Welcome to Much Birch Surgery
With patients' needs at the heart of everything we do, our website has been designed to make it easy for you to gain instant access to the information you need. As well as specific practice details such as opening hours and how to register, you’ll find a wealth of useful pages covering a wide range of health issues along with links to other relevant medical organisations.
PPG Fundraising for a new ECG machine
The PPG (Patient Participation Group) were present at both flu clinics to raise awareness of their involvement with the surgery and promote new membership. At the same time they were fundraising to help the practice buy a much needed ECG machine. This is a service that the practice would like to continue to provide outside of the core contract to avoid the need for patients to need to go to hospital to have this simple test. If it is done in the surgery the results are available to the GP immediately and saves both the patient and the GP a lot of time. To date over £970 has been raised. The Partners extend a huge thank you to the patients who have kindly contributed and the PPG for their time at both flu clinics.
GP Carers Awards
Much Birch surgery has recently received two awards from Herefordshire Carers Support. Dr Andrea Johnson was named winning overall GP based on the number of carers nominations received. Dr Johnson said, 'I am fortunate to work with such a strong and caring team of colleagues at Much Birch Surgery and feel the award reflects the work the Practice does as a whole rather than just one individual. We strive to keep the surgery at the heart of the community'. The surgery also received a highly commended award, this was judged on a variety of criteria including the numbers of carer nominations and comments received, regular registrations and having an active carers lead.
To find out more about the help and support that is available for carers please contact Herefordshire Carers Support by phoning 01432 356068, or visiting: www.herefordshirecarerssupport.org.
NEW - Extended GP Appointments Service
Appointments are available between 6pm to 8pm weekday evenings and 8.00am to 8.00pm on weekends and bank holidays at GP Practices in Ross, Hereford and Leominster. Appointments will need to be booked in advance through Much Birch reception or ring Taurus on 0800 121 7221.
Ear Syringing at the surgery:
Ear syringing is no longer the recommended treatment to clear blocked ears and the surgery will no longer be able to provide this service. If your ears are blocked please apply 2 to 3 drops of olive oil 2 to 3 times a day for 3 weeks. If the problem persists please contact the surgery for advice.
Message in a Bottle scheme from The Lions:
The Lions have provided the surgery with bottles to be used to contain important information which may be useful to the emergency services. The idea is that you complete the form with essential information such as medication, next of kin contact details etc. This is then stored in your fridge. There is a small sticker which you then stick on or next to your front door to alert the emergency services to the fact that you have a ‘message in a bottle’. The bottles can be collected from the surgery for a suggested donation to the Lions of 25p. Please ask at reception if you would like a bottle.