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Coffee morning for patients & carers of

Jessop Medical Practice & Ivy Grove Surgery

Thursday 12th April 2018

10am – 12pm

Church Farm Primary Care Centre, Steeple Drive, Ripley, DE5 3TH


Helping Everyone Give You The Best Possible Care



Sharing your Information

Your health and social care records contain important information about you.

We’ll always keep your information safe and never sell it or pass it on.

And making that information available to health and social care staff involved in your care means everyone can work together to give you the best support we can.


What does this Information Contain?

This information might be details of your appointments, assessments, medications, or anything that would help a health or social care professional to support you. It’s a good idea for everyone to make that information available in case they need care or help in an emergency – particularly people with certain health conditions or illnesses.


Professionals can Provide Better Care...

…and work more effectively and efficiently if relevant information about you can be shared among agencies providing your support.

Sharing your records means health and social care workers have your most up to date information. It also means you don’t have to repeatedly provide the same facts, have unnecessary tests and it would prevent you being given drugs that you’re allergic to.

If you have Chosen not to Opt Out...

Information held on your records may be securely shared with appropriate professionals who are working with you to provide support, so your information is available when it is needed most.

However, health and social care professionals will still ask for your explicit consent to view certain information when treating and supporting you, which means that you are always presented with an option to agree or disagree.




  • Systems hold your information safely and securely.
  • Staff are trained in the importance of handling your information confidentially.
  • Access to your records on systems can be restricted if they are sensitive or private, which means they will not be visible in another care setting.
  • Information is only shared with organisations that have the necessary accredited systems and processes that ensure confidential information is protected.
  • Your information is not sold, or passed on, to organisations for commercial or marketing purposes.
  • You can decide what information is not to be shared between professionals or organisations.

For further information about this, please visit 

New GP

We are pleased to welcome Dr Nasim Akhtar (f) who joined Jessop Medical Practice at the beginning of January 2018.

Patient Participation Group

Your Voice Counts!

Come and join us at our next meeting on Wednesday 25th April 2018 6pm @ Greenhill Surgery. 

Jessop Medical Practice will be Closed

We are CLOSED for training on the following Wednesday afternoons:


18th April 2018

23rd May 2018

20th June 2018

11th July 2018

12th September 2018

17th October 2018

14th November 2018

If you need to see a doctor in this time please dial 111

Thank You




            Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm





Men urged to avoid ‘Silent Killer’


Men are being urged to attend one of the newest NHS Screening Programmes. The Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Programme is aimed solely at men who are aged 65 years and over. Men who are in their 65th year will automatically be invited to a screening clinic near to them, but those who are aged 66 and over can self-refer onto the Programme. All that is involved is a free one-off, painless 10 minute ultrasound scan of the abdomen with the results given at the end of the scan.

The aorta is the main blood vessel that supplies blood to your body. It runs from your heart down through your chest and abdomen. In some people, as they get older, the wall of the aorta in the abdomen can become weak. It can then start to expand and form an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). Large aneurysms can be serious. As the wall of the aorta stretches it becomes weaker and can burst (rupture) which can lead to death. The condition is most common in men aged 65 and over, with around 1 in 70 men who are screened having a AAA. Research has demonstrated that offering men ultrasound screening in their 65th year could reduce the rate of premature death from ruptured AAA’s by up to 50%.



The programme is based at the Royal Derby Hospital but all clinics are community-based and we hold clinics at 31 locations throughout the whole of Derbyshire mainly at GP practices, including the Ivy Grove Surgery and Health Centres. Last year we invited 5900 men in their 65th year of which on average 87% attended.

Men who are born prior to the 1st April 1947 and wishing to be screened can contact us 01332 789859 or email us at 

Stay Safe & Well In The Cold Weather

With sub-zero temperatures travelling is becoming difficult for many, so residents should think about how they could best access any healthcare they need. The best option may be to stay at home to recover, to visit a pharmacy for treatment, use a walk-in or urgent care centre, or to call NHS 111 for advice and signposting to a healthcare service.

More often than not self-care is the only treatment you need for minor ailments, such as headaches, colds and flu, or minor injuries like muscle pulls and strains.

