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Flu 2018

Patients who are eligible for a free flu vaccination this year will receive personal letters inviting them to one or more flu clinics we have organised.


The vaccination programme is complex this year as there are three different vaccines aimed at specific age groups. Also, the practice will take delivery of these vaccines through September, October and early November.


Some patients will therefore not receive an invite letter until late October, but the advice from Public Health England is that vaccination in November will still offer protection in time for when influenza activity starts to increase which is usually early December.


It is therefore important that when you receive your letter you make every effort to attend on the clinic date(s) specified. Patients who believe they are eligible but have not received a letter, should wait until 31st October before contacting the practice.

Posted - 10th September 2018


Capel Premises - Week commencing 24th September 2018

Alterations to the Capel surgery waiting area and receptionist room will be undertaken during the week commencing 24th September.


To enable the work to take place and to minimise health and safety risks to both staff and patients, we will operate a restricted service at Capel from Friday 21st September to Friday 28th September. During this time we will have the same number of doctor, nurse and phlebotomy appointments available, but these will be offered mainly at our East Bergholt site. Thank you for your understanding over this period.

Posted - 23rd August 2018

BEAT - Eating Disorders Awareness Week

26th Feb - 4th March 2018

BEAT is the UK's eating disorder charity. The charity are a champion, guide or friend to anyone affected by eating disorders, giving individuals experiencing an eating disorder and their loved ones a place where they feel listened to, supported and empowered.

For more information on who they are, what they do and how they could help you or a loved one please go to their website.

Posted - Wednesday 28th February 2018


Capel St Mary - Building Refurbishment

The refurbishment dates have been confirmed as 

Monday 5th March until Thursday 29th March.

During this period we will only be able to operate out of one clinical room whilst the other two are being upgraded. During this time a doctor will be available but all nurse clinics will be temporarily moved to East Bergholt. If a nurse is needed urgently at Capel then one of our nurses will attend as necessary.


Over this period, we would be grateful for your understanding. We will open all clinical rooms as soon as possible which may be before 29th March. Note that phlebotomy appointments are not affected.

Posted - Monday 19th February 2018


Capel St Mary - Building Refurbishment

Over the past few months the Practice has been planning to refurbish the Capel Building. We have applied for financial support from NHS England and this has now been approved, so we are now finalising plans. Essentially, we will be replacing the current front doors with automated doors, and completely refurbishing the two doctors’ rooms and the nurse treatment room. We will also take the opportunity to redecorate. Separately, we are also looking at options for improving the waiting area.


We anticipate work will take place through March and as soon as we have exact dates we will inform patents.


We aim to complete the work by mid-April when we will have a building which is easier to access physically, safer, easier to clean and offers a much improved environment for our staff to work in and our patients to visit!

Posted - Monday 12th February 2018

Sue Ryder - "Dementia Together"

A representative from the Sue Ryder "Dementia Together" team will be visiting the practice on a monthly basis!

Feel free to drop into our East Bergholt site on the first Monday of each month during the hours of 10am - 1pm. These sessions are all drop in's, so no appointment is necessary.

Any questions concerning Dementia whether it be about yourself or a loved one then please come along!

Posted -Monday 29th January 2018

Press release 24th December 2015

GP practice is delivering good patient care

The Constable Country Medical Practice has been removed from special measures by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The practice, with surgeries in Capel St Mary and East Bergholt, has now been rated as “Good” overall, the same rating as around 80% of practices in the country, and “Good” in every area assessed.

In April 2015 the practice was placed in special measures by the CQC, meaning improvements were needed to ensure the 10,800 patients received the best healthcare services. A further inspection last month showed that the practice has responded quickly to the issues raised and moved to make the needed improvements.

In its most recent findings the CQC highlights that patients have reported the practice service has improved significantly and staff are helpful, caring and treat them with compassion, dignity and respect.  The report also shows that the needs of patients are effectively assessed and staff receive extra training to help them better deliver good patient care. A new appointment booking service has been introduced to ensure patients who need advice from a GP are seen the same day. The practice is committed to never turning a patient away. Practice GP Partners and management team have been praised for their support of staff to do a good job. Patient feedback is proactively sought and a new patient participation group has been created, so that patients can be more involved in how the practice operates.

Dr Fayez Ayache, Senior GP Partner from Constable Country Medical Practice, said: “This new rating is fantastic news and we are thankful for the overwhelming support we have received from our patients, staff and the local community in making it happen.

“Being placed in special measures was obviously a disappointment. However we were determined to make the needed improvements as quickly as possible and with help of our management team we have done that. Over the last few months we have addressed the areas of concern so that the community now has a GP practice which is effective in delivering good patient care. The CQC has indicated that the action we have taken represents the most effective turnaround of any GP practice placed in special measures.

“The creation of a patient participation group is an integral part of the changes. We look forward to working with those patient members to identify how we can further improve and respond to patients’ needs.”

Dr Mark Shenton, chairman of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, of which the practice is a member said: “I welcome this turnaround by the practice which shows a real determination by every staff member to make primary health care services are the best they can be. The CCG will continue to support Constable Country Medical Practice and help them maintain good patient care.”




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