Category Archives: Medical Centre

News from the Save our Surgery Campaign

Byfield Surgery Update

SOS LogoThe Save Our Surgery group are sending out HUGE congratulations to everyone that has donated or helped to fundraise in any way. They are VERY happy to report that they have achieved the first target of £20,000. This is a MASSIVE achievement in 6 months, especially as for 3 of those months we have been in lockdown due to Covid19!

THANK YOU!

Whats next?

Phase Two!

Between now and the FINAL planning meeting the SOS Group needs to need to raise the profile of Byfield Surgery, the work of the SOS group and its struggle to get past Daventry District Council planning committee to get the much-needed new surgery built.

If you have any ideas to help with this, or know anyone that could help, the SOS Group would like to get in touch. This could be a well-known public figure a member of the press, radio or TV or anyone that can bring pressure to Daventry District Council Planning Committee!

When there is a date for the FINAL planning meeting, we will let you know. The group hope to show as much support for our Doctors as we did earlier this year, if not more.

The SOS Group are the Patients of today trying to secure a Surgery for the Patients of tomorrow.

Face Masks at Byfield Surgery Please..

Byfield Medical Centre have just issued this request….

“Can we please ask that anyone having an appointment at the surgery wears a face covering – this is not yet mandatory from NHS England but is advisory.

“For your own protection we would ask that you wear either a mask or some sort of face covering. Thank you.”

Byfield Surgery Fundraising

It seems that one thing that hasn’t been locked down over the past few weeks is local people’s generosity!

Contributions to the fund to help Byfield Medical Centre provide the information needed by Daventry District Council for their expansion planning application have continued to come in.

Over £15,000

Now contributions through the Go Fund Me page, at various events in the villages and directly to the surgery have reached just over £15,000 – three quarters of the way to the £20,000 target.

Byfield Surgery says thank you for all the support!

SOS Logo

 

Save Our Surgery Update

Support Group Fund Raising

The Byfield Surgery Support Group is made up of volunteers and patients from the community, formed to spearhead the raising of £20,000 needed to meet the conditions set by Daventry District Council in order to re-submit the planning application for the new surgery.

So far the group has raised in excess of £11,000 through generous donations from residents and patients as well as via their gofundme page.SOS Logo

The surgery, originally built for 4000 patients now has 8300 registered patients and serves the 34 villages listed below. This number is projected to increase.

Supporting this project will help secure the future of local medical services.

The group shall continue to hold fund-raising events led by and supported by the community.

Donations can be made directly by a cheque payable to "Byfield Medical Centre" and sent to Byfield Medical Centre, Church Street, Byfield, nr Daventry, Northants NN11 6XN. Or you can donate using a credit or debit card at GoFundMe.

This is the patients of today, securing the future of the surgery for the patients of tomorrow.

Villages served...

  • Byfield
  • West Farndon
  • Moreton Pinkney
  • Culworth
  • Lower Thorpe Mandeville
  • Chacombe
  • Edgcote
  • Appletree
  • Lower Boddington
  • Wormleighton
  • Priors Hardwick
  • Upper Catesby
  • Charwelton
  • Upper Shuckburgh
  • Fawsley
  • Little Everdon
  • Adstone
  • Woodford Halse
  • Eydon
  • Canons Ashby
  • Sulgrave
  • Thorpe Mandeville
  • Wardington
  • Chipping Warden
  • Aston Le Walls
  • Upper Boddington
  • Priors Marston
  • Hellidon
  • Staverton
  • Napton
  • Badby
  • Newnham
  • Preston Capes
  • Farthingstone

No Need For Abuse

An appeal from Byfield Medical Centre….

“This is a post we did not think we would have to make – could we please ask in these difficult times for our patients to think about what they are doing and saying.

“The staff here are working under enormous pressure and are staying at work risking their health and that of their families to ensure we are able to provide care to those that need it. We are receiving abuse daily from patients and it is not acceptable, we have staff in tears after being abused over the phone or in person, please think about the effect you are having on these people who are here to help you.

“Yes, appointments are being limited; that is not for our benefit but we are following government guidance and triaging patients over the phone and only bringing in those that are deemed to be urgent.

