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We are now pleased to report that the supply situation is improving and is no longer as constrained as it has been in recent weeks. Clinics will continue to be reduced  up to and including 8th October 2021.

NHS Carers - 24th August 2021

NHS Carers

Veteran Update on the Afghan crisis - 20th August 2021

We are conscious that some patients registered at Somercotes Medical Centre may be affected by current events in Afghanistan. Somercotes Medical Centre is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners as one which specialises in the care of military veterans and their families. All the team have been trained in the care of military veterans and their families. If recent events have affected you and you wish to seek help, please come forward.

Our NHS services need your help

Please use NHS services wisely. Self-care, pharmacies, or visiting NHS 111 online ( to check symptoms should always be the first step in treatment, unless your condition is potentially life-threatening or you suspect you might be developing a serious underlying health condition, such as cancer. 

Opt-out of NHS Digital collecting your data - updated 2/8/21

The current NHS Digital (NHSD) extract of GP data for Research purposes (known as the GPDPR) has been delayed due to NHSD wishing to review the way in which this data will be collected, to conduct more public involvement and information about the plans and change the way in which patients can opt out of the extract of their GP data.

 Currently the only way to opt out is to complete a Type 1 opt out form and return this to the practice by the 1st September.  However, this extract will not be taken until the NHSD have changed the way it will take the data and respect the patient’s choice for using their data.  NHSD are introducing the following changes to the opt out process which will mean that patients will be able to change their opt-out status at any time::-

  • Patients do not need to register a Type 1 opt-out by 1st September to ensure their GP data will not be uploaded.
  • NHS Digital will create the technical means to allow GP data that has previously been uploaded to the system via the GPDPR collection to be deleted when someone registers a Type 1 opt-out.
  • The plan to retire Type 1 opt-outs will be deferred for at least 12 months while we get the new arrangements up and running and will not be implemented without consultation with the RCGP, the BMA and the National Data Guardian. 

This means that you can opt out at any time in the future and NHSD will delete data that they already have taken for research purposes, the deadline of the 01/09/2020 has been delayed until a new system of opt out is developed.  Hopefully, this will be a simple centralised approach via the NHS app or NHS website to avoid paper form and administration work for your GP.

 We will update you when we know more about the NHSD plans to change how you can control who has access to your data.

Veteran Accredited 

Vetran Accredited

Our dedicated clinician for the above is Dr Alexandra Smith.

NHS health care for the Armed Forces community

Accreditation certificate

GP Survey Results

GP Patients surveys have been carried out annually by MORI on behalf of the NHS since 2007 with the 2021 results being published on 7 July. The survey asks about patients’ local GP services experience of making an appointment, the quality of care at their last appointment, overall experience of their GP practice, experience when their GP practice is closed as well as current health circumstances.

The National survey results are available at:

Somercotes Medical Centre survey results and details are available at:

Patient Experience (

Surgery Half Day Closures 2021/22

Please note we will be closed for Staff Training on the following dates from 1.30pm until the following morning.


If you need medical assistance please ring 111.

21st July 2021
15th Sept 2021
20th Oct 2021

17th Nov 2021

19th Jan 2022

16th Feb 2022 

16th March 2022 

Carers Update

Derbyshire Carers are still holding events for Carers , for a full list of activities go to their website There is also alot of useful information embedded in their website.

Covid-19 Vaccination Update

We are pleased to announce that, we have now invited all patients aged 18 years and over for a COVID-19 vaccination. People can book to receive their vaccination at our local site at Church Farm in Ripley. Alternatively you can access a vaccine at other sites by calling 119 (including some pharmacy sites and Derby Arena). If you (or a family member/friend) have not been contacted by us, then please let us know as we may need updated contact details.We have now given nearly 60000 Covid-19 vaccines locally and are keen to get as many remaining people vaccinated as soon as we can. Vaccines are the way out of this pandemic and they are the best way to protect people from coronavirus and have saved thousands of lives. We know that vaccinated people are far less likely to get COVID-19 with symptoms. Vaccinated people are even more unlikely to get serious COVID-19, to be admitted to hospital, or to die from it. There is growing evidence that vaccinated people are less likely to pass the virus to others. It is so important that as many people as possible are vaccinated against COVID-19 and we would urge all of our patients to get vaccinated and to encourage their family and friends to have the vaccine also. People under 40 are being offered the Pfizer vaccine following national guidance. Those that have already had a first vaccine will be invited for a second dose (of the same vaccine) at the appropriate time. If anyone believes that they may have been overlooked then please contact us at the practice. If you want the latest vaccination updates, you can follow events and the latest news via the links below: 

Twitter:           @joinedupcare
Facebook:      Joined Up Care Derbyshire
Instagram:     @joinedupcarederbyshire

For more detailed information; visit our
Joined Up Care Derbyshire website.

