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04/04/2022

THE WAY YOU CONTACT US HAS CHANGED

From Tuesday 5th April, the emergency line 01460 63101 will no longer be in use. If your call is about an emergency or your symptoms are life threatening, please call 999.
Our prescriptions line, 01460 63071 is available in the morning from 10am - 12pm and then in the afternoon from 2pm - 4pm. Please note we are not able to take prescription requests over the telephone. Information on how to request repeat and non-repeat medication can be found on our Prescriptions page here.
Our main number 01460 65046 will remain the same, and can be used for general enquiries and appointments. This line will be open from Monday - Friday from 8.30am - 6.30pm.


07/03/2022

NEW HEALTH COACH REFERRAL SCHEME

Health Coaching can help you to take control of your own health and wellbeing, empowering you to set and achieve goals by looking at what matters most to you and in the long-term helping to improve your health and happiness.

It is about looking at what is important to you and empowering yourself to set achievable goals.

If you think that you could benefit from Health Coaching - contact the surgery on 01460 65046.

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09/02/2022

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We're now offering on-the-day referrals to a pharmacist.

Pharmacists are trained clinicians that can help you with minor injuries such as: back pain, rashes, allergic reactions and more.

If you have a minor condition, your GP receptionist may refer you for a same-day appointment with a community pharmacist.


 Pharmacy Scheme

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24/12/2021

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Paperwork Reduction: SELF-CERTIFICATION NOW FOR 28 DAYS GPC Chair Farah Jameel writes, “After work across government departments a number of temporary changes have been made in to support general practice teams through some of the paper work that we have to complete. These changes are unprecedented and are being taken in recognition of the extraordinary challenge general practice is facing to deliver the accelerated Covid-19 booster campaign.

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· Fit notes increased to 28 day self-certification
· DVLA checks suspended for all but essential workers – HGV and bus drivers
· Firearms licence applicants asked to wait until after January unless urgent – ie needed for work with imminent expiry
· Prescription charge medical exemptions renewal suspended with those due to expire extended for 6 months
· COVID vaccine exemption processing timeframe dropped.

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UPDATE – APPOINTMENTS

 

We are experiencing significant demand for our services. Please help us by being patient and being kind to our staff.

 

Due to the recent Government announcement and current National Emergency, we have to scale back our routine appointments in order to have staff available to redeploy to the Covid Vaccination Programme. Therefore we are currently not booking any routine appointments for the next 2 weeks.

 

We ask that you please only contact the surgery for an appointment if your request is an urgent medical problem.

 

Unfortunately if you already have a routine appointment booked with a query that can wait, we may contact you to postpone this.

 

We understand that this is extremely frustrating for patients however sadly our reception staff are receiving a lot of unpleasant phone calls due to not being able to offer patients future routine appointments. Please understand that this is a government national requirement and not at the choice of reception staff, they are here to help as best as they can in this unprecedented time.

 

 

You can still use our online consultation service for non-urgent enquiries and we will try to respond as soon as we can but within 72 hours.

 

https://www.online-consult.co.uk/org/essex-house-medical-centre


πŸŽ‰Our Flu Vaccine has arrived! πŸŽ‰
Our booking line will open tomorrow morning (29/09/2021) and we are expecting the line to be busy.
Where possible, please utilise the online booking facility for those who have registered with the NHS or Patient Access app.
For patients who already have appointments and are coming in to see us, we will be also be giving vaccinations during our face-to-face appointments, whether that be with the GP, Urgent Care Team or Nursing Team.
Please do let the clinician know you would like a jab when you see them! πŸ˜ƒ
We are also contacting all patients via, text, phone or letter.
Thank you all for your patience and continued support.

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From Wednesday the 8th of September the baby clinic will no longer be running at St Mary’s Church but is back to Chard Baptist Church by appointment only from 10am to 11.40. 

To book an appointment clients need to phone the Health Visitors on 03007906839.  I have attached a new flyer to replace the previous one.


From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available through the NHS COVID Pass service from: 

  • the NHS App which you can download from app stores 

  • the NHS website 

  • 119 - by requesting a paper letter

You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified.

If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take up to 7 working days for the letter to arrive.

This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status unless you have been advised to by the 119 service.

When you're planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel.

 

 


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Under Wearing a Face Mask - exemptions

 

SOMERSET LOCAL MEDICAL COMMITTEE have advised the  following:

 

The LMC consulted the General Practitioners Committee and received the following reply. "We specifically raised this with NHS England and there is full agreement that GPs should not be approached to write these. We would encourage practices to decline... It is actually rather difficult to envisage any circumstance in which the wearing of a face mask would be genuinely medically contra-indicated."

 

Please do not request a letter from your GP to support exemption from wearing a face mask.

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