Closed for Staff Training
Sothall Medical Centre will be closed on Tuesday 13th February 2018 from 12.30pm for essential staff training.
During this time all our telephone calls will be transferred to the GP Out of Hours service, until the next day.
The building only will re-open at 4.00pm to ensure we still provide access to extended hours appointments on this day.
We will re-open as normal on Wednesday 14th February 2018 from 8.30am
New Practice Website
Look out for our new and improved practice website over the next 4 weeks.
You will still be able to access all the same content as now, but the aim is to provide this in a more accessible and easy to use format, in line with a more innovative and progressive environment.
Improving access to general practice: evening and weekend appointments now available
Patients who are registered at this practice can now book an appointment to see a GP or nurse on weekday evenings (after 6.30pm), early morning (from 7.30am) or at the weekends (on Saturday and Sunday at a local Satellite Hub). Appointments will either take place at this practice or at another NHS setting nearby. Talk to the practice receptionist to find out more or book an appointment.
Living with Diabetes?
Do you want to know more about your diabetes?
Have you got questions about how you can help yourself?
We are working with DiabEasy as 1-2-3 in collaboration with Stop It, Do It to provide our patients with diabetes with free information, help and support with living with their diabetes. These sessions will be held on a monthly basis. These sessions will be facilitated by Sonia Willis - DESMOND Educator.
After discussion with the current members of the group it has been decided that we are going to run a 4 session structured program, covering the following areas.
Week 1. What is diabetes and how can I explain it to others?
Week 2. What can I do to help myself?
Week 3. What are the consequences of diabetes?
Week 4. Medications and Reflection
Our next 4 session structured program is due to start on:
Thursday 8th February 2018
6.30pm - 8.30pm
Sothall Medical Centre
To book your free place on our next session please contact reception.
Patient Participation Group Meeting
We highly value the thoughts and opinions of our patients and therefore you are invited to join our Patient Participation Group. The next meeting is due to take place as follows:
- Wednesday 7th February 2018
- Sothall Medical Centre
If you have any questions about the Patient Participation Group, or wish to join, please do not hesitate to contact Spencer, Deputy Practice Manager, on 0114 2284900.
Suspension of Gluten Free Prescribing
With effect from 1 December 2017, NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (SCCG) have issued guidance requesting that manufactured gluten free foods are no longer be prescribed for adults in Sheffield. This decision was made at the SCCG Governing Body meeting on 2 November 2017 following a period of wide consultation in the city. Sheffield in line with other major cities has taken this decision after a lot of discussion and careful thought. Coeliac UK has been represented and patient’s views were widely sought as were the views of the consultants at the hospital.
NHS Sheffield CCG has a public website - http://www.sheffieldccg.nhs.uk/ and this has a rich source of information about alternatives to gluten and how to stay healthy eating a diet that does not contain any gluten. I understand you will be very disappointed to hear this news and I apologise for the informality of a website post.
As you can see this is a decision that has been taken at the highest level in order to make best use of NHS resources. As a result, from 1 December we will no longer be supplying prescriptions for gluten free products to adults. Having said that I would urge you to live a gluten free lifestyle, I would encourage you to have your flu jab and if you would like to come and talk to us please make an appointment and we will be pleased to see you. If this causes undue hardship please let us know. It is important that we do get feedback on any problems you may have.
Dr D. Leonard
Making Urgent Care work better in Sheffield.
The urgent care consultation runs from Tuesday 26 September to Monday 18 December and everyone across Sheffield is urged to have their say.
You can read more about the proposed changes and what this means for you by clicking HERE.
Prescribing gluten free foods for adults
NHS Sheffield CCG have been reviewing their approach to prescribing gluten free foods for people with coeliac disease and they are proposing changes to their guidelines for GPs.
At the moment adults with coeliac disease can be prescribed 8 units of gluten-free (GF) products per month. The proposed change would mean that NHS Sheffield CCG would ask GPs to suspend prescribing GF foods to adults over 18 years old. However, we would still be able to prescribe GF foods if we felt there was a genuine risk that a vulnerable individual would become malnourished without the prescription. They are not proposing any changes for people under 18 years of age.
The change is expected to save around £100,000 each year.
NHS Sheffield CCG would like to hear people's views on this proposal, whether they live with coeliac disease or not, so we would be grateful if you could complete a short questionnaire by clicking here.
Childhood Seasonal Flu 2017/18
Flu can be particularly distressing for children. Because children meet and interact with lots of people through school, clubs etc they are at high risk of catching flu and passing on to others.
This year we are offering a flu vaccination service for all children who are considered at risk and to all those born between 1/9/2013 and 31/8/2015. Please contact reception if you are unsure if your child/children are eligible The vaccine is administered via a nasal spray. We will be contacting the parents/guardians of all these children and would strongly recommend that you have your child/children vaccinated. Please contact reception to make your appointment now.
For more information on Children’s Flu Vaccine, please click here.
Flu Season 2017/18
Flu vaccines are now available.
To be eligible you must meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Anyone aged 65 and over
- Pregnant women
- Adults or Children with an underlying health condition (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease)
- Adults or Children with weakened immune systems.
- Receive a Carer's Allowance, or is the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill.
