Minehead Medical Centre
19th April 2021 – Computer System Issues
Minehead Medical Centre are currently experiencing computer problems due to a nationwide patient records system issue.
Unfortunately this means we currently have very limited access to our clinical system.
We are still able to take calls but currently can not fully access medical records or book appointments.
We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.
The national patient records system team are trying to resolve the problems as quickly as possible.
If you have a medical emergency please dial 999.
THE NATIONAL COVID-19 VACCINATION PROGRAMME
Your local West Somerset Primary Care Network are working hard to vaccinate as many of our population as vaccine supply allows.
To facilitate this we are introducing a new system to enable patients to book into the Minehead Hospital site via a text message invitation. The text message will take you to a link to book your appointment at Minehead Hospital site. It will require confirmation of your date of birth but we will never ask for bank details.
To assure you the message is genuine, it will state your GP surgery and the link when clicked on looks like the screen shot below.
We will continue to telephone patients without a mobile number registered so please do not call your surgery.
NHS COVID-19 VACCINATION PROGRAMME UPDATE – 12TH APRIL 2021
We know that everyone is eager to find out when they will get their COVID vaccination and that this is an anxious time.
The NHS is working very hard to invite people who are eligible to have their vaccination, as quickly as possible.
You can now get your COVID vaccination if:
You are aged 45 or over
You are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
You are an eligible frontline health or social care worker
You have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
You have a learning disability
You are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus
If you are aged 45 or over you will receive a letter from the NHS inviting you to book your COVID-19 vaccine – you can now book straight away online: www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or call 119. There is no need to contact the surgery. You can book your COVID vaccination at Taunton Racecourse or at the pharmacy site in Taunton. Go online: http://www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or call 119.
If you are unable to get to either of the Taunton sites to have your vaccinations you will be called by your local Primary Care Network COVID Vaccination Booking Team. There is no need to contact the surgery to request this. There will be a longer wait for vaccination in Minehead so we encourage all patients who are able to get to Taunton, to book their vaccination in Taunton rather than waiting to be booked in at Minehead Hospital. This will also allow patients who are not able to get to Taunton to be vaccinated quicker in Minehead.
Please support us by ensuring the contact details we hold for you are up to date, so we can contact you quickly when it is time to have your vaccination. Our local Primary Care Network COVID Vaccination Team are contacting eligible people by phone, letter or text message.
You must attend all booked appointments to ensure that precious vaccines are not wasted and so we can invite everyone as quickly as possible.
If you already have an appointment over the coming weeks, whether for your first or second dose, this remains in place and it’s really important that you attend it as planned.
**Oxford Astrazeneca update**
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is the UK’s independent regulator. Their role is to ensure medicines, devices and vaccines work effectively and are safe for use.
Every single vaccine authorised for use in the UK has been authorised by the MHRA and the three parts of authorisation are a safety assessment, an effectiveness assessment and a manufacturing quality assessment. Both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines are safe and effective against the COVID-19 variants currently dominant in the UK and have been approved because they pass the MHRA’s tests on safety and efficacy.
The MHRA has released a statement, following recent media coverage that some countries have temporarily suspended the use of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.
UK regulator confirms that people should continue to receive the COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca. Following suspensions by some countries of the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca over suspected blood clots, the MHRA confirms that the benefits of the vaccine in preventing COVID-19 far outweigh the risks. People should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.
For more information please visit the Gov.uk website
For more information on the NHS Vaccination programme please visit:
Thank you for your continuing support and patience.
Somerset CCG – Health Services During Coronavirus
DUE TO THE CURRENT COVID-19 SITUATION WE ARE WORKING TO CURRENT NHSE GUIDELINES TO PROTECT THE SAFETY OF ALL PATIENTS AND OUR TEAM WITHIN THE SURGERY.
We are asking patients who do not have an appointment to NOT come into the surgery. If you are feeling unwell please telephone the surgery as you normally would on 01643 703441. The Receptionist will ask you some simple questions to make sure you have contact from the most appropriate clinician. The clinician will then call you back to assess your symptoms with you and if necessary they may ask you to attend the surgery or arrange any further care for you.
face masks – update february 2021
in line with updated guidelines from public health england, all patients are advised that if you are attending the surgery for any reason you will need to wear a medical grade face mask that covers your mouth and nose. The guidance has been updated as fabric face masks and face coverings are not resistant against the new strains of covid-19.
face coverings / face masks in shops
gps are unfortunately not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face mask or covering. please click here to read the letter from somerset LMC.
We appreciate this is a very difficult time for everyone and would like to re-emphasise that we are working this way to keep everyone as safe as possible during this current crisis.
