Over & Above FREE Arts & Crafts Classes
FREE arts & crafts classes for Cancer patients, carers and adult family members throughout November and December. Please contact the Fern Centre on 01271 311855 or email ndht.theferncentre.nhs.net to book. Click here for the list of activities.
Barnstaple Alliance COVID-19 VaccinAID
The Barnstaple Alliance (network of the four GP practices in Barnstaple: Litchdon, Queens, Fremington & Brannam) are raising money for UNICEF's VaccinAid to help deliver COVID-19 vaccinations, tests and treatment around the world. For more information on the project please click here.
To donate please click the following link www.vaccinaid.org/barnstaple-alliance--vaccinaid
The meningitis ACWY (MenACWY) vaccine helps protect against meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) caused by 4 groups of meningococcal bacteria A, C, W and Y. Children aged 13 to 15 (school Years 9 or 10) are routinely offered the MenACWY vaccine in school alongside the 3-in-1 teenage booster. Any university student born on or after 1 September 1996 who was eligible but missed their teenage MenACWY vaccine can still have the vaccine up to their 25th birthday. Anyone who is eligible for the MenACWY vaccine should have it, even if they have previously had the MenC vaccine.
If you have not had this or have missed your routine teenage vaccination please call the surgery on 01271 329004 to book yours now.
For more information on vaccinations please visit www.nhs.uk
Flu & COVID-19 Booster Clinics
Following the COVID-19 booster guidance released last week, we have received confirmation we can run co-administered Flu & COVID-19 booster clinics back at the North Devon Leisure Centre. We will be looking to invite patients who are aged 65 years or older and patients who are aged 16 -64 years with some underlying health conditions to these clinics to have both vaccines administered at the same time.
For all other patients eligible for the flu vaccine, you can continue to get your flu jab at your GP practice – we will be contacting these patient separately in due course. Other patients eligible for the COVID-19 booster will be able to book their appointment via the National Booking System
We would like to re-assure patients we are working hard to get our clinics up and running as soon as possible so our eligible patients are able to have both Flu and COVID-19 booster administered at one appointment. We will invite these patients via telephone or text message. The NHS National Booking System is also getting ready to contact eligible patients to invite them to book their appointment online for their COVID-19 booster vaccine.
Green Impact for Health
We are delighted to announce that in June 2021 we have won the Gold award for this national scheme to encourage organisations to be green and sustainable - to achieve this award we had to demonstrate thing like how we recycle as much as we can, save paper, save water, use our solar panels and how we link with the community and voluntary sector for something called social prescribing. We have a co-ordinator in the practice who can sign post people to get help and support from voluntary agencies, the local library, local sport activities and many more options. If you talk to your GP and feel something like this would help then your GP will ask the co-ordinator to contact you. Click here for more information on how we are making changes and improvements to help reduce our carbon footprint.
Devon Recovery Learning Community
Devon Recovery Learning Community offers a wide range of free, open access opportunities about mental health and recovery. They provide a unique curriculum of courses delivered online, in person or through a blended approach to learning, designed to increase your knowledge and equip you with the tools to live a meaningful, productive and fulfilling life. For a full calendar of courses please click here.
Children's Flu Vaccinations
We are now taking bookings for children's flu vaccination clinics. Please call 01271 329004 to book your appointment. Click here to see clinic times and eligibility.
The HANDi app aims to provide advice and support to parents and carers when your child is unwell. The app takes you through a series of questions about the symptoms your child is experiencing and then advises on the best course of action, whether that’s to treat at home, to make a GP appointment, or to head to A&E. Download the HANDi app via Google Play or iTunes.
National Shortage of Blood Bottles
URGENT message to patients requiring a blood test: A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests.
Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems, will still get one but where your clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled. PLEASE ATTEND YOUR APPOINTMENTS AS NORMAL FOR NOW SO THAT WE REVIEW YOU UPON ARRIVAL.
Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available.
If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.
COVID-19 Boosters & Flu Vaccinations
The practices in Barnstaple are currently working with the local health authority to see if we would be able to run clinics for certain eligible patients for both the COVID-19 booster and Flu vaccinations at the same time. As you can understand this takes a great deal of planning and coordinating. We anticipate the clinics not starting until the third week of September.
We are planning the following:
- Offering Flu & COVID-19 boosters at the same time to some of our eligible patients to be invited by us to clinics at the Barnstaple Leisure Centre.
