Welcome to Holsworthy Medical Centre
Holsworthy Medical Centre serves Holsworthy as well as its surrounding villages. Our team includes GPs, two nurse practitioners, practice nurses, health care assistants and phlebotomists as well as our practice management and administrative support teams.
We are responsible for advising patients on leading a healthy lifestyle as well as caring for the sick. We offer a full general practice service and run specialist clinics as indicated in this website. There is also an on-site dispensing service.
At Holsworthy Medical Centre we aim to treat all our patients promptly, courteously and in complete confidence. We feel it is important that you know who you are speaking to, so our office staff wear a name badge and identify themselves on the telephone.
THE MEDICAL CENTRE WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY 31st AUGUST for the Bank Holiday.
PRACTICE NEWS AUGUST 2015
***AN 'OUTSTANDING' MEDICAL CENTRE***
Following a formal inspection of the medical centre in December, the Care Quality Commission have given Holsworthy Medical Centre the highest grade of 'OUTSTANDING'. This is a huge accomplishment which only 12 other practices in the country have been able to achieve so far. Our thanks to all patients who contributed their comments either directly with the inspectors or indirectly through written questionnaires. Press HERE to view the full survey or HERE for a summary of the findings.
For the August newsletter please click August Newsletter
PATIENT PARTICIPATION DES
To have a look at the Patient Participation Group 2014/15 Report please click HERE
MORE HOAX CALLERS - PLEASE BE AWARE
Two reports have been received from GP surgeries in the North and East of Cornwall regarding a company who had cold-called one of their patients, seemingly with the patient’s medical history. In the first incident the company allegedly claimed they had obtained this information from the patient’s GP Surgery. Please be aware that this is a hoax call and does not come from any medical centre. If you receive a call of this nature hang up immediately and do not agree to any appointment or give any personal details. If you are at all unsure contact the medical centre staff on 01409 253692.
FLU VACCINATION CLINICS ... BOOKING NOW!
We are now taking bookings for our annual flu clinics to be held all day on Saturday 3rd October and Saturday 17th October. Please book in if you are eligible. Children's nasal vaccinations will also be given at these clinics. A further clinic on Saturday 7th November will be made available to anyone unable to attend the October dates. For more details about the national flu vaccination programme and eligibility please click on the following link: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/flu-influenza-vaccine.aspx
DOCTOR NEWS - COMINGS & GOINGS
Dr Shiva and Dr Monika Gemza-Rooke have now both joined the practice as permanent members of staff. Dr Shiva is available on Mondays and Thursdays and Dr Gemza-Rooke has surgeries on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, all days of the week being covered.
After many years with the practice Dr Lee will be leaving the practice at the end of September to take up a post nearer to his home. He will be greatly missed by patients and staff alike. Dr Lee will be replaced by a new doctor - Dr ANDREW Brown who will take up his post in October. Dr Lee is still available for appointments as normal until 30th September.
Dr James Hambidge, who was with us for 4 months to gain extended GP experience, left the practice on July 31st. We wish him well in his new placement. Dr Sarah El-Badawy has now joined the practice this month and will be with us for 4 months like Dr Hambidge. After an initial settling-in period she will be available for appointments and offers a full range of GP services.
BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORING
If you would like to use our own form for monitoring your blood pressure at home please press BLOOD PRESSURE FORM download and/or print off.
PHARMACY FIRST SCHEME
Did you know that other health care providers in the local area may be able to help with your healthcare needs? Simple ailments such as coughs, colds, diarrhoea, sore throats and headaches are now being dealt with at your local chemist. Under a new scheme, qualified staff at Boots and Lloyds are now able to prescribe some medications for minor illnesses. Other conditions that can be treated under this scheme are: conjunctivitis, impetigo, nappy rash, uncomplicated urinary infections and oral thrush. If your health is usually good then this service may be of use to you if you become unwell. Ask at your chemist for details. Normal prescription charges apply if prescription items are required. If you qualify for free prescriptions then you will not have to pay.
MINOR ILLNESS CENTRE AT STRATTON
As well as a Minor Injuries Unit, Stratton Hospital are now offering a Minor Illness Centre to provide healthcare support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you find you are suffering from: conjunctivitis - red/sore eyes, fungal infections (nappy rash etc.), ear infections, urine/bladder infections, eczema and minor skin troubles, chickenpox, colds, sore throat and hand, foot and mouth disease, you are able to attend this centre. Any medicines dispensed will be charged at the standard rate.
OUT OF HOURS SERVICE
If you have to contact the Out of Hours service through Devon Docs or NHS 111 and you are advised to be seen at a treatment centre, you do have a choice where you are seen. There are centres at Holsworthy Hospital (on Saturdays only) Stratton and Launceston as well as at Bideford and Okehampton. You must state where you wish to be seen otherwise you will be taken to Bideford or Okehampton.
WEDNESDAY LUNCHTIME CLOSURES
The medical centre does close for half an hour (occasionally slightly longer) on some Wednesday lunchtimes. Doors will be closed and, if you ring, you will be advised how to proceed and what number to call in case of emergency.
To access the online services available at the medical centre simply come in to reception to obtain a username and password. Please be aware that we can only give these details to the person to whom they belong. ID will need to be provided.
Postcode checker CLICK HERE to see if you are within the medical centre's catchment area.
(Site updated 26/08/2015)