The Lowdown are running the second part of the ‘Learning After Lockdown’ remote workshops aimed at Parents/Carers and Young People (2 separate dates – see posters and details below).
We have spaces available and you do not need to have attended the first part, however, on attendance at part 2 you will be sent resources for all of the workshop programme. These workshops are free of charge as we are a delivery partner for Barnardo’s ‘See,Hear,Respond’ project but we will require consent to register your details with them.
If you are interested for yourself and/or your child please return the attached registration form to this email: [email protected]
Deadline for registration is this Friday 18th September
A vacancy has arisen for a receptionist/administrator at Towcester Medical Centre. We are a high performing GP surgery serving a growing population.
We are looking for a friendly, positive individual who can remain calm under pressure. The successful candidate will have strong communication skills, be a good team player but also be able to use their own initiative. IT literacy is required but we will give full training on our clinical system.
The role we have to offer is varied, busy and very rewarding, working in a friendly and supportive team.
The successful candidate will be available to work part time and be flexible between 8am and 6.30.pm Monday to Friday.
To apply please email a CV and covering letter to [email protected]
See our Notice on how we deal with your private information here.
Many people at higher risk of ill health due to the hot weather are also at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Phone and check on them. #BeatTheHeat
Look out for older people and others who may find it more difficult to stay cool and hydrated in hot weather.#BeatTheHeat
If you’re worried about cancer or worried you might have something that might be cancer, you can still contact your GP online or by phone. #HelpUsHelpYou www.nhs.uk/cancer
As the pandemic is easing slightly – we must all still be aware that Coronavirus has not yet gone away. Remain vigilant –
STAY ALERT > CONTROL THE VIRUS > SAVE LIVES.
Northampton Borough has recently had a spike in cases which has resulted in some further measures to try to control the virus. At the moment South Northamptonshire is staying below the recommended ‘R’ rate.
At Towcester Medical Centre we can now offer non-urgent telephone appointments. We still have our duty doctor available on a daily basis – but any non-urgent issues can be booked in a few days in advance. The initial consultation is still by telephone but the doctor has appointments that they can make if they feel that you need to be seen.
We are trying to minimise contact as much as possible to protect our staff and our patients. Therefore you may find that when you have an appointment, any reviews or measurements such as blood pressure, BMI etc may be done at the same time to minimise the number of times a patient has to visit the surgery. We hope you bear with us.
We are currently still advising patients to wait outside, alert Reception to the fact you have arrived and then wait in your car or outside until you are called by Reception or clinician to come in. Again this is to protect both our staff and our patients as far as possible.
CANCERS – OVARIAN CANCER
This month we are highlighting awareness of Ovarian Cancer – do you know what the symptoms are? Follow this link to find out more
Planning on travelling during the Covid19 pandemic – please read the British Medical Association advice and guidance first – follow this link for more information
New look website
You may have noticed that we have updated our website – we hope you like it – but if you have any comments then please contact us by email on [email protected]
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE can you bring and wear your own face masks if attending the surgery – please allow us to maintain our stocks for our staff. Face masks are available online, or there are instructions online how to make your own – set your own trend of fashion by making and wearing a statement face mask!
We are open for routine cervical smears – if you have received an invitation please contact the surgery to book a routine appointment. You will be asked to provide answers to some questions prior to your appointment, and subject to the responses, your appointment will be confirmed. Please, please bring and wear your own face mask to the appointment to protect stocks of masks for our staff. Thank you!
Free HIV Test
Did you know – that, for a limited time, anyone over the age of 16 can have a FREE HIV test. To find out more about FREE HIV testing and other STI tests please follow this link… This offer finishes at the end of June 2020.
Here we are at the beginning of June and lockdown easing slightly for the majority of the country. But the pandemic is NOT OVER!
STAY ALERT! CONTROL THE VIRUS! SAVE LIVES!
The Medical Centre will be starting to ease soon and we will soon be able to offer some routine appointments – watch this space – but we still need to be careful, we are a long way from normal.
CARER’S WEEK 8-14 JUNE 2020
It’s Carer’s Week 8-14 June – lots of discussions and events are planned. Did you know there are over 6.5 million people caring for parents, partners, children or friends in the UK. It’s a staggering amount and largely unsung – so in these times where we have celebrated NHS and keyworkers and carers every Thursday – have a look at our Carer’s page and sign up to get involved if you can.
ROYAL COLLEGE OF GENERAL PRACTITIONERS (RCGP) – RESEARCH & SURVEILLANCE CENTRE PRACTICE
This practice is one of over 600 practices in England contributing pseudonymised data for national research and surveillance.
