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Coronavirus Guidance

Please see below various helpful links to guidance issued by the NHS and Public Health England.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
  
For patients concerned that they may have coronavirus or may have come into contact with someone who has, the NHS 111 online service has created coronavirus pages that tell patients what they should do based on their particular circumstances.  These can be accessed at:

https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19

If you think you have been in contact with coronavirus either through travelling or through another contact. DO NOT COME TO THE SURGERY. Self-isolate if you have symptoms and check the guidance as above.

If you do not have access to a computer ring the surgery for advice.

Please do not make unnecessary visits to the surgery:

  • ask for a telephone appointment if you feel your problem can be dealt with on the telephone
  • arrange for your prescriptions to be sent directly to a community pharmacy rather than be picked up in person
  • ask reception for access to on-line appointment booking and ordering of repeat prescriptions
  • we are using text questionnaires for some routine checks i.e. for asthma reviews please respond to these if you can it will save you coming into the surgery
  • we have currently suspended our travel immunisations service as the complexities of keeping up with up to date guidance is becoming difficult. Consider postponing travel to high risk areas, and ask your travel agent for advice before booking. We are happy to provide you with a list of your current immunisations if that is helpful.
  • we do not do routine checks if you have returned from a high risk area. See the guidance above if you are concerned.

Other guidance:

  • wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds ensuring thumbs, fingernails and the backs of the hand are well washed. Use a disposable towel to dry.
  • use disposable tissues to catch a cough or sneeze and dispose of them carefully
  • avoid hand shaking and social kissing
  • avoid public transport and crowds if the virus becomes established locally

Hearing Aid Batteries

We are now able to supply hearing aid batteries for NHS supplied hearing aids at reception. This is a free service. Bring your hearing aid book in with you when you want some.

Carer's Services

Please note that The Carers Support Worker is no longer available to attend the surgery. Ruth Cutler continues as Carer's Champion and is available on Monday, Tuesday ,Thursday or Friday mornings to support you and signpost you to other services for carers. Please ring first to check Ruth's availability.  Please see the dedicated Carers page on this website for further information.

if you do identify yourself as an informal carer for a friend, family member or neighbour please let us know then we can invite you to events for carers and keep in touch with you.

SystmOnline Service

It is now possible to book, view and cancel your doctor's appointment online and order repeat medication online.

Before you can start using this online service you need to obtain a user name and log in from Reception. Once they have given you a printout containing these details you can book an appointment by clicking on the links on the relevant pages, this will then re-direct you to the SystmOne online service.

You can also access the NHS App on www.nhs.uk/nhsapp

Named Accountable GP

Dr Azim Khan is the named accountable GP but of course patients can see any of our other GPs.

Screening Services

We are now offering smear tests to those who have had a letter from the Screening service during lockdown. Please make an appointment with the nurse.

New information in regard to AAA Screening:

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening

(otherwise known as AAA Screening)

 

The NHS Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Programme’s main aim is to reduce the number of deaths from ruptured AAAs.

 

About the condition:

 

An AAA is a weakening and stretching of the main blood vessel (aorta) in the abdominal (tummy) area. The aorta supplies blood to the body.

  

If you have an AAA there is a risk that it may split or tear (rupture).

 

An AAA does not usually present with any symptoms, therefore, people do not know they have one.

 

One of the main risk factors is being male. This includes transgender women who were assigned (born) male at birth. The risk increases with age and can also increase if you:

 

  • have high blood pressure
  • Smoke
  • have a close family history of this condition 

The test

 

An ultrasound scan is used to test for an AAA. This is similar to that used during pregnancy to check on the baby. This takes, on average, approximately 10 minutes and results are usually given straight away.

Who is eligible for screening?

 

Men who are registered with a GP as male, are in their 65th year and older and have not previously been screened. 

  • People assigned male at birth, are registered with their GP as female in their 65th year and older and have not previously been screened. 
  • People assigned male at birth, are registered with their GP as non-binary in their 65th year and older and have not previously been screened.People who have had an operation to repair an AAA are not eligible for screening. Therefore, if you have had a repair for an AAA and have been invited for screening, please inform your local screening programme – see the ‘Who to contact’ section. 

 

How to access screening?

 

Invitation letters are automatically sent out to:

  • Men registered with their GP as male who are in their 65th year.  
  • People who will need to contact their local AAA screening programme to request to be screened:
  • Men registered with their GP as male who are over 65 years of age – see the ‘Who to contact’ section. 
  • People assigned male at birth who are registered with their GP as female or non-binary and who are in their 65th year and older – see the ‘Who to contact’ section.Within the Nottinghamshire AAA screening programme clinics are held mainly in community venues throughout the local area. Please contact the Nottinghamshire screening programme to find out where your local clinic is.
  • Who to contact:The Nottinghamshire AAA screening programme office is open 9am – 5pm and is based at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham. Contact details are: 
  • Tel: 0115 9249924, ext. 62394 or 82378 – if you are leaving a voicemail message please include a forwarding telephone number. 

  • Email: NUHNT.AAAScreeningProgramme@nhs.net 
  • Address: The Nottinghamshire AAA screening Programme, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Queen’s Medical Centre, F11 Curie Court, Derby Road, Nottingham. NG7 2UH
  • Further information can be found at:
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