Towcester Medical Centre

High Quality Care in a Family Friendly Setting

News

 


June 2019


We’d like to thank all our staff, patients and friends who came out last Saturday morning for Park Run.

We hope everyone had fun and that we see you again on another Park Run soon. 

 

Some pics of us lot

Us lot before…

Us lot after

                                   

 

 


May 2019


OVER 50s COMMUNITY EVENT
TUESDAY 21st MAY 


 

CARERS CHAMPION


April 2019


 

We thought we’d mark the
30 Year Anniversary
of
the opening of our building with cake

Mmm lovely delicious cake – like we need an excuse to eat cake !!

 

Thirty years ago today !!!   The faces may have changed, but the Medical Centre is the same. Still here, still serving the town of Towcester and surrounding villages. 


Receptionist / Administrator

We have an opportunity through retirement to join our dedicated and supportive team of receptionists/ administrators.

  • The role is busy, varied, and sometimes challenging. Some of the key tasks include answering the telephone and making appointments.
  • You will deal with patient inquiries both face to face and over the telephone, as well as process prescriptions and deal with various administrative tasks.
  • No two days are the same, and we have the opportunity to make a difference to the patients in our care.
  • The successful candidate will be able to work flexibly between 8:00 to 18:30 Monday to Friday at both our Towcester and Paulerspury sites.
  • We will consider either part time or full time applicants.

To apply please send your CV to [email protected]

 


Towcester Medical Centre
is proud to be a #parkrunpractice

Join us for Park Run
When: EVERY SATURDAY MORNING
Where: WATERMEADOWS in TOWCESTER
Time: 09:00



January 2019


NORTHAMPTONSHIRE HEARING ADVISORY SERVICE 
are holding a monthly drop in clinic at 
TOWCESTER MEDICAL CENTRE 
throughout the year helping people who have
NHS HEARING AIDS
with issues like maintenance, cleaning, batteries etc. 

Dates, Times & Details Below


We’d like to wish all our patients, friends & supporters a
HAPPY & HEALTHY 2019

 


December 2018


FLU CLINIC
on Thursday 20th December
BOOK IN NOW
if you are eligible


November 2018


We’d like to thank all our patients, friends and staff who came along, baked cakes, gave their time and made donations to the:

Towcester Medical Centre MacMillan Coffee Morning

Together we raised £172.30 for this worthy cause

We think you’re great !!

 


We bid  farewell to Practice Nurse Alison Elliott who has been with us for many years. We’ll miss her loads. 


October 2018


If you want to opt out of your data being used for NHS planning and research you can do so by clicking here Your NHS Data Matters


We have a vacancy for a Part Time Practice Nurse (20 hours per week)

The role will is within our successful and friendly practice in the market town of Towcester. We are looking for a qualified practice nurse with relevant experience and qualifications in COPD and asthma.

Applications are invited from prescribers and non-prescribers and salary is commensurate accordingly. Please submit a CV to the Practice Manager at Towcester Medical Centre. Link Way, Towcester, NN12 6HH or email to [email protected]

Prospective applicants are very welcome to come for an informal visit to meet the team.


 


September 2018


We will be CLOSED on Wednesday 12th September from 12:30 – for staff training. For emergencies during this time call NHS Out of Hours on 111. We open again at 8:00 on Thursday 13th September.


Information about 2018 / 19 FLU VACCINATIONS

This year there are DIFFERENT TYPES of Flu Vaccine available

As your GP Surgery we know which category you fall into and therefore which flu vaccine you need.

If you are eligible for a FLU VACCINATION book an appointment to have one with us. 


August 2018


We have TWO NEW REGISTRARS

Towcester Medical Centre welcomes our new GP registrars Dr Ayo Oliha and Dr Reaz Popy who join us for a four month placement.

Dr Ayo Oliha

Dr Reaz Popy

 


June 2018


SELF CARE the first step to saving the NHS

Self Care the First Step…

This month we’re launching a new initiative to encourage patients to think about the cost of the medicines we prescribe and to ask whether they are willing to buy cheap medications that are readily available in pharmacies, high street shops and supermarkets rather than asking for a prescription. For more click here:
Self Care The First Step to Saving the NHS

 


We’re just a CLICK away!

