Thursday, July 29, 2010

Dr Megan James is leaving the practice

After eight years our Associate GP, Dr James, has decided to leave the practice in order to pursue her career elsewhere.

We hope that Dr James' patients will continue their care with Dr Samantha Coles who is currently one of our Locum GPs.

It is sad to see her leave and we would like to thank her for all the care she has provided for our patients while wishing her our very best for the future.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Whimple Extension is now Complete!

The extension at Whimple Branch Surgery is now complete.

The surgery was re-opened to patients on Monday 5th July 2010.

There are now two extra consulting rooms, plus some additional facilities for the staff working there. We have made some basic improvements to the waiting room to bring in more light, which should be more pleasant for you while you wait for your appointment. We are also planning to install a computerised check-in screen for patients to use, which will alert the doctors and nursing staff when you arrive for your appointment.

We would like to thank you for your patience and tolerance whilst the surgery has been closed, and we are particularly thankful to Mr John Discombe and the Victory Hall Committee for their co-operation with the disruption of the car park.

To make an appointment at the Whimple Branch Surgery please telephone 01404 814447.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Seasonal Flu Vaccinations

The seasonal influenza immunisation programme is nearly upon us.

The first clinic has been set up for Tuesday 21st September 2010. PLEASE DO NOT WAIT FOR US TO WRITE TO YOU, you can book now for a flu vaccination if you fall into one of the following categories:

-all those aged 65 years and over
-all those aged 6 months or over who suffer from any of the following: chronic respiratory disease and asthma, chronic heart disease, chronic renal disease, chronic liver disease, chronic neurological disease (including stroke, TIA, multiple sclerosis and hereditary and degenerative disease of the central nervous system) diabetes, immunosuppression
-pregnant women NOT in the groups above and who have NOT already received the H1N1 swine flu vaccine
-poultry workers
-those living in long stay residential care homes
-those in receipt of carers allowances or those who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

New Practice Manager appointed

After 21 years, Anne Maher has retired from her role as Practice Manager to take on a new role as our Business Development / Projects Manager.

We are delighted to announce that Sue Stokes is our new Practice Manager.

Dr Nigel de Sousa returns to work

Dr de Sousa has returned to work on a part time basis. Initially, he will be consulting with patients on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.

Dr Tim Cox reduces his hours

After 30 years of full time general practice in Ottery St Mary, Tim Cox has reduced his commitments.

He will be consulting all day on Mondays and on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Dr Jonathan Osborn will be sharing Dr Cox's patient list until the autumn, when the practice will be appointing a new partner.

Dr Cox has stepped down as Senior Partner and has handed the baton into the very safe hands of Dr Dilley. However, he will be continuing with his current clinical commitments for the foreseeable future.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

New website goes live!

After many months of planning our new website went live today. We hope you like it!

Embarrassingly, we just ask that you please don't use the contact forms for the next 48 hours as we are waiting for our web host to update our package!