Welcome to Holsworthy Medical Centre
Holsworthy Medical Centre serves Holsworthy as well as its surrounding villages. Our team includes GPs, three 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.
PRACTICE NEWS NOVEMBER 2015
For the November newsletter please press November Newsletter
To have a look at the Patient Participation Group 2014/15 Report please click HERE
Following a formal inspection of the medical centre, the Care Quality Commission gave Holsworthy Medical Centre the highest grade of 'OUTSTANDING'. To view the full inspection report press CQC Inspection Report 2015
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 ... STILL BOOKING!
We have now completed all three Saturday flu vaccination clinics. If you have still not been able to book in for your vaccination and would like to, please call the surgery and we will try to book you in with one of our health care assistants. 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
OTHER NEW VACCINATIONS
As mentioned in the national press, surgeries are now offering Meningitis B vaccinations to babies (at 2 months, 4 months and booster at 12 months) and Meningitis C Y vaccination to 17 and 18 year-olds as well as anyone 19-24 going to university or college for the first time. Please ask a member of staff if you wish to know more or book in.
Shingles vaccinations will not be offered to patients in the eligible age ranges until the new year.
The mobile breast screening unit will be in Well Park Car Park, Holsworthy in November and December. All women needing screening between the ages of 47 and 70 will be called by invitation automatically. Anyone over 70 who would like an appointment please call 01392 262600
DOCTOR & NURSE NEWS - COMINGS & GOINGS
Dr Andy Brown, who takes over from Dr Lee, has now started with us at the practice. He will have the same surgery days as Dr Lee: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. All Dr Lee's patients have been transferred directly to Dr Andy Brown.
Dr Sarah El-Badawy will be leaving th practice at the end of November to continue her experience elsewhere. It has been lovely to have her with us for four months as she expands her experience as a doctor. Dr. Matthew Brown will be starting with us in December in the same capacityas part of Holsworthy Doctor's training responsibilty.
Nurse Bridget Chisholm has now started at the practice as an additional Nurse Practitioner joining Teresa and Sarah already at the practice. She will be available every weekday (apart from Thursday afternoons) for minor illness appointments. Bridget is able to prescribe.
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.
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 24/11/2015)