We’re piloting a new on-line communications system where patients can contact us using a smart device or PC. For more information click on the link:

Online Communication Service

 

 


May 2018


General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

As you will undoubtedly have heard there are new rules coming into effect to regulate how organisations who hold data about people manage this information. This includes us. For more information about this click on the link below:

Towcester Medical Centre and GDPR


Type 2 Diabetes – A New Approach

We have be piloting a new way of carrying out annual and interim reviews for our patients who have Type 2 Diabetes. We are now offering people the opportunity to attend a Shared Diabetes Clinic in groups of 6 – 10. It’s a longer session going into greater depth and giving people the chance to ask more questions and share their experiences of managing the condition. Click on the link below for more details:

Shared Diabetes Clinic Patient Information


Radhika Ruparelia

We Have Our Own CLINICAL PHARMACIST

We are delighted to welcome Radhika Ruparelia to the Towcester Medical Centre team.

Radhika is a Clinical Pharmacist who will be working with us two days a week (Tuesdays & Thursdays) dealing with all medication queries and minor illnesses. She will be holding clinics and talking to patients over the phone for things like medication reviews and changes to medications following hospital visits etc.


April 2018


HERE NOW 
M-Jog Messenger App

The M-Jog Messenger App is a free, quick and simple two way communication service which enables patients to have secure and confidential access to notifications and services from the their GP practice.

Towcester Medical Centre has made the M-Jog Messenger App available for patients. To get more information and to download the app click here http://www.mjog.com/messenger  


Mary & her flowers

So Long and thanks for the lovely cake – yum! 

This week we say a fond farewell to Mary Bates our long serving phlebotomist who retires this week. We wish her a long and happy retirement.


We have a NEW REGISTRAR

Dr Saba Almasudi

Towcester Medical Centre welcomes our new GP registrar Dr Saba Almasudi who joins us for a four month placement.

 

 

 


February 2018


We’re happy to announce that as of next week we will be working with the University of Cambridge to train doctors of the future


In November 2017 Towcester Medical Centre was recognised for the work it does helping and supporting our carers and cared for patients. 

Northamptonshire Carers, in partnership with Northamptonshire County Council and Nene CCG have awarded us with:

Bronze & Silver Investors in Carers Accreditation

Much of our success in this area is down to the hard work and dedication of our staff in supporting carers and in particular Della our Carer’s Champion who meets with carers regularly and offers support, advice and direction to other services where needed.

We were given our certificates last week and these are now proudly displayed in our waiting area but, just because we can, we thought we post a photograph of them and the lovely Della on our website too! 

Della, Our Carers Champion With The Awards


January 2018


Cervical Screening Saves Lives

Women over the age of 25 are invited to have a cervical screening test every three years. It can detect early signs of abnormal cells in the cervix allowing treatment to commence.  As with many illnesses the earlier it is detected the more effective treatment can be. If you are due a smear test don’t put it off. It’s a quick and simple procedure that our nurses do here at the surgery. There’s no need to be embarrassed or worried about it. If you have any concerns the nurse will discuss these with you before the procedure. For further information see NHS UK Cervical Screening


During the week of the 5th – 9th February
PAULERSPURY SURGERY 
is being redecorated and having new flooring

We will have to close for part of this time so all surgeries that week will be held at
TOWCESTER MEDICAL CENTRE

Paulerspury Surgery will be open between 8:00 & 12:oo on the following days  for
COLLECTION OF PRESCRIPTIONS ONLY

Tuesday 6th February 
Wednesday 7th February
Friday 9th February 

PLEASE ORDER & COLLECT YOUR
MEDICATION IN PLENTY OF TIME

Prescriptions due for collection on
Monday 5th February
will be available for collection on
Friday 2nd February

We apologise for any inconvenience 


We will be CLOSED on Wednesday 17th January from 12:30 – for emergencies during this time call NHS Out of Hours on 111. We open again at 8:00 on Thursday 18th January.


TADD is the Towcester area’s volunteer transport service helping
local people get to and from their health related appointments.

Additional volunteer drivers are needed for both regular and
ad hoc bookings on order to maintain TADD’s level of service.

Whether you can spare an hour or so
Once A Week
Once A Fortnight
or
A Couple Of Times A Month

there are always bookings to suit your availability.

Volunteers use their own cars and are paid mileage costs. 

For more information contact TADD on

01327 810300

or e-mail

[email protected]


Need help with Patient Access?  On WEDNESDAY 31st JANUARY Mel Smith from our Patient Particiption Group will be at Towcester Medical Centre between 14:00 – 16:00 offering help to any of our patients who’d like to set up a Patient Access Account to book appointments and order repeat prescriptions on line. Come in with your mobile device and get yourself set up.


