++ IMPORTANT INFORMATION ++
Due to some of our staff being involved in the COVID-19 Vaccination program, our appointment availability may be limited at times.
Thank you for your understanding.
Think NHS 111 first this Easter
If you need urgent care, think 111 first this Easter. NHS 111 will help you be seen quickly and safely by a suitable service, including A&E if appropriate. Visit nhs.uk/111 or call 111 #Think111first
Pharmacies can help with minor illnesses such as coughs and aches and pains, they can also help you get the care you need if symptoms suggest something more serious.
Please don’t go to your local pharmacy if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 – visit 111.nhs.uk. In common with the rest of the healthcare system, pharmacies are currently under huge pressure, working round the clock to make sure customer get the medicines they need, so please be patient if you are required to wait and please observe social distancing guidance.
COVID VACCINATION PROGRAM
We are working with other local practices within our Primary Care Network to deliver COVID-19 Vaccinations. This means when you are offered an appointment for the vaccine you may be asked to go to another surgery to have this done.
The government have given clear instructions on cohorts of patients and their priority. Therefore please do not contact the surgery to enquire about the vaccine - you will be contacted when the government are ready for your age group.
Our primary care network is now focused on providing 2nd dose vaccines to Cohorts 1-9 which is patients aged over 50 and individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality.
If you are in one of the above cohorts and have not had your first dose of the COVID Vaccine you will now need to book at the large vaccination centres or participating pharmacies by calling 119 or visiting www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination.
Please note that vaccine deliveries in April will be limited so there will be limited appointments at these centres during April.
Eligibility criteria are determined by NHS England and we do not have any discretion to invite patients outside this. Please do not contact the surgery to ask if you can be considered for early vaccination as this is not something about which we have any discretion. If you have not been invited yet you will be invited at the appropriate time depending on your level of risk and availability of the vaccine, the full roll-out of the vaccine is likely to take many months.
We have created a COVID Vaccination FAQ here
If you would like further information on why you will need to wait for your vaccine, please click here. If you would like to know more about the vaccine, please click the links for information about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Thank you for your understanding.
2020 Flu Campaign
We have now organised our annual Saturday flu clinics. Once again, there are two vaccines; the Fluad vaccine for our patients aged 65 and over and the Quadrivalent vaccine for patients in a recognised 'At Risk' Group. If you are eligible for a free flu vaccine, you will be receiving a letter or text from us inviting you to one of our Saturday clinics in September and October.
Our next clinics will be for Over 65s and our 'At Risk' patients on the 17th and 31st October but please do not book these until you have received your invitation letter.
As we expect demand to be high for this year's flu vaccine, we will be giving patient an actual 2 minute appointment and we MUST insist that you adhere to the date and time and your appointment. PLEASE DON'T COME AT ANY OTHER TIME as we won't be able to see you. Please also be aware of the following points:
- Do not attend if you have any symptoms of Coronavirus (high temperature/persistent new cough/loss of senses of smell and taste) on the day of your appointment.
- Only the person being vaccinated is to come inside the surgery (unless a carer is required to help).
- Observe the social distancing markers around the surgery.
- Please WEAR A FACE MASK or COVERING.
- Dress appropriately with minimum outer garments so you can easily expose your upper arm to the nurse.
- Your temperature will be taken before entering the surgery and hand sanitizer must be used before entering and on exiting the surgery.
- As time is limited, please refrain from discussing non-related medical issues with the nursing team.
- Please let the reception team know if you have mobility problems so we can book you in for a longer appointment.
- Prepare for inclement weather and if driving, stay in your car until a space in the queue becoming available.
- Bournemouth University have kindly allowed patients to use their car park in Cutler Road (Car Park H) which is behind the surgery off Gillett Road as an overflow car park. This will involve a short walk to the surgery.
We have tried to organise this year's flu campaign in line with Coronavirus restrictions in order to protect our patients and staff so please be patient with us if things are somewhat different from previous years.
TO BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT, PLEASE CALL OUR RECEPTION TEAM ON 01202 525252 (preferably after 2.00 pm please).
Flu Vaccination for Patients aged 50-64 years old
Whilst we've received information that all 50-64 year olds may be eligible for a free flu vaccination as part of plans to protect more people against seasonal flu, these free vaccinations will be subject to delivery later in the year. This allows us (GPs and Community Pharmacists) to focus on those who are in an at risk group, such as pregnant women and people with long term health conditions. They will be given priority and offered the vaccine first. If you are aged 50-64 and not in one of the at risk groups, you will be made aware in the coming months if you will be able to attend for vaccination. If the programme is extended, this is likely to be in November or December.
The Practice has a COVID information page here where you can find the latest information and advice.
New Entry System
We have set up our new entry system for patients attending the Doctors' Surgery for pre-arranged appointments.
You will now find an intercom system in place to the right of our outer doors which connects you easily to our reception team. On arrival, just wave your hand over the 'hand' symbol and a receptionist will greet you. If you have an appointment, she will inform your doctor or nurse of your arrival and open the door for you to sit in the waiting room (if there is room). Your doctor or nurse will then call you in and take your temperature.
