Practice News

Think Pharmacy
23rd Feb

Think Pharmacy First

Your local pharmacist can provide support for seven conditions without you needing to see a GP first.
 
Your community pharmacist can supply medication for a number of conditions such as earache, sore throats and UTIs.
 
Minor illness? Think pharmacy first.
Clinical Teaching Award
23rd Feb

Award Winners!!

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Brannam Medical Centre has been awarded the Excellence and Innovation in Clinical Teaching Award 2022-2023 from the University of Exeter, an award that was presented to one GP surgery across the whole of Devon.
 
It was noted that whilst General Practice is under national strain; Brannam Medical Centre has shown continued excellence in teaching and training, which has been approached with energy and enthusiasm despite the current challenges of the profession.
 
A special mention was given to Dr Amy Parkinson and Dr Harry Cormack for being inspiring and dedicated educators for both trainees and medical students. A special mention was also given to Whitney Cullen, who facilitated the students transition into their general practice placements with excellent communication, timetabling and inclusively integrating the students with our wonderful team at Brannam.
 
We are truly proud that our dedication to the high quality training of Devon’s future doctors has been recognised through this Devon-wide award.
 
Dr Amy Parkinson and Whitney Cullen were able to attend the Award Ceremony at St Mellion International Resort this week, to receive this award on behalf of the practice.
Patient Reference Group (PRG)
23rd Feb

PATIENT REFERENCE GROUP (PRG)

This is a small group of patients who volunteer to help ensure that Brannam Medical Centre provides the services patients need. The group meet quarterly to discuss planned health service developments, health promotion initiatives and to provide the opportunity to raise any issues which are of concern and/or will help to improve the standard of care offered by the practice.

If you are interested in joining our group please contact Sarah on 01271 329004.

Hope Programme
22nd Feb

Virtual HOPE Programme for Carers

The Virtual HOPE Programme is available to anyone over the age of 18, living in Devon. This is a FREE six week online programme specifically aimed at carers who would like to find new coping strategies to help improve their own physical and emotional wellbeing.

This course will allow you to connect with other carers. Take this time for yourself to prioritise your wellbeing, increasing your sense of control and your resiliense.

The programme will be delivered on Microsoft Teams starting Friday 1st March.

For more infomation please call - 01803 320696/320600, email - hope.devon@nhs.net or visit HOPE Devon

Sign up here

The Hangout
21st Feb

The Hangout

North Devon Enabling Service and Blanching Out Respite are super excited to get this up and running this Friday 23rd February. They will be providing this once a month at the moment.
This will be a social/community Hangout for children over the age of 12years old and adults with Additional needs to come together in a safe place where we all can have fun.
 
THINGS TO DO 
Art/craft area
Pool table
Gaming area with Xbox
Board games and jigsaws
Nail varnish station
Bingo
And much more!!!
There will be FREE coffee/ tea and squash
 
PRICE
£10 for 2 hours 10am-12pm
£20 for 4 hours 10am-2pm
Please if you could bring your OWN packed lunch.. lunch will start at 12.30pm
There is parking on site and wheel chair accessible access also disabled toilets available.
 
SALVATION ARMY
OAKLEIGH ROAD
BARNSTAPLE
EX32 8JT
Phones
20th Feb

New Telephone System

Please note that we have had a new telephone system installed.

Please bear with us as your query may take longer to deal with whilst we get used to the new technology.

Books
19th Feb

Are your books looking for a new home?

If you have any books at home which you don’t need anymore, we would love to take them off your hands.

Our book table in reception is looking a bit empty now and we are asking for any donations of books to help us raise money for our charity.

Dentist
16th Feb

Dental Pain

If you have any dental problems please contact your dentist or an emergency dentist.
 
GPs are not trained or legally able to provide dental care. If you are unable to access a dental practice, please contact 111 online via www.111.nhs.uk or call 111.
15th Feb

Telephone Calls in January 2024

In the month of January we were open for 30 days.

In the time we were open we received 14,676 calls, which is an average of 489 telephone calls into the practice a day.

15th Feb

Missed Appointments in January 2024

In the month of January we had 83 GP face to face appointments where patients did not attend.

We also had 188 nurse & phlebotomy appointments where patients did not attend.

This is more than 7 days of missed appointment time.

Each missed GP appointment costs the NHS an average of £30 per person (Source: NHS).

If you are unable to attend your appointment please call the surgery to cancel or re-arrange so we can offer the appointment again.

Measles cases rising
15th Feb

Measles Cases Rising in England

Cases of measles are increasing across the country. Make sure your child is protected from becoming seriously unwell from measles by making sure they are up to date with their MMR vaccinations.
 
For more information visit NHS.uk
NHS App
15th Feb

Viewing Your GP Health Records

As more and more people are signing up to NHS App please remember the following to ensure medical information is used correctly and viewed by the correct people.
 
- Your record may contain sensitive information, which may be visible prior to you talking to a GP
- Keep passwords safe to avoid information being shared with others, unless you have given your consent
- Access to your medical records is to help promote better wellbeing and control of your own personal healthcare
 
Your online medical records is your responsibility, please use it wisely.
Half day closure scenario
14th Feb

Half Day Closure

Our half day closing last Thursday proved very valuable for our staff. They were taken through an emergency scenario lead by our Advanced Care Practitioners. A huge 'thank you' to Lin, a very valued member of our Patient Participation Group who helped with the scenario.

