Practice News

28th Nov

Think Measles!

The number of confirmed cases of measles in the UK has increased in young people.
Measles is a highly contagious infection that spreads very easily and can lead to serious problems.
The most effective method of protection against Measles is the MMR vaccine.
Common symptoms of measles include a high fever, sore and watery eyes, coughing, fatigue, and a red-brown rash.
If you think that you may be experiencing symptoms, it is important that you stay at home and contact your GP or NHS 111 for advice. To prevent further spread of the infection, please avoid GP surgeries and A&E departments. Stay home from nursery, school, or work for at least four days after the rash appears.
It's not too late to get vaccinated.
Home from Hospital Derbyshire
20th Nov

Home from Hospital Derbyshire

The Derbyshire Home from Hospital Service provides practical support for vulnerable people leaving hospital, or those living at home but at risk of being admitted.
The service is available for anyone who:
1️⃣ Is vulnerable due to their age, health or disability, and;
2️⃣ Lives in Derbyshire (outside of Derby City) or, is registered with a GP in Derbyshire, and;
3️⃣ Has limited support from family or friends.
Services users can could get support such as help with shopping, staying social and exploring further support.
If you or somebody you know would benefit from this service, find out more information about this service here 👉
Self Care Week: Well Balanced Diet
16th Nov

Self Care Week: Well Balanced Diet

Maintaining a well-balanced diet can have numerous benefits for your overall health 🍎🥦
Filling your plate with a mix of wholesome nutrients can boost your energy levels and strengthen your immune system. Plus, it can lower the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers. 🩺💪
Additionally, a well-balanced diet promotes healthy weight management, enhances brain function, and improves mood and mental well-being. 💡🧠
It's all about finding the right balance between proteins, carbohydrates, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. Try to fuel your body with the right nutrients and reap the countless benefits of a well-balanced diet! 🌱🥗
For more information about how to eating well, see the NHS website here 👉
Self Care Week: Benefits of Exercising with a Long-Term Condition
15th Nov

Self Care Week: Benefits of Exercising with a Long-Term Condition

Incorporating regular exercise into your routine can have several positive impacts on managing long-term health conditions! 🏋️‍♀️✨
1️⃣ Improved overall physical well-being: Exercise can boost your cardiovascular health, strengthen muscles, and increase flexibility, which helps manage symptoms more effectively.
2️⃣ Enhanced mental health: Physical activity releases endorphins, reducing anxiety and stress levels, improving your overall mood and mental well-being.
3️⃣ Increased energy levels: Regular exercise can enhance stamina, promoting a sense of vitality, despite living with a long-term health condition.
A little exercise can go a long way in improving your quality of life! 💪🌈
For ways to fit exercise into your routine try this free 12 week plan by VersusArthritis
Self Care Week: Stay Connected
14th Nov

Self Care Week: Stay Connected

🌟 Did you know that staying connected can significantly improve your overall wellbeing? Research suggests that building social connections can have positive impacts on your mental and physical health! 💪
1️⃣ Emotional Support: Being connected with others provides a strong network of emotional support, allowing you to share your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. This can help reduce stress and promote a sense of belonging.
2️⃣ Improved Mental Health: Regular social interactions can help combat feelings of loneliness and depression. Engaging with others stimulates your brain, boosts mood, and enhances cognitive function.
3️⃣ Physical Health: Maintaining social connections has been linked to better physical health outcomes, including lower blood pressure, improved immune system, and reduced risk of certain diseases.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2023
27th Oct

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Screening

Breast Screening is one of the three cancer screening programmes offered in England. About 1 in 8 women in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. If it’s detected early, treatment is more successful and there’s a good chance of recovery.
The screening is offered to anyone aged 50-70 who are registered with a GP as female. You’ll first be invited for screening within three years of your 50th birthday. You may be eligible for breast screening before the age of 50 if you have a very high risk of developing breast cancer.
If you have not been invited for breast screening by the time you are 53 and think you should have been, contact your local breast screening service using the breast screening services location finder here:
So, what happens at a screening appointment? Breast screening uses an x-ray test called a mammogram that can spot cancers when they’re too small to see or feel. A mammographer will place the breast onto an X-ray machine, it will be squeezed between 2 pieces of plastic to keep it still while the X-rays are taken. The x-ray takes a couple of seconds, but the whole process should take no longer than 30 minutes.
If you’re overdue your breast screening, book your appointment today. It may just save your life.
Information provided by NHS England, NHS Digital and Royal Primary Care.
Practice Update
19th Oct

Practice Update

It is now over 12 months since our practice merged with Royal Primary Care and we felt it would be good to update patients on what has been happening over that time and what we have planned in the future.

We are always keen to hear what our patients think about the service we provide, any comments and suggestions are appreciated, as well as the surveys you complete.  We hope to answer some of your recent questions below.

Are We Closing?

Absolutely not! We are aware there have been recent rumours the practice is closing. The practice has been a central part of the community for over 120 years and we intend to continue providing a high standard of healthcare for our local population for many years to come. 

Some comments received have asked "why is the waiting room always empty?" – As we all know the pandemic has changed the way everyone works, and we can see this every day in general practice.  We offer patients the choice of being seen face-to-face or to have a telephone consultation, and many patients still choose the option of telephone consultation.  Therefore, please do not think that because the waiting room is quiet that our clinical rooms are empty and our GPs/nurses are not working, because we can guarantee they are working extremely hard for our patients.  It is simply a fact that general practice is working quite differently to how it was 5 years ago.

Staff Update

We are sad to announce that Dr Gina Finch will be leaving us in November to join a practice in Nottingham which will be closer to home. I'm sure our patients will join the whole team and her colleagues in wishing her the very best for the future and say thank you for her dedicated service and care she has provided to our patients over the past 21 years.

Some of you may have noticed some changes over recent months due to the planned retirements of Dr Wilkinson in July 2022 and Dr Graham in March 2023.  Both have been partners in the practice for many years and will be greatly missed.  However, Dr Murfitt and Dr Shah remain with the practice, and will be supported by Dr Finch until she leaves to join her practice in November working closely with regular locum GP team members Dr Rajak, Dr Taylor and Dr Singh. Our Advanced Nurse Practitioners Khaled Ghrayeb-Grabe and Asha Praveen provide fantastic support to our GPs alongside our experienced and skilled nursing team, who continue to provide care for patients with long-term conditions and many other services.

We are thrilled to announce that we have two new GPs joining the RPC Brooklyn team in January 2024. Dr Chamberlain (Specialist interest in Gynaecology) and Dr Peck (Specialist interest in Musculoskeletal Health). Alongside our two new GPs we will also be welcoming a new Practice Nurse Hayley Binfield who joins RPC Brooklyn in November. We can’t wait to have them onboard and we know they will be a great addition to our growing practice.

Other services and support staff are available through our Primary Care Network (PCN) such as Extended Access appointments at the Church Farm Hub in Ripley, Clinical Pharmacists providing medication reviews, Health and well-being coach, Social Prescriber, First Contact Physio, Care Co-ordinator and Home Visiting Service.  More details available on our website

Premises Update

You may have noticed when you've visited that there has been some work being carried out on the premises.  Royal Primary Care have made many improvements to the building. Further work is planned very soon to improve the main front reception desk and office on the ground floor, providing additional workspace for our staff.  Plans to resurface and mark out the car park are also planned in coming months. 

Access Update

We appreciate it is frustrating for patients trying to call the practice at certain times and needing to book an appointment.  Unfortunately, we are still dealing with a challenging and increasing workload. However, we are constantly reviewing the number of appointments we offer and aim to provide the best options for patients to access an appointment or healthcare advice. 

Other ways that you are able to book and request appointments include using Airmid/NHSApp/AccuRx, for more information, please see here

If you speak to a member of our reception team, they are trained to assess your needs and book an appointment if needed or signpost you to other local healthcare services if more appropriate.

We have also reviewed our telephone system and considered what improvements can be made including a better queue system so patients are aware how busy we are at certain times of day. NHS England have also asked practices to consider possible call back functions, and this is another feature we are exploring. In August, our reception team answered 5776 calls with the average call wait time being 2.3 minutes. We are proud to say that despite the increasing workload, we have still been able to remain accessible for our patients who can only contact us via the telephone.

Patient Participation Group (PPG)

Our PPG are looking to recruit new members to increase representation from our surgery. If you would like to join our Patient Participation Group and contribute any suggestions on development of services in future please feel free to pick up a leaflet from our reception team, or visit the PPG area on our website here

ADHD Medications Shortage
17th Oct

ADHD Medications Shortage

We want to make patients aware that there are global problems with the availability and supply of a range of medication used to treat ADHD. This is an issue beyond the control of Primary care and pharmacy services.

The supply disruption of these products is caused by a combination of manufacturing issues and an increase in demand to manage ADHD. At present we do not know when these issues are likely to resolve.

Medications affected by the supply issues are:


  • Equasym XL®10, 20 and 30 mg capsules
  • Xaggitin XL®18 and 36 mg prolonged-release tablets
  • Concerta XL®54 mg prolonged-release tablets
  • Xenidate XL®27 mg prolonged-release tablets


  • Elvanse®20, 30, 40, 50, 60 and 70 mg capsules
  • Elvanse®Adult 30, 50, and 70 mg capsules


  • Intuniv®1, 2, 3 and 4 mg prolonged-release tablets

If you are affected by these supply issues you would need to contact the service who initiated your medications i.e. the Community Mental Health Team, CAHMS, SAANS or other private providers.

