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Flu Season

Please Note:

We are currently booking in Flu Vaccinations  for 2 /3 year olds (this is up to 4 years of age), with our Practice Nurses please call in to book at the surgery. 4-18 year olds will be having their flu vaccine at school – if they have missed this or want to have it earlier they can contact: 0203 317 5076. Please note:  this is only eligible for children up to year 7 (11/12 year olds).

Our adult Flu clinic will start first week in October, this is for 65+ patients only. We will be sending out invites to those eligible, please contact to book your appointment with one of our HCAs.

Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first.  If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.

Now available – online flu jab booking at your local community pharmacy

  • Eligible patients over the age of 18 can now book a flu vaccination at their local community pharmacy in one of three convenient ways. GP practices are welcome to include these options in their communications to patients:
  • Telephone or visit the pharmacy of your choice and ask to book a flu vaccination
  • Book your flu vaccination online at any local pharmacy other than Boots via https://myvaccinations.co.uk
  • Book your vaccination at Boots online at https://www.boots.com/online/pharmacy-services/winter-flu-jab-services

 

 

 

 

Practice Updates !

Please Wear Your Face Mask/Covering

 

As part of government guidelines, please ensure you’re wearing your face masks/covering when  visiting the practice. This is to protect yourself, others around you and our staff.

 

Due to the COVID- 19 pandemic we are being advised to continue to keep our surgery doors closed. However, the practice clinical and nonclinical staff are still here to help you. If you have any concerns, whether they be related to health or social care needs, then please initially ring reception to speak to any of the doctors or nurses. Direct appointments, however can be made, via reception, for the following clinical conditions:

  • diabetic checks, if you are under the age of 50 and are not shielding;
  • cervical smear tests if you have received an invitation for this test;
  • all childhood and baby immunisations;

 

Coronovirus Outbreak

Information for Patients 

Important information about the 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 020 3657 9449 or visit our website – our opening hours are Monday – Friday 08:00 – 18:30. You can also call NHS 111. Please do not come to the surgery unless you have an appointment. If you are waiting for a check-up, please be assured we will be in touch. Appointments are being delivered face-to-face, online and over the telephone. If you are asked to come into the surgery for a face-to-face appointment, please remember to wear a face covering. Measures are in place to keep you safe from infection during your visit to the surgery.

Unfortunately we do not have access to covid swabs please see:  COVID-19: guidance for taking swab samples

The NHS in Central London and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

The latest information on symptoms of Coronovirus infection and areas where recent travel may have resulted in a high risk of exposure can be found on nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

 Use this service if:

  • you think you might have coronavirus;
  • in the last 14 days you’ve been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus;
  • you’ve been in close contact with someone with coronavirus.

 Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.

Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also catch the virus by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict guidelines. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

 

COVID-19 contingency sharing – Primary care staff across each borough will be able to access your full medical record without consent during the COVID-19 pandemic but will only do so when this is necessary to provide you with care. They will be required to use a smartcard which confirms their identity, and which limits their access and actions to those appropriate for their role. They will all have been trained to understand their professional and legal responsibilities in providing you with care.