Miranda C
8th Feb

Goodbye to Dr Coberman

We would like to say goodbye and good luck to Dr Miranda Coberman who is retiring today. She has worked as Partner at Brannams since 2021 sharing a patient list with Dr Deacon.
 
We are in the process of looking for a new Partner to work alongside Dr Deacon and would like to wish Miranda all the best for the future.
HIV I Test
7th Feb

HIV Testing

It’s time to get tested and know your status.
 
Order your free test kit here now. Free HIV tests are also available in Devon Sexual Health clinics.
NHS App
2nd Feb

Accessing Your Prescriptions via the NHS App

You can now use the NHS App to access prescriptions for the very first time, allowing you to conveniently track when your prescriptions are issued and view prescribed medication, all in one place.
 
Read more here.
Mindfulness- based Course
29th Jan

Mindfulness Group

LiveMind is a four-session mindfulness-based course aimed at people who have experienced mental health difficulties in the past and are looking to manage and maintain their wellbeing.

Two groups will be starting in February. For more details please click here.

Early Nourishment Community Interest Company
26th Jan

Nourished Drop-in Sessions

Free drop-in weekly sessions with Early Nourishment Community Interest Company Barnstaple on Mondays book here.
  • From pregnancy until 5 years
  • No need to have a problem
  • Skilled support available if needed
  • Breastfeeding, bottle feeding, combi feeding
  • Starting solids & fussy toddlers/eaters
  • Free refreshments
  • Stay & play
  • Meet others
  • Relaxed & friendly
NHS Talking Therapies
26th Jan

NHS Talking Therapies

Did you know that NHS Talking Therapies can help people with a range of conditions such as health anxiety, panic attacks and body dysmorphia.
 
The service is effective, confidential and free. Your GP can refer you or refer yourself at nhs.uk/talk.
25th Jan

Are you worried about your cervical smear?

Cervical screening can help stop cancer before it starts. If you missed your last one, book an appointment with us now.

  • We will do everything we can to make you feel comfortable. If you’re nervous, you can get in touch before, or speak to us at the appointment to let us know you’d like support.
  • If you’re nervous and need more time for your screening, ask the receptionist for a longer appointment when booking. You can also bring someone you trust to the appointment, such as a friend or family member.
  • During the appointment you can ask for a private space to undress from the waist down, as well as a sheet to cover you. You can also wear a long top or dress during the screening.
  • All our cervical screenings are performed by a female nurse or doctor, but you can request this when you book.
  • You can bring your favourite music or podcast to listen to during your appointment if this helps put you at ease.
Maternity triage
18th Jan

Maternity Triage Service

From Monday 22 January, Royal Devon University Healthcare Trust will be implementing a maternity triage phone service for all women booked into North Devon District Hospital (NDDH). The contact number for the triage service will be 01392 406616.
 
Full details here.
Superdrug blister pack recycle
17th Jan

Recycle Your Empty Blister Packs

Superdrug Barnstaple will recycle your medicine blister packs.

No bulk drop off's please. They don't have a collection box in store but you can hand them over to their staff on the tills.

Learn Devon
17th Jan

Get Help Accessing Online Doctors Services

Free one-to-one sessions to help you access your GP services & records online.
 
If you or anyone you know may benefit from these free sessions at Barnstaple Library please contact the Learn Devon team on 01237 472462 or bideford@learndevon.co.uk 
Carers Break Fund
12th Jan

Carers Break Fund

It's just as important to look after your mind as it is your body because the two go hand-in-hand!
 
You could use the Carers Break Fund to help pay towards a whole host of wellbeing activities to support your mental and physical health and enjoy some you time.
 
Learn more about the fund and how it could help here.
 
Please note the Carers Break Fund is for unpaid carers aged 18 and over and caring for an adult who lives in the Devon County Council area.
FiG Cuppa
9th Jan

Cuppa At The Castle

Welcome to Families in Grief new ‘Cuppa At The Castle’ drop-ins!
 
If you have been bereaved – and have children under the age of 25 who have been affected (or are under 25 yourself) – why not drop in for a cuppa next Monday 15th January between 9.30am-10.30am?
 
Families in Grief promise you a listening ear and non-judgmental, inclusive support in their friendly (very small) castle in Barnstaple.
 
Place to come is: Castle Lodge, North Walk, Barnstaple EX31 1DF. Tel: 01271 447960.
 
They plan to run their ‘Cuppa At The Castle’ drop-ins every other Monday and will share the times here on socials and website.
Khlaed
4th Jan

Sad Farewell to Dr Shuhaiber

We were sad to see Dr Shuhaiber leave the Practice at the end of the year and would like to say a big thank for all his work at the Practice and wish him the best of luck.
 
All of Dr Shuhaiber's patients will be assigned to a new GP at the surgery until we find a suitable replacement.
1st Jan

List Closure

From the 1st of January 2024 Brannam Medical Centre will be capping their practice list and are therefore unable to take any new registrations.

Due to our increasing list size, we feel that continuing to take on more patients would jeopardise our ability to provide safe care to those already registered at the practice.