“Medication is now not available until 72 hours after ordering; this is because people are ordering more than they ever have and the dispensary staff are overwhelmed, also stocks are taking longer to be delivered to us. We are also now delivering medication, again to protect you.

“The NHS has a zero tolerance policy which we will be adopting, the team here are working extremely hard in very testing times and as their employer we will do all we can to protect them.”

Prescriptions from Byfield GP Practice

MEDICATION DELIVERY

This message is from Tracey Rhymer, Practice Manager at Byfield Medical Centre….

NHS LogoTo try to limit the number of people visiting the practice we are going to start to deliver medications to the villages as follows: –

  • Byfield Good Neighbour scheme will deliver to Byfield Patients,
  • Woodford patients to continue to collect from Popsons,
  • All other villages will have deliveries made by staff members.

You will receive a text the night before your delivery if you are not going to be at home please text back stating this.

If you pay for your prescriptions please have the correct money available.

Prescription Ordering

72 Hour Ordering Please

Byfield Surgery has issued this request…..

Byfield Medical Centre“As I am sure you have seen on the news due to the amount of medications currently being ordered suppliers are running short and deliveries to medical centres are taking longer than usual.

From today instead of medication being available within 48 hours of request we will now be extending this to 72 hours.

“This is beyond our control, our staff are working extremely hard to keep up with the demand from patients please be patient and kind, we are working as hard as we possibly can.”

Medical Centre Planning Application

Latest News from Byfield Parish Council.

The following was posted on the Byfield Parish Council facebook page today …

Update – Revised application for housing estate and Medical Centre

“A collaborative meeting was held between Byfield Parish Council and Byfield Medical Centre yesterday evening, 16th March 2020. The meeting provided us with an update to the revised planning application for the 78 Houses and Medical Centre in relation to the areas where further detail had been requested by Daventry District Council as a result of January’s planning committee meeting.

The meeting was attended by Mrs. Tracey Rymer and Dr. Harvey from the Medical Centre, as well as Councillor Jo Gifford, and we’d like to extend our thanks for their collective time and input.

While there were no formal documents or plans made available to be shared with us during the meeting, it was conveyed to us that there are a number of revisions being made to address key concerns, some of which are listed below:

  1. The proposed Medical Centre will be a single-story building.
  2. Changes to the junction at the fiveways does not include traffic lights, although further details are not available at present.
  3. Pedestrian access through the proposed development to Church Street and Knightley Close as a safer alternative to reach the village amenities than having to use the fiveways roundabout crossings.
  4. Heads of Terms to include the Covenant to ensure the use of land and the building remains available for public use in perpetuity, and that the undeveloped land should always stay as open space.

The next steps as we understand them are that once the Highways proposal has been finalised the revised application will go straight to DDC without the need or opportunity for further consultation. DDC will then make their decision.

Anticipated timings are for this to be reviewed in April, subject to Highways and of course to any delays to the process as a result of Coronavirus.”

Byfield Medical Centre : Appointments

From the Byfield Medical Centre’s Facebook feed…

Appointments

Following guidance around possible cases of COVID-19, all patients will be triaged by a doctor over the phone before any face to face appointments are offered at the practice.

Nurse appointments are being scaled back and things like health checks are being postponed please call to check – 01327 265841.

Byfield Medical Centre Appointments

Online Appointment Booking

Byfield Medical Centre has  temporarily suspended the online appointment booking service following guidance from NHS England.

All appointments must be booked on the phone where you will be asked a series of questions from our reception staff regarding COVID 19 symptoms.

You are still able to order repeat medication online

Byfield Medical Centre Re-opens

Byfield Medical Centre advises that it will re-open at 2:00pm today.

If you need to collect medication the centre is open this afternoon. If you have a medical condition where you feel you need to be seen today please call.

The centre is open again tomorrow as normal please call from 8.00am to book an appointment.

Thank you for your patience

Woodford Branch GP Surgery & COVID-19

Important Information On Woodford Medical Services

The following information has been provided by Byfield Medical Centre, the Patient Participation Group and Woodford cum Membris Parish Council….

The branch GP surgery that was held in the Memorial Hall has been closed since the middle of last year due to IT problems. It will re-open shortly, possibly within the next two weeks or so.

