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Bank Holiday 25th May 2020 - Surgery will be closed.

Access to pharmacy and healthcare services

Late spring bank holiday weekend

 

Getting advice from a local pharmacist is the best first step for a minor health concern.

 

People can speak to a pharmacist in confidence, in a private area, about the most personal symptoms, and should telephone their usual pharmacy before travelling as opening times may vary over the bank holiday.  

 

Prior to the bank holiday weekend, anyone who has a condition that their pharmacist cannot treat, is advised to contact their GP by phone in the first instance, or visit their website for details about online consultation, if available.

 

During the bank holiday weekend, if a health condition cannot be treated by a pharmacist residents are advised to call NHS 111 or go online www.111.nhs.uk who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Alternatively, anyone unable to get an appointment and needing to see someone urgently can visit the Urgent Treatment Centre (including walk-in access) and primary care access service at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (Tameside Hospital site). The centre is open 9am-9pm every day of the year.

 

NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group Co-Chairs, Drs Asad Ali and Ashwin Ramachandra, said: “Anyone feeling unwell and self-isolating should ask friends, relatives or neighbours to collect medicines in the first instance to reduce the demand and pressure on the pharmacy delivery services.   “For those who are self-isolating, and are struggling to access medication with no support available, please call our helpline on 0161 342 8355.   “Finally, please follow all government announcements on self-isolation and social distancing: stay at home; only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work; stay two metres (6ft) away from other people; wash your hands as soon as you get home and protect yourselves and others.” 

 

Residents are reminded not to visit their GP practice, pharmacy or hospital if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19 (a high temperature – 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); Anosmia - the loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked.

 

For a full list of pharmacy opening times and other available health care services including emergency support visit: https://www.tamesideandglossopccg.org/accessingcare

Covid-19 Shielding Letters

This is not something your GP's can deal with and have been sent out by the government. We cannot provide patients with a letter and cannot deal with individual requests for this.  Patients who have been identified as having an increased risk and should be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures are as follows:

  • Aged 70 or older regardless of other medical condition.
  • Under 70 with an underlying health condition (listed below):
  • Chronic long term respiratory diseases, such as asthma, COPD, emphysema and bronchitis.
  • Chronic heart disease such as heart failure.
  • Chronic kidney disease.
  • Chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis.
  • Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's Disease, Motor Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, a learning disability or Cerebral Palsy.
  • Diabetes.
  • Problems with your spleen - for example, sickle cell disease or is you have had your spleen removed.
  • A weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy.
  • Being seriously overweight with a BMI of 40 or above.
  • Those who are pregnant.

For Sick Notes relating to Covid-19:  Please go to the NHS111 website to download an isolation note.  GP's will not be issuing sick notes for Covid-19.

We have now locked our front doors.  This is due to the high number of patients still coming into surgery and not following current guidelines.  Please read the advice below for further information.

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis and unprecedented demands on General Practice, GP’s are having to change the way they work and patients are now being managed over the telephone.

Non-urgent work is being halted or postponed until it is deemed safer to do so.

 

Therefore we are unable to offer any routine appointments at this time. If you have

a face to face pre-booked appointment DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY,

you will be contacted by a clinician and triaged.

 

From now all appointments will be booked as telephone consultations

. Please refrain from entering the surgery unless you have been triaged by our clinical team.

 

Patients who do not use electronic prescribing are asked to go to your local pharmacy

and nominate them to receive your electronic prescription.

 

Please be patient with our staff at this challenging time as they are following clinical guidelines.

Please follow the current guidelines and avoid coming into practice if you have a new onset continuous cough or a high temperature.  This is for the safety of other patients and our staff.

 

 

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UPDATE - CORONAVIRUS - Monday 27th April 2020:

We are still operating a telephone triage appointment system only.  The front doors remain locked and you will only be allowed to enter the premises if you have a pre-arranged appointment.

Childhood immunisations - we are still running these clinics as it is important that children have these completed to protect them from other diseases.  A member of our staff will contact you if your child is due for any immunisations.  We space the appointments out and ask that one person accompanies the child to the appointment.  Please go to the basement door when you arrive and press the bell for attention.

DMARD Bloods - are being done as per current guidance.  The surgery will contact you regarding your appointment when your bloods are due.

Contraception - If you are due for the Depo-Provera injection, please make a telephone appointment with the practice nurse who will advise you what action to take.

Appointment Booking

There are several ways to make an appointment:

  • Online - a percentage of our appointments are available to book online.  

  • Face to face - come into reception and our receptionists will be happy to make an appointment for you.

  • Telephone - call the surgery on 0161 214 8710 to make an appointment.

Please remember to give us your mobile number (if you have one), you will then get an appointment reminder 24 hours before so you don't forget. 

Travel Vaccination Appointments

We now have dedicated clinics for travel vaccinations, please contact reception to book.  These appointments are very time consuming and when we book families to have their travel vaccinations, these appointments can last for one and a half hours.  When patients then cancel or simply don't turn up that time is wasted.  We have a backlog of patients waiting for chronic disease management reviews and these patients need to take priority.  Any patients who do not attend or cancel their appointments will not be offered any further appointment but will be redirected to a travel clinic where they will have to pay privately.  We may also ask for a deposit to secure the appointment, reimbursed when you attend for your appointment. 

WE ARE ALSO A YELLOW FEVER CLINIC.

Electronic Prescription Service

If you get regular prescriptions the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) may be able to save you time by saving you unnecessary trips to your GP.

EPS makes it possible for your prescriptions to be sent electronically to the pharmacy or dispenser of your choice.

Choosing a pharmacy or dispensing appliance contractor to process your EPS prescription is called nomination. This means, you will no longer have to collect a paper repeat prescription from your GP practice and instead you can go straight to the nominated pharmacy or dispensing appliance contractor to pick up your medicines or medical appliances.

Because your pharmacist has already received your electronic prescription, they may be able to prepare your items in advance, so you just have to pick it up with no extra wait. However, this will depend on the capacity of pharmacists on the day and may not be possible all the time.

How can I start using EPS?

You don't need a computer to use EPS. You can use the Electronic Prescription Service as long as both your GP surgery and the pharmacy (or other dispensing appliance contractor) offers the service.

TipGP practices and pharmacies may display the EPS sign on their premises to show that they can be nominated. Ask your pharmacist or GP for more advice, they will be happy to help you.

You'll then need to nominate the place you'd like to pick up your prescription medicines or appliances from in the future. You can choose the most convenient place for you, such as near your home, where you shop or where you work. This is flexible and can be changed at any time, just let your doctor or pharmacy know.

You can choose one of the following:

  • a pharmacy

  • a dispensing appliance contractor (if you use one)

  • your dispensing GP practice (if you are eligible)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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