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TRIAL OF NEW APPOINTMENT & TELEPHONE TRIAGE SYSTEM

Dear patients, Please be advised we have started to trial a new appointment structure and telephone triage system:  with phone lines open from 08:10 hours in the morning from Monday to Thursday and from 08:30 hours on Fridays. 

OTHER INFORMATION

If you are over 40 years old and have not had a Blood Pressure check within the last 5 years, please book an appointment with our healthcare assistant. 

Minor Injury Units are based at Camborne/ Redruth Hospital and Helston Community Hospital.

Camborne/Redruth Community Hospital has a Minor injuries and Illness Service.  It is open from 8am to 10pm,  seven days a week, including bank holidays. You do not need to book an appointment  to use the the Minor Injuries and Illness Service and parking is free.

There are x-ray facilities available at Camborne/Redruth Hospital.  To access the x-ray service you will need to be referred by your doctor who will provide you with a signed x-ray appointment card and advise you to telephone the x-ray department to book an appointment for your x-ray.  Appointments can be booked between 9am to 8pm, Monday to Friday; and noon to 6pm Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays. 

The West Cornwall Urgent Care Centre based at West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance offers Doctor cover 24 hours a day, 7 days a week  and treats the following conditions:

1. Minor Burns, scalds and injuries.

2. Simple fractures (legs, arms, ankles and wrists). 3. Cuts which require stitching.

4. Chest and urinary infections.

5. Minor falls.

Call NHS 111 for non-emergency health advice (click 'Call 111' blue triangle at the bottom of the page) 

or in case of an emergency 999

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Out of Hours
Call 'NHS 111' on 111.

Appointments
The practice strives to meet the needs of all patients. All consultations are by appointment. We offer a mix of appointments, some bookable two weeks in advance, some available 48 hours and 24 hours in advance and we also have appointments available on the day.

We also offer an Improved Access Extended Hours Service especially for patients who are unable to attend during our normal surgery opening times.  Appointments with a Doctor, Health Care Assistant or Practice Nurse are available on Saturday mornings at Connor Downs by rota.  All Saturday appointments must be booked in advance by telephone or in person during our normal opening hours.

Home Visits
Where possible please try to come to the surgery. If you know you are going to need a visit please telephone in the morning. You will be asked to give a short explanation of the problem so that the doctor can be notified and decide how urgent your request is.

Clinical Research

Clinical Research

As an NHS patient at Praze and Beeble surgery, you may be approached to participate in a clinical trial. We only participate in NHS, HRA and ethics committee approved studies to ensure you are receiving the highest standard of care possible.

In this practice we use electronic records, enabling us to perform searches for specific conditions and you may be identified as a potential study candidate by this method. The information always remains on site and is completely confidential

The aim of a clinical trial is to provide evidence to know which treatments work best, without trials this is not possible an d remember many treatments that you are receiving will have been tested in clinical trials. This is the only way we can improve the health of the nation.

Clinical Research is a key principal of the NHS and therefore supports and encourages us all to participate, by providing information and answering the questions that you may have to help you decide whether or not to take part in a trial

The following sites may be useful and please click on them to find out more.

Information from the NHS about clinical trials

http://www.library.nhs.uk/trials

Medical Research Council

http://www.mrc.ac.uk/

UK Clinical Research Collaboration

http://www.ukcrc.org/

UK Clinical Research Networks

http://www.ukcrn.org.uk/

National Institute of Health Research

http://www.nihr.ac.uk/

INVOLVE

http://www.invo.org.uk/

Your participation in a clinical trial is going to be greatly appreciated and make a difference, however, should you choose not to after being approached, we apologise in advance and thank you for giving it some consideration.

What are the different phases of clinical trials?

Clinical trials go through 4 different stages from Phase 1 early trials to Phase 111 and 1V which are the phases we mainly participate in.

Phase 1

The first stage and usually involves small groups of healthy people or patients – aimed at finding out how safe a drug is and usually carried out in Phase 1 Clinical Trial Units

Phase 2

Examines how well a new treatment works in a larger group of people, measuring the safety and side effects and if it has a positive effect in patients

Phase 3

Compares new treatments to existing standard treatment – involves hundreds sometimes thousands of patients from all over the UK and globally.

Phase 4

Carried out after a new drug has been shown to work and has been given a licence, looking more at how well it works when it is used more widely and the long term risks and benefits

You may ask what the benefits of participating in a clinical trial are.

  • You may have a condition or disease that cannot be treated with an existing drug or treatment, participation might provide a successful treatment before it is available.
  • Drugs offered during a trial are often provided at no cost to the participant
  • You may gain a better understanding of your disease or condition as the trial focuses directly on the medical problem being studied
  • During a clinical trial you have regular visits with the Principal Investigator or sub investigator who often needs to review other aspects of your medical health and conditions; this can sometimes highlight the need for further investigations.
  • Sometimes the requirements for clinical trials cover tests that you would not normally be eligible for and you may feel a good MOT is worth having.
  • You may do it for humanitarian reasons and the future or your children.

You may also ask what the drawbacks are

  • In some clinical trials you may not know whether you are receiving the trial drug or a placebo
  • There may be side effects – However, all drugs come with side effects and these will be closely monitored and managed accordingly.
  • You may be required to spend a few hours at the clinic and attend appointments on a regular basis
  • You may be required to have blood tests/ spirometry or ECG’s at every clinic visit
  • You may be concerned about privacy and confidentiality of your clinical information

The confidentiality of records that could identify subjects is protected in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Most Clinical trials require the collection and storage of personal data, so just to reassure you, all identifiable study data such as signed consent forms are stored in a secure place.

Your confidentiality is also ensured by the use of initials and numbers only on research material

Any other documentation that is required to leave the practice is anonymised to remove any patient identifiers.

Electronic data is password protected and all staff must comply with the PCT data protection policies and undertake training.

All Clinical reasearch is provided by Mounts Bay Medical, Connor Downs Surgery.

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