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Flu Update October

Please find attached information regarding this years flu vaccines. At the moment we are not vaccinating 50-64 year olds unless you are in an at risk group. We will contact you when we have had further information regarding this vaccine as soon as we here from NHSE.

Flu Vaccine Information

End of Life Care - Patient Survey October 2020

The Joined Up Care Derbyshire Strategy are asking for feedback from end of life patients, their families and carers regarding their end of life care. We appreciate if you could follow the link, all feedback will be anonymous: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Z9BL8ZP

21.09.2020 COVID Testing information for patients

 

At a glance

 

Supply for COVID-19 tests is not currently meeting demand.  There are things you can do to help:

 

·         Only book a test if you or someone you care for has specific symptoms of COVID-19

·         To book a test(s) please go to https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus or phone 119

·         DO NOT phone NHS 111, your GP surgery or visit your Emergency Department, as they have no access to tests

·         Testing centres are not walk-in – you will need an appointment and cannot be tested without one

·         If you can’t get a test immediately or near to you keep trying the website address as more tests are added throughout the course of each day and you will often find that you can book a test quickly by trying again

 

The aim is to get your test results within 48 hours. However, if you have been awaiting your results for longer than five days and want to ask when you should receive them please contact the Coronavirus testing helpline: 0300 303 2713

 

Flu vaccines 2020: We are now taking bookings for flu injections. If you are eligible please telephone the surgery to book into one of our flu clinics. If you do not wish to have the vaccine please could you still contact to let us know so we can take you off our list.

Please be aware that our flu clinics will run slightly differently this year to ensure social distancing is maintained. You may be asked to wait outside or in your car. You will be required to wear a mask unless you are exempt. Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing to ensure the vaccine can be given to you ask quick as possible. A one way system will be in operation at the practice. You will be asked to stand to have the vaccine unless you are unable.

Thank you all for your continued cooperation.

 

We are unable to produce any letters for patients regarding exemptions to wearing a face covering. Please follow the clearly defined government guidelines. Face coverings on Public Transport, Shops and Supermarkets

From 17th July due to an increase in demand if you need to speak to a doctor please call before 11.00am. After this time we will only be able to deal with calls of an urgent clinical need. We are still operating a telephone triage service so please only attend the practice if you have an agreed booked appointment.

Test Results

To obtain your test results please telephone the surgery on 01246 220166 between 14:30 and 16:30 Monday to Friday.

For patient confidentiality results will only be relayed to the person who has taken the test unless prior consent has been given. If you require further detailed information about the test result then you will be advised to speak to a doctor as the administration team are not clinically qualified.

Cervical Screening (Smear) Results Turn Around Time - 1ST August 2018

Please be advised, at the time of taking your sample, it will take longer than the quoted 2 weeks for the result letter to arrive. This is due to sustained high levels of demand on a national screening programme that has insufficient screening capacity, and many labs across the country now have backlogs. Most areas do not currently meet the 14 day turnaround time target which is quoted on the national invitation for screening.

The lack of screening capacity is due to the fact, the cervical screening programme is in transition from cytology screening to HPV primary screening in 2019, when the number of labs is to be reduced from the existing 50 down to a maximum of 13. Many laboratories are consequently struggling to retain existing screening staff and to recruit qualified screening staff because of the uncertain future for these staff groups.

The Derby lab that we use however was given permission to implement primary HPV screening in Derbyshire ahead of national roll-out in 2019, as mitigation for the backlog. This started on 1st June but we will not see the full benefit of this for a few more weeks yet.

 
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