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20th September 2021 update (including appointments and flu and covid booster vaccinations)

Covid-19 testing

Please remember that if you develop symptoms of Covid-19 you must get a PCR test at a testing centre.  The home kits should only be used if you do not have symptoms.  Please see https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/get-tested-for-coronavirus/ for details.

Access to the surgery and GP appointments

Letter from our doctors regarding access to appointments

Our doors are now open. Please do not enter if you have Covid-19 symptoms, have been told to isolate or are awaiting a test result.  If you do not have an appointment, please ring the bell and wait outside, please be patient.  If you have an appointment, please enter, sanitise your hands and proceed straight to reception.  Do not arrive early for your appointment due to limited space in the waiting room.  Please wear a mask.

If you have an urgent matter if possible please call before 10am and you will receive a call back from the duty doctor.  By calling before 10am it allows the doctors to manage their workload and for our team to process any medication necessary on the same day.  Thank you.

We are very aware that some patients would like to see their GP without a telephone call first.  The doctors would also prefer this and we hope to return to this as soon as possible.  The reintroduction of face to face appointments bookable directly by patients will be introduced gradually.  These appointments take longer due to the cleaning requirements so we must balance the overall number of appointments we can provide.  We must also control the number of patients in the waiting room in order to protect our vulnerable patients. Open Access will unfortunately have to remain as telephone appointments for now.  Please be assured that our GPs are seeing every patient that needs to be seen, (in June 2021 our GPs saw 433 patients face to face and made 1695 phone calls). Please be patient while we go through this period of adjustment.  Any abuse of our staff may lead to removal from our surgery and from our registered list. 

Flu and Covid booster vaccinations 

Flu eligibility 2021/22:  everyone over 50 years old (on 31/3/2022) and everyone classed as At-risk for influenza

Covid booster eligibility - for details please see: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-booster-vaccine/

Our flu vaccines deliveries have changed again and some are now due on 22 September.  Once they are at the surgery we will invite approx. 500 patients to attend on Saturday 25th September.  If you have been invited by letter to attend on Wednesday 29th September, please still keep that date if you can.

Covid boosters and flu vaccinations together.  These can now be given at the same time however the covid vaccinations still require 15 minutes observation so we are unable to do these during our walk-through flu clinics.  The booster can only be given 6 months after the second dose so many patients won't be able to have their booster yet.  For this reason we will go ahead with the flu clinics so that everyone is protected as soon as possible.  Covid booster clinics will continue until at least the end of this year.

All patients over 65 years or under 65 and At-risk will be invited first by letter or text to attend a flu vaccination clinic. All those aged 50 to 65 not otherwise at risk will be invited for flu vaccination when we have received our second delivery of vaccines in mid-October, we anticipate the clinic for this age group to be held on Saturday 23rd October.

Covid vaccination status (passport)

We are unable to issue vaccination status certificates at the practice.  Please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad for further information.

Proof of your vaccination status will be available on the NHSapp. The NHSapp can be downloaded from https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/nhs-app/id1388411277 for iPhone or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhs.online.nhsonline for android.

Alternatively you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine, the letter may to take up to 5 days to reach you.

 

Advice about Sick Notes / Fit Notes during Covid-19

If you need a medical certificate due to self-isolation, please do not call the surgery. Please visit https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note

Parents of school age children - Guidance for parents of school children showing Coronavirus symptoms 

Staying alert and safe - Easy Read information

Practice Policies

Confidentiality & Medical Records

Locked blue folderThe practice complies with data protection and access to medical records legislation. Identifiable information about you will be shared with others in the following circumstances:

  • To provide further medical treatment for you e.g. from district nurses and hospital services.
  • To help you get other services e.g. from the social work department. This requires your consent.
  • When we have a duty to others e.g. in child protection cases anonymised patient information will also be used at local and national level to help the Health Board and Government plan services e.g. for diabetic care.

If you do not wish anonymous information about you to be used in such a way, please let us know.

Reception and administration staff require access to your medical records in order to do their jobs. These members of staff are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the medical staff.

Freedom of Information

Information about the General Practioners and the practice required for disclosure under this act can be made available to the public. All requests for such information should be made to the practice manager.

Access to Records

In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and Access to Health Records Act, patients may request to see their medical records. Such requests should be made in writing. No information will be released without the patient's consent unless we are legally obliged to do so.

Complaints

Customer service formWe make every effort to give the best service possible to everyone who attends our practice.

However, we are aware that things can go wrong resulting in a patient feeling that they have a genuine cause for complaint. If this is so, we would wish for the matter to be settled as quickly, and as amicably, as possible.

To pursue a complaint please contact the practice manager who will deal with your concerns appropriately. Further written information is available regarding the complaints procedure from reception.

Complaints leaflet

Violence Policy

The NHS operate a zero tolerance policy with regard to violence and abuse and the practice has the right to remove violent patients from the list with immediate effect in order to safeguard practice staff, patients and other persons. Violence in this context includes actual or threatened physical violence or verbal abuse which leads to fear for a person’s safety. In this situation we will notify the patient in writing of their removal from the list and record in the patient’s medical records the fact of the removal and the circumstances leading to it.



 
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