We are an accredited training practice and are involved in training doctors whilst they undertake a placement in general practice. Our practice has a relatively small catchment area but previous trainees have enjoyed a wide range of problems presented from a very diverse population.
“All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice. The average pay for GPs working in Pool Medical Centre in the last financial year was £37,674 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 2 full-time GPs, 1 part-time GP and 2 locum GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.”
ELECTRONIC PRESCRIPTION SERVICE
What is the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)?
The Electronic Prescription Service, or EPS, enables prescriptions to be sent electronically from the GP practice to a pharmacy or dispenser of your choice. With EPS, you would no longer need to collect paper prescriptions from the practice as a prescription can be sent securely to your nominated pharmacy where you usually collect your medicines or medical appliances. EPS is an established service that has been available for many years. It is easy to use, and you don't need access to a computer or electronic device.
The importance of using Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) during the COVID-19 pandemic
During the COVID-19 pandemic we are all asked to reduce unnecessary journeys, reduce social contact and protect vulnerable patients in line with national guidance. EPS can help to prevent unnecessary visits to the GP practice, as patients and pharmacy staff will no longer need to collect paper prescriptions. EPS can also help to reduce waiting times at both the GP practice and the pharmacy.
How do I start using EPS?
Firstly, you will need to choose the pharmacy or dispenser that will dispense your prescribed medicines. Your pharmacy of choice will be referred to as your nominated pharmacy and this nomination can be added to your record by the GP practice or the pharmacy. If you have registered for online access at the practice, you may also be able to add a pharmacy nomination yourself.
By increasing the number of prescriptions that are processed electronically via EPS we will be helping to reduce exposure to COVID-19 for both our patients and healthcare staff. Someone from the practice may contact you to discuss EPS and your preferences for a nominated pharmacy. In the meantime, please feel free to ask your pharmacist about pharmacy nominations, or record it yourself if you use an online access app.
If you are not sure which pharmacy you would like to nominate, you may wish to use the link below to identify pharmacies and dispensers available for to you: www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhsservices/pharmacies/
You can change or cancel your nominated pharmacy or dispenser at any time. Simply speak to the practice or pharmacist before you order your next prescription. Your nomination will only be added or changed at your request. If you currently use both a pharmacy and a dispensing appliance contractor, it is still possible to use EPS and have two nominated dispensers for your prescriptions.
Who can see my prescription?
Electronic prescriptions sent via EPS are reliable, secure and confidential. Your electronic prescription will be seen by the same people who currently process your paper prescriptions. If you are on repeat prescriptions, the dispenser of your medicines will also see the items on your reorder slip.
The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
What to do if you have symptoms
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
- a high temperature
- a new continuous cough
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
Read the advice about staying at home.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Use the 111 coronavirus service
Advice in other parts of the UK
For region specific information and advice in:
We are sad to announce the retirement of Dr Yap after spending 28 yrs at the helm of Maypole Health Centre totally up to 35 yrs working for the NHS.
However, we are welcoming him back to work as a locum doctor at Maypole Health Centre
We are also welcoming back Dr Hughes who is coming back working as a locum
Maypole Health Centre
CORONAVIRUS IMPORTANT INFORMATION
IF YOU HAVE BEEN TO AN AFFECTED PLACE IN THE LAST 14 DAYS OR HAD CONTACT WITH SOMEBODY WITH THE VIRUS AND YOU HAVE ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS – COUGH, FEVER OR SHORTNESS OF BREATH, DO NOT COME TO THE SURGERY.
CONTACT 111 ONLINE OR RING 111
FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.GOV.UK/CORONAVIRUS
EXTENDED HOURS FOR PATIENTS WHO CANNOT SEE DOCTORS DURING NORMAL OPENING HOURS
Druids Heath Hub
Druids Heath Surgery, 27 Pound Road,
Druids Heath, Birmingham, B14 5SB.
Hub opening times : 0121 411 0317 or via Maypole Health Centre : 0121 430 2829
Oakwoood Surgery Hub
OAKWOOD SURGERY FLOOR 1, 856 STRATFORD ROAD, SPARKHILL, BIRMINGHAM, B11 4BW
Telephone contact: 0121 411 0317 or via Maypole Health Centre : 0121 430 2829
- Mon- Friday : 18:30 – 20:00
- Saturdays 09:00 – 13:00
- Sunday 10:00am – 13:00
The above appointments can be booked directly with the appropriate Hub
For any questions about the appointments for the out of hours, please speak with receptionists on 0121 4302829
Data Protection Officer
Our Data Protection Officer is Ms Sobia Hussein Business Manager - SmartCare Federation,
PRACTICE LEAFLET download for information on our practice
Text_Message_Consent_Form_ doc download for your written consent for the practice to text you for a reminder of your appointment, smear, COPD, CHD, Diabetes, Asthma, stroke, Rheumatology, NHS Health Check, etc....The reminder is to help reduce the DNAs( did not attend appointments) - 96- such patients last month) are depriving other patients of attending those appointments. This is equivalent to more than 6 clinics. January 2019 GP appointment wastage which are not been attended are costing the NHS £210,000,000.00 ( Public Health England data for 2017-18)
We are closed on the following bank holidays:Practice leaflet
|10 April||Friday||Good Friday|
|13 April||Monday||Easter Monday|
|1 May||Friday||Early May bank holiday|
|25 May||Monday||Spring bank holiday|
|31 August||Monday||Summer bank holiday|
|25 December||Friday||Christmas Day|
|28 December||Monday||Christmas Bank Holiday|
|1 January||Friday||New Year’s Day|
The following day : usual opening hours
Please make ensure that you have ordered and received enough medication to last you over the holiday period.