- Offering Flu vaccinations ONLY to the rest of our eligible patients to be invited by us to clinics at the GP Surgeries. For these patients who are also eligible for a Covid-19 booster they will be able to book their booster via the National Booking System and more details on this will follow.
As soon as we have confirmation of the various routes eligible patients will be able to use to get their vaccinations we will share this with you. In the meantime we ask patients to not contact the practices regarding either the Covid-19 boosters or Flu Vaccine because we have no further information to give until we have finalised our plans. We will then communicate that out.
The Fern Centre, North Devon's Cancer & Wellbeing Centre
The Fern Centre is based at North Devon's District Hospital in Barnstaple. They offer support for patients with cancer, as well as their loved ones by providing a dedicated space for therapies, care and advice in a comfortable and welcoming environment.
It is run by specialist staff and trained volunteers. It is entirely funded by charitable contributions raised by the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust charity, Over and Above. For more information and to see the full list of services and support they can offer, please visit their website Over and Above, Fern Centre.
Walk in Pfizer Vaccinations
16-17 year olds are now eligible for COVID vaccinations. Walk in appointments are available at the North Devon Leisure Centre. To find out more about the vaccination site please visit North Devon COVID-19 Vaccination Centre.
Changes to self-isolation
From Monday 16th August, people who are double jabbed or aged under 18 will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Double jabbed individuals and under 18s who are identified as close contacts by NHS Test and Trace will be advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible to check if they have the virus and for variants of concern. People can order a PCR home test online or by calling 119, or going to a test site. For more information on the changes please visit www.gov.uk
Introducing Dr. Coberman
We are delighted to welcome Dr. Miranda Coberman as a replacement for Dr. Ben Waterfall who left last year to work full time in dermatology. Dr. Coberman who has been working in the practice as s salaried GP (over the last year), will job share with Dr. Melanie Deacon. You can book appointments with Dr. Deacon on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and with Dr. Coberman on Wednesdy and Friday.
Navigate the Money Maze
If you are worried about debt, or how to keep your home warm, or your family well fed, Navigate the Money Maze can help. Navigate is a small, friendly charity, run by and for people in Devon and Somerset. They offer free, practical and interactive workshops to anyone locally who wants to learn how to manage their money better. For more information please visit Navigate the Money Maze, call 01823 299050 or email email@example.com
COVID UPDATE FOR PATIENTS ATTENDING THE SURGERY
As from Monday 19th July Brannam Medical Centre will be maintaining our COVID secure measures in line with the NHS Infection Control Guidance. We will continue to make the wearing of face coverings mandatory for patients attending the surgery, unless medically exempt. Staff will also be required to wear face coverings whilst moving around the building, this is to help protect you, other patients (including those that may be vulnerable from certain health conditions) and our staff. We still require everyone to socially distance when in the building and to follow the one-way system through the premises. We ask that only those patients with a pre-booked appointment attend the surgery. We continue to see patients for face to face appointments and investigations as required, once they have spoken to one of our clinicians. All of our chronic disease clinics are back and running but appointments will not necessarily be face to face.
LGBTQ + Pride and Diversity
Brannam Medical Centre have been celebrating diversity and supporting Pride Month with help and a visit from North Devon Sunrise CIC. We want to show our support with celebrating diversity, changing attitudes and challenging discrimination.
Wednesday Wanderers are back again!!
Are you 55 years and over and looking to enjoy the outdoors more? Starting 4th August outside Barnstaple Library, Wednesday Wanderers are now taking bookings for a stroll around the green spaces of Barnstaple and maybe the chance to make some new friends too. To book your space, please contact Barnstaple Library on 01271 318780 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or in person at the library.
Patient Information Screen
To view our latest patient information leaflet please click here.
Dr. Smit Completes 3 Peak Challenge
A huge congratulations to Dr. Smit and her son Ruben for completing the 3 Peaks Challenge in a time of 23 hours and 35 minutes, raising money for Amigos Worldwide. If you would still like to donate or would like to read more on their story, please click here.
The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service
If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health or wellbeing, expert help is available from Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service. If you're due to leave the Armed Forces, just left the Armed Forces or left many years ago, Op COURAGE is here to help. For more information please visit www.nhs.uk/opcourage.
