Every year, there’s a spike in asthma attacks in children across the UK when they go back to school. This year, there’s the added concern that children have been off for longer than usual because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
For more information please visit https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/child/back-to-school/
- 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
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.
- talk to a doctor, health visitor or midwife
- women can call The Freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge on 0808 2000 247 for free at any time, day or night. The staff will offer confidential, non-judgemental information and support
- men can call Men’s Advice Line on 0808 8010 327 (Monday and Wednesday, 9am to 8pm, and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9am to 5pm) for non-judgemental information and support
- men can also call ManKind on 0182 3334 244 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm)
- If you identify as LGBT+ you can call Galop on 0800 999 5428 for emotional and practical support
- anyone can call Karma Nirvana on 0800 5999 247 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) for forced marriage and honour crimes. You can also call 020 7008 0151 to speak to the GOV.UK Forced Marriage Unit
- in an emergency, call 999
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.
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.
if you are following the guidelines and need to stay at home self-isolating because of COVID-19 and you need a note for your employer, please visit https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note An isolation note is available to download here. You do not need to speak to the GP. Thank you
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.