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Western Dales Primary Care Network:
Read all about what we are, why we exist and what we hope to achieve under "Further information" at the right of the home page.
We have a vacancy for a GP!  Please see 'Latest News' for job description and specification.
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Get your flu vaccination!      
Drop-in clinics for over 65's, under 65 at risk and 50-64 year olds.
 

Our flu clinics were a huge success. If you missed your flu vaccination we also offer a daily walk in service during our normal working hours, no appointment necessary from week commencing 13th September.
 
If you are attending the surgery from today for an appointment please ask the clinician for your vaccination.
 
All 2 & 3 year olds as at 31st August 2021 are eligible for the nasal flu. These are now available for walk-in during our normal working hours but please do not attend the two Saturday clinics.
 

Please see COVID-19 News and updates for any updates!

For more information about the Type 1 Data opt-out, see our page National Data Opt-out and Type 1 Data opt-out.

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Physiotherapy:

You can now see a musculoskeletal physiotherapist practitioner for joint, muscle or soft tissue pain as the first point of contact instead of the GP. This gives you faster access to expert diagnosis, advice and exercises you need to start tackling the problem. The physiotherapist can also refer you on to hospital services and arrange tests where necessary. Please book a telephone triage appointment in the first instance, currently available on Tuesdays mornings, using the MYGP app, Patient Access or ask reception. 

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Please see Appointments - CHOC and Extended Access for pre-bookable appointments outside GP practices’ core contractual hours.

School Letters of Absence:

Please note that it is not a GPs responsibility to issue school letters of absence for your children. Government guidance is that school attendance is mandatory unless your child is self-isolating, has symptoms of COVID-19 or is close to someone who has COVID-19.’

Please note that parents should still make arrangements to contact their GP in the normal way if their child is ill.

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Paper medical Records:

Lancashire and South Cumbria has been chosen by NHS England to be a national pilot for the digitisation of Medical Records.  Scanning these paper based records and making them digital will enable better utilisation of space, creating more clinical space, staff areas, multi team space and video hubs, removing the need for some practices to build extensions. In addition it will also make your record more easily and speedily accessible to clinical staff within your practice.

For the full Privacy Notice please see "Policies" on the drop down at the top left hand side of the home page:

All our Privacy Notices are available there.

PATIENT FEEDBACK:

From August we will be printing our patient feedback.(see Patient Feedback, in Further information.

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On 20 May 2020 the law around organ donation in England changed. See "Patient Information" Organ Donation in England.

 Lock down will be a difficult and unsafe time for many people. If you are experiencing domestic abuse: physical, emotional, psychological, financial, sexual or stalking, please go to victimsupport.org.uk or call 0300 303 0157 for advice and support and always call 999 in an emergency”

 The "Advice for Parents with Unwell Child" has been updated please see "Further Information" Parent Guide!!

DEMENTIA UK HELP LINE 0800 888 6678 Can offer support /advice for people with dementia and their carers. In particular during the Covid 19 crisis they are advising how to manage isolation for people with dementia.

Mon- Fri 9.00-9.00
Weekends 9.00-5.00

Email helpline@dementiauk.org

A SPECIAL COVID MESSAGE
When your child is ill or injured it is very difficult to decide if/when to call
your child’s GP, NHS 111 or go the Accident and Emergency Department
(A&E). During the current situation and while the government is asking
everyone to stay at home, it can be confusing to know what to do. See the Parent Guide under "Further information" at the right hand side of this page.

We are an armed forces veteran friendly GP

NHS England veteran friendly accreditation

This means that, as part of the health commitments of the Armed Forces Covenant, we have a dedicated clinician who has a specialist knowledge of military related health conditions and veteran specific health services. This is important in helping ex-forces to get the best care and treatment.

Self referrals to First Step Counselling service are now available by calling 01524 550552 for a form to be posted to your home address or go on-line https://www.lscft.nhs.uk/first-step

 For more information about First Step please see our Counselling tab.

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Please have a look at our excellent Patient Survey Report under "Have your Say"

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It's here at last!! You can now access your medical record via the myGP app. See "Latest News" for full details

*Please be aware* we have been informed that some patients in our area have received phone calls from someone trying to arrange an NHS health check for over 40s. Do not give out any personal details unless you are completely sure you are speaking to someone working for the NHS.

 

We urge everyone to be careful if you receive an unexpected call from your local GP surgery or someone claiming to work for the NHS, and if you are unsure if it is a genuine call, you could hang up and dial your GP Practice to confirm.

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Just Found out you are pregnant? please use the on-line booking service where possible.

www.uhmb.nhs.uk/maternity

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Smoking causes 16 cancers. If one doesn’t kill you…it could change your life. Quitting is the one clear way to reduce your risk. http://quit16.co.uk/  #Quit16. See "Further Information" for more details.

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Breast Screening Programme; The breast screening team are now in our area, please see "latest news" for more information.
Cervical Screening
Please see further information headed "Book your cervical smear" at the right hand side of the page.
Parents please be aware of Suicide challenge that is now happening with children in the UK. I have attached information about this and what you can do to protect your child:
 

Suicide Prevention in Lancashire and South Cumbria

Bay Health and Care Partners are holding a session in Kendal on 3 April which may be of interest to you or members of your community.

