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We are pleased to announce the arrival of our new GP’s Dr Nick Rummens and Dr Becky Curtis. They join us following the retirement of Dr Anna Mannion and between them bring a wealth of knowledge, skills and enthusiasm.
Thank you for your continued support. As the pandemic evolves and need for GP care continues to grow we feel it necessary to make a further change to the appointment system. We continue to experience increased demand at the start of the week. We frequently have up to 140 calls per day requesting GP care. This in addition to the planned face to face contacts and telephone follow up appointments. We are hopeful that we will be playing an active part in vaccination over the winter but this will place a significant strain on our provision of routine care. The need for social distancing, PPE and staggered appointment times is ever more essential.
Please take the following into consideration.
1) When you phone the surgery you will be asked if your problem is urgent, requiring on the day response or if it can wait. We will be releasing non urgent GP telephone appointments up to five days in advance.
2) If your problem is non-urgent you will be placed on a GP or Nurse Practitioner’s list and given a time window to expect a call back e.g. 8.30-12.30pm. Please be aware that sometimes it may be a member of the admin team contacting you e.g. booking you direct for a face to face appointment.
3) We will continue to accept electronic 'e-consults' via the practice website.
4) Please do remember that your local pharmacist is a good first port of call for advice. Our reception team can also help direct you to appointments with a physiotherapist, pharmacist and social prescriber.
2 Nov 2020 MEDIA RELEASE - GP Practices in North Yorkshire and York ask for patience with surgery staff affected by winter illness and Covid isolation guidance
If your symptoms are minor please first seek advice from www.nhs.uk and or a pharmacist, such as Boots or Tescos.
IF YOU NEED MEDICAL HELP, WE ARE STILL HERE FOR YOU
GPs and nurses are consulting patients via online consultations by telephone or video for urgent problems. If a face to face review is then needed, this will be arranged.
We are able to accept photographs eg of a skin lesion or rash. Please telephone the surgery before 1pm or request an online consultation.
Immunisation Clinics continue. This follows Government advice to ensure that both children and adults continue to be vaccinated for prevalent and high risk diseases. NHS Vaccination advice.
We have appointments (available to book online) during the week and alternate Saturdays for routine cervical screening.
Pharmacists are assessing patients' medication reviews, some may get postponed.
Are you suffering from back / spinal / neck / elbow / wrist / hand / hip / knee /ankle pain?
Shoulder pain on movement, Sports injury or Trapped nerve type pain?
Instead of requesting contact with a GP - Please check with physiotherapy if you eligible for a 30 minute telephone /video appointment available every other Saturday. Appointments available to book online.
New Social Prescribers
Social Prescribing Link Workers are a new service in the Hambleton area; we have Anneli and Victoria who are supporting our surgeries, offering a wide range of support to all patients/families from bereavement to wellbeing. They will also be able to direct you to activities and community led services which may help you. If you are struggling with anything at all, they will be able to give the help/support & guide you in the right direction.
THE COVID ASSESSMENT CENTRE is now open at the Friarage Hospital.
If you phone the surgery with potential Covid symptoms you will initially be triaged by the surgery. If a clinical examination is indicated, you may be referred into the Friarage clinic. A clinician working there will contact you to re-triage your case. If they agree that an examination is required you will be booked to attend at a specific time.
Dispensary and Prescriptions * Please read for our latest update re opening
Are you at high risk of developing diabetes?
As we're sure you're aware, recent statistics published by NHS England show that a third of those that have sadly died from Coronavirus, also had diabetes. It is important that those at risk of diabetes are staying well and healthy. Know your risk of Type 2 diabetes
FURTHER SOURCES OF HELP
For routine / minor problems please get help from the NHS website.
Advice re fit note / Isolation note
Covid-19 Advice for Parents
Worried about your Child? Advice for Parents
Crying baby? Advice for Parents
For patients that are struggling with:
- obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
You can refer yourself directly to a psychological therapies service (IAPT) without seeing your GP www.northyorkshireiapt.co.uk. Please also see HealthWatch North Yorkshire that has links for mental health helplines and apps for mental health wellbeing.
Mental Health Emergency?
Freephone. 0800 0516 171
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Dental practices remain open and accessible to patients, both for those who recently accessed the practice and those who do not have a regular dentist. We are working with our practice to support this. In the first instance the patient will be triaged and offered advice, support and analgesia/antibiotics as appropriate. If patients cannot access a Dental Practice, and for Out of Hours, patients can contact NHS 111 and receive the same triage, advice and analgesia/antibiotics as appropriate.
Free online course - Coping during the Pandemic
Health Watch North Yorkshire
Coronavirus advice and updates from a range of organisations, plus information in a variety of formats.
Help offered by The Clock and Community Care who have now merged to become Thirsk Community Works
Offers a basic advice service in all issues and specialist in debt, welfare benefits, housing and employment.
Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults
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NHS VOLUNTEER RESPONDERS
NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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