Appletree Medical Practice

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CORONAVIRUS GUIDANCE

Coronavirus Update

The NHS in Derbyshire and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

The risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.

Anyone who has travelled to China or places listed above in the last 14 days and develops symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, 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

Information for the public is available at gov.uk/coronavirus.

Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan, Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.

Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the GP practice and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

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Live Waiting Times at A&E

Derby Teaching Hospitals:  www.derbyhospitals.nhs.uk (Live waiting times)

NHS Stay Well Derbyshire:  www.nhsstaywellderbyshire.co.uk

NHS Derby & Derbyshire CCG:  http://www.derbyandderbyshireccg.nhs.uk

Derby Urgent Care Centre:  www.onemedicalgroup.co.uk/derby-urgent-care-centre

Derby Telegraph:  http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/Check-web-decide-getting-medical-advice/story-28402862-detail/story.html

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Vacancy – Practice Nurse

We have a vacancy for a part-time Practice Nurse with Minor Illness experience 10-15 hours per week

Appletree Medical Practice is a busy medical practice serving over 11,000 patients.  We are looking to recruit a qualified nurse with experience of the management of minor illness.

The position is part-time, working 10-15 hours per week.

This is a fixed term contract to the end of November 2020.

The salary will be dependent on experience and knowledge.  We would envisage the hours to be spread over 2-3 days. 

With experience of working within a GP Practice or Primary Care Environment you will practice autonomously. On a day to day basis you will be required to deliver face-to-face or telephone advice to patients, providing safe and effective health assessments with the ability to diagnose, treat or discharge patients who attend the surgery.

You will be NMC registered with minor illness experience essential.  An independent prescribing qualification is desirable but not essential. 

If you are interested in applying, please visit the website www.jobs.nhs.uk and search for:

Job Reference:       J180-A-20-366601  

CLOSING DATE:        Friday 6th March 2020

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Vacancy – Health Care Asst

We have a vacancy for a part-time HCA 20-30 hours per week

Appletree Medical Practice is a busy medical practice serving over 11,000 patients. An opportunity has arisen to expand our clinical team by recruiting an additional experienced Health Care Assistant.

The salary will be dependent on experience and knowledge. We can be flexible on number of hours worked but would envisage 20-30 hours per week spread over 3-4 days.

The successful applicant will be a strong team player and flexible in their approach. In return you will be fully supported by a caring and supportive team in a happy workplace.

If you are an experienced HCA and have the skills and ambition to join our team, helping us to face the challenges of modern-day primary care we look forward to welcoming you and can offer you an excellent induction and training package, generous holiday entitlement and NHS pension.

If you are interested in applying, please visit the website www.jobs.nhs.uk and search for:

JOB REFERENCE:        J180-A-20-363437

CLOSING DATE:         Friday 22nd February 2020

Please note that if we receive a high number of applications for this position, the advertisement may close early.

If you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date, you should assume that on this occasion, your application has been unsuccessful.

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PPG Survey

The Patient Participation Group (PPG) meet on the last Wednesday of every other month (next meeting 27th November 2019).

The PPG at Appletree:

  • provides the patient perspective on the services that are provided by the Practice
  • works with the Practice to improve patient communication
  • encourages patients to take more responsibility for their health
  • provides practical support for others in the community

The PPG would like feedback from patients on how services are currently being used, including digital services. They have created a survey, please go to:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9SK6GVK

Please note surveys are anonymous.

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Duffield Good Neighbours’ Wheel

A Duffield group working to improve the lives of the over-50s in the village has produced a very helpful source of information aimed specifically at this age group called the Good Neighbours’ Wheel.

The leaflet draws together contact details for all the various service providers including the Weston Centre, Amber Valley CVS and church-run groups, and includes contacts for groups that can help with health and wellbeing, getting out and about, emergency contacts, financial assistance, leisure activities and household advice.

Paper copies can be found at the Weston Centre, in Duffield Library or from Duffield news; the full version of the Wheel can also be downloaded below as a PDF file at www.duffieldparishcouncil.gov.uk/duffield-neighbours-wheel

If you have a neighbour or family member who might benefit from this information, why not pass them a copy?

 

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Carers’ Meeting – 7 April 2020

 PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF DAY AND VENUE FOR THE CARERS’ FORUM

carersWhy not come to the Carers’ Forum

In November 2011, with the help from two Appletree receptionist ‘Care Champions’, a coffee morning was initiated to bring together some of the 70 ‘carers ’ registered with the practice (those with full time responsibility, usually a relative, who needs looking after at home or in residential care) for friendship, support and information.

Derbyshire Carers Association (DCA), with the help of members of the Patient Participation Group (PPG) ‘Friends of Carers’ run a bi-monthly session at The Weston Centre, where coffee/tea and biscuits are served. The aim is to befriend the carers, listen to their concerns and wherever possible to find speakers to answer their queries and for them to haveinput into the system. So far we have had speakers from Derbyshire Carers’ Association and Social Services, one speaking about ‘Care Allowances’ and one about ‘Assessment Criteria’. Other speakers are planned for the future.

If you are a registered ‘carer’ you will be made very welcome at our bi-monthly forums, which are held on a Tuesday at The Weston Centre, Duffield. (If you have not yet registered as a carer with the surgery, please complete the online form). Come on your own or bring the ‘cared for’ person with you. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be served.  The next forum is on:

Tuesday 7th April 2020

Tuesday  2nd June 2020

The Weston Centre, Tamworth Street, Duffield, Belper  DE56 4ER

If you have any queries, please telephone Sarah Lakin on (01332) 843282 or email her at [email protected]

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PPG Meeting – 25 Mar 2020

We are particularly fortunate to have a very active Patient Participation Group (PPG) at Appletree. It is becoming increasingly important that the patients’ collective voice is heard when it comes to the design and delivery of healthcare.
The PPG:

  • Works with the Practice to offer the patient perspective on the services it provides.
  • Helps to improve communication between the Practice and the patient population.
  • Encourages patients to take more responsibility for their health.
  • Provides practical support for others in the community.

A PPG is NOT the Practice’s complaint system (there is a robust complaints procedure in place); nor is it a forum to air personal issues. But neither is it a Doctors fan club. To be valuable the PPG must have the confidence to challenge the Practice in line with any issue brought forward. It should be self organising and patient led.

The benefits of an effective PPG are felt by the patients, the Practice and the wider community in which it operates.

If you are interested in learning more about the PPG please ask for a leaflet at reception. Alternatively you are very welcome to attend a meeting. The Group meets bi-monthly and the dates are published on the Practice web site.

Next Wednesday 25th March 2020 at 7.00pm

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