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You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:
Important - These 4 reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
There is separate advice about:
Do not leave your home if you have either:
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Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
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Blandford Medical CentreMace AvenueBraintreeEssex, CM7 2AETel: 01376 347100
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MB ChB MRCGP MRCS DLO MSC
Dr Gill qualified in 1996 and joined the practice in October 2008. Dr Gill's special interests are ENT, Minor Surgery and Palliative Care.
BSc (Hons) MBBS, MRCGP
Dr MacGarrow joined the practice in April 2014 after qualifying from Queen Mary's University of London in 2000. He spent time at the London Chest Hospital where he developed his specialist interest in Cardiology.
Dr Nirmal qualified from Pondhicherry University India in 2001. He has worked in various medical specialities in the UK and has experience of managing patients with medical complexities. He has a particular interest in Cardiology and acute medicine, along with an interest in minor operations at the practice. He also has experience working as a Registrar in the Accident and Emergency Department. He is a fully qualified GP trainer and also a GP appraiser.
MBBS, MRCP(Lon), MRCP(UK), MRCGP, PGCME, FRCGP
Dr Sinha qualified from Calcutta Medical College, India and has been working in the NHS since 1996. He has trained in Clinical Medicine and worked in Medical Registrar Grade in Gastroenterology and Pulmonary Medicine in London Hospitals after his MRCP. He has been a GP Partner in Chelmsford from 2003 and Clinical Lead in MECCG from 2012-14. He moved to Blandford in 2018. He is an approved Postgraduate trainer since 2006 and a GP Appraiser since 2012. He has been awarded Fellowship in 2019 by Royal College for his contribution to General Practice. He is currently a Board Member of the Essex Faculty of RCGP.
MRCOG, FWACS, MRCGP, FRACGP, PG Cert Med Ed (Cambridge), LLB (Hons) Dr Jessa qualified from the University of Ibadan 1984, where he specialised in Obstetrics and Gynaecology with West African College of Surgeons (FWACS) and Member Royal College of O&G (MRCOG). In 1999 he obtained Membership in General Practice (MRCGP) and worked as a GP trainer and Partner at Blandford Medical Centre until 2013 when he relocated to Australia for 5 years, working as GP Trainer and Conjoint Lecturer at Western Sydney University until his return to us in 2018.
MRCGP(UK), FRACGP(Australia), PGCME (UK), DFSRH(UK), DGM(UK), DCP(India), MBBS (India) Dr Maskara qualified from one of the best and prestigious medical schools in India and did his higher post graduate training in family medicine in Aberdeen, Scotland. With over 23 years clinical work experience in the UK (NHS), Australia (Medicare) and India, his areas of expertise are elderly care, chronic disease management and medical education. He is a GP Trainer, NHS GP appraiser and GP Specialist adviser (GP SpA) for Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Dr Knapman qualified in 1990 from London and joined the practice in May 2010 as a Salaried Doctor. She works at the practice during school term time only.
Practice Nurses are qualified, registered Nurses. They can help with most health issues such as family planning, healthy living advice, travel advice and run clinics for long-term health conditions such as asthma and diabetes, as well as minor ailment clinics. They also carry out cervical smears, baby immunisations, vaccinations and injections, dressings etc.
Health Care Assistants carry out tasks such as phlebotomy (drawing blood), blood pressure measurement, dressings and health checks. They may also act as a Chaperone when a patient or Doctor requests one.
IT & Admin Manager
Although not directly employed by the Doctors, the practice also has a team of District Nurses to look after patients in their homes. The District Nurses are based at the Teknicon Centre. Tel: 0300 003 2120.
The Health Visitors are also based at the Teknicon Centre.
Dispensary Project Manager
Joined Essex Ambulance Service front line emergency staff as an Emergency Medical Technician in 1996 and Qualified as Paramedic in 2000. Spent 23 years based at Braintree Ambulance station working on both ambulance and rapid response car, before joining the practice in April 2019.
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