You can get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination details using the NHS COVID Pass service. If you have full access to the NHS App, and are registered at a GP surgery in England, you can view and share your COVID Pass for event trails and travel abroad. If you do not have full access to the NHS APP, you can still get your COVID Pass. For more information please click here.
WayMakersDevon have spaces for eligible adults aged 18+ who like spending time in nature, meeting others and having a go at new activities. They meet every Monday, 11am-2.30pm for walks, chats, cups of tea around the campfire, lunch and a weekly activity - this might be creative, horticultural, woodland management or bushcraft skills. A safe space for autistic or anxious adults to access positive and purposeful connections and specialist coaching in a a small group context. Led by a Forest School Leader and an Autism Specialist Coach, the day costs £20 per person including lunch at Hakeford Woods, Hakeford, near Barnstaple. Please contact Stuart on 07754 538415 or Alex on 07309 563563 for more information or to book a space.
North Devon Sunrise CIC are offering FREE online English classes. Learn to talk, listen, write and/or read on their classes whatever level you are at. Qualified, experienced and friendly English teachers and volunteers will help you to learn and improve your English skills. For more information please email Grace@sunrisediversity.org.uk
Prostate Specific Antigen Testing
Any man can make an appointment with their GP to discuss having the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test. The prostate specific antigen (PSA) test may help find out if you are more likely to have prostate cancer. It is not perfect: it will not help find all prostate cancers, it will miss some and will detect some that would never go on to cause harm. Having a PSA test has potential harms and potential benefits. This information should help you decide if you want to have the test or not. It is your decision. Before making your decision you may want to talk to your GP, practice nurse and your partner, family member or a friend. If you notice anything that is not normal for you, or are worried, you should speak to your GP.
PSA Testing and Prostate Cancer Advice
COVID-19 vaccines - How are we doing as a Practice?
Please take a look at the link below to see how Brannam Medical Centre is performing in the deliverance of COVID-19 vaccines to our patients.
Brannam Medical Centre COVID-19 Vaccination Performance Deliverance
NHS Data Changes
You may have heard in the news recently that from September, GP practices will be required to allow NHS digital access to patient data on a daily basis. This project is called ‘General Practice Data for Planning and Research’ (GPDPR). For more information please click here.
Orchid - telephone counselling
Orchid - Fighting Male Cancer is proud to announce a unique telephone counselling initiative for those who have been affected by penile or testicular cancer. If you would like to know more about this service and how to access it please email email@example.com or phone Orchid's Freephone National Male Cancer Helpline 0808 802 0010 on a Monday/Wednesday or Friday 09.30-5.30pm
COVID Vaccination & International Travel
From 17th May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. You can get your vaccination status in digital or paper format. Your NHS appointment card from the vaccination centres cannot be used to demonstrate your vaccine status. For more information please click here.
3 Ways To Get Moving When You Have Diabetes
Diabetes UK and Sport England have teamed up to help people living with diabetes who are currently inactive become more active. If you are living with diabetes and looking for new ways to move more in your day-to-day life, you can visit diabetes.org for more information, guidance and helpline numbers.
Mindfulness For Recurrent Depression
The AccEPT Clinic is an NHS funded psychological therapies service in Exeter offering Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for adults who have had depression in the past and are looking for ways to stay well. The service is FREE to all adults in the Devon catchment area and referral can be made by your GP or yourself by clicking here. You can find them on Facebook & Instagram: @acceptclinic or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Vaccinations for under 50 year olds
Please click here to read the latest news of the vaccination programme in North Devon for those under 50 years old.
Vaccinations for 45-49 year olds
The NHS has started inviting people aged 45 and over to book a COVID-19 vaccination. You will receive an invite from the National Booking Service to book directly with them.
The Practice will not be booking 1st COVID-19 vaccinations for people aged 18-49. Therefore, you will need to book through the National Booking Service.
National Booking Service
We continue to book appointments for 2nd vaccinations for those patients who had their 1st through us. These appointments are time crucial and will be booked in the 11th week following date of 1st vaccination. It is vitally important that you complete the course within 12 weeks of receiving the 1st vaccine to ensure maximum benefit and it's extremely important that you attend when invited due to allocation of vaccines.
Please listen out for a phone call or text message from us a few days before you are due.
