Friendship Cafe: Friday 15th February
We hold a monthly Friendship Cafe at South Harrow Methodist Church (opposite Simpson House). Come along for a 10:30 am start! Previously called the Carers' Coffee Morning, the invitation to our Friendship Cafe has been extended to not only carers, but for anybody who is or has been feeling lonely. There are no steps to negotiate, so wheelchair access is not a problem. The coffee morning takes place on the third Friday of every month. If you can't make this one please feel free to come in the future.
No more Walk-in Appointments at Alexandra Avenue
From 1 November 2018 you will need to book an appointment before arriving at Alexandra Avenue Health Centre. Booking is easy, simply call us on 02088643466 or NHS 111 if we are closed. The Alexandra Avenue Health Centre will see patients registered with a Harrow GP.
Next Patient Group Meeting: Friday 12th April
12pm start at the Practice. All patients welcome. For more information, click here.
GDPR - What is it?
Download our Practice Brochure
Click on the link below to download our latest information brochure:
Simpson House Brochure
Thank you for coming to the Health Fair
This year's Simpson House Health Fair took place on Saturday 9th June, 11am - 1pm, at Harrow Borough Football Club. Hundreds of patients joined us for health information, advice and guidance from Everyone Active, Age UK, The Stroke Association, Diabetes UK, Harrow Mind and others! Prizes were won and we even took part in a Tai Chi lesson.
Dr Fernandes Returns!
We are delighted to welcome Dr Fernandes back to Simpson House. Once a trainee GP with us, Dr Fernandes has returned to work following the completion of her studies for an initial two days a week. More information coming soon!
Ready to Walk?
Ready to walk? Here is your chance for a health walk led by qualified walk leaders. Every Saturday morning at 10 o'clock, we meet for a friendly walk to Alexandra Park and back. All you need to do is turn up 10 minutes before the start (in comfy clothes, shoes) and bring a bottle of water. We meet by the entrance of the surgery and the walk takes approximately 40 minutes in total. Come and join us being healthy!
Simpson House Walk
Introducing Harrow Helpline
Harrow Council run a 24 hour Helpline Community Alarm service to support vulnerable people and those with life limiting conditions to live more independently and safely. The service enables people to call a Helpline Adviser at the Civic Centre should they fall, feel unwell, need reassurance or require emergency services. It is a valuable service that is well regarded by the 9,000 people who currently use it.
Helpline provides support to users of the service and their families, by being responsive and thereby giving greater peace of mind that those who may need help are never more than a button press away from receiving it. The service also enables users to stay living at home independently for longer.
There are a number of products within the range that can help with a variety of conditions including an alarm pendant, fall detectors, bed, chair and epilepsy sensors, medication prompts and key safes. If you would like more information on Helpline, and how benefit you or somebody you know, please contact them on 0208 861 3242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Appointment Reminders on your Phone
We offer appointment reminders and cancellations through text messages, saving both patients and staff a lot of time. But we need your mobile numbers for this to work - let us know your updated details by writing in, emailing email@example.com or even send us a message on Facebook!
Telephoning the Practice
As you will know the Practice telephone lines can get exceptionally busy, particularly at certain times of the day. For example, on average we receive 210 calls between 8.30am and 10.00am on a Monday morning. Many of these calls are for non urgent matters that could have been dealt with later in the day. We ask that if you are not calling for an urgent on the day appointment you wait and telephone the Practice between 11.00am and 4.00pm.
We are constantly looking at new and innovative ways to manage our telephone lines but we do ask that our patients work with us to ensure they are calling at the most appropriate time.
Meningitis B Vaccination
We have had a number of calls from patients enquiring about the Meningitis B vaccination. Unfortunately we are only able to offer this vaccine to the babies that fall in to the national immunisation programme age band. Our stock of this vaccination is extremely limited and it is not currently available to patients outside this cohort or privately.
For more information about the programme of Meningitis please click HERE.
The Practice has implemented a new Did Not Attend Policy. For full details click HERE and go to the Missed Appointments tab.
New Patient Registration
If you are new to the area and are looking for a GP, firstly, welcome to Harrow! We are currently registering new patients and would be happy to provide you with further information about the Practice and the services we offer. Follow the links above to find out more about our clinics and services as well as the practice staff. If you would like to know how to register please click HERE.
Think before you attend A&E
Before you attend A&E please think carefully about whether that is actually the right choice or whether you could get help elsewhere. There are still people heading to A&E even though they should really be seeking help from GPs, pharmacists or getting better at home.
The hospital teams find themselves having to care for people with illnesses such as colds and flu; or the winter sickness and diarrhoea bug – that means they have to balance the overriding need to deal with genuine medical emergencies; with the needs of the less seriously ill.
Many people arriving at A&E would get faster; more convenient help if they spoke to a qualified pharmacist; contacted the practice; called 111; visited one of the NHS walk-in centres or an urgent care centre.