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Dr Jonathan Heatley - Update

GOOD NEWS - Jonathan has just been given the all clear.  

He is feeling relieved and can now concentrate on making a recovery. He still suffers from the after effects of the radiotherapy but will be phasing back to work over the next few months.


A drug safety alert has been received for EMERADE (Adrenalin injectors) -There has been a fault detected in a few devices where the full dose has not been delivered.  Patients affected by this will receive a fact sheet and letter.  If you are concerned please contact your pharmacy or the surgery


This pilot is due to come to an end in the next few weeks.  The results will be evaluated and the CCG will make a decision whether it will continue.


Holbrook Surgery Team who took part in this year's  "Race for Life" raised an amazing £7655.00

You can still donate by clicking on the link below:


We have noticed a few patients are signing up to online pharmacies that offer to manage prescriptions, we do not accept these. To order your prescriptions use the NHS app, Online services or this website. You can use these online pharmacies as your nominated pharmacy but not to request anything on your behalf. See old news for CCG directive

Dr Jon Heatley

Unfortunately Dr Heatley has been diagnosed with a Throat Cancer so will not be at the surgery for the next few months.  He is embarking on a radical treatment regime, with a good prospect of a cure and we all wish him well.  Patients will be looked after by the other GPs so there will be no loss of continuity of care.

This comes in light of Dr Anisha Patel being given the 'all clear' from her recent bowel cancer.  She will be looking at a phased return to work in the summer.


Are you registered for our on-line services? YES Try the new access to your account using the NHS APP - see the online services tab for more information.


We hope you like our refurbished waiting room which is almost finished.  The paintings have been done by a local artist Liam Jackson and the waiting room designer Carole Colman.

We are very pleased with the results.

NO Longer accepting Pharmacy managed prescriptions

It is estimated that over-ordering, stockpiling and not using medication, costs the local NHS around £2.5 million per year. To reduce these costs the local CCG group, inline with others have made changes. These changes mean that patients must place orders on repeat prescriptions themselves. The pharmacy or supplier will not be able to do this for the patient.

This does not change how your medicine or equipment is delivered or received. The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) still allows you to nominate a pharmacy or supplier to fill your prescription for collection or delivery.

Changes with ear syringing/irrigation

As a result of funding changes within the NHS, we are no longer funded for ear syringing to clear earwax.  In order to provide the best service for our patients we will offer microsuction, but only after patients have used ear drops- preferably sodium bicarbonate with olive oil as an alternative.  The requirement is 3 drops into each ear for 3 minutes, 3 times a day for 3 weeks, as this technique will resolve 95% of earwax problems.  We cannot offer a microsuction appointment unless you have done this.


If you are aged 40 - 74 and have not been diagnosed with the conditions mentioned below you are eligible for a free NHS Health Check. Even though you might be feeling great, if you're over forty you may be at risk of heart disease, stroke,kidney disease, diabetes or dementia. A FREE NHS Health Check can help you reduce these risks and make sure that you stay healthy. Please click on the link below for more information.

Health Check Leaflet

Changes to Coeliac prescribing moved 21/6/18

Following national consultation on the availability of gluten-free foods on NHS prescription, the government has decided to restrict gluten-free prescribing to bread and mixes only.

A wide range of Gluten-Free foods is now readily available in supermarkets and other food outlets, meaning that the ability of patients to obtain these foods without a prescription has greatly increased.

The following letter has been sent to all patients who currently receive gluten free products on prescriptions

Diabetic Home Glucose Monitoring moved 21/6/18

There is a problem with some home monitoring blood test strips used in the Accu-chek, Accu-Chek Aviva and Accu-Chek performa monitors.

If you use any of these monitors take your test strips to a local pharmacy where they can check if you have any of the affected batch numbers.

each ear for 3 minutes, 3 times a day for 3 weeks, as this technique will resolve 95% of earwax problems.  We cannot offer an ear syringing appointment unless you have done this.

There is a new Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). It is an electronic record which contains information about the medicines you take, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had.


Why do I need a Summary Care Record?

Storing information in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed.

This information could make a difference to how a doctor decides to care for you, for example which medicines they choose to prescribe for you.

Who can see it?

Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record. 


How do I know if I have one?

Over half of the population of England now have a Summary Care Record. You can find out whether Summary Care Records have come to your area by looking at our interactive map or by asking your GP

Do I have to have one?

No, it is not compulsory. If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery. You can use the form at the foot of this page.

More Information

For further information visit the NHS Care records website or the HSCIC Website

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