Stoptober 2023
17th Oct

Stoptober 2023 - Live Life Better Derbyshire

Did you know Live Life Better Derbyshire offer a local stop smoking service that can greatly increase your chances of successfully quitting smoking?
The stop smoking advisors at Live Life Better Derbyshire offer valuable support, tips, and information on various stop smoking medications to assist you in your journey to becoming smoke free.
They offer support to smokers aged 12 and above across Derbyshire. Their services include:
☎️ Telephone support sessions
🧍‍♀️🧍 One-on-one support
💊 Access to free nicotine replacement therapy such as patches, mouth spray, gum, inhalators, and lozenges.
To sign up for support today, contact Life Better Derbyshire on 0800 085 2299 or register online here 👉
Mask Wearing in Surgery Update
12th Oct

Mask Wearing in Surgery Update

As we move into Winter there is an increasing rate of respiratory illness including Covid-19 in the community. In light of this, we are suggesting that patients who are considered vulnerable or have a respiratory illness wear a face mask when attending any of our surgeries.
Due to the nature of our organisation, it is likely that you will be coming into an environment where there may already be germs from other poorly patients attending to seek medical help. Wearing a face mask will not only help to prevent the spread of COVID but also other respiratory winter illnesses that are common around this time of year.
By choosing to wear a face mask when you have a respiratory illness in our surgeries you will be helping us to prevent staff sickness amongst our teams so that we can continue to provide the very best service with minimal disruption.
Other things you can do to keep yourself protected this winter:
🤝 Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
🏡 Keep your home well-ventilated by opening windows or using air purifiers to reduce the risk of airborne transmission.
👫 Avoid crowded environments if you are unwell or at high risk of becoming unwell from contracting COVID or other winter respiratory illnesses
🥦 Boost your immune system by eating a balanced diet, staying physically active and getting enough sleep.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2023
11th Oct

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Signs & Symptoms

The first symptom of breast cancer most people notice is a lump in their breast or some thickening.
Breast symptoms to look out for:
- A new lump or thickening in your breast or armpit
- A change in size, shape or feel of your breast
- Skin changes in the breast such as puckering, dimpling, a rash or redness of the skin
- Fluid leaking from the nipple in a woman who isn’t pregnant or breast feeding
- Changes in the position of the nipple
- A new onset of breast or nipple pain
What are the risk factors of developing breast cancer?
Whilst breast cancer can affect anybody, there are a few categories that can put people at higher risk of developing breast cancer. These risk categories are:
- Being overweight or obese
- Being on the contraceptive pill or hormone replace therapy (HRT)
- Age (Most breast cancers occur in women over 50)
- Family history and inherited genes
For more information on risk factors, see here:
Check any changes or concerns with your GP
World Mental Health Day 2023
10th Oct

World Mental Health Day 2023

🌍✨Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay! 💙🧠
🧠 Taking care of our mental health is essential for a balanced and fulfilling life! Here are some tips to help you keep your mind in tip-top shape:
1️⃣ Prioritise self-care activities like exercise, meditation, and quality sleep. 🏋️‍♀️🧘‍♂️😴
2️⃣ Connect with loved ones and build a strong support network. 💞👥
3️⃣ Limit exposure to stress and practice stress-reducing techniques. 🚫⏰🧘
4️⃣ Seek professional help if needed – therapy and counselling are valuable resources. 💼💆‍♀️
5️⃣ Practice mindfulness and engage in activities that bring you joy. 🌼🎨📚
If you're struggling with your Mental Health and need support, the Derbyshire Mental Health Helpline and Support Service is available 24/7 on ☎️ 0800 028 0077 for young people and adults in Derbyshire.
For more information on other local Mental Health resources available to you, see our website here 👉
Stoptober 2023
5th Oct

Stoptober 2023

📣 It's that time of the year again - Stoptober is here! 🚭✨ Join the millions of people in the UK ready to kick that smoking habit to the curb! 💪💨
Stoptober is a nationwide campaign held throughout October aimed at encouraging individuals to quit smoking for 28 days. 🗓️ With the right support and determination, you can achieve a smoke-free life! 🌬️💯
🔍 Need guidance or motivation? Visit the NHS Better Health website here or download NHS Quit Smoking app for personalised support, daily tips, and resources. 📲
Remember, quitting smoking can provide numerous health benefits, improve your well-being, and save you money! 💰💚
Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2023
3rd Oct

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2023

🎗️ October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! 🌸💖
Did you know that around 55,500 women and around 370 men are diagnosed in the UK each year?
Early detection plays a crucial role in improving survival rates, so remember to Touch, Look and Check
🖐 Touch your breasts, can you feel anything new or unusual?

👀 Look for changes, does anything look different?

🏥 Check any changes with your GP
30th Sep

Flu & Covid Vaccine Clinic Update

We’ve received some lovely feedback from our Flu and Covid Vaccination Clinics held today at our Rectory Road, Clay Cross, Brooklyn and Ashgate surgeries.

Our dedicated team has put in immense effort in planning and executing these clinics, from vaccine ordering to coordinating appointments and running the clinics smoothly. It’s great to hear that our staff’s hard work has paid off and that their efforts have been recognised.

If you haven’t had your flu vaccine yet, there’s still plenty of time to get booked in at the remainder of our clinics. Details of which can be found on our flu page here 

Our Covid vaccination invites are in the process of being sent out to all eligible patients registered to our Grangewood, Inkersall, Rectory Road, Ashgate, Holme Hall, Whittington, Clay Cross and Grassmoor surgeries. Please wait for us to contact you to allow our phone lines to stay available for patients who need us with other medical problems.

In line with all other surgeries in the locality, our Brooklyn surgery will only be vaccinating housebound and care home patients. For Brooklyn patients wishing to take up the Autumn Covid Booster you can use the national booking service either via the NHS website, the NHS App or by calling 119. You can use textphone 18001 or the NHS 119 British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter service if you have difficulties communicating or hearing, or if you are a BSL user.

Royal Primary Care Access Survey 2023
28th Sep

Royal Primary Care Access Survey 2023

We’re currently running a survey to allow us to better understand your needs and improve access to our services.

We would be really grateful if you could spare 10 minutes to share your opinions with us and take this opportunity to have your say. This information will help us to shape our system into one that we can ensure better suits you, our patients.

To fill in the survey, click here: if you would prefer to fill in a paper copy, you can pick one up from the reception team at your local surgery.

Whilst some of the demographic questions may feel like standard survey questions such as your gender or the surgery you usually attend, this data is just as important as some of the other questions we’re asking. Understanding the gender and age split in respondents to our survey allows us to start to plan more effective services to meet the needs of different patient groups within our communities.

Cardiac Risk in the Young: Event Update
21st Sep

Cardiac Risk in the Young: Event Update

On 9th September, we were proud to once again host Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). For over 20 years CRY has been screening young people aged 14 to 35. The programme developed by CRY has created the opportunity to save the young lives of those at risk that are asymptomatic, and appear to be "fit and healthy"

At the event held at our Inkersall practice, 100 appointments were offered and booked, disappointingly 17 people didn't attend their appointment which denies the opportunity for other people to be screened. The team were able to offset this by offering 11 walk-in screenings through recruitment on their Facebook page!

Out of the 89 people screened, 2 onward referrals were made for further investigations, which is 2 lives that have potentially been saved by the screening programme.

The Bethany Mycroft Memorial Fund held stalls as well as tea, coffee and cakes at the event to raise funds for further screening sessions to be put on. They managed to raise around £700.00 which will go directly towards supporting the CRY team in hosting further events.

We are really keen to continue to develop our relationship with both CRY and the Bethany Mycroft Memorial Fund and we would love to host them again next year. If you'd like to try and get screened in the meantime, CRY also host public events throughout the year across the country. You can sign up to be notified when new events are added here ➡️

Flu Vaccines 2023/2024
5th Sep

Flu Vaccines 2023/2024

It’s that time of year again! Flu season is about to begin, and the best way to protect yourself is by getting your flu vaccine early.

We have now started to contact all of our eligible patients to book in for their vaccine, if you wish to have the vaccine and don't have an appointment, there's still time to book.

We have two Saturday clinics available for you to book into:

  • Saturday 16th September – Rectory Road, Ashgate, Clay Cross and Brooklyn
  • Saturday 30th September – Rectory Road, Ashgate, Clay Cross and Brooklyn

As well as various other weekday clinics across all of our sites, details of these can be found on our practice websites.

Book today via:

  • Online services such as Airmid or SystmOnline if you're signed up for an account already
  • Click the link in your SMS invite (you will only receive an SMS if we have your mobile number on our records)
  • At your local practice
  • Calling your practice, please help us to help you by only calling if you're unable to book via one of the other methods

You’re eligible for a flu vaccination if you:

  • are 65 and over (including those who will be 65 by 31 March 2024)
  • have certain health conditions
  • are pregnant
  • are in long-stay residential care
  • receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
  • live with someone who is more likely to get a severe infection due to a weakened immune system, such as someone living with HIV, someone who has had a transplant, or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis

Please note, if you book a flu vaccine and you are not eligible, you will be turned away at your appointment

For more eligibility information and FAQS, visit the dedicated Flu page on our website here 

Know Your Numbers Week 2023
4th Sep

Know Your Numbers Week 2023

Knowing your blood pressure numbers is crucial for maintaining good health and preventing serious complications!
By regularly monitoring your blood pressure, you can take proactive steps to manage it and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and other medical conditions.
Taking your own blood pressure is a simple and painless process. You'll just need a blood pressure monitor, if you don't have one, you can get them from your local pharmacy, Amazon, Argos, Boots and lots of other retailers. Once you've got your Blood Pressure monitor, simply wrap it around your upper arm, and let it do its magic.
Remember, a healthy blood pressure reading is typically around 120/80 but this can differ depending on your age. For more information, see here ➡
#KnowYourNumbers and make monitoring your blood pressure a priority. Knowledge is power!
Harry's Ramble for Alzheimer's Research UK
31st Aug

Harry's Ramble for Alzheimer's Research UK

Some of our patients may remember that last year one of our PPG members Harry walked 30 miles around Clay Cross in order to raise money for Alzheimer's Research.
Last year Harry's walk raised a staggering £2375.00 and he raised an additional £1375.00 throughout the rest of the year taking his total to £3750 for a fantastic cause. Harry didn't want to stop there and has set himself the challenge of going again this year!
Throughout September, Harry will be walking 30 miles around Clay Cross. He'll be sporting his bright orange Alzheimers Research t-shirt, if you see him around, Harry would really appreciate a quick chat and some words of encouragement along his route to keep him in good spirits or if you've got some change in your pockets, we know Harry and Alzheimer's Research would appreciate that too.
If you would like to donate to support Harry, you can do so via the following link:
Good luck Harry, Team RPC are behind you all the way!
Peak District Highland Games 2023
28th Aug

Peak District Highland Games 2023

Despite distinctly Scottish weather we had a fantastic time at Peak Highland Games at Matlock Farm Park yesterday. Awe inspiring athletes competing across a range of epic strength events; 350kg Dinnie stones - wow! Not sure we could lift that as a team!
Thanks to Gemma and Matlock Farm Park for event support and enthusiasm for developing Heath Promotion for future events.
Working with colleagues from across the Joined Up Care Derbyshire system Royal Primary Care Derbyshire was proud to bring health promotion alive today.
Not even the competitors escaped targeted healthy living advice from Kim and Lois from Live Life Better Derbyshire
University of Derby and the epic School of Nursing team - Lou Sherratt, Suzanne Jarvis, Emma and Ronnie were tireless in conducting Blood Pressure and Atrial Fibrillation screening checks.
Dr Lucy Scriven GPER Dermatology provided skin lesion checks which proved very popular.
We managed to identify 2 people with irregular heart beats who need investigation, 2 people with high blood pressure needing treatment, 2 skin lesions requiring referral and provided a lot of reassurance to people who just happened to be having a good day out and dropped by our stall for a health check.
We hope to be back next year providing more health promotion, prevention, skin health, screening and helping Joined Up Care Derbyshire improve the health of our population.
Bank Holiday Closure Notice
21st Aug

Bank Holiday Closure Notice: Monday 28th August, 2023

A reminder that we alongside all other primary care services will be closed on Monday 28th August for the Summer Bank Holiday.

