and to read the full report.
The State of General Practice
Please take the time to read this leaflet about the state of General Practice at the moment. It helps to explain why you may struggle to get an appointment at the surgery. The leaflet has been written by a GP working in Derbyshire and is supported by the Derby & Derbyshire Local Medical Commitee. The key message in the leaflet is this:
Please know that we are doing our best. We know you’re struggling to get in to see us, but we are not being difficult; we are working as best we can to provide a quality service in a broken system.
Hub Update: extended access and appointment choices
Hub appointments can be booked by our Reception team on a daily basis and are for acute (recent) problems. You will be treated by a GP or Advanced Nurse Practitioner, who (with your consent) will have access to your full medical records.
Hub appointments are available at the following surgeries: Hollybrook Medical Centre (Monday to Friday) Village Street Medical Centre (Tuesday & Wednesday) Chellaston Medical Centre, (Monday) all are 6.30 – 8pm. Weekend appointments are available on Saturday at Haven Medical Centre and on Sunday at Wellbrook Surgery.
The following groups are not suitable for Hub appointments (including those held at Wellbrook):
•Babies under 12 weeks old
•Chronic disease or long-term condition management that requires continuity of care
•Severe mental health problems
•Patients identified with a potentially life-threatening medical condition which requires referral to urgent or emergency care settings
We can also offer blood test appointments at these hubs either during the evening or at the weekend, again, please call to arrange these appointments.
To access their website and for any further information, please click on the following link Derby City South Health Care
Cost of Missed Appointments
The cost of missing a GP or Nurse appointment directly impacts the services and access your GP surgery is available to offer. Please see our poster below which outlines the very real cost of missed appointments to the Wellbrook Medical Centre:
The NHS provides an amazing service to patients free of charge at the point of care. But how much does it actually cost to provide the service?
Here are a few examples:
5 minute blood test appointment £3.58
15 minute nurse appointment £10.75
GP appointment £37.00
Average prescription cost to the NHS £29.20*
We know that there are times when patients are genuinely not able to attend an appointment. However, the majority of missed appointments could be avoided and if cancelled, could be used by another patient.
Using the costings above, we have looked at the number of missed appointments from April 2016 to March 2017. The total cost of missed appointments for the year is a staggering:
For more information, click here: How much does using your GP surgery cost?
Help Guide Available
If you need help navigating our website please use our guide below to help you with the basics:
NHS Friends and Family Survey
NHS Midlands and East want you to have the best possible experience of care. The NHS Friends and Family Test is a way of gathering your feedback, so we can continually review our service. Please click on the link to the left to answer two very simple questions.