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We are opening on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Do not come to the practice without telephoning us first on 01260 275454. Thank you. See News for COVID-19 information

COVID-19 Information

Important information about coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you live alone and have either a high temperature or a new continuous cough, do not leave your home for 7 days. If you live with other people, keep everyone at home for 14 days. To check if you need medical help, use the 111 coronavirus service. Only call 111 if you cannot get help online. DO NOT go to your GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.

 

 

Isolation note request  
You should not contact your GP if you need to self-isolate and think that you require proof for your employer.
People unable to work for more than seven days because of coronavirus (COVID-19) can obtain an isolation note through a new online service.
The isolation note service can be accessed via the 111 online coronavirus service or NHS.UK/coronavirus as well as via the NHS app.

 

Rescue Packs 
There has been some incorrect information about Asthma and COPD rescue packs on social media recently. These packs are only for bacterial infections which Coronavirus is not (it is a virus). If you don’t normally have an Asthma or COPD rescue pack you should not contact your GP practice to order one.

Repeat Prescriptions
There is no concern regarding medicines supplies and your practice will continue to issue prescriptions for routine medications as usual. Please order your medicines using online services or Apps wherever possible (e.g. Patient Online Access or NHS App). Please order your repeat when you have a 7 to 10 day supply of medicines left.
 
Practices will routinely send prescriptions electronically to pharmacies to dispense, so you or your representative can collect the dispensed items from the pharmacy in most cases. Many practices are also moving some patients on to repeat dispensing for a period of several months, which will mean instead of you having to request a repeat prescription from your GP practice each month it will be available in the pharmacy for you on a monthly basis.
 
Pharmacies are working hard with the NHS and volunteers to support patients who need their medicines to be delivered to their homes. Please speak with your pharmacist if you have difficulty arranging for your dispensed items to be collected by a family member, friend or neighbour and you haven’t previously needed a pharmacy delivery service.

Vulnerable individuals
The NHS in England is currently writing to individuals that it has identified as being at particularly high risk of contracting Coronavirus due to underlying health conditions, outlining what steps they should take and why.
 
You do not need to contact your GP practice if you think you are at particularly high risk but haven’t yet received a letter. We will contact you if we need to.

 

GP changes

RETIRING GP PARTNERS

Dr Hesketh left the practice and the end of November 2019.  Dr Fray and Dr Caroline Taylor will be retiring from the practice at the end of March 2020.

 

NEW GP PARTNERS

Dr Paul Bishop joined the practice at the beginning of December and Dr Jo Hammersley will be joining us in early May 2020. 

Triage (Referral Assessment) for musculoskeletal services

To improve access to services for people with conditions affecting the muscles and skeleton, we have established a triage and clinical assessment service to which you can REFER YOURSELF without having a GP appointment first.  For more details please select the link below:-

 

click here

Your Named GP

Practices are required to inform all patients of their named accountable GP.

 

You can find out who this is by asking our reception staff.

 

You can still choose to see any doctor at the surgery and having a named GP does not affect this.

 

 

 

 

 

Patient Access is a new online facility to enable patients to access their medical record and order repeat prescriptions onlline. For full details of how to use this please see the page titled 'Patient Access'.


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