It is with regret that we write to inform you we have contacted Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (SDCCG) to look into closing our branch surgery at Ripley. We will outline our reasons for making this difficult decision below. If you are a regular user of our services at Ripley, or if you have used the premises in the past, you may be wondering how this will affect your care. We hope to address any concerns you may have in this letter.
Why do we feel the time has come to close the branch Surgery at Ripley?
As you may already know from the national press, general practice is experiencing unprecedented demand for services, and this has certainly impacted on the workload of the Practice. This has led the Partners to review the services we offer to our patients and whether these are delivered in the most efficient and effective way. Our priority is to be able to offer a friendly, caring and safe service to all our patients. This review has highlighted the difficulties of continuing to provide a similar service from two sites, and we are also aware that providing continuity of care is harder from two sites. This is important both to you as our patients, and to us.
In addition there are considerable additional running costs of having reception and administration staff, doctors and nurses working from both the branch site at Ripley and the main Practice in Leabrooks. As you know, we have a relatively new building in Leabrooks and, if the opportunity arises, we will look to further develop our skills and services for patients from this site. By consolidating all services to one site in Leabrooks we feel sure there will be opportunities for a better, safer and greater range of services for people registered with Jessop Medical Practice. It will also help ensure the practice is sustainable in the future.
What will happen to patients who use the branch surgery at Ripley?
Jessop Medical Practice will continue to look after all the people registered at our Practice. Our geographical area is not changing and we will continue to provide care for patients who have previously used our services at Ripley, albeit at Leabrooks. There will be no reduction in the number of appointments we offer as a result of this move. We have looked at which patients use the Ripley premises, and can clearly see that most patients who have been seen there have also been seen at Leabrooks, so we are reassured that this change will have minimal impact for most patients.
If patients still wish to be seen in Ripley then they will need to register with one of the Ripley based practices; there are currently two other practices in Ripley.
We want your views
We must be honest and say that we believe it is inevitable that the branch surgery in Ripley will close.
However, before any changes are made we would like to hear your views on what the closure would mean for you. If you have any worries about your continuing healthcare then please let us know. You can complete a short questionnaire where you can express your views, support and/or concerns either online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JessopMedical or you can collect a questionnaire from the Practice at either the Leabrooks or Ripley surgeries.
Dr JM Blyth
Dr S Sandhu
GP Practice Lead – Practice Patient Participation Group (PPG)
Practice Manager/Management Partner and PPG Lead
On behalf of Jessop Medical Practice
Please note that the Practice closes early one afternoon each month for staff training. The next training afternoon is on Wednesday 19th October 2016. If you need to speak to a doctor during this time then you should dial the free NHS telephone number: 111. However, if you have an emergency situation you should dial 999.
At our Carer's Clinics a Care Support Worker can: Complete carers assessments, oranise personal budgets, create emergency plans, look into funding opportunities, arrange home visits, provide one to one support and offer support and advice to carers, offer respite and help for the person being cared for.
The CQC are currently inspecting this practice and will be visiting the surgery on Friday the 21st October 2016. If you wish to leave any feedback for the team please see the display in the waiting room, ask at reception or see the CQC website at www.cqc.org.uk
If you need urgent medical attention when the surgery is closed you should dial 111 which will connect you to the service, free of charge (from landlines or mobiles).
Our Patient Participation Group continues, and new members are always welcome! Please see the PPG pages on the right hand side for further information or the PPG noticeboard in the waiting rooms.
Our next PPG Meeting is to be held on Tuesday 23rd May 2017 at our Greenhill Surgery at 6pm.
Due to relocation our Chair, John Paley, has resigned from the PPG. The Practice would like to express sincere thanks to John for his contribution to the success of the PPG and for all his efforts since the group was formed. We wish him all the best in the future.
We would like to welcome Catherine Mears as the new Chair and Trevor Steed as the new Vice Chair.
Jessop Medical Practice is one of 57 practices that make up the Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group. One of our GPs, Dr Mott, is heavily involved in this work. Further information is available here.