Now is a great time to check if you have enough repeat prescription to last you throughout the Bank Holiday weekend. If not, please submit your request in plenty of time to allow this to be processed.

Whilst our surgeries close, is available 24 hours a day 365 days a year for any advice and support you may need. NHS 111 will be able to assess you and direct you to the most appropriate service for your problem.

Other ways for you to get advice whilst the surgeries are closed:

  1. Visit the self-care hub on our website here for adults or here for children

  2. Visit your local pharmacy who can give advice and prescribe certain medications where appropriate.

  3. Visit an Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC). In Derbyshire, our UTCs are located in Buxton, Ilkeston, Ripley and Whitworth Hospital and are open seven days a week, between 8am and 8pm. UTCs can assess sprains, strains, cuts, broken bones, fractures, stings, bites, wound infections, minor head injuries, minor burns, animal bits, minor eye injuries and infections.
Peak District Highland Games
17th Aug

Peak District Highland Games: Sunday 27th August, 2023

We are so excited to be attending the Peak Highland Games on Sunday 27th August at Matlock Farm Park. 

The Peak Highland Games is a fantastic event for all the family to enjoy! 

Whilst we won't be pulling the Eight Tonne Tractor or participating in the Giant Stone throw, we will be hosting a stall, offering a variety of health and wellbeing advice and observations such as height, weight, BP, grip strength and more. 

Book tickets early to avoid disappointment (arrow emoji) 

📅 Sun 27 August 2023
⏰ 9.00am - 5.30pm
CRY Screening
14th Aug

Cardiac Risk in the Young: Free Heart Screening

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) at our Inkersall surgery on Saturday 9th September to carry out free heart screening for patients between the ages of 14 to 35.
For over 20 years CRY has been screening young people aged 14 to 35. The programme developed by CRY has created the opportunity to save the young lives of those at risk that are asymptomatic, and appear to be "fit and healthy"
The programme developed by CRY has created the opportunity to save the young lives of those at risk that are asymptomatic and appear to be "fit and healthy". The screening consists of a few medical questions and a simple ECG which can diagnose most cardiac abnormalities.
Although the screening is free for patients, it costs £75 per appointment and is subsidised by the Bethany Mycroft Memorial Fund. Bethany passed away suddenly in March 2015 due to an undiagnosed heart condition, exactly 2 weeks after her 14th birthday. Bethany was a happy talented girl who displayed a real creative flair. She was a fit and active teenager who enjoyed many activities. Her family set up the memorial fund to raise money to fund and support CRY screening programme to be able to get more people screened and prevent this tragedy from happening to other families.
There are a limited number of appointments available and they are likely to go quickly so don't hesitate booking but please do not book an appointment if you are unable to attend.
For more information or to book, see here
If you don't manage to get an appointment booked at our surgery, there are other public events that you are able to register for. Keep your eye out for new dates and sessions here
Kids Eat Free
31st Jul

Kids Eat Free in School Holidays

You might not believe it because it certainly doesn't look like Summer but the School Holidays are here ☀️
Supermarket cafes, chain restaurants, and food venues around the UK are once again offering "Kids Eat Free" or for as little as £1 to help parents save pennies across the school holidays.
MoneySavingCentral have put together a handy guide of all the participating providers. A great opportunity to get the kids out and about with the added bonus of a nutritious meal without the hassle of having to think of what to have for lunch/dinner or even cook!
Join our PPG
7th Jul

Join our Patient Participation Group!

Today, we want to highlight and celebrate our wonderful Patient Participation Group (PPG).
Our PPG is made up of volunteer patients from our nine surgeries in Chesterfield and Derbyshire who meet with us monthly via Teams to discuss service issues, innovations, and patient experience to assist us in improving our services.
We are really proud of the good working relationship we have with our PPG, many of the members have been attending meetings with us for quite some time now and have contributed and supported us through many seasons of change.
If you'd like to join our dedicated group of volunteers and be amongst the first to hear about what's happening within our organisation, or if you've got ideas you'd like to put forward, why not consider joining our PPG? You can register your interest here ➡ or by picking up a leaflet from your local surgery.
If you aren't able to commit to monthly meetings, our PPG also have a Facebook group which you can join by searching for 🔎 Royal Primary Care Patient Participation Group on Facebook or you can keep up to date and read the latest meeting minutes on the PPG area of this website
RPC 2023 Charity Marathon Walk
30th Jun

RPC 2023 Charity Marathon Walk

In June 2021, the first ever Royal Primary Care Charity Marathon was born. Dr Ruth Bentley and a team of willing volunteers piloted the Royal Primary Care Charity Marathon walk, where they donned their walking boots with plenty of compeed plasters in tow and walked the distance between all 8 of our Chesterfield surgeries and finishing at Chesterfield Royal Hospital covering 28 miles and stopping at each of sites along the way for a well deserved rest!

Last year the challenge extended to our newest practice in Heanor, Derbyshire which added an additional 9 miles, taking the 2022 total trek to a whopping 30 miles.

Now that the teams legs have just about recovered, they're ready to go again for the 2023 trek on Thursday 20th July.

Every year we ask our staff members to nominate charities close to their heart and we draw names from a hat, as always we had some really great charities nominated but the charity we drew for this year's fundraiser is Headway North Derbyshire

Headway is a UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injury by providing vital support and information services including: rehabilitation programmes, carer support, social re-integration, community outreach and respite care to survivors and families in their own communities.

On the day, we'll be sharing live updates with the team's progress and checking in with them along the way on our Facebook page so make sure you're following us to get the updates here 

Donating is the best way to support the team and you can do that using the following link: but if you aren't able to support the team financially, please help us by sharing our page amongst your friends and family to spread the word!

Important Information
21st Jun

Important Information for Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

There is a national stock shortage within the UK of weekly injections for Type 2 Diabetes such as Ozempic and Trulicity. At present we do not know how long this will remain a problem but we endeavour to keep you updated as and when we get further information.
As an alternative to these medications, we would recommend following a low calorie diet, information and guidance can be found using the following link: I have type 2 diabetes – what can I eat? | Diabetes UK
However, if you are a patient who has been affected by the stock shortage and would like to discuss other diabetic treatments such as additional oral medications, daily injections or swapping over to insulin, please contact the surgery to make a non-urgent appointment with one of our Practice Nursing team to discuss the options available.
Signs of Narcissistic Abuse
1st Jun

World Narcissistic Abuse Day

Today, June 1st 2023, is Narcissistic Abuse Day, one of the lesser talked about awareness days but arguably one of the most important.

According to the ONS, in 2021-2022 across Derbyshire there were 15,945 cases of domestic abuse-related crimes recorded by the police (this includes emotional and physical abuse) and sadly, these are just the crimes that are reported, many cases will go unreported for fear of repercussions.

Because of it’s nature, coercive or narcissistic abuse often goes unnoticed by victims and their families and friends. Unlike physical abuse, narcissistic abuse leaves no physical marks, it is invisible and difficult to prove. Yet, its effects are lasting and just as a damaging as physical abuse.

The Elm Foundation operates across Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire, Bolsover, and parts of Amber Valley and they provide domestic abuse support services across the community irrespective of a person’s age, sex, ethnicity, disability, gender identity or immigration status.

Signs of Narcissistic Abuse:

  1. Love-bombing
    "A love bomb is a manipulation technique used most often by narcissists, and even cult leaders, to gain power over someone... They bomb you with affection, excessive attention and gifts to ‘lure you in.’ The intention is to make their victim helpless, vulnerable and indebted to them.” -Jerimya Fox

  2. Gaslighting
    Intentionally distorting reality to make you feel like what you’re seeing or feeling isn’t real. Examples of Gaslighting may look like this:

    "You're crazy, that never happened"

    "I never said that"
    "It's All In Your Head"

  3. Ignoring Boundaries
    "The first thing to remember about narcissists is they need to be in control and they also need to be right. Boundaries get in the way of both things. They can’t control the narrative if you’ve put a roadblock in their way. When you set a boundary, they see it as you questioning what they’re doing. How dare you question them! They’re always right! And then they just bulldoze straight through the boundary like it was tissue paper." -Love with Intelligence

  4. Character Assassination
    A classic Narcissistic Abuse tactic that does exactly what it says on the tin. Deliberate exaggeration or manipulation of facts to present an untrue picture of the victim which can leave you feeling isolated, misunderstood, and unfairly judged.

  5. Accusations
    Accusations can be used by an abuser to manipulate you into doing what they want. "When you’re in a relationship with a narcissistic abuser, you may be accused of lying, stealing, cheating, or other negative behaviors. Being wrongfully accused can put you on the defensive, which can help deflect from the behaviors and actions of an abuser." -Talk Space

  6. Emotional Blackmail
    Emotional Blackmail is a manipulative tool, using your weaknesses, secrets or vulnerabilities against you to get what they want from you. Emotional Blackmail can look like this:

    "If you leave me, I'll kill myself"
    "You'll never see the kids again"
    "If you actually cared about me, you would do..."

