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We are currently in the process of changing the way we invite patients in for Diabetes annual reviews.
These reviews are called LTC (Long Term Condition) reviews. You will be invited via text message or letter to book an appointment in the HCA LTC clinic where your annual observations and investigations will be performed. These will then be reviewed by the diabetic specialist nurse who will advise you to either book a face to face or telephone appointment with them.
Please let us know your mobile number in order to receive the text invitations.
Annual HbA1c Reviews
We are now running a programme for patients with certain conditions to check their annual blood sugar levels (HbA1C) in order to monitor for Diabetes. If you have any of the following conditions, you will be invited in for an annual blood test:
Polycystic Ovaries Syndrome
Diabetes in remission
Are you registered with Dr Brown?
Dr Brown is going on sabbatical for 12 weeks, returning at the end of July, Dr Anne Lashford will be providing cover. Please call 01249 444343 to book an appointment as these will not be available to book online.
As Hayfever season is fast approaching, please see this leaflet below for more information about how to deal with the symptoms.
Hayfever Patient Leaflet
We will not be offering ear syringing from the 1st of May 2019
Ear syringing is out dated and not essential, ear wax can be managed with self-care in almost all cases and otherwise micro-suction is a safer and more effective method of wax clearance for the small numbers of people who cannot self-manage.The CCG advice for ear care:
There are a number of private providers on the ‘high street’ who offer micro-suction.
New diabetes wellbeing website for people in Wiltshire
Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group in conjunction with local GPs has developed a new website – www.diabeteswellbeing.org - specifically aimed at providing support and advice for 23,500 people currently living with Type 2 diabetes in Wiltshire.
New Text Message Service - MJog
We are pleased to announce that we are using a new text messaging reminder service. You will be able to reply with “CANCEL” if you are unable to attend your appointment. If you wish to download the new MJog Smart App, please go to this page for more information: https://www.mjog.com/messenger/
Flu Vaccination clinics are still available to book
We still have flu vaccines for all eligible patients available - phone to book 01249 444343 check if you are eligible here
Over the Counter Medication
The NHS are making some changes to the prescribing of over the counter medications – please see this attached leaflet for more information:
Lloyd's Pharmacy in Sainsbury's
Please be aware that Lloyds Pharmacy in Sainsbury's are going to start collecting paper prescriptions on Wednesday's only from Monday 14th January. Please allow additional time before collecting your prescription.
This does not affect prescriptions that are sent electronically.
Please be aware that our fax machine is no longer working. Please email email@example.com for any queries.
First Contact Physiotherapist Specialist service
Do you have a sprain, strain, muscle pain, joint pain and stiffness or back pain? You could see a specialist physiotherapist instead of your GP. Ring the surgery as usual and ask about the service, you may need to describe the problem to ensure that the physiotherapist is the right person to see.
Evening and Weekend Appointments Available Now
You can now access additional Primary Care Services in the evenings and at weekends.
Improved Access is a Wiltshire-wide initiative where local practices are working together to offer increased availability of services and appointments in the evenings and the weekend. These appointments are available 18:30-20:00 Monday-Friday, and some on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays. This collaboration by practices will ensure all patients in Wiltshire have this option, but this might mean you will be offered an appointment at another practice.
Appointment types will vary - some being face-to-face, some on the phone - and there will be a mixture of bookable and same-day appointments available across the week. We will be offering appointments with GPs as well as with other healthcare professionals, such as a Practice Nurse or Health Care Assistant. We are keen to balance the importance of continuity of care with convenient access for patients, while ensuring that the service is safe.
To book such an appointment, contact your local Surgery during normal opening times. A receptionist will explain the process, and ensure the booking is appropriate. You will need to give consent to use this service.
For more information, please contact your usual GP surgery.
Our Carers leads attended an awards ceremony recently to pick up our Gold Award - a council award recognising the work we do for our carers out there. Do you look after someone? Come and have a look at our carers board (pictured) to see what we offer.
New Phone System Week Beginning 16th July
UPDATE: The new system has been installed, we have been ironing out some bugs over the last week but think we have got it running smoothly now. We hope you find the new system, including the queuing, is an improvement.
We are delighted to inform you that we are having a new phone system installed. The new system will include a call queuing facility where you will be able to hear what position you are in the queue. There will also be a single number to access the surgery - 01249 444343 (the old numbers will still work temporarily). The new system will record all calls in and out of the surgery for training & quality purposes. There may be some disruption during the changeover week and particularly on Tuesday 17th, when we may be unable to receive calls for 1 - 2 hours, we apologise for any inconvenience caused. We will update this message with more details when known.
Have you had 2 x MMR vaccinations?
