As in other parts of the NHS the practice is making difficult choices about how best to protect patients and our team. With immediate effect the following types of appointments will not be available:
- Routine BP checks
- NHS Health Checks
- Ear syringing
- Travel injections
- Routine blood monitoring
- Routine ECGs
With regards to the appointments that are already booked our nurses will check on a week by week basis at the start of the week whether the appointments are deemed urgent or not. They will then contact patients via text or telephone to inform them if they are to attend.
The following appointments will still be available at least for now:
- Baby immunisations
- Cervical screening
- B12 injections
- Urgent blood tests requested by a GP
- Urgent ECGs requested by a GP
- Amber drug monitoring (these are specialist medications which require extensive monitoring)
- Hormone injections
- 6 week baby checks
- Wound checks
- Midwife appointments
For patients with chronic diseases such as asthma, COPD and diabetes all monitoring will be attempted over the phone. We accept that this is not ideal, and you may need a “catch up” appointment later in the year to get any information needed in a face to face appointment.
If you do have an appointment, you will need to confirm you do not have any a new persistent cough, a temperature of more than 37.8C, change or loss to your senses of smell or taste, or are currently residing in a household which is self isolating. If you have an appointment booked, and develop these symptoms, please contact the surgery to cancel this as soon as possible.