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Crown Medical CentreTel: 01623 626132
Farnsfield SurgeryTel: 01623 882289
COVID - Telephone contact - Due to the reduced access to practice sites telephone contacts have increased and we are experiencing periods of high volumes of calls. Staff are monitoring waiting times for calls throughout the day and reporting issues where there are excessive wait times and we continuing to work to reduce waiting where possible. Apologies if you have been affected by long waits and thank you for your patience.
Minor Surgery Clinic
Dr Das offers a minor surgery clinic on Thursday mornings at Clipstone. Clinics are also available at Farnsfield.
Joint Injection Clinic
Dr Das offers joint injection clinics at various times and other GPs are able to give joint injections.
Minor injuries such as sprains, bumps and minor cuts can be seen at the practice. Please call and ask for an urgent appointment.
We provide advice on all aspects of birth control during surgery consultations. Please make an appointment to see a nurse for contraception advice.
Some of our GPs fit and remove coils and Implanons. Please make an appointment with one of these GPs to discuss these options.
Chronic Disease Management
This includes diabetes, asthma, COPD, heart disease and stroke. Patients will be invited for an annual review by the Practice Nurse but can make an appointment with the Practice Nurse between these times if they have any concerns about their condition.
If you’re aged 40-74 and have not been diagnosed with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease or certain types of dementia, you are entitled to a free NHS health check. We also offer well woman and well man health checks with our Healthcare Assistants. Please ask at reception or call to book a health check.
Every autumn we have flu vaccine clinics. These are mainly for the elderly (over 65), immuno-compromised diabetics, those with chest problems (eg asthma and bronchitis), heart problems (eg angina), kidney problems and pregnant ladies.
There is also a vaccine called Pneumovax II available at any time against bacterial chest infections and pneumonia recommended for the same people.
Eight week checks are performed by GPs. Baby vaccinations are also given at this time or alternative times are available if required. Click here for more information about the current vaccination schedule
COVID 19 UPDATE REGARDING IMMUNISATIONS
NHS Immunisations FAQs (for public)
Why aren’t you stopping routine immunisations?
Whilst preventing the spread of COVID-19 and caring for those infected is a public health priority, it is very important to maintain good coverage of immunisations, particularly in the childhood programme. In addition to protecting the individual, this will avoid outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases that could increase further the numbers of patients requiring health services.
Should people/babies really still go and be immunised at their GP surgery even though there is a risk that by doing this they may be infected with COVID-19?
Your GP surgery or health clinic will take all possible precautions to protect you and your baby from COVID-19. People should still attend for routine vaccinations unless they are unwell (check with your GP whether you should still attend) or self-isolating because they have been in contact with someone with COVID-19. In these circumstances please rearrange your appointment. Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent against other infectious diseases. Babies and toddlers in particular need vaccinations to protect them from measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), rotavirus, diphtheria, whooping cough, meningitis, polio, tetanus, hepatitis B, TB and more.
What are “routine” childhood immunisations?
The national immunisation programme is highly successful in reducing the incidence of serious and sometimes life-threatening diseases such as pneumococcal and meningococcal infections, whooping cough, diphtheria and measles. It remains important to maintain the best possible vaccine uptake to prevent a resurgence of these infections.
Practices will be prioritising the following:
Neonatal BCG and all doses of targeted hepatitis B vaccines should also be offered in a timely manner.
If you are not doing school age immunisations, isn’t there a risk that we will see big increases in the diseases those children are normally vaccinated against?
School aged immunisations will be rescheduled. UK government has provided clear public health advice on specific measures to take to prevent further Coronavirus cases which includes social distancing. On this basis, community clinics are not recommended given that this is likely to increase the risk of exposure to the virus.
Do GP surgeries really still have the time to do immunisations?
Practices will be busy responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and the routine childhood immunisation programme will continue to play an important role in preventing ill-health through causes other than coronavirus infection.
How important is it that you get your immunisation at the time you are called? Is there a risk in delaying for a few months and if there isn’t then why don’t we stop and reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 through a visit to the general practice?
