Welcome to Brannam Medical Centre
We are a forward thinking patient centred practice offering continuity of care for all patient groups. We are one of the region's leading training practices with a diverse skill mix of highly valued healthcare professionals and support staff. We aim to offer excellent accessibility for both your long term care and more urgent medical needs.
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The NHS in Devon is expecting to be very busy in January and February due to a predicted surge in Omicron infection cases.
Even with very high vaccination uptake in our patients and staff, the spread of COVID-19 is already having a significant impact on NHS staff absences and this is likely to become worse. This will further impact on staffing and will cause more disruption to wider health and services. Every additional person with COVID-19 impacts on the ability for the NHS to carry out other important work in general practice and hospitals.
To prepare for this surge in January and the impact on staffing in North Devon, our GP practices are:
• Prioritising urgent care and ensuring we have enough staff working in the areas to deal with urgent work
• Reducing some non-urgent work, for example routine check-ups, routine monitoring, minor surgery, you can do your own self-certificate sick note for up to 28 days during January and don’t need a GP to sign it – click here for more information https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fit-note
• Doing a mixture of telephone and face to face appts and plan to continue although we may need to do more telephone consultations in the future to reduce the number of people coming in to the practice. We will however continue to see everyone needing to be seen in person for clinical reasons. If you are worried about your health continue to contact the practice by phone or e consult https://brannammedicalcentre.webgp.com/
• Limiting the staff movements around the building to reduce the risk of outbreaks, along with regular staff testing
• Strictly applying infection control precautions such as masks, ventilation, social distancing, and hand sanitiser. Everyone must wear a mask in our practice unless medically exempt.
By ensuring these measures are in place, we will keep general practice open and therefore support our local hospitals, ambulances and out of hours services.
If we find that despite these measures some individual GP practices cannot open for a short period of time, then neighbouring GP practices in our area will support each other to ensure we can still ensure patients have access to GPs when it’s urgent in North Devon.
Our practice will review the suitability of these arrangements each week as we learn more about the impact of Omicron on NHS services in Devon.
How can you help?
• Please be patient and kind to our staff who are working under extreme pressure
• Get your COVID-19 booster vaccination as soon as possible if you haven’t already. Many people in intensive care units in Devon are young and unvaccinated. Details on how to get a vaccine are on this website https://www.northdevonhealth.nhs.uk/covid-19.../...
• Continue to always follow national guidance about wearing face coverings, social distancing and any other restrictions that are in place.
Please note we cannot arrange COVID tests at the practice or speed up access to COVID tests or results.
Thank you for your on-going support to Brannam Medical Centre, with your help we can continue to keep our staff and you safe and provide the care needed during these challenging times. We will continue to update you on any changes as they occur.
You can now receive help, advice and treatment for your health problems at a convenient time for you.
Patients can access safe and efficient advice for lots of health conditions and symptoms on our eConsult website 24/7.
If you need further advice or think you may require treatment you can now consult with your GP online! All you need to do is fill out a simple form about your problem and a GP will get back to you within 2 working days.
You can also request further sick certificates (sick notes), discuss recent tests or get help for other administrative issues at a time that is convenient for you.
Your GP will email you back within 2 working days unless a different method of contact is more appropriate. Please ensure you have provided your email address so your GP is able to get back to you.
Your completed form will be sent to your registered GP unless they are unavailable. If your registered GP is absent your form will be forwarded to an available GP who will get back to you within 2 working days.
You are unable to book appointments or order repeat medications via eConsult, however you are able to do this online by registering with SystmOnline and using the buttons at the bottom of this page.
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