Combe Coastal Practice

The Medical Centre, St Brannocks Road, Ilfracombe EX34 8EG

One Ilfracombe’s – Diabetes Wellbeing Event – Ilfracombe

One Ilfracombe are organising a Diabetes Wellbeing event which is taking place at the Lantern Centre, Ilfracombe High Street, and we are in the process of sending out telephone voice messages to inform people we think may be interested in this event. The details for this event are as follows:
When: Monday 29th January 2018, 1 pm till 4 pm
Where: The Lantern Centre Club Room (upstairs), Ilfracombe High Street
This event is designed to offer advice and support to those living with diabetes or who are classed as pre-diabetic, or at risk of Diabetes in the future, this can be anyone on long term steroids, With a BMI of 35 or over, Anyone with Chronic Heart Disease or history of stroke/TIA.
There will be staff available from Combe Coastal GP surgery, the podiatry team and dietary team at North Devon District Hospital, representatives from Diabetes Uk and Devon Partnership Trust amongst others to answer any questions you might have.
If you have any questions or concerns about Diabetes, please feel free to pop along and have a cup of tea with us!
The Lantern Centre is a fully accessible building.
We hope to see you on the day.

New Patient Newsletter – Spring 2018

The new Patient Newsletter is available at on our website at:

Patient Newsletters

This newsletter contains information on the new NHS Quicker app – a mobile app available on IOS and Android devices, which allows users to look at current waiting times for emergency services based on location, as well as providing local services and contact details, such as pharmacies, GPs, Opticians, Dentists and Sexual health clinics.

Useful Information for Parents:

School Nursing Service Update – Newsletter

Please Click on the link below to view the November edition of the School Nursing Service Update, which contains some useful information for parents on children’s services and support.

SN_newsletter-NOV2017

 

 

Important Information – Woolacombe Surgery

We have recently advised patients of a temporary closure at our Woolacombe surgery on a Thursday morning.

Following feedback from our patients we wish to give further information and reassure patients that we do not anticipate a loss of GP appointments at Woolacombe as a result of this change.

Combe Coastal Practice is committed to providing the best service it can for patients across all of our three sites in Ilfracombe, Combe Martin and Woolacombe.

To achieve this with the resources we have is sometimes challenging, but we endeavour to make decisions based around providing our patients with services they need at the right time and at the right place.

Dr Kathryn Joules will be starting a period of maternity leave in January prompting us to look at the pattern of appointments and the way we work at all our surgeries in order to provide the best possible service for both our patients and GP’s.

At Woolacombe 2 GP’s (1 male and 1 female) currently provide 4 morning surgeries a week on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

2 GP’s will continue to provide 4 surgeries over the week, (1 male and 1 female) but these will be on a Monday, Wednesday and 2 on a Friday morning.

These changes will take effect from week commencing 8th January 2018.

We hope this gives you some clarification around why the changes have been made. We welcome your feedback.

Woolacombe – Changes to our opening hours

 

 Important information for  Woolacombe Patients

WE WOULD ADVISE PATIENTS THAT THERE WILL BE A CHANGE OF OPENING HOURS FOR OUR WOOLACOMBE BRANCH SURGERY FROM 01 JANUARY 2018

THE SURGERY WILL NO LONGER OPEN ON THURSDAY MORNINGS; UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

THEREFORE REVISED OPENING HOURS FROM

1st JANUARY 2018 WILL BE AS FOLLOWS

MONDAY           8.30 – 1.00PM          CLOSED PM

TUESDAY           CLOSED ALL DAY

WEDNESDAY     8.30 – 1.00PM          CLOSED PM

THURSDAY        CLOSED ALL DAY

FRIDAY               8.30 – 1.00PM          CLOSED PM

If you need to be seen or speak to someone urgently and cannot wait until the surgery

re-opens please call NHS 111

IN A MEDICAL EMERGENCY PLEASE PHONE 999

WHEN CLOSED WOOLACOMBE MEDICAL CENTRE’S TELEPHONE LINE IS AUTOMATICALLY DIVERTED TO OUR MAIN SURGERY IN ILFRACOMBE WHICH IS OPEN 8.30AM TO 6PM MONDAY TO FRIDAY

(Ilfracombe Surgery = 01271 863119)

 

Help us reduce Medicine Waste

Craig Rich, ex-BBC weather forecaster, delivers an important message on medicines waste.

Did you know as much as £5.5 million is wasted each year in Devon on unused medicines?

The same amount could pay for approximately:
– 700 Heart bypass operations
– or 1,000 hip replacements
– or 2,000 knee replacements
– or 11,000 cataract operations.

Help us make the most of your NHS:

Check: Look at your supplies – order only the items that you need

Listen: Listen to the advice from your doctor, nurse or pharmacist and take all medicines as instructed on the label.

Tell: Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if your medicines are not agreeing with you or you have stopped taking them.

Tick: Using the counterfoil of the prescription, tick only the medicines you need, and remember “tick in haste – medicines waste.”

Open: Open your bag of medication while at the pharmacy. If you have item(s) not requested, or surplus to your needs for the next month, please return these before leaving.

Keep Antibiotics Working

We need your help to keep Antibiotics working.

Antibiotic resistance is a major threat to public health. It is estimated that 5,000 deaths are caused every year in England because antibiotics no longer work for some infections and this figure is expected to rise. Antibiotics help ward off infections during chemotherapy, caesarean sections and other surgery.

Public Health England have launched a new campaign called “keeping Antibiotics Working” to help encourage patients to only use antibiotics only when necessary at the recommendation of their GP or Nurse.

Visit the surgery or the antibiotic guardian website for more information on how you can help.

http://antibioticguardian.com/

New Voice Messaging Service starts this week

New Combe Coastal Voice Messaging Service.
We have started using a new voice messaging service to contact patients. This is being rolled out with the Flu vaccination invitations this week.
If you receive a voice automated message on your landline from ourselves, please respond, this is not a hoax call and will not cost you anything to do so.
We hope to be using this service more often, to invite patients for various health checks and provide important information.
Please contact the surgery if you require any information, or would like to opt out of this service.

Organ Donation

Right now across the UK, there are around 6,500 people in need of an organ transplant, including around 150 children and teenagers. On average three people die every day in need of an organ transplant because there just aren’t enough organ donors.

We need more people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register now at www.organdonation.nhs.uk or pick up a leaflet from the surgery

It only takes a few minutes to register and please remember to tell your family that you want them to support your decision to donate and save lives. #TimeToSign #OrganDonation #YesIDonate