Medical Centre

Hodnet Medical Centre – Half day closure 16.09.19

The Medical Centre has put a notice on its website stating that it will be closed on the afternoon of Monday 16 September for Dr. Richura’s funeral. The announcement reads:

Dr Raichura’s funeral will take place on Monday 16th September at St Swithun’s Church, Cheswardine at 1pm.  Donations to Cricket Without Boundaries, a charity working to empower communities through cricket.  The surgery will close at 12 noon, however there will be telephone and locum doctor cover for emergencies only.  Thank you for your understanding.

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Hodnet Medical Centre – Half Day Closure, 22 Nov 18

Hodnet Medical Centre will be closed for the afternoon on Thursday 22 November 2018. The announcement in the Practice News section of the Centre’s website reads:

The surgery will be closed for half a day on Thursday 22nd November 2018 from 12.30pm to allow all Practice staff to take part in a protected learning time training session. All surgeries within the North Shropshire area will be closed this afternoon for training purposes. This is in line with the Government’s directive to improve training and education within the NHS, and to give all practice staff the opportunity to participate. If you require medical treatment while the surgery is closed on the above afternoon – please call 111 Thank you for your support,

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Hodnet Medical Centre – Extended Access Appointments

On 1st October, 2018 Hodnet Medical Centre became part of a network of practices (known as ‘hubs’) in Shropshire, working together to offer patients ‘Extended Access’ to pre-bookable appointments. These can be in an evening, at the weekend and on bank holidays.
Full information is available on the Extended Access Appointments page on the practice’s website. The basic details are:
Local pre-bookable appointments are available as follows:

  • Weekday evenings (Monday to Friday)
    between 6.30pm and 8pm (at a local area hub)
  • Saturdays
    between 8am and 1pm (at a local area hub)
  • Sundays and bank holidays
    between 8.30am and 12.30pm  (at a single site in central Shrewsbury)

To pre-book an evening, weekend or bank holiday appointment patients should contact the practice in the usual way during normal opening hours. Appointments may not be with their registered GP, but will be with a GP or other qualified healthcare professional. Patients will be advised about the location of the appointment at the time of booking, enabling them to make an informed choice about where and when they access care.

Hodnet Medical Centre – Ordering Repeat Medication

Hodnet Medical Centre has posted the following notice on its website:

Ordering Repeat Medication
TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENTS FOR ORDERING REPEAT MEDICATION Due to current unavoidable staffing issues in Dispensary, we are unable to accept requests for repeat medication, (including online ordering) until Monday 8th October, when we anticipate returning to normal service. Patient Access service has been temporarily disabled. In the meantime, it will be necessary to bring your repeat medication ordering slip to the medical centre during surgery time, and taking your signed prescription to a pharmacy of your choice. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause.

Hodnet Medical Centre 26.09.2018

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Medical Centre – New Telephone System Delayed

The upgrade to Hodnet Medical Centre’s phone system has been delayed until November. Originally planned to go live towards the end of August, the switch-over is now planned for mid November.
The following information was published in the News section of the Practice’s website on 13 Sept. 2018:

Redcentric – our new phone providers have had to re-schedule the timeline/key dates for our system installation. The revised installation date is now in November.The migration from the old network provider to the new should be completed by mid- November, however it is expected that on our “Go Live” date (Monday 19th November ) the lines will not be available between 1-3pm. We apologise for any difficulty that you may experience in contacting the Surgery during this period of migration. Thank you

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Hodnet Medical Centre – Flu Clinics 2018

Hodnet Medical Practice website has recently published an advance reminder for patients wishing to receive a flu injection:

“Flu jabs – that time of year again! To help you to stay healthy and prevent the spread of flu among family, friends and work colleagues, taking advantage of the winter flu jab at the surgery is a good first step. Flu is contagious and it can be passed through coughing, sneezing or by touching infected surfaces or people. Most flu outbreaks usually happen in late autumn or winter, and, for most people, it’s an unpleasant but not a life-threatening condition. We will be holding Flu clinics in October – actual dates will be released nearer the time, dependant upon the manufacturers’ supply of the vaccine. Please ring the surgery at the beginning of October for more information and to book an appointment.”

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Hodnet Medical Centre – Telephone Problems 14/8/18

Hodnet Medical Centre has today on its website reported a problem with its telephone system:

Telephone Failure We are currently experiencing a problem with our existing telephone system. The engineers are working to address the problem, and expect the system to be up and running as soon as possible. We apologise for the inconvenience caused, and look forward to our new system!

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New Telephone System for Medical Centre

Update Sept. 2018: This work has been delayed – more details here.
Patients at Hodnet Medical Centre may wish to be aware of the following information which has just been posted on the Practice website:

A new telephone system is scheduled to be installed at Hodnet Medical Centre week beginning Monday 30th July. The migration from the old network provider to the new should be completed by 27th August, however it is expected that on our “Go Live” date (27th August) the lines will not be available between 1-3pm. We apologise for any difficulty that you may experience in contacting the Surgery during this period of migration. Thank you

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Formal Notice of Closure of Ellerdine Branch Surgery

Hodnet Medical Centre’s website carried the following announcement on 18th July regarding the formal closure of the branch surgery at Ellerdine:

Dear Patient/Householder,
The practice formally applied to NHS England to close the Ellerdine surgery with effect from 31st May 2016. The branch surgery has not actually functioned since March 2008, and remains closed.
To date, we have not been in a position to resume our previous service, but have continued to maintain a weekly drug delivery and repeat medication slip collection service.
Since the branch surgery closed in March 2008, the increasing pressures of general practice, and current problems recruiting and retaining doctors , have resulted in our resources now stretched to a point where we feel unable to resume the previous level of service.
We can offer better capacity at Hodnet, with a larger physical presence, more consulting rooms and good clinical supervision, support and dispensing facilities.
We have followed the procedure required to present and support our application. This has involved consultation with the Patient Participation Group, Parish Councillors, Ellerdine Village Hall Committee, representatives from both NHS England and Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
Shropshire Commissioning Group has now informed us that they support our application, and the formal closure has taken immediate effect.
Delivery of repeat medication, and collection of repeat request slips will cease with the final date being Thursday 18th October 2018, and from this date it will be necessary to collect your medication from Hodnet. Medical Centre. Similarly, your repeat prescription slips will need to be delivered to Hodnet, unless ordered on line. Please ask at reception if you would like to register to order your repeat medication on line.
Dr N Raichura & Dr J Mehta

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