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Flu Vaccine Update 20/11/2020

You will no doubt have heard in the media this morning, that those age 50-64 will be able to receive a flu vaccine from 1/12/20. General practices are learning this information at the same time as you. Practices are doing all they can to prepare and source vaccines and we will be in contact with patients as soon as we are able. In the meantime please do not contact your surgery about flu vaccines if you are in this group until you are asked to do so.

COVID- 19 Update November

We understand that with the announcement of a new lockdown there are going to be a number of patients concerned about the situation, especially those in very vulnerable risk groups and also those with children attending educational settings. The current government advice about high risk groups is available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november?fbclid=IwAR3yYduI5wOSppU1Tlw-YOkuKpJKnaHtPF3_fqTbIpG9Hxi0ETAvwAG1Vss#protecting-people-more-at-risk-from-coronavirus. Further publication is due on Monday, and the Government will be writing to affected patients. GPs at the surgery have no additional information  to the above  and are unable to help with requests for sick notes or other letters in such circumstances.

For people concerned about children attending educational settings; we understand and sympathise with the concerns around children attending school at this time, especially if a household has extremely vulnerable members. As a practice we are very sorry, but decisions about children attending school are not ours to make. We would suggest a discussion between the people involved and the school to decide on the best course of action.

The surgery is still open for telephone appointments and face to face where necessary. We ask that you are patient with our staff at this busy time and thank you for your continued support.

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

 

Initial access to the practice is now by telephone, please do not attend the surgery with any queries or appointments unless authorised by the practice. Please be patient with our admin staff at this busy time, we appreciate the phone lines can be busy but we are trying our best to keep our patients and staff as safe as possible.

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.

From Monday 15th of June in line with recent government guidelines all patients attending the practice will be required to wear a face mask or face covering. Thank you for your continued support.

We are constantly reviewing appointments being conducted by the practice alongside guidance from NHS England.

Online book has temporarily been suspended until further notice to allow all patients to be triaged over the phone. Our early morning surgeries have been suspended and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

GP Appointments

All GP appointments will initially be done by telephone. The GP can then either conduct a video consultation or bring you into surgery at an agreed time if necessary. We cannot specify a time for the doctor to contact you.

During this time to help us care for you the GPs may ask you to send a photo or discuss your appointment in a video consultation. To try and make this as easy as possible for all patients the doctor will text you a link, you can click on this secure link and it will allow you to text back and send a photo directly to the doctor. This photo can then be saved into your clinical records. Video consultations work in a similar way the doctor will send you a link when ready, by clicking on this it will take both you and the GP to a secure page to continue your consultation.

Nurse Appointments

During this time there will be a change to our nursing services to allow us to prioritise urgent work and minimise patient contact.

Nursing appointments still conducted face to face:

- Baby immunisations

- Prostap Injections

- Nebido

- Smears (clinicians to review if needed or postponed)

- INR

- Whooping Cough

- Pneumococcal Injections (in the at risk group)

- Dressings/Suture removals

- Urgent blood tests (clinicians to be reviewed)

Nursing appointments which will be done by telephone:

- Asthma

- COPD

- Diabetic Reviews

- HRT

Postponed Nurse appointments:

- Travel Immunisations

- CVD bloods & follow up

- BP reviews

- Annual checks (hypertension)

- Spirometry

- Learning Disability Reviews

 
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