Padiham Medical Centre

An award winning GP Practice, serving over 13,000 patients with a full range of enhanced services.

Padiham Group Practice – Patient Newsletter June 2020

Padiham Group Practice – Patient Newsletter June 2020

  • During the current coronavirus pandemic our clinicians are dealing with patients using telephone or video wherever possible, you will no longer be booked into an appointment where you attend the surgery in person without speaking to a clinician first.  Our reception staff will ‘care navigate’ you first, this will involve them asking you the reason for your need to have a consultation in case they can direct you to another service who can help, if they cannot they will book you in with a clinician for a telephone consultation first, if the clinician is not able to deal with your problem on the telephone, by video, or by you sending us a photo they will arrange for you to attend the surgery.  DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY IF YOU ARE DISPLAYING CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS.  We know that many patients are put off from making appointments because they don’t want to bother us at this time, they’re not keen on telephone consultations or they’re self-isolating or shielding, if you think you need to be seen, please telephone us, you will not be wasting our time
  • Please can we remind you not to attend the surgery unless you have been asked to attend, prescriptions should be ordered online, or by email.  If you are asked to attend, wherever possible you should attend alone.  DO NOT COME INTO THE SURGERY FOR PRESCRIPTIONS, BLOOD TEST RESULTS, OR TO REGISTER FOR ONLINE SERVICES, TELEPHONE OR EMAIL US
  • Some parents have been wary about bringing their children for routine childhood vaccines during the coronavirus pandemic, remember ‘Vaccination is the most important thing we can do to protect ourselves and our children against ill health. They prevent up to 3 million deaths worldwide every year.  Since vaccines were introduced in the UK, diseases like smallpox, polio and tetanus that used to kill or disable millions of people are either gone or seen very rarely. Other diseases like measles and diphtheria have been reduced by up to 99.9% since their vaccines were introduced.  However, if people stop having vaccines, it’s possible for infectious diseases to quickly spread again.’  Please contact us if we have not been in touch with an appointment
  • Cervical screening – we have not been at full capacity during the coronavirus pandemic, and even now we are prioritising the work we do due to staff working from home and the longer time we need for appointments due to cleaning, however we are now starting to resume services, whilst still prioritising, if you are due or overdue cervical screening, please contact us to make an appointment
  • Travel vaccines – as we are prioritising our workload travel vaccines are not currently being provided, if you need travel vaccines you should search for a private travel clinic
  • People are being warned to be on their guard against scammers posing as NHS contact tracers.  Local councils in England and Wales have issued alerts following reports of bogus calls and messages asking for money to cover the cost of coronavirus testing kits.  Official tracers will never ask for payment of any kind or bank details. More information at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-53113595
  • If you have been asked to attend the surgery, but develop coronavirus symptoms between your appointment being made and your appointment time, DO NOT ATTEND, telephone us instead, current symptoms are at least one of a high temperature, a new continuous cough, loss or change to your usual sense of smell or taste
  • Remember to wash your hands regularly, especially before and after attending the surgery

NEW PRACTICE MANAGER

Jo Howard
Des McEvoy

Good Morning Everyone, Hope you are all well and staying Alert.

Big News in the Practice

“We would like to say a big thank you and farewell to our practice manager, Des McEvoy. We wish you all the very best for the future.

We are excited to give a very warm welcome to our new practice manager, Joanne Howard. We are all very much looking forward to working with you. Welcome aboard!”

Farewell Des !

Pregnancy Advice During Covid-19

All pregnant women should follow the government advice on coronavirus. For helpful advice, visit this
Start4Life Information Service for Parents page

https://www.nhs.uk/start4life/pregnancy/coronavirus-covid19-advice-during-pregnancy/?fbclid=IwAR07m12iGRj9–KImYolqUao–rn7tTtE_mKVkQG2gVBZkV8brRFkun7LJc

https://www.nhs.uk/start4life/pregnancy/coronavirus-covid19-advice-during-pregnancy/?fbclid=IwAR07m12iGRj9–KImYolqUao–rn7tTtE_mKVkQG2gVBZkV8brRFkun7LJc

Armed Forces Veteran Friendly GP practice

We are please to announce we are now an Armed Forces veteran friendly accredited GP Practice.

Armed Forces Veterans

We are committed to providing veterans with a seamless, high quality service when it comes to their health needs. Our priority is to make sure that you have access to a clinician who understands you military related health needs and supports you to get the right treatment and support.

Our Practice Nurse Clare Crusham is our practice lead for veterans’ health.

Pendleside Hospice

Pendleside Hospice exists to provide palliative and end of life service provision for people 17 years of age or over living with a life limiting illness within our local community, and those important to them.

All our services involve our patients and their carers and families in their future care choices and we work in partnership with other health and social care providers to ensure the highest level of care.

The hospice provides a range of services, both within the hospice building and in the local community: these include: Inpatient unit, Day service and outpatients, Hospice at home, Complimentary therapy, psychological support, rehabilitation, spiritual care, family and carer support and bereavement support.

The Hospice is a charitable organisation and all care is provided free of charge.
Any enquiries please ring 01282 440100.

MSK Specialists

MSK Specialists, available by appointment at the surgery Wednesdays and Fridays, any muscle, bone or joint problems.

Please speak to one of the receptionists and book an appointment.

We have two very experienced Musculoskeletal (MSK) Extended Scope Practitioner(ESP) Physiotherapists working at our practice in a First Contact Practitioner(FCP) role. This is part of a national initiative for patients to see the right clinician in the right place. MSK practitioners are best placed to see patients with musculoskeletal problems as the first point of contact. They can assess your condition, request investigations, diagnose the problem and offer first-line management to help resolve the problem. They can also make onward referral to appropriate specialists like physiotherapy, orthopaedics, pain management or rheumatology as required. One of the benefits of this role is that the GP appointments are then more readily available for patients who have a more medical-based problem.