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Okehampton Medical Centre - Half Day Closure

The Surgery, including MIU and Dispensary, will be closed for staff training from 1pm on Tuesday 27th February. Our phones and our online Klinik system will also be switched off during this time.

We will reopen on Wednesday 28th February, from 8:15am as usual.

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If your request is not urgent, or you have a routine request, please wait until the practice reopens.

Alternatively, you can call us on 01837 52233, and use our automated system to check or cancel an appointment, or to book a limited range of nurse and health care assistant appointments.

If your request involves an urgent medical condition that cannot wait until the practice reopens, please call us and hold, and your call will be diverted.

In case of emergency, please call 999.

Thank you,
Okehampton Medical Centre

HOPE Programme for Long-term Pain

HOPE Programme for people living with long-term pain, including: Fibromyalgia, Long Covid, M.E. and Chronic Fatigue

Do you want to enhance your resilience through these difficult times, rediscover strengths and increase your ability to cope?

It is so important that we look after both our mental and physical wellbeing. This course will allow you to connect with other people who are experiencing something similar to you.

The course will be held at: The Pavilion in the Park, Okehampton College, Mill Rd Okehampton EX20 1GE.
It will run from 10:30am-1pm, starting from Wednesday 28th February 2024.

For more information, please click on the pdf below.

You can scan the QR code in the pdf to book online, or call 07719 065125 or email sarah.michie2@nhs.net to find out more information.

HOPE Programme for Long-term Pain (pdf)

Click here to book via the HOPE Programme website

New Good Grief Café

If you have lost someone, whether that was recently or a long time ago, and you would like to be part of a group exploring this profound experience, you would be most welcome.

Starting Tuesday 13th February 2024
2.30-4.00pm
In Hope Chapel, Black Torrington

Please contact Marion Balsdon (Social Prescriber) at Blake House Surgery on 07704 155989 or Amy Phillips (Hospital Discharge Support) on 07719 068188 to book your place.

Support with improving home energy efficiency and reducing costs

What are we doing?
Okehampton Medical Centre (and the other practices in North Dartmoor Primary Care Network) are taking part in a local pilot project to support some of our at-risk patients to improve their home's energy efficiency and reduce their heating costs this winter.

Who are we trying to help?
If you have an ongoing health condition, or live with young children, your household is at particular risk of harm from living in a cold or damp home. These conditions can increase the chances of developing illnesses like pneumonia, but also worsen conditions such as asthma and high blood pressure.

Please click on 'view full news item' for more information

Queen's Nurse Award

Two of our Nurses, Fiona Cook and Judith Magowan, have been awarded the prestigious title of Queen's Nurse. This is an award given by the Queen's Nursing Institute in recognition of a high level of commitment to patient care and nursing practice. Congratulations both!

Would you like to play an important part in training future clinicians?

At Okehampton Medical Centre, we host various clinical students throughout the year. These include GP Trainees, Years 1-5 Medical Students, Student Nurses and Paramedic Students.

Part of their training may be observing clinics, assisting in clinics, or they may have their own clinics. Initially they will speak with you to take a brief medical history and consider your current ailment, all of which will be discussed with a qualified clinician.

If you are happy to discuss your medical history and any relevant symptoms with our students during their placement, please ask the Patient Service Advisors on the reception desk to register your details, so that we can contact you to arrange a suitable time for a chat/appointment.

We know how important patient care is, and by registering today, you can be part of developing the next generation of clinicians!

MMR Vaccines

The MMR vaccine is a safe and effective combined vaccine, it protects against 3 serious illnesses (Measles, Mumps and Rubella).

These highly infectious conditions can easily spread between unvaccinated people.

Getting vaccinated is important, as these conditions can also lead to serious problems including Meningitis, hearing loss and problems during pregnancy.

You need two doses of MMR vaccine to protect you, it's never too late to have your MMR!

Search for 'MMR vaccine' on the NHS website to read further information.

Click here to book a vaccination appointment at Okehampton Medical Centre via Klinik (please select the 'Nurse/HCA appointment requests' tile)

North Dartmoor Mental Wellbeing Drop In

Every Saturday, from 10am-12pm, there is now a Mental Wellbeing Drop-In at Okehampton Medical Centre. We are aware that some people find weekends difficult for their mental health, so the new Drop-In will be held every Saturday morning.

There will always be a warm welcome, someone to talk to, and a cuppa for anyone who wants to come.

Okehampton Memory Café

Tuesdays 1-3pm
at the Pavilion in the Park

The Memory Café will hold specific activities to help with memory problems, which will also include some physical activities. However, organisers are also aiming to hold more social activities, such as offering the chance to bake cakes.

For more information, please contact:
Ian 01837 54546 / ian@ocrasport.org.uk
or Vicky 079336 63796 / vicky@communitylinks-sw.co.uk

Cervical Screening

If you have received an invitation to attend a cervical screening appointment, you can now book it for a Thursday evening clinic from March at Okehampton Medical Centre, as well as during the day throughout the week.

Regular cervical screening appointments can prevent up to 75% of instances of cervical cancer, saving 5,000 lives per year. Despite this, many people are reluctant to have this test done, with a quarter of screening invitations not being responded to.

To book your cervical screening appointment, please use the 'follow up appointment request' option on Klinik, or ring us up on 01837 52233, and select option 3 to speak to a Patient Services Advisor.

Click here to read more information about cervical cancer and cervical screening on the NHS website

PATIENT NOTICE: Please ensure you leave at least 72 hours for us to process your prescription

Thank you, Okehampton Medical Centre.

Contact Details

It is important that we have up-to-date contact details for you, so we can let you know about screenings, vaccinations and appointment reminders.

If you have changed your mobile number or email address recently, you can add it to your NHS record by following the guidance about managing your NHS account.

You may also receive a text or email from the NHS asking you to do this.

Click here to read the guidance on managing your NHS account

Information Update - Blood Tests

*Please do not book or request blood tests unless you have been specifically advised to do so by a GP or another clinician at the practice.

*HCA’s and phlebotomists cannot request any bloods without prior clinical assessment.

Thank you