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It saddens us to announce the retirement of Dr Scargill who will be leaving us in September 2022. She has decided to 'hang up her stethoscope' and spend more time with her family.

Dr Scargill worked as a GP Partner at Ashville Medical Practice since 1996 and will be very much missed by colleagues and patients alike.

We are sure you will join us in wishing Dr Scargill all the best for the future and a very happy retirement!

Coronavirus

The NHS in Barnsley 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.

It is important we prevent the spread of this virus, in particular to people with underlying health problems

If you have a temperature (above 37.8) and/or a cough (this includes children) loss of taste or smell, please DO NOT come to surgery but go home and self-isolate from the onset of symptoms following the current advice. If you have serious symptoms and cannot manage at home you should use NHS 111 online (people should only call NHS 111 if they cannot get online).

If you have symptoms of corona virus you may call 119 to book a test or visit the following website: 

https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

Please do not come to the surgery if you are awaiting results from a Corona Virus Test

Do not go to a GP surgery, community pharmacy or hospital. Use NHS 111 online (only call NHS 111 if you cannot get online) stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

Further information is available on:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

First Contact Practitioner 

This First Contact Physiotherapist (FCP) role positions highly skilled and regulated Musculoskeletal (MSK) practitioners at the first point of contact in primary care.

 This means that a patient presenting with an MSK condition can see an FCP at their first appointment, without seeing the GP first (provided they fit the criteria).  The FCP will provide their MSK assessment, triage, treatment plan and (where appropriate) investigations and referral, along with saving both time and resources within primary care teams. To do this the FCP will use advanced clinical skills and clinical reasoning.

 

The FCP will assess to identify RED flagsserious pathology and potential underlying non-MSK related disease, that may present as MSK symptoms and refer appropriately.

 Primarily patients should be booked directly into the FCP clinic via the GP reception team.

 

This service is available for patients aged 16 and over.

Community Pharmacist Consultation Service

What is the Community Pharmacist Consultation Service?

The NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) offers patients same day minor illness consultations with a community pharmacist.

This new service can support general practice to ensure patients are seen by the right healthcare professional, in the right place, at the right time and will help make more GP appointments available for those with higher acuity needs.

 

How does the service work?

When a patient with minor illness symptoms contacts their GP practice requesting an appointment, the care navigator or receptionist will ask them a series of questions using a standard appropriate symptom checklist. If their symptoms are appropriate, the GP practice can refer them for a same-day consultation with a community pharmacist. With the patient’s consent, the practice team can send an electronic referral message to the pharmacy the patient has chosen, to support safe follow up and audit.

Following the referral, the pharmacist will contact the patient the same day by phone and either carry out the consultation by telephone, or arrange for the patient to attend the pharmacy, if appropriate. Some patients may be offered a video consultation by the pharmacist.

If the pharmacist feels the patient needs to be seen by a GP, they will return the referral back to the practice and an appointment will be arranged.

 

Life After Loss Café

Feeling of loss and grief can be experienced after we lose someone or something we care about like death of a loved one, loss of a relationship, loss of a pet, loss of a job, loss of good health or a change to your way of life.  Living with any kind of loss can be difficult and it helps to talk.  Please feel free to call in to the next café, no appointment needed.

**Due to COVID-19 all life after loss cafes have been suspended until further notice**

Barnsley Healthcare Federation Link Works (Social Prescribing)

What is Social Prescribing?

We know that taking care of your health involves more than just medicine. With Barnsley Healthcare Federation Link Works you can get specialist support for more than medical issues.

Your local Social Prescribers will contact you and spend time with you exploring what activities and/or local support could improve your health and well-being.

You can consider the benefits of participating in them, and we will assist and support you to plan your next steps.

What support can I get?

Our Social Prescribers can help you with a range of issues, including:

  • Social isolation
    • Loneliness
    • Emotional well-being
    • Healthy lifestyle choices
    • Getting out and about
    • Life changing events such as birth, retirement, bereavement
    • Long term health conditions
    • Loss of confidence/purpose
    • Poor health linked to housing conditions
    • Accessing work, training and volunteering

What are the benefits?

  • Improve your mental and physical health
    • Meet new people
    • Learn a new skill or participate in a new activity
    • Increase self confidence and self-esteem
    • Better quality of life
    • Get involved in your community

 https://barnsleyhealthcarefederation.co.uk/link-works/ 

 

NHS Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group, sometimes shortened to CCG, represents 38 GP practices and over 230,000 patients and is based in South Yorkshire.  They have responsibility for commissioning healthcare for the population of Barnsley. Commissioning is a process of planning and buying services to ensure that the people who live in the borough have the right healthcare. You can view the CCG website by clicking on the following link:

NHS Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group

Join OPEN

If you are interested in your local NHS and would like to get involved in the work they do to develop and improve health services in Barnsley, you can become a member of the Our Public Engagement Network (OPEN) membership scheme.   Whether you are a patient, carer or member of the public, if you live in Barnsley or are registered to a Barnsley GP you can help shape the future of health services through the OPEN membership scheme.

More information on joining OPEN can be obtained by clicking on the following link:

OPEN

Additional Information

The benefits of sharing your medical information: Click here to see the benefits

Care Quality Commission Report  https://www.cqc.org.uk/location/1-559394430

Click here to read about the Pharmacy First Scheme

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