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Mountbatten House Surgery Update

We are delighted to announce Mountbatten House Surgery is reopening on Monday 14th September 2020.

Please contact the surgery by telephone to make an appointment.  Do NOT come to the surgery.  Most appointments will be telephone or video consultations in the first instance.  If you need to be seen you will be invited to attend the surgery. 

We would like to thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.


Advice on accessing the surgery

Please click on the link below for helpful advice on accessing the surgery during this time.

#HelpUsHelpYou


Pre-book your Flu Vaccine - Over 65's

We are now booking flu appointments for the Saturday 19th and 26th September and Saturday 3rd and 10th October 2020 for the over 65's and patients that are medically eligible. Please contact reception to book.

Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.

Walk in Flu Clinic

Our walk in flu clinics are Monday 21st September 6.30pm – 7.30pm and Friday 25th September 7.00am - 8.30am for the over 65's and patients that are medically eligible. 


The Beacon Health Group is now using DoctorLink

We have been looking at how we can improve access to Practice services; DoctorLink is our new online service where you can:

  • Access advice
  • Book appointments

Sign-up is simple and you can create an account here 

https://app.doctorlink.com/beaconhealthgroup/register

For all urgent appointments, we ask that you undertake a symptom assessment through DoctorLink.

The symptom assessment will ask you a number of questions to help to identify your problem.

The outcome of your assessment will direct you to the right treatment, whether emergency care, your GP, nurse or self-care.

If your outcome indicates that an appointment is required at your GP practice, an email is automatically sent to the Practice.

You will then be contacted by the Practice Team, to arrange an appointment within the identified timeframe (as outlined in the outcome of your symptom checker). 

The information you provide will be shared with our clinical team (where appropriate) and will assist in providing robust information of your problem to the required clinical team member prior to your appointment.


Support and Services during Covid-19

We have been informed by the Alzheimer’s Society through their Dementia Support Workers (who are professionally trained) that they are making welfare calls to patients if you have any concerns then please call the Dementia Connect support line on 01245 260911 (Mon-Fri, 8.30am to 5.30pm). 

Danbury Coronavirus Volunteer Group

Shopping and prescription collection

07395904761 or https://www.danburycorona.com/

Moulsham Coronavirus Support Service

Shopping, collection of items (not medication) and signposting to services

07517715393 or moulshamchurches@gmail.com

All Saints Church Springfield Support

Shopping, urgent supplies, posting mail or a friendly phone call

07544126990 or support@allsaintsspringfield.org.uk

The Essex Welfare Service

Medicine or food supplies

03003039988 or provide.essexwelfareservice@nhs.net

https://www.essexwelfareservice.org.uk/

Parents’ Aid

Supporting families through the current pandemic

01268 763631 or 07890861255 or Info@parents-aid.org.uk

The Samaritans

For Urgent Mental Health Help 

Call free on 116123 or  www.everymindmatters.co.uk

Silverline

Help for Older People

0800 470 80 90

Age UK

Support for Older People

0800 678 1602

Compass

Essex Domestic Abuse Helpline

03303337444

www.essexcompass.org.uk

Live Well Link Well

Social Prescribing service that provides practical or emotional support of a non-medical nature

0300 3039988

Community Support Maldon

Support to yourself (or someone else in need) if you are currently self-isolating or restricting your activities, regarding getting food and other supplies (including children's needs), prescriptions, pet care, local information or social contact.

01621 851997

Chelmsford Community Support

Support and Services

01245 280731

The Essex Map

The Essex Map is a free tool designed to bring our communities closer together by helping you to find the services, groups, and activities available in your area

https://www.essexmap.co.uk/#s=1

ACL Essex

As part of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Programme, we have launched a series of free online courses to support people at home during this challenging time of social distancing.

https://aclessex.com/mental-wellbeing-online/

Money and Mental Health

Money and Mental Health is an independent charity, committed to breaking the link between financial difficulty and mental health problems.

https://www.moneyandmentalhealth.org/

New 24-hour crisis mental health phone line

Dialling 111 and selecting the option for mental health crisis (option 2) will connect callers to staff at Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) who will provide immediate support and advice.
The service is for people aged 18 and over. Anyone under the age of 18 or family members of anyone under the age of 18 in crisis, should call North East London NHS Foundation Trust’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service on 0300 555 1201.
999 should still be used for anyone in need of treatment for serious or life-threatening physical health issues alongside a mental health crisis.

Extended Access Appointments

Mid Essex residents who need to see a GP or nurse on a weekday evening, Saturday or Sunday can now book an appointment by calling 01245 398055. (Phone line open on Saturday and Sunday for patients)

Appointments are available as follows:

  • Monday to Friday, 6.30pm to 8pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 8am to 8pm

Consultations will usually take place via telephone or video call. If a face-to-face appointment is required, it will be at North Chelmsford Health Centre, Sainsbury's, 2 White Hart Lane, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 5EF.