HAPPY NEW YEAR!
If you’ve made a resolution to drop a few extra pounds we’re helping with our
Eat Wise and Drop a Size
campaign – click here for more: 
Eat Wise and Drop a Size

 


HAPPY NEW YEAR!
If you’ve made a resolution to give up smoking we’re helping with our
Want to Quit Now? Ask Us How
campaign – click here for more:
Want To Quit Now? Ask Us How

 


December 2017


We’d like to wish all our patients, friends, colleagues & supporters a very 

MERRY CHRISTMAS

and 

A HAPPY & HEALTHY NEW YEAR


Please join us in welcoming our new registrar Dr Ana Akusu who joins us for an initial period of four months from December 2017 to April 2018 as a GP registrar.

 


Towcester Medical Centre will be CLOSED on Weds 6th December from 12:30. Open again on Thursday morning. For emergencies during this time call the NHS out of hours service on 111.


November 2017


University of Buckingham – Chronic Medical Conditions Study 

University of Buckingham logo

   We’re working with the University of Buckingham to help medical students understand the impact of a chronic medical condition on a patient’s life. We’re looking for patients living with a long term condition who would be willing to talk to a medical student about how their condition impacts on their life and allow the student to remain in contact over the next 18 months to follow their story. At the end of this time the student will write an essay on life for you with your condition. The essay will be fully anonymised so there will be no identifiable connection to the patient within it.  The student will have absolutely no medical involvement with the patient and will not have access to any patient notes. They will be subject to the GMC rules on confidentiality so would not be able to discuss your case with any other person in any way which would identify you. They will be supervised by their university tutors and our own lead GP, Dr Omar Abdalwhab.

If you feel you might be able to help with this study please contact Practice Manager, Karen Wheeler by email: [email protected]


Introducing Care Navigation – a new scheme within primary care to help you get to the right service for your problem – click here for more


We have a vacancy for the following position:

Role: Part-Time Dispenser / Receptionist
Hours: 19 hrs per week
Location: Towcester Medical Centre and Paulerspury Branch Surgery
Qualifications: NVQ Level 2 Dispensing 

If you are interested in applying for this role please contact Karen Wheeler, Practice Manager on 01327 359953 or via e-mail on [email protected]


It has come to our attention that patients are experiencing a  problem when trying to set up their patient Access Account.

As we understand it when a patient gets their log-in and password for Patient Access from the surgery and they go the Patient Access web-site they are also asked to enter their NI number. On entering this information their account is then locked so they can not process to get access to the system.

We have logged a call with the service provider who are aware of the problem and are looking into it. In the mean time we have been told to advise patients trying to log into Patient Access for the first time not to enter their NI number.

We will provide an update on this issue when we have further information.


Towcester Medical Centre will be CLOSED from 12:30 today for staff training. Opening again at 8:00 on Thursday 9th. Any emergencies during this time should be directed to the NHS Out of Hours Service by calling 111.


October 2017


Need help with Patient Access?  On TUESDAY 7th NOVEMBER Mel Smith from our Patient Particiption Group will be at Towcester Medical Centre between 13:00 – 16:00 offering help to any of our patients who’d like to set up a Patient Access Account to book appointments and order repeat prescriptions on line. Just pop in with your mobile device and get yourself set up.


Worried that your partner could be abusive? 
Call the Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service on 
0300 0120154

Our local advisor is Chelsie Rimmer. She can be contacted via e-mail: [email protected] or via telephone 07977 224608

She will be holding a session at Towcester Medical Centre every Wednesday mornings for anyone with any concerns relating to domestic abuse.


Towcester Medical Centre will be closed from 12:30 on Wednesday 11 October for training. We re-open again at 8:00 on Thurs morning. Any emergencies during this time should be directed to the NHS out of hours service on 111.


THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who helped make
our MacMillan Coffee Morning a success.

Together we raised £213.35

 

 


September 2017


Following the success of last years event, we’re holding another Coffee Morning in aid of MacMillan Cancer Care.  Join us at Towcester Medical Centre for a cup of coffee a piece of cake and a chat with our lovely staff on

Saturday 30th September
9:00 – 12:00
EVERYONE WELCOME !

