As you will already be aware, NHS England are commencing a COVID 19 vaccination programme.
This programme will be carried out in phases, with the most elderly and vulnerable to be vaccinated first as a priority. The GP Federation will be responsible for vaccinating patients of Wickhambrook Surgery. Housebound patients will shortly receive a letter from the practice.
The Surgery wishes to ensure that its elderly and vulnerable patients are able to be vaccinated as soon as logistically possible.
We will provide further updates as and when we receive further information ourselves. We would be grateful if you would refrain from phoning or emailing the practice about this. This will ensure we can respond to phone calls from unwell patients in a timely manner. Thank you.
To keep our staff and patients safe we have introduced a door intercom service. As from 5th November the main door to the practice will be admittance/queries via intercom only. Please read the signage provided to guide you through this process.
Only one person to be in the lobby at a time (unless from same household). Please maintain social distancing outside whilst waiting to access the lobby. A face covering must be in place before entering the lobby.
The intercom is situated on the wall in the lobby. Once you have pressed the intercom button a member of staff will speak to you via the intercom (please be patient; they may be dealing with another task). You may use the intercom to announce your arrival for an appointment. If you are early for your appointment you may be asked to wait in your car, or outside, so please come prepared for adverse weather, ie with an umbrella/warm coat etc.
If you are collecting medication, please continue to queue at the dispensary window.
A member of staff will advise the Doctor/Nurse to come and walk you in at your appointment time. After your appointment the Doctor may escort you out via our staff door to maintain social distancing from people entering via the front door. There is a small step, so if you feel you will have difficulties negotiating the step please do tell the clinician.
We will continue to carry out child immunisations, smears, contraceptive services and injections for cancer patients. It is important to us to ensure that we continue to look after our staff and patients during this pandemic. If you have any medical concerns or feel unwell during this time it is essential that you contact the surgery. The doctors and nurses are continuing to triage and if necessary see patients during this time. They will be wearing full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when seeing patients.
COVID 19 INFORMATION
If you need to contact a GP, do not come to the surgery in person;
Visit the surgery website email@example.com or use e-consult on this site.
telephone the practice on 01440 820140
A phone or video call will be booked for you with a healthcare professional to suit your needs.
YOU WILL ONLY BE ASKED TO VISIT THE SURGERY IF DEEMED ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY
The surgery telephone lines are very busy at the moment and you may have to wait longer than usual to speak to someone.
If you have a child that has a medical condition or is unwell it is important that they get the correct treatment when they need it. We continue to provide the same safe care that we have always done. If you or your child needs urgent hel, and it is out of hours or an emergency either call 111 or go to your nearest A&E department or call 999.
Medication can still be collected from the practice but you will need to give your details via the intercom and you will be granted access subject to the rule of 6, or, a member of staff may bring your medication to the door for you.
We thank you in advance for your continued understanding and cooperation with these new procedures. We are working in unprecedented times and are very grateful to our fabulous patients for your support and uplifting messages. Thank you.
We ask for your further help as detailed below:
A combination of staff shortages and a significant increase in email queries and photos being sent by patients has put significant pressure on our administrative team. PLEASE HELP SUPPORT US BY NOT EMAILING PHOTOGRAPHS OR CLINICAL PROBLEMS IN without being asked to do so by a doctor.
Please also remember the email address for any dispensary queries is firstname.lastname@example.org
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 feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home;
your condition gets worse
your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 only if you cannot access online services.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
• Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Coronavirus: no need to stockpile medicines
Guidance from the Public Health department discourages medicines stockpiling related to coronavirus concerns as stockpiling can put a strain on the supply chain and exacerbate any potential shortages. Patients on repeat prescriptions should continue with their usual current repeat prescription durations, ie, a month's supply.
Suffolk Constabulary is issuing advice to combat unscrupulous individuals who look to exploit the vulnerable during the coronavirus outbreak.
The message is simple, if you have any doubts about the honesty of the person or offer of help, we urge you not to engage further – put the phone down or shut the door and report suspicious behaviour."
Vulnerable people will be most at risk so we ask that people protect themselves and we ask relatives and neighbours of the vulnerable to have a conversation with their loved ones or neighbours to stay alert and be wary of unsolicited offers of help.
If you feel in immediate danger call 999 or if you know someone is vulnerable and has been a victim of fraud, please contact Suffolk Constabulary on 101 or Action Fraud at Action Fraud Police or call 0300 123 2040
Dial 119 to contact the NHS coronavirus testing service. Please note; we do not have testing available at the surgery and neither do we have access to tests.
Covid-19 Volunteer Groups
COVID-19 Volunteer Groups - We are aware of several people in some of our practice area who are offering to help patients by delivering their medication to them if a patient absolutely does not have a carer/neighbour/family member to do so.
Please telephone our reception team if you require a contact number for one of the volunteers, or alternatively you could visit the Wickhambrook Parish Council website to view the details of the Wickhambrook Volunteer Coronavirus Support Group
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