Please see our website for more information.

You can find details of other practices at www.nhs.uk or ask a member of staff for assistance.

Thank you.

15th Dec 2023

Telephone Calls in November 2023

In the month of November we were open for 22 days.

In the time we were open we received 14,552 calls, which is an average of 662 telephone calls into the practice a day.

14th Dec 2023

Missed Appointments in November 2023

In the month of November we had 102 GP face to face appointments where patients did not attend.

We also had 212 nurse & phlebotomy appointments where patients did not attend.

This is more than 8 days of missed appointment time.

Each missed GP appointment costs the NHS an average of £30 per person (Source: NHS).

If you are unable to attend your appointment please call the surgery to cancel or re-arrange so we can offer the appointment again.

Hope Programme
13th Dec 2023

HOPE Programme For Long Term Conditions

Are you living with a long term condition such as diabetes?
 
Do you want to meet others in a similar situation, rediscover your strengths and increase your ability to cope and live well?
 
Book now onto HOPE Programme - Devon 6 session course starting in January.
Hope Programme
13th Dec 2023

HOPE Programme For Parents of Autistic Children

Are you a parent of an autistic child?
 
Would you like to meet others in the same situation, share tips and focus on your own wellbeing too?
 
Book now onto HOPE Programme - Devon 6 session course starting in January.
Move it
8th Dec 2023

How Often Do You Stretch?

Unless we put in the effort to keep our bodies supple, we can find that even simple movements can feel difficult to do. Reaching for items stored in high places, taking a longer step or twisting your body round are just some of the actions that can become challenging if our muscles become stiff. Having a regular stretching routine can enable us to stay supple and independent in later years.
 
If you would like to work on your flexibility, why not try the Move it or Lose it classes in Barnstaple with your first session for free. Please click here - Find A Class
Choose Well
6th Dec 2023

Stay Well This Winter

Help Us To Help You by choosing the right service this winter.
 
Please remember:
You can call the pharmacy for medication advice
To use 111 online - https://111.nhs.uk
You should only call 999 in a genuine, life-threatening emergency
 
Norovirus
1st Dec 2023

Vomiting and Diarrhoea

The number of patients in hospital with norovirus last week was almost triple the number during the same period last winter.
 
Norovirus is a stomach bug that causes diarrhoea and vomiting. If you catch it, make sure you rest and have plenty of fluids. There is no specific cure for stomach bugs like norovisrus. treat yourself at home while the virus runs its course.
Social prescriber
24th Nov 2023

Your Health Matters

At many GP surgeries, there is a range of health professionals who can help you.
 
Social prescribers can connect people to support in the community to improve their health and wellbeing.
 
Your general practice team is here to help you.
Dementia stages
24th Nov 2023

Understanding the Signs of Dementia

Dementia is progressive - signs and symptoms may be relatively mild at first but they get worse with time. While dementia affects everyone differently, it can be helpful to think of the progression in three stages. Click here to find out more - Alzheimer's Society

Stroke hobbies
23rd Nov 2023

Hobbies and interests after suffering a stroke

Stroke is a leading cause of adult disability and might stop you from returning to your favourite hobby.
 
This can be very frustrating. But it can also be an opportunity to try something new!
 
For a list of suggestions for how to spend your free time visit Stroke Association
Receptionists
16th Nov 2023

Your Health Matters

At many GP surgeries, there is a range of health professionals who can help you.

The reception team is trained to help people get the right care or service for their health needs.

Your general practice team is here to help you.

Diabetes
15th Nov 2023

Type 2 Diabetes - Know Your Risk

Around 200,000 people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes every year, and you don’t need to be one of them.
 
Find out if you’re at risk – it could be the most important thing you do this. Visit riskscore.diabetes.org.uk
Pancreatic cancer
14th Nov 2023

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

It’s Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
 
Symptoms can be caused by lots of things, which can make pancreatic cancer hard to diagnose. It’s important to be checked by a GP if things don’t feel normal for you, or if any symptoms change or get worse.
 
For more information on the symptoms please click here.
uti
14th Nov 2023

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

New data shows that more than 800,000 people were admitted to hospital for urinary tract infections (UTIs) over the last 5 years.
 
Find out how to spot symptoms and reduce your risk of getting a serious UTI here.
13th Nov 2023

Telephone Calls in October 2023

In the month of October we were open for 22 days.

In the time we were open we received 15,350 calls, which is an average of 698 telephone calls into the practice a day.

13th Nov 2023

Missed Appointments in October 2023

In the month of October we had  78 GP face to face appointments where patients did not attend.

We also had 157 nurse & phlebotomy appointments where patients did not attend.

This is more than 6 days of missed appointment time.

Each missed GP appointment costs the NHS an average of £30 per person (Source: NHS).

If you are unable to attend your appointment please call the surgery to cancel or re-arrange so we can offer the appointment again.

10th Nov 2023

Patient Communications Survey

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is developing a new Patient Communications Policy and they are asking for feedback from staff, patients and their wider stakeholders to help them shape it.
 
Good communication is fundamental to good quality care and patient experience. The NHS also has a legal duty to communicate in an accessible and inclusive way. Their policy will set the Trust-wide standards for excellent communication with patients (and by extension with carers, family, and significant others), no matter what a person’s communication need may be.
 
