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COVID-19 VACCINATIONS (updated 31.08.21)

 

Our Practice is not a designated COVID Vaccination Centre and therefore we cannot offer the vaccine ourselves.

We will update our website and social media page with information on the Booster Vaccine when we have further information.

 

 

Patients will be able to book appointments for COVID vaccination through the national booking service

Link to the national booking system:

Book a coronavirus vaccination - NHS (www.nhs.uk) 

Link to book COVID19 vaccine:

Do you know your NHS number? - Book a coronavirus vaccination - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

 

Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.

If any patients are struggling to book their appointment, please contact the CCG Central Referral Team (CRS - open Mon – Fri, 8am – 6pm) who will be able to help, and not the GP practice.

Email: central.referral@nhs.net Contact number: 0300 123 0771 

 

Community transport

Community Transport are able to offer free transport to anyone who needs it to access their coronavirus booster vaccination.  

Community Transport can be reached on 01376 557883 Monday to Friday 8.30 to 17.00 or via email: community.transport@braintree.gov.uk

  

Important Practice Information

 

  URGENT NEWS Re Blood Tests

There is a national shortage of blood bottles, which is expected to last until at least 17th September 2021. This is affecting every healthcare service provider. We have therefore been told by the NHS to postpone all non-urgent blood tests.
 
We will:
 
Review all of the required blood tests to determine those that can safely be delayed
Advise you if we feel that you urgently require having blood taken to assist your treatment
Add your name to a waiting list to rearrange your blood test
Advise you when the situation changes
 
We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience. This is something that is completely out of our control and we thank you for your understanding.
 

Lifting of COVID Restrictions at The Surgery

Throughout the pandemic we have strived to make the surgery as safe as possible for all our patients and staff. We will continue to do so going forward.

From the 19th July nothing will change at the surgery - patients will need to still wear a mask, socially distance and use hand sanitiser in the surgery and staff will continue to wear PPE. 

We do understand that it can be frustrating but we know that when people come to us they are sick and vulnerable (and some cannot receive the Covid vaccinations due to medical reasons) so we feel it would be wrong to not take these small precautions that can protect people.

In terms of opening up, as many of you know, we have never been shut and in fact have consulted with much higher numbers of patients than we did pre-Covid (face to face, by phone, by e consult and by video).

Sidney House & The Laurels surgeries have come so far in trying to minimise the impact of Covid and we are sure you understand that we need to keep the surgery as safe for ALL patients as we can.

 

Appointments During the COVID Pandemic

To keep our patients and workforce safe, we will aim to manage your health needs without you having to attend the surgery in person. Most appointments will be telephone consultations; if the clinician feels it is necessary, you will be invited to attend Sidney House Surgery at Hatfield Peverel.

We are not be offering face-to-face appointments at The Laurels Surgery (Boreham). Some routine procedures may need to be postponed, or offered with an alternative provider, such as through the extended access service.

We understand that this is a difficult time for our patients, and that it can be frustrating to keep up with and adapt to the changes in the way health services are offered. We thank you for your understanding and patience as we strive to keep everyone safe.

 

Surgery Closed for Staff Training 2021 - 2022

All GP practices in Mid-Essex will be closed from 12.30pm on the dates below.  The closures are for staff training.  Mid-Essex CCG will be providing out-of-hours care for our patients from 12:00 until 18:30.  If you require medical care during the hours that we are closed please call NHS 111 who will make an appointment with the out-of hours provider where necessary. 

Thursday 30th September

Thursday 28th October

Wednesday 24th November

Thursday 16th December

Thursday 24th February

Wednesday 30th March

 

Prescriptions and Medication

Due to minimising patient contact at the surgery and also our local pharmacies, paper script requests will no longer be taken. We are asking patients to sign up for online services to request your repeat medication. GP's are working to ensure that repeat medications are up dated without any non-essential delay. To ensure that we provide a safe and accessible service we are asking all patients to nominate a pharmacy. You can do this through your usual pharmacy.   

We encourage all patients to order their own medicines. Ordering online is the easiest and safest way by the following methods:

  •  Via your SystmOne Online account (if you don't have an account please phone reception to set it up)
  • ​ Download and use the NHS app. https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/the-nhs-app/
  • ​ Via email to hatfielddispensary@nhs.net​​​​
  • ​NHS Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) service – patient with stable, regular repeat medicines can receive batches of medication that can be dispensed once a month. Please speak to a member of the dispensary team or to your usual pharmacy to see if you are eligible for this.  

                                           If the above are not an option for your please speak to the dispensary or reception for further advice.

 

 

Dispensary Update

The Dispensary is OPEN and medication can be collected. Please knock on the window at the far right of the front of the building.

 

 

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 "To maintain and if able, improve the health and wellbeing of those Patients for whom we care"

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