At the same time, an isolation room, to support any local needs for dealing with suspected Corona Virus cases will be set up.

Village groups and individual hall hirers may wish to reconsider their use of the Memorial Hall for meetings as the level of risk for hall users will be higher than it previously was.

(We’ve added a page to collect up posts related to the Covid-19 outbreak. You  can find them here:  COVID-19 News page)

SOS At The Social Club

From the Save Our Surgery Byfield Support Group….

SOS Logo“Thanks to the tremendous support last at the standing room only ‘Save Our Surgery’ public meeting at the Social Club. It was attended by not only Woodford Residents but residents from neighbouring villages.

“A total of £434.70 was donated in the collection buckets and from the sale of the badges.”

SOS Coffee Morning

8th March at the Sports & Community Club

The next event in support of the Save Our Surgery campaign will be a coffee morning at the Sports & Community Club, Byfield Road, on Sunday 8th March from 10:00 to 13:00.

coffee & cakeCome along and give your support. Enjoy a coffee (tea) and cake.

The Byfield Surgery support group, Councillors and members from the surgery will be there and happy to chat and answer any questions regarding the Surgery and its new planning application.

There will be a Tombola, raffle and few games to entertain the children.

Keep in touch at the support group’s Facebook page

If  you can’t come along you can still contribute here: Byfield Medical Centre Appeal Page at gofundme.com

Appeal Event Poster Blank

If you are running an event for the Byfield Surgery appeal, you might like to use the blank poster available here….

Byfield Appeal Poster Template

Just download it to use it in Word or other editor to customise it for your particular event.

And if you want a “thank you” poster….

Byfield Appeal Thank You Poster Template

Thanks from Mark Gillett

Byfield Medical Centre Appeal Tops £2000 So Far.

Mark Gillett posted over at the Go Fund Me page for the Byfield Medical Centre appeal

“A huge thank you to all those who have donated, so far we have raised between us £1800 through Gofundme and over £350 in donations direct to the surgery. Thank you again for your generous support. Mark and all at the surgery.”

It’s a great start but they still have a long way to go to raise the funds to cover the costs of addressing the planning issues raised by DDC. If you would like to add your contribution you can do so online, or at the Surgery.

For online donations click here: GoFundMe Byfield Medical Centre Appeal

Byfield Surgery Appeal

Byfield Medical Centre Needs Financial Help.

The Byfield’s surgery planning application was put in front of the Daventry District Council (DDC) planning committee on Wednesday January 15th 2020. The recommendation before the meeting was to refuse the application but we believe the massive public support that turned up inside and outside the council office’s changed the outcome. After a two and half hour meeting the application was deferred because more information is needed.

SOS LogoSince then, Byfield Surgery has been in contact with DDC and Northamptonshire Highways to get the information required for the application to be put in front of Councillors again. Since the application first went to the planning the Byfield surgery partners have spent over £170,000 trying to get planning permission approved. To get the information required for the planning application to go forward again will cost Byfield Surgery about another £20,000.

If you want to help, a group of concerned residents will be arranging lots of fund raising events and meetings to speak to people face to face. You can donate securely on-line using your credit or debit card at:

Byfield Medical Centre Appeal Page at gofundme.com

or you can leave cash or a cheque made payable to “Byfield Medical Centre” which will go into the trust fund at the Medical Centre. There will also be local fund raising events and activities in the village. If anyone has any ideas on how to help raise funds with an event or other means than please let us know know through the WOW or Signpost. We will be printing flyers and posters to go around all the villages covered by the surgery.

All donations will go purely towards the costs incurred for the re-submission of the Planning Application NOT toward building costs.  Any excess raised will be held in the medical centre trust fund and used for the benefit of patients.

This is the Patients of Today securing the future of our surgery for the Patients of the Future!  

Byfield Medical Centre & The Signpost

Response To Resident’s Concerns.

At last night’s February Parish Council Meeting, the Council was asked to update residents on the progress of the Byfield Medical Centre planning application.

The planning application will be decided on by Daventry District Council, Woodford |Parish Council can only comment on the application and has done so, supporting it. However recognising that Woodford residents have concerns over this, the Council has asked the Signpost to publish all the relevant information and provide as much information as possible.