The content of the policy will be informed by legislation and professional codes of practice. They also want to understand and respond to the needs and views of patients and staff. They have developed ten principles to guide all patient communications at the Royal Devon and would like your feedback on how to improve our communications.
 
Please click here to take part in the survey.
Zoe last day
9th Nov 2023

Farewell to Dr Carlino

Today we say a sad farewell to Dr Zoe Carlino as she finishes with us at Brannam Medical Centre before she emigrates with her family to New Zealand.
 
Thank you for being such a wonderful part of the Brannam Team over your 5 years and we will miss you all very much. We hope you have the best time over in New Zealand!
 
Haere haumaru and Waimarie pai!
 
The patient list she shares with Dr Joshi will now be solely managed by him.
Stop for life
9th Nov 2023

Stop For Life

A new stop smoking service in Devon has been launched. Stop For Life Devon provides specialist behavioural support and stop smoking products (such as nicotine replacement therapy and e-cigarettes) to smokers looking to quit.
 
If you’re interested in stopping smoking, you can contact Stop for Life Devon on 0800 123 3866 or email info@stopforlifedevon.org and friendly coaches will guide you through the free support available.
 
The previous OneSmallStep service has been effective at supporting many people to quit smoking and the new stop smoking service will build on its success and contribute towards the aspirations set out in the new Smokefree Devon Alliance strategy.
 
Find out more here.
Digital Devon
1st Nov 2023

Digital Devon

Free one-to-one sessions to help you access your GP services & records online.
 
If you or anyone you know may benefit from these free sessions at Barnstaple Library please contact the Learn Devon team on 01237 472462 or bideford@learndevon.co.uk 
Prescriptions
25th Oct 2023

Save Money On Your Prescriptions

If you live with a long-term condition, you could save money on your prescriptions.
 
Find out if you can get free prescriptions by using the eligibility checker at: www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/check
Norovirus
24th Oct 2023

Protect Other From Norovirus

Protect others from norovirus – wash your hands regularly with soap & warm water, after going to the toilet & before you prepare any food.
 
Alcohol gels won’t kill norovirus, so make sure you keep washing your hands!
 
More info on norovirus click here.
Rock my menopause
19th Oct 2023

Rock My Menopause

Rock My Menopause have lots of resource and tips for you.
Rock My Menopause is a campaign of the Primary Care Women’s Health Forum, a group of 10,000 healthcare professionals with a special interest in women’s health. They want women to recognise that their symptoms may be menopause and have the confidence to speak to their doctor if they are affecting their quality of life.
Steady on your feet
12th Oct 2023

Steady On Your Feet

Steady On Your Feet has been developed to inspire behaviour change and reduce the risk of falls. With the help of some simple tips, you can stay active and independent while increasing your confidence and reducing the risk of falls.
 
For more information please visit Steady On Your Feet
Little big things
10th Oct 2023

Find Your Little Big Thing

There are little things we can all do to look after our mental wellbeing, and these can make a big difference to how we feel.
 
Search Every Mind Matters for free, NHS approved advice and simple tips to help you look after your mental wellbeing and see whether you can make them part of your daily routine.
9th Oct 2023

Meet Your Community Pharmacy Team

Find out about all the things a community pharmacist and their team can do to help you meet your healthcare needs here. Community pharmacists work alongside your GP to help you and your family stay healthy.

5th Oct 2023

Missed Appointments in September 2023

In the month of Septmeber we had 94 GP face to face appointments where patients did not attend. We also had 180 nurse and phlebotomy appointments where patients did not attend.

This is more than 7 days of missed appointment time. Each missed GP appointment costs the NHS an average of £30 per person (Source: NHS).

If you are unable to attend your appointment please call the surgery to cancel or re-arrange, so we can offer the appointment again.

5th Oct 2023

Telephone Calls in September 2023

In the month of Septmeber, we were open for 21 days. 

In the time we were open we received 14,671 calls, which is an average of 699 telephone calls into the practice a day.

Sepsis
27th Sep 2023

What is Sepsis?

Sepsis is a life-threatening reaction to an infection. It happens when the immune system overreacts to an infection and starts to damage the body’s own tissues and organs.
 
It can be hard to spot, so get clued up on the symptoms.
Autumn covid programme
20th Sep 2023

Autumn COVID-19 Booster

You can now book your COVID-19 booster vaccination.
 
If you are in any of these groups please book your appointment through the National Booking Service.
• Aged 65+
• aged six to 64 years in a clinical risk group
• frontline health and social care workers
• aged 12 to 64 years who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression
• carers aged 16 – 49 and staff working in care homes for older adults
 
superdrug
19th Sep 2023

Recycle Your Empty Blister Packs

Superdrug in Barnstaple will recycle your medicine blister packs. No bulk drop off's please. They don't have a collection box in store but you can hand them over to their staff on the tills.

Devon Sexual Health
18th Sep 2023

Sexual Health Awareness

All Devon Sexual Health services are free, completely confidential and non-judgemental. For Information on all the services offered, including weekly drop-in clinics for young people,click here.
Orchid cancer
15th Sep 2023

Let’s Talk About Testicular Cancer.

