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Practice Update June 2020 Posted on 5 Jun 2020

Changes to our Practice 

Dr Sian Stanley has created a patient information video to explain the changes that have taken place in the practice and for patients contacting or visiting the surgery 

 


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Blood Tests

Princess Alexandra Hospital is now operating an appointment system to provide blood tests for all patients which will ensure social distancing.


This service is available at the outpatients departments at The Princess Alexandra Hospital, St Margarets Hospital, and Herts and Essex Hospital.
 
The booking line is open from Monday to Friday, 8.30am 2.30pm. You can contact the team on 01279 827163 or via their website at https://www.pah.nhs.uk/our-services/service/blood-tests-30/ 
 
Attendance:
Where possible, patients will need to enter the site on their own. Carers who are not required to assist the patient will be asked to wait outside


Patients who attend without an appointment will still be seen during a changeover period if the numbers waiting and social distancing allow

Additional information:
For shielding patients only

Rectory Lane Health Centre, Loughton, drop in  Monday 8.30am11.30am (patients need to attend with printed forms or they will not be able to have their blood taken)


Bookable appointments at the Rivers Hospital, Sawbridgeworth  Monday to Thursday (not bank holidays) from 9am-11.30am


Appointments can be booked in advance by calling 01279 602656 or via emailing lyn.pritchard@nhs.net


Childhood Vaccination Programme

All children due vaccinations must still have them. This is important because disruption to immunisation programmes during a panedmic can result in an increase in vaccine preventable diseases - leaving children at risk.

We are able to offer baby immunisations for children under the age of 1 at our Thorley branch and preschool immunisations at Church Street surgery. 


Contraceptive Implants 

We are now offering appointments for removal and fitting of contraceptive implants. Please contact our surgery to book an appointment with a nurse. 


Cervical Screening 

The Cervical Screening Administration process will restart cervical screening invitations and reminder letters on Saturday 6th June 2020 initially for patients on early recall. If you have received a letter inviting you for cervical screening, please telephone the surgery to book an appointment with one of our nurses. 


Midwife Appointments 

We continue to offer antenatal appointments for women over 28 weeks at Church Street on a Tuesday, and South Street on a Thursday. Women under 28 weeks may be offered a telephone consultation with the community midwife. 


Video Consultations 

We have been working hard to ensure our patients are able to access a high standard of quality care from our practice. We are able to offer patients (who wish to participate) in a video consultation with a clinician.


Please let our reception team know that you are happy to be contacted by video link.  A weblink will be sent to your mobile phone number where you will be invited to join a secure, confidential video consultation with a clinician. Please ensure that you inform the practice of your most up to date telephone contact details. 


Coronavirus Testing 

Everyone can now have a test if they have symptoms. Testing should be within 3 days from the onset of any symptoms. Please do not book a test if you are not symptomatic and until you have received your results, you and your household MUST STAY HOME. For information on how to book a test, please see the link below. 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested 


Test and Trace 

The Govenment have now launched Testing and Tracing for people who have tested positive for Coronavirus. For further information about how this works please see the link below  

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works

 

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