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During this difficult and challenging time we are proud to continue to support our local population. Between 1st April and 9th September we have seen 7999 patients in f2f appointments due to clinical need, spoken to 8263 patients for telephone consultations and visited 589 housebound patients.

This is in addition to all the welfare calls to our patients aged over 70 and the regular calls to our shielding patients.

Flu Vaccination for 50-64 year olds

Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.

THANK YOU

On behalf of the practice team thank you to Mrs Cutting for sewing scrubs for our clinical team, to Mrs Carter, Mr and Mrs Gill and the Harrison family for the supplies of goodies and to the anonymous donor for the delivery from John Lewis.

I apologise if I have overlooked anyone. These are tough times for everyone and we have been overwhelmed by these gestures and your words of support.

Stay safe,
Helen Gunn, Practice Manager.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

IF YOU HAVE BEEN ASKED TO ATTEND THE SURGERY FOR A FACE TO FACE APPOINTMENT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU WEAR A FACECOVERING ON ENTERING THE BUILDING WHICH COVERS YOUR NOSE, MOUTH AND CHIN.

The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

Use this service if:

  • you think you might have coronavirus
  • in the last 14 days you've been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus – see coronavirus advice for travellers and a list of high risk countries on nhs.uk
  • you've been in close contact with someone with coronavirus

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.

Further information and details of how to self-isolate are available on www.nhs.uk.

In line with NHS England guidance, we are no longer accepting or sending faxes.

All telephone calls to and from the surgery will be recorded for training and patient safety purposes.

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Same day help for your poorly child

If your child has become unwell in the last few days and you would like urgent advice then please contact the surgery and we will arrange for a clinician to speak to you and if necessary to see your child, today - this could save you an unnecessary trip to A+E or a Walk-in Centre. Can we also make you aware of the Little Orange Book, which provides expert help for parents and carers on how to manage common problems in babies and small children – ask your GP for a copy.

USEFUL INFORMATION DURING CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

Dr Mark Dornan has recorded a helpful video outlining how to get healthcare during the coronavirus outbreak – included in the video:

  • How health and care services have had to adapt and we all need to use them differently
  • Why we need you to prioritise looking after your own health at this time
  • If you do need help, please don’t wait

The video is available on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/nRN5qICY6Xs

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