We hope to raise lots of money for this worthy cause. There will also be a flu clinic on that morning so if you are in one of the eligible groups you can also get your flu jab while you are there.


We’re now booking eligible patients for their flu vaccine. Book yours now. For more information about eligibility and clinic dates click on the link
Fight the Flu


August 2017


Please join us in welcoming Dr Abiola Osuntogun  who joins us for four months.

 


We also say au revoir to Dr Irene Edem-Darty who has completed her initial 4 month training period with and look forward to her coming back to us for a longer placement in the future.


We say goodbye to Dr Desmond Fometu who has successfully completed his GP training with us. We wish him all the best at his new surgery where he takes up a permanent post.


July 2017


We say a fond farewell Dr Nick Ward. He will be missed by staff and patients alike and we all wish him and his family the very best for the future. Towcester Medical Centre will not be the same without him.


June 2017


In order to help people who need an early appointment for a blood test, we’ve brought forward the start time of the Phlebotomy Clinic on Thursday mornings at Towcester Medical Centre to 07:30.
The surgery and the phone lines will not be operational until 08:00 as usual.


Towcester Medical Centre will be closed from 12:30 on Wednesday 14 June for staff training. We re-open again at 8:00 on Thursday morning. Any emergencies during the time we are closed should be directed to the NHS out of hours service by calling 111.


We have updated information on the MEN ACWY Vaccination which is available now for certain age groups. To see more click on the link: Meningitis ACWY Vaccination


May 2017


After 27 years Dr Nick Ward will be leaving us at the end of June to move on to pastures new. There are memory books at the reception desks at both Towcester Medical Centre and Paulerspury Surgery for patients who wish to write a message to say cheerio and to wish him well.


As of 12:55 on Monday 15th May Towcester Medical Centre has access to computer systems and is now operating as normal. We would like to thank everyone for their patience while we have been dealing with the NHS Computer Virus.

If there any further updates we will provide these on this web-site and on our social media pages.


Monday 15th May
Towcester Medical Centre has not been directly affected by the NHS computer virus but we do not currently have access to our systems. We ask that you ONLY CONTACT THE SURGERY IN AN EMERGENCY until further notice. If you have a pre-booked appointment please still come in for this.

We will provide updates on this web-site and on our social media pages.


We will be CLOSED for staff training from 12:30 on Wednesday 10th May. We re-open at 8am on Thursday 11th. Any emergencies during this time should be directed to the NHS out of ours service by calling 111.


Please join us in welcoming our new registrar Dr Irene Edem-Darty who joins our practice for an initial period of four months

 


It’s the time of year when people start thinking about the summer and where they might go for their holidays. Click here for Information for Travellers


May is Medicines Month – for more information about managing your prescriptions click here: Ordering What You Need When You Need It


April 2017


For opening times of local pharmacies during the holiday period click on the attached link.
Pharmacy Opening Times Easter 2017


April is stress awareness month so we’ve added some information on our web-site and around our waiting room about what stress is and how to deal with it. To take a look click here: https://www.towcestermedicalcentre.co.uk/…/april-is-stress-…/


March 2017


The daffodils are coming out which means as well as Spring being on it’s way it’s also Marie Curie Month. We’re celebrating the vital work Marie Curie do and helping to raise funds during the month of March.

 


February 2017


As it’s Valentine’s Day – we thought we’d talk a bit about Healthy Hearts – click here https://www.towcestermedicalcentre.co.uk/self-…/heart-health/


January 2017


Sponne School Logo

On behalf of staff & patients we’d like to express our gratitude to Sponne School for allowing us to borrow and exhibit art work produced by their students.

As well as being an important link to our community & local school that we value greatly, it is privilege to display these remarkable paintings at the medical centre.

The quality of work produced by the Art Department at Sponne School is outstanding & we frequently receive complimentary comments & feedback about it.

We’d like to thank the art teachers and students for helping to enhance the surgery & giving pleasure to the many people who come here every day.

Take a look below at some of the latest work currently on display.