Advice for parents during Coronavirus 

Please see link for advice if your child is unwell - Advice for parents during Coronavirus


Prescription Price Change

As from the 1st April, 2020, the price per item on a prescription will be £9.15


Immunisation Reminder

NHS England and Public Health England are urging people to attend routine vaccinations to prevent outbreaks of serious diseases as part of a campaign to encourage people to use their NHS if they need it. Parents, in particular, are being urged to make sure pre-school children attend vaccination appointments, and pregnant women are being advised not to miss out on antenatal vaccinations which protect them and their baby.

Please call reception to book an appointment.

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Local GP surgeries delivering gold-standard LGBT care

This Pride Month, 15 GP surgeries across three Essex districts have stepped up to meet the needs of their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients, some among the first in the country to receive a special award. The GP practices in mid Essex, comprising Braintree District, Chelmsford City and Maldon District, have all received awards from the Pride in Practice programme for making services more accessible for LGBT people in their communities. And 11 have further cause to be proud as they are the first in the county to receive the Pride in Practice Gold Award – the highest possible rating available.

Dr Michael Brady, National Advisor for LGBT Health, NHS England and NHS Improvement, said: “Now more than ever it is vital that we address LGBT health inequalities. Pride in Practice is a great example of primary care services taking the lead to improve the care and experience of LGBT patients. Through better monitoring, staff training and the support provided by the LGBT Foundation, practices are able to both identify inequalities and address them. I applaud all these practices for their efforts in ensuring they deliver LGBT inclusive care and look forward to seeing more services taking up this initiative.” 

Claudia Carvell, Business Development Manager for Pride in Practice, said: “This is a fantastic accomplishment for each of the 15 GP practices who’ve achieved a Pride in Practice award, meaning that more LGBT people than ever can have confidence that their identity will be recognised and considered as part of their GP appointments. We know that many LGBT people may worry about accessing services for fear of experiencing discrimination or even hostility on the grounds of their sexual orientation, gender identity or trans status and it is imperative that we overcome this to enable health providers to become more aware of the needs of LGBT communities and how to best address them. As Pride month approaches, there’s never been a better time for GP practices to take part. We’ve also recently launched our Pride in Practice Training Academy, a training and accreditation service designed to promote LGBT inclusion at home, at work and in the community.”

Surgeries that sign up to Pride in Practice receive personalised and ongoing support from the LGBT Foundation through dedicated account managers and access to resources. As well as the 11 gold awards, 1 silver and 3 bronze awards have also been awarded in mid Essex.

The 15 Practices are:

  • Beacon Health Group (Danbury Surgery, Mountbatten House Surgery, Moulsham Lodge Surgery) (Gold award)
  • Coggeshall Surgery (Gold award)
  • Fern House Surgery, Witham (Gold award)
  • Beauchamp House Surgery, Chelmsford (Gold award)
  • The Writtle Surgery (Gold award)
  • Rivermead Gate Medical Centre, Chelmsford (Gold award)
  • Whitley House Surgery, Chelmsford (Gold award)
  • Baddow Village Surgery (Gold award)
  • North Chelmsford Health Centre, Chelmsford (Gold award)
  • Blandford Medical Centre, Braintree (Gold award)
  • Longfield Medical Centre, Maldon (Silver award)
  • Chelmer Village Surgery, Chelmsford (Bronze award)
  • Stock Surgery (Bronze award)
  • Tollesbury Surgery (Bronze award)

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Mountbatten House Surgery Update

As part of the local NHS response to the global COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak, a specialist clinic for people with respiratory problems that might be linked to the virus is needed in mid Essex. This will allow potentially infected people to be seen, diagnosed and treated away from others.

To support this, The Beacon Health Group has offered our Mountbatten House premises in Montgomery Road, Springfield, for the clinic. It will change use from today, Wednesday 25th March 2020.

This means we must unfortunately ask people who need to be seen face-to-face to travel to one of our other centres, mostly Danbury Medical Centre. Many living around Mountbatten House already do this for routine care.

We do apologise for any inconvenience this causes and the short notice of this announcement, but events are moving very fast. As we hope you can appreciate, we want to do our part to help slow the spread of coronavirus. Thank you for your understanding at this very this difficult time for everyone.

Please see the link below for further details.

