You may have heard on the news about this year’s Flu Vaccination Campaign. With the added pressure of Covid-19 this year will be slightly different to usual.
We are still awaiting full guidance from Public Health England, but rest assured we are busy planning in the back ground.
There is still a lot that we need to work out so we are asking you to kindly be patient and not ring requesting appointments just yet.
We will let you know by text, Facebook, our website or letter what the plan is.
As we said it may be different this year, but as you know we will do our best as always to get everyone vaccinated safely.
Thank you from the Nursing Team at The Swan Practice
Wearing Face Masks
As you are already aware wearing a face mask will become mandatory in certain situations from the 24th July 2020. As part of the government’s guidance some people may be exempt for health, age or equality reasons.
We are starting to have some questions from patients about whether they need letters from us regarding exemption from wearing a face mask.
The good news is that you don’t!
The government is trusting us all to self-declare if we fit in to the groups that are exempt. You can find more information here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own
Exemptions on public transport are the responsibility of the transport provider. See here for more information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#face-coverings
GPs are not able to provide letters of support if you do not fall in to these exemption groups.
People needing to travel on public transport in London may wish to print out a self-exemption card, approved by TFL: https://tfl.gov.uk/campaign/face-coverings
If you are travelling abroad you will need to adopt the requirements of the country you are visiting. If you require evidence of a medical condition that would mean you were exempt in the UK when you travel abroad then we may be able to provide you with a private certificate
Nurse Olivia is on-hand 24/7- Download the new app Ask NHS
The app is free to download on any mobile device and provides patients with a symptom checker, self-care advice and access to book the most appropriate GP appointment or direct you to NHS 111, if required.
Using the app can help you take more control of your own health. A virtual healthcare assistant, Olivia, will ask you a series of questions (approximately 15) to assess your symptoms in a clinically safe and NICE accredited way. Olivia will then recommend the most appropriate care for you which might be self-care advice via NHS Choices, appropriate GP appointment, GP call back or direction to urgent or emergency care.
For patients who need an appointment, the app can prioritise those patients into the most appropriate time slot based on their needs. You’ll be able to directly book an appointment without having to call the practice.
The Ask NHS app is available on both iOS and Android phones, smart devices. It is free to download from the App Store (Apple devices) or Google Play (Android devices). http://onelink.to/asknhs
PLEASE NOTE If you have an on-going problem which is being looked after by the GP, then please call the practice for an appointment which will provide continuity of your care.
Alternatively, you can use this service online by visiting https://www.sensely.com/asknhs/home/start/ - Please use the link via one of the following web browsers i.e. Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Safari as the web based link is not supported by Internet Explorer.
Electronic Prescribing Service (EPS)
Electronic Prescribing Service (EPS) enables prescribers - such as GPs, Practice Nurses and Pharmacists - to send prescriptions electronically to a pharmacy of the patient's choice. This makes the prescribing and dispensing process more efficient and convenient for both patients and staff.
Please speak to your preferred pharmacy about setting up a nominated pharmacy if you wish to take up this service. If you already have a nominated pharmacy, your prescriptions will automatically be sent electronically.
The process for patients who have their prescription dispensed at the practice remains unchanged.
If you don't want your prescription to be sent electronically please inform your GP when you next need a prescription.
If you want to change or cancel your pharmacy nomination speak to dispensary. Please tell them before your next prescription is due or your prescription may be sent to the wrong place.
Update from The Swan Practice - 18 May 2020
Please click on the link to see an update for The Swan Practice Patient Participation Group
Update from The Swan Practice
Help the Fight Against COVID-19
Has your doctor or nurse said you are likely to have a COVID-19 infection?
Or do you have these symptoms:
- Continuous new or worsening cough
- High Temperature
And have you had them for fewer than 15 days?
Are you aged 65 and above?
Or aged 50 to 64 with any of these illnesses:
- High blood pressure and/or heart disease
- Asthma or lung disease
- Weakened immune system due to serious illness or medication (e.g.chemotherapy)
- Diabetes not treated with insulin
- Stroke or neurological problems
- Liver disease
Then you could be eligible to join the PRINCIPLE trial and help the fight against COVID-19.
The PRINCIPLE trial aims to find treatments that reduce hospital admission and improve symptoms for people with COVID-19.
To find out more please visit: www.principletrial.org or phone 0800 138 0880
Chain SMS (accuRx) Text Messaging
We are now using Chain SMS (accuRx) to message patients.
Chain SMS is.........
A system which allows us to easily send text messages to patients. It means we can be much more proactive about some communications, messaging you quickly and securely, so that you are not waiting around to hear from us.
Some examples of how we might use it in the future....
- Sending you an appointment
- Reminders or notifications (e.g. prescription is ready)
- Responding to simple queries (e.g. if you had a quick question about your medication)
- Letting you know we tried to call
- Sending you advice at the end of a consultation
The practice name will always be at the bottom of the message.
You won't be able to reply to the message.
We will routinely be asking you for your consent to receive text messaging
Please update your records at Reception, especially if you share a mobile number with another patient -e.g. parent, partner or carer
Please help us to help you by keeping your mobile number up to date.
If you do not want us to contact you in this way please let us know
Investors in Carers
The Swan Practice is proud to announce that we have been awarded the Investors in Carers GP Standard Award for our work in identifying and supporting carers. If you would like to know more about this then please email the practice email@example.com
Patient Information Used For Research and Planning
Following the recent national news stories we would like to reassure our patients that we take privacy very seriously and complies with the Data Protection laws and NHS standards in keeping information confidential and secure. The practice does not store data in the same way as the Trusts involved and if you have been treated at any of the Trusts listed in the recent new items then please contact them directly. You can be reassured that we do not share any identifiable information outside of direct patient care without your consent. If you want to opt out of your information being shared for purposes beyond your care and treatment you can register on the national data opt-out website https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/ or call the NHS Digital contact centre: 0300 3035678 which will prevent your data being used by the NHS for research and planning.
Non-NHS Work - September 2019
We have updated our information on these services, such what we can and can't do and the associated fees. Please read full details here.
Practice Closure - Practice Training Afternoon
The practice will be closed from 1pm, on the afternoon of Tuesday 22 September 2020. If you require medical attention please call NHS111 by dialling 111. For all other enquiries, including prescription requests, please contact the practice when we open the following day.