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COVID Pandemic Wave 2021

  • During December, Covid infections have risen sharply in London and this has led to increased demand for hospital care.  As NHS is very busy responding to the coronavirus pandemic and, at certain times, your GP practice may need to prioritise patients with the most urgent health needs.
  • Please be aware the 111 service is currently under extreme pressure in our area. GP surgeries are open from 08:00 to 18:30 (core hours), except on weekends and bank holidays. If you are calling outside these times, please visit www.111.nhs.uk or call 111.
  • If you have COVID symptoms, please visit www.111.nhs.uk   or call 111
  • If you have a medical emergency, please dial 999 as usual.
  • Please continue to attend tests, vaccinations and screening when invited.
  • We are not carrying out any NON-NHS work. such as letters of registration, DVLA or insurance reports at the moment.
  • If you have a health issue that isn’t urgent, advice is available on the NHS website www.nhs.uk<http://www.nhs.uk> or NHS app or you can speak to your local pharmacist.

You can also use e-consult which is available through our practice website. Your online form will be reviewed by a clinician and You will either be contacted by the surgery to ask you more questions or you will receive a text on what to do next. If you aren’t sure what to do, please contact the practice who can advise you on how to get the help you need.

WE ARE OPEN BUT VERY BUSY so bear with us if phone lines are busy at times. The best times to ring are between 11-3pm if you call is not urgent.

Thank you for your support

GETTING HELP AND SUPPORT FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

GETTING HELP AND SUPPORT FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WAIT FOR AN EMERGENCY SITUATION TO FIND HELP.  IF DOMESTIC ABUSE IS HAPPENING TO YOU, IT’S IMPORTANT TO TELL SOMEONE AND REMEMBER YOU’RE NOT ALONE.

You can:

You can also email for support. It is important that you specify when and if it is safe to respond and to which email address:

The Survivor’s Handbook from the charity Women’s Aid is free and provides information for women on a wide range of issues, such as housing, money, helping your children, and your legal rights.

If you are worried that you are abusive, you can contact the free Respect helpline on 0808 802 4040.

 

Face Covering During COVID

Please wear a face covering at all times when visiting GP surgery to limit the spread of Covid-19 and protect others from the virus or a face mask if you wish, but a face covering is sufficient. Face covering should cover your mouth and nose whilst allowing you to breathe comfortably . Thank you

Patient face covering Exemptions

From Friday 24 July people are required to wear face-coverings in several environments including public transport, shops and supermarkets, practices may get an increase in requests from patients to provide exemption letters.

Government guidance on face coverings including exemptions can be found here.

Risk assessing or producing a letter for a patient to be exempt from wearing a face covering is not part of the practice’s NHS obligations nor are GPs in a position to do this.

As a practice we are not able to provide any patient with an exemption certificate or letter.  The risks of Covid-19 infection is still significant so please wear face coverings. Should you feel that you should be exempt from wearing a face covering please download an exemption card.

The NHS App is now available to the public on Google Play and Apple app stores.

The NHS App enables people to:

If their GP practice is connected to the app, they can register and verify their identity so they can:

  • book and manage appointments at their GP practice
  • order their repeat prescriptions
  • view their GP medical record securely

Find out more about the future developments planned for the NHS App.