Online Hair Loss Information Event
Over and Above Hospital Charity is hosting an online hair loss information event in April for patients due to start chemotherapy or going through treatment. This event on Wednesday 28th April will have a range of talks covering useful tips and products to help with hair loss as well as an opportunity to see a variety of products and information on headwear. If you would like to join please contact the Fern Centre on 01271 311 855 or email them at email@example.com
COVID-19 Vaccine Update
We are now inviting in our over 50 year old patients and those aged 16-64 with underlying health conditions for their COVID-19 vaccines.
Some of our patients might be receiving letters asking them to call 119 to book their COVID vaccines. This is the NHS England line for Pharmacy and Mass vaccination sites. If you choose to, you can respond to these invitations and go to those sites, but we are still offering vaccines as an ongoing process and our current appointments will continue as planned.
If you choose not to go to another site and instead want it with us in Barnstaple then you don't respond to the national booking team and instead wait to hear from us.
Please DO NOT call the surgery trying to book after receiving the NHS England letter (even if they advise this), as the booking system is different to ours and we are contacting patients directly. Thank you!
New Build Complete
We are pleased to say that the building works to our new extension have finally finished. We now have 5 additional consulting rooms, with their own waiting area and a large admin/meeting room. Dr's Chesworth, Matthews and Cormack will be mainly using these rooms along with our Clinical Pharmacist Rachel Nestel and one of our trainees.
The building has been built to the highest environmental standards and is heated by it's own air source heat pump. We have also installed an electric car charging port for the practice's electric visiting car, further reducing our carbon footprint.
Many thanks to Gareth Edwards Architect and J&S Building Contractors.
Dr Parkinson maternity leave
As I'm sure many of you already know or have witnessed; I have spent most of this year working whilst heavily pregnant! I'm expecting my first baby (a little boy), who is due in a couple of weeks on the 3rd of April 2021. I will therefore be shortly heading off on maternity leave, and my last working day will be Friday 19th March.
I have two excellent doctors who will be providing full cover for my list in my short absence. You may already know Dr Clare Hollister, one of our excellent salaried GP's, who will be looking after my patients on Mondays and Thursdays. Dr Peter Miller is a very experienced local GP, who will be looking after my patients on Wednesdays and Fridays. Please continue to book in as normal and our reception team will make sure you are well taken care of.
I hope you will all feel very well looked after in my absence, and I will look forward to returning and seeing you all again in early 2022.
With warm regards and best wishes to all of you for the rest of 2021,
Dr Amy Parkinson
Community Testing Centre opens in Barnstaple
A second community testing centre, offering rapid coronavirus test that provide results within the hour, is opening in Barnstaple. The centre is in the car park of Taw View Civic Centre on North Walk Road and will be open 9am-5pm seven days a week, with extended hours of 7am-7pm on Mondays and Thursdays. Community testing centres are for people who are not showing any symptoms and who aren't already accessing regular testing, through their employer for example. Anyone showing symptoms of the virus should apply to the national testing programme. To book a rapid test and to find out more about community testing in Devon, please click here.
Breast Feeding Drop-in Sessions
Early Nourishment Community Interest Company are offering breastfeeding and infant feeding support Mondays 10-11am on Zoom. For more information please call 07538 400202 or visit their website for more information.
North Devon Foodbank
North Devon Foodbank have issued “Foodbank Any (20) Questions” to outline what they do and how they do it. For more information please click here.
Health Information in Other Languages
You can translate health information on the NHS website using an online translator. For more information and to find links to health information in other languages please click here.
COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
We have started the roll out of the COVID vaccination programme and working with 14 other GP practices. We are reliant on the national delivery of vaccines and we then arrange our clinics around those dates. We are inviting patients for appointments to attend at the North Devon Leisure Centre or at Brannam Medical Centre.
Dr Stewart and Dr Carlino changes
Dr Iain Stewart will be reducing the number of sessions he works in the practice from 1st February. He will be job sharing with Dr Zoe Carlino, who has been a salaried GP at Brannam Medical Centre since 2018.
Dr Stewart will work all day Monday and Thursday, and on Wednesday afternoon with Dr Carlino working all day Tuesday, Wednesday morning and Friday morning.
You can book an appointment to see either Dr Stewart or Dr Carlino as they will be sharing the care of all Dr Stewart's patients. Dr Stewart will still be involved in training new GPs and you are welcome to book an appointment with Dr Stewart's GP registrar.