These data enable continuous monitoring of infections and diseases in the community and is used in ethically approved research. The RCGP RSC is the main source of information for Public Health England (PHE) and helps with prediction and management of flu outbreaks and pandemics.
Providing pseudonymised data does not affect patients, their care or privacy, however if you no longer wish to allow your information to be used please speak to your GP.
For more information please go to the Clinical Research page and scroll down to the RCGP section.
A huge thank you to Lees Cottage for their kind donation to the surgery. We are planning to spend this on much needed heart monitoring equipment and training equipment. Thank you!
We would like to say a HUGE thank you to Scrubs Up for Northants NHS for making and donating scrubs for our doctors and nurses. Without this invaluable PPE would leave our doctors and nurses vulnerable and in times of national shortage it is heartening to see the community volunteers stepping up. Thank you volunteers!
Scrubs Up is a charity and doing excellent work – here is a link to their Facebook and Just Giving page – any donations will be gratefully received.
We continue to be blown away by the kindness and generosity from our patients and local community during this pandemic crisis. Your gifts, the biscuits, chocolates, flowers and kind words mean a lot to us and we are very grateful for them and enjoy them – a lot!
We would like to thank, in particular, the very delectable Easter eggs kindly given to us by Waitrose which our staff enjoyed over the weekend, the hand creams donated to us by Body Shop, which have come in very handy because of all the hand-washing and hand-gel used, and the flowers from Tesco.
Please accept our gratitude for all the kind gifts our patients have given us – all of which help us to get through the working day.
As you know much of the routine practice and procedures has been pushed back so that focus can be placed on the Coronavirus pandemic. However, our doctors and staff are also working hard to ensure that our patients can still reach out to them for urgent issues whilst still ensuring repeat medication requests are fulfilled.
Together we CAN get through this.
We would like to thank all our patients for their support during the pandemic crisis. Thank you for your gifts and kindness and support in general. It is a difficult time but by working together we can beat this virus.
Please continue to adhere to the Government guidelines over the Easter weekend. We would like to wish you all well over Easter – be safe and enjoy the weekend – at home.
We now have a page dedicated to the Coronavirus and its affect on Towcester Medical Centre – please click here to view the page and its information.
For information on what you should or should not contact your surgery for during the Coronavirus update – follow this link to our Appointments page.
Blood Taking Unit – Northampton General Hospital
From Tuesday the 31st of March there are changes to the Blood Taking Unit at NGH. In order to keep patients safe at this time we are redirecting parts of this service to The Three Shires Hospital.
If you require a blood test you will need to contact the hospital to make an appointment on these numbers (amended numbers as notified by NGH on 31/3/20:
Three Shires will offer appointments Monday to Friday during the following times:
Monday -Friday 9am – 12:30pm and 13:30pm – 17:00pm
If you are a patient of our Maternity Unit they will make arrangements for you to have your bloods taken and you do not need to attend the Three Shires.
If your child requires a blood test the Blood Taking Unit t NGH will be open on Mondays from 10am-11am for paediatric patients only.
Kettering General Hospital
Notification received from Kettering General Hospital that all Andrology services (post vasectomy and infertility) have been suspended during the Coronavirus outbreak. Patients will be contacted and advised.
If you use the Woodside Centre – please note this is closed until further notice. If you have a query or need hearing aid batteries please email [email protected]
Our fax machines are being phased out and will no longer be in operation after 31 March 2020. Instead please email to [email protected]
Medical Notes in light of Coronavirus – 17 March 2020
By law, medical evidence is not required for the first 7 days of sickness. After 7 days, it is for the employer to determine what evidence they require, if any, from the employee. This does not need to be fit note (Med 3 form) issued by a GP or other doctor.
“Your employee will be advised to isolate themselves and not to work in contact with other people by NHS 111 or PHE if they are a carrier of, or have been in contact with, an infectious or contagious disease, such as COVID-19.
“We strongly suggest that employers use their discretion around the need for medical evidence for a period of absence where an employee is advised to stay at home due to suspected COVID-19, in accordance with the public health advice being issued by the government.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – 17 March 2020
To all our patients from all of us at Towcester Medical Centre.
We are now all entering an extraordinary time and we wanted to update you on how this will affect us and our patients.
Following yesterday’s public health advice, we now have 4 out of 6 GPs in self-isolation. We are trying to set-up home working and access to medical records as fast as possible. However, until these systems are in place we are having to drastically scale back our normal services.
We will endeavour to continue to provide some routine care (e.g. immunisations, maternity care and some blood tests) but the majority of other appointments (e.g. routine blood pressure/ diabetes checks, medication reviews) will be paused.
