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Covid-19 Vaccine

Limited supplies of the Covid-19 Vaccine have started to arrive in Suffolk. 

At present, those surgeries that have received vaccine are only able to immunise patients aged 80 or over. 

There is not yet enough vaccines for everyone in this age bracket to receive it, so 'at risk' patients are being prioritised. 

Please DO NOT call the surgery to ask when you will be able to receive your vaccination. 

Rest assured that we will contact you when we are able to vaccinate you. 

Our privacy materials have been updated with important information about sharing information during COVID-19, please click here to find out more

Supplier Issues Resolved - Blood Tests

Problems with an NHS supplier, Roche, had previously led to a temporary shortage in some of the chemicals we use to process blood test results. This has been a national problem and Roche has been working hard to resolve this.

Due to the above, we were forced to cancel all routine blood tests, and only completed tests classed as clinically 'urgent'. 

Fortunately, we have now been informed we can re-commence routine blood tests. 

We understand this may have caused some concern and worry – if any patients would like to talk us, we would encourage them to get in touch directly with the Patient Advice and Liaison Service

New Flu Criteria (50-64 years old)

Following the recent announcement advising people aged 50-64 are now eligible for a flu jab we would like to assure you that you will be contacted shortly with details on how to book an appointment. 

Please do not contact the practice until you have heard from us as we are currently working on ordering more stock and arranging clinics, we will contact those who fall in this category and share further information as soon as we have an update. 

Antibody Testing

Unfortunately our local laboratories are NOT currently set up to accommodate Covid-19 Antibody testing, and our Local CCG are actively looking for ways in which we can make this service available in our area. Therefore, we are NOT currently able to offer Covid-19 Antibody testing to our patients so please DO NOT contact the practice regarding this matter.

Important message for our patients-Face coverings

In accordance with the new guidance issued by the government this week, we are now asking all our patients to wear a face covering if you come to the surgery for an appointment or for any other reason.

This will protect other patients in the waiting area and our staff. All our staff with continue to wear PPE including surgical masks for all patient face to face appointments.

The new advice on the use of face coverings by the Government is as follows:

People should aim to wear face coverings on public transport and in some shops from 24th July 2020.

Also in other “enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible and they come into contact with others that they do not normally meet”

“Social distancing” means staying more than two metres away from someone

We feel that the practice cannot always ensure social distancing of 2 metres so therefore we must ask all our patients to wear a face covering as they come in through the door. Face coverings should be worn and not surgical masks or respirators which should be left for healthcare staff and other workers who need them

The government advises washing your hands or using hand sanitiser before putting on and after taking off face coverings

Whichever face covering you use, they are not a substitute for other lockdown rules. Hand hygiene especially is just as important as before – so washing your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds when you get home.

For information on how to make your own facemask please follow the link below


Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and your information

The ICO recognises the unprecedented challenges the NHS and other health professionals are facing during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The ICO also recognise that 'Public bodies may require additional collection and sharing of personal data to protect against serious threats to public health.'

The Government have also taken action in respect of this and on 20th March 2020 the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care issued a Notice under Regulation 3(4) of The Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002 requiring organisations such as GP Practices to use your information to help GP Practices and other healthcare organisations to respond to and deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to look after your healthcare needs during this difficult time, we may urgently need to share your personal information, including medical records, with clinical and non-clinical staff who belong to organisations that are permitted to use your information and need to use it to help deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. This could (amongst other measures) consist of either treating you or a member of your family and enable us and other healthcare organisations to monitor the disease, assess risk and manage the spread of the disease.

Please be assured that we will only share information and health data that is necessary to meet yours and public healthcare needs.

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has also stated that these measures are temporary and will expire on 30th September 2020 unless a further extension is required. Any further extension will be communicated via an update to this Privacy Notice.

Please also note that the data protection and electronic communication laws do not stop us from sending public health messages to you, either by phone, text or email as these messages are not direct marketing.

It may also be necessary, where the latest technology allows us to do so, to use your information and health data to facilitate digital consultations and diagnoses and we will always do this with your security in mind.

If you are concerned about how your information is being used, please contact our DPO using the contact details provided in this Privacy Notice.

New GP Partner

We are excited to announce our new GP Partner, Dr Mike Barstow, who joined us on the 15th June 2020. Dr Barstow will be working 6 sessions a week. 

Book Your Shingles Vaccination Today!

Shingles Vaccinations are free for Patients aged 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 78 or 79.

Contact our reception today on 01728 830526 to find our whether you are eligible and to book!

Increase in Prescription Charges

The NHS Prescription charge has increased from 1st April 2020.

The NHS prescription charge is now £9.15 for each prescribed item, which means that there is a charge for each different drug or medical appliance on your prescription. 

Patient Online Service

You are now able to book appointments/request repeat medication and test results online with our Patient Online Service.

Pick up a form from reception to sign up, you will receive your own username and password to enable you  to access the service and all of its benefits.

Join our Patient Participation Group 

Be the voice of the patients and join our Patient Participant Group. 

Call reception on 01728 830526 for more information.

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