Saxon Spires Practice

Northampton Road, Brixworth, Northants, NN6 9WU
West Haddon Road, Guilsborough, Northamptonshire, NN6 8QE

We are closed for staff training from 12.30 pm Wednesday 5 August

If you need medical attention while the practice is closed please call 111. The out of hours GP Service will be available to provide care to patients who need attention while the practice is closed for important staff training.

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Changeover of trainee doctors

The first week in August is when we have a changeover of trainees.

We welcome to our team Dr Anthony Okolo, Dr Tamara Chitiramohan, Dr Ameena Mohamood and Dr Rhiannon Ball.

Dr Gavin Boyle and Dr Micheal Ghisel remain with us as they complete their training.

We say goodbye to Dr Jasmine Jeyarajah and Dr Henry Nicholson, who have moved onto their next training placement. We wish them all the best in their future careers.

Our new trainees are completing a 2 week induction, as they settle into the practice, get to know our team and our policies and processes.

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Closures for staff training

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During the first phase of our response to the coronavirus pandemic we suspended all staff training to focus our resources on providing care to our patients. However, it is important all our team members have protected time to be able to complete essential training, to update their skills and to keep abreast of the many changes we need to be aware of.

We will be closing one afternoon per week, on the following dates:

Wednesday 5 August 2020

Wednesday 16 September 2020

Wednesday 28 October 2020

Wednesday 25 November 2020

While the practice is closed for training patients can contact 111 for medical attention that cannot wait until we are open again.

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Exemptions from wearing masks on public transport

Please use one of these cards if you are unable to wear a face mask because of a disability or health problem

Read more about the exemption criteria here.

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Weekend appointments

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Evening appointments

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NGH blood taking unit

The blood taking unit (phlebotomy) will reopen in its original location on the Northampton General Hospital site, Area H, for paediatric and adult patients.

The phone lines will be open from the 29th June 2020.

They have made a change to our service and all patients must now have an appointment to attend the blood taking unit. Appointments for both paediatric and adult blood taking can be booked Monday to Friday between 9am and 3:30pm by phoning on 01604 523303 or 01604 544190.

Patients attending appointments will need to bring their Pathology Request Form with them. Printing facilities will not be available. Therefore, if you don’t have the correct form, they will not be able to complete your appointment.

The adult phlebotomy service will be from 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday and 8am – 12:30pm on Saturday.

The paediatric phlebotomy service will return to the blood taking unit 8am – 11:30am Monday – Friday.

All patients must wear a face covering, maintain social distancing and must attend alone where possible. The waiting area has limited spaces so please only attend at the time of your appointment. If there are any reasons why wearing a face covering or attending alone is not possible, please inform the team when booking your appointment.

Directions to the unit:

NGH map

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Text messages

The practice routinely uses SMS messaging to patients’ preferred mobile telephone number to communicate with them. If you prefer not to receive text messages please inform a member of our team. However, please be aware that this could lead to a delay in receiving important information about your care.

For our full privavy notice which details how we process your personal information please see our Privacy Notice:

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Joint injections

Dr Susie Northover will be offering a joint injection service again from 1 July 2020.

This service had been temporarily suspended, as the guidance was changed to reflect that steroid injections were not recommended during the coronavirus pandemic.

The guidance has been updated as of 16 June 2020, and she is now able to offer joint injections to the few patients with severe symptoms only, who understand and are willing to accept the potential increased risk of worsened symptoms from coronavirus, should they be asymptomatic carriers of the virus at the time of injection, or should they contract the virus shortly after the injection.

If you would like to be considered for joint injection at this time, please book a telephone appointment with Dr Northover to discuss this further.

https://www.boa.ac.uk/uploads/assets/3767f092-abfb-40c8-bab2c711a81306d5/MSKcorticosteroidguidance.pdf

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Don’t delay booking your smear test

If your smear test is due or overdue, don’t be worried about booking an appointment. We have arranged designated clinics, and we have re-configured the practice so you can socially distance in the waiting room. Please give us a call to arrange your appointment without delay.

https://www.jostrust.org.uk/get-involved/campaign/cervical-screening-awareness-week

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