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Anyone approaching or entering the surgery building must now wear a covering over their nose & mouth; whether it be to attend an appointment, collect a prescription, or to act as a chaperone.

Please do not arrive EARLY for your appointment.  In accordance with current social distancing guidelines, we are not permitting patients to wait inside the building. You may be asked to return to your vehicle and wait for your clinician to become available.  Please therefore be mindful of the weather conditions when setting out and come prepared.

We would like to thank you all for your understanding and support during these challenging times.  We continue to do our upmost to ensure we offer high standard healthcare in a manner that is safe for both patients and our dedicated staff. 

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CORONAVIRUS

Please see 'Latest News' in Quick Links or 'COVID 19' in the Further Information section on the right hand side of the screen.

Flu Vaccinations Autumn/Winter 2020

We are still busy booking appointments for flu vaccinations.

Due to Covid-19 we are running our flu clinics slightly differently this year, with enhanced safety measures and social distancing, to minimise the risk to both your health and ours.

Our second vaccine delivery for the over 65 age group arrived on 16th October, but we are not due to receive the vaccine for the Under 65 at risk group until the end of October at the earliest. We will continue dedicated vaccination clinics, primarily on Saturdays, throughout the autumn season.

All clinics will continue to be by appointment only, managed by a bookings team via a dedicated telephone line, separate to our main surgery number.  Please try to avoid contacting our reception team to book or enquire about a flu vaccination; bear in mind they are trying to deal with patients who require medical assistance and also they may not have access to the flu clinic appointment schedules.

We are experiencing a higher than usual demand for vaccinations this year and so we have tried to ensure that patients in the highest risk groups received an invite and were/will be vaccinated first.  We have sent invitations via email and/or text message to those eligible patients who have given us permission to do so.  For those who haven't, a letter has been sent via Royal Mail.

Those patients aged 50 to 64 included in the new extended flu vaccination programme will be contacted soon. We are not permitted to vaccinate anyone in this group until after 1st December and are still awaiting an allocation of vaccines from NHS England.  Please do not contact us to make enquiries if you are in this group, we will contact you as soon as stock is received.  Many thanks

Useful Links

Where do I go for clinical or disease information?cold

Best Treatments
Information is researched from the British Medical Journal and displayed in an easy to understand format.

Patient UK
Designed by GPs and EMIS and is a useful source of Patient information Leaflets amongst other things.

Net Doctor
Attempts to break the language barrier between Doctors and patients regarding disease and illnesses.

QRisk
QRISK is a new calculator which works out your risk of getting heart disease. It has been developed by doctors and academics working in the UK National Health Service


Information on Healthier Living

BBC - Healthy Living
Simple, accurate advice from the BBC. Helps you to establish the dos & donts of living healthily.

lime Male Health
Fast, free independent information from the Men"s Health Forum.

Women’s Health Concern
Women"s Health Concern is a charitable organisation which aims to help educate and support women with their healthcare by providing unbiased, accurate information.


NHS Sites

NHS Constitution
The NHS Constitution was published on 21 January 2009. It was one of a number of recommendations in Lord Darzi’s report ‘High Quality Care for All’ which was published on the 60th anniversary of the NHS and set out a ten-year plan to provide the highest quality of care and service for patients in England

NHS Choices
Aiming to personalise healthcare and provide information that will ‘allow patients to make meaningful choices about when and where to receive their treatment.’


Charity Websites

Cancerhelp
Free information service provided by Cancer Research UK about cancer and cancer care for people with cancer and their families. Information is formatted in such a way that makes understanding the website an easy process

Cancer Backup

ribbonsEurope's leading cancer information charity, with over 4,500 pages of up-to-date cancer information, practical advice and support for cancer patients, their families and carers.

Diabetes UK
largest charity in the UK devoted to the care and treatment of people with diabetes in order to improve the quality of life for people with the condition

Asthma UK

This website has been revamped to meet the needs of the thousands of people with asthma who visit the site each day, either to find important information about asthma and how to control it

Alzheimer’s Society

Comprehensive information for people with all forms of dementia.


Tips on evaluating the reliability of online medical information

  1. Use sites from reputable organisations you have heard of.
  2. Double check the information by looking for other sources.
  3. Check there are contact details for any organisation or people responsible for the information not just an email address.
  4. Look at the advertising - does it seem to unduly influence the site content?
  5. All articles should quote references that you can look up.
  6. Watch out for claims about the superiority of any particular treatment over another
  7. Is this information supplied with a date to make sure it has not been superseded by other research.
  8. Check the sites confidentiality policy.
  9. Beware of sites claiming to be the definitive source.
  10. Beware of sites that criticise others.


 
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