Welcome to Beech House Surgery Knaresborough
We are a friendly, welcoming, and supportive practice located in the market town of Knaresborough on the edge of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales within easy distance of Harrogate, York, and Leeds. We have a large free carpark onsite for the use of our patients.
Beech House Surgery has 4 GP Partners who are supported by our wider clinical team including an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Practice Nurses, Health Care Assistants, First Contact Physiotherapists, Clinical Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Social Prescriber Link Workers and a Health and Wellbeing Coach. In addition to we have a Community Midwife who does regular clinics and we work closely with local Community Nursing teams.
The practice has a long history of training and we are delighted to be able to help train the clinicians of the future. We have GP Registrars, Foundation Doctors and Medical Students working with us in the practice.
We are proud to provide comprehensive NHS primary care services to our registered patients and we are focused on providing the best possible care at the highest quality. Our premises are purpose built and well equipped to deliver safe and effective care.
Enhanced Hours and Practice Training Afternoons/Bank Holiday Closures
Please note that we are closed for Bank Holidays on Monday the 1st, Monday the 8th and Monday the 29th of May - reopening at 8am on the Tuesday morning.
When we are closed.....
The surgery is closed on normal Bank Holidays and approximately 4 afternoons per year for staff training.
When the Surgery is closed, call NHS 111 for non-medical emergencies and 999 for medical emergencies (including chest pains and shortness of breath).
Enhanced hours surgeries are intended to accommodate those people who cannot easily attend the surgery during our normal opening hours. We respectfully ask patients who are able to attend during normal surgery hours to reserve these extended hour surgeries for those who are unable to do so.
Monday and Wednesday 6:30pm to 7:30pm - Weekly appointments with GP's. (NB: We are only open for pre-booked appointments during this time)
Phlebotomy Blood Test Service
NHS England has published guidance for the COVID-19 Spring Booster.
The eligible patient groups are follows:
- Residents in a care home for older adults
- Aged 75 years and over
- Aged 5 years and over who are immunosuppressed
Local GP Practices will be offering these to eligible patients but only as we get allocated sufficient stock of vaccines from those managing central supply and distribution. Practices will be allocated stock, but on a rolling basis and we will only know the number of vaccines we are being allocated each week, shortly before it arrives. We have no control over vaccine supply.
Therefore, please don’t contact the practice but wait for us to contact you. We will be managing patient invitations to match the number of vaccines we have been allocated at any point in time. However some local pharmacies already provide vaccinations and so some patients may wish to book there via the national booking service or 119
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
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Newsletter – Spring 2023 Issue
Dr Izzy Fox (GP Registrar) and Dr Charlotte Hogg (Foundation Doctor) have both moved onto their next placements at Harrogate District NHS Foundation Trust and we wish them well in their continued training.
Justine De Taure, one of our Medical Receptionists is moving to a new role in the practice as a Care Coordinator, a role we think she is perfect for.
We recently welcomed Dr Chris Jacklin (GP Registrar) and Dr Anna Hendry (Foundation Doctor) to the practice. We have already received fantastic patient feedback for them both and they are a delight to work alongside.
Rebecca Cooper-Kay has joined us in the role of Medical Receptionist and we welcome her to the team 😊
PRIMARY CARE NETWORK (PCN) STAFF:
These are staff who work across the practices in Knaresborough and Rural PCN
In addition to Jo our current FCP (First Contact Physiotherapist) on a Wednesday and Thursday we have now got an additional FCP Jenny who will be with us every Friday on a permanent basis.
One of our Clinical Pharmacists Adil has moved onto new ventures and we welcome new pharmacists Muhammad and Tayyib to the team.
Congratulations to Siama our Lead Clinical Pharmacist who has recently become Associate Professor at the University of Bradford, a role she does alongside working with the practices in the PCN.
In addition to Physiotherapists we also have Social Prescriber Link Workers, Clinical Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, a Health and Wellbeing Coach and the Pro Active Care Team (Occupational Therapists) who work with us.
We hope to add to this list and recruit a Paramedic who will work across the Knaresborough Practices providing acute clinical care.
YHN (Yorkshire Health Network) our GP federation have been working at Beech House on a Saturday for some time now, offering GP and Nurse/HCA appointments outside of normal practice hours. This service will continue and going forwards they will also be here on a Sunday. Appointments are booked through reception and are available for all patients in the area and not just limited to Beech House patients.
PATIENT LIST SIZE
We are very much open and have been all the way through the pandemic and we offer a mixture of telephone/video/face to face appointments to ensure patients are given the most appropriate appointment for their needs. We welcome new patients to the practice! We have recently started to accept online registrations, making it easier than ever for patients to register.
The Spring Covid Booster campaign is now underway.
The eligible patient groups are as follows:
- Residents in a care home for older adults
- Aged 75 or over
- Aged 5 or over who are immunosuppressed
We will be offering vaccinations to our eligible patients but only as we get allocated sufficient stock of vaccines from those managing central supply and distribution. Practices will be allocated stock on a rolling basis and we have no control over this.
If you would like to have the vaccination done at Beech House Surgery please wait to be contacted. We will get to you as soon as we can and apologise for the delay – unfortunately this is out of our hands but we are working as quickly as possible to arrange clinics and get everyone who wants it vaccinated.
You may receive a questionnaire via SMS to complete – this is to determine who would like to have the vaccination here as we are conscious that some patients may not want one or may have booked into a community pharmacy (some local pharmacies are offering the vaccination too).
BLOOD TESTS (PHLEBOTOMY):
Please be aware that the phlebotomy (blood test) service at Sainsbury's in Harrogate will permanently close on the 27th of April 2023.
I am delighted to announce that there will be a new blood test service at Chain Lane Community Hub in Knaresborough starting on Tuesday 2nd May 2023.
The service will be open from 07:30-11:00 Monday to Friday
Please note that you MUST have a printed ICE form and take this with you as they cannot take blood without.
Ample free car-parking, wheelchair friendly, seated waiting area, experienced Harrogate Hospital phlebotomy staff
PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP (PPG)
Who are we? We are a group of patients who wish to support and promote all that the Practice does. We have approximately four meetings a year including our AGM. Any patient of the Practice is welcome to attend the AGM which is held in September. We publish/advertise the date approximately a month in advance.
The PPG can be contacted through – firstname.lastname@example.org – Please mark your email with the heading “PPG”
Please let us know of any particular topic that you would like to see featured in our next Newsletter.
Beech House Surgery – Patient Participation Group
If you have any good quality books that you would like to donate they would be very much appreciated. Our supplies are running low!
The money raised by the sale of these books goes towards improving the practice for our patients and in the past has been used for things like recovering chairs in the waiting room.