Rebecca will continue as Personal Assistant to Dr Stewart and Dr Carlino. You can contact Rebecca on 01271 314209. Dr Carlino will be taking on new patients from February.
Fully-funded surf therapy for 8-13 year olds. If you would like to talk about a referral for a child experiencing anxiety, low mood or loneliness please contact the surgery and ask to speak to our Social Prescriber.
Recognising the signs of Domestic Violence
Domestic violence and abuse includes physical, emotional and sexual abuse in couple relationships or between family members. It can happen to anyone.
New Opening Hours at The Mooring, Barnstaple
The Mooring offers out-of-hours mental health support to anyone aged 16+ in the Devon area. They are now open every Thursday-Monday from 6pm-11pm. Call them on 07850 927 064 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
New Online Sessions for Young People with SEND
Space are pleased to announce new online sessions, accessible to young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities aged 11-19 Devon wide. They offer a safe place to go online, connect to young people and give them something to do in a fun supporting environment. For more information please contact email@example.com or visit www.spacepsm.org
Alert Cards for Unpaid Carers
As an unpaid carer, have you ever worried what might happen if you suddenly became ill or had an accident whilst you were out? How would you let people know that someone is dependent on you for care? Devon Carers Alert Card gives you the peace of mind that steps are taken to ensure the safety of the person you care for. For more information please click on the link here
Cases of COVID-19 in North Devon are rising
We have done so well to keep the cases of Coronavirus low in North Devon however cases are rising. North Devon now has one of the highest number of cases in Devon.
Coronavirus doesn't take a break so neither can we. Protect your family and friends and follow the rules to keep North Devon safe.
Getting Out to Get On
Hakeford Forest School and WayMakers Devon, are launching a short-term joint project for 22 to 30 year old autistic adults, and for those with anxiety-related challenges.
This six week programme offers an opportunity for low-key social connections, woodland crafts and access to specialist coaching support. Lockdown can feel limiting: this is a chance to do something positive and purposeful in beautiful surroundings.
Taster session: 16th November 2020. Programme begins 23th November 2020.
Half-day and full day options available. For more information please contact Stuart: 07754 538415 or Alex: 07309 563563
361 Community Energy
North Devon's community energy company is a not-for-profit social enterprise with a mission to help northern Devon’s community to take climate change action and rapidly reduce the region’s carbon footprint. Save over £500 on your energy costs with a FREE home energy advice. Book your free call on 01271 599361 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Support hub for most vulnerable residents
One Barnstaple and One Northern Devon have teamed together again to provide their voluntary support for those who don't already have help from family, friends, neighbours within the local community. A dedicated phoneline and online form is available here.
Step by Step Guide to eConsult
eConsult is a way of communicating with your GP without coming into the surgery.
Complete a form about your problem or request, your GP will decide on the best treatment for you, we will then call or email you with advice, a prescription or an appointment.
To access eConsult please click here and for a step by step guide on using eConsult please click here and select the eConsult tab.
Coming to Surgery during lockdown
As we enter another lockdown, please be assured that if you have an appointment booked already at the surgery this will still be taking place.
We also ask not to make any unnecessary trips to the surgery and if you need to come into the surgery to be considerate towards our staff and other patients. Please also adhere to our one-way system accordingly.
If you have a prescription query please call 01271 329004 and press option 2. You can order any medication via email to email@example.com or if you already have a SystmOnline account please visit SystmOnline
If you need hearing aid batteries please call audiology at NDDH on 01271 322475 or visit Barnstaple Health Centre at Vicarage Street or call on 01271 371761.
If you wish to register at Brannams please click here
, download and fill out the form, then email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you once again for your co-operation during these times, we really do appreciate it!
Looking after yourself during challenging times is important. TALKWORKS can help. Learn basic day to day stress-management techniques. FREE TALKWORKS workshop for challenging times on Wednesday 25th November. To book a place please call 0300 555 3344 or email email@example.com.
My Sunrise Cancer Care App
The MySunrise App is a new free app that Northern Devon Healthcare Trust has developed to help prepare and support patients before, during and after cancer treatment. MySunrise North Devon provides a complete up-to-date information and reference tool for cancer patients and their families or carers and is complete with a whole range of videos, relevant links, cancer resources and contact information. There are also links to a wealth of information for patients having treatment in Exeter and Plymouth. Available via iTunes or Google Play.
Sea Sessions at Putsborough & Westward Ho!
