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 FLU CLINICS AT CROCUS MEDICAL PRACTICE

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We now have clinics set up for our 2020/21 Flu season and would like to encourage all our eligible patients to book for their annual flu vaccine.

We will be prioritising those patients over 65 years and our young patients, who may be at risk due to underlying health conditions.

We also have additional vaccine for those patients living with someone who is shielding, or who may be at high risk of complications from Covid-19.

If you are unsure regarding your entitlement to a free flu vaccination, then please contact the surgery for advice.

All our Flu clinics will be run safely and with regard to the UK Government guidelines on social distancing. We are expecting over 300 patients across the two sites on two of our Saturday clinics, therefore we would be grateful if you can bear in mind the following advice before you attend the clinics on Saturday 19th September and Saturday 3rd October.

  • Face coverings are mandatory. Please provide your own.
  • Absolutely NO parking available at the surgery, drop off only.
  • Wear loose clothing and be ready to receive the vaccination.
  • Turn up at your allocated time slot.
  • No additional family members, unless they are carers.
  • There will be NO toilet facilities available.
  • Flu clinic only. No additional problems can be discussed.
  • We hope that your appointment from start to finish will be no longer than 15 minutes.

We will also be providing nasal flu vaccines for our patients aged 2 and 3 years old, in addition to vulnerable children up to the age of 17 years. These appointments can be booked separately from the allocated Flu clinics.

As you are possibly aware, the UK Government has extended the winter flu vaccination programme to include all healthy individuals aged 50 years and older.

All being well, these clinics will run from November 2020 onwards. More information to follow.

 

Thank you!

 

 

 Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

The latest guidance from the Government has changed.

If you have either:

  1. A raised temperature or fever and/ or
  2. A new continuous cough and/or
  3. Loss of sense of smell and taste

And you are so ill that you've stopped doing your usual daily activities

 You must call 111 and speak to a nurse

(The phone will be very busy but you need to wait to speak to someone)

 You need to stay away from other people until you have spoken to 111 (self-isolate)

 To protect others DO NOT GO to a GP, pharmacy or hospital

 

There is more advice about self-isolation on the Government’s website:-

 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

 NHS 111 also has an interactive online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what you need to do. 

GP SURGERIES CANNOT TEST FOR CORONAVIRUS OR REFER YOU TO A TESTING CENTRE. THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE FROM: nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

GREAT NEWS - CQC Report - Marked the practice GOOD in all areas!

EDUCATION & TRAINING SHUTDOWN - 13th October 2020 - from 12.30pm

Please note: Our dispensaries will be closed from 12 noon when there is an Education & Training Shutdown.

OUT-OF-HOURS                     
If you require urgent medical assistance, which is not life threatening but cannot wait until the surgery re-opens, please dial 111.  Calls to the NHS111 service are free from both landlines and mobiles.  For a life threatening medical emergency dial 999.

PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP                                 
We need some volunteers to join our Patient Participation Group to help us to ensure that we are providing the services you need from us. We would like to be able to contact patients to ask them questions about the surgery. If you can spare a little time please complete the form below or ask for one from reception.

We are pleased to announce that Dr Dita Fridrichova has joined the practice covering Dr Lindford's maternity leave.

We are pleased to announce that we now have two registrars, two physiotherapists and two paramedic practitioners working with us at the practice

Dr Will Flinn (m) - new GP Registrar and will be with the surgery until February 2021.

Dr Gohar Saeed (f) - Our GP Registrar and will be with the surgery until February 2021

Paramedic - Vicky Bryning - is working with us doing home visits.

Paramedic Practitioners - Abigail Merrell & David Binns are now working with the surgery doing home visits and supporting the doctors with frailty clinics 

ABOUT THE PRACTICE

Small and friendly

Crocus Medical Practice is a local friendly practice operating from two sites about 4 miles apart - The Old Rectory in Saffron Walden and High Street, Great Chesterford.  All our clinical staff and receptionist/dispensers work at both sites and all patients are welcome to attend at either surgery.  Our computer systems and telephones are linked.

Patients are people

We are interested in our patients as people and aim to take into account their circumstances, families or any other problems which could affect their response to illness. We also strongly believe in the personal doctor/patient relationship and the continuity of patient care. In this respect you should always be able to see the doctor or nurse of your choice although you may have to wait longer for an appointment with him/her.

Accommodating staff

The practice  consists of eight GPs, two Registrars, one Nurse Practitioner, four Practice Nurses, four Health care Assistants as well as our Practice Manager, HR Manager and Finance Manager; receptionist/dispensers and administrative team.  All our staff believe in patient care and will go out of their way to assist wherever possible.

Education and training

We strongly believe in education and are an accredited training practice. We welcome our trainee GPs (Registrars) who are qualified doctors undergoing specific extra training to become GPs of the future. They are with us for 6-12 months at a time. We encourage and support all our staff to achieve further qualifications/ competencies and also teach medical students for short blocks, during the year, in general practice.

Health services - reactive and pro-active

We offer a full general practice service. As well as treating illnesses, we are proactive in the management of chronic diseases, such as asthma and diabetes, and in encouraging our patients to reduce the risk of future health problems.  We work very closely with our Community Staff and have a visiting dietitian and counsellor.

Dispensing services

We are a dispensing practice which means that we are able to dispense medication to any of our patients who live more than a mile (1.6km)from a chemist. 

Our Dispensaries are closed between 1pm-2pm Monday - Friday

Availability of appointments

We have pre bookable appointments up to four weeks in advance; On Line bookable appointments; On the Day appointments and Urgent on the day appointments.  Appointments are available with our Doctors, Registrars, Nurse Practitioner, Paramedic practitioners and Physios.  Our receptionists will help direct to the most appropriate Health Care professional.

Research

We actively promote research opportunities to our patient population. We are accredited as a RCGP Research Ready site and are currently undertaking diabetes, cardiology and endocrine reseach studies.

 

 



 
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