What We Have Done.

We have added a page to the Signpost entitled Medical Centre Updates. This collects up all the posts related to the medical Centre’s planning application and will also carries a link to the Byfield Medical Centre’s own planning application page  (now live): Planning Application Page.

You can find this new page via the menu at the top of the page…..

Medical Centre Menu Location

DDC Planning Meeting

The planning proposal for a new Byfield Medical Centre was supported by many residents from Woodford, Byfield and other villages attending the planning meeting in Daventry on Wednesday evening. The decision on the proposal has been deferred to a later date.

The BBC has covered it here.

The Daventry Express web site has this article covering the meeting.

The Daily Mail on-line has this article.

DDC post an audio recording of their meetings for those that cannot attend. You can find it here on Youtube. (The first 34 minutes or so consist of the chairman’s introduction and reading the proposal. The remaining discussion continues until 1 hour 51 minutes.)

We also hope to have a statement from the Byfield Surgery Patient Participation Group regarding the next steps shortly.

Surgery Planning Meeting

Daventry Council Offices 6:oopm Wednesday January 15th

Don’t forget the meeting this Wednesday. Come along and show your support.

Save Our Surgery logo Byfield Medical Centre needs to expand. Without the expansion they have said there is a risk that they will close. They have been offered land as part of a development plan for a small estate of 78 houses in Byfield. DDC Planning Officers are recommending rejecting the planning application.

The surgery has asked all those that want to see a new, improved medical centre for all the communities around Byfield to demonstrate their support on Wednesday night at DDC’s offices in Daventry. The meeting starts at 6:15pm. Supporters are gathering at 6:00pm.

Find out more about this here.

The Planned Development Site

Byfield Planned Development Site

Surgery Planning Consent Update

Daventry District Development Control Recommends Refusing Planning Consent

save our surgery logoA letter has been sent to those that commented on the planning application affecting the future of Byfield Surgery saying that the Daventry District Council Development Control Manager is to recommend that the DDC Planning Committee on 15th January refuse the application. No reasons for the recommendation are given in the letter but it refers to the report which is now available below.

A copy of the letter is available here.

A copy of the report to the planning committee with the recommendation is available here.

This makes it all the more important that as many as possible attend to the meeting in order to show local support for the application. Details of the procedure for the meeting are also included in the letter above.

 

Byfield Surgery Plans

Come along and give your support….

The Byfield Patients Participation Group is asking for as many as possible to attend the Daventry District Council Planning Meeting on January 15th.

To find out more about what is intended see this post from last year.

Download this poster and encourage others to support…. PPG Jan 15th Poster

Byfield Surgery Campaign

Please come along to Daventry District Council Planning Committee Meeting to show your support for the planning application for a new Medical Centre and 78 houses. The meeting is at 6:15 pm on Wednesday 15th January 2020, at

Daventry District Council

Council Chambers, Lodge Road, Daventry NN11 4FP

The meeting is held in public which means you can attend but are not permitted to speak, however a show of support in numbers may be vital.

Published by the Byfield Patient Participation Group, representing the following villages:

Byfield, Woodford, West Farndon, Eydon, Moreton Pinkney, Canons Ashby, Culworth, Sulgrave, Lower Thorpe Mandeville, Thorpe Mandeville, Chacombe, Wardington, Edgecote, Chipping Warden, Appletree, Aston Le Walls, Lower Boddington, Upper Boddington, Wormleighton, Priors Hardwick, Priors Marston, Hellidon, Upper Catesby, Staverton, Charwelton, Napton, Upper Shuckburgh, Badby, Fawsley, Newnham, Little Everdon, Preston Capes, Adstone, Farthingstone

Byfield Medical Centre SOS

DDC Planning Committee : 15/01/2020

The latest information we have is that the plans for the new medical centre in Byfield will be considered at the meeting of Daventry District Council’s Planning Committee on 15th January 2020.

SOS for Byfield SurgeryIf you want to ensure that we go on having access to nearby medical care, you need to support the application. Without it there is a very real risk that the Byfield Medical Centre will close and folk from Woodford and other nearby villages will have to access GP services in Banbury or Daventry. Your local MP and the Parish Council have already expressed their support but the views of local residents carry equal weight in the planning process.

