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GP Educational Afternoon 14th June 2017 ( posted on Jun 7, 2017 )

Department of Health and Social Care

Rheynn Slaynt as Kiarail y Theay


News Release


Crookall House

Demesne Road

Isle of Man








31 May 2017


Second GP education session of 2017


The second GP education session of 2017 will take place on Wednesday 14 June.


Routine GP appointments will not be available that afternoon, however urgent appointments will be available through on-call GPs and anyone needing to see a doctor should ring their GP Practice as normal.


Practices will remain open during the afternoon for patients to visit the practice nurse, collect test results, make future appointments and order repeat prescriptions as normal.


The quarterly education sessions were established in 2012 to give GPs the opportunity to discuss developments in medical care and best practice, and to examine ways to enhance care for patients in the Isle of Man.




Notes for editors:

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Media contact:

Stephen Parry – Communications Officer

Tel: +44 (0) 1624 686563 / +44 (0) 7624 324324 or email: stephen.parry@gov.im    


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Ordering your medication via our website ( posted on Oct 13, 2016 )

From 31st October patients will no longer be able to order their medication via our website.  Patients can still order medication online when they sign up for Patient Access.  Please see our Patient Access page for details of how to sign up for this service.

Patient Access - book your appointments online and more ( posted on May 5, 2015 )

We are very excited to announce a new way you can interact with the Surgery.

You can now view your medical record when you sign up for Patient Access. You can also book your appointments online, order repeat medication and view your allergies and immunisation status!

To find out how to register for this service please see our Patient Access Page

The Isle of Man Friends And Family Survey ( posted on Jan 27, 2015 )

Have your say on what we're getting right and what we could do better. It will help us improve our services for everyone. It won't take long and you won't be asked your name. Please click on  www.tinyurl.com/iomgp  to take part in the survey. Thank you!

Autumn 2013 Newsletter ( posted on Aug 30, 2013 )

Please click here to download our Autumn 2013 Newsletter.

We welcome any feedback or suggestions for our next issue.

MMR Information ( posted on Apr 29, 2013 )

Please click on the link for the latest information.



Spring Newsletter 2013 ( posted on Feb 6, 2013 )

Please click here to download our Spring 2013 Newsletter.

Winter Newsletter 2012 ( posted on Oct 5, 2012 )

Please click here to download our Winter 2012 newsletter.

Whooping Cough ( posted on Oct 4, 2012 )


Immunisation for Pregnant Women

There is a lot of whooping cough around at the moment and babies who are too young to start their vaccinations are at greatest risk. Expectant mothers can help protect their babies by getting themselves vaccinated against whooping cough from week 28 of their pregnancy. This leaflet describes the problem and what you need to do to help protect your baby from this serious disease.


What is the problem?

You may have thought that whooping cough had died out but since 2010 there has been an increasing number of people getting the disease in this and other countries. In 2012, there has been a rapid rise in whooping cough, with a big increase in cases in young babies. We do not know why this is happening but the causes are being investigated. The important thing now is to protect those young babies who are most likely to suffer badly if they catch the disease.


Why should I be concerned?

Whooping cough is a serious disease that can lead to pneumonia and permanent brain damage. Many babies with whooping cough will be admitted to hospital and they are at risk of dying from the disease. Deaths from whooping cough are rare in the UK but more babies have already died this year than in recent years.


But aren’t babies vaccinated to protect them against diseases?

Yes they are, but the babies that have been getting whooping cough are generally too young to have started their normal vaccinations so they are not protected against the disease. Babies’ immune systems don’t make good responses to the vaccine until they are two months old and they need three doses to build up full protection.


So how can I protect my baby?

The only way you can help protect your baby from getting whooping cough in its first weeks after birth is by having the whooping cough vaccination yourself while you are pregnant. You will then pass some immunity to your baby before he or she is born. The best time to get vaccinated is between weeks 28 and 32 of your pregnancy but you can still have the vaccination up to week 38.

You should have the vaccination even if you were vaccinated when you were younger or had whooping cough yourself.


Is it OK to have a vaccination while I’m pregnant?

Women in the USA are having these vaccinations during pregnancy and while the vaccine used there is very slightly different from the one used in the UK, there is no reason to believe that the safety of the vaccine used here will be any different. It’s much safer for you to have the vaccine than to risk your newborn baby catching whooping cough.


But what about side effects from having the vaccine whilst pregnant?

There are no safety concerns related to having the vaccine during pregnancy. You may have some mild side effects from the vaccine that are common for all patients, such as swelling, redness or tenderness where the vaccine is given, in your upper arm. Serious side effects are extremely rare, especially in adults.


What do I need to do now to help protect my baby?

If you are in week 28 or more of your pregnancy, your GP or midwife will contact you to arrange an appointment for you to have the vaccination. If you are in the earlier stages of pregnancy, wait until you hear from them.


Will my baby still need to be vaccinated against whooping cough at two months if I’ve had the vaccine while pregnant?

Yes, your baby should be vaccinated according to the normal schedule

Self Check in ( posted on Jul 2, 2012 )

We are very proud to be the first GP practice on the island to have a self check-in system. 


Castletown Medical Centre received a very generous donation from Southern Authorities Health Care Trust to enable them to purchase an Automated Arrivals System (self check-in).


Featuring advanced touch screen technology, patients can quickly and easily check themselves in for their appointment – meaning receptionists will have more time for patients with queries or to answer incoming calls.


The touch screen is situated in the reception area and is very simple to use.  It identifies the arriving patient from the touch screen entry of their gender and date of birth.


The practice is looking forward to seeing an impact in the reduction of lengthy queues at reception!  

Prescription Ordering ( posted on May 24, 2012 )

In the interest of patient safety we are no longer taking requests for medication over the telephone.  You can order your prescriptions on this website, in person or via the pharmacist.



Dr Sharp & Dr Wilmot ( posted on Mar 28, 2012 )

We are delighted to welcome Dr Jennifer Sharp & Dr Johnathan Wilmot to the Practice!


Dr Sharp & Dr Wilmot joined our the Practice in mid May as a direct replacement for Dr Swainson.  


Dr Jennifer Sharp -

'I qualified from the University of Nottingham in 2006 and initially worked in Nottingham and Derby Hospitals.  In 2008, I moved to Somerset to complete my General Practice Training.  During this time I also developed a special interest in women’s health and contraception.  I am excited about moving to the Isle of Man and joining Castletown Medical Practice.  I look forward to meeting all the staff and patients this May'



Dr Johnathan Wilmot -

'I studied medicine at the University of Bristol and qualified in 2006.  Subsequently, I completed my post-graduate training in Gloucestershire and Somerset. I have a special interest in emergency medicine.

I am very much looking forward to joining the team at Castletown Medical Centre.'



Blue Badge & Disabled Persons Bus Pass Scheme ( posted on Aug 3, 2011 )

From 1st August 2011 applicants will no longer have to visit the GP to complete their assessment.  Please click for more details http://www.gov.im/lib/news/socialcare/bluebadgeanddisa.xml 

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