Out of Hours advice
If you should need a Doctor when the Surgery is closed, please telephone one of the following:-
1. NHS 111 telephone number 111
2. Walk in Centre at Katie Road (0121 415 2095), Selly Oak
3. Walk in In Centre, Solihull Hospital; LEFT entrance at A/E.
4. Birmingham NHS Walk-In Centre Lower Ground Floor, Boots The Chemists Ltd,
66 High Street , Birmingham, B4 7TA ( 0121 255 4500 )
URGENT HELP AND ADVICE
Contact lists and Advice for Urgent Help and Advice on various issues.
Out of Hours advice
If you should need a Doctor when the Surgery is closed, please telephone the out of hours service NHS 111 telephone number 111, or visit the
Walk in Centre based at Katie Road (0121 415 2095) , Selly Oak
Walkin In Centre, Solihull Hospital; LEFT entrance at A/E.
Birmingham Nhs Walk-In Centre Lower Ground Floor, Boots The Chemists Ltd, 66 High Street , Birmingham, West Midlands, B4 7TA ( 0121 255 4500 )
Clinic Opening times
Find out when our practice is open, what the GP consulting times are and what to do if you need help when the practice is closed. Find out more
Do you need to re-order your medication? Visit our prescription page and Find out more
Adequate medication at all times.
Please make ensure that you have ordered and received enough medication to last you over weekends including Bank holidays or festive periods or when you plan to go on your holiday.
Like To Register?
New to the area and would like to join our practice? We would be happy to help you. Fill in our registration forms and come and see us. Find out morePatient Online Services
Patient Online Services
2013 Shingles Vaccine launch- on going vaccination
The Department of Health have advised that they will begin offering the shingles vaccine on a phased introduction. At Maypole Health Centre, we understand this to mean that they will be introducing the vaccine to certain age groups between the ages of 70 and 79 yrs ( please note only patients age 70 and 79 years old fit the criteria at present).
We anticipate its introduction to be around Autumn ( flu season) and so we would anticipate inviting those who will fall into this criteria in at the same time as they would usually expect to attend for their seasonal flu vaccine making it doubly important to watch out for the flu clinic dates. Please be advised, we will be unable to vaccinate patients who do not fall into the age groups defined by the Department of Health.
If you are aged 65 or over, carers or are in an “at risk” group eg diabetes, heart disease , COPD, etc..or are pregnant ,please book your flu injection between end of September 2019 and March 2020.
Did you know that an average of 6 clinics of our Doctor and Nurse Practitioner appointments were wasted last month where people had not attended their appointments ( 96). Please let us know (in advance) if you are unable to attend your appointment so that other patients can have your appointments. In 2012, the total cost of DNA ( did not attend their appointments) to the NHS was £700,000,000.00
Health Visitor contact details
Our Health Visitors are currently based at
Broad Meadow Health Centre, Kings Norton.
Contact telephone number 0121 466 4680.
Our Health Visitors will run their weekly Child Health Clinic here at the Practice on a Wednesday afternoon from 1:30pm to 3:00pm .
Did you know that you can now have your repeat prescription sent electronically ( EPS) to your Pharmacy by the Practice? This would save you having to visit the practice to collect your completed prescription form. Please ask at your Pharmacy or our Receptionists for further details.
Sorry no ordering of repeat prescriptions over the telephone
To avoid the potential of mistakes being made, and to avoid the telephone lines being blocked, we regret that we are unable to take requests for prescriptions over the telephone
Patient participation Group Meeting
The Patient Participation Group meet on a quarterly basis, usually on a Thursday from 1:00 p.m. - please ask when the next P.P.G meeting will be held.
You may telephone to speak to a Doctor between 11.30 a.m. and 12.30, or our Nurse Practitioner between 12.00 and 12.30.
You may telephone to request your test results after 11.00.a.m.
Changes to Drug-Driving Legislation
In England and Wales a new offence of driving with certain controlled drugs in excess of specified levels in the body comes into force on 2nd March 2015.
There is already an offence of driving whilst impaired through drugs (whether due to non-medical use of drugs or due to legitimate use of medicines) in section 4 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. This offence will remain in force alongside the new drug driving offence. This offence is not new and it has not changed.
The new offence refers to driving, attempting to drive or being in charge of a vehicle with a specified controlled drug in the body, in excess of a specified limit (Section 5A of the Road Traffic Act 1988 as amended in April 2013).
Police have new powers to test and prosecute drivers who are suspected of driving having taken certain drugs in excess of specified levels in the body. Roadside drug screening devices will be developed using oral fluid (saliva) to identify if the person driving or in control of the vehicle has taken a drug as listed below (or one that may be metabolised into one of these drugs). Following a positive screening result using oral fluid, the person can then be requested to provide a blood sample for evidential purposes, to enable prosecution for the new offence if above the specified limit.
Advice to patients
Check the leaflet that comes with your medicine for information on how the medicine may impair your driving ability.
You must not drive if you feel sleepy, dizzy, are unable to concentrate or make decisions, have slowed thinking, or if you experience sight problems. If the medicine is one that could affect your driving ability, you should not drive until you know how the medicine affects you as an individual, particularly when starting a new medicine or following a dose change. Only drive if the drug you are taking does not impair your driving.
If you start a new medicine, even if it is one that does not directly affect your driving you should check with your pharmacist if it could have an effect on any of the medicines you are already taking that could in turn affect your driving.
Alcohol can enhance the side effects of certain medicines.
Keep evidence that the medicine you are taking is either prescribed by a healthcare professional or bought over the counter, e.g. a repeat prescription slip for prescribed medicines and a patient information leaflet for medicines purchased over the counter.
Continue taking your medicines as prescribed.
(Site updated 15/05/2020)