Are you over 55 years and suffer from mild or moderate depression and anxiety? Chill have announced a FREE (with funding from Active Devon) 8 week session down at Putsborough Beach and Westward Ho! beach for sea sessions to naturally help lift and manage depression and anxiety. Sessions start early October.
For more information on the sessions and how to join please visit www.chilluk.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
NHS COVID-19 Research Registry
In England, the research partner of the NHS is the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). There are currently 2 national coronavirus vaccine studies approved by NIHR in the UK, run by the University of Oxford and Imperial College London.
If you sign up to be contacted about vaccine studies, only researchers on studies approved by NIHR will be able to contact you.
You can find out more about taking part in these vaccine studies at NIHR's Be Part of Research website.
One Small Step Newsletter
The OneSmallStep Autumn newsletter is now available to view here. OneSmallStep is here to support Devon residents to improve their health and wellbeing, from maintaining a healthy weight, getting more active, cutting down on alcohol or quitting smoking.
Free NHS COVID-19 Test
If you have coronavirus symptoms, you need to get a test done as soon as possible. You need to get the test done in the first 5 days of having symptoms. For more information please click here to visit the Gov.uk website.
The Over and Above Fern Centre
The Over and Above Fern Centre is North Devon's new Cancer and Wellbeing Centre. It will be open to patients affected by cancer, their family and carers on an appointment only basis on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Tuesday 28th July. To book an appointment please contact the Fern Centre on 01271 311855 or email email@example.com
12 Week Stroke Specific Exercise
Stroke Association have teamed up with A Stroke of Luck, who specialise in exercise-based recovery for stroke survivors. Click here to visit the 12 week stroke specific exercise video programme.
Electronic Repeat Dispensing
In response to coronavirus (COVID-19), GPs and pharmacies are moving suitable patients to electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD). You might be suitable for eRD if you receive regular or repeat medicines that do not change regularly. It could save unnecessary trips to your GP, it is reliable, secure and confidential. For more information please speak to the pharmacist.
Healthy Start Programme
Healthy Start is a programme to help families with young children get free food vouchers to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins for under 4's and vitamins if you are pregnant. For more information please visit www.healthystart.nhs.uk
COVID-19 can be more severe in older people, and people with underlying health conditions. At the moment, there are no specific treatments that we know definitely work against COVID-19. The PRINCIPLE trial aims to find treatments that reduce hospital admission and improve symptoms for people with COVID-19.
To find out if you are eligible to join the PRINCIPLE trail and help the fight against COVID-19 please visit www.principletrial.org
Compulsory face coverings
From Monday 15th June, it will be compulsory for all patients entering the surgery will need to wear a face covering in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing is still vital, however, face coverings are an added precaution. Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of 3 or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly. For example, primary school age children unassisted, or those with respiratory conditions.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: When and how to use masks
Are you concerned about someone who is isolating at home?
If they do not have frineds or family nearby, One Northern Devon has a network of volunteers who can help with collection and delivery of shopping and prescriptions and phone calls for emotional support.
This is not an emergency service and the local co-ordinators are only available 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri (and not bank holidays). To assess a local volunteer across Northern Devon you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or for Barnstaple support email email@example.com
eConsult is a way to contact your own NHS GP practice online, for free, anywhere and anytime you have access to the internet, quickly and safely. eConsult is easy to use and will give your doctors all the information they need to triage and make sure every patient gets the care they need. Take a look at the video link below for more information on using eConsult.
How to use eConsult
North Devon Sunrise
North Devon Sunrise CIC provide activities, services and events for people living across Northern Devon, including those of diverse identities such as victims of domestic violence, refugees and asylum seekers, as well as elderly BME communities and LGBT communities.
Health at Home
The coronavirus outbreak means you should only leave your home if it's essential, but it's still easy to get NHS help using your smartphone, tablet or computer. Click here for more information on accessing NHS services online.
Coronavirus - Stay in touch with loved ones
Do you have a relative or friend at NDDH? During this time of restricted visiting, you can send emails, drawings or e-cards to stay in touch with them.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject line: Patient Communication
Include: name of the patient, the ward they are on and your message.
The patient experience team will print and hand deliver your message to the ward.
Coronavirus - a book for children
A free digital information book explaining the coronavirus for primary school age children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler.
