Welcome to Heathcote Medical Centre
Our website has been designed to make it easy for you to gain instant access to the information you need. As well as specific practice details such as opening hours and how to register, you’ll find a wealth of useful pages covering a wide range of health issues along with links to other relevant medical organisations.
Get Well, Keep Well
Of course we’re not just here for when you are unwell. Our team of healthcare professionals and back-up staff offer a number of clinics and services to promote good health and wellbeing whatever your medical condition.
Please see the latest newsletter.Patient Newsletter
NEW APPOINTMENT SYSTEM
We are introducing a new appointment booking system in October. During the transitional stage we ask patients to understand that there may be some delay or inconvenience whilst staff adjust to the changes. It may also be necessary to suspend online booking while the new system beds in. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. We are taking the opportunity to once again review online booking procedures and will be considering the use of SMS reminders with an ability for patients to cancel by text (this is currently in development with the system provider so watch this space).
If you would like to be able to book appointments online in due course, please contact the surgery and ask to be signed up to EMIS access appointments. The receptionist will provide you with a full instruction letter and PIN on seeing proof of your identity (photo ID please).
We have bookable appointments available from October and we will be having a walk in clinic (no appointment necessary) during the morning of Saturday 10th October. Please note this is from 10am so please do not arrive before then. There are various clinics for children in October. More appointments for children will be available during October half term. If you are at risk by reason of being a healthcare worker, over 65, pregnant, having a long term medical condition or are aged 2-4 inclusive, then you are likely to be eligible for vaccination. Please see the attached leaflets for more information Leaflet for Child Flu Flu leaflet
From August 2015, all 17- and 18-year-olds in school year 13 and first-time university students up to the age of 25 will be offered the Men ACWY vaccine as part of the NHS vaccination programme. The Men ACWY vaccine protects against four different causes of meningitis and septicaemia – meningococcal (Men) A, C, W and Y diseases. We will be running specific clinics in August and September and will be contacing eligible patients directly.
PRIVATE MINOR SURGERY SERVICE
Only available for non Heathcote registered patients Do you have any warts, skin tags or moles that you would prefer to be without? If so then click on the LINK for more information on how these could easily be removed.
ONLINE PRESCRIPTION SERVICE AND ELECTRONIC PRESCRIBING SERVICE
If you would like to order your repeat prescriptions online please contact the surgery and ask to be signed up to EMIS access. The receptionist should be able to provide you with a full instruction letter and PIN on seeing proof of your identity (photo ID please). Please note that online prescriptions are only available for patients over the age of 16. We apologise if this causes any inconvenience but Patient Access integrates with patient data and we must protect patient confidentiality. This is also why we must be strict in requiring photographic ID.Learn More....
The NHS is introducing the Electronic Prescription Service which becomes operational here in July 2015. This could make collecting prescriptions easier and more convenient for you. This service gives you the option to ‘nominate’ the place you choose to get your medication or appliance from so that they can receive your prescriptions electronically. This could save you a trip to the practice just to collect a prescription form - particularly if you have regular prescriptions. Ask a member of staff for more information or visit www.hscic.gov.uk/epspatients
HEALTH CHECKS SERVICE
We are now offering health checks to patients aged between 40 and 74 who are not already being monitored with a serious condition. The check is to assess your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, stroke and dementia. If there are any warning signs, then together we can do something about it.
The check should take about 20-30 minutes and is based on straightforward questions and measurements such as age, gender, family history, height, weight and blood pressure. There will also be a simple blood test to measure your cholesterol level.
Following the check, you will receive free personalised advice about what you can do to stay healthy. For more information please see the website: http://www.healthcheck.nhs.uk/
If you wish to make an appointment with one of our health care assistants please see reception or call the surgery at your convenience.
SUMMARY CARE RECORD UPDATE
The NHS in England is now using an electronic record called the Summary Care Record [SCR] which is being used to support patient care. It is a copy of key information held within your GP record. It provides authorised healthcare staff with faster, secure access to essential information about you - when you need unplanned care or when your GP practice is closed. The information can only be accessed with your consent.
You may have already considered your options regarding your SCR. However, you can choose to opt in or out at any time. Patients are advised to read this leaflet. Any patient who wishes to opt out may do so by using this form and bringing it to the surgery. Please note that if you are the parent or guardian of a child under 16 you are strongly recommended to discuss the consequences of opting out with your GP or the Practice Manager.
(Site updated 24/09/2015)