Okehampton Medical Centre - Half Day ClosureThe 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.
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.
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HOPE Programme for Long-term PainHOPE 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 email@example.com to find out more information.
HOPE Programme for Long-term Pain (pdf)
Click here to book via the HOPE Programme website
New Good Grief CaféIf 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
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 will we do next?
We will be sending this information via text/letter/email to those we feel are most at risk and could benefit most from this support. A member of our wellbeing team will then call those patients to discuss the offer. They will not ask for any personal or financial information. For those who accept, they will make the onward referral to our local partner organisation, Tamar Energy.
For further information, please click here (pdf).
For more information about Tamar Energy, please click here.
Queen's Nurse AwardTwo 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?
Please note that there is no obligation to agree to this and if you do not wish a student to be present, please tell one of the Patient Services Advisors or Clinicians.
All students are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the Doctors and other staff.
Ear Microsuction AppointmentsLee Curran from Devon Ear Clinic will now be offering Ear Microsuction appointments to patients at Okehampton Medical Centre on Thursday mornings.
Please note: this is a private service.
For patients who are over 75, you will be booked in with Okehampton Medical Centre as usual.
For more information and to book, please click here to visit the Devon Ear Clinic website
MMR VaccinesThe 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
The Drop-In will be provided by Okehampton Medical Centre, Community Links, and West Devon CVS for the North Dartmoor Primary Care Network.
Dr Emma Sircar from the Okehampton Medical Centre said "People have told us that when they feel low they wish there was someone to talk to at the weekend. We look forward to seeing them at the Drop-In. This is for everyone in Okehampton and the surrounding towns and villages."
For further information, please contact - Okehampton Medical Centre - 01837 52233, or Vicky at Community Links - 07933 663796.
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org
or Vicky 079336 63796 / email@example.com
Cervical ScreeningIf 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
Okehampton Medical Centre has partnered with Holly HealthThis gives you 6 months of free, habit-change coaching (to help with sleep, exercise, eating and mental wellbeing).
The app can help you to feel physically and mentally better and find new energy and motivation.
For more info, please click here to access the Holly Health website (this is the same link that has been sent out via texts)
PATIENT NOTICE: Please ensure you leave at least 72 hours for us to process your prescriptionThank you, Okehampton Medical Centre.
Devon's Community Mental HealthThe way we deliver community mental health services in Devon is changing. Click the link to watch a short animation to find out more about the changes we're delivering and what this means for people and communities across the country. If you want to find out more or get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to watch the short animation on community mental health services in Devon (this will open YouTube)
If you are unable to update your details online or through the NHS app, please get in touch with us and we'll update your records for you. You can update your details via Klinik, by selecting the 'update your details' tile and writing what you would like to be changed in the free text box: https://access.klinik.co.uk/contact/okehampton-medical-centre?fbclid=IwAR0Z7r07uHFUTKp-5C0yPylH1_9_A0W1-_yd_kGtxB7XtfJ5CUU88JgH78g.
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.