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Flu Update 2020 - watch this space for forthcoming flu clinics.

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.

Flu vaccination leaflet- who should have it this winter and why - in different languages. Please click on link:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/flu-vaccination-who-should-have-it-this-winter-and-why

CORONAVIRUS - We are open!

Please note that the surgery is open, and we are here for you. It is important that you seek medical advice for any health related issues if you have worrying symptoms that may require treatment and we advise that you continue to contact the surgery to enable us to assess you.  Routine childhood immunisations are being done at the surgery and if your child is due for these, please make an appointment. Precautions have been put into place to ensure the safety of patients and staff at the surgery during COVID, and these will be explained to you when you call for an appointment or visit the surgery.  Further information about COVID can be found below.

Link to coronavirus guidance in different languages: https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/ 

Patient guidance on self isolation and social distancing for Covid 19 - please follow link:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Symptoms and what to do:

Self isolate for 10 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • notice a change to or have a loss of smell
  • notice a change to or have a loss of taste

If anyone in your household has these symptoms, you must self isolate for 14 days.

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home, stay alert.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

Changes to Electronic prescriptions from 7th September 2020

Most prescriptions are now signed, sent and processed electronically.

You have 2 choices for how this works.

    • You can choose a pharmacy or dispenser to dispense all your prescriptions. When you get a prescription, it will be sent electronically to the dispenser you have chosen. You can collect your medicines or appliances without having to hand in a paper prescription.
    • You can decide each time you are issued a prescription where you would like it to be dispensed. When you are issued a prescription, you will be given a paper copy that you can take to any pharmacy or other dispenser in England. The paper copy will contain a unique barcode that will be scanned to download your prescription from the secure NHS database

Paper prescriptions will continue to be available in special circumstances, but almost all prescriptions will be processed electronically.

Choosing a pharmacy or other dispenser

If you get regular prescriptions or are already using a prescription collection service (where a pharmacy collects prescriptions from your GP practice for you) then choosing a pharmacy to dispense all your prescriptions may save you time by avoiding unnecessary trips to your GP.

You will still order your repeat prescriptions in the same way as you do now, but your prescriptions will be sent electronically to the pharmacy or dispenser of your choice.

You will not have to collect a paper repeat prescription from your GP practice.

Cancelling or changing your choice of pharmacist or dispenser

You can change or cancel your choice of dispenser at any time. Simply speak to your GP or pharmacist before you order your next prescription.

You should allow time for the update to take place to avoid your next prescription being sent to the wrong place.

What can I do if I'm unhappy with the process?

You should be provided with information about electronic prescriptions and give your consent before your choice of dispenser is recorded.

If you'are unhappy with your experience, you can complain to the dispenser or your GP practice.

 
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