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Crich Medical Practice

Bulling Lane, Crich, Matlock, DE4 5DX

TEL: 01773 852966/852035; FAX: 01773 853919

  • Dr Malcolm Ward
  • Dr Carolin Shearer
  • Dr Robert Smallman
  • Dr Bryan Morland
  • Dr Sarah Savage

Newsletter Winter 2008

For those of you lucky enough to be planning a holiday in the sun, you are now able to access travel information on our website. You will see a link to this on the right-hand side of the Home Page on www.crichmedicalpractice.co.uk and be able to access the information you need for your destination. If you find you do need to have vaccinations, malaria tablets etc, please make an appointment to see the Practice Nurse in good time, at least six weeks before you intend to travel. Can we also remind you that there is other information on the website, including surgery times, prescriptions requests etc.
If you need to bring in a urine sample to be sent off for testing to the laboratory, could you please hand it in to any of the surgeries before twelve noon. If you hand them in after this time, we cannot guarantee they will be tested as the Derby Hospital Courier picks them up from us at a certain time each day.
One in ten young people tested have Chlamydia. If you are under twenty-five and sexually active, you can now be tested for Chlamydia. You can pick up your test kit at the surgery (urine sample required). The test is free, confidential and painless. Chlamydia is easily treated. If you feel uncomfortable asking for a test kit, please speak to one of our Practice Nurses for advice, or for more information, call your local Chlamydia screening office � 01773 525069. More information is available on �
www.chlamydiascreening.nhs.uk
If you need a blood sample taking, you can go to either Ripley Hospital, no appointment needed, or the Glebe Field Centre if you ring 01773 857894 and make an appointment.
As many of you already know, we have said goodbye to Lynn Hanbury, our South Wingfield Receptionist, after many years of dedicated service to our patients; we are sure she will be missed by many of them. We wish you well Lynn, and hope you have a long and happy retirement. We say hello to Linda Berry, our new Receptionist.
Your surgery will be closed at 6.30 p.m. on Wednesday the 24th of December, and re-open on Monday the 29th of December at 8.00 a.m. at Crich and 8.30 a.m. at branch surgeries. If you need a Doctor urgently when we are closed, please ring the usual number for your surgery and you will be put through to the Out of Hours Service who will be able to help you. Please remember to order your repeat prescriptions in plenty of time for the Christmas and New Year holidays.
May we wish all our patients a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

CRICH PPG

What is the Crich Patient Participation Group?
It is a small non-political group representing different organisations or groups within the community served by Crich Medical Practice
All members are also patients of the Practice

What does Crich PPG do?
It acts as a voice for the patients to the doctors
It supports the patients
It will bring to the doctors notice items of patient interest
It works cooperatively with the Crich Medical Practice to help it provide the best medical service possible

Current activities
Providing patient feedback to the new medical centre plans
Improving support for the hard of hearing in the Glebe and other local venues
Looking at ways of supporting services offered to patients
Suggesting ways in which services offered may be enhanced

How can Crich PPG be contacted?
Through the various Crich Practice surgeries c/o the Practice Manager 01773 852966
Email crichppg@googlemail.com
Via the CACN post-box in Crich Chemist (mark envelopes Crich PPG)

Want to participate?
You must be a patient of the Practice
Representatives of groups are particularly welcomed
Let us know of any specific expertise that you wish to contribute

Crich PPG is not concerned with any type of individual complaints that may arise � the Practice has separate arrangements for those.