GPs, Nurses and Reception staff have all taken on additional work to support the vaccinations clinics at Church Farm and we thank you for your support in this. 

What's your heart age?-NHS Health Check

Click on the link below to access the online tool:

Primary Care Network

 Somercotes Medical Centre is part of ARCH Primary Care Network along with the following practices:

Brooklyn Medical Practice, Crich Medical Practice, Ivy Grove Surgery, Jessop Medical Practice, Kelvingrove Medical Centre, Parkside Surgery, The Park Surgery, and in collaboration with Ripley Medical Centre. We are working together to bring new services into General Practice. So far we have Pharmacists, Social Prescribers and Physiotherapists who are working across the practices.


The HUB - extended hours appointments - 

These will be at the Amber Valley Health GP Hub at Church Farm Primary Care Centre in Ripley. DE5 3TH

 The opening times of the hub will be Monday to Friday 6.15pm – 8.00pm Saturdays and Sundays 8.45am – 11.45am

 Please note, the vast majority of AVH GPs and staff members are from one of the local practices named above.


The Amber Valley Health GP Hub will be reopening for pre booked appointments in the coming weeks.

Mental Health Services -Derbyshire

Vitaminds  is a local NHS talking therapies services that any over the age of 18 in Derby & Derbyshire can self refer to either online at or calling 0333 0153 496 or emailing

Kooth & Quell

Kooth provides free, online counselling, support and advice to children and young people aged 11 to 25 across Derby City and County. Qualified therapists are online 365 days a year. Monday to Friday, from midday until 10pm and weekend 6pm until 10pm.
There is no criteria or referral process. Children and young people can access support for ANY issues they may be experiencing. This may include: Body image, self-esteem, bereavement, academic pressures, suicidal thoughts, friendships, sexuality etc.. To access support, they simply register at

As well as talking to Kooth therapists, young people can message to team 24 hours a day, access our fully-moderated support forums, online magazine and other self-help tools.
Qwell offers the same therapeutic model of support as Kooth. Qwell offers free online counselling, support and advice to ANY PARENT or CARER across the City and County. They can register for Qwell at

Community Café - currently closed due to government guidance

The Community Café run by our Patient Participation Group and Volunteers is currently open Thursday and Friday between 10am and lunchtime. If your visit to the practice is specifically to use the Café, the practice would be grateful if you would park in the clearly marked parking on Nottingham Road rather than the surgery car park in consideration of patients, staff and doctors. The road side parking is currently being extended to one hour free. Please check the signs before you leave your car.

Our Patient Participation Group (PPG) looks forward to welcoming you for a cuppa and a chat.  We would like to thank all our PPG members and volunteers for making this possible.  Your hard work on this project is very much appreciated by all at Somercotes Medical Centre. 

Carers Support - 1st & 3rd Friday of the month between 2pm and 3pm - currently suspended

Our Community Café is host to Carers Support on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month. Carer – “a carer is anyone, including children and adults who look after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support.” (NHS England)

You might not consider yourself a carer, but if you can see yourself in the situation described above or know of someone who is, why not come along and have a cuppa and a chat with others in similar situations.

Listen to or talking with others in similar situations can be helpful with coping with your own situation. You will also have access to hand, shoulder and head massage.

Some weeks there will be speakers from support groups who can help sign post you to services you may benefit from, so why not come along and join our friendly bunch of volunteers for an informal get together.

Supported by Somercotes Medical Centre Patient Participation Group.

The Community Café and Carers group are available to everyone, not just those who are patients at the surgery. 

Carers Clinics

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Carers Survey at Somercotes. We have looked at the responses and feedback, and working with the Derbyshire Carers Association charity we have created a pioneering new scheme of in- surgery support for carers in the area.