Asthma is a common condition that causes coughing, wheezing, tightness of the chest and breathlessness. Most people with asthma who take the appropriate treatment can live normal lives, but left untreated, asthma can cause permanent damage to the airways
The usual symptoms of asthma are
Not everyone will get all of these symptoms. Some people experience them from time to time; a few people may experience these symptoms all the time.
There isn't a cure for asthma. However, treatments are available to help manage your symptoms. Your treatment plan will be individual to you, combining medicines and asthma management in a way that works best for you
Medicines are only part of your treatment for asthma. You will also need to deal with the things that make it worse. Keep a diary to record anything that triggers your asthma - this can help you to discover a pattern. Using a peak flow meter to monitor your lung function can also help. If you have repeatedly low readings in a certain situation (for example, at the end of a working day, after exercise or after contact with an animal) this may indicate the trigger.
Asthma UK This website has been revamped to meet the needs of the thousands of people with asthma who visit the site each day, either to find important information about asthma and how to control it
Asthma An excellent resource with useful video, audio, images and references relating to asthma.
NHS - Asthma Further information about symptoms, treatment, causes and prevention of Asthma.
These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
One in three people will be affected by cancer at some stage in their life. There are many different types of cancer and this page doesn't cover them all, but the general information will help you to access further information and support.
There are videos available Macmillan and the support they offer on the Macmillan Video Site
There is further information and educational videos on the Cancer Research UK Video Site
Cancer - Healthtalkonline Healthtalkonline, an award-winning charity website, lets you share in other people's experiences of health and illness. An excellent resource compiled after interviewing a wide range of people suffering from heart disease.
Cancer Overview An excellent resource with useful video, audio, images and references relating to differing forms of Cancer, the causes & treatments.
Cancerhelp Free information service provided by Cancer Research UK about cancer and cancer care for people with cancer and their families. Information is formatted in such a way that makes understanding the website an easy process
Macmillan Cancer Support Europe's leading cancer information charity, with over 4,500 pages of up-to-date cancer information, practical advice and support for cancer patients, their families and carers.
NHS Further information about symptoms, treatment, causes and prevention of Cancer
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a preventable disease that was responsible for the deaths of 88,000 people in the UK in 2008 (British Heart Foundation CHD Statistics 2010). In all, 191,00 died from heart and circulatory disease in the UK. Death rates are highest in Scotland and North of England and lowest in the South of England. CHD is the biggest killer in the country.
There are videos available on all aspects of BHF and heart disease on the BHF video site
Now you can download and listen to podcasts free from the BHF - either on the move or in the comfort of your own home. We have a few examples below.
Giving Up Smoking
Risk Factors & Heart Disease
"The British Heart Foundation is Britain’s leading charity fighting heart and circulatory disease – the UK’s biggest killer. The BHF funds research, education and life-saving equipment and helps heart patients return to a full and active way of life. The charity relies on donations to continue its vital work."
The BHS recommends that only properly validated BP monitors be used both in the clinic and at home. All the monitors listed on their website have been clinically validated. This means that all the machines, regardless of their cost, give reliable readings when used correctly. Please note that added cost does not equate to added accuracy.
View a list of clinically validated BP monitors
CHD - Healthtalkonline Healthtalkonline, an award-winning charity website, lets you share in other people's experiences of health and illness. An excellent resource compiled after interviewing a wide range of people suffering from heart disease.
CHD An excellent resource with useful video, audio, images and references relating to CHD.
NHS Further information about symptoms, treatment, causes and prevention of CHD.
British Heart Foundation Our vision is of a world in which people do not die prematurely of heart disease. We will achieve this through our pioneering research, our vital prevention activity and by ensuring quality care and support for people living with heart disease.
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NHS Guide to the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and risks of COPD from the NHS
COPD Factsheet This factsheet is for people who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or who would like information about it.
British Lung Foundation Information and guidance on living with COPD
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According to the charity Diabetes UK, more than two million people in the UK have the condition and up to 750,000 more are believed to have it without realising they do.
More than three-quarters of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes mellitus. This used to be known as non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) or maturity-onset diabetes mellitus. The number of people with type 2 diabetes is rapidly increasing as it commoner in the overweight and obese, which is itself a growing problem.
