WELCOME TO HERSCHEL MEDICAL CENTRE
We aim to provide a caring, professional and confidential service for all our patients. We encourage patients to take responsibility for their own health and to follow our practice charter.
Our dedicated team are here to treat those minor ailments that occur as well as providing specialist management of long-term conditions and clinics covering a wide range of healthcare issues. The technology also means you can now do a lot of things from the comfort of your home such as order a repeat prescription or cancel an appointment. Once registered, patients and healthcare professionals work together to ensure the most appropriate care is provided. This partnership philosophy extends even further and our active patient group exists to make sure that patient needs and the practice offering are always heading in the same direction.
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Taking the next step – July 19th
The government have announced their plans to move out of lockdown, indicating that this is likely to be from 19 July. Until that time we wanted to remind you that the hands, face, space, fresh air mandatory requirements and guidance still apply.
The number of people who have received their first, and in many cases, second vaccination locally is fantastic but it doesn’t completely remove the risk of Covid and the virus continues to circulate in our communities. If you haven’t had your vaccinations yet you can find out more about the walk in opportunities in your local area HERE and we encourage you to share this information with friends and family.
Please remember that at this time, all infection prevention and control and the guidance regarding the use of face masks/coverings, which has been put in place for health care settings remains unchanged. This is for your safety, the safety of loved ones receiving care and for the safety of our staff. If visiting a healthcare setting, such as your GP practice, or when going to receive your Covid vaccination, you will still be required to practice good hand hygiene, wear your mask and give appropriate space to staff and other people in the area.
Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said:
“As we move from regulations to guidance and get back to our everyday lives, see our loved ones and return to work, it is vital people practise good sense and take personal responsibility for their own health and those around them”
We have made such positive strides over the past few months, to keep moving forward, we must still remain mindful that we need to help protect each other.
After the 19th July, for the safety or yourself and others, we continue to recommend you:
- Meet others in well-ventilated areas where possible, such as outdoors or indoors with windows open.
- Wear a face covering where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet in enclosed and crowded spaces.
- Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day.
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze.
- Stay at home if unwell, to reduce the risk of passing on other illnesses onto friends, family, colleagues, and others in your community.
- Consider the individual risks of others, such as clinical vulnerabilities and vaccination status.
To keep up to date and fully informed with the changing guidance continue to visit GOV.UK and NHS.UK for trusted information.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION PATIENTS ABOUT GP APPOINTMENTS
As you will be are aware, COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a new illness that is spreading across the UK. As such, Herschel Medical Centre is taking actions to protect our patients, our staff and our community by introducing a new telephone triage system for GP appointments. Our aim is to significantly reduce the footfall through our surgery in order to reduce the risk of spreading the virus, in line with national guidance.
All GP, Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Pharmacist appointments will initially be on the telephone. If you have an appointment booked with one of the above clinicians, please do not come to the surgery – please stay at home and the clinician will call you at the allocated time. The clinician will do all they can to help you over the phone – however, should they feel the need to see you face to face for an examination, you will be invited to the surgery for review.
Essential Nursing appointments will continue as planned but we ask you to consider the national guidance before visiting the practice https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
From the 1 April patients will be able to access evening and weekend appointments across additional sites in Slough allowing greater access and more flexibility for patients to see their GP see details below:
(Site updated 19/07/2021)