The cold weather is a killer and can take its toll on your body, particularly if you are more susceptible to illness because you are elderly or have a long-term medical condition. So, we are urging the most vulnerable to take a few simple precautions to protect themselves from the cold – as it could save their life:

  • Keep yourself warm in and outdoors.
  • If you suffer from a long-term medical condition, are pregnant, or over 65 make sure you book an appointment to have your flu jab.
  • If you take regular medications, make sure you have sufficient supplies and remedies to treat yourself when you are becoming unwell. Ensure that you have access to help and support when you may need it.
  • People should think about how the bad weather may affect friends and family, particularly if they are older or very young or have pre-existing health conditions. These groups can be particularly vulnerable to the ill-effects of cold so think now what you could do to help.

It only takes a few simple measures to protect yourself and your family from winter-related illnesses and incidents. People can keep warm and healthy by following our five top tips.

  1. Heat your home well by setting your heating to the right temperature (between 18-21ºC). If you feel cold at night, use a hot water bottle or electric blanket – but never use both together. It is especially important if you’re at home all day.
  2. Eat well and have plenty of fluids. Food and water are vital sources of energy, and they help keep your body warm. Try to make sure you and your family have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day.
  3. Get a flu jab. You can get free flu jabs to protect against seasonal flu from your GP or local pharmacy if you are over 65, pregnant, or have a long-term condition.
  4. Look after yourself and others. On cold days try to avoid going outside. However, if you do need to go out, remember to wrap up warm and take care on slippery surfaces. If you have an older neighbour or relative, look out for them during the winter to make sure they are safe and well.
  5. Keep your medicine cabinet well stocked. If you’re on medication, make sure you get your repeat prescriptions in time so you don’t run out. If you haven’t already, talk to your GP practice about registering for Patient Online. Simply complete the paperwork and you’ll be able to request repeat prescriptions online as well as make GP appointments. Check to make sure you have enough over the counter remedies for coughs and colds so you don’t need to leave home unless you have to.

For more winter health advice:


Sign up to the NHS Choices newsletter (see the latest example here). It’s packed full of useful advice for staying healthy in cold weather.

Read Met Office advice for when travelling during heavy snow and on icy roads.

Visit the Health A-Z section on the NHS Choices website, or download Self Care Forum's fact sheets from their website for advice on how to treat minor illnesses.  



Statement from the Partners of Jessop Medical Practice Regarding the Proposal to Close our Branch Surgery at Ripley


We would like to thank all our patients who took the time and effort to respond to the survey regarding the proposed closure of our branch surgery at Ripley.

Having taken into account all the comments received, and considered the comments from other interested parties, and in light of our current circumstances, we find that we are in a position to continue to provide services from the Ripley surgery.  However, at this stage this is not a final decision given the issues and uncertainties in general practice.  We will therefore continue to monitor the situation, and we intend to formally review this decision by the end of March 2018.

To be clear therefore, we are not closing Ripley at this current time, but closing Ripley surgery could be a possibility in the future.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind patients that Ripley surgery is our smaller, branch surgery and that the majority of our services are delivered from our main surgery in Leabrooks.  Patients should therefore be aware that, whilst we will continue to offer appointments for both doctors and nurses at Ripley, they may be asked to attend Leabrooks surgery where most consultations take place, and that we cannot guarantee that patients can always be seen in Ripley.  In particular the on-call duty doctor is based at Leabrooks and patients who need to be seen by this doctor will usually be asked to attend Leabrooks surgery.

We would very much like to thank all our patients, staff and colleagues for your continued support, and we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience that consideration of this proposal may have caused you.

Please be assured that we have the best interests of our patients and staff at heart, and we will continue to strive to provide a high standard of care in a friendly, safe environment.

If you have any comments or concerns then please contact us by email via the practice website, or contact the Practice Patient Participation Group (PPG - see their information on our website) or use the suggestion boxes in each waiting room.


Thank you, from the Partners of Jessop Medical Practice 



Don't worry, if you are eligible, you can still make an appointment at the surgery.

 Please book your appointment at reception or phone us now on: 

01773 602707 (Greenhill) or 01773 514110 (Ripley)

Minor Injuries

If your injury is not serious, you can get help from a Minor Injuries Unit (MIU), rather than going to an A&E department. Minor Injuries Units can treat sprains and strains, broken bones, wound infections, minor burns and scalds, minor head injuries, insect and animal bites, minor eye injuries, injuries to the back, shoulders and chest.

