The new Patient Newsletter is available at on our website at:
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.
Please click on the document below to see opening times for pharmacies across North Devon over the Christmas and New Year Holiday period
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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