Due to the current Coronavirus outbreak, please do not come to the practice unless you have been asked to do so.
If you have an urgent query or require an urgent appointment, please telephone, where you will be asked a number of questions to ascertain which service will be suitable for your needs.
Linden Medical Group
Coronavirus - Practice Procedural Changes
Due to the current Coronavirus situation and for your own protection we are changing our procedures.
Please see below for important changes to the procedures at the Practice;
GP Appointments - Face-to-face GP appointments will be changed to telephone or video appointments where possible. If you have a routine appointment with a GP already booked, you do not need to call the Practice to cancel, you will be contacted by the Practice in due course.
Blood test appointments - Clinically prioritised blood tests will still be going ahead at Linden Medical Centre, however a lot of routine bloods may be postponed or cancelled, if you are concerned please phone the practice and ask to speak to a GP.
Nursing Appointments – Nurse appointments will be clinically prioritised. The majority of all the clinical nursing work, e.g. dressings and injections will be going ahead but you will be screened before entering the Practice.
Attending the Practice
Please only attend the Practice if you have been asked to do so.
If you have been requested to attend the Practice you will be greeted by a healthcare professional in the foyer area who will perform basic screening including checking your temperature. Following a satisfactory screening result you will be directed to the appropriate location within the Practice.
Our branch site, Ise Medical based at French Drive will be closed until further notice, except when we are holding specific clinics. Please do not attend the Ise Medical Centre unless you are told to do so.
Long Term Condition Reviews
Any patients with a long term condition(s) you will be contacted by the Practice (usually via a telephone call) when your annual review is due.
We will be sending ALL prescriptions to a nominated pharmacy via EPS.
If you do not have a nominated pharmacy, you can nominate one by logging into your online service account or ask the care navigator to do this for you.
If you are not registered with a doctor in the area at this time we will still be accepting new patient registrations, however please follow the new procedure detailed below;
Please print the registration pack from our website or phone 01536 527056 or 01536 527073 to request a pack to be sent in the post.
Once you have completed the registration forms, contact the Practice on 01536 527056 or 01536 527073 to arrange a suitable time to attend the practice to complete your registration. You will need to bring 2 forms of ID with you (passport/driving licence and utility bill with your current address on, dated within the last 3 months.
When you attend to register, you will be greeted by a Healthcare professional who will perform basic screening including checking your temperature, following a satisfactory screening result, your registration forms and identification documents will be given to a member of staff to check/copy. You will then be advised if any further information is required.
Many thanks for your co-operation; further updates will follow in due course.
The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The current risk to the general public is moderate.
You can help too.
Germs can live on some surfaces for hours. To protect yourself and others:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
- Bin the tissue, and to kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
- If you have arrived back from an affected area within the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you 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
This is the best way to slow the spread of almost any germs, including Coronavirus.
More information, including a list of the affected areas is available by logging onto gov.uk/coronavirus
Dr Paul Barclay to RETIRE FROM BEING A GP Partner for Linden Medical Group
We are sad to announce that our Senior Partner Dr Barclay has today informed staff that he intends to retire from his role at the Practice with effect from the 31st March 2020.
Dr Barclay said ”I have been a partner at Linden for over 23 years and during that time I have been privileged to have worked with some amazing, talented and dedicated individuals. As a team we have shared an ethos and belief in the principles of what Primary Care should be about, with Linden in recent years adopting the mantra that all contacts should be “Caring, Consistent and Appropriate”, and as such I have always done my best to uphold those principles.
During these 23 years I have seen huge changes both within the Practice and the NHS as a whole, and having a workforce that in many cases were more like family than colleagues has enabled the Practice to respond and improve year on year. However all things must come to an end and I feel now is the time to make a change and embrace new and different challenges.”
Drink Free Days
It can be easy to get into the habit of drinking alcohol most nights. But the reality is, it isn't good for your long term health.
What many people don't realise is that regularly drinking alcohol above low risk levels can significantly increase their risk of developing a range of health conditions.
The UK's Chief Medical Officers suggest one way to reduce their health risks is by taking more drink-free days each week. That's why, in September, you probably saw Drinkaware launching its Drink Free Days campaign for the second year running.
If you're curious about the benefits of Drink Free Days, take the DrinkCompare calculator to find out if your drinking is putting your health at risk, as well as seeing how your drinking compares to the rest of the UK.
Drinkaware has lots of useful tips and tools on its website, including inspiration for what you can do on your Drink Free Days.
Top Tips for a Healthier Blood Pressure
It was recently 'Know Your Numbers' week. Here are some top tips for a healthier blood pressure...
HRT is in the news...
A new study has been published regarding HRT and the risk of breast cancer. See this leaflet from the MHRA for more information. Ensure you come and see a GP for a review of your HRT at least once a year and a discussion about your individual risk and needs. If you wish to discuss your HRT sooner then please make a routine appointment.
HRT Patient Information Sheet
Please click here for more information regarding MMR Vaccinations.
Did you know you can request your repeat prescription online and get it sent to a pharmacy of your choice?
For more information, please click here.
This Facebook page is used to present our patients with up to date news and information about our practice. We will keep it current with any developments or other health-related information that we feel may be relevant to you.
Staff Update - Appointment Availability
At Linden we are proud to be a training Practice and we are fortunate to have both Dr Barclay and Dr Spooner who take an active role in training GP Registrars. We are now also once again hosting medical students and a number of our clinicians are involved in their training. It is important that Linden along with other accredited training practices continue to offer this opportunity to doctors at all stages of their training, as without this the current shortage of GP’s will continue. However for this, and other reasons, it does mean that there is often limited availability for bookable appointments with Dr Barclay and Dr Spooner, and accordingly we ask for your patience and understanding if you are unable to book a timely routine appointment with them.
Medical students at Linden Medical Group
We now have 3rd year medical students from Leicester Medical School on placement at Linden Medical Group.
For more information click here.
Saturday morning appointments are available at Linden Avenue for Pre-Bookable Appointments only.
10 ways to get the best from your GP
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Revised Fair Processing and Privacy Notice
Please click here to view our revised Fair Processing and Privacy Notice
3Sixty Care Partnership
3Sixty Care Partnership brings together a GP federation made up of 28 GP practices across the north of Northamptonshire and the Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to form a multi-speciality Community Provider.
To find out more please click here
On the 6th July 2016 Linden Medical Centre had a routine inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Report on the inspection has now been published.
We are pleased to announce that the practice has been rated overall as good with an outstanding rating for the effectiveness of the services we provide.