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Patient Notice. The Practice now opens on a Thursday afternoon between 16:00pm-18:30pm.


Please note, this will be for Patient Access Only.

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Latest News... April 2019

Please welcome Dr Khalid Aziz who recently joined our team. Dr Aziz will be working with the Practice on Monday morning, Tuesday morning & afternoon and Wednesday morning.


Measles cases at highest for 20 years in Europe, as anti-vaccine movement grows 

Please find the full link in the latest news section of the website.

For urgent medical attention while the surgery is closed please call Badger on 0300 555 9999

For life threatening emergencies please call 999

Times are changing

Evening and weekend appointments available from 1 July in North Solihull.
There will be GP, nurse and healthcare appointments available at

Bosworth Medical Centre


Bosworth Medical Centre is situated inside Chelmsley Wood Primary Care Centre, is within easy reach of the Practice, has ample parking and is on the 97 bus route.
Appointments for this service will be made through your own GP surgery.

Latest News... March 2019

New prescribing policy

What is changing?

Our practice, along with others throughout England, will be implementing a new policy on prescriptions for over-the-counter medicines when used to treat a range of minor health conditions.  The national guidance on this policy has come from NHS England and the full local policy can be found on the Birmingham and Solihull CCG website.

The GPs and nurses at Downsfield Medical Centre will no longer routinely be prescribing medicines that can be bought over-the-counter (OTC) for certain, mostly short term, conditions.  We will also no longer be prescribing vitamin and mineral supplements for most patients.

We are asking patients to take a different approach to managing the following conditions:  

  • acute sore throat
  • minor burns and scalds
  • conjunctivitis
  • mild cystitis
  • coughs, colds and nasal congestion
  • mild dry skin
  • cradle cap
  • mild irritant dermatitis
  • dandruff
  • mild to moderate hay fever
  • diarrhoea (adults)
  • dry eyes and sore tired eyes
  • mouth ulcers
  • earwax
  • nappy rash
  • excessive sweating
  • infant colic
  • sunburn
  • infrequent cold sores of the lip
  • sun protection
  • infrequent constipation
  • teething or mild toothache
  • infrequent migraine
  • threadworms
  • insect bites and stings
  • travel sickness
  • mild acne
  • warts and verrucae
  • haemorrhoids (piles)
  • oral thrush
  • head lice
  • prevention of tooth decay
  • indigestion and heartburn
  • ringworm or athlete's foot
  • minor pain, discomfort and fever (such as aches and sprains, headache, period pain, and back pain)

We are moving towards the idea that these conditions will usually be treated via “self-care”.  The team of health professionals at your local pharmacy can offer help and clinical advice to manage these minor health concerns.  You can buy OTC medicines at your local pharmacy and/or supermarket for any of these conditions.

If you are prescribed medicines that are available over-the-counter for a chronic (long-term) medical condition, such as paracetamol for osteoarthritis, you will still have them prescribed by your GP.  

If you have certain long-term medical conditions we may still want you to see the GP or nurse for the conditions listed above, as it may be the most appropriate way for you to get your medicines and allow us to monitor your health.

 Why are we doing this?

In the financial year 2017/18, the Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), which our practice is part of, spent approximately £ 15.7 million on prescriptions for medicines which could otherwise be purchased over the counter from a pharmacy and/or other outlets such as petrol stations or supermarkets.  The costs to the NHS for many of the items used to treat minor conditions are often higher than the prices for which they can be purchased over-the-counter.

 The benefits of this new policy include:

  • Fewer appointments in general practice will be taken up in dealing with conditions which are suitable for self-care. This means that more appointments will be available for those who need medical advice.
  • People will be encouraged to take more control over their own healthcare, using the skills of highly trained community pharmacists if they wish to do so.
  • NHS resources can be re-focussed towards other treatments e.g. new medicines to prevent strokes, better medicines to improve breathing, a wider variety of treatments for diabetes.

Where can I find more information?

See the Birmingham and Solihull CCG website for more information on the policy, frequently asked questions and where to get information to support ‘self-care’.

Latest News... February 2019

Measles cases at highest for 20 years in Europe, as anti-vaccine movement grows

A climate of doubt about vaccine safety is putting lives at risk, experts warn

A measles vaccination being administered. Populist politicians, from the US to Italy, Poland and France, have jumped on the anti-vaccine bandwagon.

A growing anti-vaccine movement in Europe, fuelled by social media and anti-establishment populists, is putting lives at risk and may be to blame for measles outbreaks surging to a 20-year high, health experts are warning.

A fresh Guardian analysis of WHO data shows that measles cases in Europe will top 60,000 this year - more than double that of 2017 and the highest this century. There have been 72 deaths, twice as many as in 2017.

Health experts warn that vaccine sceptics are driving down immunisation rates for measles, HPV against cervical cancer, flu and other diseases - and that their opinions are increasingly being amplified by social media and by rightwing populists equally sceptical of medical authorities.

The European Union’s health commissioner, Vytenis Andriukaitis, accused rightwing populist politicians of irresponsibility, peddling “fake news” about vaccine safety and stoking the climate of doubt.Andriukaitis, a former heart surgeon, said he was very worried, adding: “Not just me – all of scientific society is concerned – epidemiologists, paediatricians, infectious disease experts and a lot of health ministers.“It is unimaginable that we have deaths because of measles – children dying because of measles. We promised that by 2020 Europe would be measles free.”

Seth Berkley, the head of the global vaccine alliance Gavi, said scepticism was as infectious as a disease. He said: “It is very hard to inoculate against, given there is no stable authority in the world right now, where institutions and facts are being questioned routinely and lying is OK.”.

