St Marys Surgery

St Marys Surgery

CORONAVIRUS - 18TH February 2020
The NHS in England and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
 
The risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.
 
Call 111 now if you've been:
• to Wuhan or Hubei Province in China in the last 14 days (even if you do not have symptoms)
• to other parts of China, including Macau and Hong Kong, in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it's mild)
• to Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Republic of Korea or Malaysia in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it's mild)
• in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus
 
Do not go to a GP surgery, community pharmacy or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.
 
Further information is available on www.nhs.uk
 
Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
 
The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan or Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.
 
Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the hospital and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others.
 
Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.
 
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
• Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
 
You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England and Further information is available on www.nhs.uk.

Our practice leaflet is available here
Our newsletter is available here

Flu Vaccinations

If you are aged 65 or over, or are currently 64 but will turn 65 by 31st March 2020, you are eligible to receive a flu vaccination. 

 Appointments can be booked either online or by contacting Reception on 01353 663434 and choosing option 1

Younger patients who are in risk groups are also eligible for a vaccination and appointments can be made by contacting Reception on 01353 663434 and choosing option 1.  Appointments can't be booked online as we need to confirm that you are eligible for the vaccination

For more information regarding the importance of the flu vaccination click here


We are aware flu vaccinations are available elsewhere and would like to ask you to support your NHS and General Practice and have your vaccination at the surgery.  This ensures your records remain complete and also allows us to undertake or recommend any other relevant health checks.


Evening and weekend appointments available
We offer evening and weekend appointments with a GP or nurse as part of Extended GP Opening hours. These are for routine, non-urgent issues.
You can book your appointment through our Receptionists who will give you a time, date and venue for your appointment.  
Our Receptionists will also be able to answer any questions you have about the service and how to cancel or change your booking.
If you would like to find out more please go to www.openlater.co.uk

FAX MACHINES

PLEASE NOTE - FROM 1ST MARCH 2020, WE WILL NO LONGER HAVE A FAX MACHINE IN THE SURGERY.  IF YOU CURRENTLY SEND FAXES TO THE SURGERY, PLEASE CONTACT US TO DISCUSS ALTERNATIVES.  FAX MACHINES WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE NHS AS A WHOLE BY 1ST APRIL 2020


Surgery closures

The surgery will be closed between 1:00pm and 4:30pm on the following dates:
21st January 2020
25th March 2020
23rd June 2020
16th September 2020
17th November 2020



                                                                                                                                           

              
 

Telephone 01353 663434 Fax 01353 669532
When the surgery is closed, calls to the surgery number will receive information regarding contacting the NHS 111 service

 


Details of our CQC rating are available by clicking the button below

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