  7. Projecting
    "Narcissists can’t accept responsibility for anything that goes wrong. So if something isn’t working, and they want control over the situation, they literally put their feelings on you. Since narcissists live in fantasy worlds, they refuse to see their own faults and failures, which means the blame that would usually be placed on them is projected onto their victims" -Reach Out Recovery

If you recognise any of these signs in a relationship that you’re in and you need help see here:

If you recognise any of these signs in a relationship that somebody you know is in see here:

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Government GP Access Plan Update
10th May

Government GP Access Plan Update

We hope you all had a lovely bank holiday weekend. As always, our team is working hard to answer your calls and reading through your online requests as quickly as we can.

We welcome the Government's announcement that they are planning to re-direct millions of pounds of funding to primary care so that patients can get appointments more quickly. We are looking forward to being able to utilise this funding to ease the 8am rush for an appointment.

These funds will be shared across 6,500 GP practices in the UK, so it will take some time to flow through to us - we ask you to be patient with us while we develop our plans and await this funding. We will add our access recovery plans to the RPC website and social media platforms and keep you updated on our intended improvements.  

Like many parts of the NHS, general practice is under intense pressure where demand is greater than capacity, and this is exacerbated by an aging population. Most of those over 70 live with one or more long-term condition and have five times more GP appointments on average than teenagers. This was recognised in 2019 in the NHS long term plan; however, the pandemic has intensified the demand more so than anticipated. Patient contacts with primary care have grown faster than demographic pressures, at between 20% and 40%. Administrative tasks have also increased by 50% since 2019 – in short, we have never been busier.

 The NHSE plans to seek recovery through:

  1. Empowering patients to manage their own health including using the NHS App, self-referral pathways and through more services offered from community pharmacy. This will relieve pressure on general practice.
  2. Implement Modern General Practice Access to tackle the 8am rush, provide rapid assessment and response, and avoid asking patients to ring back another day to book an appointment.
  3. Build capacity to deliver more appointments from more staff than ever before and add flexibility to the types of staff recruited and how they are deployed.
  4. Cut bureaucracy and reduce the workload across primary and secondary care, and the burden of medical evidence requests so practices have more time to meet the clinical needs of their patients.

We appreciate navigating healthcare can be difficult, we hope that we are able to put in place plans to assist our local communities in accessing our services much more easily and help navigate access to the right care at the right time.  We thank you for your patience - please keep up to date via our website and social media.

May Bank Holiday Closures
24th Apr

May Bank Holiday Closures

A reminder that our surgeries will be closed on Monday 1st May and Monday 8th May for the consecutive May Bank Holidays.
We would therefore like to ask that patients ensure they have ordered any medications due to run out on these days in plenty of time to avoid going without.
Whilst our surgeries close, is available 24 hours a day 365 days a year for any advice and support you may need. NHS 111 will be able to assess you and direct you to the most appropriate service for your problem.
Other ways for you to get advice whilst the surgeries are closed:
  • Visit the self-care hub on our website here for adults or here for children
  • Visit your local pharmacy who can give advice and prescribe certain medications where appropriate.

  • Visit an Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC). In Derbyshire, our UTCs are located in Buxton, Ilkeston, Ripley and Whitworth Hospital and are open seven days a week, between 8am and 8pm. UTCs can assess sprains, strains, cuts, broken bones, fractures, stings, bites, wound infections, minor head injuries, minor burns, animal bits, minor eye injuries and infections.
Manchester Marathon Update
20th Apr

Manchester Marathon Update

After 6 months of training, last Sunday (16th April) ANP Mel Baker-Hunt and GP Dr Ruth Bentley completed the Manchester Marathon.

Mel crossed the line at 03:58:04 earning a Marathon Personal Best and Ruth crossed the line at 04:45:53, a fantastic time for a Marathon debut!

A total of 52.4 miles ran and £689 raised for Weston Park, which is an amazing achievement. Team RPC are incredibly proud of Mel & Ruth.

Here's a message from Mel:

"Manchester marathon was booked in an impulsive moment in 2022…

What followed was 6 months of incremental long, slow runs in rain, wind, hail, ice and snow. My aim was always to get a sub-4 finish time, but secretly, I didn’t feel it was possible.

The decision was made to run for charity after one of my good friends and colleagues was given a devastating diagnosis late last year, and who has been receiving life-prolonging treatment at Weston park hospital since.

The day started well and I was storming along for the first (downhill) 8-10 miles, well ahead of the 4hr pacers. The next couple of hours passed in a bit of a blur of just focusing on one mile at a time, and sticking with the group of people around me. I knew at this point I was still well on for my target time. Then, with just 5 miles to go, the battle really began. My legs were tired and my pace was dropping off. At mile 22, to my absolute despair, the 4hr pacer passed me. I knew I had to make a last-ditch effort to speed up if I still wanted to be under the 4hr mark.

I managed to hang on the back of their group until the end and crossed the line in 3:58:04…tears flowed! I could barely walk, and sitting down without face-planting was another emotional achievement

Thanks for all the amazing messages of support…also to everyone who’s donated to the fundraiser."

Struggling with Hay Fever?
30th Mar

Struggling with Hay Fever?

Spring is upon us and Summer is almost on the horizon! The evenings are getting lighter, the blooms are getting brighter and the days will hopefully start to get warmer.
For those who struggle with seasonal allergies, Spring also means the start of the allergy season and more commonly, Hayfever.
Hayfever, also known as Allergic Rhinitis, whilst very unpleasant doesn't usually require the attention of a Doctor and can be treated with medications that are available over-the-counter. Our clinicians are unable to prescribe any medications that aren't already available to you at your pharmacy who can give advice and suggest the best treatments, like antihistamine drops, tablets or nasal sprays for both adults and children.
NHS Stay Well Derbyshire have put together the following guidance to help you manage symptoms
  • Keep house and car windows closed, especially when the pollen count is high (early morning between 7am to 9am and evenings between 5pm and 7pm)
  • Avoid large grassy areas, woodland, cutting the grass, pollutants and car fumes
  • Wear wrap-around sunglasses
  • When you get in from outside wash your hands, face, hair, rinse your eyes and change your clothes
  • If possible stay indoors when the pollen count is high
  • Use petroleum jelly inside your nose to block inhalation of pollen
  • Keep your house clean and wear a mask and glasses when doing house work
  • Don’t dry washing outside to avoid pollen sticking to your clothes
  • You could buy a pollen filter for the air vents in the car
Easter Bank Holiday Closure
28th Mar

Easter Bank Holiday Closure

Our surgeries will be closed for urgent appointments and general enquiries from Friday 7th April – Monday 10th April and will reopen as usual on Tuesday 11th April. Any prebooked routine appointments scheduled to happen during these times as part of our Enhanced Access will go ahead as planned.
Please ensure that you place any prescription requests in plenty of time to ensure you don’t go without!
Whilst our surgeries close, is available 24 hours a day 365 days a year for any advice and support you may need. NHS 111 will be able to assess you and direct you to the most appropriate service for your problem.
Other ways for you to get advice whilst the surgeries are closed:
  1. Visit the self-care hub on our website here for adults or here for children
  2. Visit your local pharmacy who can give advice and prescribe certain medications where appropriate.
  3. Visit an Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC). In Derbyshire, our UTCs are located in Buxton, Ilkeston, Ripley and Whitworth Hospital and are open seven days a week, between 8am and 8pm. UTCs can assess sprains, strains, cuts, broken bones, fractures, stings, bites, wound infections, minor head injuries, minor burns, animal bits, minor eye injuries and infections.
Ramadan 2023
27th Mar

Ramadan 2023

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar that is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of prayer, reflection, community and fasting. The exact dates of Ramadan change every year as the Islamic calendar is based on the cycles of the Moon. This year, Ramadan will begin in on Wednesday 22 March and will end on Friday 21 April.

During this time, some of our Muslim colleagues and patients will fast each day from sunrise to sunset, meaning no food or liquids can be consumed during these hours. It's common to have one morning meal before the fast begins at dawn, known as Suhoor, and one meal after sunset to break the fast, known as Iftar. Fasting doesn't apply to children, pregnant women, elderly people and those who are ill or travelling.

Whilst fasting is physically hard and will leave most Muslims with lower levels of energy during Ramadan, it can also be very taxing spiritually. Some Muslims choose to worship for a significant portion of the night meaning they may also be sleep deprived. Ramadan is a mark of devoting yourself to your faith and takes significant strength from those participating. The Muslim Network have released some guidance to help those taking part:

  • Remember to continue to take prescribed medicines during Ramadan, but checking with GPs if the doses need to be adjusted or the timings need to be changed.
  • If you have diabetes, speak to your GP or diabetes nurse about the safest way to fast. There is an exemption for people with diabetes, especially if for those on insulin, or who have any medical complications.
  • Attend medical appointments: All medical appointment booked during Ramadan should be attended, as normal. If you need to adjust the time of your appointment, please contact the relevant healthcare organisation to do so.
  • The British Islamic Medical Association advises that if you become unwell during Ramadan, you should stop fasting and seek medical advice. You can do this by visiting or if you don’t have access to the internet, by calling 111 or your practice directly.


Manchester Marathon for Weston Park
9th Mar

Manchester Marathon for Weston Park

After a close friend received a recent terminal cancer diagnosis, in a moment of madness Advanced Nurse Practitioner Mel Baker-Hunt and Dr Ruth Bentley made the decision to run the 2023 Manchester Marathon to raise funds for Weston Park hospital who provide have been able to provide life extending treatment.

This will be Dr Bentley's first ever marathon and she will be running alongside our resident marathon runner and Active Healthy Lives Champion ANP Mel Baker-Hunt.

Weston Park do a fantastic job caring for people from our area, and we don't think that they get the recognition or support they deserve for this. Mel & Ruth would love to raise £500 and we will be carrying out other events over the course of the year to try and achieve this.

Please donate what you can. Every £1 makes a difference. If you aren't able to donate, please help us by sharing this post to get the message far and wide!

