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PLEASE NOTE THE SURGERY WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY 3RD JANUARY 2022 AND WILL REOPEN ON TUESDAY 4TH AT 8.00 AM. 

If you require medical assistance during this period call 111. If emergency call 999 or attend A&E

PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE SURGERY UNLESS INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.

For CORONAVIRUS advice visit Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, how you contact us will be different at the moment. This is to limit face-to-face contact whenever possible and help stop the spread of coronavirus. Your GP practice is open and if you need to see your GP, please ring us on 0121 588 2286

Please note all initial appointments are currently via Telephone only during the COVID19 Coronavirus Pandemic. If  FOLLOWING your telephone appointment, you need to be seen face to face this will be arranged by the GP

You can also call NHS 111. Please do not come to the surgery unless you have an appointment.

We are currently not registering new patients. Unless those patients are new babies, newly fostered or adopted children of patients already registered at the Practice

MH AWARENESS WEEK

In support of Mental Health Awareness Week did you know better mental health helps us at work, at home and in the way we feel about ourselves.

Visit #EveryMindMatters and take the Mind Plan Quiz to get a free NHS plan, full of tailored tips and advice to help you manage stress, sleep better and boost your mood. 

You can now get extended access to pre-bookable appointments in the evenings between 6.30 and 8.00pm Mon to Friday and 9.00am till 12.00 midday Saturday's and Sunday's.

Please note all appointments are currently via Telephone during the COVID19 Coronavirus Pandemic. 

Extended GP Appointments

Practices are working in partnership to provide additional GP appointments between 6.30pm – 8pm during the week and also over the weekend, If you need access to an evening or weekend non-urgent appointment, please call and speak to the receptionist at your registered practice during normal opening hours.  Your appointment may be with another practice in the area and may not be at your registered practice.​

We have added a Self Care section to our website under further information. This contains useful links to websites with information to about treating minor illnesses at home and seeking help when you need it. It is also about managing any conditions you have in a way that puts you in control, improves your quality of life and avoids you getting ill

   

Repeat Prescriptions

If you need regular prescriptions and the doctor does not need to see you every month, then your prescription requirements will be usually dealt with by our repeat prescription system.

You may order repeat prescriptions with a written request by calling at the reception or posting in the repeat prescription box.

If you would like it posted back to you please provide a stamped addressed envelope.

Alternatively you can order online via the link at the top of this page. New users are required to complete a simple registration first.

Housebound patients may order prescriptions over the telephone.

If you wish the pharmacist to order your prescriptions and deliver them for you, you will be asked to sign a form giving your permission from the pharmacist

When you collect your prescription or have it delivered would you please make sure your name, address and contact details are correct.

Please allow two full working days for prescriptions to be processed and remember to take weekends and bank holidays into account.

28 days prescribing

We are working in line with national guidance and will be issuing 28 days worth of medication due to some patients over-ordering and the potential to disrupt an already fragile supply chain we are recommending that practices issue 28 days’ supply.

The NHS recognises that a 28-day repeat prescribing interval makes the best possible balance between patient convenience, good medical practice and minimal drug wastage.

The British Medical Association notes that “Prescribing intervals should be in line with the medically appropriate needs of the patient, taking into account the need to safeguard NHS resources, patient convenience, and the dangers of excess drugs in the home.”

The benefits of 28-day prescribing include:

  • Reducing the amount of medicine which is currently wasted when your doctor stops or changes your medicine.
  • Reducing the potential for error when your medication is changed in the middle of supply.
  • Increased safety as you will not have multiple containers of the same medicine meaning it is likely to reduce the number of mistakes made by, for example, elderly patients, and it will also reduce the risk of potential poisoning of young children.
  • Many medicines are supplied in 28-day packs, allowing you to check that you have taken your medication each day. You will start and finish the container of each medicine on the same day of the week, meaning it will be easier for your doctor to review all of the repeat medicines you are taking and to see when you have not ordered your medicines.
  • Many patients have to make several visits each month to their surgery because they have run out of their medicines at different times. With 28-day prescribing you should finish your medicines all at the same time, meaning you will only have to visit the surgery once a month to collect your repeat medicines. It will also reduce the likelihood of needing to make an emergency request if you run out of medicine.
  • Financial losses due to medicines waste represent a direct loss to patient care

 Did you know you can also consider purchasing a Prescription Prepayment Certificate, which you can discuss with your Pharmacist.

Further information can be found at:

https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/help-nhs-prescription-costs/prescription-prepayment-certificates-ppcs

 

Medication Reviews

Patients on repeat medication will be asked to see a doctor, nurse practitioner or practice nurse at least once a year to review these regular medications and notification should appear on your repeat slip.

Please ensure that you book an appropriate appointment to avoid unnecessary delays to further prescriptions.

 
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