Floating Girl  Window  Tree

Colourful Faces  Abstract Landscape

 


December 2016


We wish all our patients and friends a very

Happy Chistmas

AND 
A HAPPY & HEALTHY NEW YEAR


Loholly 2cal Pharmacy Opening Times

For details of holiday closures and opening times of local pharmacies during the holiday period please click on the attached link

Pharmacy Opening Times Xmas 2017


Holiday Closures & Opening Times Holly

Towcester Medical Centre
Mon 26 Dec: CLOSED
Tue 27 Dec: CLOSED
Mon 2 Jan: CLOSED
– Open as usual on all other days –

Paulerspury Surgery
Fri 23 Dec: 08:00 – 12:00 – OPEN   Afternoon – CLOSED 
Mon 26 Dec: CLOSED
Tue 27 Dec: CLOSED
Fri 30 Dec: 08:00 – 12:00 – OPEN   Afternoon – CLOSED
Mon 2 Jan: CLOSED


Christmas TreeBIG THANKS
For the help with on perfecting the Christmas tree from the boy with the bad foot who came in to the surgery today while the decorations were going up. Pointing at gaps on the tree where more baubles were needed with your stick was pure genius. You are our little star!


Five ways to wellbeingContinuing with our current focus on WELLBEING if you click on the link attached you will find a personal Well Being Action Plan. It gives ideas about things that you can do to help yourself feel better and stay well and is an aid to developing a personal strategy for your well being. Being Well – My Action Plan 


November 2016


Wellbeing

CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR WELLBEING OR THAT OF OTHERS?

FIRST FOR WELLBEING can help with issues like Weight Management, Emotional Wellbeing, Financial Support, Social Inclusion, Smoking, Alcohol, Housing Support, Employment, Adult Learning and more.

Pick up one of their leaflets in reception or visit their website on First For Wellbeing

They also have a POP-UP CLINIC every FRIDAY 9:30 to 12:30 at TOWCESTER LIBRARY on MOAT LANE. You don’t need an appointment or a referral – just turn up.


Towcester Medical Centre will be CLOSED on the afternoon of Wednesday 9th November for staff training. For emergencies during this time please call 111. We open again at 8am on Thursday 10th November.


October 2016


OVER THE 2016 CHRISTMAS PERIOD, IN ADDITION TO THE BANK HOLIDAYS, PAULERSPURY SURGERY WILL  ALSO CLOSE AT 12:00 ON THE FOLLOWING TWO DAYS:
« FRIDAY  23rd  DECEMBER »  and  « FRIDAY  30th  DECEMBER » 

Full details of the opening and closing times of both surgeries over the holiday period will be published nearer the time.


Together we’ve raised
£255
for 
MacMillan Cancer Care  

Thank-you


A big THANK YOU to all the people who came to our MacMillan Coffee Morning on Saturday!

Kids-Macmillan-300x238

More cakes

More Patients Macmillan

Patients Macmillan


September 2016


CHILDREN’S FLU NASAL SPRAY is arriving in surgery next week. Please call and book your child in for an appointment with the nurse. For further information and eligibility click here: Children’s Flu Nasal Spray


We’re having a Coffee Morning in aid of
MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT 

SATURDAY 1st OCTOBER
TOWCESTER MEDICAL CENTRE
9:30 – 11:30

Everyone welcome – please come along and support this great cause!


DO YOU WANT A SAY IN HOW YOUR GP SURGERY OPERATES
CALLING FOR FOR NEW PPG MEMBERS !! 

The Towcester Medical Centre Patient Participation Group (PPG)  are lookPPGing for NEW MEMBERS. If you would like to play a part in helping make decisions about how the practice works then please get in touch. For more information about the PPG and how to get involved go to Patient Participation Group 

 


2016 FLU JABS are now available. If you are eligible please drop in or book your appointment now. You can also book an appointment on-line – for more info click here 2016 Flu Jabs


Towcester Medical Centre will be CLOSED on the afternoon of Weds 14th Sept for staff training. We will be open again at 8am on Thurs 15th Sept.


August 2016


 We are delighted to announce that Dr Simon Ellis, who has been a registrar with us for the last 12 months now joins us permanently here at Towcester Medical Centre as a GP Partner.


Two new locum GPs join us. Dr Erasha Amarasinghe and Dr Anna Wake. Click here to take a look at Locum Support


Towcester Medical Centre welcomes two new registrars Dr Desmond Fometu who will be with us for 12 months and Dr Phianh Randall who will be with us for four months


July 2016


Travel VaccinationIf you are travelling abroad this summer, you may need to be vaccinated against some of the infectious diseases that are found in other parts of the world. Please click on the link here to find out about Travel Vaccinations


During the month of July we are running a ‘Sun Safety’ campaign just in caSunshinese the sun does ever come out here or for those who are lucky enough to be going on holiday somewhere warm. Keep an eye on the web-site and in the surgery for information about how to protect your skin from the effects of the sun.