There are nearby MIUs at Ripley Community Hospital and Ilkeston Community Hospital and no appointment is normally necessary as they offer a walk in service.

In addition, Jessop Medical Practice also offer a limited minor injuries service.

We are able to treat minor injuries that may not be suitable for normal domestic first aid and these include things such as

    • Bites/Stings
    • Sprains/Strains
    • Sunburn
    • Splinters
    • Bad bruises
    • Whiplash
    • Minor head injuries (where there has been no loss of consciousness.

Please remember this is not a walk in service and is strictly subject to appointment availability


"Pharmacy First" Minor Ailment Scheme

'Everyone can go to their pharmacist for free advice or to buy a medication for a minor ailment.

Your pharmacist can also help you decide whether you need to see a doctor or if self treatment is enough. They may suggest a treatment that you can purchase from the pharmacy or receive for free through the ‘Pharmacy First‘ scheme if you qualify*. Most pharmacies are open throughout the day and there are some that are also open until midnight and at weekends.

If you qualify for free prescriptions you could receive free treatment from your local participating community pharmacist for the following conditions without having to see your GP;

  • Athlete’s foot

  • Bacterial conjunctivitis

  • Constipation

  • Dental pain

  • Diarrhoea

  • Earache

  • Haemorrhoids

  • Hay fever

  • Head lice

  • Insect bites/stings

  • Sore throat

  • Teething

  • Temperature/fever

  • Threadworms

  • Thrush

*Qualification for free medication through ‘Pharmacy First’ is subject to pharmacy participation and if the patient qualifies for free NHS prescriptions.'


Accessible Information Standard

How Do You Communicate?

Do you need information in a different format?

Tell us today, please ask at reception for further information


Access to Medical Records


Patients can now access their Summary Care Record information via the website.   The Practice  uploads any changes to a patient’s summary information to the Summary Care Record at least on a daily basis.  If you do not want a Summary Care Record then please ask at reception for an opt out form.

Access to Full Medical Record

In line with new contractual requirements, the Practice has worked with its clinical supplier to provide our patients with access to their full medical record. This service is now available and to access the service please attend reception at either surgery in order to complete the relevant paperwork. To ensure this service is secure, and the interests of our patients are safeguarded, proof of identification will be required so please bring this with you.  Thank you.



A Practice leaflet, patient Access to Online GP Electronic Health Records  has been produced to give patients further information.  Should you wish to access this service then please complete the Consent Form for Access to Online Medical Record and hand it in to reception at either surgery. Please note that you can complete the form beforehand but you must sign it in the presence of a receptionist and bring in form of ID (photo evidence required i.e. passport, driving license) Alternatively, please ask reception for the relevant leaflet and forms or for more information.


Named GP

 From April 1st 2015, as part of GP contract changes, all patients are required to have a named GP. In this practice, all patients have already been informed of this by letter. The named GP will take lead responsibility for ensuring that all appropriate services are delivered to the patient. Please note that the named GP will not be the only doctor that ever sees the patient, as patients are free to see whichever doctor they wish.



GP2GP is an on-line facility to transfer patient records between GP practices.

This practice uses the GP2GP facility for all transfers of patient records unless there is an issue with the receiving practice’s computer system which does not allow or provide such transfers. 

The Practice is committed to working with NHS England and system suppliers as new functionality is introduced to other GP systems, to enable the introduction of GP2GP across the whole estate.

The Practice clinical system is fully compliant with GP2GP.

On-line Appointment Booking Ordering Repeat Prescriptions

Patients can already book and cancel appointments on-line and they are able to order repeat prescriptions on-line.

The Practice is committed to further increasing these facilities and will liaise with the Practice Patient Participation Group.

In order to register for these services please ask at reception at either surgery.


NHS Numbers

The Practice routinely uses the NHS Number as the Primary Identifier in all NHS Clinical correspondence, including all referrals to other services, whether in electronic or other format, except in exceptional circumstances where the number cannot be ascertained.



If you have any queries about any of the on-line facilities then please ask at reception.  If you have any feedback then please use either the website: or the Patient Participation suggestion box situated in both waiting rooms, or please let reception know.  Thank you.


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