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If you have arrived back from China or other specified place within the last 14 days or had contact with somebody with Coronavirus and do you have any of these symptoms?

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath

If yes, please call NHS 111

The Government list of affected countries and places is:

  • Mainland China
  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Macau


Coronavirus Countries Affected

Dear Patients

The past few months have seen major changes in our surgery. As a result of the closure of Dr Majeed’s practice, more than 1000 new patients have joined The Nechells Practice. We welcome all our new patients and feel excited by the prospect of getting to know you and offer you the best NHS General Practice service that we can.

 The speed and size of the change brings several challenges. We must review all the records and medications of our new patients, and make sure these are correct for each person. At the same time we must continue to provide our outstanding level of care to our existing patients. This all adds pressure to our appointment system at a time when we are all aware of the general pressure on the NHS. The team are all working as hard as we can on this this. We are also recruiting new team members including administrative staff, nurses and doctors, which will help us to get things running smoothly in the longer term.

 We are optimistic about the future and confident that our services will soon be running smoothly. In the meantime we are grateful for your patience and cooperation as we get our team right and our processes sorted. Pleased be reassured that we are working as hard as possible to get things running smoothly as quickly as we can.

Best wishes,

The Nechells Practice Team

Nechells Message In Urdu

Nechells Message in Somali

Dovecote Surgery

Please be aware that Dovecote Surgery will be closed every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, if you require an appointment please call 0121 422 3111.

Nechells Community Garden Project

The Nechells Community Garden Project started as a “seed” of an idea (excuse the pun!) and grew and grew. We wanted a safe space where patients and staff can get a bit of exercise through gardening and enjoy the colour and calmness that a sensory garden can offer. The central courtyard  in the building was an unused, overgrown space that was in need of sprucing up.


First we did a coffee morning to raise funds for the project and managed to raise over £300 from the local community. Our local J Docter Pharmacy gave a contribution of £200 and Wing Yip Supermarket has given £500.


The Buildings Manager got us in touch with Groundworks Ltd, a charity that helps to develop new green spaces. A group of volunteers did the work over two afternoons in December, digging and cleaning and setting up planters.


Tesco’s at Springhill donated a Christmas Tree as our first “plant” in the garden. We hope to get a team of patients together to go shopping for some flowers to put in the planters in the new year.


Watch this space for further developments.

Please see before and after pictures.

Garden Project Before.

Garden Project After

Flu Vaccinations

Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.

But flu can be more severe in certain people, such as:

  • anyone aged 65 and over
  • pregnant women
  • children and adults with an underlying health condition (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease)
  • children and adults with weakened immune systems

Please contact the surgery on 0121 422 3111 to see if you are eligible for the flu vaccine.


Patients of Ridgacre Medical Centres can now see an NHS GP by video using LIVI. Get medical advice, prescriptions and referrals on the same day – even at weekends. The service is provided free on the NHS.
You can download the LIVI app to your mobile phone or tablet, at the App Store or Google Play. Or visit for more information.
LIVI GPs are all GMC-registered NHS GPS, who (with your consent) will be able to access your medical records and give you a considered, in-depth diagnosis based on your medical history.
Get the LIVI app here:

Modern Slavery Statement 

Ridgacre House Surgery Privacy-Statement

Nechells Surgery Privacy-Statement

Nechells Medical Practice – Dr Brinksman

We are currently accepting new patients, please visit our website or speak to one of the Practice team for further details

Summer 2019 News Letters 

Nechells Newsletter

Ridgacre Newsletter

Patient Survey

We recently surveyed approx 50 patients from each practice on a number of patient satisfaction questions. I have attached a summary of the results in spreadsheet form with the results of each practice reported on a separate tab. The questions mirrored those asked during the 2018 national survey. I am delighted to report that for the vast amount of questions our patients responded with satisfaction levels above the levels published in the 2018 Survey, above our local CCG average and above the national average. This is a testimony to the work of each and everyone within RMC. Please click on link below to see results.

Ridgacre Survey Results

Nechells Survey Results

Extended Access

Times are Changing

Evening and weekend appointments are available from mid-September. Appointments must be booked in advance through your own GP practice and are available with a range of clinicians including GPs, nurses and health care assistants.

For more information please download our leaflet here


Extended Access Ridgacre

Extended Access Nechells


Measles is in the West Midlands. Is your child protected?


Public Health England has confirmed that there is a continuing outbreak of measles in the West Midlands.

Since the 1st November 2017, 107 laboratory confirmed cases have been reported to the West Midlands Health Protection Team:  In order to reduce the number of susceptible people we are taking action and writing to all our patients who are eligible for MMR vaccine according to the national immunisation schedule:

  • First dose given at 12 months of age
  • Second dose given at three years and four months of age

In addition we urge parents of all children under 5 years of age with incomplete MMR immunisation to contact the surgery to arrange an appointment to have their child vaccinated.

Measles is at best a nasty, unpleasant infection; at worst it can cause permanent injury and even threaten life. If your child is not fully vaccinated they are at risk in this current outbreak. Please bring them for vaccination. Vaccination is safe and offers real protection. If you are nervous of the MMR vaccine for any reason you are very welcome to come and discuss this with any of our doctors and nurses.

Online Services 

Did you know you can book appointments and order prescriptions online. Please contact reception for a username and password. Appointments are released online at 8:15am every day.

Please note that if you do not use your account on a regular basis your access will be suspended for security reasons.


If you have a blood test at the surgery you can call the surgery 3 days after the test for the results. Please call reception after 3:00pm and they will be able to give you the results over the phone. Please note results are not available over the phone before 3:00pm.

 2019 CQC ratings at Ridgacre


CQC inspection 2019 at Ridgacre Medical Centres

Both of our practices (Ridgacre House Surgery and The Nechells Practice) were inspected for the second time by CQC in March 2019. Both have been rated as ‘Outstanding’ in the reports published in May 2019.
We are delighted about this. It means that not only have we retained our ‘Outstanding’ rating in Quinton, but have reached ‘Outstanding’ for the first time in Nechells, where our last inspection gave us ‘Good with Outstanding features’.
This represents a great deal of hard work and commitment from all of our team. Many thanks also to colleagues in Our Health Partnership, and in particular to our patient participation groups, who supported us so well during the inspection process. It is great to get this positive recognition from the CQC.
Most importantly of all it means we are putting ourselves in position to offer the best possible care to our patients, something that drives everything we do.
If you have a suggestion about how we can continue to improve our service, please let us know using our contact form [LINK] or by filling in a feedback form and putting it in our suggestions box in Reception.


Missed Appointments

During January 2020 806 failed to attend their doctors appointments across both practices. If you can no longer make your appointment, please call us and let us know so that the appointment can be given to someone else who needs it.  

Just a reminder that both Practice's have a Suggestion Box for you to put your comments or suggestions in.

Friends and Family Test

How likely are you to recommend us to your friends and family? Please answer this question by completing the Family & Friends Test available on the homepage.

Results for January 2020
Ridgacre Medical Centres  Results for January 2020
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Dr Brinksman & Partners The Nechells Practice Results for January 2020
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Charity Events 

We recently held some Macmillan Coffee Mornings  in line with our Flu clinics at both sites and raised £395.90. We would like to thank everyone who took part and helped with the event.

A Small team of staff recently completed the pretty Muddy 5k Obstacle course for breast cancer and raised £680.00 well done all.

Armed Service Veteran Friendly

The practice has recently been accredited as an armed service veteran Friendly practice.


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