FLU SEASON 2020
We are about to start our flu vaccinations and this year we will be doing most of our clinics outside – to the right of the surgery – to minimise risk to patients and staff. Clinics will be by invitation only and as in previous years you MUST bring your letter with you as we will have limited access to computers to check eligibility and may have to refuse to vaccinate those attending without their invitation letter.
We are having to target specific groups –
*Hi Risk of Covid (Shielding and Care Homes) – letters sent & clinics in place
*At Risk Over 65’s – Saturday early October – to be confirmed
*At Risk 18-64 – Saturday mid October – to be confirmed
*Under 18 nasal flu – once we get vaccine in we can start weekday clinics
*Housebounds – Please attend the surgery clinics if at all possible. Our Nurses will be organising home visits but cannot give a day or time as have to be organised geographically and around having to change PPE for each home she attends and will be end October or November time. The nurse may ring in advance to check eligibility before mapping her routes.
*Please note that, if you are aged between 50 and 64 and not in a clinical at risk group, the earliest you will be offered a flu vaccination is November, providing there is sufficient vaccine. No appointments will be offered for people in this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are aged 50 to 64 and are in a clinical ‘at risk’ group which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.
If you usually have a flu vaccination and do not receive your letter by the end of October then please use the contact us tab on this website to let us know and we can check for you.
FACE COVERING - from 24.7.20
The Government guidance suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption. It should be sufficient for someone to declare that they are eligible for an exemption direct with the person questioning them (eg bus driver / shop).
FACE COVERING -
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering GOV.UK site
Registering a new Birth - new guidelines from 15.6.20 - click link below
Want to lose weight, give up smoking, move more, sleep better, eat more healthily ? One You can help with one or more of these in a plan to suit you and your needs. Go online or phone 01323 404600 to make a start in finding a new you.
Cervical Screening possible scam - We have received reports that some women are being contacted by text message, claiming to be from the call and recall service to advise they are overdue for screening. The message asks them to call a mobile number and provide personal details.
These messages are not from the NHS Cervical Screening Programme.
The Action Fraud Line has been contacted.
Advice for Parents during Coronavirus
Community Support for Coronavirus
Local volunteers are on hand to help people with food deliveries and prescription collection. If you are self-isolating and need support, get in touch with one of the groups below:
Battle Town Council 01424 772210 or 07309 732536
Crowhurst Support Group - 07395 932 355
The surgery is taking every precaution to ensure risks are minimal. We ask patients to be vigilant and aware of guidelines on self-isolation if any chance of contamination - with posters on the main door requesting anyone with symptoms of even a cold to not enter but go home and check the Gov.uk website for up to date advice & guidance
We are phone triaging ALL requests for appointments or home visits where a GP will decide on appropriate course of action/s.
It is imperative to maintain surgery services that anyone who thinks they might have, or have been in contact with, coronavirus DO NOT ATTEND the surgery. Self isolate using the www.gov.uk
New Firearm/Shotgun GP Medicals required. Follow link below for advice and guidance on applications or renewals. This falls outside of normal GP NHS services and we have agreed a fee, for our registered patients, of £50.00 for this medical. The GP will have to access ALL your medical history to complete and sign off the form and see you for a 20 minute appointment.
Treating your infection - a really useful guide to self help, expected recovery times & when to seek help - click on this link - Treating Your Infection Leaflet
Named GPs at Martins Oak Surgery
You will have been informed at registration who your Named (or Registered) GP is with the surgery. If you are unsure who your Named/Usual GP is then you can
find it on the right hand side of any repeat prescription
Use your Emis ACESS online to see your Named GP
ask at the surgery when you next attend or make contact