Volunteer Drivers Needed !
At South Northants Volunteer Bureau we urgently need volunteer car drivers especially in Brackley. We have over 395 active passengers living in the town who are primarily elderly people who find it difficult to get to essential medical or social care.
Our service is very popular with new passengers wanting to register on a daily basis. Unfortunately due to a shortage of drivers we have to put new passengers on a waiting list until we are in a position where we have more drivers and can fulfil any medical journeys that are required.
The Brackley Area Volunteer Car Service is managed by SNVB and the service helps those from Brackley and surrounding villages. Volunteer car drivers are paid mileage allowance and the voluntary role is totally flexible, with drivers choosing which journeys they would like to do, when and how often.
If you feel that you would be able to support this recruitment drive in anyway or if you would like anymore information then please do not hesitate to contact me.
Market House Courtyard
Tel: 01280 841250
Fax: 01280 704284
It’s time to book in your Flu jab
With winter approaching once again the NHS is urging people to get their flu vaccines booked in, helping residents to stay fit and healthy over the winter period and to protect some of the most vulnerable.
Flu is a highly infectious viral illness which can lead to complications, hospital admissions and even death. Symptoms of flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches and tiredness.
Vulnerable populations are more at risk of developing complications such as chest infections, infections of the tonsils, ears and sinuses, meningitis, and encephalitis (infection of the brain), which can be fatal.
Much of the ill health caused by flu can be avoided by receiving a flu jab (influenza vaccine). The vaccine is safe and effective, and can reduce the chances of getting flu and complications by 70%. It reduces the risk of death from flu in vulnerable people by 80%.
In 2018/19 the following people are eligible for free flu vaccination:
- All children aged two to nine on 31 August 2018
- Pregnant women – women in any trimester of pregnancy or who become pregnant during flu programme period.
- Those aged 65 years and over.
- Those in long-stay residential care homes.
- Carers (informal carers who are in receipt of a carer allowance or a main carer of a vulnerable person).
- Those aged six months to 64 years in clinical risk groups. Listed conditions are chronic (long-term) respiratory disease; chat stage three, four or five of kidney failure; chronic liver disease; chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis, or learning disability; diabetes; splenic dysfunction; a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment) or morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
South Northants Hearing Advisory Service
South Northants Hearing Advisory Service provides free basic NHS hearing aid maintenance and batteries together with advice, information and practical support covering all aspects of hearing loss.
Each month, their friendly, trained Hearing Advisor will visit Brackley Library and Towcester Medical Centre. You don't have to be a patient at Brackley Medical Centre or Towcester Medical Centre to access the service we offer there.
Dates & Times
Brackley Library from 10.30 -12.00am
Towcester Medical Centre from 1.00-2.30pm
Thursday 31st May
Thursday 28th June
Wednesday 25th July
Wednesday 29th August
Wednesday 24th October
Wednesday 28th November
December = no service
If you are a carer or family member, we can help with family/residents NHS hearing aids – just bring the hearing aid along with their Hearing Aid Battery Book.
The sessions are ‘Drop-In’ with no appointment necessary. At busy times, you may be asked to take a number to be seen in turn.
This pilot scheme is supported by NHS Audiology at Northampton and Central Milton Keynes, and is represented at the South Northants NHS Local Engagement Group.
Hearing Advisory Service also covers Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, West Essex and Suffolk, and is a Registered Charity No. 1063430. www.hhas.org.uk
Armed Forces Survey.
A survey by Healthwatch Northamptonshire aims to help the Armed Forces Covenant Partnership in the County address such issues as the return to civilian life and health problems and draw up the first ever map of the size and scale of the Armed Forces Community in Northamptonshire.
The community includes regular serving personnel, volunteers, reservists, ex-forces members and family members of past and present service personnel.
Please see link below to complete the survey -
King's Sutton Clinic Suspended from 29/12/17
Following Dr Patton’s decision to retire we approached NHS England to discuss the provision of the clinic in King’s Sutton and these discussions are still ongoing.
As you may know there is a shortage of GP’s locally, therefore whilst these discussions continue we are forced to suspend the clinics in King’s Sutton until further notice.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and are writing in more detail to those patients who have used the service in recent months.
Amended Walk In Clinics from 2nd January 2018
Following a 3 month review of our extended Walk In Clinic hours we have made the decision to reduce the morning session by 30 minutes to finish at 12:00 noon.
From Tuesday 2nd January 2018 the clinic times will be:
09:00 - 12:00
15:00 - 17:30
These clinics run Monday to Friday for patients of Brackley Medical Centre, if you require medical help at the weekend or outside of normal surgery hours you should contact 111.
On the day acute medical need will be dealt with by the walk in clinic.
Such conditions include chest infections, sore throats and tonsillitis, ear infections, urine infections, rashes and minor injuries.
It is not advisable to use the clinic for medication requests or ongoing complex problems.
It may be necessary for our receptionists to ask you questions and you may be redirected more appropriately in certain circumstances.
As a practice we will never knowingly turn away a genuine medical emergency.
The main door to the waiting room at Brackley Health Centre will open at 8:45am for the morning clinic and 2:45pm for the afternoon clinic. The doors will close at 5:30pm.
Any queries outside these hours please attend Washington House Surgery or call 01280 702436 between 8am and 6:30pm.
Missed Appointments in November 2018
Last month (November) the following appointments were wasted and the time lost =
Nurse Time lost = 20 Hours
GP Time Lost = 10 Hours
GP Appointments wasted = 55
Total BMC Surgery Time Lost in April = 30 Hours
Other Service Providers appointments wasted = 21
Other Service Providers Time Lost = 16 Hours
This wasted a total of 46 hours of time, so please ring to cancel your appointment if you cannot make it. Appointments can also be cancelled online if you have registered with System 1. We can send text messages to you to remind you of your appointments, please check with reception we have your latest mobile telephone number.
Blood Pressure Machine
We have invested in a ‘Do it yourself’ blood pressure machine which you will find situated in the main entrance to the surgery.
You are free to use this machine at any time and it would be extremely helpful if you were to take your blood pressure prior to seeing the GP or Nurse for your appointment. Take your slip to the clinician you are seeing and they will update your records. This will save time in your appointment.
If you are not seeing a clinician then hand your printed result to a receptionist so they can record your name and pass the information to a clinician for updating.
With the approval of a nurse or GP you may use this to record your blood pressure and attend at a time to suit you with no waiting times. Random checks are always acceptable and if you have any questions a receptionist will be happy to help you.