Suicide Prevention in Lancs and South Cumbria

Our staff training closure afternoons are now available on the "Opening Hours" tab. Please make a note of these to avoid you having a wasted journey.
GP and Nurse appointments are now available in our area, evenings, weekends and bank holidays at Westmorland General, Furness General, Ambleside and Grange health Centres. To book an appointment contact us or you can also book by calling 03000 247 247 direct.
For more information, visit nhs.uk/gpaccess
myGP: you can now order repeat  prescriptions via the myGP app as well as make and cancel appointments. Its quick and easy to download and use!!
Voluntary Social Car Scheme in Sedbergh, Cumbria County Council are delighted to advise that Julia Skomp has kindly taken over this role. Call Julia on 015396 20305.
There is another organisation looking for volunteer drivers called Travel Assist (for the elderly and disabled) if you wish to help call 01539 756534
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Please read our page under "further information" regarding a recent mailshot by Pharmacy2u you before you change your prescription destination!

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Heart Age Test

Take the Heart Age Test - see Patient information - Heart age

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Introducing new signposting system for GP appointments: From 6th August 2018

When calling the practice, please be aware that the receptionist, on behalf of your GP, may ask for some brief information about the reason for your call, this is to ensure that you are booked into the most appropriate clinic to suit your needs. Our receptionists are here to help and are governed by the NHS code of confidentiality.

See LATEST NEWS" for further information

 

 

New free app!

Book appointments for you and your family anytime, anywhere with myGP.

Check out your app store

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Weekend and evening GP / Health Care Assistant Appointments available by appointment at Westmorland General Hospital or Furness General Hospital at the CHOC (Cumbria Health on Call ) reception. Appointments must be booked by your GP surgery.

See  poster under "Further Information"

Patient On-line

Book your GP appointment on-line

Order your repeat prescriptions on-line

Access your own medical record on-line

Pick up an application form at Reception or follow the link in Patient On-line in Further information, print the form and present at Reception with photographic ID.

 CHOC (Cumbria Health on Call) are now offering routine GP appointments on a Saturday mornings and evenings at Westmorland General or Furness General with a CHOC GP. Please ask at Reception.

 If you have recently been referred to see a specialist, see leaflet, "Patient Information regarding your referral". It may save you and your GP time.


 Would you recommend us to your friends and family?

Please take a moment to complete our "Friends and Family" test or pick a card up in Reception. Thank you!!

 

We regret that requests for travel vaccinations received less than three weeks before you travel will not be accepted. We will ask you to arrange these through a travel clinic

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Patient Access

What is Patient Access?

With Patient Access, you can order your repeat prescriptions on-line from home, work or on the move — wherever you can connect to the internet. What's more, because Patient Access is a 24 hour online service you can do this in your own time, day or night.

Patient Access is not just for ordering repeat prescriptions, you can also:

  • Book your GP appointment
  • Change your address details.
  • Send secure messages to your practice.
  • View your medical record securely online

Contact us now!

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Sedbergh MP

We are seeing high rates of Covid 19 presenting with a sore throat, headache or runny nose without the usual high temperature, cough etc., these being a feature of the delta variant. If you have any of these symptoms please be safe and get a formal C19 PCR test before entering the surgery, as a lateral flow test does not exclude C19 infection, but a negative PCR test does. If in doubt please ring 111 or Sedbergh Medical Practice for advice.

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Update from Sedbergh Medical Practice 19th August 2021

As we recover from the third Covid 19 wave it is worth advising of the minor changes we have made to the appointment structure as we learn from the enforced changes and try to get access to services right. We have re-introduced a limited open surgery every weekday morning however this is NOT walk in. Please ring the reception and if appropriate you will be booked into one of our 0830 to 1000 slots to see a senior clinician. In addition the telephone triage system has been maintained although in a reduced amount. Hopefully this way we can provide the service required either remotely or with a face to face appointment. This also means that we can release more face to face appointments to be booked as available-improving choice if folks are happy to wait to see a specific clinician. Although continuity of care is important, the medical record is available for a clinical staff so what has gone before/the discussion and current plan is usually visible and easily followed. Where appropriate we are making use of online and SMS text message contacts as this can be an efficient way of communicating for all re. Simple matters.

Weekend Appointments

There is also the ability to have bloods, simple procedures, nurse reviews and doctor appointments on a Saturday morning rotating between Bentham, Kirkby Lonsdale and ourselves. These are bookable via reception and may be more convenient depending on personal circumstances. Although the staff available do not work here in Sedbergh during the week, they use our electronic record system when seeing patients registered here in Sedbergh. This is additional to the standard out-of-hours Doctor service (Cumbria On Call). Our reception staff may well suggest a Saturday morning appointment if they think it would suit you best-or please enquire.

Please DO NOT ATTEND if you have any symptoms of COVID.

We kindly ask that you wear a face covering

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See COVID-19 News and Updates page for all matters including vaccination information.

If you’re in an emergency situation and need police help, but can’t speak, Make Yourself Heard and let the 999 operator know your call is genuine.

Welcome to Sedbergh Medical Practice

Sedbergh Health Centre covers a geographical area within approximately 10 miles of Sedbergh including Garsdale, Dentdale and Ravenstonedale, see the New Patients page for an area map. We run many clinics for chronic disease care and offer a wide variety of other medical services such as antenatal and postnatal care, minor surgery, travel vaccinations, childhood vaccinations and well-person check-ups.

 


Play the video to find out how the app  can help you! https://vimeo.com/306153946

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NHS England veteran friendly accreditation 

We are conscious that some patients registered at Sedbergh Medical Practice may be affected by current events in Afghanistan.  Sedbergh Medical Practice is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners as one which specialises in the care of military veterans and their families. All the team have been trained in the care of military veterans and their families. If recent events have affected you and you wish to seek help, please come forward.

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