Our priority will be to deal with all the other urgent, non-coronavirus related medical problems that will still continue. Most of these consultations will be by telephone and we will try to reduce the need to visit us at the medical centres in Towcester and Paulerspury.
We have had to close our doors to reduce traffic into the buildings. We would encourage you to only phone the practice for urgent matters or make use of our online consultation service (see the orange ‘Talk to us online’ button above).
It is likely this situation will continue for many, many months. Please bear with us whilst we try to provide as much of a service as possible. We will update this website with more details when available.
Best wishes to all,
The team at Towcester Medical Centre
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 16 March 2020
Please follow government and NHS advice and self isolate if you have any symptoms such as a new, dry, persistent cough and/or a raised temperature for at least 7 days.
Please note that Towcester Medical Centre is only taking future GP appointments as telephone appointments – although the GP has some slots that they can arrange for you to come to the surgery if necessary.
Towcester Medical Centre still has a triage doctor morning and afternoon, for any urgent concerns, other than symptoms of the Coronavirus, and they really cannot wait for a routine telephone appointment, please ask for an urgent same day telephone consultation.
We would like to thank all our patients for their co-operation during this ongoing national crisis.
Hearing Aid Maintenance Clinics – cancelled.
We had some clinics planned in for some Wednesdays for hearing aid maintenance. However, due to unforeseen circumstances – future clinics in 2020 have now been cancelled – Apologies for any inconvenience.
Our phones were down for planned maintenance for approximately 30 minutes on Tuesday, 10th March 2020. All our phone lines are now working normally and we thank you for your patience.
New members of staff
We welcome two new members of staff performing administration and reception duties – Cheryl and Kerry – they will be a valuable addition to our team but we would ask for your patience whilst our new members learn their roles.
The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The current risk to the general public is moderate.
You can help too.
Germs can live on some surfaces for hours. To protect yourself and others:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
- Bin the tissue, and to kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
- If you have arrived back from an affected area within the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately:
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
- Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country
This is the best way to slow the spread of almost any germs, including Coronavirus.
More information, including a list of the affected areas is available by logging onto gov.uk/coronavirus
Patients who have travelled from mainland China or think may have been in contact with the virus and have symptoms telephone 111. Please feel free to call us for advice but please do NOT attend the surgery.
Patients who have recently travelled from Wuhan should contact 111 even if they have no symptoms.
Jobs news at Towcester Medical Centre
We have a vacancy for a Receptionist/Administrator – for more details see our Job Opportunities page via this link. As at 17 February 2020 this post has been filled.
Don’t be fooled by a scam – phone calls requesting a meeting to discuss your medication and followed up by another phone call promising to deliver your medication but with a demand for a charge for the medication over the phone is a SCAM. If you are in any doubt, it probably is a scam. If you think you may have been targeted you can report any concerns or suspicions you have about fraud or corruption within the NHS or wider health group to the NHS Counter Fraud Authority by calling our FREE 24hr confidential fraud reporting hotline powered by Crimestoppers on 0800 028 4060. You can also make a report to the NHSCFA using our online NHS fraud reporting tool.
…is an exercise class specifically designed for those aged 55+ to help prevent falls and increase balance and strength. It consists of a 24 week programme and there are a range of classes/venues available near you – to view the dates, times and venues please follow this link – Let’s get Moving
Hi everyone – want to lose weight? Do you have a BMI of 28 or more? You may be eligible for a free weight loss programme with a local service. Go to our Free Local Services page to follow the link and find out more…
FLU – flu vaccination ongoing – contact Reception to book.
The Doctors and Staff from Towcester Medical Centre completed the Park Run on Saturday, 9 November 2019 at Watermeadows in Towcester.
Park Run is on every Saturday at 9.00am at Watermeadows (beyond the back of The Forum).
You can walk or run, bring the children, bring the dog – you can also volunteer to help on the day as a course marshall or timer. To find out more and to register to attend please follow this link to the Park Run website – Park Run
It’s free to attend, lots of fun and you get to meet new people and socialise. But please remember to register first on the website. We’d love to see you there!
Flu season in full swing – thank you to those already booked in – we still have spaces available on our clinics – next one due Wednesday 13 November – places still available to book. We also have another flu clinic at Paulerspury 28 November – contact Reception to book.
If you miss those days – don’t worry – you can still book in – we will have more flu clinics or you can see our nurse or drop in when it is convenient and we will always try to fit you in.