We now have a Carer Support Worker from Derbyshire Carers Association who comes to the surgery once monthly to run a clinic for Carers who would like to get some support or guidance with their caring role. If you are feeling over-whelmed or even if your coping fine, our support worker, can work with you to:

  • Access additional funding
  • Access respite care
  • Apply for blue badges
  • Provide one to one support
  • Create emergency plans in case you become unwell yourself
  • Get extra help in for you and your loved one

Lisa is happy to offer support in person at Somercotes Medical Centre, on the telephone or even in your own home. To find out more or to book an appointment contact the reception team at Somercotes Medical Center.

Travel Advice

Please see "Our Services" tab for important advice regarding traval vaccinations.

Medical Interoperability Gateway (MIG)

In order to increase patient awareness and support the deployment of the Medical Interoperability Gateway (MIG) project across Derbyshire, and to satisfy our individual IG requirements, please see:

Patient Survey Results

For the results of our latest Patient Experience Survey please use this link:  Alternatively a copy is available for viewing in our waiting room. 

Although we are very happy with the results, there is always room for improvement.  If you have a suggestion, please complete a comments form found in the foyer next time you visit the surgery.  Thank you to all our patients who received the survey and responded. 

All patients who have registered for Patient Access can now view the Summary Care Record information, this includes:

  • Allergies & Sensitivties
  • Current Repeat Medication
  • Vaccinations & immunisations

Patient Access also enables patients to:

  • Book appointments (All available appointments are viewable for up to a month ahead)
  • Cancel book appointments
  • Request a Repeat Medication
  • Update Contact Details

If you do not currently have access to Patient Access but would like more information about this service then please speak to a receptionist. 

How do I get Patient Access

  • To be able you to use the system you must have a computer with internet access.

Either log on to and follow the steps to register

Or at the surgery

To register for Patient Access you will need to bring photo ID with you e.g.passport, driving licence.

Training News

Our patients will all be aware that we are a training practice.  We enjoy training qualified hospital doctors to become our General Practitioners of the future.  Registrars train to become GPs for a further 3 years once they have qualified as a doctor and during this time they spend time at several different practices.

Our current trainees are Dr Imran Khan and Dr Maria Adebayo who are both in their final year of training.

Online Access

We currently offer the facility for booking and cancelling appointments, ordering repeat prescriptions & viewing allergies and adverse reactions online.  This is via EMIS Patient Access using our website  If you do not already have a username and password for this system you will need to register for them either using our website or by calling into the practice to register in person (please be aware proof of identity is required).

We are working closely with our clinical software providers to develop appropriate systems for patients to request online access to their detailed coded records using a method that is secure and safeguards the best interests of the patient. 

Website Update

We are looking to update and improve our current website and we really need you to let us know what you love about the site, what you hate and what you wish was here. If you would like to give us some feedback on the site you can either fill in the questionaire which is available in the waiting room at Somercotes Medical Centre or email any comments or feedback to:                  


The Somercotes Community Gallery at Somercotes Medical Centre is now 4 years old! Thanks to all the great support and donations of artwork from our local community the gallery is continually changing and we have now shown over 100 artworks this year.

The gallery was set up to promote the talent of local artists, photographers, groups and schools in order to promote wellbeing, interest in the arts, community spirit and make the medical centre a more pleasant place to be.

If you or your child have any artwork that you would like to put on display at the Medical Centre feel free to drop it into reception and we will be pleased to hang it for you.

The artwork will always remain your property so we will be happy to return it at any time.

Thank you to everyone involved for your continuing support, and thank you to our wonderful PPG who helped make the project happen. 

Dignity Awards

Somercotes Medical Centre has become the first GP practice in the county to achieve the Derbyshire Silver Dignity Award for its high levels of care and respect offered to patients.

This is the highest level of dignity award currently available and we are immensely proud of all our staff for the gold standard quality care they offer patients every day.

Thank you also to our wonderful patients and PPG for your support in helping us achieve this award. 

NHS Patient Champion of the Year

We are very proud to have been awarded the NHS Patient Champion of the Year as recognised by the East Midlands Leadership Academy. 

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in helping us achieve this recognition.

Named Accountable GP

Under new contractual requirements we are required to inform of your Named Accountable GP. Unless you have previously been notified otherwise you will find your Named Accountable GP printed on the right hand side of your prescription, or you can ask at reception. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOU CAN STILL SEE ANY DOCTOR OF YOUR CHOICE.



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