Welcome to Beacon Medical Practice

We are a large general practice with three surgeries serving over 22,000 patients in Skegness, Ingoldmells, Chapel St Leonards and surrounding villages on the East Coast of Lincolnshire.

Practice Vacancies

Practice Vacancies

We currently have the following posts available at the Practice:

  • Data Quality Administrator

  • Data Quality Clerk

  • Healthcare Assistant

These posts are all full-time (37.5H)

Please be aware that working from different locations and weekend working may be requirement for the above posts.

For further information, or to request an application form and job description, please email:

[email protected]

Deadline for completed and returned applications in 12pm on 31/05/2018.

CV only applications will not be accepted.

Diabetes Prevention Week 16 – 22 April 2018

Diabetes Prevention Week 16 – 22 April 2018

People across Lincolnshire are being urged to learn more about the risks of diabetes during Diabetes Prevention Week, which runs from April 16 to 22 and aims to make people more aware of the risks of Type 2 diabetes.

In Lincolnshire, 50,000 people are living with diabetes, which is roughly eight per cent of the population.

  • Type 2 diabetes is often linked to lifestyle. It can represent a threat to health and if untreated it can lead to stroke, blindness, heart disease, kidney failure and lower limb amputation.
  • Even if you are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, it can still be prevented by losing weight, eating healthily and being more active.
  • You can help to prevent Type 2 diabetes by making small, simple lifestyle changes such as not taking sugar in your tea or coffee, walking to the shop instead of driving and eating brown bread instead of white bread.

Over 7,600 patients have now referred within Greater Lincolnshire to the National Diabetes Prevention Programme, a nine month programme for those patients at risk of developing diabetes.

The programme provides personalised help to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes through improved food choices, weight loss and personal exercise programmes.

Your GP practice is able to refer you to the programme if your blood sugar reading is within the eligible range.

It is free to attend and programmes are running locally to where you live.

 

A series of events are being held across Lincolnshire during Diabetes Prevention Week to raise awareness of Type 2 diabetes and the National Diabetes Prevention Programme.

For the Skegness area, an event is being held on the following date:

Friday, April 20th,  10.00 am to 16.00 pm at The Hildreds Shopping Centre, Skegness, PE25 3NR

 

To get an estimate of your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, click the link below:

https://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/start

 

To find out more about diabetes, click on the links below:

https://www.diabetes.org.uk/

 

For more information on the 230th April event, click the link below:

DPW Skegness poster

 

**NEW APPOINTMENT SYSTEM LAUNCHES 16TH APRIL 2018**

From Monday 16th April 2018 our new appointment system launches.

Developed in partnership with the Beacon Medical Practice Patient Participation Group, based on Patient feedback.

How does the new appointment system work?  

  • From 8:50am each morning (Monday to Friday*) our GPs and Clinical Practitioners will operate a “sit and wait” clinic.
  • From 8:00am each morning (Monday to Friday*) you can check-in at Reception and wait to see a Clinician. Where availability allows Clinician choice will be given.
  • Once you have been placed on the sit and wait list we cannot guarantee how long you might be waiting or what time you might be seen but we can ensure that you will be seen.
  • (*Excludes Bank Holidays)

Afternoon clinics with our GPs and Clinical Practitioners are all pre-booked in advance:

  • This is to allow Clinicians the opportunity to invite Patients in for follow-ups and to provide results.
  • There are also a number of pre-bookable appointments available for patient booking. These appointments will be released 1 day before and 7 days in advance. There will be no pre-booking availability beyond this point in an effort to reduce DNA's (non-attendance) at the Practice.

Why can’t I have a call back? I always have before:

  • For a number of years Beacon Medical Practice have operated an Emergency Callback list, where patients were able to receive a call from our Duty Practitioners.
  • Unfortunately this service was widely abused with minor ailments. This is not sustainable in a General Practice of our size, where services are extremely strained.
  • By releasing our Duty GP and support team back into clinics, we are able to increase the number of appointments we have available to offer to our Patients each day.

How to access pre-bookable appointments:

By Telephone:

  • The appointments line will be open from 08:00am.
  • Alternatively you can use the options below which are available 24/7.
  • The appointments will be released daily at 08:00am for 7 days time and for the following day.