Follow their JustGiving page for updates here

#TodayIsTheDay Stop Smoking Day
8th Mar

#TodayIsTheDay Stop Smoking Day

If you’ve tried to quit in the past and haven’t been successful - don’t worry, you’re not alone. This No Smoking Day is the perfect time to give it another go.
There is plenty of help and advice available near you and remember – you’re 3 times more likely to quit with personalised support, so don’t give up!
To find the best way to quit for you, visit
Bowel Cancer Screening
22nd Feb

Bowel Cancer Screening

In a new ‘Help Us, Help You’ campaign that is the first of its kind nationally, NHS England is encouraging people who have been sent an NHS bowel cancer screening kit to complete the test.

Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, and detecting it at the earliest stage makes you up to nine times more likely to be successfully treated. But, almost one third of people who were sent an NHS bowel cancer screening test in England last year did not go on to complete it. Just a tiny sample detects signs of cancer before you notice anything wrong. The test is simple to complete and can be done in the privacy of your own bathroom.

Anyone aged 60 to 74, who lives in England and is registered with a GP practice will be sent a test in the post automatically, every two years. NHS England is also extending this to include all 50 to 59 year-olds by 2025. So, the NHS is asking anyone who is sent a bowel cancer screening test to remember to complete it. Put it by the loo. Don’t put it off. Your next poo could save your life.

Visit for more information

Travelling Abroad?
17th Feb

Travelling Abroad?

Looking for some sun and want to get away on a last minute holiday? Make sure you know the vaccination requirements (if any) for the area you're travelling to.

Our nursing team offer a full travel advice and immunisation service. If you are travelling abroad and require immunisations to travel, please contact the surgery 6-8 weeks before your journey. Vaccines need time to take effect and some may require a course over several weeks.

For information about which vaccinations you may require or generic travel health advice, visit our Travel Health & Advice page here

Better Health - Every Mind Matters: Loneliness
30th Jan

Better Health - Every Mind Matters: Loneliness

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has launched their new loneliness campaign activity as part of the Better Health - Every Mind Matters campaign.

The campaign primarily aims to reach 16-34 year olds by continuing to encourage them to ‘Lift Someone Out of Loneliness’, knowing that this will likely help their own feelings of loneliness. This is based on recent research that shows that people in this demographic are at higher risk of feeling lonely compared to other age groups, but less likely to seek advice and support.

If you’re feeling lonely this winter, search ‘Every Mind Matters; for support and advice or go to

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week - Becki's Story
25th Jan

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week - Becki's Story

As part of #CervicalScreeningPreventionWeek we're resharing a patient story from the lovely Becki. Becki is really keen to spread the word about the importance of cervical screening and once you've read her story, you'll see why.

"When I was asked if I would write a bit about why I have my smear test done and the importance of having it done, I didn’t have to think twice, the main reason for me is it could potentially save my life! I remember clearly going for my first smear test, for me it wasn’t about the embarrassment, I remember thinking “finally” you see my sister Kimberley had six lots of cancer in her short lifetime, one of those being breast cancer at the tender age of 19!
We lost Kim in 2009, the only thought I had in my mind walking into the doctors reception was that if she could go through everything she went through in her short life I could go through five minutes of “embarrassment” and do something that could potentially save my life and my parents not loose another child.
So at 25 I went for my first smear, yes I was a little nervous as it was the unknown for me, but I had a lovely nurse who could clearly see I was nervous and new it was my first smear (with my age) but I will always remember what she said to me “I’ve seen more bits & bobs then you’ve had hot dinners, just leave your dignity at the door and collect it on your way out” automatically I was put at ease. We soon realised I had a tilted cervix, so I had to put my clenched fists under my bum and five minutes later we were done.
After a couple of smears I was told my HPV (human papilloma virus) was high which meant I was at a higher risk of abnormal cells being cancerous (luckily I had been religious with my smears) so I was then invited yearly to keep an eye on the situation, until last year I was referred to the hospital to have a procedure called a colposcopy, at this point I was scared! It wasn’t as much for the procedure but because of the results. The procedure itself was quite uncomfortable, I wont lie, but again I was so grateful I had listened to advice and been religious with my smears, and if the worst came to the worst we had caught it in time I was only 34! I hadn’t had children yet. Luckily everything came back clear, and I will continue to have yearly smears.
I would urge everyone to forget the five minutes of embarrassment, I would rather that then not be here to experience motherhood, get married, buy my first home all the things I still want to do, but most importantly I don’t want my parents to loose another child, my younger brother to loose another sister, all because I was too scared /embarrassed and kept putting it off.
Just remember how many times a day these nurses do smear tests... it could save your life girls! If you’re reading this and have a female in your life 25 and over, who you love, ask them if they have had their smear and if the answers no, be those words of encouragement that we all need to hear and urge them to get it done. Don’t put off until tomorrow, what can be done today."
If you're due for your smear, book today using online services such as Airmid, SystmOnline or the NHS App or visit your local practice!
Cervical Cancer Prevention Week
23rd Jan

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

Did you know together, we can end cervical cancer?

This week is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week,and we’re supporting Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust to raise awareness of cervical cancer, and how one day we can make it a thing of the past! The HPV vaccination and cervical screening can help stop cervical cancer. We want to encourage uptake and share the facts to help you reduce your risk of cervical cancer. 

You can play your part too. Get involved, show support on social media, tell your friends, go for screening. Join the campaign: 

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is the UK’s leading cervical cancer charity. It provides information and support to anyone affected and campaigns for excellence in cervical cancer treatment, care and prevention. Its national Helpline is free, confidential and on 0808 802 800

Grab a Cab - Derbyshire County Council
18th Jan

Grab a Cab - Derbyshire County Council

Derbyshire County Council have launched their Grab a Cab project to aid Derbyshire county residents in getting to important vaccination and screening appointments.

If you have an upcoming appointment for a vaccination or to take part in NHS screening you can request a pre-paid taxi to and from your vaccination or screening appointment. 

The free transport offer will cover the following prearranged health appointments:

  • the following vaccination appointments - COVID-19, flu, shingles, PPV (Pneumococcal) and other NHS provided vaccinations
  • abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening
  • cervical cancer screening
  • bowel cancer screening
  • diabetic eye screening

The service is available to all Derbyshire County Council residents regardless of age. For more information call 01629 536173 (Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm) or visit the Derbyshire County Council website here:

Chest Infection? Do you need antibiotics?
12th Jan

Chest Infection? Do you need antibiotics? - Dr Sophie

We are currently seeing a higher than usual request for appointments for coughs, chest infections and common respiratory illnesses. Some of these conditions may require input from a clinician but they can mostly be treated at home with some simple self-care steps.

We appreciate that it can be difficult to know when to seek help so we wanted to share with you a really useful video from GP Dr Sophie. In this video, Dr Sophie talks you through the common symptoms, how long you should expect them to last and the signs to look out for and when to seek advice from a clinician. Dr Sophie also talks about why we don’t always prescribe antibiotics.

Watch, share and save the video for future reference. Whilst respiratory illnesses are more common in Winter, they can occur at any time of year.

Poorly Cat
30th Dec 2022

Poorly Child?

Having children can be stressful enough as it is but it's even more stressful when they become unwell.  

All children become ill from time to time and most illnesses can pass as quickly as they came. Many viruses and infections pass on their own and can be treated with normal over the counter medications to relieve symptoms, but some may require medical attention or intervention such as antibiotics. 

Knowing when to seek medical advice can be confusing, which is why we've collated some parent information sheets on our website to help inform you about your childs illness, what you can expect and when you should look to seek advice 

Visit the parental advice page at:

Merry Christmas
24th Dec 2022

Merry Christmas from RPC

2022 has been another turbulent year for many of us, especially the NHS and indeed Primary Care. We came out of a global pandemic (and then went back in and came out again), we have seen 3 Prime Ministers, lost our beloved monarch Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll, gained a new King, entered into a cost of living crisis and endured another World Cup where we thought football was coming home but it was instead a fleeting visit.
We would like to take this time to thank all of our hard working staff for their service and dedication to keeping our services running as safely and effectively as possible in unprecedented circumstances. We would also like to thank you our patients for your continued support and understanding.
To all of our patients, service users and fellow healthcare colleagues, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a very happy and healthy new year.
December Newsletter Out Now!
23rd Dec 2022

December Newsletter Out Now!

Exciting news! The Christmas edition of our Royal Primary Care patient newsletter is now live. In this month’s edition: 

  • A Christmas Message 
  • Christmas Opening Hours 
  • Winter Pressures Announcement 
  • Group A Strep Update 
  • Couch2Kilos Programme 
  • Dangers of Frozen Water 
  • Respiratory Conditions in Winter 
  • Shingles and Older Adult Vaccinations 
  • PPG Update 

Download the newsletter from our website here 
If you have something you’d like us to feature or if you have any feedback you’d like to give us about the newsletter, get in touch with us. We’d love to hear what you think and get involved. 

Respiratory Conditions in Winter
21st Dec 2022

Respiratory Conditions in Winter

Those with respiratory conditions are one of the most affected groups in the colder months, and lead to people needing to seek additional support from healthcare during winter. However, there is lots of simple ways people can support themselves and reduce their symptoms as well as staying healthy over this period.

Here are some tips and hints to support you over this winter.

Keeping Warm and Staying Active

Lung conditions can be sensitive to the effects of cold weather. You might become more short of breath and cough more as a result. It's important to be aware of this and make some small changes to prevent these symptoms worsening.

  • If out and about
    • Using a scarf around the nose/ mouth can warm up the air which prevents the cold air irritating your airways, triggering coughing or even triggering an asthma attack
    • Wear layers of clothes to keep warm
    • If its icy think about places you can exercise indoors such as supermarkets or shopping centres.
    • Use your inhaler medication (bronchodilators) half an hour before leaving the house, especially if the cold weather usually makes you wheezy or breathless. Make sure you carry your medication with you at all times.
  • At home
    • Ideal room temperature is around 21 degrees in the living room and 18 in the bedroom.
    • During really cold weather, wear warmer night clothes. This is again something too many people don’t do, forgetting that their body temperature drops as they sleep.
    • Staying active and doing some exercise can be extremely helpful, by keeping the blood circulating and the body warm. Appropriate exercise is generally good for strengthening lung health at any time of year – if you have a lung condition, your doctor will be able to advise you of a suitable level of exercise for you.

