May Bank Holiday - Practice Closure
The Practice will be closed on 3 May. Please call the out of hours service at 111 if you need to see a GP over the Bank Holiday. If it can wait please use the Ask NHS app if you need an appointment after the May Bank Holiday.
We will be closed on the afternoon of 19 May 21 from 1300 to 1800 so we can conduct staff training. We apologise for any inconvenience. If you wish to book an appointment for tomorrow please use the Ask NHS app. If you need to see a clinician today please call 111 or if urgent call 999.
New Building Update
As most are aware we have been waiting to move into a permenant building for a number of years. We are pleased to announce that on 1 Apr 21 we will take the next step on that journey by legally and financially merging with Meadowcroft Surgery. There will be no changes to the service for patients – you will continue to be seen at Berryfields Medical Centre and by the nurse or doctor you are used to. We will keep patients updated as to any changes which will affect you, but these are expected when hopefully we move into the new surgery building in late 2022.
Continuing to Support You. Please read a message from Dr Emma Montague, Practice Director by clicking here - which sets out how we will continue to support you.
Our Practice will remain open to provide clinical support for all our registered patients - please do contact us if you are unwell or need healthcare advice.
To improve your access to our services we are recommending using 2 Apps - the NHS App for booking repeat presriptions, seeing results and other admin requests - click here for more information. The other App is Ask NHS which we are using to make on the day appointments - you can use this 24/7 and having completed the symptom checker you will be offered an appointment or directed to appropriate advice. You can also order Sick Notes, obtain travel advice and request to update your details; click on Olivias picture on this website or get download details from the appointments page. Call us for any other appointment types - inc Blood Tests, Midwife and Nurse appointments etc.
For all our protection please do not come to the surgery unless told to do so. We have also changed our procedures to reduce the need for you to come into the Surgery. Before you call please follow these steps :
If you need to speak to or see a clinician then please use the Ask NHS app to make an appointment - see the appointmnets page for details. If you cannot access this app please call.
Contact us Online. You can now access many of our other services from the NHS App and Ask NHS App.
If you are shielding or want updates on COVID 19 related issues please see the COVID 19 advice page.
Attending Surgery. If you are asked to come to the surgery please do the following:
- Confirm you have no COVID 19 symptoms - call if you think you have.
- On arrival press the intercom button to say you have arrived.
- Wait in your car (or outside) and the clinician will come to you.
- Bring and wear a face mask. All children over 3 years are encouraged to wear a face mask and over 11 years must also wear a face mask.
- We will check your temperature
long-term conditions. We will continue to conduct some annual reviews of long-term conditions for those at highest risk and will contact you individually. We have put further advice on this website on the Clinics and Advice page.
Referrals Routine secondary care referrals are gradually being reintroduced - please be aware a full service will not resume immediately and there will be delays - if your situation is deteriorating or you are concerned please call us.
If you are not feeling well why not consult your Pharmacist?
The Phrmacisit is well qualified to assess and treat many minor illnesses. It is often quicker to see a Pharmicist and many are open 7 days a week. You may wish to watch this video here which describs when best to use a Pharmacist.
Cancer Triage Service
The Telephone Triage Service is available to patients, GP and other health professionals looking after cancer patients.
Patients with a cancer or cancer treatment related issues can telephone the service and they are triaged using the UKONs Triage Tool to identify the severity of their symptoms. Patients are then advised based on their RAG rating.
For more information, please click here.
The telephone line 01296 3155139 operates Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm. Weekends and bank holiday OUH manage the telephone triage service.
If you have any questions please email: email@example.com
Cancer Programme Manager
Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire CCG
COVID 19 Vaccine - update 28 Apr 21
We are no regualrly sending out invites for 2nd vaccine in line with Week 10/11 after the 1st Vaccine. If you have not recieved an invite by end Week 10 please contact the Surgery. 2nd vaccines should be carried out at the Centre that gave you the 1st Vaccine.
Look out for Berryfields 21 in the text which confirms it has come from us.
If possible please can you follow the link in the text invite to make the appointment. There should be no need to ring the Practice unless there is a problem as this will satuarate the phone lines for other Patients.
We understand that invites for Cohort 10 onwards will also start but will be issued by the National Booking Service - we are awaiting more details.
If you recieve more than one invite please only make one booking and if you wish to change please do cancel the other one - we do not want to waste any vaccine.
Our staff from the Practice continue to give up their time to vaccinate and support the effort in the Stadium.
Please use this link for more information on the COVID vaccine.
