Non-urgent advice: Blood Bottle Shortage
There is a national shortage of blood bottles within the UK until further notice. This is affecting all UK GP practices and we are taking urgent steps alongside our hospitals to prioritize their use. This means we are currently taking appointments for URGENT blood tests only.
Non-urgent advice: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and national easing of restrictions
The pandemic is still ongoing and as such we need to ensure that the safety of our patients and staff is maintained. Patients who visit the practice may be vulnerable due to health issues, sickness and/or undergoing treatment so please continue to protect the NHS, yourself and others.
When visiting the practice, you will still be expected to wear a face mask and maintain social distance from others.
Reception is open for those attending appointments*.
Our waiting areas are open with reduced seating due to social distancing. For this reason, please arrive no more than 10 minutes prior to your appointment
*Please avoid visiting reception for general enquiries; a telephone call is our preference.
For Medical Advice/Appointments:
You cannot request a face to face GP appointment despite media coverage. All initial GP contact is through telephone triage or by completing an eConsult, which may result in you being asked to attend the surgery for a face-to-face appointment.
Please use eConsult for non-urgent medical queries and sick notes.
Routine GP telephone appointments are available but see below: please book in good time.
Our Nursing Team has resumed the majority of face to face nursing services.
Routine appointment capacity
Over the summer months we will have reduced staffing due to possible self-isolation and staff holidays; this will mean that routine capacity is reduced whilst we are managing urgent on the day demand.
Generally, the volume of calls, requests and emails has increased hugely due to the pandemic but our team strives to answer the telephone and respond to requests as soon as they can; we apologise to you in advance if this is taking longer during these difficult times.
We are grateful for your understanding and patience. We continue to adapt our services in line with guidance from Public Health England and our CCG regarding how we provide care.
Covid-19 and pregnancy – latest research findings
We are proactively encouraging pregnant women to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Public Health England reported last week that 51,724 pregnant women in England have received at least one dose of the vaccine. While this is encouraging to see, hundreds of thousands of pregnant women remain unvaccinated.
COVID-19 infection in pregnancy carries a significant risk of hospital admission and a higher risk of severe illness than for the non-pregnant population – especially so in the third trimester – and a higher risk of preterm birth.
Research published on 25 July by UKOSS1 suggests that the Delta variant is associated with an increased risk of severe illness among hospitalised pregnant women, compared with the Alpha and ‘wildtype’ variants of previous waves.
The research also shows that of 171 pregnant women admitted to hospital between 16 May and 11 July, none had been fully vaccinated.
If you have not had a vaccination or need to book your 2nd vaccine, please contact us
Non-urgent advice: Data Opt Out
Patients can choose to opt out of some (but not all) use of their confidential patient information, either with their GP Practice or at a national level.
The collection of GP Data for Planning and Research will now take place from 31st March 2022, giving more time to take feedback and then to communicate more widely with patients in a public conversation.
To find out more, see:
Non-urgent advice: Aged 18 years or older? Not had your Covid-19 Jab yet?
Contact us to book for your vaccination or simply click on the link we have sent to your Smartphone and choose a convenient time.
We are now booking second doses for eight weeks after the first dose. This is following advice from the JCVI, aimed at tackling rising cases of the COVID-19 B1.617.2 variant and ensuring people across the UK have the strongest possible protection from the virus at an earlier opportunity.
We are offering clinics throughout the week, including evenings and on weekends. Please contact us if you have not received a link and book in asap so we can get as many as possible in the local community vaccinated and start getting back to normal!
Out of Hours and Emergencies
111 is the NHS non-emergency number. It’s fast, easy and free. Call 111 and speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals. They will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you.
NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
In case of a life threatening emergency, please dial 999
Online services allow you to:
- book, check or cancel appointments with a GP, nurse or other healthcare professional
- order repeat prescriptions
- see parts of your health record, including information about medicines, vaccinations and test results
- see communications between your GP surgery and other services, such as hospitals
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