Parents should be informed that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that routine childhood immunisations are started and completed on time. This will help protect the infant or child from a range of serious and sometimes life-threatening infections. Whilst infections such as invasive pneumococcal and meningococcal disease are now much reduced in incidence, this has only come about because of high levels of vaccination. To prevent resurgence, infants still need protecting through vaccination. Pertussis continues to circulate at elevated levels and it remains important that pregnant women are offered the pertussis vaccine, and that their babies start receiving protection against this, and other infections, from 8 weeks of age.
There is a shortage of liquid infant paracetamol which is often used by parents to help manage a baby’s reaction to their routine immunisations so won’t parents stop bringing their babies because of this?
Vaccination to protect from serious conditions should not be delayed. Whilst parents should continue to try to obtain and administer infant paracetamol if possible, infant vaccines can and should still be given even if it is not possible to give prophylactic paracetamol.
Where parents have been unable to obtain infant paracetamol, the following advice is for clinical staff in primary care and parents.
How will parents know when their babies have a temperature after their regular immunisations whether it is an expected reaction or COVID-19?
Parents should be advised that the vaccines given may cause a fever which is usually resolved within 48 hours (or 6 to 11 days following MMR). This is a common expected reaction and isolation is not required, unless COVID-19 is suspected.
When the MenB vaccine (Bexsero) is given with other vaccines at 8 and 16 weeks of age, fever is more common. Where parents are able to obtain liquid infant paracetamol, they should follow existing PHE guidance on the use of prophylactic paracetamol following MenB vaccination available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/menb-vaccine-and-paracetamol
Indications to date suggest that COVID-19 causes mild or asymptomatic illness in infants and children. As has always been recommended, any infant with fever after vaccination should be monitored and if parents are concerned about their infant’s health at any time, they should seek advice from their GP or NHS 111. Post-immunisation fever alone is not a reason to self-isolate.
This advice applies to recently vaccinated people of all ages.
Any infant with fever after vaccination should be monitored and if parents are concerned about their infant’s health at any time, they should seek advice from their GP or NHS 111.
Should people aged 70 and over attend the practice for immunisation?
It is recommended that PPV23 continues to be offered to eligible groups, including those aged 70 and over who have not previously been vaccinated. If an eligible individual aged 70 years and over attends the practice for other reasons, the opportunity to vaccinate them should be used. This may also present an opportunity to vaccinate them against shingles if they are eligible.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required. There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 8 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
Unfortunately, we can no longer offer a travel assessment appointment if the appointment isn't made at least 8 weeks before travel.
In these circumstances, you may need to go to one of the private clinics, a few of which are listed below.Boots at Four seasons shopping centre Mansfield offer free travel health clinic advice including prescribing medication and vaccine but this will cost.You can book appt online through the boots website.The other providers are the Park Hospital 01158967878 and Regent street clinic in Nottingham, 0115 947 5498
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form and return to reception to be booked in at least 8 weeks before travel.
Or alternatively, pick up a travel assessment form from the surgery and ensure it is filled in and returned before your appointment.
The NHS does not cover for some services under its contract and therefore attract charges. Some of these services are:
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
This General Practice is research active
Conducting high-quality clinical research helps us to keep improving NHS care by finding out which treatments work best.
In this practice, you might be asked to take part in a clinical research study. Alternatively, ask our staff about clinical studies suitable for you.
Taking part in a clinical research study is voluntary and can be a rewarding experience.
To find local clinical research studies, go to: www.ukctg.nihr.ac.uk
To find out more about clinical research in the East Midlands visit: http://www.crn.nihr.ac.uk/east-midlands
To read about other patients who have benefitted from taking part in clinical research visit: http://www.crn.nihr.ac.uk/can-help/patients-carers-public/patient-stories/
Sherwood Medical Partnership is working in collaboration with the Clinical Research Network: East Midlands (CRN:EM). The CRN:EM is part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and is focused on enhancing and promoting research, ensuring that it is conducted in line with ethical procedures and for patient benefit. There is a local team working within Nottingham City and Nottingham County, facilitating research within primary care.