Book your appointment now.
Worldwide Vaccine Shortages
It has been brought to our attention by the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Screening and Immunisation Team that both the hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccine are in very short supply globally. This is affecting all GP surgeries within the UK and therefore we have to prioritise the provision of both of these vaccines as recommended by guidance from Public Health England, based on assessment of the individual patient's risk.
Care Navigation is coming to Sothall Medical Centre.
Our aim is to ensure you reach the right person, in the right place at the right time, for your needs.
Please read the following link for further information Care Navigation
New Telephone System
At Sothall Medical Centre we are continuously seeking to improve the services we provide to you, our patients. At the request of our Patient Participation Group we reviewed our telephone system and have implemented an advanced answering system, complete with queuing and auto-attendant. This is to ensure we direct our telephone calls to the right people at the right time. This will ensure we have sufficient time to answer calls appropriately.
Changes to Opening Hours
As promised, we have been looking at ways to improve access to Sothall Medical Centre for our patients.
We have made the decision that from the beginning of July our reception desk will remain open throughout the day.
This means that reception will be available from 8.30am until 6.00pm, Monday to Friday.
Changes to Baby Clinic
We are continuously aiming to improve the services we provide to our patients.
Baby Clinic will now be held on Wednesdays between 1pm and 3pm, with 2 Nurses and a GP covering this session.
This is so we can now start to open on a Thursday afternoon at Sothall Medical Centre and provide GP, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Nurse and Healthcare Assistant appointments on this day.
NHS Cyber Attack
We have now resumed normal service here at the surgery. As a result of the NHS Cyber Attack on Friday 12th May 2017 we implemented precautionary measures to ensure the safety and protection of your data. This meant turning off all our computers, disconnecting our server from the main NHS network, and implementing our practice Business Continuity Plan.
A patch has now been installed on the network to ensure that the current cyber attack can not gain access to our PCs. We have now switched back on and reconnected to the network. I wish to assure you that your data has remained protected throughout this time, and would like to thank you for your patience.
Stay up to date with further news and information by liking our Facebook page or following us on Twitter.
Spencer Oates, Assistant Practice Manager.
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Join us on Facebook
At Sothall Medical Centre we believe in the power of social media as a tool for health promotion and information sharing. We are therefore proud to inform our patients that you can now join us on our new Facebook page for up to date practice news and information at: www.facebook.com/sothallmc
Please note we will not be able to answer prescription queries or book appointments via this service and our page will not be a substitute for contacting reception, but we will aim to provide you with content that is relevant and interesting.
we look forward to seeing you online.
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Follow us on Twitter.
The practice has launched it's own Twitter page, where you can find out up to date information, news, and general help and advice regarding your health and wellbeing. Click on the link below to follow us.
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Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)
From 19th October 2016 this practice will start to send prescriptions electronically to the pharmacy of your choice. Click here for further information
Travelling to Sothall Medical Centre
The following link provides details of the local bus service provided by Travel South Yorkshire that travels between Beighton and Sothall Medical Centre - No 30 Timetable
Named Accountable GP
From the 1st April 2015 practices are required to allocate a named accountable GP to all patients including children. Your named accountable GP will have overall responsibility for the care and support that our surgery provides to you. This does not prevent you from seeing any other GP. You are still able to book an appointment with any of the other doctors and your care will not be affected by this. If you have not yet been informed of your accountable GP please contact the surgery and a member of staff will be happy to advise you. Should you wish to change your accountable GP the practice will make reasonable efforts to accommodate this request.
Online Access to Summary Information
As well as being able to offer GP appointment bookings, cancellation of appointments and ordering of repeat prescriptions online, we are now able to offer patients the facility to view some summary information from their medical records relating to medications, allergies and adverse reactions. If you would like to be able to view this information, please ask at the reception desk for them to enable this for you. All requests must be made in person due to data protection and you may be asked for identification before this can be actioned.
Friends & Family Test
Hallam and South Locality GP practices want patients to have the best possible experience of care. The NHS Friends and Family Test is a way of gathering patient’s feedback; this enables us to review our service.
It is based on one simple question: “How likely are you to recommend us to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?” Your feedback will help us learn more about what you think of your experience and what you liked and what areas you think we could improve on.
We appreciate all feedback and if you wish to take part in this survey please complete one of the information cards available on reception at both surgeries.
We are looking at ways to deliver more efficient help to patients with the most need. These are people with ongoing medical problems that are at risk of hospital admission.
Our aim is to work with other health care agencies to try and avoid hospital admission. This could be carers, Community Nurses, Pharmacists, Paramedics or Accident and Emergency staff. The idea is that with more efficient communication and working more closely, we can treat people at home.
The way we can gather this information is from patient records. A 'risk stratification' tool is used, which gives points for certain medical problems, age, previous hospital admissions, etc and gives a total per patient. We are then able to look at people with the higher numbers and target out work with them. The information from this tool is not shared with anyone else. It is simply a way of finding out who needs more care.
If you choose to opt out we will not be able to identify you as someone who may need help.
You will often require vaccinations against infectious diseases when travelling abroad. In order to offer you appropriate advice, we require a few details about your travel schedule. Please see the Travelling Abroad section.