COVID VACCINATION ADVICE
Patients who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 Vaccination will be invited to book an appointment.
It is really important that you make arrangements to have the vaccine once invited so that together we can return to some state of normal. If you have not received a letter, phone call or text message to book a vaccine, please do not worry, we will notify everyone in priority order when the vaccine becomes available. We would be grateful if you do not telephone the practice or hospital, please wait to be invited.
STATION HOUSE SURGERY APPOINTMENTS
We are continuing to provide access to a doctor or nurse if you need this.
1. A full telephone triage system is in operation. The clinician will speak to you on the telephone in the first instance to assess what you need.
2. Face to Face appointments will be offered by the clinician if he feels you need to be seen.
3. Please contact Reception on 01539 772660 if you need an appointment for to see or speak to a nurse or require a blood test.
4. On-line appointment bookings are currently suspended.
Please do not attend the surgery if you have COVID symptoms.
The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
If you have any of these symptoms, get a test to check if you have coronavirus and stay at home until you get your result.
We are working in extraordinary and uncertain times and recognise that the significant steps we are taking will cause disruption. We are continuing to follow Pubic Health England guidance and will make further changes as the situation develops.
We wish to reassure you that we are working extremely hard during this challenging and unsettling time to ensure that we provide a safe service to all our patients and staff.
Please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/ if you need an isolation notice to give to your employer. You do not need to contact the practice.
If you need to speak to a GP or other healthcare professional please ring the surgery as usual 01539 722660
Find latest Coronavirus information and advice at
www. Gov.uk or www.NHS.UK
We have been made aware of some inaccurate information circulating (especially on social media) regarding special "rescue packs" of antibiotics and oral steroids for patients with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma or or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (or even for those who don't have these conditions).
We would like to reassure you that patients who suffer with severe respiratory conditions already have these in place (along with the instructions on how to use them). Oral steroids are powerful medicines and any decision to use them would need careful evaluation by a prescriber, usually a doctor or respiratory specialist nurse.
Please do not contact your GP practice for a rescue pack unless this is something that has been previously agreed and prescribed by your medical team. You should continue to manage your condition in the usual way and if you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19, go to https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 or call 111 (online services should be used as a first choice) before doing anything else
Privacy Notice - update COVID 19
Station House Surgery is committed to protecting your personal information. In the fight against this global pandemic we are currently working with all of our partners in Health and Social Care to ensure information is shared with the right people at the right time to ensure you receive the best possible care.
Data Protection rules will not hinder the sharing of personal information during these unprecedented times and we will continue to process information in accordance with national law and GDPR.
The processing of personal information relating to this is necessary for reasons of planning and providing health and social care to both individual data subjects and is in the substantial public interest in the area of public health and specifically to support the control of an epidemic. For more detailed information regarding the lawful basis to undertake these activities please see the links below: