IMPORTANT FLU INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS
With winter fast approaching, we know that flu is a worry for many of our patients.
This year, it is more important than ever for those who are eligible* to safely have the flu vaccination.
Due to the on-going implications of Covid-19, we must ensure that we follow social distancing and offer alternative methods to how we may have historically delivered our flu clinics. This is to ensure the safety of both our patients and staff alike.
If you are eligible to receive the flu vaccination on the NHS, we will be contacting you to pre-book your appointment.
Please note that these are not ‘walk-in’ clinics and anyone who attends without a booked appointment will sadly be turned away. Again, this is to ensure the safety of all those concerned.
We will continue to carry out home visits where possible to vaccinate our elderly and vulnerable patients. Again, these will be pre-booked in advance.
When attending your pre-boked flu appointment, please help us help you to keep safe by adhering to current government guidelines such as wearing a face covering and following good hand hygiene. Please also come on your own wherever possible, friends and relatives will be asked to wait outside unless they are required to provide assistance.
Thank you so much for your understanding and co-operation.
*To find out if you are eligible for the free flu vaccination click here.
COVID 19 UPDATES
Vaccinating Health and social care staff
NHS England and NHS Improvement have now published a Standard Operating Procedure for the vaccination of frontline health and social care staff. This identifies the people who can currently access NHS Health and Social Care vaccination hubs. This guidance will help organisations plan the rollout, including providing information on prioritisation and delivery methods,
All frontline health and social care workers will be eligible for the covid vaccination regardless of whether they work in hospitals, people’s homes or another setting, or who employs them.
· If you are a frontline health or social care worker and want to enquire about your first covid vaccine dose, please do not contact your GP surgery.
· If you are working for an organisation please contact them as they will likely have a roll out plan.
· If you are self-employed or run a small organisation and have not had contact from NHS vaccination services please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Within your email, please state the number of staff members that need to be vaccinated.
· Once your email is received, you will be contacted with details about how to book your appointment.
Please note, you may not get an immediate response as we are booking more than 30,000 health and social care workers in this area so please bear with us.
Getting vaccinated only protects you from the virus, so you will still need to follow IPC and testing measures in your workplace, and follow general advice at work, at home and when you are out and about:
• Practice social distancing
• Wear a face mask
• Wash your hands carefully and frequently
• Follow the current guidance: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Slough is still currently a COVID Tier 3 - Very High Alert area, as a part of the community messages for Slough and COVID rates, we as a CCG have created a video featuring some of our wonderful GPs in Slough.
Please share this link https://youtu.be/1yJtc7C0GSY far and wide with all of your friends and family, on your Social Media channels, WhatsApp groups, and any other channels that you have access to, especially if you live in Slough or know of someone who lives, works or goes to school in this area. We still need to continue to be doing our bit to help keep you, your family and your communities safe #OneSlough
APPOINTMENT POLICY 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/
Get a Sick note via 111 ONLINE
Use this service if you have to stay at home because of coronavirus and you need a note for your employer.
If you have to stay at home but feel well enough to work, ask your employer if you can work from home. If you can work from home, you will not need an isolation note.
You can also use this service for someone else.
Please note we are being overwhwlmed with admin requests for letters and medical notec etc.We are unable to deal with these requests in a timely manner because focus is on clinical demand due to covid-19 crisis.We thank you for your co-operation and understanding. As you are aware, the situation is evolving daily and we will keep you updated via our website and text messaging service.
Self Isolation Guide
24th March 2020 : Please find attached latest home isolation guide Self Isolation Guide
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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Children's Flu Immunisation Survey
Are you a parent of a child aged between 2 and 11 years old living in Slough? If so, your local NHS would appreciate your help in completing a short survey on the flu. Please click on the following link to complete - https://bit.ly/2SSELSo.
Each year, the NHS works closely partnership with others to try and protect people from flu, especially those more at risk of developing serious complications such as people aged 65 and over; pregnant women; and young children. These groups are all eligible for a free flu vaccination on the NHS. Whilst the uptake of the flu vaccine is generally good in many of the groups and in line with national averages, Slough has always seen a lower uptake of the children’s flu immunisation than other local areas. Despite local efforts to address this, there have been no significant changes over the years. The short survey has been designed to help the partnership understand the potential reasons behind there being a lower uptake locally.
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