COVID Vaccination Groupings
- residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
- all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
- all those 75 years of age and over
- all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals[footnote 1]
- all those 65 years of age and over
- all individuals aged 16 years[footnote 2] to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality[footnote 3]
- all those 60 years of age and over
- all those 55 years of age and over
- all those 50 years of age and over
FN 1. See description of Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals. This advice on vaccination does not include all pregnant women or those under the age of 16 years (see above).
FN 2. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is authorised in those aged 16 years and over. The AstraZeneca vaccine is only authorised for use in those aged 18 years and over.
FN 3. This also includes those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill. Note: Registered carers have already been invited and vaccinated.
COVID 19 Vaccine and Pregnancy
COVID-19 vaccine and fertility
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have published information and advice for pregnant women about the COVID-19 vaccine, including an updated Q&A section. The College also released a press notice, responding to misinformation around the COVID-19 vaccine and fertility.
Stroke Response - FAST Campaign
Stroke is a time-sensitive condition – any delay in getting treatment impacts a patient’s health outcomes. If you think someone is having a stroke call 999.
The campaign has been relaunched in response to data suggesting that some people put off seeking help for stroke during the first months of the pandemic.
Think and act FAST - the signs of stroke are:
- Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
- Arms – can they raise both their arms and keep them there?
- Speech – is their speech slurred?
- Time – it’s time to call 999 if you see any of these signs or symptoms.
Veterans’ Mental Health -Transition Intervention and Liaison Service
TILS is a specialist military informed community service offering assessment and support for armed forces veterans experiencing a variety of challenges post-discharge. Our primary goal is to quickly and accurately assess what support you might need and then to liaise with the services who can give you that support. Please click here for more information and how to refer.
How to use a pulse oximeter at home – patient video launched
NHSX has also launched a new video on how patients should use a pulse oximeter and track results. This is led Dr Matt Inada-Kim, the clinical champion for Covid Oximetry @Home and National Clinical Director - infection, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and deterioration at NHS England and NHS Improvement.
Shielding Patients - Medicines Delivery Service.
Extremely vulnerable patients who are on the National Shileding list are entitled to delivery of medicines if a carer or family member are unable to collect. The NHS Volunteer Responders Programme remains active and all previously shielding and/or otherwise vulnerable patients can access this support by calling 0808 196 3646.
See also Bucks CC useful advice and contacts here
Useful Contact Numbers.
If you are suffering any form of anxiety of lonliness these numbers mybe of use.
Samaritans 116 123
Anxiety UK 03444 775 774
Mind 0300 123 3393
Calm 0800 58 58 58
Crisis text line (text) 85258
Child line 0800 11 11
Rape and Sexual Abuse - link here
Fraud alert – vaccine scams
Several scams relating to vaccinations have been reported. Please click for more information on a fake NHS text message, fraudulently claiming the COVID vaccination is available to the recipient before trying to gather bank details, and also on a fake vaccination centre scam.
Local restriction tiers: Updated advice for people who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable
From Wednesday 2 December, the government will replace the current national restrictions with a regionally differentiated approach, where different tiers of restrictions apply in different parts of the country. The government has provided specific guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people at each local tier. The government is planning to communicate this updated guidance with all c.2.3m people on the Shielded Patient List (SPL) via letter. We expect this letter to be published on Saturday 28 November on the GOV.UK website.
COVID 19 Inofrmation Video in Urdu.
Please use this link for an Urdu version of an informative video on COVID 19.
Teen Mental Health
We wanted to share this guide from MyTutor with useful tips and advice for parents to help their teens overcome body image issues, academic anxiety, peer pressure and cyberbullying, including links to other important teen mental health resources - all of which can be helpful in these uncertain times.
Your COVID Recovery
Interatice programme for any patient who has suffered from COVID. Details on our COVID 19 page - link above.
Launch of new Cancer Quality of Life survey
NHS England and NHS Improvement is committed to improving quality of life as part of our pledge to understand and act on what matters to patients. We are launching a nationwide Cancer Quality of Life Survey to help us understand how best to support people living with cancer.
From December, patients with breast, prostate or colorectal cancer in England will be invited to complete the survey 18-months after their diagnosis. We want to increase awareness of the survey in primary, community and secondary care providers, and with commissioners. We want to encourage as many people as possible to take part.
Buckinghamshire Local Support Hub
This briefing provides an overview of the planning and procedures that have been put in place by Buckinghamshire Council to support residents during the national lockdown commencing on Thursday 5 November. In particular, this is for residents that are clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus due to health conditions.
NHS Buckinghamshire CCG
Phone Calls over Lunch period
We have noted that some patients are left holding for their call to be answered over the lunch period. If you call before lunch but are left holding for c 5 mins after 1300 then please do hang up and call back at 1400. We do atempt to manage the queue before lunch but occassionally a call is missed and we would not like you to be kept waiting for an excessive period.