We now have space for 7 patients to socially distance and sit inside. As space is limited, please can ONLY the patient enter the surgery unless it is essential that you have a carer help you.
Please remember not to attend the surgery if you have any symptoms of Coronavirus (high temperature, persistent cough, loss of smell/taste) and to contact NHS 111. Please wear a face mask/covering when at the surgery.
The NHS is now moving into the next phase of 'reset and recovery' and we are starting to resume normal procedures/treatments. We would therefore like to give you an update on what's happening now and in the future.
1. For the time being, we will continue to keep the doors to the GP surgery closed in order to protect our patients and staff.
2. We will only be able to offer telephone appointments for the time being; from this your GP will assess your needs and if a face to face appointment is required. Remember, we do have our e-Consult service which is proving to be a very popular online service. See the banner at the top of our website for further details.
3. When attending for a booked appointment, please use our new intercom system to inform reception of your arrival (see above).
4. Please wear a mask or face covering when attending for your appointment; a home made cover or scarf is acceptable. Unfortunately we cannot provide you with a mask due to the difficulty in acquiring PPE for our own staff.
5. Always observe social distancing when waiting to come into the surgery and maintain a distance of 2m (6 ft) from other people.
6. Attend for your appointment as close to the appointment time as possible in order to avoid too many people gathering at one time. Our clinicians will try and keep to time as best them can.
7. It is vitally important that all child and adult immunisations are continued. Please book these as normal. For further advice on Immunisations during the pandemic, please click on this link:
NHS Immunisations FAQs
8. We are continuing with cervical smears and it is very important that ladies receiving an invitation should not hesitate to book an appointment with us. WE ARE AWARE OF A SCAM WHERE WOMEN ARE BEING CONTACTED BY TEXT ADVISING THEM THAT THEY ARE OVERDUE A SMEAR TEST. THEY ARE THEN ASKED TO CALL A MOBILE NUMBER AND PROVIDE PERSONAL DETAILS. PLEASE DO NOT RING THIS NUMBER.
9. Please can patients nominate a pharmacy if they need drugs etc. This will enable your GP to send your prescription electronically so you can collect your medication directly from the pharmacy. See our 'Electronic Prescribing Service' article below.
We will continue to keep our patients up to date as much as we can in this rapidly changing situation and appreciate your patience.
We do appreciate that this is an incredibly difficult and worrying time for everyone, and our staff have worked very hard to treat patients as best they can under strict constraints. If anyone has any problem with the service we provide, please let us know as soon as possible and we will try to address any issues.
However, we will not accept any form of threatening behaviour or language and should this continue, the GP Partners will not hesitate to summon the police if necessary and remove abusive patients from our list.
Diabetes Advice Helpline
NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched a new Diabetes Advice helpline to support people living with insulin-treated diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The helpline offers clinical advice for people who cannot access their usual care teams due to local service disruption.
For further details, please click on this link:
NHS Diabetes Advice Helpline
From 20th May, the Government announced that everyone is now OPTED IN for organ donation and will need to OPT OUT should they not want to donate. If you do wish to opt out, please contact the Organ Donation Service on 0300 303 2094 or obtain further details from their website www.organdonation.nhs.uk.
Please see the poster below for advice on seeking help with Domestic Abuse:
Domestic Abuse Advice
The Electronic Prescribing Service
This spring, the next stage of the Electronic Prescribing Service (EPS) was introduced by the NHS. This means that we will now be sending virtually ALL prescriptions via the EPS. This will mean that your GP or Nurse Practitioner will forward your prescription electronically to your nominated pharmacy or for those without one, your GP will give you a 'token' prescription that you can present to any pharmacy of your choice who will then download your medication from a secure data cloud. Please remember that the Pharmacist may not have your medication available, so please allow two working days to collect it.
Further details are available in the information sheet below. If you decide you would like to use this service, please print off and complete a 'Pharmacy Nomination Form' shown below and bring it to reception with some photographic ID as soon as possible so we can up date your details.
EPS Pharmacy Nomination Form
EPS Information Sheet
Pharmacies Local to the Village Surgery
Please see our article on vaccines for foreign travel and how we can help you. However please remember - patients who intend to travel abroad are required to phone through the surgery 5-7 days after you have submitted your travel form to find out exactly which travel vaccinations they require in advance of their appointment.
Update your Contact Details
You can update your contact details securely online. Click here to update your details
On Line Service - SystmOnline
We are very pleased to announce that our internet service called ’SystmOnline’ has been very popular with our patients. It is a very easy to use website which enables you to:
View existing appointments
Book a 10 minute doctor's appointment over the next four weeks (currently suspended during the pandemic).
Cancel an appointment.
View your medication.
Request repeat medication.
Change your contact details.
View your Summary Care Record
Review your detailed recorded medical record.
The Summary Care Record details the allergies and sensitivities, acute medications issued in the last 12 months and current and past repeat medications. Please see our 'Latest News' section for further details and how you can register for this service.
To view your summary care record online Click Here
Review your detailed recorded medical record
You now have the facility to review your detailed recorded medical record. However, requests for this service must be assessed by your usual GP to ensure that there is nothing in your record that your GP considers may be harmful to your wellbeing. This may take up to 10 working days.
(Site updated 07/04/2021)