Nurse Practitioner Claire Conlan
It is with great sadness that we inform you, our patients, that we lost our amazing lead Nurse Practitioner Claire Conlan very suddenly and unexpectedly at the weekend. Those of you who met and were treated by her will know that she was a warm, vibrant and caring person and we will all miss her very much.
We are in unprecedented times and there are high levels of anxiety amongst our patients, and staff, so would ask that you bear with us as we are endeavouring to provide the best service we can under very difficult circumstances and the shock of losing Claire on top of the COVID pandemic has reverberated throughout the practice.
When to self isolate, shield or social distance yourself
Your Doctors are busy trying to save lives, so please DO NOT contact them asking for letters which justify your need to Self-Isolate or Social Distance. The flow chart below shows what you should be doing and what paperwork is available:
What is SELF ISOLATION and what should I do or not do?
You MUST stay at home and NOT leave the house. If possible, you should not go out even to
buy food or other essentials. If you need to leave the house to do some exercise, it must be
at a safe distance from others (more than 2 metres away).
More info here:
What is SHIELDING and what should I do or not do?
You are strongly advised to stay at home at all times and avoid any face-to-face contact,
with anyone, for a period of at least 12 weeks. This period of time may change.
More info here:
Hospitals and GP surgeries have been given this additional information:
What is SOCIAL DISTANCING and what should I do or not do?
Please note that this applies to EVERYONE who is not in self isolation or shielding.
1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).
These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport when possible
3. Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this.
4. Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces, noting that pubs, restaurants, leisure
centres and similar venues are currently shut as infections spread easily in closed spaces
where people gather together.
5. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as
phone, internet, and social media
6. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services
More info here:
Additional Information from the World Health Organisation:
Coronavirus - Isolate your household - Stay at home
For ways to get moving with your health condition ask for advice today or visit WeAreUndefeatable.co.uk.
Get the NHS App
To download the app or for more information visit https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/the-nhs-app/.
Bake off for Take off in aid of Devon Air Ambulance
Last week the staff at Queens Medical Centre were baking and selling cakes, guessing the weight, bringing in biscuits, flans and fruit to sell to raise money for the Devon Air Ambulance.
An amazing £300 was raised! Thank you to all involved.
Thank you for attending the practice
Help health & care staff make better decisions about your care and treatment
All patients have a Summary Care Record (SCR).
This contains important information about your health, such as:
• Medicines you take
• Allergies you have
• Medicines that make you ill
You might need to see a doctor or nurse who does not know you. If they do not know about your care, your SCR could:
• Stop them making a mistake, because they can see your medicines, allergies or what medicines make you ill
• Help them see your information straight away on a computer
Doctors and nurses treating you will ask if they can look at your SCR to help them treat you quickly and safely.
You can choose to have other useful information added to your SCR, including:
• Your illnesses and any health problems
• Operations and vaccinations you have had in the past
• How you would like to be treated – such as where you would prefer to receive care
• What support you might need
• Who should be contacted for more information about you
If you think you want to add other useful information to your SCR, talk to your GP practice. It will be added to your SCR and kept up-to-date for you.
If there is information you don’t want adding, let your GP practice know.
Summary Care Record leaflet - information about your SCR
Summary Care Record consent form
Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health
Check everything's peachy...
Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK.
Everyone, whatever your sex, is at risk of developing bowel cancer. Things that can increase your risk include:
• getting older (8 out of 10 people diagnosed with bowel cancer are over 60)
• not being active enough
• being overweight
• a diet high in red and processed meat and low in fibre, vegetables and fruits
• drinking too much alcohol
• having type 2 diabetes
• having inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease)
• a family history of bowel cancer
Bowel Scope Screening is a new test to help prevent bowel cancer. It is offered to all those aged 55 as part of the NHS Bowel Screening Programme.
Queens Medical Centre: Finalist in Regional Awards
"Queens Medical Centre in Barnstaple area really proud to have been named as a finalist in the Regional Excellence in Primary Care Awards for the Team of the Year Category.
The awards are hosted by Devon Training Hub (CEPN) which is an organisation, commissioned by Health Education England, and run by SHED – Sentinel Healthcare, Haytor Health, Exeter Primary Care, Devon Health and the Devon Local Pharmaceutical Committee and are held annually..." from North Devon Journal (click here
to read more)
Dementia Support Worker at Queens Medical Centre
Start the NHS weight loss plan
Click here or on the image below to download the free 12-week diet and exercise plan developed in association with The British Dietetic Association.
Also available on and .
Mindfulness for Recurrent Depression Courses in Barnstaple
If you are interested in taking part in a group please visit http://www.exeter.ac.uk/mooddisorders/acceptclinic/referral/ to complete a self-referral form or contact AccEPT on (01392) 723493 or at email@example.com if you would like to speak to them.
Are You A Carer?
When You First Become a Carer
It is important to tell your Health Centre if you are a Carer.
Sidebyside Welcomes Parent Carers of Children and Young Adults with Additional Needs
Headway North Devon - support for those who have suffered a brain injury
"We are a social group, affiliated to the national organisation, who meet each Tuesday at the Salvation Army Church, Barnstaple.
We provide a safe and happy environment for those who have an acquired brain injury from 10.30 to 3.30 and we have a dedicated group of volunteers who give up their time each week."
More information about surgical procedures
If you are considering surgery and looking for more information on the procedure, use this document and click on the name of the procedure you wish to learn more about.
Are you feeling distressed, frightened, or that things are too much for you?
For more information, view the flyer: The Mooring, Barnstaple.