Due to the increase in Coronavirus cases in the UK we are taking additional measures to ensure the safety of patients and staff.
For this reason we are asking patients to only attend the surgery if absolutely necessary.
When attending the surgery we are asking if patients would kindly wear a face mask or face covering in line with Government recommendations
Due to increased infection control we will not be using the Touch Screens for patients to self check-in, please report to reception.
Prescriptions will now be sent electronically to a nominated Pharmacy (please make sure that you have given the surgery your preferred chemist details)
The receptionists will now be asking a series of questions when you call or attend the surgery. Please be aware this is to safeguard you, other patients and staff.
The Bluebell Medical Practice would like to thank all our patients for their co-operation.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or a hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
• you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
• your condition gets worse
• your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Stay At Home advice can be found here
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
• Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Information remains subject to regular change and updates. More information can be found on the NHS website here
Well done Anita - What a star!
We would like to pass on our congratulations and thanks to one of our patients, following her success in raising £1,400 for the neonatal unit at James Cook University Hospital.
During recuperation from a serious illness, Anita used her time to create cute pocket bears bearing personalised messages which could be sent to family and friends during lockdown. She has also knit mask extenders and rainbow badges displaying the ‘Keep Safe’ motto, which we all wear with pride.
Anita told us keeping busy and raising money aided her recuperation. She has received a personalised letter from South Tees Hospitals Charity thanking her for her generous support and how donations help the hospital to provide a level of patient care beyond which the NHS is able to provide.
Keep up the good work Anita and get better soon !
WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAMME
A new national campaign is under way to encourage millions of adults to kick start their health and reduce their risk of serious illness, including COVID-19 and Diabetes.
Please click on the link below to self refer to Weight Watchers Healthier You. This program if for nine months and is free.
The Practice has taken part in the LGBT + training and we are now a LGBT+ Champion Practice. The Practice has inclusive policies for patients, staff, visitors and contractors.
Bluebell Medical Centre was inspected by the Care Quality Commision (CQC) in September and has been rated Good in all areas, our work with the Patient Reference Group was highlighted as an area of outstanding practice. To view the Full Report please click the following link CQC Inspection Report
Annual Report 2019
This is now available for you to read in the survey section of the website or click link below.
Monitoring will now take place in the surgery. Your usual blood test will be replaced by a simple finger prick test which will enable you to check your warfarin dose before leaving your appt. Further details available from reception.
SMS Text Reminders and annual invites
To register for this service please telephone or call into the surgery, once we have your consent and up to date telephone number, we will forward all future invites via SMS text message. You will also receive a reminder text prior to your appt.
STAR Scheme - Extending GP opening hours for patients
New scheme means patients can now see or speak to a local GP urgently on weekdays (6.30 pm to 9.30 pm) weekends and Bank Holidays (8 am to 8 pm) See our Latest Newsletter or follow the link below to find out more.