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BACT - TRANSPORT -Volunteer Drivers Needed

(17 January 2019)

BACT provides transport to those living in the Waveney district of Suffolk and the South Eastern area of South Norfolk for whom public transport is not easily available. Transport is provided by volunteer drivers who use their own vehicles. 

If you are interested in helping the community by becoming a volunteer driver and like further information, please telephone 01986 896896, Thank you.


( 6 December 2018)

We are under immense pressure from N.H.S. England to advise patients to buy over the counter medicines when needed as opposed to expecting a prescription from your doctor. Several medications such as simple pain killers, cough and cold remedies, treatment for constipation and upset stomachs can be purchased over the counter. What may cost you a few pence could cost the N.H.S a few pounds. Please support this recommendation.

For further information please copy and paste the link below:-


( 30 November 2018)

Please remember to order your medication in advance and to allow at least four to five working days for processing to prevent running out over the festive period.  Late requests for medication may result in a delay.Please note there is not the need to order in excess.  We thank you for your cooperation.


(24 October 2018)

Annually we conduct an anonymised patient satisfaction survey to ensure we maintain a high standard in delivering this service.  We recently completed a survey and have been delighted with the response.  97% of patients who received microsuction were very satisfied. All patients felt that they had been treated with dignity and respect and would recommend the service. We thank all those patients who completed a questionnaire providing us with feedback of their experience and comments.

Minor Eye Condition Service

(3 October 2018)

The Minor Eye Condition Service is a service provided by a number of local opticians to assess and treat problems with your eyes - such as sore eyes, dry eyes, foreign body in the eye or visual disturbance.

Before making an appointment with your GP, please contact one of the registered local opticians. Not all opticians offer a service every day however, they will be able to find you an alternative optician nearby.  This is a FREE N.H.S. service . For more information please click to download the information leaflet.  Thank you.

Mobile Phone Numbers:

(19 September 2018)

If you wish to receive appointment confirmation/reminders and healthcare related reminders please inform reception of your mobile phone number.  At the same time you will be asked for signed consent to enable the Practice to use mobile text messaging. 

Please note when cancelling appointments using your mobile phone please type the word CANCEL only. We are unable to action any additional text submitted.

Please remember to inform the Practice if you change your mobile phone number.  Thank you.

Aural Microsuction

(19 September 2018)

The Practice has been providing aural microsuction under the N.H.S. for the past eight years. This saves patient referral to the acute hospitals.  The service is easy to access and we can usually offer an appointment within one or two weeks or sooner if your G.P. indicates.  We are pleased to be able to offer this service to patients registered with a Practice in the South Norfolk area. Please ask your G.P. for a referral.

If you are not registered with a G.P. in the South Norfolk area but are interested in accessing the service, please telephone the Practice - o1508 520222 to obtain further information. Thank you.

Important Notice

(14 September 2018)

You may have received correspondence from a company called Pharmacy2U.  They are an online Independent Pharmacy.

As a Practice we feel it is importance to ensure that our patients are aware that Pharmacy 2U is a commercial and not an NHS organisation.  It has no connections with our Medical Practice or Dispensary.

For patients who choose to sign up to a service offered by an online Pharmacy, any problems with the ordering, dispensing and delivery of their medication must be resolved directly with the company.

Important Notice

( 11 September 2018)

Please note the Practice will be closed for staff training on  Thursday 15th November 2018 between 12 noon and 3.15pm.  Should you require URGENT medical attention please telephone 01603 481253.  We apologise for any inconvenience.

New Patient Messaging Service

(22 August 2018)

The Practice will be using a new text messaging service to confirm appointments, send reminders and give patients the option to cancel an appointment using their mobile phone. In addition, we will be using the text messaging service for other reasons to benefit  patients in providing healthcare services.

New Practice Staff

(15 August 2018)

We welcome to the Practice team three new members of staff.  Julie Lawrence who joins the reception/admin team, Rachael Baker and Emma Dunthorne who have joined the dispensary team.  All will be a welcomed asset to the day-to-day running of the Practice in delivery a high standard of care and service.  

Voluntary Norfolk

(23 July 2018)

Voluntary Norfolk is an organisation supporting individuals in the Community who have become socially isolated.  If you could spare an hour each week or even fortnightly to visit someone in your area to offer a listening ear, support and valued companionship, please contact the local co-ordinator:-

Karl Hills on : 07551 704 246

Two references and a disclosure and baring check  (DBS) which is free of charge will be required.  Training will be provided. Thank you.

Annual Diabetic Eye Screening


If you are a Diabetic patient registered with the Practice, you will shortly receive an invitation letter with a Date and Time  to attend the Chet Valley Medical Practice for eye screening.

This letter will be from the Diabetes Eye Screening Service.

PLEASE make every effort to attend. If you are unable to attend, please refer to the letter for contact details of whom to inform.  The appointment can then be allocated to another patient.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Microsuction Service ( Feedback)

(26 June 2018)

If you have benefitted from the microsuction service we provide here at the Practice and would like to provide feedback, please visit the NHS choices website.

  • Enter The Practice postcode - NR14 6QH
  • Select Dr Barrie and Partners
  • Click on the yellow tab ' Leave Review'

Thank you.

On Line Access - Booking Appointments

(14 June 2018)

Following a technical problem with the on line booking of appointments we are pleased to inform this service has now been restored. 

We are in the process of producing a new style newsletter


Loddon Gym - Jubilee Hall Loddon - NR14 6NB


Loddon Community Gym is a well-equipped not-for-profit gym which provides sessions three times a week, whether it is for high performance workouts, gentle fitness or rehabilitation exercise. Sessions are held  Mondays - 1.30 - 6pm, Tuesdays - 4.30 - 8.30 pm and Fridays 10.00 - 1pm with the exception of Public holidays.  There is an annual membership of £18 and each session costs just £4.50.

Prescription Fees


From 1 April 2018 the prescription charge increased to £8.80 for each item or appliance dispensed.

Global Diagnostics NHS X-Ray Service

(Added 25 January 2018)

Patients for whom the GP has recommended an NHS x-ray will be given the option for referral to the Global Clinic, Watton Road, Norwich. The service will provide:- Rapid access to appointments - Monday - Friday 8.30 am - 8 pm, reports back to the GP usually within 48 hours and ample parking.  A GP referral is required. Patients will be allocated an appointment by Global.

Carers Matter Norfolk

(Added 8 January 2018)

Could you spare a couple of hours a week to befriend or support an unpaid carer – someone caring for a family member, friend or neighbour, who without their support, would be unable to cope? This could involve visiting a carer in their home or at a local café or community venue, providing listening support or helping them  to attend a local group or social activity.  If so, Carers Matter Norfolk, the new local publicly funded free support service for unpaid carers would like to hear from you. We can offer full training and support and will pay expenses to volunteers. All volunteer applications are subject to a satisfactory DBS check. Please contact Kevin Vaughan, Service Manager on 01603 883812 / 07384 257530 or

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