FLU CLINICS AT CROCUS MEDICAL PRACTICE
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.
From Monday 15th June all patients aged over 2 years old visiting their GP Surgery are being asked to provide and wear their own face coverings at all times whilst inside the building. The face covering can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind your head. It should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably. If you do not have access to a face covering we can provide this at the surgery. Please visit https://mygp.me/2Nbzx1w Thank you.
In Line with national guidance, antibody testing (to see if you have had coronavirus) will be rolled out in a phased way. We will keep you updated as to when this test is available to different staff and patient groups. In the meantime, please can we request you do not contact the Surgery to ask about availability. We will make an announcement as soon as we can.
The latest guidance from the Government has changed.
If you have either:
- A raised temperature or fever and/ or
- A new continuous cough and/or
- Loss of sense of smell or 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:-
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/
We were pleased to welcome Dr Dita Fridrichlova is join the practice to cover Dr Lindford's maternity leave.
We are pleased to announce that we now have two Registrars, a Physiotherapist, two Paramedic Practitioners and a Dietician working with us at the practice
Dr Will Flinn (m) - GP registrar joined this practice in August 2020 for six months
Dr Gohar Saeed (f) - GP registrar who will be with the surgery until February 2021
Physiotherapist, Alex Newton holds weekly clinics - please contact reception for an appointment.
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
Due to new regulations, the dispensary will be closed at both surgeries between 1 - 2pm each day. On the dates of the Educational Shutdowns the dispensary will close at 12 noon.
We now operate a texting service, texts are sent to patients reminding them about their booked appointments - one week before and 24hours before their actual appointment. Patients will have the option to cancel the appointment if they no longer require it. We hope that this service will help to reduce our number of DNA appointments.
Please let us know if you have moved; have a new contact number or email address
We will now be reviewing all long term conditions in your birthday month. Please book an appointment to review your condition and medication in your birthday month.
If you supply us with a landline or mobile telephone number, we will, unless you advise us not to, use it to contact you. This could also include via a text message or voice message to you reminding you about appointments.