The BEST way to help is by an individual letter expressing your concerns to Mrs C. Philips, Community Team, Daventry District Council, Lodge Road, Daventry, NN11 4FP or by email: cphillips@daventrydc.gov.uk as soon as possible in order to ensure it is considered.

You can find links to the details of the application here.

Byfield Surgery Petitions

GP Medical Care In Woodford and the Surrounding Area

A new, extended, medical centre is part of a planning application for additional houses in Byfield. The application is opposed by Byfield Parish Council but the Medical Centre believes it will have to close if it cannot expand as proposed. It is only possible to fund the new medical centre as part of a new housing development which is making land available for a new centre.

The date for comments on the planning application that will prevent the closure of the Byfield Medical Centre and improve local access to medical services has been extended to Friday 1st November.

Information about the planning application is available here.

Send Your Support

If you want to help ensure that Woodford continues to have a local GP practice you need to support the application. Woodford cum Membris Parish Council has already voted unanimously to do so. The most effective way to show your support for this is by writing to the Daventry District Council planning department as advised in this letter. Individual letters and comments can carry as much weight in the planning process as the Parish Council’s comments. You can comment on-line here by clicking the link “Comment on this application” about halfway down the page.

Our local MP, Chris Heaton Harris has already sent his support, as has the MP for South Northants, Andrea Leadsom.

Sign A Petition

There are also petitions available to be signed in:-

The Vintage Beauty

Marriotts

Popsons

Village Meats

The Old School Cafe

Top to Toe

 

Byfield Medical Centre Planning Application

October 2019 Updates

The planning application in respect of Byfield Medical Centre has been updated with four new documents which can be downloaded below:-

The principal changes detailed in these documents are a reduction in the number of houses proposed from 90 to 78, the inclusion of 10% of properties to be “affordable housing” and a change in access to the development from two entry points (Woodford Road and Church Street) to one (Woodford Road).

Find Out More

These documents are available on the Daventry District Council web site under application number DA/2017/0826. The full set can be accessed by entering the application number on the DDC planning application enquiry page.

The revised application will be considered soon by Daventry District Council and you are asked to provide any comments in writing by 11th October 2019.

The Parish Council will consider this application at the meeting of the Council on Tuesday 8th October. The agenda for that meeting will be published shortly.

A copy of the letter from Daventry District Council to residents detailing the comments process can be found here: DDC Letter 27/09/19.

 

Byfield Medical Centre Patient Group

PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP

If you are a patient with the Byfield Medical Practice you should feel free to contact a member of the participation group on any matters concerning the running of the practice, good or less so. We very much welcome constructive commentary.

The PPG representative closest to Woodford Halse is Peter Deverill who lives in the village and is contactable on 07971 043046.

Equally, please feel invited to join the group as the Practice strives to make itself relevant to everybody’s needs. If you are interested in joining, call Tracey Rymer the Practice Manager on 01327 265841

Byfield Medical Centre Update

Press Release : November 2017

The Medical Centre has issued a press release on it’s recent announcements.

They have also sent a letter to affected local parish councils asking them to support the planning application. A copy of that letter is available here.

The press release is published below…

MEDICAL CENTRE UNDER THREAT ?

Byfield Medical Practice has made a Planning Application to Daventry District Council, to build a much-needed new Medical Centre in Byfield. The Application is also for up to 90 new dwellings on the proposed 10.5 acre site, adjacent to the existing out-of-date Medical centre.

The Byfield Surgery, as it was known when constructed 36 years ago, served some 4500 patients. Now, the Medical Practice has approaching 9000 patients drawn from some 41 villages and hamlets over 150 square miles across Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Oxfordshire.

The Medical Centre is the largest employer in Byfield, but the facilities are inadequate due to lack of space. The proposed new Medical Centre would be able to offer further employment, and provide patients both existing and new, up-to-date medical facilities.

The new housing is a vital element to the scheme, as the landowner will be gifting the land required for the Medical Centre, and contributing to a large part of the cost of construction.

No funds for the new Medical centre will be forthcoming from NHS or public funds. The NHS policy is to create “Super Practices” in towns and cities, rather than in rural areas.

