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Important Notice

Much Hadham Health Centre will NOT be open on Monday 25th May. Please call NHS 111 if you need to speak with a doctor.

Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

As the advice on Coronavirus is changing daily, please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19 for the latest guidance.  Please refer to self isolation advice on www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

In order to promote patient and staff safety we will be increasing our telephone triage service. All appointments will be triaged by a GP before a patient is seen face to face. The reception team will ask the nature of the problem (ask about Coronavirus symptoms) and book a telephone call with the duty doctor who will call you back. The online appointment booking process for appointments is temporarily suspended.

 

All medication reviews will be cancelled or maybe discussed by a GP on the telephone.

 

All chronic care reviews e.g. annual diabetes check, asthma reviews, NHS Health Checks will be cancelled for the foreseeable future.

There will be no appointments at our branch surgeries until further notice.

 

All pregnant women who are well should attend for their care as normal. If you are pregnant and have symptoms of possible Covid-19 infection, you should call to defer routine visits until after the isolation period is over. 

 

These are unprecedented times and we are following national guidance to keep you, our patients and staff as safe and well as possible.

Thank you for your understanding

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DOWN AT THE DOCTORS MAY 2020

 

 

 

Thank you to Andrew for filling in last month whilst I was stuck in Canada!

 

A big thank you also to everyone for their understanding and patience during these unprecedented times. Luckily, the weather has been mostly kind so hanging around in the car park waiting for medication hasn’t been too arduous.

 

The biggest thank you, though, goes to our amazing staff who have all been fantastic throughout. The nurses have continued to see patients who need regular dressings, doing routine baby immunisations etc; we just need to observe the “one in one out” policy as much as possible. The reception and dispensary staff have gone above and beyond, and will continue to do so. Traditionally, GP receptionists get a “bad press” and I sincerely hope that they all get the recognition they deserve after this crisis is over; their job is not easy and they all deserve our respect.

 

Interestingly, conducting almost all consultations by telephone, with some help from e-mail (patients have sent images of moles, rashes and swellings) and facetime, seems to have worked well and could be a positive learning experience going forward. May I therefore ask that you make sure we have your correct contact details (mobile phone and e-mail addresses) especially if there has been a recent change; just e-mail any changes/updates to much.hadham@ nhs.net

 

It has come to our attention that there are still some patients in the “at risk groups” (mostly the elderly) who are coming to the surgery to collect medication. Please make use of the volunteer services in your locality; details are elsewhere in this magazine, or just phone the health centre for contact numbers.

 

Finally, the 2nd May will be my 30th anniversary as a Much Hadham GP! It has been an honour to look after you all for half my lifetime and I hope to continue for a few more years; after all, I need to break Colin Brookbanks record of 32 years!!!

 

Keep well. Stay at home. Stay safe

 

 

 

 

Dr Paul Haimes

 

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