Sherwood Medical Partnership is signed up to a Research Site Initiative Scheme; resulting in them choosing to be involved in appropriate and relevant research studies, focused on enhancing patient care and working on studies that are of particular interest and need for their patient population. The primary care team surpassed recruitment expectations in the financial year of 2014-2015 and this could not have been done without the support of local practices and the engagement from patients in these areas.
For more information, you can also access the following links for the NIHR and our network:
http://www.nihr.ac.uk/ - National Institute for Health Research
http://www.crn.nihr.ac.uk/ - Clinical Research Network
http://www.enrich.nihr.ac.uk/ - Enrich
Sherwood Medical Partnership also takes part in the Dementia Research
Join Dementia Research is a new service that helps people to take part in dementia research studies. It aims to accelerate the pace of dementia research by allowing people with and without dementia to register their interest in studies, helping researchers find the right participants at the right time.
The Dementia Research website offers a secure and easy way for someone to register their interest, discover studies that interest them, and ultimately connect with researchers to take part in their studies.
Anyone aged 18 years or over can sign up themselves, or on behalf of someone else, either by registering online or by contacting the helplines of Alzheimer’s Research UK (0300 111 5 111) and Alzheimer’s Society (0300 222 1122).
Join Dementia Research is a collaboration between the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Alzheimer’s Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society, Alzheimer Scotland and UCL Partners, and has been funded by the Department of Health and NHS England.
For more information you can visit https://www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk/
Our physiotherapist is at the Crown Surgery twice a week, on a Wednesday and a Friday.Theres no need to make an appointment with the GP to be referred for physiotherapy, you can now self refer by downloading the form below, or picking one up from the reception desk, and bringing into surgery when you make your physio appointment.
Unfortunately we can no longer offer smoking sensation appointments in surgery. However you can now self refer for this service by contacting the Smoke Free Life Nottinghamshire Service on 0800 2465343 | 0115 772 2515
or alternatively text quit to 66777
If you would like help losing weight, you can self refer by contacting Change Point, which is funded by the nottinghamshire county council and is a personalised, free local weight management service for you.
For more information, you can call on 03330 050092Reduced rate number, Mon-Fri 8am- 6pm 24 hour voicemail
Or visit the website here
Insight Healthcare provides talking therapies nationwide, predominantly commissioned by the NHS and local authorities, as part of the IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) programme. Currently providing 14 free-to-access talking therapy services throughout the country, we are the largest not-for-profit provider in the country.
We also provide Wellbeing at Work employee assistance programmes, which enable employers to provide their staff with access to wellbeing support through a 24-hour counselling and advice helpline, a range of resources, and a web portal.
Fit for Work referrals now available for all GPs in England and Wales
As of 22 July 2015, all GPs across England and Wales can refer their employed patients for a free and independent occupational health assessment if they have been, or are likely to be, off work for four weeks or more due to illness.
Referral to Fit for Work is voluntary, and is suitable for any employed person who has a realistic prospect of returning to work and for whom returning to work will not adversely affect their health. The assessment culminates in a personalised Return to Work Plan providing a schedule for a person’s return to work along with signposting to helpful services based around their needs.
GPs will continue to make decisions on day-to-day health care matters. When a GP makes a referral, Fit for Work will not have access to GPs’ notes, but only to any existing fit notes and any further information considered by GPs to be relevant to the absence or current treatment. Employers remain responsible for decisions on managing absence and paying statutory sick pay, and will now have access to better independent information when doing so. By autumn 2015, employers will be able to refer their eligible employees to Fit for Work themselves without the need to go via GPs.
To find out more, visit the Fit for Work website where you can sign up for updates.
SMART Recover runs mutual support meetings where through open and confidential discussion, they help themselves and eachother recover from any kind of addictive behaviour.
The local SMART Recovery meetings are held on Fridays, 10am until 12pm at New Directions, Unit 2&3, Sherwood Street, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 1ER
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