Tracey Rymer, Practice Manager comments: “Our Doctors have decided that we will now have to apply to close our lists to new patients, as we are beyond saturation point. Moreover, due to cramped working conditions, we are unlikely to be able to recruit suitable new staff”

Doctor Adam Bone, Senior Partner added: “General Practice is going through a tough time at the moment and in order to survive we need to offer the best environment to both patients and the staff we hope to bring to work in Byfield; this means a new state-of-the-art medical centre that allows a full range of medical and allied professions to work together under one roof. As for myself I have spent the last four years trying to get this project together so that when I leave Byfield Medical Centre it is in the best possible state to keep looking after its growing patient list. If this does not come off I fear that staff will drift away to villages and towns with better working conditions and the service that is generally applauded locally will disappear for ever.”

Dr. Bone has been with the practice for 20 years, and his retirement comes as a surprise and disappointment to his patients.

John Grindlay, Chairman of the Patient Participation Group, says “Adam Bone, supported by his colleagues, has built up an excellent Practice. The last Care Quality Commission Report in March 2016 rated the Practice as “Good”. It seems that Adam’s departure has been precipitated by the reluctance of a minority of Byfield parishioners and Parish Councillors to support this scheme. Let us hope that Byfield Parish Council puts every effort into making sure this development proceeds as soon as possible, so we have a Medical Centre for at least a further 36 years.”

Byfield Medical Centre News

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM BYFIELD MEDICAL CENTRE VIA THEIR WEBSITE

Dr Adam Bone has formally resigned from his post as Senior Partner at Byfield Medical Centre. He will therefore be leaving Byfield Medical Centre at the end of December 2017.

Dr Bone has worked tirelessly over the last four years trying to secure funding for a new medical centre through the NHS. Unfortunately, local NHS management do not share the view that a new surgery is a priority in this village despite the current building being 60% undersized for its current list size. As a result, Dr Bone’s considerable efforts to secure appropriate funding via the NHS have not been successful.

Given the lack of traditional NHS funding, we looked at a recent initiative in Brixworth where a housing developer paid for a new state of the art medical centre through profits generated from building new homes, Byfield Medical Centre have entered into a similar agreement with a local landowner with the hope of securing adequate funding for a new medical centre with money generated by building up to 90 homes locally.

Despite today’s announcement, Dr Bone remains a passionate and committed supporter of this initiative and keenly hopes that the project will be given the go ahead by Daventry District Council to ensure that the village secures a new medical centre that it both warrants and deserves.

The recent display of unjust opposition to this initiative by the members of Byfield Parish Council together with a minority of parishioners has regretfully precipitated Dr Bone’s decision to leave Byfield Medical Centre and the locality at the end of December.

Byfield Medical Centre : Byfield Parish Council Meeting

Meeting on 24th October

Byfield Parish Council is holding a meeting on Tuesday 24th October at Byfield village hall at 7.30pm to discuss the planning application for up to 90 houses and a new medical centre.

Byfield Medical Centre Site PlanAll Byfield residents are encouraged to attend – but I guess Woodford residents can attend too.

Byfield Surgery : Site Plan

Back in April we posted details of the plans to build a new medical centre in Byfield as part of a new housing development between Woodford Road and Church Street.

Following the consultation in Byfield they have published revised plans designed to address some of the concerns about traffic.

Byfield Medical Centre Site Plan

Details can be found on their Facebook page….  https://www.facebook.com/ByfieldMedicalCentre/

 

Byfield Medical Centre Development

Byfield Medical Centre is planning to expand. They wish to ensure that they are communicating with all of their patient’s and so have set up a opens in a new windowFacebook page to share their plans for a new medical centre within the village of Byfield.

The practice has the opportunity to develop a large purpose built medical centre on the land behind the current medical centre. An offer has been made to the practice by a local landowner. He wishes to gain planning permission to be build houses, he is offering a parcel of land and finance to build the new medical centre.

The planning application has not yet been approved by Daventry District Council (actually from the DDC web site, it doesn’t look as if it has even gone in yet).

Site Plans

Detailed versions of the plans are opens in a new window available for download here. (Not part of the Signpost)

Building Plan - First Floor Building Plan - Ground Floor Site Location

 

 

Site Layout