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Important Notice

 

We are sorry to inform you that we are unable to maintain the current opening hours for the dispensary. From next week w/c 29th June the dispensary will be closed in the afternoons on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1pm. We hope to be back to normal opening hours in the next few months and will of course let you know with regular updates.

You can now enter the building to collect your medication on a strict 1 in 1 out basis and observing social distancing whilst queueing. Please would you wear a face covering when coming to the practice for medication or an appointment.

This month we are introducing eConsult which will help protect patients and staff. By using this new online service available 24:7 on this website you will be able to contact a GP and get a response within 24 hours. There is a short video explaining the service and you will be surprised what is available and how easy it is to use. Simply use eConsult and avoid the queue.

 

Thank you for your understanding and patience over the past few of months.

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.

Extra Medication to Cover Holidays

Can my GP prescribe extra medication to cover my holiday?

It depends on several things, including:

  • how long your GP thinks you need medication for your condition
  • how often your treatment needs to be reviewed
  • how long you’ll be away
  • Your medication

If you need regular medication for a stable long-term health condition, your GP can prescribe a maximum supply of three months.

If you’re taking a course of medication that will finish during your holiday, then get advice from your GP. They may be able to give you a repeat prescription.

However, this will depend on, for example:

  • how long your GP thinks you’ll continue to need your medication
  • how often your treatment needs to be reviewed

Will my GP prescribe medication in case I’m ill when I’m away?

Talk to your GP about this. They will only give you an NHS prescription if they think that you need the medication. They don’t have to give you an NHS prescription just because you think you should have the medication.

Some GPs will provide private prescriptions if they agree that you should take medication in case you’re ill while you’re away. You will have to pay for a private prescription.

Travel abroad for more than three months

If you’re going abroad for more than three months, your GP may prescribe medication to last until you can make arrangements to get it at your destination. This might be by:

  • registering with a doctor in the country you’re visiting
  • buying the medication from a pharmacist while you’re away

If you’re travelling outside the EU, before you go, check with your GP whether you can get your medication in the countries you’re travelling to. You can also contact each country's embassy or high commission for advice.

Check what medication you can take before you travel find out if there are any restrictions on taking your medicine in and out of:

  • the UK
  • the country you’re visiting - some medicines available over the counter in the UK may be controlled in other countries

When you return

If you’re given any medication while you’re away, try to find out if it’s legal to bring it back into the UK. If you’re in any doubt, declare it at customs when you come back.

 
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