The NHS in Derbyshire and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
The risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.
Anyone who has travelled to China or places listed above in the last 14 days and develops symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, should immediately:
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
- Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country
Information for the public is available at gov.uk/coronavirus.
Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan, Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.
Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the GP practice and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Ashbourne Medical Practice is working with a group of local practices to provide a GP extended access service.
Together with Hannage Brook Medical Centre, Brailsford & Hulland Medical Centre and The Surgery Clifton Road, Ashbourne Medical Practice are offering appointments from 6.30pm – 8pm Monday to Friday, and at weekends, to better support the needs of our patient population.
Please see 'Appointments' tab for further information.
Staff Training Closure Notice
Wednesday 19th February - The Practice will be closed for staff training from 1.30pm.
The Practice will reopen at 8am on Thursday 20th February.
Further staff training closure dates:
Wednesday 18th March
Wednesday 8th April
Taran Gill & Nicola Field
Advanced Nurse Practitioners
Advanced Nurse Practitioners are experienced registered Nurses with advanced level training and prescribing ability.
Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANP’S) can
- Take a comprehensive patient history
- Carry out physical examinations
- Refer patients for investigations – blood tests, x-rays etc.
- Make a diagnosis and provide treatment
- Support and treat all chronic conditions such as Asthma, COPD, Chronic Heart Disease and Diabetes
They can also assess, diagnose and provide treatment for most common clinical conditions and ailments such as
- Chest Infections
- Ear Infections
- Eye Infections
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Skin Conditions e.g. Eczema, Psoriasis etc.
- Wound Infections
- Wound Care
ANP’s work in close collaboration with the Doctors.
We have introduced ANP’s here at Ashbourne Medical Practice to
provide a proactive response to the changing of the healthcare environment.
This allows the practice to offer an improved quality service for
appointments with GP’s and available time for patients with more complex medical needs and end of life conditions.
Our Reception Team may ask the reason for your appointment.
This will help us to triage and signpost you towards the most appropriate healthcare professional and help you to be seen in a timely manner.
We welcome your valuable feedback to ensure we continue to offer an effective, efficient and improved quality service to our patients here at
Ashbourne Medical Practice.
Please take a look at our Further Information section of the website.
This can be found at the top of this page, for helpful advice and information.