Updated 11 October 2016
Sett Valley Medical Centre provides care to approximately 10,756 patients in New Mills, a town situated approximately eight miles south east of Stockport in the High Peak area of North Derbyshire. The practice has a branch site based in the small village of Hayfield, located approximately four miles away (The Old Bank Surgery, Market Street, Hayfield, High Peak, Derbyshire. SK22 2EP).
The practice provides primary care medical services via a Personal Medical Services (PMS) contract commissioned by NHS England and North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The main site operates from a purpose-built two storey detached building constructed in 1991. The building was extended in 1993 to add a pharmacy and a dental practice, which are independent providers but the practice retains landlord responsibilities for the whole building.
The practice is run by a partnership of five GPs (three males and two females), and the partners employ a female salaried GP. A second salaried GP is due to start working at the practice in September 2016.
The nursing team comprises of two advanced nurse practitioners, a nurse practitioner, four practice nurses, and two health care assistants. The clinical team is supported by a practice manager, an assistant practice manager and a team of six administrative and reception staff including a reception manager. One of the members of the administration team also works as the practice care co-ordinator. The practice also employs two cleaning staff.
In addition, the practice contracts an independent part-time community matron and independent part-time pharmacist to work at the practice.
The partnership is an established training practice and a GP registrar (a qualified doctor who is completing training to become a GP) works within the practice. It is also a teaching practice and accommodates placements for medical, nursing and midwifery students.
The practice age profile shows slightly higher numbers of patients aged in the 45-70 years range. The registered patient population are predominantly of white British background, and the practice is ranked in the third lowest decile for deprivation status. However, New Mills East is the second most deprived ward within the High Peak area. New Mills is a commuter town for larger areas including Stockport and Manchester, but local employment consists of light industry including a confectionery manufacturer, which is the largest employer in the town. The previous industrial heritage of the town which included textiles and open cast coal mines led to a relatively high prevalence of occupational diseases including lung and cardiovascular related illnesses. The branch site, which is a converted bank, serves a rural community in a small building with one consulting room and one treatment room.
The practice is the most northerly sited practice in the county and is sited some miles from the commissioner’s base in Chesterfield. Due to its location, the practice has more established links with secondary care providers in Stockport and this can create some difficulties in terms of service configuration and development.
The practice’s main site opens from 8am until 6.30pm every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Extended hours opening operates every Wednesday when the practice opens from 6.45am until 8pm. Scheduled GP morning appointments times are available from 9.00am until approximately 11.10am with later appointments being added for ‘on the day’ consultations further to triage. Afternoon GP surgeries run approximately from 3.45pm to 6.10pm. On Wednesdays, GP and nurse led commuter clinics operate from 6.50am to 9.40am, and from 5.25pm until 7.45pm. The practice closes one Wednesday afternoon on most months of the year for staff training.
The practice has opted out of providing out-of-hours services to its own patients. When the practice is closed, patients with urgent needs are directed via the 111 service to a locally based out-of-hours and walk-in urgent care centre in New Mills operated by Derbyshire Health United (DHU). This is situated directly opposite the surgery. This opens from 6.30pm to 10.30pm each weekday, and from 9.30am until 10.30pm at weekends and bank holidays. Patients also have access to the minor injuries unit in Buxton. The nearest Accident and Emergency (A&E) units are based in Macclesfield and Stockport.