Did you know that around 2,400 men are diagnosed with this disease annually in the UK. It can occur at any age but mostly affects those between the ages of 15-45. The good news: around 97% of men between the ages of 15-45 will be cured.
 
Learn more about risks, diagnosis, and treatment options by visiting Orchid - Fighting Male Cancer.
Devon Sexual Health
15th Sep 2023

Sexual Health Awareness

Sexual Health Week raises awareness of sexual health to help empower everyone to make informed choices about contraception, consent and relationships. Devon Sexual Health services are free, confidential and non-judgemental. See their website for more info: https://devonsexualhealth.nhs.uk

15th Sep 2023

Telephone Calls in August 2023

Due to the Bank Holidays we were open for 30 days in August. In the time we were open we recieved 15,519 calls, which is an average of 517 telephone calls into the practice a day.

15th Sep 2023

Missed Appointments August 2023

In the month of August we had 78 GP face to face appointments where patients did not attend. We also had 217 nurse and phlebotomy appointments where patients did not attend.

This is more than 7 days of missed appointment time. Each missed GP appointment costs the NHS an average of £30 per person (Source: NHS).

If you are unable to attend your appointment please call the surgery to cancel or re-arrange, so we can offer the appointment again.

Elder Day
8th Sep 2023

Barnstaple Elder Day

Elder Day is a day when Barnstaple takes extra care of our older residents on the 1st Wednesday of every month 10am-3pm

17th Aug 2023

Telephone Calls in July 2023

In the month of July we were open for 21 days.

In the time we were open we recieved 14,048 calls, which is an average of 669 telephone calls into the practice a day.

16th Aug 2023

Missed Appointments July 2023

In the month of July we had 88 GP face to face appointmetns where patients did not attend. We also had 187 nurse and phlebotomy appointments where patients did not attend.

This is more than 7 days of missed appointment time. Each missed GP appointment costs the NHS an average of £30 per person (Source: NHS).

If you are unable to attend your appointment please call the surgery to cancel or re-arrange so we can offer the appointment again.

Mental health crisis
10th Aug 2023

Mental Health Crisis?

If you need mental health support in Devon (excluding Plymouth), rather than going to A&E, contact the First Response Service, which provides 24/7 expert support. Call: 0808 196 8708

Go North Devon
2nd Aug 2023

North Devon Ring & Ride

From Monday 21st August 2023 North Devon Ring & Ride service from Go North Devon will be taken over by neighbouring Community Transport Charity Mid Devon Mobility.
 
It is their intention to cause as little disruption to the service as possible and to continue to run it in much the same way. The telephone number will remain the same, as will the fare charges and routes of the service.
 
If you would like any more information about the North Devon Ring and Ride Service please call 01271 328866.
Healthy Steps
1st Aug 2023

Better Health - Healthy Steps

Have you or the children been inspired by any of the Football and Netball World Cup happening at the moment?
 
Why don't you skip the sofa and get your family moving more this summer! For excellent tips from nutrition experts and other parents, Disney-inspired games, fun challenges, inspiration on sporting activities and budget-friendly recipes visit Better Health's Healthy Steps
28th Jul 2023

Let's Talk About STIs

Not all sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have obvious symptoms. Around two thirds of women and half of all men with chlamydia won’t have any obvious signs. Testing for all ages is available within Devon Sexual Health clinics and, if you're aged 16-24, you can also order a free online test via freetest.me
 
If left untreated, the infection can spread to other parts of your body and lead to long-term health problems, especially in women, so it's best to stay safe and get tested.
Fern Centre
26th Jul 2023

What's On at The Fern Centre

The Fern Centre is a specially designed building to help bridge the gap in care supporting patients’ holistic needs to promote wellbeing during their cancer journey.

Find out what's happening at the Over and Above Fern Centre in August ⇒ What's On For August

GP Patient Survey
26th Jul 2023

GP Patient Survey

Thank you to all the patients who completed the patient survey. Please click here for the results......

24th Jul 2023

Missed Appointments June 2023

In the month of June we had 126 GP face to face appointments where patients did not attend.

We also had 239 nurse & phlebotomy appointments where patients did not attend.

This is more than 9 days of missed appointment time.

Each missed GP appointment costs the NHS an average of £30 per person (Source: NHS).

If you are unable to attend your appointment please call the surgery to cancel or re-arrange so we can offer the appointment again.

Float to Live
21st Jul 2023

Float to Live

How to stay safe in and around water
 
There are hundreds of accidental water deaths every year in the UK. Shockingly, around half of the people who drowned had no intention of entering the water. Follow and share Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service top tips to keep yourself (and others) safe around the coast and rivers, lakes, and canals.
 
Watch RNLI video on how to float https://youtu.be/jncVb2onYC4 
21st Jul 2023

MMR Vaccinations

Measles cases are rising in England. You can still ask your GP practice for the MMR vaccine if your child has missed either of these 2 doses. For more info please visit www.nhs.uk
Carers Break
14th Jul 2023

Apply For The Carers Break Fund

The Carers Break Fund is available again to adult carers of people 18yrs+ who haven’t already received one in the last two years.
 
Need a break? Apply for the fund to help contribute towards a night away, a hobby, or an exercise class. However you choose to take time for yourself, Devon Carers could help.
 
