~ Please note ~

New Coronavirus Information Information (updated 25.3.2020) ~

Coronavirus (COVID19) guidance as of 23rd March 2020 following HM Government announcement, in an attempt to delay and reduce the transmission of the illness and subsequent impact on the health and social care system, please follow this advice:
 
People at higher risk from COVID19 (generally people who receive the flu jab) – people with long-term or chronic conditions (cardiac, respiratory, kidney, liver, neurological), diabetes, immune system problems including HIV, on immunosuppressant medication including steroids, transplant patients, people without spleens including people with sickle cell disease, active cancer including those on chemo or radiotherapy, or pregnant women or people aged over 70 years.
 
Please DO NOT ATTEND THE PRACTICE - in order to avoid spreading the virus to other patients and staff. You do not need to call the practice or NHS111 to inform us of your self-isolation. Please only call if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms, your condition gets worse or lasts longer than 7 days OR you have other problems not related to this condition. 
 
Use the following website to find out what to do if you have concerns about coronavirus https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/ before calling NHS111 or your GP.
 
If you need a note for your employers use the following link: https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/
 
To reduce people attending the practice there is a new telephone appointment triage system in place in order to assess patients and give advice on the telephone or arrange a face to face appointment if required based on clinical need. These telephone appointments can be booked online from 6am or via reception from 8am. 
 
ONLY ATTEND THE PRACTICE IF YOU HAVE BEEN INVITED IN OR HAVE AN APPOINTMENT.
 
NB: Please be aware that this practice will need to prioritise clinically urgent workload over routine depending on the demands on the system.

Important Update : New telephone triage appointment system

Research Projects at BHWC

Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre hosts an array of research activities. This means that you may be asked to participate in research studies. You do not have to take part and if you decline your normal care will not be affected.

Nicole Lovelle is the research lead. Please ask for her if you have any queries. Her email address is nicole.lovell@nhs.net.

Patient participation and how to take part in research

There are different ways that patients can become involved in studies the practice is participating in:

Patients who express an interest in finding out more about a study will be asked for their permission to share their name and contact details with the study team. Some studies require direct contact between participants and the team; others involve contact through a member of practice staff or with a Primary Research Network nurse.

Participation in research is entirely voluntary and you have the rights to say 'No'. Nobody will put pressure on you to take part in research if you do not wish to. You do not have to give us a reason if you decide not to take part in a research study.

You will always receive clear information about what taking part in a research study would involve. The practice will usually provide you with a patient information sheet; then, if you agree to take part, the study team will explain the study to you in more detail and you will have the opportunity to ask questions about it.

Nobody from outside this practice will be given your contact details or have access to your medical records without your prior consent. If you do agree to take part in a study, you will be asked to sign a consent form – this will clearly state which parts of your notes (if any) may be looked at for the purposes of the research.

You will not be asked to take part in a large number of studies. Most researchers are very specific about the criteria that people need to meet in order to enter their study. Usually this means that only a relatively small number of patients at the practice will be suitable for any one study.

Active studies

TriMaster Study - Type 2 diabetes management. A randomised double-blind Crossover study of 3 different medications.

SYMBAD Study - Investigation into whether two commonly used medications, Mirtazapine or Carbamazepine are effective and safe treatments for agitation in people with dementia.

LightMind Study - Low-Intensity Guided Help Through MINDfulness. An investigation into two kinds of supported self-help courses with people experiencing symptoms of depression

BARCODE Study - Coming soon

If you have any questions please contact Nicole Lovelle on 01273 772020.