Patients message from Dr Markus
I wanted to inform you personally that I have made the decision to retire in December. The Practice continues to grow and thrive and I know I shall be leaving it in safe hands. My last working day will be Monday 17th December 2018 at Calow in the morning and Brimington in the afternoon.
Flu Vaccinations are now being given - book your flu jab today or talk to our staff for more information – if you’re eligible for a free flu vaccination we will be giving you a little reminder to book an appointment.
Ear Care - * Please note - Routine Ear syringing is no longer delivered in Practice. Patients shall be assessed and treated according to the Ear Care Pathway. The Ear Care Pathway involves providing patient education in terms of treatment options, what to do if experiencing any pain, use of olive oil and having moved along the care pathway the Practice provide Ear Irrigation only when clinically appropriate
See also NICE Guidance - It is envisaged that the pathway will assist in managing patient expectation in terms of Ear Irrigation and ultimately result in a reduction in the number of patients requiring this treatment.
Extended hours Clinics 8 -8 Access Hub
Local GP practices have been working together to offer patients better access to GP appointments. You can now book appointments to see a GP, Practice Nurse or other Health Professional at the 8 - 8 Access Hub held at The Brimington Surgery, Church Street, Brimington.
Mon - Fri evenings - 18:00 to 20:00
Saturday morning - 08:00 to 12:00
Sunday morning - 09:00 to 12:00
To arrange an appointment please speak to the practice receptionist or call the practice on 01246 220166
Cervical Screening (Smear) Results Turn Around Time
1ST August 2018
Please be advised, at the time of taking your sample, it will take longer than the quoted 2 weeks for the result letter to arrive. This is due to sustained high levels of demand on a national screening programme that has insufficient screening capacity, and many labs across the country now have backlogs. Most areas do not currently meet the 14 day turnaround time target which is quoted on the national invitation for screening.
The lack of screening capacity is due to the fact, the cervical screening programme is in transition from cytology screening to HPV primary screening in 2019, when the number of labs is to be reduced from the existing 50 down to a maximum of 13. Many laboratories are consequently struggling to retain existing screening staff and to recruit qualified screening staff because of the uncertain future for these staff groups.
The Derby lab that we use however was given permission to implement primary HPV screening in Derbyshire ahead of national roll-out in 2019, as mitigation for the backlog. This started on 1st June but we will not see the full benefit of this for a few more weeks yet.