There is an outbreak of Measles in Europe and consequently there is also a sharp rise of cases in the UK. We are contacting all 16-29 year olds who do not appear to have had 2 x MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccinations. Please contact the surgery to make an appointment to have this important free vaccination. If you are over 29 and not had 2 x MMR vaccinations you can contact us to get the free vaccination too. If you were born before 1970 you may well have immunity due to exposure to measles. More information is on this NHS website:
Young People Friendly
We are pleased to have been awarded the Young People Friendly award from Wiltshire Council. This is a national quality mark demonstrating that we make every effort to ensure young people receive an accessible and supportive service.
Missed GP Appointments
The cost of missed appointments
Forgetting to cancel your GP appointment if you no longer need it prevents someone else from being seen. To cancel an appointment, please use the following methods:
Telephone: 01249 444343 (option 3)
SystmOnline: Login and cancel via "Future Appointments" section.
Reception: Ask at Reception to book/cancel any appointments.
Please also let us know if any of your contact details change, please see this page for more information on how to update your details:
Update contact details
Are you eligible for free prescriptions? Has your exemption certificate expired?
Please check the following document for more information.
Prescription Exemption Information
KidsJabs - Promoting Childhood Vaccinations
Childhood vaccinations cover the range of vaccinations delivered from at around 8 weeks old up to when a child first goes to school at 5 years old.
There are three good reasons to have your child vaccinated:
- Vaccinations are quick, safe and extremely effective
- Once your child has been vaccinated against a disease, their body can fight it off better
- If a child isn’t vaccinated, they’re at higher risk of catching – and becoming very ill from – the illness
For more information, click on the image above to view the information video.
Do you have Diabetes?
Rowden Surgery is taking part in the National Diabetes Audit (NDA). The NDA checks to see whether people with diabetes are getting good care. There are very strict rules about how your information is used and stored.
There is a patient information leaflet available here: Diabetes Audit Leaflet and for more detailed information you can look at the main website here: National Diabetes Audit. If you do not wish to be included in the audit please let the surgery know.
We take your data protection very seriously at Rowden Surgery. Due to the recent information in the national press we felt it would be good to clarify the process for Record Sharing. Please see the document below and if you have any questions please contact us.
Record Sharing Information for Patients - FAQs
Friends and Family Feedback
Along with all other practices, we ask patients to give feedback on their experience in the surgery following each appointment. To do this online, please follow the link below or fill out a card in the surgery.
Friends and Family
The practice was inspected by the CQC team on the 29th September 2016. The full report can be seen by clicking here. We are proud to have achieved Outstanding status and we thank all the patients who were asked to comment or provide testimonials on our behalf.
There has been a recent survey across Wiltshire looking at the number of patient who did not attend their pre-booked appointments. Astonishingly, this totalled 15,500 in three months across Wiltshire GP Practices.
The effect of this is that it takes longer for you to get an appointment with your Doctor.
We have a cancellation line which is available on 01249 444343 (option 3). You can also cancel via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or SystmOnline.
This is the equivalent of 516 days of general practitioner time was lost during July –September 2016 because more than 15,500 GP, nurse and healthcare assistant appointments were missed across Wiltshire’s 55 GP Practices.
Please be aware that you are now able to use a different way to order prescriptions and book/cancel appointments online. Please click on the link below for more information about registering:
If you have already registered for this service, please click on the SystmOnline image at the top of the page to order your repeat medication or book a GP appointment. For handy hints about using this service, please see the "SystmOnline Tips" section on the right hand side of this page.
If you have not registered for SystmOnline, you can still email us at email@example.com for any prescription requests or queries.
Who Should I call?
Please see guide below on who to call when you need medical advice.
Who Should I call.pdf
Our main contact email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional bulletins, please follow this link:
Gareth O'Neill [Practice Manager]
ABOUT THE PRACTICE
The practice was established in 1830 at the Corner House in the Market Place in Chippenham and approaching 200 years later seven doctors work in partnership from the purpose-built premises forming Rowden Medical Partnership.
Rowden Surgery lies adjacent to Chippenham Community Hospital and provides an attractive and functional environment for patients and staff. All facilities for our patients are at ground level with easy access, particularly benefiting the elderly, infirm, those in wheelchairs and those with pushchairs.
At Rowden Surgery, we have greatly valued the doctor/patient relationship and we have fought very hard to maintain our "personal list" system. This means that every patient has a named doctor from the moment of registration who is responsible for co-ordinating their care. We believe that continuity of doctor is more important than continuity of record and that delivering a high quality personal consultation remains the cornerstone of modern day general practice.
Find out when our practice is open, what the GP consulting times are and what to do if you need help when the practice is closed. Find out more
When the surgery is closed
If you require urgent medical assistance which cannot wait until the surgery re-opens, please call the NHS 111 service. All calls are free from both landlines and mobiles.
Do you need to re-order your medication? Visit our prescriptions page and complete the online form. Please allow a week for your prescription if you are collecting from a pharmacy. Find out more
Like To Register?
New to the area and would like to join our practice? We would be happy to help you. Please come to see us and fill in our registration forms. Find out more
(Site updated 11/06/2019)