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Additional Service - Amber Valley Health

We are pleased to announce that Somercotes Medical Centre is now part of Amber Valley Health Limited (AVH) along with the following practices:

Brooklyn Medical Practice, Crich Medical Practice, Ivy Grove Surgery, Jessop Medical Practice, Kelvingrove Medical Centre, Parkside Surgery, The Park Surgery, and in collaboration with Ripley Medical Centre.


We aim to improve the service and access to GPs for our patients and from Saturday 1st September 2018 AVH will be offering extended appointments, late evening and Saturday and Sunday mornings.

These will be at the new Amber Valley Health GP Hub at Church Farm Primary Care Centre in Ripley. DE5 3TH


The opening times of the hub will be Monday to Friday 6.15pm – 8.00pm Saturdays and Sundays 8.45am – 11.45am


Please note, the vast majority of AVH GPs and staff members are from one of the local practices named above.


The Amber Valley Health GP Hub is currently only open for pre-booked appointments only.


Patients patients will be unable to access any other services during the GP Hub’s opening times.


To book an appointment, or for any further information please contact our reception staff as usual.

Community Café

We are thrilled to inform our patients that our Community Café opened on Wednesday 2nd August.   The Community Café will be available each Wednesday during August and subject to no major problems Wednesday and Thursday from September.

If you plan on using the café and normally drive to the surgery please use alternative parking so as not to inconvenience other patients, staff and doctors.

Our Patient Participation Group (PPG) looks forward to welcoming you for a cuppa and a chat.  We would like to thank all our PPG member for making this possible.  Your hard work on this project is very much appreciated by all at Somercotes Medical Centre

Travel Advice

Please see "Our Services" tab for important advice regarding traval vaccinations.

Medical Interoperability Gateway (MIG)

In order to increase patient awareness and support the deployment of the Medical Interoperability Gateway (MIG) project across Derbyshire, and to satisfy our individual IG requirements, please see:

Patient Survey Results

For the results of our latest Patient Experience Survey please use this link:  Alternatively a copy is available for viewing in our waiting room. 

Although we are very happy with the results, there is always room for improvement.  If you have a suggestion, please complete a comments form found in the foyer next time you visit the surgery.  Thank you to all our patients who received the survey and responded. 

Children's Counselling

Somercotes Medical Centre are now very happy to be able to offer counselling at the surgery for children aged 5 – 18. If you would like to access this service please speak to your GP.

Patient Access to GP Record 

All patients who have registered for Patient Access can now view the Summary Care Record information, this includes:

  • Allergies & Sensitivties
  • Current Repeat Medication
  • Vaccinations & immunisations

Patient Access also enables patients to:

  • Book appointments (All available appointments are viewable for up to a month ahead)
  • Cancel book appointments
  • Request a Repeat Medication
  • Update Contact Details

If you do not currently have access to Patient Access but would like more information about this service then please speak to a receptionist. 

How do I get Patient Access

  • To be able you to use the system you must have a computer with internet access.

Either log on to and follow the steps to register

Or at the surgery

To register for Patient Access you will need to bring photo ID with you e.g.passport, driving licence.

Training News

Our patients will all be aware that we are a training practice.  We enjoy training qualified hospital doctors to become our General Practitioners of the future.  Registrars train to become GPs for a further 3 years once they have qualified as a doctor and during this time they spend time at several different practices.

We are thrilled to welcome back Dr Jonathan Weatherill, some of you may already know Dr Weatherill as he has previously worked with us.  I am sure that you will join us in welcoming him back to the surgery.

We also welcome Dr Shehla Imtiaz-Umer, GP Registrar.  I am sure you will welcome her into the surgery.

Carers Clinics

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Carers Survey at Somercotes. We have looked at the responses and feedback, and working with the Derbyshire Carers Association charity we have created a pioneering new scheme of in- surgery support for carers in the area.

We now have a Carer Support Worker from Derbyshire Carers Association who comes to the surgery once monthly to run a clinic for Carers who would like to get some support or guidance with their caring role. If you are feeling over-whelmed or even if your coping fine Lisa, our support worker, can work with you to:

  • Access additional funding
  • Access respite care
  • Apply for blue badges
  • Provide one to one support
  • Create emergency plans in case you become unwell yourself
  • Get extra help in for you and your loved one

Lisa is happy to offer support in person at Somercotes Medical Centre, on the telephone or even in your own home. To find out more or to book an appointment contact the reception team at Somercotes Medical Center.

Online Access

We currently offer the facility for booking and cancelling appointments, ordering repeat prescriptions & viewing allergies and adverse reactions online.  This is via EMIS Patient Access using our website  If you do not already have a username and password for this system you will need to register for them either using our website or by calling into the practice to register in person (please be aware proof of identity is required).

We are working closely with our clinical software providers to develop appropriate systems for patients to request online access to their detailed coded records using a method that is secure and safeguards the best interests of the patient. 

Website Update

We are looking to update and improve our current website and we really need you to let us know what you love about the site, what you hate and what you wish was here. If you would like to give us some feedback on the site you can either fill in the questionaire which is available in the waiting room at Somercotes Medical Centre or email any comments or feedback to:                  


The Somercotes Community Gallery at Somercotes Medical Centre is now 1 year old! Thanks to all the great support and donations of artwork from our local community the gallery is continually changing and we have now shown over 100 artworks this year.

The gallery was set up to promote the talent of local artists, photographers, groups and schools in order to promote wellbeing, interest in the arts, community spirit and make the medical centre a more pleasant place to be.

If you or your child have any artwork that you would like to put on display at the Medical Centre feel free to drop it into reception and we will be pleased to hang it for you.

The artwork will always remain your property so we will be happy to return it at any time.

Thank you to everyone involved for your continuing support, and thank you to our wonderful PPG who helped make the project happen. 

Dignity Awards

Somercotes Medical Centre has become the first GP practice in the county to achieve the Derbyshire Silver Dignity Award for its high levels of care and respect offered to patients.

This is the highest level of dignity award currently available and we are immensely proud of all our staff for the gold standard quality care they offer patients every day.

Thank you also to our wonderful patients and PPG for your support in helping us achieve this award. 

NHS Patient Champion of the Year

We are very proud to have been awarded the NHS Patient Champion of the Year as recognised by the East Midlands Leadership Academy. 

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in helping us achieve this recognition.

Named Accountable GP

Under new contractual requirements we are required to inform of your Named Accountable GP. Unless you have previously been notified otherwise you will find your Named Accountable GP printed on the right hand side of your prescription, or you can ask at reception. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOU CAN STILL SEE ANY DOCTOR OF YOUR CHOICE.

Stay Well This Winter

As part of this year’s winter campaign, ‘Stay Well This Winter’, Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group have launched a new public website  Stay Well in the Cold Weather




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