Mountbatten House Surgery - COVID 19


Danbury PPG email address

Please note the Danbury PPG have now launched an email address for patients of Danbury Medical Centre to contact the PPG to share their experiences and with their suggestions for the practice. This enables a broader range of patients to share their views and allows people who cannot attend the meetings the chance to give their feedback. The email contents will be presented anonymously at the PPG meetings. The email address is - ppgdanbury@gmail.com


Collecting controlled drugs

Controlled medicines are sometimes misused so they have stricter legal controls on their supply. Just to remind patients collecting controlled drugs that the dispensary have to follow guidelines set out to them so this process will take longer. The controlled drugs are ordered in however they are only dispensed when the patient arrives to collect them. The patient will need to provide photo I.D e.g. passport or driving licence. If you are collecting on behalf of someone else you may be ask to provide your proof of identity too. We may also confirm with the patient that their medicine is being collecting by someone else. The controlled drugs have to be checked by two members of staff and signed out so please bare this in mind when collecting and please be patient with the staff. Due to this longer process we ask that patients collect their controlled drugs before 6.00pm.


"State of Caring" survey request from Carers UK

Essex Adult Social Care would like to advise that Carers UK are running their "State of Caring" survey for carers to complete and share their experiences to create as full a picture as possible of people's caring experiences. Please visit the link below to complete the survey.

www.carersuk.org/news-and-campaigns/state-of-caring-survey-2020


Dementia Music Group

From April, a new music group has been set up at Danbury Library for people with Dementia and their carers.  The class is held every Monday morning during term time from 10.30-12.00.

The class is £5 and refreshments are included.


Phone Line Update

We have now merged our phone lines across the three sites to allow us to utilise all of the reception team in answering calls. The phone number for The Beacon Health Group as a whole is 01245 221777.

To further help with the volume of calls please can we remind patients that with our expanded clinical team you do not need to telephone the practice at 8:00am to make an appointment. If you have an urgent problem as long as you telephone the practice before 12:00 noon we should be able to accommodate your request. If you need a routine appointment for your long term condition review or medication review please telephone the practice after 10:00am. If you are requesting a home visit please call before 11:00am.


Special Thank You

This Christmas we ran a collection for the Chelmsford homeless charity CHESS to support those less fortunate than ourselves in our local community.

CHESS (Churches Homeless Emergency Support Scheme) seeks to relieve homelessness and the related hardship and distress amongst single adults in Chelmsford and Essex, through the provision of support services and temporary accommodation that helps them move on in their lives.

We have been completely overwhelmed by the generosity of patients and staff donating items and would like to thank you all for your support and kindness. 

                                                                                      


Christmas Donation Boxes

This Christmas we are running a collection for the Chelmsford homeless charity CHESS to support those less fortunate than ourselves in our local community.

CHESS (Churches Homeless Emergency Support Scheme) seeks to relieve homelessness and the related hardship and distress amongst single adults in Chelmsford and Essex, through the provision of support services and temporary accommodation that helps them move on in their lives.

Over 90% of the food distributed is donated by the public that is why your food donations are absolutely vital. CHESS relies on your goodwill and support.

We have donation boxes in the waiting area at all three sites for any donations.

The list below shows the food items that are needed right now. This list is not exhaustive and all donations will be warmly received.

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • UHT Milk
  • Biscuits
  • Soup
  • Beans
  • Reusable Water Bottles
  • Cartons of Juice
  • Small bottles of Water
  • Cake Bars
  • Cereal
  • Crisps
  • Tissues
  • Toilet Roll
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Deodorant
  • Tooth Brushes
  • Washing Powder
  • Towels 

Making an appointment

With our expanded team you do not need to ring the practice at 8 am to make an appointment.  If you have an urgent problem as long as you ring the practice before 12 noon we should be able to accommodate your request.  If you need a routine appointment for your long term conditions review or medication review please call the practice after 10 am.  If you are requesting home visit please call before 11 am.


Advice for patients - Weaning opioids

We are contacting patients who have been taking painkillers for a long period of time, particularly a type of painkiller called an opioid; like co-codamol, co-dydramol, codeine, dihydrocodeine, and tramadol.

Recent medical evidence questions the benefit of opioids (which are in the morphine family) for long-term pain.  Strange as it might sound – we don’t think that they are very good at killing pain at all when taken for more than a few months. 

Please see the links below for more information and advice.

Weaning opioids - Information for patients

Weaning opioids - Advice for patients


Warning - Flu Vaccine Scam

Please note there is currently a flu vaccine scam being carried out in the local area in regards to asking for payment for the vaccine. The Beacon Health Group will not call you to tell you we cannot provide your flu vaccine unless you pay. Those eligible for the vaccine do not have to pay for it. If you are called by anyone please notify the police immediately. Do not give your bank details to anyone over the phone.


Moulsham Lodge Surgery Update

Moulsham Lodge Surgery will now keep its doors open between 12.30 - 1.30 as of 1st October 2019. 