Contact them to apply or for more info here.
Instagram
10th Jul 2023

We Are Now on Instagram!

We are so excited to announce that we've leapt to Instagram!
 
Follow us on Instagram NOW as @brannammedicalcentre www.instagram.com/brannammedicalcentre/
Retirements
3rd Jul 2023

Happy Retirements

We are once again saying goodbye to some amazing people who are off to enjoy their retirement.
 
Dee, who stepped down from her Practice Manger role last summer is saying a final farewell to Brananms after 40 years with the Practice.
 
Tony, our caretaker for the last 13 years is also stepping foot into retirement. He is definitely a man with many talents and always there fixing and replacing things.
 
Thank you both for your dedication, wisdom and your Christmas party antics over the many years. We wish you both wonderful retirements and hope you enjoy your new found freedom!
Cervical screening tips
23rd Jun 2023

Cervical Screening Tips

Table top sale
22nd Jun 2023

Cake and Plant Sale

A huge thank you to all the staff involved in our table top sale and a very big thank you to everyone who stopped by and bought some cakes and plants to help us raise a fantastic £129 for The Penguin Sports Foundation
 
Health for kids
16th Jun 2023

Health for Kids

This is a website for advice and support for both children and grown-ups, or parents can visit https://chathealth.nhs.uk/start-a-chat/ to start an online chat with the school nurse service.

www.healthforkids.co.uk

Health for Teens
15th Jun 2023

Health for Teens

If you're a teen that would like confidential health advice and support click here

15th Jun 2023

Telephone Calls in May 2023

Due to the Bank Holidays we were open for 20 days in May.

In the time we were open we received 14,259 calls, which is an average of 713 telephone calls into the practice a day.

14th Jun 2023

Missed Appointments May 2023

In one week we had 30 GP face to face appointments where patients did not attend.

In the same week we had 52 nurse & phlebotomy appointments where patients did not attend.

This is more than 2 days of missed appointment time.

Each missed GP appointment costs the NHS an average of £30 per person (Source: NHS).

If you are unable to attend your appointment please call the surgery to cancel or re-arrange so we can offer the appointment again.

Chair Yoga
13th Jun 2023

Chair Yoga

One Barnstaple have managed to secure further funding with thanks to the Devon County Council Growing Communities Fund to support the continuation of Chair Yoga with Yoga & Holistics with Jeanine at Barnstaple Library.
 
Starting Wednesday 14th June 10.15am & 11.45am, each session has a minimal charge of £3 per person per session with donations up to £6 per person per session welcome. Please book by calling Jeanine on 07791 530331 or email jeanine.ash@hotmail.com 
Hayfever
8th Jun 2023

Hayfever Treatment Starts At Home

Speak to your local community pharmacist if you have symptoms of hay fever.
 
Symptoms might include:
• sneezing
• a runny or blocked nose
• itchy and watery eyes
 
You can find out more about hay fever on the NHS website here.
 
Pharmacists can give specific advice to help reduce hay fever symptoms and, if needed, suggest the best treatment for you. Find your nearest pharmacy on the NHS website here.
7th Jun 2023

Fire Safety For Carers

If you care for a family member or are a professional care worker, this advice will help you keep the person safe. Click the link here to learn about risks and what to do about them, including their free home safety visit service.

7th Jun 2023

Shingles

Shingles is an infection of a nerve and the area of skin around it. It is caused by the herpes varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox.
 
Individuals are eligible for routine vaccination against shingles when they become 70 years of age and all those aged up to and including 79 years are now eligible to receive the vaccine until they become 80 years of age.
 
By having the shingles vaccination you will significantly reduce your chance of developing shingles. And, if you do go on to have shingles the symptoms are likely to be milder and the illness shorter, than if you had not had the vaccination.
 
Please call reception on 01271 329004 if you would like to book an appointment.
 
C-Card
26th May 2023

Want Free Condoms?

Sexually transmitted infections are on the increase in the South West. The best prevention is to always wear a condom. If you're under 25, you can order FREE condoms here.

Skin cancer
25th May 2023

Skin Cancer Awareness

No matter your complexion, always use protection.
 
Protecting your skin from the sun can help reduce your chance of developing skin cancer. Apply sunscreen and try to keep out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day.
 
Check your skin – a new mole or a change in an existing mole may be signs of melanoma skin cancer.
Melanomas can appear anywhere on your body, but they're more common in areas that are often exposed to the sun.
NHS app
23rd May 2023

NHS App

Did you know you can manage repeat prescriptions from Brannam Medical Centre in the NHS App?
 
You can easily choose where your prescriptions are sent. So, if you know you'll be away from home or you are moving home, you can change your nominated pharmacy from within the app.
 
You can also order your prescription at any time that suits you. There’s no need to wait to join a telephone queue or wait until the GP surgery opens.
 
It’s easy to use, and, if you hit a snag, you can go to ‘Help’ in the top right-hand corner of the app or visit nhs.uk/helpmeapp.
 
Find out more about the NHS App at: www.nhs.uk/nhsapp.
Find a pharmacy
21st May 2023

Accessing Pharmacy Services

To find an open pharmacy near you, click here.

Devon Sexual Health
17th May 2023

Want Free, Confidential and Non-Judgemental Sexual Health Advice?