Staying warm has become an increasing concern all over the UK with the cost of living being at an all-time high. There is support available, don't suffer in silence

  • Derbyshire County Councils have given grants to communities to support 'warm spaces' with the aim to provide a warm refuge for residents and their families struggling to heat their homes. See if there is a venue near you.
  • Community Action Derby also provide support and information for a range of cost-of-living related issues people may face over the next few months.

Keeping Healthy and Staying Healthy

  • Take advantage of the vaccinations you are entitled to, it's never too late, so book now if you haven't already.
    • Flu
    • Covid
    • Pneumococcal
    • Shingles (over 70's)
  • Avoid people with coughs, colds or Covid-19. If possible, it would be sensible to wear masks in crowded and enclosed spaces.
  • Hands, face, space! This is a great rule to apply during winter, make sure you wash your hands well to avoid all those winter bugs.
  • If you have a respiratory condition and smoke, you can help yourself by stopping smoking. People who smoke are five times more likely to get flu and twice as likely to get pneumonia. Quitting smoking is one of the best ways to prevent developing viral infections. There is plenty of help and support available in Derby and Derbyshire.
  • If you have a respiratory condition, you will have developed a personalised respiratory action plan with your health care provider, sometime called a RAP. This is a useful document and will tell you what to do if your condition worsens. Your RAP should be updated every year during your annual condition review.
  • Attend your annual condition review to discuss your condition with a healthcare professional.
  • Use your medication as prescribed - It's important to understand how to use the medications as this will help control respiratory conditions. The pharmacy is a great place to get support and advice over the winter. A pharmacist can provide lots of additional services such as a review of new medication prescribed (NMS Service). To find out more about what pharmacy services are available visit or visit your local pharmacy.
  • Make sure you have enough of your regular medicines at home. If you have 'rescue packs' make sure you have these in stock, and they are in date.
Winter Pressures Announcement
20th Dec 2022

Winter Pressures Announcement

Across the UK, General practice is facing monumental pressures and demand. The workload for practices has escalated with the highest level of GP appointment bookings ever recorded this winter. GPs are seeing more patients than ever before. 

Likewise, Royal Primary Care is currently experiencing an unprecedented demand for appointments and our services which is putting a significant strain on our systems and staff as we try to meet the needs and expectations of our patients.

How can you help?

  1. Please only call the surgery before 10.30 if you require an urgent/same day appointment. For routine appointments and all other appointments, please call after 10.30 to allow those most in need to be able to get through on our telephone lines. Please note calling before this time does not guarantee you a same day appointment, our call handlers will assess your problem using a triage tool built by our clinicians to ensure those most clinically unwell are offered appointments. You may be directed to self-care, an alternate service or advised to ring back at a different time or book on-line a routine appointment.

  2. Sign up to one or more of our online services platforms. There are a variety of platforms that you can use depending on what you require. We’ve put together a handy guide on our website here: to help you choose which platform best suits your personal needs as a patient. You can use more than one if you like – it's what works best for you.By using our online services you’re allowing patients who don’t have online access to be able to get through on our telephone lines to access the care they need.

  3. Use the resource hub on our website which we regularly update with information about how to look after your own health ( ) and your children’s health (, as well as a dedicated area to Strep A ( including information for red flag signs to look out for and when to seek advice and who from. By looking after yourself and taking preventative measures to keep yourself fit and well this winter, you can help to reduce the pressure on the NHS at its busiest time of year.

  4. Be kind to the practice staff. In every corner of our organisation we have staff members working incredibly hard to keep our services running as safely and effectively as possible in unprecedented circumstances. We understand that being unwell can be frustrating and even more so if we’re not able to offer you an appointment. Please know that we have a zero-tolerance policy in place and any form of verbal abuse, swearing, aggressive or threatening behaviour towards our staff is not acceptable and will be escalated as appropriate.

  5. Use the NHS111 online tool to help you decide on the appropriate services to contact, if required a call back from one of their handlers can be arranged. NHS111 can book appointments directly with your GP so please do not duplicate contact.

Thank you in anticipation of your support and understanding in this matter.

Christmas Opening Times
19th Dec 2022

Christmas Opening Hours

Friday December 23rd – Open as Usual

Saturday December 24th – Saturday Clinic*

Sunday December 25th – Closed

Monday 26th December – Closed

Tuesday 27th December – Closed

Wednesday 28th December – Open as Usual

Thursday 29th December – Open as Usual

Friday 30th December – Open as Usual

Saturday 31st December – Saturday Clinic*

Sunday 1st January – Closed

Monday 2nd January – Closed

Tuesday 3rd January – Open as Usual

Please see our Opening Times page for your local surgeries usual opening hours

*Prebooked appointments only as part of the enhanced access to Primary Care

Our top tips for a healthy and happy Christmas:

  • Please order any repeat prescriptions you require in time to ensure you have adequate provision over the Christmas and New Year period
  • Be prepared for common health problems by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home. Speak to your pharmacist if you're not sure what you need.
  • Use NHS 111 if you need medical help but it’s not an emergency. NHS 111 offers an online service at or you can call them by dialling 111.
  • Get your flu and COVID-19 vaccinations if eligible
The dangers of frozen water
16th Dec 2022

Dangers of Frozen Water

Here in Derbyshire, we're very lucky to live near some beautiful bodies of water. Whilst they make for lovely scenic views they can also unfortunately be a source of danger, especially with the freezing temperatures we're currently experiencing across the county.

Dangers of frozen water

Every year children are at risk when they are tempted to play on the ice formed on open waters and adults and themselves at risk as they attempt to save them. Over 50 % of ice relateddrowning involved an attempted rescue of another person or a dog.
Top tips to stay safe
• Never go on the ice under ANY circumstances - This includes attempting to rescue another person or animal who may have fallen through the ice.
• Only use well lit areas - Try to take walks in the daylight but if you must walk in the evening, only use well lit areas and avoid anywhere with water.
• Keep away from the edge of the water - Never go close to the edge or lean over to touch the ice. You may over balance or trip and fall in.
• Always walk with an adult or a group of friends - Look out for each other and if someone does fall through the ice there will be others around to raise the alarm and get help
What to do if you fall through the ice
• Keep calm and shout ‘help’
• Spread your arms across the surface of the ice in front of you
• Try to kick your legs and pull yourself out of the water and on to the ice
• Lie flat, spreading your weight across the surface and pull yourself to the bank. You may find it easier to roll.
• If you cannot climb out, wait for help and keep as still as possible. Keep your head above the water, press your arms by your side and keep your legs together
• Once you are safe, it is important that you go to hospital immediately for a check up.
What to do if you see someone fall through the ice
• Shout for ‘help’ and dial 999 or 112 if you can do not walk on to the ice to attempt a rescue
• Shout to the person to ‘keep still’ and offer reassurance
• If they are close enough, lie down to avoid overbalancing and falling onto the ice, and try to reach them with a tree branch clothing tied together or anything else which can extend your reach
• If you cannot reach them, slide something which floats across the ice, such as a plastic bottle or a football , so that they can hold on to it to stay afloat whilst help is on the way
• If they are too far away, wait for the emergency services and reassure the casualty from the safety of the bank.
Information provided by StayWise
Group A Strep
15th Dec 2022

Group A Strep

Group A strep is a common winter illness and is responsible for a number of childhood infections such as tonsillitis, pharyngitis, scarlet fever and impetigo.

This winter the rates of Group A strep illness are much higher than usual and we are seeing extremely high demand for advice.

It is very important to remember that the vast majority of children with Group A strep illness do not require assessment by a clinician or treatment. To help us identify the children that do need assessment our senior clinical team has developed a screening tool based on the FeverPAIN scoring system Our call handlers will use this tool to identify those children that do need assessment. You will be asked specific questions about your childs illness and the answers will determine if advice is for self care and watchful waiting, telephone review or face to face assessment.

All our staff are doing the very best they can with limited resources – please be kind

Patient Announcement
12th Dec 2022

Patient Announcement: Low Staffing

Due to staff sickness across all 9 of our surgeries, we are operating with low staffing affecting both the clinical and reception teams.
Please only call today if your call is urgent and cannot wait until later in the week to allow us to prioritise those patients most in need.
There are other ways to contact the surgery depending on what services you require. Read more here:
Thank you for your patience and understanding
Patient Announcement
7th Dec 2022

Patient Announcement: Urgent Appointments

Like many other primary care providers, demand for our services are extremely high at present. In order to ensure we provide care for those in most clinical need we’d like to ask patients needing a same day urgent appointment to call between 08:00-10:30.
If your call is routine please call after 10:30. Alternatively you can use our online booking system Airmid to book routine appointments with our clinical and nursing teams.
If you’re not already signed up, the process is really simple. Read more here
We understand that waiting for your call to be answered can be frustrating, especially if you are unwell, but our reception staff are working exceptionally hard under the current circumstances and we’d like to ask that our patients please be kind.
Thank you for patience and understanding in this matter,
Royal Primary Care
2nd Dec 2022

Do you currently use the SystmOnline app?

The mobile version of SystmOnline is no longer being updated but does have a new, exciting replacement - Airmid.

Airmid has many of the same functions as SystmOnline as well as some new and innovative features that we think will really transform how you can manage your health, appointments, prescriptions and much more.

Signing up to Airmid is easy and simple. If you're already signed up for SystmOnline, you can use the same login credentials to login to Airmid. If you don't have a SystmOnline account, you can login to Airmid by creating an NHS Login. If you've ever used the NHS App or the NHS COVID app, for example to access your COVID vaccination status, you'll already have an account which you can use to login to Airmid.

Airmid is also compatible with Face ID which is really useful if you're like us and prone to forgetting your passwords.

There's lots of other great features that we'll be sharing with you in the upcoming weeks to allow you to get to grips with the platform and it's many great features.

If you're not signed up for online services and have a mobile device or tablet, why not sign up today to be able to book appointments with both our clinical and nursing teams without the need to call the surgery.

For more information about Airmid or our other digital platforms, see here:

Couch 2 Kilos
1st Dec 2022

Couch 2 Kilos

Looking for a new years resolution? Why not kick start 2023 with a healthy and sustainable way to drop the kilos!

