National HIV Testing Week18-24 November
Order a FREE postal test here
Local residents are being called to action to help the NHS provide the best possible care this winter through a campaign being launched by the CCG next week.
#HelpMyNHS calls on the public to play their part by adopting small behavioural changes to ease pressures on local health and care services, saving them for those in the most need. It asks people to #HelpMyA&E by highlighting the alternative services to A&E and when these should be used. #HelpMyGP by using of GP appointments properly, take steps to help prevent getting ill and self-manage minor illnesses, as well as using alternative services, such as pharmacists. For more information on #HelpMyNHS and how to take part please click here.
Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as depression in men, prostate cancer and other male cancers, and associated charities. The Movember Foundation runs the Movember charity event, housed at Movember.com. The goal of Movember is to "change the face of men's health."
By encouraging men (whom the charity refers to as "Mo Bros") to get involved, Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Besides annual check-ups, the Movember Foundation encourages men to be aware of family history of cancer and to adopt a healthier lifestyle. for more information here.
Dr Vanessa Lynch; sadly Dr Lynch will be leaving the practice in December.
It has been a privilege to serve you all over the last 20 years but I will be leaving Beaconsfield Medical Practice at Christmas.
We have shared both the sad moments and the happier times from our lives. From time
to time there has been the need for reassurance or a few tears. But I hope I also made a few of you laugh!
I leave you with this message.
‘Do more of what makes you happy!’
Dr Vanessa Lynch
We are delighted to welcome:
Dr. Oliver Maddison who is with us for three days per week on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Dr. Annie Sturge has just completed her GP training and is with us as a salaried GP working Tuesday (am only), Wednesday & Thursday.
Dr. Dimitri Patel is our new GP registrar, supervised by Dr. Bird.
Annual Practice Survey
Our annual practice survey is now closed, results are now available - see 'Survey Report'.
Please be aware that some Telephone calls are recorded for training and monitoring purposes.
Friends & Family Test
Please take a minute to tell us about your last visit to the practice by completing the Friends & Family Test - Beaconsfield Medical Practice - Friends & Family Test
The practice is now CQC (Care Quality Commission) registered. This is a requirement now for all Health and Social Care Services in England. We recently had our CQC inspection, please click on the link below to view the results.
National Surveillance Programme
This practice is one of over 200 practices participating in a national surveillance programme that provides continuous monitoring of infections and diseases in the community as well as RCGP and ethically approved research.
The prmary purposes of the network are surveillance of infectious disease, particularly flu. The RCGP RSC looks to predict when the flu outbreaks and pandemics occur and is involved in vaccine effectiveness studies: principally in collaboration with Public Health England.
For more details please visit: http://www.rcgp.org.uk/rsc
We would like to inform you that a new camera controlled car park management system came into effect on 1st December 2014. The car management system has been introduced to help improve the parking facilities for patients and you are required to enter your vehicle registration into the terminal within the surgery, on each visit. Patients are permitted to park in the front car park and in designated bays only.
Drop offs and Pick ups will have a 20 minute window before needing to enter registration details.
If you are issued with a ticket because you have forgotten to enter your registration when attending the practice PLEASE APPEAL AND DO NOT PAY. We would like to assure you that our patients will not have to pay the fine.
Please follow the appeals process by either using the link provided; https://www.parkingeye.co.uk/contact-us/make-an-appeal/ or in writing to; Parking Eye, PO BOX 565, Chorley, Lancashire, PR6 6HT.
You will be asked to give permission for Parking Eye to contact us to clarify that you are a patient of the practice so that we can instruct them to cancel the issued ticket.
PLEASE DO NOT USE A SEARCH ENGINE TO RAISE AN APPEAL AS SOME CHARGE FOR THIS SERVICE. CONTACT PARKING EYE DIRECTLY.
We have not taken this decision to implement the new parking system lightly but have done so in order that we can protect the limited spaces we do have for our legitimate patients.
If you have any questions, please speak to the Practice Manager.
Parking News - Preston Park
There are now parking restrictions in Preston Park between 8am and 8pm, £0.50 for 1 hour, £1.00 for 2 hours & £2.00 for up to 4 hours.
We are open Monday to Friday from 8 - 6, with no lunch break and 6-6.30pm for emergencies .
Please be aware that our practice will be closed the afternoon of the 20th July for staff training. There will be no Doctors/Nurses or Reception staff available. We re-open at 8am on Friday 21st July.
If you require medical assistance when the practice is closed please call 111.
Beaconsfield Medical practice is offering additional pre-booked GP and nursing appointments on:
Monday evenings 6.30 - 8.00 pm (GP and nurse by appointment)
Saturday mornings 8.30 - 10.30 am (GP by appointment)
The surgery phone lines and doors will be closed during the extended periods. Access to the surgery will be available to patients with appointments only.
Appointments can be booked up to four weeks in advance subject to availability.
The doctors hope the additional hours will assist patients who find it difficult to attend appointments during the working day.
Community Phlebotomy Service
New Referral Criteria
If you require a home visit for blood testing please note that the Community Phlebotomy Team have updated their referral criteria. Patients are eligible for domiciliary phlebotomy if:
- it would be detrimental to their condition or recovery if they were to travel to their nearest clinic or GP surgery,
- if they only able to attend their nearest clinic or GP surgery via ambulance or patient transport service,
- they are not able to go out by private car, taxi, mobility scooter or bus. For example, patients who are able to go to the local shops are considered able to use a taxi to attend a clinic for blood testing.
Patients will be discharged from the Community Phlebotomy Team and referred back to their GP or nurse where a patient is unavailable for a home visit due to any of the above reasons.
Important Information About Your Health Records
The NHS is improving the way your health information is stored and managed through the introduction of the electronic Summary Care Record. Records of patients in our practice will be upload to the national database unless you have advised us otherwise. To remove your consent for the upload you can complete this form and return it to the practice.