Need sexual health advice? Devon Sexual Health have weekly young person drop-in clinics where you can pop in without appointment.
 
More info is also available on their website: devonsexualhealth.nhs.uk
Frame Running Club
11th May 2023

Frame Running Club

The Penguin Sports Foundation weekly frame running club is happening every Thursday 5 - 6.30pm. To find out more, send them an email info@thepenguinsportsfoundation.co.uk
 
Frame Running (formerly known as RaceRunning) is an adapted sport for individuals who cannot functionally run and rely on sports aids for mobility and balance.
The HOPE Programme
4th May 2023

Let us Introduce you to the HOPE Programme

Do you want to enhance your resilience through these difficult times, rediscover strengths and increase your ability to cope?

The Devon HOPE Programme are launching courses across North Devon to support people who are living with long-term health conditions. Specifically aimed at people who are experiencing anxiety & depression, fibromyalgia, stroke survivors, chronic pain, Multiple Sclerosis, and various other long term conditions.

For more information please email j.cotton@encompass-sw.org.uk 

Safe spaces
26th Apr 2023

Safe Spaces Locations

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, it can be isolating and difficult to find support or think about your options. UK SAYS NO MORE is working with pharmacies, banks and selected jobcentres across the UK to provide Safe Spaces in their consultation rooms for people experiencing domestic abuse.
 
Click the here for more information and to find the Safe Spaces in and around Barnstaple
Inflatable 5K
22nd Apr 2023

Exeter Inflatable 5K

As an RCGP Active Practice we are always looking at improving activity levels in our staff and patients.
There was no better way to do this than a little staff outing to The Inflatable 5k course today in Exeter.
 
For more information on Brannam's efforts in improving activity levels in staff and patients and improving our sustainability and reducing our impact on the environment please click here.
Nordic walking
19th Apr 2023

Nordic Walking is Back!

Join Vista Wellbeing CIC for this new course, aimed at complete beginners or those who would like to brush up their technique in order to get the most from their walks. Nordic Walking is great for taking pressure off the joints, improving posture, increasing range of movement and improving cardiovascular endurance. 10.30am every Friday for 12 weeks, meeting at the stone semi-circle between the bowling club and the skate park in Rock Park, Barnstaple. They provide the poles and the specialist instructor, you just bring yourselves. Please contact Vista Wellbeing beforehand to secure your place.

Sleepstation
18th Apr 2023

Sleepstation

Sleepstation is a clinically validated sleep improvement programme that’s free to access for patients who are registered at our surgery. Their expert sleep team, (which includes sleep coaches, doctors and sleep experts) provide personalised guidance and one-to-one support to help you understand what’s causing your sleep problems and give you all the support you need to get better. Most people see positive changes in their sleep within 3-4 weeks.
 
If you are a patient registered at our practice, you can access Sleepstation for free by clicking here and choosing 'Check NHS availability’, enter our GP surgery name and click ‘Check availability’ 
Mixed netball
16th Apr 2023

Mixed Netball Charity Event

Some of our staff had an amazing day today representing Team Brannams for a mixed netball fundraiser and also baking and selling plenty of cakes and treats.
 
Some of the donations raised today will go towards our charity this year - The Penguin Sports Foundation who help fund sport and rehab opportunities to children with physical disabilities in North Devon.
 
Thank you very much for those who came down and helped cheer us all on!!
CAP Job Clubs
12th Apr 2023

Christians Against Poverty

CAP - Christians Against Poverty UK are launching a new Job Club in Barnstaple on 11th May from 10-12 every Thursday at Holy Trinity Church Hall.
 
Open to everyone CAP Job Clubs provide a friendly environment where jobseekers receive practical help and gain the tools they need to find work.
TTVS Help at Home
29th Mar 2023

Help At Home

Torridge Voluntary Services Help at Home project has expanded to the Barnstaple and Braunton area! Established since 2017, Help at Home has supported over 300 clients and is more vital than ever!
 
To find out more about this service please click here - Help at Home North Devon or call 01237 420148.
Car parking
24th Mar 2023

Parking at Brannam Medical Centre

Unfortunately, we have had numerous occasions of ambulances not being able to gain access to the surgery for emergencies due to cars blocking the roads outside the building.

Can we kindly ask everyone coming into the Surgery or to LLoyds Pharmacy to please use the car park at Belle Meadow (next to surgery).

Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.

17th Mar 2023

Ways of Contacting Patients

Please be aware we may contact some of our patients via text message using a service called AccuRx. Through this, we may ask you to book various appointments via an attached link or ask you to complete some questions through a 'Florey' to help us monitor, manage and update your medical records.

To send these messages we ask that you ensure we have your current contact details. If you prefer for us not to send you any text messages please contact Reception.

Thank you!

The Freedom Centre
14th Mar 2023

The Freedom Centre

GPs from within our Primary Care Network (Fremington, Brannam, Litchdon & Queens Medical Centres) are a part of this service and run weekly GP Outreach Clinics from within the Freedom Centre to help improve the patient’s access to our healthcare services.

