We are delighted that Severn Fields Medical Centre has now been approved as a hub site for the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines, and clinics for all Shrewsbury GP practice patients are starting there this week.
We are in the process of sending out text messages inviting patients over 70 to book their COVID-19 vaccination (if you do not have a mobile number, you will be contacted in another way). We are working through inviting a large list of patients, starting with the extremely vulnerable, then moving down the ages from 79 to 70. Your invite is on the way, please do not ring us.
The text you receive will ask you to visit a link starting with “book.nhs.me”. Please rest assured that this is a legitimate invitation and a safe link to follow. You will be asked to confirm your date of birth only. For more information about this, please visit https://support.accurx.com/en/articles/4794856-i-have-been-invited-to-book-my-covid-19-vaccination-through-a-book-nhs-me-link-is-this-legitimate
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL PATIENTS
Testing for Coronavirus is now available for our patients if you have a clinical referral from NHS111, are aged 65 or over and have symptoms, or must currently travel to work and have symptoms.
Visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus and choose the option “Testing for Coronavirus”
If you meet the relevant criteria you will be able to book a test at a Regional Centre (sorry we don’t know where this is presently) or order a home testing kit if available.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE FROM THE SURGERY
We understand that many of our patients are anxious and need reassurance in these difficult times - we also have staff in isolation facing the same challenges as our you. Although we are busy, we are not overwhelmed. Don’t simply stay away for fear of overburdening the NHS or catching the virus: if you have a health concern that you can’t solve; get in touch, we’re here to help.
Our doctors and nurses are prioritising the assessment and management of patients that are acutely unwell. All patients will need to speak to a clinician by telephone before coming to the surgery. Please come unaccompanied if possible. You may be seen in your car, or asked to wait outside. If you have a booked appointment at the surgery, do not attend if you or anyone in your household has a temperature or new persistent cough. We are also offering routine pre-bookable telephone and video appointments for patients with existing health conditions.
Continue to order your prescriptions as normal through the POD service, when they are due. Prescriptions cannot be issued for a greater than usual amount to avoid stockpiling and shortages. Do not ring the POD if you have more than 7 days of medication left. All prescriptions will be sent electronically to your nominated chemist – patients may not collect paper prescriptions from the surgery.
Patients that need to self isolate do not require a sick note but they are available from NHS111 should your employer insist.
Thank you for your co-operation and support, it is very greatly appreciated.
Due to a high volume of calls, we encourage our patients to order their prescriptions online instead of calling Prescription Ordering Direct (POD) if at all possible.
Prescription Ordering Direct (POD) have now started an email prescription ordering service. This should hopefully reduce the volume of calls to a manageable level for their call handlers.
It is important to note that inappropriate or early requests will NOT be processed.
The email address is: email@example.com
Please ensure that you have provided ALL of the following information in your email request:-
- Name of drug, strength, dose and formulation (tablet, cream, inhaler, etc)
If you are ordering on behalf of someone else, you also need to provide the following information:-
- Your relationship to the patient
This email facility is not to be used for anything other than medication requests; any other queries will not be addressed or actioned.
ONLINE APPOINTMENTS NEWS
Due to COVID-19, we now need to screen all appointment bookings. Therefore for the time being online appointment booking has been deactivated.
We apologies for any inconvenience caused by this, and will reinstate online appointment booking as soon as possible.
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South Hermitage Compassionate Communities (Co-Co)
For the past few months I have been gearing up to launch the South Hermitage Compassionate Community project which started with our Open Meeting at the end of June. We had a great bunch of people attend on a very hot Tuesday evening; it was fantastic to see such a positive turn out.
Co-Co is about the community coming together to offer companionship to one another. The project is a Severn Hospice initiative and it was amazing to have the brains behind the idea, Paul Cronin, come and speak at our meeting.
At the end there was an opportunity to leave contact details for anyone who was interested in continuing the process and finding out more! We are absolutely delighted that the majority of people left their details and will carry on with the next step, which is to attend an information session run by the hospice.
We are welcoming anyone to get in touch who wants to find out more about volunteering or helping with the organisational side of things.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Community & Care Co-ordinator
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