Parkside News Bulletin

Protected Learning Time – Surgery Closure Dates – NEXT DATE: Wednesday 22 November 2017

GP surgeries and health centres across Milton Keynes participate in Protected Learning Time and during that “protected” afternoon when the surgery is closed to patients, staff members have an opportunity to participate in training and development activities.

Protected Learning Time is valued by all staff and is a benefit to patient care.

Parkside works with the Out-of-Hours services when we are closed for this Protected Learning Time.

The practice will be closed for Protected Learning Time which runs from 12.30pm to 5pm on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 22 November 2017

If you are unwell and require medical assistance during this period of closure, please contact NHS 111.

Gold Charity Concert

Thursday 21st Sept 2017 – 7.30pm

Parkside Medical Centre, Whalley Drive, Milton Keynes, MK3 6EN – 01908 375 341

Get your tickets in advance due to limited places

Tickets £5 (£7 on the door)

Enjoy an evening of live music with Dr Thao Nguyen, Dr Richard Simpson, Ms Charlotte Saunders and A Breath of Fresh Air Choir.

Raising money for the Henry Allen Trust Charity supporting children with cancer.

Changes to travel vaccinations

When you travel outside of the UK, you may need vaccinations to protect yourself from

From 1st September the Surgery will no longer be offering travel advice to patients, this will mean we will no longer be giving vaccinations, or malaria tablets on prescription. This is in line with the CCG local policy.

If you are going on holiday please contact one of the following organisations who will be able to give you an appointment for advice and Vaccinations where necessary.

Milton Keynes Travel Clinic
Newport Pagnell Medical Centre
Queens Avenue
Newport Pagnell, Milton Keynes
MK16 8QT
0330 100 4268

Milton Keynes Village Practice
Travel and Yellow Fever Clinic
Griffith Gate
MK10 9BQ
01908 393979

Meet the staff

Parkside is proud to be a training practice, and this year we have two new GP trainees.

Dr Sharma an ST3, is in his final year of training and will be staying with us for a year. He will be seeing patients just like the other GP’s and can issue prescriptions for medication if this is needed. He is supervised by his trainer Dr Minney, and may refer to him during or after a consultation if he needs advice. Dr Sharma has recently got married.

Dr Hadi is returning to us after a brief stint in 2012. He returns to us for 6 months and is an ST2 in his 2nd year. He will also be seeing patients with the supervision of Dr Simpson. Dr Hadi is a keen pilot and enjoys motor biking.

Staff changes

We have seen some changes in our reception team. Jinny will be leaving in the middle of the month to join a new company and Trish is leaving at the end of September to spend more time with her family.

Lynda our HCA is also leaving at the end of the month to work full time at the hospital in A+E. Lynda has worked at Parkside for 22 years, first as a receptionist and then 10 years ago she moved to the nursing team as a HCA. She has seen many changes over the years with us, the biggest being our move from Whaddon way. We would like to thank her for her time at the surgery and wish her well in her new job.

The 10th September is Suicide prevention day

Here at Parkside we want to raise awareness of suicide and help those suffering and enable them to get help and guidance. Our GP’s want to be able to help you, but to do this we need you to take the first step by getting in contact. Doctors can refer you on to a service called ASTI (Assessment Short Term Intervention) who will then take you under their service for you to be seen by a specialist.

Your Doctor may still ask you to come in for a review and will advise you on treatments or prescribe medication if necessary.

Please also keep in mind if you don’t want to come and see or speak to a GP you don’t need to, there are other options, SAMARITANS are a brilliant service and they offer a safe place for you to talk at any time, about anything at all that’s worrying you. You don’t have to be suicidal to use this service.

Samaritans aim to help you explore your options so you can make decisions that are right for you!

You can call them for free at ANY TIME!

Contact Number: 116 123


Macmillan Coffee morning 29th September 2017

This year we are pleased to announce that we will be supporting Macmillan again with another coffee morning.

Support one of our favourite Charities: Macmillan.

Last year we raised £173.79.

This year we want to do better, so please come down to the surgery on Friday 29th September from 9.00am to support us and raise money for a worthy cause. If you can spare some of your time to sell cakes or you would like to donate a cake to sell we would be very grateful for all your help.

Flu Vaccinations

Seasonal flu is a highly infectious illness caused by a flu virus. The virus infects your lungs and upper airways, causing a sudden high temperature and general aches and pains. You could also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a dry cough. Symptoms can last for up to a week.

You may be invited for a flu jab if you are:

  • over 65 years of age
  • pregnant
  • a main carer for an older or disabled person​
  • living in a residential or nursing home​
  • or have:
    • a serious heart or chest complaint, including asthma
    • serious kidney disease
    • diabetes
    • lowered immunity due to disease or treatment such as steroid medication or cancer treatment
    • if you have ever had a stroke
  • ALL healthy children who are aged 2 and 3 years of age on 31st August 2017 – this is in the form of a nasal spray.

Flu clinics

We will be running flu vaccination clinics on the following dates:

  • Saturday 30th September
  • Saturday 14th October

Please call the surgery to book one of these. If you have any queries please contact the surgery.

External Websites

The way you register for Online Services has changed…

A new system is coming into force after 1 June 2015.

Patients wishing to access services or their records online will need to register with the practice for this service. Two proofs of identity will be required, one of which must be photo ID. If you have no photo ID available, then please contact surgery for alternative arrangements.

How to register for Online Services as of 1st June 2015

  1. Download, print and complete this form for each person requesting this service.
  2. Bring the completed form to the surgery with ID.


Children over 12 years will need to attend the surgery with their own signed form and ID as they will need to complete a further form regarding Gillick Competence.
If a patient is under 12 years, a parent or guardian may sign.

The form and ID must be verified by a member of staff. No documentation once verified will be scanned into the records. Once this process has been completed you will receive an email with your login details and password.

Examples of identity evidence accepted (Government Guidelines)

  • HMG issued certificate of identity
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate
  • Adoption certificate
  • UK asylum seekers application registration card
  • National 60+ bus pass
  • Police warrant card
  • Fire Brigade ID card
  • Armed Forces ID card
  • NHS staff ID card
  • Government issued ID card
  • Passport
  • Driving Licence
  • Residential property rental or purchase agreement
  • Bank account
  • Gas/Electric account
  • Fixed line telephone account