Freedom Centre in Barnstaple - BBC News

The Penguin Sports Foundation
10th Mar 2023

The Penguin Sports Foundation

We are delighted to say that our charity for this year will be The Penguin Sports Foundation, who provide rehabilitation opportunities for children with physical disabilities in North Devon in the form of aquatic physiotherapy and accessible sport.
 
Please help us support this fantastic cause through our charity events.
 
For more information on the amazing work they do, please visit;
Jackie & Iain retirements
9th Mar 2023

Happy Retirements

We are syaing a fond farewell to 2 of our brilliant GPs - Dr Jackie Tolhurst is retiring after 9 years as a Partner here at Brannams and Dr Iain Stewart after an impressive 21 years as a Partner at Brannams. We wish them both a wonderful and enjoyable retirement. Thank you for all your hard work you have given to us!

Prescription turnaround
24th Jan 2023

Prescription Turnaround

Please note that turnaround is now 5 WORKING DAYS. Unfortunatley, we have had to extend this from 3 working days due to extra workload and staffing.

Thank you for your understanding

Books with Brady
23rd Jan 2023

Books with Brady

Brady, the whippet is Barnstaple Library's specially trained Reading Dog. Brady loves to be read to by children who need support with their reading. He's very gentle and quiet and makes a perfect reading companion for children who are nervous around dogs.
 
Brady is available on Tuesdays from 4.15pm and appointments must be booked in advance. To book call 01271 318782.
Talkworks
23rd Jan 2023

Talkworks for the Deaf Community

If you are a member of the Deaf community and are living in Devon, you can access support from TALKWORKS - NHS.
Find out more about the support they can offer to the Deaf community over on their website: https://www.talkworks.dpt.nhs.uk/nhs.../deaf-community
Women only drop in
23rd Jan 2023

Women Only Drop In

Did you know Encompass Southwest run a weekly women only drop in every Tuesday between 2pm - 4pm at the Voice Meeting rooms next to Barnstaple Bus Station.
 
They offer a safe place where you can receive advice on a variety of issues including housing, health, mental health and domestic abuse.
A warm welcome awaits you, why not come along enjoy a hot drink and cake and talk to other likeminded women about the things that are important to YOU.
 
Diabetes UK
23rd Jan 2023

Questions About Diabetes?

Are you or someone you love looking for diabetes advice? Call Diabetes UK helpline on 0345 123 2399 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm) or email helpline@diabetes.org.uk

 

23rd Jan 2023

Group A Strep (GAS)

Group A Strep (GAS) is a common bacteria that causes a range of various infections, including scarlet fever. These infections are usually mild. For more information visit:
Health for under 5s logo
23rd Jan 2023

Health for Under 5's

Breast feeding can be hard, but you are not alone.
 
In Devon, about 74% of mothers start off breastfeeding their baby. This number will drop by 6-8 weeks; only an average of 54% of mothers are offering any form of breastmilk to their baby at this stage. Health for Under 5s support every parent in their choice as to how they feed their baby, however many of those mothers that do stop breastfeeding do so because of issues like sore or cracked nipples, sore breasts, or not enough breastmilk. These issues can be eased or eliminated if you know where to get support.
Devon Connect logo
23rd Jan 2023

Devon Connect

Devon Connect is a free community resource for anyone wanting to share or find information about activities, events, volunteering opportunities and conversations across North Devon and Torridge.
 
It's also a social networking platform for you to connect and collaborate around the things that matter in your community. For more information please visit https://devonconnect.org/
20th Jan 2023

Facemask Requirements at NDDH

In light of the reduced number of flu, COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases cases across the services, visitors, staff and patients are no longer routinely required to wear face coverings unless it is their personal preference.
 
For more information on visiting, please click here.
19th Jan 2023

Barnstaple Primary Care Network Manager Wins at National Awards

Sharon Bates, the management lead for the Barnstaple Alliance Primary Care Network (PCN), has won the Practice Managers Association (PMA) PCN Manager of the Year. For more details please click here.

Parkrun takeover
10th Jan 2023

Barnstaple Parkrun Takeover

Another successful Parkrun Takeover for Brannam Medical Centre.
 
A team of willing volunteers representing Brannam Medical Centre braved the cold and damp conditions early on a Saturday morning in November to help marshal a Park Run Takeover by way of supporting this excellent event held every week in Rock Park, Barnstaple. This was the third formal Barnstaple Parkrun Takeover by Brannam Medical Centre in the past few years and has helped the GP medical practice gain the nationally recognised RCGP Active Practice status.
 
Over a hundred runners regularly participate in this weekly free event which is part of the internationally successful parkrun initiative. Many of the practice team also regularly run in the event and so were keen to volunteer themselves in order to give something back.
6th Jan 2023

A Warm, Welcome Space

Over the next few months Barnstaple Pilot Gig Club are opening their boathouse as A Warm Welcome Space on Mondays & Wednesdays from 2pm - 4pm. FREE - Tea & Coffee, Soup, WiFi & Charging Points.
The boathouse is located at the end of Rolles Quay opposite the Sea Cadets HQ (EX31 1JE)
one small step logo
1st Jan 2023

Quit Smoking

Thinking of stopping smoking in the New Year?
 
One Small Step have specially trained teams to support you to Quit Smoking, they offer 12 weeks of support alongside offering Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) call 01392 908139 or use their contact page to get started on your Smoke Free journey.