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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Patients and visitors to GP practices across Suffolk and north east Essex are being reminded they must continue to wear face coverings and observe social distancing rules from 19 July when lockdown rules ease.

Health and care leaders say while restrictions are being eased in some public places, strict infection control measures need to be followed in healthcare settings. This will reduce the risk of vulnerable people from becoming infected and help prevent Covid outbreaks that could result in the temporary closure of a surgery.

In addition to wearing a face covering, patients and visitors must practice social distancing and are being urged to wash their hands regularly.

They have also explained that they will still need to restrict access to patients and visitors and to limit the number of people accompanying people to appointments.

Anyone who refuses to wear a face covering and is not medically exempt will be asked to do so by the GP practice.

Maggie Pacini, Consultant in Public Health at Essex County Council, said: “We ask for everyone’s support in keeping people safe. Although legal restrictions on social contact will be removed, people should remain cautious and continue to take sensible steps to protect themselves and those around them.

“If you are asked to continue wearing a face covering when you attend your GP surgery, please remember that this will benefit other patients and also vulnerable people who need to attend in-person. We have a duty to protect each other so that we can live safely with the virus and Keep Covid in Check.”

Stuart Keeble, Director of Public Health at Suffolk County Council, said: “Covid-19 is still at a higher rate within our local communities than we would like. Until infection rates come down, every visitor increases the risk of infection either coming into a healthcare setting or going out with a visitor.

“If you or your loved one had a compromised immune system or were recovering after a serious operation, you would want our clinical colleagues to do everything they could to keep them safe. Please keep helping us so that we can help you and your loved ones.”

For more information, please visit www.sneevaccine.org.uk

National Data Opt Out

We are receiving a high volume of calls regarding the National Data Opt Out after it was featured in the media last week. If you have any queries or would like to know more about this, please visit: 

https://digital.nhs.uk/services/national-data-opt-out

Covid Vaccine Status

The Government has announced that from 17th May 2021, people will be able to demonstrate their COVID-19 vaccine status for travelling purposes by accessing the NHS app, or by calling 119.

Do not contact the GP Surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status.  GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 status.

 We are aware that there are issues with the telephone lines and patients having long waits to get through to Reception.  We are working to get the telephone system updated, but these things take time.                              Please bear with us. 

 

 

IMPORTANT ADVICE FOR OUR PATIENTS AND CARERS

The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

PLEASE DO NOT VISIT THE SURGERY IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE SYMPTOMS ABOVE, STAY AT HOME AND ARRANGE TO HAVE A TEST ON WWW.GOV.UK.

For most people, COVID-19 will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above, stay at home and isolate for 10 days.  You should arrange to have a test - visit www.gov.uk.

 

New Patient Registration

We are happy to accept new patients who live within our practice area and our reception staff will be happy to guide you through the procedure. 

Alpheton             Lawshall            
CavendishPentlow
BoxtedShimpling
BrockleyStanstead
FoxearthSomerton
GlemsfordWhepstead
Hartest
Hawkedon  

You will need to complete a registration form (GMS1) and a health questionnaire which will provide useful information whilst we wait for your medical records to arrive from your previous doctor.  Both forms can be downloaded below.

We will offer you an appointment for a general health check with our Health Care Assistant.  If you are on any regular medication you will also need an appointment with a Doctor to enable them to add your medication to your records.

Adults

GMS1 Registration Form - this is your registration form and must be completed.

Adult New Patient Questionnaire - this will help us to ensure we have all of your current medical information before we receive copies of your medical history from your previous GP.

Information Sharing Consent form - this is a very important form to ensure patients are aware of their options when considering who to share health information with.

New Patient Alcohol Screening - this is a short questionnaire designed to understand current alcohol intake.

Children

GMS1 Registration Form - to be completed by parent/guardian/carer of child to be registered.

Child New Patient Questionnaire - to be completed by parent/guardian/carer of child to be registered.

Information Sharing Consent Form - to be completed by parent/guardian/carer of child to be registered.

Guide to GP Services

The Royal College of General Practitioners has produced a useful guide for patients about the services on offer at GP Surgeries and how to access them.  You can download the guide below.

pdf A Patient Guide to GP Services

 
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