When we think of exercise often our first thought goes to cardio, but it's equally as important to keep your muscles and bones strong. Having strong bones reduces your risk of osteoperosis, fractures, and falls, especially as you age. Strength training is crucial for bone development.

Couch2Kilos is a free strength challenge designed to help EVERY women get stronger in 6-weeks.

With four levels Couch2Kilos is suitable for women of all abilities from just starting out to those who are already active.

It is totally flexible, you can do it anytime, from anywhere, at the gym or home and on any device. You can start with zero equipment and work up the levels and learn how use a variety of weights.

For more information visit

Common Cold?
30th Nov 2022

Common Cold?

As the winter season draws closer, we're seeing a rise in patients requesting appointments for common cold symptoms.
Whilst these illnesses can be unpleasant, they usually last for 1-2 weeks and can be treated at home with normal pain relief such as paracetamol, ibuprofen.
Decongestant sprays or tablets, medicated lozenges containing a local anaesthetic, antiseptic, or anti-inflammatory medicine can also be used to help alleviate symptoms.
You do not need to see a clinician for these symptoms unless:
• your symptoms do not improve after 3 weeks
• your temperature is very high or you feel hot and shivery
• you're concerned about a child's symptoms
• you're losing weight for no reason
• the side of your neck feels swollen and painful (swollen glands)
• you're feeling short of breath or develop chest pain
• you have a long-term medical condition – for example, diabetes, or a heart, lung or kidney condition
• you have a weakened immune system – for example, because you're having chemotherapy
Please use your NHS services wisely this winter
Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Breast Screening
31st Oct 2022

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Breast Screening

For the last post in our #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth series, we’re focusing on Breast Screening.

Breast Screening is one of the three cancer screening programmes in England. About 1 in 8 women in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. If it’s detected early, treatment is more successful and there’s a good chance of recovery. Breast screening is offered to anyone aged 50-70 who are registered with a GP as female. You’ll first be invited for screening within three years of your 50th birthday. You may be eligible for breast screening before the age of 50 if you have a very high risk of developing breast cancer.

If you have not been invited for breast screening by the time you are 53 and think you should have been, contact your local breast screening service using the breast screening services location finder here:

So, what happens at a screening appointment? Breast screening uses an x-ray test called a mammogram that can spot cancers when they’re too small to see or feel. A mammographer will place the breast onto an X-ray machine, it will be squeezed between 2 pieces of plastic to keep it still while the X-rays are taken. The x-ray takes a couple of seconds, but the whole process should take no longer than 30 minutes.

Sadly, between April 2020 and March 2021, there was a 44.1% decrease in the number of people who were screened for breast cancer in England, compared to the previous financial year.

When we look at our own patient population, in July 2022 only 30% of eligible Royal Primary Care patients attended their screening appointment. Whilst we aren’t responsible for inviting patients, we are dedicated to ensuring all eligible take part in the relevant screening programmes. Our back office team work really hard to monitor the participation figures and contact our patients who don’t respond to screening invites.

If you’re overdue your breast screening, book your appointment today. It may just save your life.

Information provided by NHS England, NHS Digital and Royal Primary Care.

20th Oct 2022

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: How To Check Your Breasts

Today, we’re sharing information about how to check your breasts as part of our #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth campaign.

The NHS encourage checking your breasts at least once a month.

Start by standing in front of a mirror, placing your hands on your hip ensuring you can see both breasts at the same time.  Look at the size, shape, and contour of breasts and check for any visual changes.

Raise your arm above your head and check your armpits for any lumps or swellings, especially around where your lymph nodes sit (in the lower armpit). Feel from the top to the bottom of the breast, moving across from the inside of the breast all the way into your armpit area. Repeat on the opposite side. You can also do this laying down if you find this more comfortable. Some people prefer to do this in the bath or shower with a wet soapy hand.

If you notice any lumps, or changes in size, colour or texture, don't hesitate to book an appointment.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
13th Oct 2022

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Signs & Symptoms

In the next installation of our #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth series, we're sharing information from Breast Cancer Now & Cancer Research UK about who's at risk and the symptoms to look out for 

The first symptom of breast cancer most people notice is a lump in their breast or some thickening. 

Breast symptoms to look out for: 

  • A new lump or thickening in your breast or armpit 
  • A change in size, shape or feel of your breast 
  • Skin changes in the breast such as puckering, dimpling, a rash or redness of the skin 
  • Fluid leaking from the nipple in a woman who isn’t pregnant or breast feeding 
  • Changes in the position of the nipple 
  • A new onset of breast or nipple pain 

What are the risk factors of developing breast cancer? 

Whilst breast cancer can affect anybody, there are a few categories that can put people at higher risk of developing breast cancer. These risk categories are: 

  • Being overweight or obese 
  • Being on the contraceptive pill or hormone replace therapy (HRT) 
  • Age (Most breast cancers occur in women over 50) 
  • Family history and inherited genes  

For more information on risk factos, see here:  

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
1st Oct 2022

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This month, we'll be focusing on Breast Cancer in line with the #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth campaign 

Breast cancer is when abnormal cells in the breast begin to grow and divide in an uncontrolled way and eventually form a growth (tumour). It starts in the breast tissue, most commonly in the cells that line the milk ducts of the breast.  

There is a common misconception that breast cancer can only affect women, and it is more common in women, it can also affect men. 

Around 55,500 women and around 370 men are diagnosed in the UK each year. 1 in 7 women in the UK develop breast cancer during their lifetime and it is more common in older women. Breast cancer risk can be affected by age, family history and lifestyle factors such as obesity and smoking. 

15 out of 100 (15%) of all newly diagnosed cancers in the UK are breast cancer. 

Remember to Touch, Look and Check 

Touch your breasts, can you feel anything new or unusual? Look for changes, does anything look different? Check any changes with your GP  

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
30th Sep 2022

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: One Patient's Experience

Our conclusive post in our #ProstateCancerAwarenessMonth series is potentially the most important, and it comes from one of our patients David who has kindly agreed to share his Prostate Cancer story to get the conversation started and raise awareness.

David’s story is frank and forthright and highlights the importance of early intervention

Prostate Cancer: One Patient’s experience
Written by RPC Patient David

"Sometimes we’re daft, us men. We’re full of bravado much of the time but when it comes to our health and dealing with things that aren’t quite right we put it off time and time again, dismissing symptoms as ‘just one of those things’ or ‘it’ll be better next week’.

I was like that when, in my early 60s, I realised I was having to pee more frequently, often in the middle of the night. I ignored it until one night, as I tiptoed to the bathroom, out of the darkness from the other side of the bed a voice said, “When are you going to do something about that?” I’d been rumbled.

An appointment was made with my doctor. I explained what was happening and he nodded, said “I see…”  and asked me to ‘drop ‘em’. An examination was needed, an internal examination requiring the use of a latex glove and some gel - you get the picture…

A blood sample was taken and sent off for a PSA test. PSA = Prostate Specific Antigen. It’s an indication that all may not be well ‘down below’, in that area that men are strangely reluctant to talk about, even amongst themselves.

We met again and my doctor said the test results were ‘borderline’ but to be on the safe side he was going to refer me to the Oncology Department at The Royal Hospital where further tests took place and a biopsy (sample) of my prostate was taken. This involves a camera and probe being inserted up your back passage to snip off a few bits of prostate for laboratory analysis. It takes a few minutes, is just a minor discomfort and you’re able to go home within a couple of hours. If ever you’re advised to have one, DO IT gentlemen, it may save your life.

The biopsy confirmed I had prostate cancer. I remember the moment we were told, that voice from the other side of the bed had accompanied me and her hand squeezed mine tighter as the news sunk in. We looked at each other and her eyes moistened. “We’ll deal with this.” I reassured her.

 I was put on ‘watchful waiting’ or ‘active surveillance’ with regular tests and checks to monitor the speed at which my cancer was growing until the day, many months later, I was told it had turned ‘aggressive’, it was time for action.

The choice was simple and stark: surgery or radiotherapy. I opted for surgery; whip out my prostate I thought, problem solved. It’s not as simple as that, there is much to be considered but that’s how my mind worked at the time.

I met the surgeon who would do the job and it was explained how, using a Da Vinci machine, he intended to carry out a remote controlled key-hole operation. I signed the forms and attended for a pre-op assessment. That’s when it all went a bit ‘belly up’. I’d had an ECG and it indicated I had a heart problem. This was news to me, I’d never had any heart issues at all, ever, not a single one but because of what had been discovered surgery was ruled out as my heart was considered unable to cope. Though something of a thunderbolt from the blue, I was greatly relieved this had been discovered but it had thrown a very large spanner in the works. It meant that my options were reduced; radiotherapy was now the only way forward.

That was almost 10 years ago. My final session of radiotherapy was on my 65 birthday and I shall be 73 in a couple of months.

Regular PSA checks have monitored the effectiveness of my treatment. I am pleased to report that the most recent test results just last week showed a level of 0.16, well within the 0 > 3.0 range considered acceptable.

Awareness of prostate cancer has increased gradually and spasmodically over the years. The recent death of TV news presenter Bill Turnbull briefly shone the spotlight on it but it shouldn’t be allowed to fade.

If you are experiencing symptoms, or if you know someone who is, either do something about it or be that persuasive voice from the other side of the bed. Doing nothing would be daft, wouldn’t it?"

29th Sep 2022

Stoptober 2022

Stoptober is back, calling on smokers in England to join more than 2.5 million others who have made a quit attempt with the campaign since it launched a decade ago in 2012. Nearly 6 million adults in England still smoke, and it remains the single biggest behavioural cause of preventable death, with 64,000 deaths a year.

This year's Stoptober mass quit attempt is as important as ever, with quitting being one of the best things a smoker can do for their health. That’s why this year’s Stoptober campaign is encouraging smokers to join the thousands of others who are giving quitting a go for the month of October – making it to 28 days smoke free means you’re five times as likely to quit for good. Quitting will allow you to start moving better, breathe more easily - and give you more money to spend.

Quitting with others, together with the range of support offered, means that Stoptober can trigger resolve and boost confidence, motivation and readiness, making smokers realise that they are stronger and better prepared than they think and setting them up for long term success.

