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SEASONAL FLU VACCINATIONS

We will be starting our seasonal flu vaccination program very soon and will contact you via text or letter to book your appointment.

Military Veterans

We are conscious that some patients registered at Bideford Medical Centre may be affected by current events in Afghanistan.  Our surgery is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners as one which specialises in the care of military veterans and their families.

 

All the team have been trained in the care of military veterans and their families. If recent events have affected you and you wish to seek help, please come forward.

The following very useful patient resource offers support for mental wellbeing, housing, employment and finances:

https://www.veteransgateway.org.uk/

July 19th - COVID-19 Update

We are sure you are all aware we have strived to keep the surgery as safe as possible throughout the pandemic for patients, staff and visitors. We have remained open throughout offering telephone, video and face to face consultations as appropriate and will continue to do so. All patients have been triaged before entering the practice to reduce the risk to you, vulnerable patients and staff members.

We need your help from July 19th 2021 to continue to keeping you, fellow patients and our staff safe and we will be maintaining our COVID secure measures:

PLEASE STILL ONLY COME TO THE PRACTICE IF YOU HAVE A BOOKED APPOINTMENT OR ARE COLLECTING OR DELIVERING SOMETHING.

We will still be wearing face masks and you must too when attending the practice (unless medically exempt) - this is to help protect you, other patients (including those that may be vulnerable from certain health conditions) and our staff. This is supported by national guidance: 

https://www.england.nhs.uk/2021/07/nhs-patients-staff-and-visitors-must-continue-to-wear-face-coverings-in-healthcare-settings/?fbclid=IwAR2kyW0fk_XxL6L3CN83rkjYbdoup0gCcOdQD0uNBLKSwgvu4N38rL5i8AI

Social distancing - we still require everyone to socially distance when in the building - follow signage for queuing and leaving chairs where they are placed a distance a part.

GP Appointment Telephone Triage - we are still running an appointment telephone triage service. PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE PRACTICE TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT. If you need to make an appointment, please ring us and we will book you a telephone call back in the first instance. If on discussion with the clinician it is deemed you need a face to face appointment this will be arranged.

All other contact should be done via the telephone, online access or eConsult.

Please order repeat prescriptions online or through the NHS App. If you unable to access this, then please drop your repeat slip request through the letter box at the front door

Please keep up to date on all practice information via our website. The pandemic is not over and COVID 19 has not gone. Please help us to continue to keep you all safe.

Your data - General Practice Data for Planning & Research Programme (GPDPR) deferred

NHS Digital and the Government announced recently that they have agreed to delay the introduction of the new General Practice Data Programme (GPDPR).  Patient data used for life-saving research will benefit from even greater protection and assurances owing to tougher safeguards that will be put in place ahead of the GPDPR rollout.  

While NHS Digital will continue to develop the infrastructure and engagement for the programme, they are not setting a specific start date for the collection of data. This means that the 1 September date no longer stands.

Data collection will now only begin when the following criteria have been met:

  • The ability for patients to opt out or back in to sharing their GP data with NHS Digital, with data being deleted even if it has been uploaded, and outstanding opt outs being processed.

  • A Trusted Research Environment is available where approved researchers can work securely on de-identified patient data which does not leave the environment, offering further protections and privacy while enabling collaboration amongst trusted researchers to further benefit patients.

  • A campaign of engagement and communication has increased public awareness of the programme, explaining how data is used and patient choices

 

Should you still wish to amend your data sharing preferences then please visit our privacy page:  

 

https://www.bidefordmc.com/privacynotice

Please support your local GP practice team - they provide an amazing service to our community.

At Bideford Medical Centre we get thank yous, compliments and praise from many many patients which we really appreciate. However patients are not always kind to our staff and this YouTube video gives an idea of some of the things that are said to them....and yes some of this does happen in North Devon and at Bideford Medical Centre.
 
Please treat our staff with respect they have a difficult job and are here to help you. 


#Please be kind 
Caroline

Practice Manager 
Supporting GP Surgery Teams everywhere.

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Want advice from your doctor, self-help information or have an administrative request (such as a sick note or test results)?

Fill out a simple online form to get advice and treatment today if you submit your request between 8:00AM and 4:00PM. Otherwise your practice will respond by the end of the next working day.

How does the e consult service work?

  1. Complete a simple form about your problem or request

  2. Your GPs decide on the best treatment for you

  3. The practice calls you or emails you with advice, a prescription or an appointment

We have changed the way in which we manage long term conditions.

Please click the LTC button above for further information.

Long Term Conditions (LTC)

Do you have a query regarding a face to face appointment? Please visit the book appointments page

Children & Young People - Fever / High Temperature

Healthier Together - a community initiative. In addition to the above topic, this website provides a range of advice for parents, young people and pregnant women, and clinical resources to support healthcare professionals.

https://www.what0-18.nhs.uk/parentscarers/worried-your-child-unwell/fever-high-temperature

HANDi Paediatric App
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The HANDi Paediatric app gives up-to-date advice about common childhood illnesses and how to treat them.


It’s now available to download for free onto any Apple or Android smartphone or tablet.

The app has been designed as a way to reduce the number of children and young people who visit A&E, but need no treatment. It has been developed by paediatric consultants and will give you access to home care plans, as well as GP and hospital clinical guidelines, for the most common childhood health care concerns.

Follow this link for more information and download links