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Vaccination Programme:

We are pleased to confirm the arrangements for our patients to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Please see below.

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Martins Oak is part of a wider network of Rother GP practices teamed up with the Sussex Community Foundation Trust (SCFT) to administer the COVID 19 vaccinations locally. The Trust are coordinating the complex logistical arrangements and staffing for the vaccination centre. Patients will be invited as per the government's priority list starting with the over 80's, care home residents and front line workers. Please do not contact the surgery unless you are over 50 or registered as housebound and have not yet been contacted for your vaccination date.

 General announcement 

Contrary to some press and internet stories, most GP Surgeries have never stopped seeing patients.  From day 1 we continued to see patients in the surgery for assessment, review and treatments if face to face appointment was indicated.  We have transformed the way we work to enable more patients than ever to be helped by rapidly replacing carpets with vinyl to allow more rooms to be opened to face to face appointment.  We offer telephone, video, email consultations and yes we still do home visits.  Front door triage ensures all patients having to attend are a safe and distanced as possible and leave by other doors to the front to avoid crossing paths.  We clean down after EVERY patient.   At no time since the start of this pandemic has anyone been away from surgery duty unless annual leave, or shielding and this is a testament to the dedication of amazing team from Patient Administration dealing with over a thousand calls a week; our Nursing Team working tirelessly seeing their regular patients for dressings, injections, blood tests and urgent patching up;  to Doctors who have had to adapt overnight to using technology to continue to see patients in a different way and using their skills and knowledge to try to best help those in clinical need.  With the measures we have had to put in place we have managed to avoid bringing Covid-19 into the surgery and been able to maintain and expand our services to our patients.   Whilst Covid-19 is still a threat we will continue to telephone triage ALL patient facing appointments.  Therefore on entry to the surgery we will go through the questionnaire about symptoms, temperature, recent travel, cough or loss of sense of taste or smell & ask that you wear a face covering because we already know that most people attending the surgery are already ill or at risk and we will try to do everything to ensure you are protected whilst in our care.

ALL patients attending the Surgery for their pre-booked appointment will be asked to wear a face covering or mask in line with the latest advice.  On arrival, you will be met at the door and asked a few COVID questions and have your temperature checked.

 

Practice News

My blood pressure review is due?

During the pandemic there are some other ways of reviewing blood pressure rather than attending the surgery in person.

The surgery has a limited supply of automated home blood pressure monitors to take home and record a series of results(for instance 3 readings a day for 3 days) then returning the monitor and readings to the surgery. Please ring the surgery to arrange.

Alternatively if you have access to an automated machine you can do the same. The British and Irish Hypertensive society has a list of approved monitors for home use if you wished to purchase one, which don’t need to be expensive CLICK HERE

Please send your home readings in to the surgery or email to admin.martinsoak@nhs.net


My annual Cholesterol blood test is due?

Generally speaking these can wait until times when it is safer and covid restrictions have eased.In general those people on “statin” medication for their cholesterol it is likely to be pretty stable.


We have a new Patient Participation Group and we decided our first job would be to look at the responses to the Friends & Family returns from patients as this is your voice in feeding back comments (good, bad and sometimes funny, sometimes touching)

This is under review and we will post our comments on your comments as soon as we next meet. Contact us on admin.martinsoak@nhs.net



 
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