Welcome to the minehead medical centre
The original house was built in 1898, and was run as a hotel for many years. In 1990, the building was converted to provide spacious Surgery premises. The Surgery is accessible for wheelchairs and has parking for patients.
Through our website we hope to improve our services to all our patients and enable you to find the information required at the click of a mouse. You can order repeat prescriptions online, download registration forms, cancel existing appointments, send us details about changes of name or address and much more.
We have a prescription ordering telephone number – 01643 703441 (option 2) which is open from 9am – 12noon each week day.
We are always looking to improve our services so please leave some feedback on our contact page. We hope that with your help and co-operation we will be able to make this website a better portal for all your online needs.
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ OUR FEBRUARY 2021 NEWSLETTER
Patient Update – November 2020
please click here to read the latest patient update
practice development news
As you will all be aware the owners of the Irnham Lodge site have decided to put the site up for sale and it has now been sold. They have very kindly agreed that we can continue to use the surgery up until March 2021.
We are therefore busy planning to re-locate to our Harley House site and have now been offering themajority of the appointments from this site prior to any development. We have plans to develop the Harley House site further in order that we can better accommodate all of our team on that one site.
I hope you will agree that so far the Harley House site is working well and you have seen all of the members of the team you have been used to seeing previously at either Irnham Lodge or Harley House.
We have been able to provide services safely within the current guidelines from the one site, but we are very happy to answer any questions or concerns you have regarding providing all of our services from the one Harley House site.
We will be keeping you updated with progress via our website & updates within the surgery. We are continuing to liaise with our patient group, virtually in recent months and we do seek their opinions and help with our decision making.
In previous patient consultations patients raised concerns about parking at the
one site. We are pleased to be able to say that all the proposed changes to the
Harley House building will not remove any of the existing car parking spaces,
so although parking may be limited whilst work is carried out this will only be in
the short term.
For any patients who would like to give feedback regarding our move to a single
site, we have created a short online survey which can be accessed here –
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S62ZYC9 or by scanning the qr code below.
planning application plans for the Harley House site
Please click here to see the planning application plans for the Harley House site.
A statement from Somerset CCG
“Irnham Lodge and Harley House surgeries merged in April 2019, to provide greater resilience for healthcare services in Minehead. Since the merger, services have been provided for registered patients across two locations.
An initial early application has been received from Minehead Medical Centre to propose the move of healthcare services to a single site location at Harley House Surgery; this would mean that all registered patients would access existing healthcare services from one location, rather than two.
Under the proposal, services will continue to run from the adjacent locations of Irnham Lodge and Harley House as part of the Minehead Medical Centre as usual until May 2021 and will not affect the provision of GP services for the existing registered patients in Minehead and the local community.
Patients will be fully involved in any proposals through a detailed patient engagement programme over the next few months. Patients should continue to contact the practice as usual for any healthcare concerns; by calling 01643 703441, or by visiting the website: www.mineheadmedicalcentre.co.uk.“
HERE FOR YOU
All OF our TEAM are fully qualified and have a range of experience to bring you the best possible care available.
At Minehead Medical Centre we pride ourselves on our staff being welcoming, friendly and happy to help our patients.
during this difficult time we are working with the ccg and nhse to implement national policies and guidance to enable our patients to access the appropriate and necessary healthcare safely.
01643 703441 - opt 1
01643 703441 - Opt 2
(SURGERY EMAIL ADDRESS)
If your correspondence relates to a request for medical treatment or any urgent matter please contact our Patient and Practitioner Services team on 01643 703441 (8:30am – 6:30pm). Our prescription line is available for any medication queries or prescription requests on the same number (9am - 12 noon, Monday – Friday).
Our GPs and clinical team cannot provide medical advice by email. General information for the attention of a GP will be passed on if requested.
Please note - this email is not continually monitored.
(REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS EMAIL ADDRESS)
This email is for repeat prescription requests only.
If your medication request is urgent please contact our prescription line on 01643 703441 (Option 2). 9am - 12 noon, Monday - Friday.
Please include your name and date of birth with your request. Please be advised that requests for “all repeats” or requests with limited information are likely to result in a delay in the processing of medication. In such instances, staff will need to contact you to discuss your exact requirements.
This email inbox is only monitored during prescription line hours - 9am - 12 noon, Monday - Friday.
For repeat prescription ordering 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – please sign up to Patient Access or the NHS App – further details can be found on the Prescriptions and Online Access page of our website.
Minehead Medical Centre Address
Harley House Site
2 Irnham Road, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 5DL