June 2016


20th – 26th June is Learning Disabilities Awareness Week.

During this week at Towmencap logocester Medical Centre we are aiming to raise awareness of the difficulties people who have learning disabilities face with everyday activities. Look out for leaflets and information in the surgery.


 

Our carers event on June 8th was a great success. Thank you to everyone who came along to meet Della and Lynne, we hope you found it helpful. If you couldn’t make it but you are a carer needing support or information don’t forget, you can contact Della at Towcester Medical Centre at any time.

Carers Event June 2016

Della – Carers Champion & Lynne from Northamptonshire Carers


Towcester Medical Centre will be CLOSED on the afternoon of Wednesday 8th June for staff training, re-opening again at 8am on Thursday 9th June. For emergencies call 111.


 

Carers Week is 6 – 12 June 2016

Della Hughes cropped

Della, Carers Champion

Della, our Carers Champion is holding an event for carers on Wednesday 8th July between 10:00 & 12:00. If you are a carer please pop in to meet Della and get information about things like health, benefits, entitlements, mobility grants, holidays, days out, respite care and other services.

 


May 2016


The Towcester Medical Centre Patient Participation Group PPG are looking for NEW MEMBERS. For more information go to Patient Participation Group

PPG

Or take a look at their recruitment poster PPG Recruitment Poster


Towcester Medical Centre will be CLOSED on the afternoon of Wednesday 10th May for staff training, re-opening again at 8am on Thursday 11th May. For emergencies call 111.


April 2016


Towcester Medical Centre says a fond farewell to Dr Vicky Beedham who after a decade of loyal service moves on to pastures new. We wish Vicky the best of luck in her new role and thank her for her hard work and dedication over the years.


Towcester Medical Centre will be CLOSED on the afternoon of Wednesday 13th April for staff training, re-opening again at 8am on Thursday 14th April. For emergencies call 111.


We have been notified that from July 2016 the Meningitis C vaccination will not be available at 12 weeks. For further details click on the link: Public Health England – removal of the infant dose of meningococcal serogroup C (MenC) conjugate vaccine given at three months from 1 July 2016


March 2016


CQCWe recently had our Care Quality Commission inspection visit and we’re very proud to say that Towcester Medical Centre has been assessed as being GOOD in all areas. The inspection report has now been published – click here to see the report CQC Report


NATIONAL NO SMOKING DAY is on Wednesday the 9th March

No smoking day

Follow the link at the top for more information about the benefits of quitting smoking and how we can help you do this.


Towcester Medical Centre will be CLOSED on the afternoon of Wednesday 9th March for staff training, re-opening again at 8am on Thursday 10th March. For emergencies call 111.


February 2016


Did you know that we’re one of only three approved centres in the area for TAXI DRIVER MEDICALS. Click for more Taxi Driver Medicals


We’ve added some information about End of Life Care and support for carers on our web site. Take a look End of Life Care


If you want to know how where to go to get the right treatment click on the link for information about help, advice and services you can access without needing to wait to see a GP. Get the right treatment

Get the right treatment


Public Health England is running a national ‘blood in pee’ campaign from 15 February to 31 March 2016 to help raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of bladder and kidney cancer. Click here for more Be Clear On Cancer


The Zika Virus outbreak is in the news. We’ve uploaded information about Zika Virus on our Web-Site and links to the Foreign Office Travel Advice Site and the World Health Organisation Site on our Travel Immunisations Page. To see this information click here Zika Virus 


January 2016


We’ve updated the information on this site to help patients understand how our emergency appointments system works. We hope you find it helpful.  Click here


We will be CLOSED for staff training from 12:30 on WEDNESDAY 20TH JANUARY, reopening on Thur 21 Jan at 8:00. For emergencies call 111.


Helen Blaby from BBC Radio Northampton will BBC Northampton Radiobe at Towcester Centre for Leisure on Monday 11th January between 11:00 and 15:00 talking about all matters relating to health and well being. If you want to have your BMI measured, take part in a sports taster session, get a mole looked out or check out any of the other fitness and health stuff going on pop down and say hello.


For full list of Free Local Services providing help and support to people in Northamptonshire Click Here 


 We want 2016 to be both a happy and HEALTHY new year for everyone so we’re introducing two New Year Campaigns to help our patients stay well.