“We’re in a very vulnerable place right now,” said Heidi Larson, the director of the Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

“There’s more hyperbole in the US. But I don’t know a country in the world that doesn’t have some questioning going on,” she said. Different vaccines trigger opposition in different countries, from MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) to the flu vaccine to HPV against the virus that causes most cervical cancers.

The World Health Organization, the EU and the US have all set up groups to investigate the causes of vaccine hesitancy and look for ways to help reassure people. Larsen said: “The reason WHO changed their tune about how important and serious this is was because they had so many member states coming to them and saying: can you help us.

Populist rightwing politicians, from the US to Italy, Poland and France, have jumped on the anti-vaccine bandwagon, supporting the sceptics and championing the right of parents not to immunise their children in countries where it is mandatory before starting school.

PLEASE CLICK THE BELOW LINK FOR THE FULL ARTICLE.....

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/21/measles-cases-at-highest-for-20-years-in-europe-as-anti-vaccine-movement-grows

Latest News... November 2018

Times are changing

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Evening and weekend appointments available from 1 July in North Solihull.
There will be GP, nurse and healthcare appointments available at

Bosworth Medical Centre.


Bosworth Medical Centre is situated inside Chelmsley Wood Primary Care Centre, is within easy reach of the Practice, has ample parking and is on the 97 bus route.
Appointments for this service will be made through your own GP surgery.

Latest News... July 2018

The Practice has introduced  knitting class which will take place on Thursday's at the Practice. The next knitting class will take place on Thursday 9th July 2018. Please feel free to join in. If you require further information please ask at reception. 

Latest News... May 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new law that determines how your personal data is processed and kept safe, and the legal rights that you have in relation to your own data.

Please visit our page on GDPR where you can find further information on this

Image result for gdprLatest News... April 2018

Please note: Our telephone lines will switch off at 1pm on Tuesday 24th April 2018 and resume at 16:00pm as normal. The Practice is currently undergoing planned maintenance work on our telephone system and we would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience. During this time your call will be handled by our out of ours service.

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Latest News... January 2018

We would like to congratulate Dr Jabeen on the birth of her baby daughter. Dr Jabeen is now away on Maternity Leave.

Latest News... September 2017

Please note that the Practice will no longer be offering extended hours appointments on Wednesday evenings between 18:30-19:15pm as of 1st October 2017.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause patients however we will try to best accommodate you. 

Please talk to reception should you wish to discuss this further. Alternatively you can attend our next Patient Group meeting on the 27th September to put your view's across. 

Latest News...August 2017

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Latest News...June 2017

Are you having difficulties getting to your Doctors appointment?

Ring and Ride operate a door-to-door service for those that struggle to use conventional public transport.It is also available for anyone recovering from a temporary injury, regardless of age.

Registration is free. For more information call 0121 327 8128 or email enquiries@ringandride.org

The link to the website is below

http://www.ringandride.org/index.html


Please see below the winning raffle numbers form our coffee morning earlier this year.

Please contact the Practice if you have a winning ticket.

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107 108 109 110 111

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Do you have a learning disability or support someone who does? By adding your name to the learning disability register you can get better healthcare - and you could have a free Annual Health Check.

Going to the doctor is not always easy if you have a learning disability. 

By joining the learning disability register you can get:

  • extra support when you visit your doctor - including making an appointment
     
  • support to understand your doctor and your information
     
  • more time to talk about how you are feeling. 

You may also be able to have to an Annual Health Check. Watch our video to find out more. 

Be Happy. Be healthy. Don't miss out. 


"The Practice will be closed over Easter weekend (14-17 April), please make sure you order and collect any repeat medication that you need, in plenty of time."

"If you need urgent medical treatment or advice over the Easter weekend, but aren't sure where to go, call NHS 111. Open 24/7 and free to call."


CQC have inspected this site in January 2017 and the report is currently pending.
Registered on 1 April 2013

This service was registered by CQC on 1 April 2013. New services are assessed to check they are likely to be safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.


Alzheimer's Society - Dementia Support Clinics

Downsfield Merdical Centre will be holding their very first dementia support clinic which will be run by the Alzheimer's Society. We would welcome patients who suffer from dementia and carers for those patients to take advantage of these clinics. The aim of these clinics are to give these patient's advice and support on what is available in the society to help with their caring needs. 

Our next clinic will take place on the Monday 3rd April 2017 at the practice between 10:00am-12:00pm.

Patients will have the opportunity to book an appointment with a specialist or talk to a specialist in the waiting area who will be available with resources necessary to you. The practice will aim to call patients who would be eligable for this service 1 week before the clinic is due to take place but should you wish to book an appointment sooner please do call the practice to arrange this.

We hope our patients will benefit from this service. 

 


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Exciting News...Primary Care Transformation Funds For Revelopment

Over 1,000 GP practices across the country have had bids approved for funding in principle as part of the first tranche of the £1billion, four-year Primary Care Infrastructure Fund. Downsfield Medical Centre was one of the practice's!

The funding will help to improve the current  premises to benefit both patients and professionals working in primary care – either through making improvements to existing buildings or through the creation of new ones. It will also help the practice to harness technology and give practices the space to offer more appointments and improved care for the frail elderly in the community – essential in supporting the reduction of hospital admissions.

You will find that the practice is currently under construction and work is aimed to be completed by August 2016 at the latest. Please check the website and subscribe to our facebook page for daily updates.


Introducing the New Text Service - Please update your contact number at reception

Downsfield Medical Centre have now introduced a new text service which patient's can reply back to. You will also be able to automatically recieve a text reminder message for your upcoming appointments. Please ask at reception for more details. If you have a new number please remeber to change this at reception so you can benefit from our new service. If you would like to opt out of this service please let reception know.

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