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URGENT NOTICE 

Please be assured we will contact you when it is your turn for the Covid-19 Vaccine. 

You do not need to contact the surgery as anybody who is eligible for the vaccination will be contacted in due course.

Surgery Update 

We understand times are unsettling for us all at the moment but we still encourage our patients to contact us if you need medical assistance or advice.

We are still open between our normal surgery hours.

Our screens are now in place to protect both our patients and our staff members.

Face masks or face coverings are required when attending the surgery whether this is for an appointment or to collect something.

You will need to follow the social distancing rules.

Hand gel will need to be applied; this can be found close to the reception desk.

Electronic Prescription Service

We have upgraded to the next phase of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) which means that almost all our prescriptions are now processed electronically this has been in place since the 2nd October 2020.

Electronic prescriptions help save the NHS money.

You will receive your prescriptions in the same way as you do now.

Read more about EPS on the NHS website

 

General practice transparency notice for GPES data for pandemic planning and research (COVID-19)

This practice is supporting vital coronavirus (COVID-19) planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital. For more information about this see:

https://digital.nhs.uk/coronavirus/gpes-data-for-pandemic-planning-and-research/general-practice-transparency-notice

More information will be updated on our Privacy Policy to reflect these national changes over the next few days.

ONLINE CONSULTATIONS VIA WEBISTE

 https://www.online-consult.co.uk/org/st-marys-medical-centre

ONLINE ACCESS

ONLINE CONSULTATIONS VIA PATIENT ACCESS

If you require any further information regarding access to online consultations, please go to:

https://www.patientaccess.com/

COVID19 – High Risk Patient UPDATE

As you can image our reception is very busy adue to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic.

We would appreciate it if you only contact the surgery if you feel it is totally necessary regarding a medical condition to help keep the phone lines available as much as possible to enable us to call patients that require medical advice.

If you enquiry is regarding the recent letters sent to our Patients at High Risk of Covid19, please note that this has been sent directly from GOV.UK. 

THIS IS NOT UNDER OUR PRACTICE CONTROL.

If you feel that you should be receiving one of these letters or feel that you a High Risk patient or experiencing any symptoms or feel that you may have the condition, guidance says you should self-isolate but if you are unsure we would refer you to visit:

GOV.UK https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

or

NHS England https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/advice-for-people-at-high-risk/

You can find all the information that you may want to know on these websites.

ASTHMA - RESCUE PACKS

If you have any queries regarding the Coronavirus and your asthma, please use this useful link from Asthma UK for all up to date guidelines and advice.

https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/triggers/coronavirus-covid-19/#.XnjX6HhS0mE.link.

 

ShareforYou 

From 17th February 2020, your medical record will be able to be viewed by other health and social care professionals directly involved in your care via a ShareforYou record.

 

Please visit www.pennineshareforyou.nhs.uk/ for more information.

If you would prefer that we didn’t share your record then you can opt out at any time. Please speak to your GP or a member of the reception team.

 

For more information please watch this sort video about ShareforYou:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv8eGfsvzZw

 

Screening

Cervical Screening (Smear) Tests are carried out by our Practice Nurses here at the surgery.  Women will be sent an invitation letter when their screening is due.  It is a simple test which really does save lives and we would strongly encourage you to make an appointment to attend when you receive your invitation.

Breast Screening (mammogram) invitations are sent out by NHS England to all women aged 50-70 years every three years.  These are carried out by trained specialist nurses at local clinics.  You will be sent your results directly from the service.  This screening is important and really does save lives and we would strongly encourage you to attend when you receive an appointment. 

Bowel Cancer Screening - self testing kits are sent out by NHS England to all men and women aged 60-74 years every two years.  This screening can save lives and we would strongly encourage you to complete the home test and send it off as directed in your information pack.  If you have any questions about this, or if you require a replacement kit for any reason, you can ring the service on 0800 707 6060.

Shingles

If you are aged 70 - 79 you may now be eligible to receive a shingles vaccination - NHS England is releasing these vaccines in stages.  information-for-people-in-england

Vaccination is currently being offered to those who are aged 70, 78 and 79, and to anyone in their seventies who was born after 1st September 1942. People who are in their seventies but are not yet eligible for vaccination, will be offered vaccination in future years under the national programme.

For more information, and to find out if you are currently eligible please visit www.shinglesaware.co.uk  If you are eligible and would like to receive the vaccine, please contact the surgery and book an appointment with the Practice Nurse.

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