Extended Access Hub

The Beacon Health Group is now able to book GP-led appointments at a wider range of times in the ‘Extended Access Hub’, meaning patients who might not be able to get to the surgery during normal ‘working hours’ can now see nurse practitioners, GPs and healthcare assistants at other times.

You have a choice of evening and weekend appointments across mid Essex. These three hubs are open 7 days a week, 6.30pm-8pm on weekdays (9pm at Maldon) and 8am-2pm on weekends and bank holidays:

  • Blackwater Medical Centre in Maldon
  • Elizabeth Courtauld Surgery, Halstead
  • North Chelmsford Health Centre in Springfield, Chelmsford

 Three more hubs are available for weekend appointments between 8am and 2pm:

  • Douglas Grove Surgery in Witham
  • Greenwood Surgery in South Woodham Ferrers
  • Mount Chambers Surgery in Braintree

People wanting an Extended Access appointment book it through The Beacon Health Group as they would any other appointment. Please note, these are not walk-in appointments – all appointments should be booked in advance. Appointments will be with the most appropriate clinician for the condition, which may be a nurse practitioner, GP or other healthcare professional.

If you no longer need an Extended Access appointment that you have booked, you should contact the surgery the appointment is booked with during working hours, or outside surgery hours, call 07384 579479 to cancel.


Dispensary Update

In order to reduce wastage, stock piling and improve overall patient safety The Beacon Health Group will no longer accept repeat prescription requests from any community or online pharmacies as of 1st October 2019. We would like patients to order their own medication directly from the surgery and would encourage patients to use online services or electronic repeat dispensing where possible.

For further information please speak to the dispensary team directly or visit your usual pharmacy for a letter about the changes.

Please note the dispensary will aim to have your prescription ready within 48 hours however please check with your individual pharmacy for a time frame on your items being dispensed. 


Social Prescribing Clinic

We are pleased to welcome Frank a 'Social Prescriber' to help patients make changes to improve their social, physical and mental wellbeing by linking them with appropriate, non-medical support and guidance. Frank is available at Danbury Medical Centre on Wednesdays so please contact reception to book.


New Appointment System

Following recent feedback from our patients we are implementing a new appointment system as of 29th July 2019.

BOOKING A ROUTINE APPOINTMENT

If you require a routine GP appointment, please telephone the practice.  Pre-bookable ROUTINE appointments will now be released no more than two days or one week ahead.

ON THE DAY EMERGENCY

All patients requiring an EMERGENCY appointment for the same day will be booked into our telephone triage list. This list will be overseen by our Emergency Care Team.

After receiving a call back to assess your EMERGENCY from one of our highly trained clinicians you may be booked into the next appropriate available appointment at any of our three sites. This may well be on the same day should your condition be deemed an emergency by our clinical team.

ONLINE APPOINTMENT BOOKING

A significant amount of appointments are now available to book online. Please ensure that you select an appointment at your preferred site before booking. Please note these appointments can only be accessed online.


Memory Assessment Clinic

We are pleased to announce that The Beacon Health Group is piloting a new service which will help to develop and improve the diagnosis and treatment of memory problems and dementia within primary care. If you or any family members would benefit from this service then please book an appointment at reception. Our health care assistants will carry out an initial memory assessment.

Patients and carers can also be seen by the Alzheimer's Society please contact reception to book.


Online Appointments

From the 1st July, 2019 we will be offering more pre bookable online appointments for Doctors and Nurses.

If you have not already signed up for this service then please ask the Receptionist for an online access form and you will need to provide photo ID


Dispensary News

Please note the dispensary phone lines are now available between 11am-1pm.


Patient Notice - Extended Access

Part of the GP Forward View is a requirement for practices in all Clinical Commissioning Group areas to provide Extended Access to all of their residents.   This is a service commissioned by Mid Essex CCG.  Appointments under the Extended Access scheme would be available Monday to Friday 6.30pm-8.00pm as well as Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays.

The Beacon Health Group submitted a business case to the Mid Essex CCG to provide this service but this was unfortunately unsuccessful.  The successful bidder, as chosen by the CCG, is a practice based in Colne Valley who will be providing the Extended Access to all practices within Mid Essex CCG.


We welcomed BBC Essex Radio to the Beacon Health Group in celebration of 70 years of the NHS

The Beacon Health Group were very excited to be invited to participate with the BBC Essex breakfast show based at Danbury Medical Centre all morning on the 5th July, discussing the diverse workforce within the NHS today and changes it has seen over the last 70 years. We are very proud to be part of something great!


Self Help (Over the Counter)As well as our practice, there are many other local NHS services you can contact for health advice, information or treatment. For more information,see the attached poster . . . 

Go to your pharmacy first - Over The Counter

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