Coronavirus - A book for children
Volunteering in Barnstaple and surrounding areas
One Barnstaple is working in partnership with local statutory, voluntary and community services, community groups and residents to help coordinate the support needed in our local area during this current COVID-19 situation. If you would like to offer your time as a volunteer please sign up by clicking here.
Visiting patients during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Click here to read about the important information for visiting patients in hospital during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Go North Devon
Providing accessible and affordable services and social opportunities that will enhance mobility and wellbeing for those in need in the local community.
For more information or to book please call 01271 32886 or visit Go North Devon
Want to know where to walk or know how long a walk you do regularly is? Do you want to find someone to walk with? All of this is possible and more here.
To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate
To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? This question raises a great deal of discussion. To find out what a group of international scientists and experts of the immune system have to say about it, take a look at this short and informative animated video To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate
Cervical screen test - drop in clinic
New service being offered at North Devon District Hospital.
Are you due or overdue your smear test (cervical screen)? Pop along to the drop in clinic at Petter Ward, Ladywell Unit, North Devon Hospital on Tuesday evenings 5.30-7.30pm, starting 3rd December for 12 months.
Dementia Support Service
Get personal advice and practical support from the Dementia Support service. Find one-to-one personalised support in Devon call 0300 123 2029 or email email@example.com.
Summary Care Record
Help health and care staff make better decisions about your care and treatment.
All patients have a Summary Care Record, this contains important information such as; medicines you take, allergies you have, medicines that make you ill.
For more information on adding useful information to your Summary Care Record please click here.
Barnstaple Parkrun Takeover
On Saturday 9th November 2019, Brannam Medical Centre staff volunteered again to takeover the Barnstaple parkrun as part of the joint initiative between the RCGP and parkrun to become a parkrunpractice. This links GP practices with their local parkrun and started in June 2018. Next up will be a nominated Park Run date in the New Year, where we will try to encourage as many members of staff from Brannam MC and also patients to participate as possible.
Parkrun report 9th November 2019
Are you a Young Adult Carer?
Are you a young adult carer aged up to 24 years old?
Transitions workers have time to support some more young adult carers, please get in touch if you think you, or someone you know, is a young adult carer.
They do not have to be doing personal care, having someone in the household with an illness, disability or dependency, has an impact. There are so many ways in which we can help.
Examples of work include helping with assignments, chasing up mental health services for a parent who didn't feel supported, helping a young adult carer apply for funding for driving lessons, mediation between mum and daughter when things got really tough at home, helping find others accommodation, run training in life skills, and going for a days shopping in Exeter!!
For more information please visit www.brightfuturesdevon.co.uk or contact Abi on 01237 420141 / 07855 235550 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Supporting Young Carers across North Devon
Carewise aims to help young carers aged 5 to 18 years to:
-Take time out from caring
-Have fun and learn new skills
-Make friends with other young carer
-Access individual support
For more information on supporting Young Carers please call 01237 479380 or email email@example.com or visit www.carewise.org.uk
Organ Donation Law is Changing
From spring 2020, organ donation in England will move to an 'opt out' system. You may also hear it referred to as 'Max and Keira's Law'.
This means that all adults in England will be considered to have agreed to be an organ donor when they die unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups.
You still have a choice if you want to be an organ donor or not when you die. For more information click here.
A free, confidential, NHS talking therapy service (previously the Depression and Anxiety Service), helping you to feel better and giving you the tools and techniques to improve your mental and physical wellbeing. For more information visit www.TALKWORKS.dpt.nhs.uk or call 0300 555 3344.
Mindfulness for Recurrent Depression
The AccEPT clinic is offering Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) courses in Barnstaple and are now accepting self-referrals. MBCT is for people who have a history of recurrent depression but are currently well and wanting to find ways of preventing relapse. For more information please click here.
Barnstaple Parkrun Takeover
On Saturday 18th May 2019, Brannam Medical Centre staff volunteered to takeover the parkrun as part of the joint initiative between the RCGP and parkrun to become a #parkrunpractice. This links GP practices with their local parkrun and started in June 2018.
Parkrun report 18th May 2019
Reducing Your Fire Risk
Improved Access Service
Early morning, evening and weekend appointments now available for North Devon Patients.
As you may have heard, nationally GPs are being asked to offer their patients appointments outside of normal hours. The aim of the GP Improved Access Service is to make it easier for people to get an appointment at a time that suits them. This includes early morning, evening and weekend appointments.
