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We are aware of the difficulties that some of our patients are experiencing in getting through to the practice on the telephone. We do apologise and we are working hard to resolve this with our IT/Telephone supplier. We are aware that during peak periods (e.g. Monday morning) phone lines tend to be by far the busiest. Practices in Pennine Lancashire are working with the supplier to migrate away from what was an old system to a new one and this work will conclude soon. This new system has additional capacity for practice when they are experiencing a high volume of calls. We will keep patients up to date with this and in the meantime as you to bear with us, particularly during peak periods.



If you are age 18 or over with underlying health conditions or are age 36 or over you can use the following link to book your COIVD-19 Vaccination online 



 


Please do not turn up at the surgery, your condition still must be triaged by the GP or nurse.  From Monday 17th May 2021 patients will be given a choice of face to face appointment when they speak to the clinician.  We are still required to socially distance within the practice and cannot accept walk-in patients without appointments.


Please note that we are not able to provide you with proof of your COVID-19 Vaccination status. Please use the NHS app. If you do not have a smart phone you can request a letter from 5 days after your vaccination from the NHS helpline 119. More information is available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status


Our prescription line has returned to the pre-COVID service and will be reserved for housebound patients only between 10am and 12 noon Monday to Friday.


All other prescription requests should be made via the patient apps, email, website prescription page or post your slip through our letterbox.


If you or any household member are awaiting COVID-19 test results or have symptoms please contact us and rearrange your appointments.  If you attend and then test positive the GP or nurse will have to isolate for 14 days further reducing already limited appointments.


How to Access appointments -  From May 2021 all GP appointments will first receive a telephone call.  If a face to face appointment is necessary the GP will arrange this with you.  We still need to be vigilant and help to stop the spread of Coronavirus.


Your practice is open for you and if you need to see a GP please ring us on 01254 287150 between 8am and 6.30pm.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) is still with us.


Please ensure you bring a face covering (to cover both your nose and mouth) if you are asked to attend by the GP or nurse. 


# limit contact with other people


# keep your distance if you go out or at work (2 metres apart where possible)


# wash your hands regularly


# do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.


YOU must let us know if you have any symptoms suggestive of coronavirus.


If you do not tell us or attempt to hide symptoms from us we are ALL at risk of becoming unwell.  


If staff become unwell the surgery may have to close.


Help is available by telephone or video call and most routine face to face tests or treatments can wait until your symptoms have gone away.


Stay at home and protect the NHS and other members of the public.


Please do not to a GP, Pharmacy or hospital if you have a high temperature of 37.8 or above or a new continuous cough or loss of taste or loss of smell.


Please go online to 111.nhs.uk/covid-19.  Patient should only call 111 if they do not have internet access.

SELF CARE

Self Care

What is self-care?

Self-care means keeping fit and healthy, as well as knowing how to take medicines, treat minor ailments and seek help when you need it.

If you have a long-term condition, self-care is about understanding that condition and how to live with it. Many patients make appoint­ments to see their doc­tor or nurse, when they could be using a well-stocked med­i­cines cab­i­net or vis­it­ing a local phar­ma­cist to treat their symp­toms – and get­ting the same help or advice a lot quicker.

Self-care is the very best choice you can make for treat­ing very minor ill­nesses and injuries.

Why is self-care good for you?

Empowering people with the confidence and information to look after themselves when they can, and visit the GP when they need to, gives people greater control of their own health and encourages healthy behaviours that help prevent ill health in the long-term.

In many cases people can take care of their minor ailments, reducing the number of GP consultations and enabling GPs to focus on caring for higher risk patients, such as those with comorbidities (more than one condition), the very young and elderly, managing long-term conditions and providing new services.

Click on the link below for further information

Patient Self Care

As well as our practice, there are many other local NHS services you can contact for health advice, information or treatment.

Before you do, remember that you can treat many minor ailments such as colds, coughs and indigestion by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home.

We suggest you keep the following:



    • Paracetamol and aspirin (children under 16 and people with asthma should not take aspirin)

    • Mild laxatives

    • Anti-diarrhoeal medicines

    • Rehydration mixture

    • Indigestion remedy (for example, antacids)

    • Travel sickness tablets

    • Sunscreen – SPF15 or higher

    • Sunburn treatment (for example, calamine)

    • Tweezers and sharp scissors

    • A thermometer

    • A selection of plasters, non-absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and dressings



Remember:



    • Keep the medicine chest in a secure, locked place out of reach of small children

    • Always read the instructions and use the suggested dose

    • Watch expiry dates – don’t keep or use medicines past their sell-by date

    • Take all unwanted and out-of-date medicines back to the pharmacy



 

 



 
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