Be aware that flu jabs are FREE at the NHS to those who are eligible – the NHS will NEVER ask for payment over the phone – never give your bank details out to pay for a flu jab…
You can report any concerns or suspicions you have about fraud or corruption within the NHS or wider health group to the NHS Counter Fraud Authority by calling our FREE 24hr confidential fraud reporting hotline powered by Crimestoppers on 0800 028 4060.
You can also make a report to the NHSCFA using our online NHS fraud reporting tool.
Flu season is now upon us. Flu vaccines for patients who are eligible have been received.
Towcester Medical Centre pre-order flu vaccines for all patients on their register who are eligible for a free flu vaccine – so make sure you book your flu jab here as we will already have ordered your flu jab! Even though your local pharmacies and possibly work-places all offer access to a flu vaccine – we will already have ordered yours here. Please support your local doctor’s surgery and have your flu jab here.
There are three types of vaccines:
- Fluad (a triple vaccine) for over 65 year olds
- Quad (quadruple vaccine) for under 65 year olds
- Fluenz (a nasal spray) for children up to 17 years old
Who’s Eligible? Are you over 65 years old, are a carer, do you suffer from a chronic disease, are diabetic, asthmatic or suffer with liver disease? Then you may be at risk and eligible for a flu vaccine. Children of school age are offered the flu vaccine through the school programme. Children of pre-school age may be eligible for a vaccine at the surgery.
Clinics are available for you to book your flu jab. Places will fill up fast so contact Reception for more details. However, if the following dates are not convenient – contact us anyway – we will be able to accommodate you.
The next flu clinics are:
Thursday 17 October 2019
Thursday 31 October 2019
Contact Reception on 01327 359953 to book an appointment.
Towcester Medical Centre are pleased to introduce our new Receptionists – Rose, Wendy, Emelie, Tierany, Susan and our new Apprentice Carla. Between them they have a wealth of experience and knowledge which they bring to the practice. I hope you will join us in welcoming them to the team and cut them some slack whilst they settle in and learn their new roles!
Be Self Care Aware!
Prescribing of medicines to treat minor illnesses is changing – medicines which are available to buy will no longer be routinely prescribed for certain common conditions – NHS England have released the below information. Contact Reception if you have any queries.
We hope everyone had fun and that we see you again on another Park Run soon. Click here to follow link for the Park Run website and find a parkrun near you!
Some pics of us lot
OVER 50s COMMUNITY EVENT
TUESDAY 21st MAY
From January 2020 our Carers Champion has changed to Zena Spink – please contact Reception for more information or to get in contact with Zena.
We thought we’d mark the
30 Year Anniversary
of the opening of our building with cake
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
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
Dates and times for future drop in services available by putting hearing aid maintenance into the search box on home page.
We’d like to wish all our patients, friends & supporters a
HAPPY & HEALTHY 2019
on Thursday 20th December
BOOK IN NOW
if you are eligible
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 !!
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.
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.
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.
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
SELF CARE the first step to saving the NHS
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:
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:
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:
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.
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
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
Towcester Medical Centre welcomes our new GP registrar Dr Saba Almasudi who joins us for a four month placement.
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!
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
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
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
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
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.
University of Buckingham – Chronic Medical Conditions Study
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 http://www.towcestermedicalcentre.co.uk/information/care-navigation/ …
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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-…/
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.
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/
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.
We wish all our patients and friends a very
A HAPPY & HEALTHY NEW YEAR
Local Pharmacy Opening Times
For details of holiday closures and opening times of local pharmacies during the holiday period please click on the attached link
Holiday Closures & Opening Times
Towcester Medical Centre
Mon 26 Dec: CLOSED
Tue 27 Dec: CLOSED
Mon 2 Jan: CLOSED
– Open as usual on all other days –
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
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!
Continuing 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
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.
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
for MacMillan Cancer Care
A big THANK YOU to all the people who came to our MacMillan Coffee Morning on Saturday!
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 looking 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.
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
If 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 case 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.
20th – 26th June is Learning Disabilities Awareness Week.
During this week at Towcester 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.
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, 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.
The Towcester Medical Centre Patient Participation Group PPG are looking for NEW MEMBERS. For more information go to Patient Participation Group
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.
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
We 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
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.
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
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
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 be 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
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 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!
University of Buckingham – Chronic Medical Conditions Study
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
16 – 22 November
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.
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
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.
To get Direct News Updates, Notifications and General Information follow our Social Media:
FACEBOOK – find us on Towcester Medical Centre – Facebook
TWITTER – follow us on Towcester Medical Centre – Twitter
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Towcester Medical Centre wishes all it’s patients a Happy and Healthy New Year.
Towcester Medical Centre welcomes Desmond Fometu – GP registrar who will be working with us for three months.