EAT WISE DROP A SIZE
Weight Loss

Eat Wise Drop a Size is for patients who want to try and lose some of the extra weight they might be carrying to help reduce BMI and improve fitness and health in general – click here for more…

WANT TO QUIT NOW – ASK US HOW

You can quit smoking

Want to Quit Now – Ask Us How is for patients who have decided that they want to give up smoking and feel the benefits of a smoke free life – click here for more…


Towcester Medical Centre would like to wish all our patients a very

Happy New Year 2016


December 2015


University of Buckingham – Chronic Medical Conditions Study 

University of Buckingham logo

   We’re currently working with the University of Buckingham to help medical           students understand the impact of a chronic medical condition on a  patient’s life. We’re looking for patients living with a long term condition who would be willing to talk to a medical student about how their condition impacts on their life and allow the student to remain in contact over the next 18 months to follow their story. At the end of this time the student will write an essay on life for you with your condition. The essay will be fully anonymised so there will be no identifiable connection to the patient within it.  The student will have absolutely no medical involvement with the patient and will not have access to any patient notes. They will be subject to the GMC rules on confidentiality so would not be able to discuss your case with any other person in any way which would identify you. They will be supervised by their university tutors and our own lead GP, Dr Omar Abdalwhab.

If you feel you might be able to help with this study please contact Practice Manager, Karen Wheeler by email: [email protected]


Paulerspury Surgery will close at 12:30 Thursday 31st December 2015.


Staff Training Closure Wednesday 9th December – Towcester Medical Centre will be closed from 12:30 on 9.12.2015 for staff training. Back again on Thursday 10th at 8:00 as normal.


ORGAN DONATION is in the news again – click here for more information


November 2015


 abx handle with care

16 – 22 November

ANTIBIOTICS AWARENESS WEEK 

click on the link for further information about this on our web-site


Advice has changed about Student Registration while young people are away studying – for further info click on the link.


For our latest Friends and Family Statistics click here TMC Friends and Family Stats  To give us your feedback on our services use the on-line form here Friends and Family Test


October 2015


MORE FLU CLINICS – If you are eligible but have yet to have your flu jab please book into one of the following:

Towcester Surgery: Tuesday 3rd November & Thursday 5th November

Paulerspury Surgery: Wednesday 18th November


LOST PROPERTY a Kindle was left behind in reception some months ago. If it’s yours please contact the surgery with a description and password so we can reunite you with it.


WE WANT TO KNOW HOW YOU FEEL You can tell us about your experience of using our services via our on-line Friends and Family Test. Click on the link for more information and to give us your feedback Friends and Family Test


 

Nick Ward Rotary Club Cheque

Adrian Harrison presents Dr Nick Ward with a cheque

We’d like to say a big THANK YOU to the Towcester Rotary Club for their very generous donation which has enabled us to buy a second Spiro-meter. This additional machine will allow us to diagnose and treat patients with lung conditions.


FLU VACCINE FOR CHILDREN – We now have this years stock of the nasal spray flu vaccine for children. The Flu Vaccine is given by the NHS to:

  • healthy children aged two, three and four years old plus children in school years one and two
  • children aged two to 17 years with long term health conditions for whom flu is a particular risk

See following link: Children Eligible for the Flu Vaccine

Children in year 1 and 2 will receive the flu vaccine at their school. If your child is eligible for the flu vaccine and is not receiving it at school please book them an appointment with one of our nurses.


Falls – we have updated our Self Help section with some information and a patient leaflet about falls and how they can be prevented. Take a look by clicking on the link.


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September 2015


How To Get The Most Out Of A GP Appointment. We’ve added some guidance on how to prepare for an appointment with the GP on our Appointments Page – please take a look.


If you want to know more about Alcohol and Health and understand the metrics we use to identify higher risk drinking levels you’ll find further details on our Alcohol Information page.


Vitamin D Information we’ve added a section about new recommendations relating to Vitamin D and taking supplements see Self Help – Vitamin D.


Parking Near The Surgery – A polite request had been received from one or two of the neighbours of Towcester Medical Centre. When you are visiting the surgery, if there’s no room in the car park and you need to park on the roads around the surgery, please ensure you are not blocking access to the houses. Many thanks!


Patients and users of our services, don’t forget to TELL US HOW YOU FEEL – your feedback on any aspect of the service we provide is really helpful in enabling us to make changes and improvements. It’s also good to hear about the stuff you think we do well so that we can make sure we do more of that. Please go to Friends and Family Questionnaire to give your feedback. NB – all feedback is confidential.


