Changes to Antenatal care
As of the week commencing 7th September 2020, the way that antenatal care is delivered will be changing. Ladies living in Boreham, Hatfield Peverel and surrounding areas will be caseloaded by the Sunflower Team Community Midwives.
Please contact the Community Midwives Office on 01245 513040 to arrange your antenatal appointments, which will be held in central Chelmsford.
Ladies living in Maldon, Witham, Wickham Bishops and surrounding areas may prefer to arrange their care with St Peter's Maternity Unit in Maldon, who can be contacted on 01621 725305 or 01621 725306.
If at any time you have questions regarding your pregnancy you can contact our Community Midwife, Rebecca Brewer, on 07710646051. Alternatively, please contact the Chelmsford Community Midwives office on 01245 513040. .
Newly pregnant ladies should please self- refer via https://www.meht.nhs.uk/services/maternity-services/
Urgent inquiries should be made to the Maternity Unit at Broomfield Hospital:
Day Assessment Unit 01245 513355 or Labour Ward 01245 513056/513057 (24 hr telephone line).
AccuRx Trouble shooting
Our Clinicans have access to a new communication tool called AccuRx. This means they can send you text messages and links and documents to our phone or even have a video consultation if needed. Please see the following trouble shooting links
There are times where you may want to consider consulting a community pharmacist first for minor illness. As qualified healthcare professionals, community pharmacists can offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy trouble and aches and pains.
If symptoms suggest it's something more serious, pharmacists have the right training to make sure you get the help you need. For example they will tell you if you need to see a GP, nurse or other healthcare professional.
Many pharmacies are open until late and at weekends.
You do not need an appointment.
Most pharmacies have a private consultation room where you can discuss issues with pharmacy staff without being overheard.
We are currently looking at extending our appointments to incorporate online booking for Health Care Assistants, Nurses, Pharmacist medication reviews and Physiotherapist telephone assessments. These appointments are specific and we have named them accordingly, hoping that patients will take care to book into the appropriate slots only. If, however, patients book into a specific slot for anything other than what the slot is intended for, this may result in the clinician being unable to offer treatment. Slots with "Telephone" in the wording are a telephone call from the clinician; the others are face to face appointments at one of the surgeries. When you book online, the reminder SMS will tell you which surgery the appointment is at. These new online appointments are available to book for up to 4 weeks in advance (The booking of GPs telephone appointments will remain the same – with appointments being available for booking from 6pm the day before) In these early stages we have only released a few appointments, but will increase the availability slowly as we go along. We are hoping this will prove to be successful and will help patients who struggle to call us during normal hours.
Clinician: Appointment type:
Health Care Assistants : * Blood Pressure Check Only (in surgery) (pre-bookable) *B12 Injections Only (in surgery) (pre-bookable)
Nurse: * Contraceptive Pill Review Only (in surgery) (pre-bookable) *Cervical Smear Only (in surgery) (pre-bookable)
Physiotherapist: * Telephone Call with Physiotherapist (pre-bookable)
GPs: * Telephone call with GP (GP telephone appointments will be released from 6PM the day before)
Presciption Charge Increase
- Prescription charges are due to increase with effect from April 2020.
PRESCRIPTION CHARGES AS OF 1ST of APRIL 2020
1 ITEM £9.15
3 ITEMS £27.45
4 ITEMS £36.60
3 MONTHS £29.65
12 MONTHS £105.90
CCG Training Dates
All practices in Mid-Essex will be closed from 12 noon on the dates below. The closures are for staff training. Mid-Essex CCG will be providing out-of-hours care for our patients from 12:00 until 18:30. If you require medical care during the hours that we are closed please call NHS 111 who will make an appointment with the out-of hours provider where necessary
Thursday 29th October 2020
Tuesday 24th November 2020
Wednesday 16th December 2020
Wednesday 24th February 2021
Wednesday 31st March 2021
Extended Access Information
GP and nurse appointments are now available in your area during the evenings and at the weekend.
To book an appointment, contact your practice during their normal opening hours - at weekends please call 01245 398055 and lines are open 8am-8pm on Saturdays and Sundays
For more information click here Extended Access