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If you have travelled from China or have been in contact with someone confirmed as having Coronavirus in the last two weeks, you may be at risk of Coronavirus. Please do NOT come to the surgery or leave the house. Instead, ring 111 if:


You have been in China in the last 14 days and develop cough, fever or shortness of breath; or you have been in Wuhan or Hubei Province in the last 14 days or have been in contact with someone confirmed as having Coronavirus, even if you feel well


 


 



 


 

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Novel Coronavirus

Information for patients

It is recommended that all travellers who develop relevant symptoms (including a runny nose, sore throat, cough, and fever), however mild, within 14 days of coming back from -

  • mainland China
  • Japan

  • Republic of Korea

  • Hong Kong

  • Taiwan

  • Singapore

  • Malaysia

  • Macau

    self-isolate at home immediately and call 111

 

Travellers from Wuhan and Hubei provinces (mainland China) should self-isolate for 14 days, even if you do not have any symptoms, due to the increased risk from these areas.

If you have symptoms:

DO NOT come into the surgery

DO NOT attend A&E

Call 111

Issues with quality of the phone lines

We are aware of a recurring problem, especially at busy times. We are sorry this keeps happening, but the telephone system provider is looking into this problem with some urgency.

Martin

Business Manager

School aged children and the Flu Vaccine

Dates for school clinics

Please click on the following for more information

Be a flu fighter posterFlu vaccine and children

School Clinic Dates School children catch up clinics

 

IMPORTANT

Information for patients

 

Regarding non-NHS repeat prescription services

 

We are aware that repeat prescription services that are not legitimate NHS services are currently being advertised.

 

Be cautious if an individual offers to pick up your prescription for you at a cost.

 

Anyone signing up to this service should be aware that it is not endorsed by, or aligned to any NHS organisation. Patients will be signing up to a private contractual agreement between themselves and the individual providing the service.

 

We would strongly advise any patient thinking of signing up to this service to ensure that they consider whether it complies with Data Protection Act (DPA) and General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) in relation to how their information will be stored and processed.

 

Any advertisement for a legitimate NHS service offering repeat prescription service will display the NHS logo and the contact details of the organisation(s) providing this. 

 

If you have any questions or concerns about a service that you have seen advertised in your local area, please speak to the Business Manager (Martin) who will forward on your question or concern.

 

 

The Medicines Optimisation Team

DDES and ND CCGs

August 2019

 

 

Prescription Telephone Line

Is open between 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Extended Access Service

 

There is an extended access service, running Monday to Friday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday.

Both GP and Nurse or Health Care Assistant appointments are available.

This is an extension of the GP service that runs as normal throughout the day, and is aimed firstly for those people who, for example, work and find it difficult to get to see a GP or Nurse or Health Care Assistant during the day.

This poster offers more information:

Extended Access Service

Information about our appointments system and prescription

Appointments

Ring our main appointments number on (0191) 371 0232 using option 2 to book an appointment: the line is open from 8.00 am to 3:00 pm.

 

Urgent appointments

Is one where you have contact with a GP within 24 hours (we cannot guarantee that you will be matched to the GP of your choice, but we will try to)

 

Routine appointments

  • With any GP is an appointment within 2 weeks
  • With the GP of your choice is an appointment within 4 weeks

 

Our Reception staff has been trained to ask questions to help direct you to the most appropriate appointment / GP / Nurse: PLEASE take the view that they are there to help, and are not asking questions for no reason at all.

 

We offer:

  • Early morning appointments (before 8 am) on a weekly basis: days can vary occasionally so ask at Reception for details.
  • Late evening appointments every Monday (last GP appointment 8:20 pm).

You can book an appointment on-line via our website: please ask a Receptionist for details as to how to do this.

You can help us by:

  • Being on time for your appointment
  • Letting us know if you need to cancel
  • Calling for a home visit or urgent appointment before 10 am
  • Ringing for a repeat prescription between 9.00 am and 3.00 pm
  • Ringing for the results of tests between 10.00 am and 6.00 pm

Prescriptions

Repeat prescriptions   

  • Please ask at reception if you would like to start ordering via email or nominating a pharmacy you would prefer to have your prescription forwarded to electronically.
  • You can also order on line, call in and ask at reception, or you can post or fax your request to us. Your prescription will be available for you to pick up after 2 working days.
  • If you take medication on a long-term basis, you can ask for a repeat prescription by ringing the prescriptions telephone line on (0191) 371 0232 you should ring between 1.00 pm and 3.00 pm using option 3.

Use of antibiotics

Please see this poster:

Antibiotics usage poster

Wi-Fi available to patients

Please see the attached poster as to how to access Wi-Fi in the waiting room.

WiFi available in the surgery

Eligibility for help with NHS Costs

Patients are required to make a payment towards the cost of certain items, such as prescriptions, dental or eye care.

The NHS has an online checker so you can see what help you could get to pay for NHS costs at:

https://tinyurl.com/paying-nhs-costs

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