 

Jackie & Nick Anniversary

Congratulations

CONGRATULATIONS to our colleagues Jackie Lewis and Nick Ward who have been with the practice for 30 and 25 years respectively. We would all like to say a BIG THANK YOU for all their commitment, hard work and dedication.


CHILDREN’S FLU VACCINATION – we will be receiving the children’s nasal spray flu vaccination in October. We will notify via this web-site and our social media when children’s flu vaccinations are available.


ELIGIBILITY FOR FLU VACCINATION – to check if you are eligible for the flu vaccination please go to Eligibility for the Flu Vaccination


FLU VACCINES This years flu vaccine is arriving in surgery next week. There are numerous flu clinics on during September and October so if you are eligible for a flu vaccination please call and book your appointment asap! Click here to for more information about our flu clinics Flu Vaccinations. For further details about NHS vaccination programmes click on the following link NHS Vaccination Schedule.


August 2015


TELL US HOW YOU FEEL You can now give feedback on your experience of our services using our on-line Friends and Family Test. Click here for more information and to give us your feedback Friends and Family Test


Towcester Medical Centre welcomes Dr Sehar Ali, Dr Khatuna Chantladze and Dr Simon Ellis who join us for a year.


Towcester Medical Centre says goodbye to Dr Ali Malik and Dr Emy Ojobo. Dr Adeniyi Fetuga will be with us as a locum GP for the next few weeks before he too moves on.


Towcester Medical Centre welcomes two new members of staff Della Hughes and Louise Barnard who join the Support Team working on Reception and Administration.


July 2015


Please note that going forward we need Proof of Identification before being able to Register New Patients. This can be a passport, driving licence or official letter such as a bank statement or utility bill. Without this information we will be unable to process registrations. Those who register on-line will need to bring identification on their first visit to the surgery, once logged this will allow the registration to be fully accepted by the system.


June 2015


Heatwaves can be dangerous, especially for the very young or very old or those with chronic disease. Advice on how to reduce the risk either for yourself or somebody you know can be obtained from NHS Choices at NHS Summer Health, NHS 111 or from your local chemist.


Check out the Self Help page on our web-site – we’ve added a section about Ovarian Cancer and symptoms to look out for. You’ll also find information on many other topics that may be of interest.


Towcester Medical Centre would like to congratulate TADD (Towcester Area Door to Door) on reaching their 25th anniversary and say a BIG THANK YOU for the invaluable service that they provide to local people. For more information about TADD see About My Area – TADD.


Dementia affects nearly 1 million people in the UK. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is calling for help with research into this illness. If you are interested in getting involved in Dementia Research please click on the following link NIHR Dementia Research.


This week is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week. Ladies you need a Cervical Screening Test every 3 years so make sure you book an appointment with one of our practice nurses when you receive your reminder.


SUMMER HOLIDAYS ARE COMING! To check your travel vaccination needs go to Travel Vaccinations & Fees. And remember to organise your vaccinations in good time for your trip. Bon voyage!


Are you a CARER? There is a section on this web-site for carers. To take a look please click on this link-Carers. If you are a carer for someone, please let us know.


April 2015


Lost Property a Kindle has been left in the reception area. If you have lost this please contact the surgery.


Towcester Medical Centre welcomes new members of staff Claire Jackson and Rianna Dartnall who join the Support Team working on Reception and Administration.


Towcester Medical Centre welcomes Dr Emuankhe Ojobo – GP regsistrar who will be working with us for three months.


Hay Fever season is upon us.  Check out our Self Help section where we’ve added some information about Hay Fever that we hope you will find useful.


March 2015


Parking Near The Surgery – A polite request had been received from one or two of the neighbours of Towcester Medical Centre. When you are visiting the surgery, if there is no room to park in the car park and you need to park on either Link Way or Swinneyford Road, please ensure you are not blocking access to the houses on these roads. Many thanks!


Towcester medical Centre joins Facebook! Find us on Towcester Medical Centre – Facebook


Towcester Medical Centre joins Tiwtter!  Follow us on Towcester Medical Centre – Twitter


January 2015


Towcester Medical Centre wishes all it’s patients a Happy and Healthy New Year.


December 2014 


Towcester Medical Centre welcomes Desmond Fometu – GP registrar who will be working with us for three months.