Stoptober offers a range of free quitting tools including: the NHS Quit Smoking app, Facebook messenger bot, Stoptober Facebook online communities, daily emails and SMS, and an online Personal Quit Plan tool.  It provides information and advice on proven quitting methods - expert support from local Stop Smoking Services and the range of stop smoking aids, including further information on how vaping can help you quit. Just search ‘Stoptober’ for more information.

Enhanced Access to Primary Care Services
28th Sep 2022

Enhanced Access to Primary Care Services

From 1st October Royal Primary Care will be working with our local network practices to provide enhanced access to primary care services.

As a Royal Primary Care patient you will be able to book routine appointments from Monday to Friday from 07.00-08.00, 18.30-20.00 and Saturday's from 09:00-17:00 in addition to our usual Monday-Friday appointment capacity. The Enhanced Access Service aims to make it easier for patients to get routine appointment with a GP or other health professional by providing additional appointment times in the early mornings, evenings and on Saturdays. 

These appointments may be delivered in house at one of our surgeries or offered at other local practices. Appointments will be bookable through the usual surgery channels in house at Royal Primary Care

Great Daffodil Appeal
28th Sep 2022

Great Daffodil Appeal

Royal Primary Care Brooklyn would like to say a huge thank you to all of our patients who brought a daffodil pin from us for the Great Daffodil Appeal. Through buying and wearing your daffodil, you've helped Marie Curie to support everyone in the UK through all aspects of dying, death and bereavement – and fight for a world where everyone gets the care and support they need at the end of their lives. Collectively we've raised £35.61 for this fantastic cause.

JUCD Asthma Survey
24th Sep 2022

Joined Up Care Derbyshire Asthma Survey

Asthma is a condition that affects over 8 million people in the UK. Though this condition is chronic with no real cure, there are ways of reducing symptoms and control the disease to enable people with asthma to enjoy a normal.

We want to ensure the asthma services available in Derby and Derbyshire for children and young people are as accessible as possible and the best they can be for its users. Therefore, we would be grateful if you could share your experiences of the asthma service so we can identify which areas need improvement. We have created a survey that covers various topic to help us understand what we are doing right and what we need to build on including, where to find information, what resources are available, urgent medical advice and more.

While the service is for Children and young people, we are open to all thoughts and opinions of those who have used the service including, parents, carers, guardians etc.

Please click on the following link to fill out the asthma survey and have your say

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
23rd Sep 2022

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: Who's At Risk

In the next instalment of our #ProstateCancerAwarenessMonth series we're sharing information from Prostate Cancer UK about who's at risk.

In the UK, about 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. We don't know exactly what causes prostate cancer but there are some things that may mean you are more likely to get it – these are called risk factors. There are three main risk factors for getting prostate cancer, which are things you can't change. These are:

• getting older – it mainly affects men aged 50 or over

• having a family history of prostate cancer

• being black

Check your risk today via the Prostate Cancer UK risk checker here:

If you fall in to any of the at risk categories above and are concerned, please book in with one of our clinicians.

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: What is a Prostate?
20th Sep 2022

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: What is a Prostate?

Today we’re continuing our #ProstateCancerAwarenessMonth series.

So what is the prostate?

The prostate is a small gland about the size of a walnut. It is divided into 2 lobes and surrounded by an outer layer called the capsule. It sits underneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra. The prostate’s main job is to help make semen – the fluid that carries sperm.

Men, non-binary people who were assigned male at birth and trans woman all have a prostate as the prostate is not removed during genital reconstructive surgery.

The most common prostate problems are an enlarged prostate, prostatitis or prostate cancer.

Problems with your prostate are usually symptomized with changes when you urinate, such as;
- Needing to urinate more often than usual, especially at night difficulty starting to urinate
- Straining or taking a long time to finish urinating
- A weak flow when you urinate
- A feeling that your bladder hasn’t emptied properly
- A sudden need to urinate – you may sometimes leak urine before you get to the toilet
- Dribbling urine after you finish urinating.

If you have any of these symptoms or concerns, please book in to see a clinician

Information from Prostate Cancer UK and Cancer Research

Closure Announcement: Monday 19th September
13th Sep 2022

Closure Announcement: Monday 19th September

Royal Primary Care will be closed on the 19th September to allow respects to be paid to Her Majesty and commemorate Her reign, while marking the final day of the period of national mourning.

A Tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll
8th Sep 2022

A Tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll

Team RPC are saddened to hear of the loss of Her Majesty The Queen
The longest reigning monarch in British history who led a remarkable life of service and dedication to her country. A truly admirable figurehead who’s leadership was exemplary.
Alongside the rest of the nation, we offer our condolences to the Royal Family and all affected by the news on this historic day.
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
1st Sep 2022

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

This month we are supporting Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men. In the UK alone roughly 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.

Unlike bowel cancer, breast cancer and cervical cancer there is currently no routine screening in the UK for prostate cancer which is why it’s really important that people with a prostate know the symptoms to look out for.

Throughout the month we’ll be sharing lots of resources and information to help educate our patients and community.

Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming Prostate Cancer Awareness Month posts.

1 Problem Per Appointment
24th Aug 2022

1 Problem Per Appointment

In recent months, we've seen an increase in patients attending their appointment with more than one problem. We strive to deal with each medical problem to the highest standard and this proves very difficult if our clinicians are asked to deal with a number of problems in one appointment slot.

If you need to discuss more than one problem, please request a double appointment when booking to allow our clinical team more time to deal with multiple issues.

If you've booked a single appointment and need to discuss more than one problem, please don't be offended if the clinician asks you to book another appointment to discuss your other concerns. We know that it can feel frustrating, especially if you've been waiting for an appointment but our clinicians need to be given the appropriate amount of time to deal with your problems safely and effectively without needing to rush.

When a clinic runs even 5 minutes behind, there is a knock-on effect on the clinic for the rest of the day that leads to further delays for patients waiting for their appointment.

We would really appreciate your support and understanding in this matter to enable us to provide a better service for our patients

Masks Update
16th Aug 2022

Coronavirus Masks Update - 16th August 2022

Following latest Infection Prevention and Control guidance, masks are no longer required in corridors and non-clinical areas within our surgeries where 1 metre distancing can be adhered to. You may now start to see our teams’ friendly faces in full once again.
Our clinical team will continue to wear masks during consultations and when in a clinical area. Whilst wearing masks is patient preference, we continue to encourage you to wear masks for your own safety. For patients experiencing respiratory symptoms where covid cannot be ruled out, and there is a requirement to be examined by a clinician, you will be asked to wear a mask when in the building.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter and for your continued support
Royal Primary Care
DCC Summer Holiday Clubs
15th Jul 2022

DCC Summer Holiday Clubs

Derbyshire County Council and the Department for Education are working together once again to provide county wide Holiday Activities and Food Programmes from Monday 25th July – Friday 2nd September.

Find free summer experiences for children in Derbyshire! Developed especially for children eligible for free school meals, with healthy and delicious food provided at every activity – all for free.

Clubs will run on average for 4 hours a day and each day children can enjoy a fun-packed programme filled with a wide range of sports and games, arts and crafts, cookery, dance and music. Programmes will vary depending on the type and location of each local club.

If you can't get out this summer, why not try the activity packs which include lots of fun things to do and make, with all the things you need! To register your interest for a pack, visit the website and click the ‘Activity Pack’ link. The website also has lots of great ideas to keep kids of all ages entertained. With hundreds of downloadable games, activities and links to videos that you and your family can enjoy at any time and in any weather. Interested? Book now or find out more here:

Charity Marathon Total
14th Jul 2022

RPC Marathon Charity Walk Total Announcement

Now that the team have had some time to recover, we wanted to share the fantastic news that our Marathon Charity Walk team raised £755 for FairPlay.
After a long hot 13 hours, walking 32 miles in the Derbyshire heat, the team racked up over 204,000 steps collectively walking from our Brooklyn practice in Heanor to our Rectory Road practice, stopping off at Clay Cross, Grassmoor, The Grange, Ashgate, Holme Hall, Whittington and Inkersall on the way.
The team said that the wonderful words of encouragements from patients they met along the way and via social media really kept them going, and they couldn't have managed without the tea and ice lolly stops at our RPC surgeries. A real team effort!
Dr Ruth Bentley said "I've never walked 32 miles in one day before - it was certainly an experience! We are so glad that we could raise some money for a charity that brings so much joy to children and support to families. Thanks to all who supported us in whatever way they could. Plans are afoot for how next years annual walk will be held... look out for June 2023"
RPC Charity Marathon Walk 2022
21st Jun 2022

RPC Charity Marathon 2022

In June 2021, Dr Ruth Bentley and a team of willing volunteers piloted the first ever Royal Primary Care Charity Marathon walk, where they donned their walking boots with plenty of compeed plasters in tow and walked the distance between all 8 of our Chesterfield surgeries, starting at Clay Cross and finished at Rectory Road in Staveley visiting each of our surgeries along the way for a well deserved rest.
This year they are at it again and the challenge extends to our newest practice in Heanor, Derbyshire which adds an additional 9 miles, taking this years total trek to a whopping 30 miles.
Funds for last years walk were raised for the Chesterfield Royal Hospital Special Care Baby Unit & Neonatal team. The team managed to raise a fantastic £1,239.This year, Dr Ruth Bentley and her team are hoping to raise even more for another great local cause.
We asked our staff members to nominate charities close to their heart and we drew names from a hat, we had some really great charities nominated but the charity we drew for this year's fundraiser is FairPlay.
Fairplay offers a wide range of services to meet the needs of families with disabled children and young people. They offer support to children and young people, aged 0-25, and to parents and siblings. Fairplay runs play schemes and Saturday clubs for children, youth clubs, activity days, themed groups, and independent living groups for young people, and parent support groups and family trips for parents and siblings.
We really appreciate that times are hard, and money is tight but the team would really appreciate your support whether that's a financial donation or just encouraging words.
To donate, please click here:
We'll be following along with the team on the day and keeping you updated on our social media channels so be sure to click the follow button to see how they get along.
Please share and spread the word to help us raise as much money as possible for this wonderful charity!