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COVID-19 Update from CEO – Wednesday 13th May

An update on some important measures we are taking across GPS to protect services

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Coronavirus Information

Check online at gov.uk and at nhs.uk for the latest advice and information before attending the practice.

The increasing number of cases of Coronavirus in the UK is placing new and increasing challenges on our practice. Our primary concern at this time remains keeping our patients and our staff as safe as possible.  For that reason, we are putting in place some pre-emptive contingencies to reduce the possibility of spreading the virus.

Please do use the 111 online symptom-checker if you are concerned about Coronavirus and do not come down to any of our surgeries.  We ask for your cooperation in answering the reception teams' questions about your problem or health query so that they can help you in the most timely and appropriate way.

We are moving to a fully on the day, telephone-first system for all GP appointments, whereby a Clinician will call you and either your problem will be managed on the phone or a same day face to face appointment will be arranged.  It will not be possible to book a face to face appointment for a later date and we have suspended online booking for the time being.  For prescription requests and dropping in letters, please use the boxes provided at the doors to the surgery buildings. When dropping in a prescription, please write your usual Pharmacy on your request and your medication will be available for collection directly from them within 72 hours (we will send your prescription to them so that you do not need to collect it).  We are trying to limit the number of people entering the surgery in order to try to protect you and your families and our team, so that we can continue to provide high standards of patient care.

We would like to reassure you that we are continually refining our plans for this outbreak and are working hard to minimise the impact on our services.  We thank you for your understanding and help.

A Fond Farewell

Dr Janet Barraclough has been with us since 1998 and continued to work at Village Surgery when we merged our practices into GPS Healthcare, she is a fond favourite with all at the surgery.

Dr Andrew Waddell, a Partner at Park Surgery has been taking care of patient and staff welfare alike, always with a smile.

Dr Suma Banvathi, Partner also at Park Surgery having served for 11 years within GPS Healthcare, she decided it was time to spend more time with her family.

They are all thought of very fondly by the team and their patients and have worked hard to ensure that the standard of patient care is at its best. They will be very missed and we wish them all the best for the  future and a well deserved rest!

 

Flu Season


We are rapidly approaching flu season, if you are 65 and over, or in one of the 'At Risk' groups we have ordered your vaccine and will be receiving them in the near future.

We will be sending text messages to invite you to book an appointment for your flu vaccine.

Annual health checks


GPS is trying to coordinate annual health checks for conditions such as diabetes, asthma or COPD to be held in your birthday month. If you can bear with us as it may mean your review is slightly later or earlier than last year while we move to this system.

General Data Protection Regulations


In line with the new General Data Protection Regulations (May 2018) we have updated the site with a privacy notice for patients. Please go to the policy section of About Us or contact the practice for further details.

 

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