In North Devon, a collaboration of local GPs have come together to provide this service for North Devon patients.
From 1st October 2018, patients will be able to book face to face or telephone appointments at one or more surgeries to see or speak to either a GP or practice nurse or other health professional in the evenings or at weekends from:
08.00am to 08.30am - Monday to Friday
18.00pm to 20.00pm – Monday to Friday
09.00am to 12.30pm - Saturday
09.00am to 12.00pm - Sunday
This new scheme is an extension of the usual GP practice services that patients across North Devon will be used to – it is not a walk-in or urgent service. Patients will still need to contact their practices directly to make an appointment. For more information on appointments and how to book please click here.
Free Wi-Fi now available
Free Wi-Fi is available at Brannams, so you can access the internet for free, while you wait for your appointment. You can look up health information, download health apps and browse the internet. We do ask when using the Wi-Fi services in our waiting rooms that you use these services quietly and be considerate to other people. To learn more about setting up Wi-Fi to your mobile device please click here.
Join the Parkrun family
We are proud to be a Parkrun practice. Parkrun is a FREE weekly timed event where you can walk, jog, run or volunteer or simply come along and support. Every Saturday 5k at 9am Rock Park for ages 4+ and 2k every Sunday at 9am Rock Park for children 4-14 years. For more information please visit www.parkrun.org.uk/barnstaple
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
From May 25, 2018, the new mutually agreed European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force. Strict rules mean companies will not be allowed to collect and use personal information without the person's consent. Here are the links to our privacy notices to give you more information on what we do with your information.
How we use your information for clinical care
How we use your information for medical research
How we use your information for medical screening programmes
How we use your information for legal purposes
New ChatHealth service launching across Devon
Parents and carers can now access health advice via a Health Visitor or School Nurse by text, 9-5, Monday – Friday.
There is also a separate line for young people to contact a School Nurse directly, 9-5, Monday – Friday.
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.
Have you heard of veterans gateway? They are a partnership betweeen The Royal British Legion, Poppyscotland, SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, Combat Stress and service provider Connect Assist. Vetrans' Gateway is for any ex-service personnel and their families looking for advice or support - whatever they're dealing with. For more information, visit https://www.veteransgateway.org.uk/
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. To take part, we will share information about your diabetes care and treatment with the NDA. The type of information, and how it is shared, is controlled by law and enforced by strict rules of confidentiality and security. For more information, please take a look at the National Diabetes Audit leaflet here.
Make sure your child is protected and up to date with their childhood vaccines...
Putting the Dragon to Bed
Our reception manager Rebecca has put together this document on the role of the receptionist and why you may be asked further questions regarding your appointment.
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See Hear Centre
Getting older? Finding it harder to hear? For more information phone 01271 373236 or 07831 515809, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.livingoptions.org
Voice messaging system
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.
Where To Go If Your GP Surgery Is Not Open
There are four options available to you, depending on your symptoms. Think carefully before dialling 999 or going to A&E.
Cancer Care Car
The 'Cancer Care Car' is a service available to patients who are attending the Hospital for appointments for oncology or cancer related appointments.
For more information on this service visit the 'Go North Devon' website: https://www.gonorthdevon.co.uk/cancercarecar.php
Local Shared Care Record
Many people think that their GP health record is available to all healthcare professionals involved in their care, but this is not always the case. At the moment, each professional you see keeps a separate record. This can mean some important information not being communicated between health services as well as it could be. NEW Devon CCG are launching a local shared record programme that will make it possible for health professionals to view relevant information about you. This practice is part of the local shared care record initiative. For more information please visit NEW Devon CCG
Do you find it difficult to talk about your healthcare?
Live Chat is for anyone who wants to access information about their local health services, share experiences, give feedback or get in touch. Find out more about Live Chat.
Use of Third Party Mailing Organisations
We use a secure print and mailing company, Imail, to handle bulk mailing to our patients such as the invitations to attend flu clinics. This provides a print and mailing service for Local Government, GPs, Schools, Exam Boards and Banks, etc, throughout the UK. Imail guarantees the security of your data and meets with the terms and conditions of the Department of Health Information Governance Assurance Statement. The records provided will only contain enough data for them to provide the mailing service and all patient data is deleted 28 days days after the mailing. If you would prefer not to be invited to clinics in this way please let us know