Patient Partner:

  • To register for our Patient Partner appointment service, simply attend the Reception Desk in person with a valid form of ID (passport, driving license, birth certificate).
  • Full instructions are provided on registration.

SystmOnline:

  • To register for our SystmOnline, Service simply attend the Reception Desk in person with a valid form of ID (passport, driving license, birth certificate).
  • You will be issued with a unique username and password which will allow you access to the online service.
  • Full instructions are provided on registration.

Other:

Did you know?

  • If you suspect that you may have a urine infection, please collect a 'red topped' sample bottle from any of our surgeries and then return the sample to Skegness surgery reception desk before 12:00pm (no appointment necessary).
  • Your sample will then be dipped by one of our Healthcare professionals and any medical advice for you will be available from 16:00pm, by telephoning 01754 897000.

Did you know?

  • Our Administrative Staff have received training in navigating you to all alternative services that are available to help you once the surgery has reached its daily capacity.
  • Our Clinicians ask that you respectfully answer any questions they may ask you, as this knowledge may assist you in receiving medical advice or assistance promptly.
  • They are also trained to recognise symptoms which may flag an urgent medical condition. In this instance they may advise you to ring 999 if they feel it is appropriate.

World Parkinson’s Day – Wednesday 11th April 2018

World Parkinson's Day - Wednesday 11th April 2018

With World Parkinson's Awareness Day, the charity Parkinson's UK uses the opportunity to:

  • reach more people affected by the condition
  • raise funds for vital research into better treatments
  • change public attitudes towards Parkinson's
  • raise awareness of the services and support available to anyone affected by the condition

To visit the Parkinson's UK website and find out more about Parkinson's disease or World Parkinson's day, click the link below:

https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/

 

Bower Cancer Awareness Month: 1st -30th April 2018

Bower Cancer Awareness Month: 1st -30th April 2018

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month:

Bowel cancer is very treatable but the earlier it is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat. People whose cancer is diagnosed at an early stage have a much higher chance of successful treatment than those whose cancer has become more widespread.

If you have any symptoms, don’t be embarrassed and don’t ignore them. Doctors are used to seeing lots of people with bowel problems.

The symptoms of bowel cancer can include:

  • Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
  • A persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
  • A pain or lump in your tummy

Most people with these symptoms don’t have bowel cancer. Other health problems can cause similar symptoms. But if you have one or more of these, or if things just don’t feel right, see your GP.

Sometimes, a tumour can block the bowel, causing sudden strong pains in the stomach area, bloating and feeling or being sick. You may also be unable to empty your bowels or pass wind. If you think you have a blocked bowel, see your GP straight away or go to a hospital accident and emergency department.

Bleeding:

There are several possible causes of bleeding from your bottom or blood in your bowel movements (poo). Bright red blood may come from swollen blood vessels (haemorrhoids or piles) in your back passage. Dark red or black blood may come from your bowel or stomach. Tell your doctor about any bleeding so they can find out what is causing it.

Change in bowel habit:

Tell your GP if you have noticed any changes in your bowel habit that have lasted three weeks or more, especially if you also have bleeding from your back passage. You may have looser poo and you may need to poo more often than normal. Or you may feel as though you’re not going to the toilet often enough or you might not feel as though you’re not fully emptying your bowels.

Weight loss:

This is less common than some of the other symptoms. Speak to your GP if you have lost weight and you don’t know why. You may not feel like eating if you feel sick, bloated or if you just don’t feel hungry.

Tiredness:

Bowel cancer may lead to a lack of iron in the body, which can cause anaemia (lack of red blood cells). If you have anaemia, you are likely to feel very tired and your skin may look pale.

Pain or lump:

You may have pain or a lump in your stomach area (abdomen) or back passage. See your GP if these symptoms don’t go away or if they’re affecting how you sleep or eat.

For more information on Bowel Cancer, click the link below:

https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/

 

 

 

Out of Hours

For advice and urgent medical attention outside our normal surgery hours, please call 111

You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is a fast and easy way to get the right help.