The remainder have type 1 diabetes mellitus, which used to be known as insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.
It's recognised that the sooner the blood sugar levels are brought under control, the better the long term prospects of preventing damage. Lifestyle advice about diet, weight management and regular activity is the first step.
Type 1 diabetes will require immediate insulin therapy, Type 2 diabetes will first be managed with a drug called Metformin, if lifestyle changes alone aren't effective. There are now several other drugs used in type 2 diabetes, although eventually some type 2 diabetics will need insulin therapy as it's a progressive disease
There is further information and education on the Diabetes UK Video Site
Diabetes - Healthtalkonline Healthtalkonline, an award-winning charity website, lets you share in other people's experiences of health and illness. An excellent resource compiled after interviewing a wide range of people suffering from heart disease.
Type 1 Diabetes An excellent resource with useful information and references relating to Type 1 Diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes A useful resource regarding Type 2 Diabetes.
Diabetes UK Largest charity in the UK devoted to the care and treatment of people with diabetes in order to improve the quality of life for people with the condition
NHS Further information about symptoms, treatment, causes and prevention of Diabetes
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Mental health disorders take many different forms and affect people in different ways. Schizophrenia, depression and personality disorders are all examples of mental health problems. Diseases such as Alzheimer's and dementia generally develop in old age, whereas eating disorders are more common in young people.
The Alzheimer's Society is the leading care and research charity for people with dementia and their carers.
They provide further information and education, support for carers, and quality day and home care on the Alzheimer's Society Video Site
You can subscribe to wellbeing podcasts on the Mental Health Foundation Website.
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Mental Health - Healthtalkonline Healthtalkonline, an award-winning charity website, lets you share in other people's experiences of health and illness. An excellent resource compiled after interviewing a wide range of people suffering from heart disease.
Alzheimer's Disease An information sheet helping to understand mroe about Alzheimer's Disease
Depression An information sheet helping to understand more about the causes, treatment and understanding of Depression
Alzheimer’s Society Comprehensive information for people with all forms of dementia. Alzheimer's Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Alzheimer Scotland Alzheimer Scotland provides a wide range of specialist services for people with dementia and their carers. We offer personalised support services, community activities, information and advice, at every stage of the dementia journey
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Osteoarthritis usually develops in people who are over 50 years of age, and it is more common in women than in men. It is commonly thought that osteoarthritis is an inevitable part of getting older, but this is not true. Younger people can also be affected by osteoarthritis, often as a result of an injury or another joint condition.
Arthritis Research UKArthritis Research UK is the charity leading the fight against arthritis. Everything we do is underpinned by research
NHS Guide to the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and risks of Ostearthritis from the NHS
Osteoarthritis Factsheet This factsheet is for people who have osteoarthritis or who would like information about it.
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The NHS website contains lots of useful information, tips and advice on living with chronic pain.
Help from your GP and use of NHS services dedicated to pain management can help make sufferers more independant, reduce the severity of pain and assist in day to day with coping with what can be a debilitating condition.
A stroke is a serious medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.
Like all organs, the brain needs the oxygen and nutrients provided by blood to function properly. If the supply of blood is restricted or stopped, brain cells begin to die. This can lead to brain damage and possibly death.
Strokes are a medical emergency and prompt treatment is essential because the sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen.
The NHS Stroke Act FAST pages offer a great deal of information about stroke, including how to recognise the signs, some real stories of stroke sufferers and advice on how to live your life after a stroke.
NHS - Stroke
Chest Heart & Stroke Charity (N.Ireland)
Chest Heart & Stroke Charity (Scotland)
A transient ischaemic attack (TIA), or 'mini-stroke', is caused by a temporary fall in the blood supply to part of the brain, leading to a lack of oxygen to the brain. This can cause symptoms that are similar to a stroke, although they don’t last as long. A TIA lasts only a few minutes and is usually resolved within 24 hours
As TIAs are serious, it is important that they are always investigated so that appropriate treatment can be given quickly. With treatment, the risk of a further TIA or a full stroke can be greatly reduced.
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