New ways of working.
We are concious that the way we operate now is different from before with more use of telephone and video consultation. We have found during the pandemic that these have been effective and most patients appreciate the efficiency of these methods. These methods help to keep you and our team as safe as possible. We are however seeing patients face to face when clinically appropriate. Please see a note from our regional commissioning group about the new ways of working. https://www.buckinghamshireccg.nhs.uk/public/your-health/coronavirus-changes-in-gp-care/
Telephone Buddies service
Going through cancer can be an isolating experience at any time, and especially when social distancing; Macmillan telephone buddies are here to provide telephone support for people living with cancer. For more information on how to access this service please view this poster.
Buckinghamshire Coronavirus Health & Wellbeing Survey
Buckinghamshire Council’s Public Health team has launched its new ‘Buckinghamshire Coronavirus Health & Wellbeing Survey’.
We are keen to understand our residents’ experiences during the pandemic, and how Coronavirus has impacted their lives. We want to ensure that we protect our resident’s health and wellbeing, and would urge all residents to please give us feedback by completing this survey and to encourage your friends and family in the county to do the same.
You can complete the survey on Your Voice Bucks here
Public Health Team, Buckinghamshire Council
Data Collection to assess and improve clinical outcomes for those with Mental Impairment.
Please see our Managing Your Data page - link at bottom of any website page - for more details.
COVID 19 - Discharge from Hospital Information.
Please find below links to two information leaflets for patients who have had COVID-19, giving advice on the virus and how they can protect themselves and others.
- COVID-19 infection - Discharge from A&E or GP consultation
- COVID-19 infection - Discharge from hospital stay
For Patients with Cancer - SafeFit.
SafeFit has been designed, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, to support people living with cancer to maintain and improve their physical and mental health and well-being, whilst following government guidelines and is intended to be an enduring national offer. It is a free remote service for anyone over 18 years of age with suspected or confirmed diagnosis of cancer. People can access the service via a dedicated page on the Macmillan website. It is available nationally and patients can self-refer.
Vitamin D. If you are not getting outside as much as before and particularly if you are shielding the advce is to take a daily Vitamin D supplement which you can purchase from any Pharmacy.
COVID 19 Govt Website. Offering practical advice to patients who are affected in some way by COVID 19. Inc payment of bills, access to support etc. Link: https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-support
Patients with Learning Disabilities. Learning Disability England has produced a series of information on its website designed to explain, provide essential information, and keep people in touch with each other.
List of mutual aid groups. A list of UK-wide Mutual Aid groups, who can assist with shopping and collecting prescriptions, is available here.
Bereavement helpline. The bereavement work of Cruse has a special section on Coronavirus and a helpline phone number which could be very helpful. https://www.cruse.org.uk/get-help/coronavirus-dealing-bereavement-and-grief
Bereavement support during Covid19. A new charity has been set up to help people and families affected by the coronavirus. Its purpose is to provide a helpline for all who need to speak to someone in these uncertain times, when loved ones may be ill in hospital or have died. Find out more: www.nationalbereavementpartnership.org
Support for Vulnerable People. It is everyone’s job to look after vulnerable people. If you are concerned that a vulnerable person is at risk because they are not receiving care, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01296 383 204.
Please use the COVID 19 Page for more information
Welcome to Berryfields Medical Centre
At Berryfields Medical Centre on the Buckingham Park Development in Aylesbury, the doctors and nurses take pride in offering the highest standard of patient-centred healthcare. We run many clinics for chronic disease care and offer a wide variety of other medical services such as antenatal and postnatal care, minor surgery, childhood vaccinations and well-person check-ups.
We aim to provide you with the best possible care in a professional, safe and friendly manner, and to work with you to improve health.
Have Your Say
Patient Participation Group
Getting the Patients views and discussiing the way we deliver care with the Pateients who are registered at the Practice is very important to us. We currently have a virtual Patient Participation Group but feel we need to set up a fully functioning Group and are keen to identifiy anyone who would be willing to join and support us. The role is not arduous and the group will meet every quater. Please do join our patient participation group to get involved by clicking on the picture and completing the form.
Managing your Data
Your confidentiality is very important to us and we manage your data very carefully. In line with Government Direction we have temporarilly amended our privacy statement to consent to share data with organisations that are working to manage the Coronavirus epedemic. Click here for more details
Your Comments and Complaints
Your comments and complaints are importantant to us. We work very hard to deliver appproriate care effectively and efficiently. We are always learning and listening and welcome your comments. You can submit a comment on NHS Choices here or you can write to us using our online form. We will acknowledge your comments within 3 working days and will endeavour to respond within 10 working days and will let you know if we are not going to achieve this.