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DATE FOR YOUR DIARY - SATURDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER - FLU CLINIC

We are now taking bookings for our flu clinic which is being held on Saturday 23rd September.

We are also holding a shingles/flu clinic for those of you who are eligible for both vaccines on 23rd September.

Please contact reception on 01271 329004 to check whether you are eligible and to make an appointment.

NATIONAL PATIENT SURVEY - RESULTS

Thank you to our patients who completed the national patient survey for Brannam Medical Centre. We have now received the results and would like to share these with you. Please click here to view the results.

MJOG

We use a messaging system called MJOG which allows us to contact our patients by text and voice message. We have been using this to invite our patients in for their seasonal flu vaccinations, chronic disease recalls and also for appointment reminders.

We would like to make our patients aware that if you receive a voice message starting 'This is a message from Brannam Medical Centre' it is a genuine message from us and please listen to the message all the way through and you will be able to respond.

If you do not wish to receive messages in this way, please contact the reception team.

National Diabetes Audit (NDA): Helping to improve diabetes care

Brannam Medical Centre is taking part in an important national project about diabetes care and treatment in the NHS. Please click here for more information.

BLOOD PRESSURE APPOINTMENTS

Please remember to arrive at least 5 minutes before your appointment to give your heart rate a chance to steady. Please wear loose clothing and refrain from Caffeine and Nicotine for at least 30 minutes prior to your Blood Pressure appointment.

Green Impact Award

Green Impact AwardGold award

Brannam Medical Centre is proud to announce that it is working hard to become greener! Our core purpose is to 'support your health', which includes supporting the environment in which we all live and work. Sustainability is one of the core values that we are implementing to achieve this purpose. We are committed to making changes and improvements that will help reduce our carbon footprint, as well as improving health and wellbeing of patients and our own staff.

Following on from the success of achieving the highly regarded "RCGP Active Practice Award" last year for our efforts in improving activity levels in staff and patients we are now focusing on The RCGP NUS Green Impact for Health award which will help us to improve our sustainability and reduce our impact on the environment.

A dedicated team of individuals within the practice are focusing on many different areas of potential improvements with the aim of ensuring Brannam Medical Centre is a greener, healthier and more sustainable medical practice.

Our key area of focus for sustainability are:

  • Improving our energy efficiency
  • Calculating our carbon footprint and working towards offsetting this
  • Sourcing food and drink responsibly and avoiding use of plastic where possible
  • Reducing waste and increasing recycling
  • Promoting sustainable transport
  • Purchasing sustainably
  • Reducing our use of paper
  • reducing prescribing
  • Improving our outdoor green spaces with a dedicated gardening team
  • Implementing the NUS/RCGP Green Impact Toolkit

 

 


Sustainability - what we are doing?

The main areas we are focusing on are;

  • Improving our energy efficiency
  • Reducing waste and increasing recycling
  • Promoting sustainable transport
  • Purchasing sustainably
  • Reducing our use of paper
  • Reducing prescribing
  • Supporting health and wellbeing 

Sustainability - what can patients do?

As well as things we are doing as a Practice to be more sustainable, we are encouraging patients to be more sustainable too. Below are some ideas of small, often health related, changes you can make which can help the environment, and which can also often save you money too.

 

Using sustainable transport

  • Walk or cycle to the Practice for your appointments where possible - we have cycle racks at the back and front of the building that you are welcome to use.
  • Use public transport where possible - to get to your appointments at the practice or elsewhere. You can find out more about public transport in and around Barnstaple on the Town Council website here.
  • Beyond Barnstaple, think about using the train instead of driving places and reducing the amount of flying you do.

Reducing the use of single use plastic and sourcing food and drink responsibly

  • You can reduce your single use plastic by using a refillable water bottle. If you are ever at the Practice and need a refill you can fill it from our water refill station, in the waiting room. 
  • We are lucky in Barnstaple to have a number of shops that encourage plastic free shopping. These include Bare Necessities Groceries and Pure Vida Stores
  • You might also want to think about other ways to reduce your use of plastic. You can volunteer for PFND, become an SAS community leader in your area, donate, make individual changes to your consumption, or educate and inspire yourself and others around you with plastic-free solutions. Visit Plastic Free North Devon for more information.
  • Where possible, buy Fair Trade products because, as well as ensuring decent working conditions, terms of trade and prices for producers, it also ensures local sustainability where products are grown/produced.

Reducing waste and increasing recycling

  • Did you know you can recycle your inhaler? Patients can return inhalers to any pharmacy so that they can be disposed of in an environmentally safe way, through normal processes for handling returned pharmaceutical waste.
  • If you have asthma the Practice Nurse will advise you if you are suited to a dry powder. Dry powder inhalers are much better for the environment and are often the best choice for our health. More information about Dry Powder Inhalers, the impact of Metered Dose Inhalers and why we should switch away from using these is available here.

   

Green Impact Award



 
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