Latest News

Covid vaccinations - first doses- patients 50+

If you have been invited to a mass vaccination site that will be your quickest way to receive your Covid19 vaccination. 

The local GP led service has been asked to prioritise those with underlying health conditions that are at  greater risk. This work will take many weeks yet. 

 

Only when that is done will we be able to return to people who have chosen not to attend their mass vaccination site invitation. 

We cannot guarantee when this will be, but do have a system to see who has chosen to wait and so will contact you when the higher risk work has been done. 

 

You can help by not contacting the surgery in the meantime to allow us to concentrate on this work. 

Covid-19 Vaccination Update - 18th March 2021

We have now invited in all our patients who a 65 years and over and those considered clinically vulnerable and priority for a covid vaccination.  There are a few patients we have been unable to contact but we have written to them asking them to get in touch with us.  This means we have now begun to invite patients in the 60 to 64 year age group who have been unable to get their vaccine at one of the larger vaccination centres.  These patients will be contacted in date of birth order, oldest first as vaccine become available.

The Primary Care Centre continues to be used for Covid Vaccinations for patients for registered with Practices within the local area.  The Sele Medical Practice is also continuing to maintain a full service of care for its own patients.  All our team are working under considerable pressure and we appreciate your patience during this time.

Patients continue to receive invitations from NHS England to attend the larger vaccination sites. We are aware the booking site is frustrating and some of the appointments offered are some distance away, unfortunately both these issues are out of our control.  However, we would advise you to attend if you possibly can.  You could be vaccinated a lot sooner than waiting to be seen here.  Please remember:

  • We are working our way through our patient lists in accordance with prevailing guidance

  • Please do not contact the practice to find out when you may get vaccinated here, we will contact you by text or telephone.  W will write to you if we are unable to contact you by phone.

  • We have started contacting patients who are due second doses, so again, please do not contact us about this, we will contact you.

  • We do not always know which type of vaccine will be available at any clinic as sometimes our deliveries are changed so please do not contact us to ask. We will not enter into discussion about this.  Unless there is a good medical reason for a patient to have a specific vaccine you will need to have whichever vaccine is available.  You can not chose the vaccine you are given.

  • Please make sure we have your up o date contact details, mobile telephone if possible.  Please do not call us with updates, you can change your details via the website or e-mail us at NORCCG.sele-admin@nhs.net

 Find out more about the roll out at nhs.uk/covidvaccine

Attending the surgery for a face to face appointment

For routine appointments GP’s will normally hold a telephone consultation first and arrange a face to face appointment with you if needed.  Our Practice Nurses are holding face to face appointments for blood tests and management of patients with a chronic illness.  If you receive a recall from us it is because you are due to see a Nurse and would encourage you to attend if you can.  If you do not wish to come in that is your choice but if at any time you have any concerns regarding your health you can arrange to speak to a Nurse or GP on the telephone or use the eConsult service by selecting the button on the home page. Please do not ignore any changes in your symptoms or new problems just because you do not want to attend the surgery.  It is very important that we do not ignore other health issues during this time because much of the attention is focused on Covid.

We are taking all the precautions we can to keep you safe when you come in to see us. Please can you observe the following, to protect us all:

  • Do not come to the surgery if you are ill, have any of the symptoms of Covid or had a Covid positive test result
  • Arrive only a few minutes before your appointment time
  • Please do not bring children with you if at all possible, unless the appointment is for them
  • On entering the building please wear a mask or face covering if you can and wash your hands or use the hand sanitiser provided
  • Tell the receptionist at the entrance that you have arrived
  • Please observe social distancing rules keeping 2 metres apart at all times
  • Leave as quickly as you can after you have been seen

The Germ Defence website gives scientifically proven practical advice on how your patients can reduce the spread of coronavirus in the home. Please take a look.

www.germdefence.org/index.html?src=A84033

 

Guidance note for patients requesting exemption letters for face coverings

We are aware that some patients might be understandably anxious about the Government’s announcements around the use of face coverings in various public settings. Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England will also become mandatory from 24 July.

GPs are unfortunately not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face covering.

The government guidance on exemptions suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption; therefore, it is sufficient for an individual to self-declare this.

The responsibility for issuing exemptions for those travelling on public transport lies with the transport provider not your GP. Similarly, practices are under no obligation to provide letters of support for anyone who does not fall under the list of exemptions but considers themselves to have another reason to be exempted.

Government advice on the use of face coverings can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

Some people don’t have to wear a face covering including for health, age or equality reasons. Some transport staff may not wear a face covering if it is not required for their job. This would be assessed by the employer not the GP.

If you would like to print out your own exemption card, please click on the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

Changes to our telephone line times

With effect from Monday 26 October 2020, our telephone lines will be available between 08.00 and 18.00.  The practice will remain open until 18.30, Monday to Friday.

Confidentiality

Please do not e-mail us directly with private or confidential medical information.  This is not a secure channel.  Please contact us via the e-Consult service instead. 

This is available via the online form found half way down the home page. Just click on the blue e-Consult box and follow the instructions.  This is a secure way of contacting us and the system will direct you appropriately.  If you need GP advice, you will receive a response the following working day and they will arrange any follow up or consultation that may be required.

Mobile telephone numbers

Please make sure we have your up to date contact details.  We use mobile phone numbers to send appointment reminders and other appropriate messages.  If you provide us with a mobile telephone number we will assume you are happy to use this to contact you unless you tell us otherwise.

Online Booking and Medication Requests

To book appointments and order repeat medication 24 hours a day 7 days a week download an application form or please speak to one of our reception team.  for full details regarding security and consent please select item 4 in further information on the right of our home page

Application form for online access

Health News from the BBC and the NHS

BBC Health
NHS Choices Behind the Headlines
Call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergencyNHS ChoicesThis site is brought to you by My Surgery Website