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Two vaccination centres trial walk in service for over 50s – 1st dose only

Saturday 3 April – 10am to 4pm

 

GP surgery teams are piloting an additional vaccination walk in service on Saturday 3 April (10am to 4pm) in two areas of the county – Gloucester and Cheltenham - for those people aged 50 and over who have yet to take up the offer of their 1st dose.

The bulk of vaccinations have, and continue to be, provided by appointment through 10 GP led primary care network community vaccination centres and associated mobile services across the county.

Excellent progress has been made with the large majority of people in the current priority groups in Gloucestershire receiving their 1st dose.

Now, the local NHS is trialling walk in services at two centres for one day covering areas where uptake, although very good, could be further improved.

Members of the public will be given the opportunity to talk with doctors and other health care professionals at the sites at Rosebank Surgery, Gloucester and St Paul’s Medical Centre, Cheltenham about vaccination and discuss any issues or concerns.   

The local NHS will evaluate the success of the walk in service at the two centres to see if the approach could be rolled out to other parts of the county as the vaccination programme develops in the coming weeks.    

GP lead at the vaccination centre at St Paul’s Medical Centre, Cheltenham, Dr Cameron Jackson said:

“Due to the fantastic work of local vaccination teams and the great response from our patients, overall uptake has been great, but some people may have not booked an appointment for their first dose, or been hesitant, for a variety of reasons.

We will have doctors and other staff on hand to talk with those walking in to provide reassurance and information about vaccination and the vaccine.”

GP lead at the vaccination centre at Rosebank Surgery, Gloucester, Dr Jonathan Layzell said:

“We are really pleased to be able to trial this service, building on the success of the vaccine roll out to date.

We want to reassure local people that we have got a friendly, professional team here on site who are happy to answer questions, provide information and listen to any concerns they might have.

We are encouraging all those eligible people aged 50 and over, who have yet to take up their offer of vaccination, to do so to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities.”

People are encouraged to walk to the centres or use public/alternative transport options if possible. 

Although car parking is available, it is limited and the teams at the centres are keen to keep congestion to a minimum for patients and staff.  

Everyone attending will be asked to observe social distancing rules and other precautions so people may experience a wait on the day. The vaccination teams will be grateful for everyone’s understanding, patience and support.

People aged 50 and over should not attend the walk-in service if:

  •     they have already made an appointment at a vaccination centre in the county
  •     they have already received their first dose of vaccine or both doses
  •     they have symptoms of COVID-19, or have had a positive COVID-19 test within the last 4 weeks.

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New Surgery - New name

We have a couple of exciting changes coming up for Gloucester City Health Centre.

In June this year we are moving to a brand new purpose built premises in the City. Our new address will be Quayside House, Quay Street, Gloucester, GL1 2TZ (Located next to the old Gloucester prison). The new building is within easy walking distance from the city centre, has free patient parking, lifts and a pharmacy. Our new premises will provide us with much needed extra space to enable us to offer more services to our patients. Please keep an eye on our website for further updates regarding the move and the likely opening date. There will be another GP practice based in the surgery who we will share the main entrance with. The surgeries are remaining completely separate; both surgeries will be on the first floor, our surgery will be on the left hand side.

To tie in with the move to our new premises, Gloucester City Health Centre will be changing its name. From the 1st March 2021 we will be known as Severnside Medical Practice. We feel this new name will be very fitting at our new location at the side of the river Severn. Our amazing team will not have changed and will be busy preparing to continue our services to you from our new location.

In other news we have been busy expanding our clinical team in preparation for our move, we welcome to the team Drs Wang, Jones and Kumar. We have also recently welcomed a new practice nurse, Katie, phlebotomist Alyson and mental health specialist nurse Mark.

Finally we wanted to share a small piece of news with you, we were very pleased to be awarded practice of the month at the end of 2020, an award that we feel was very well deserved by our hard working and dedicated team.

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Clinical System Upgrade:

We are delighted to announce that we upgraded our patient clinical system on Tuesday, 25th August 2020.  This upgrade will ensure we can more effectively communicate with other health care providers in the area which will significantly improve information flow from services such as hospitals, community nursing teams and other GP surgeries.  This will result in an improved patient experience.

 

URGENT INFORMATION REGARDING PRESCRIPTION RE-ORDERING:

As part of our clinical system change our online services system was also upgraded.  We are working as quickly as possible to get everyone back up and running with new online access.  If you had access previously you will shortly receive emails from us with your new login information.

 

Thank you in advance for your support whilst our team train and implement this new updated system.

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Face mask exemptions:

Exemption guidance note

14th July 2020

Re: Guidance note for patients requesting exemption letters

We are aware that some patients might be understandably anxious about the Government’s recent announcements around the use of face masks in various public settings.

GPs are unfortunately not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face mask.

Gloucestershire Local Medical Committee has therefore prepared this guidance note as the statutory body that advises and supports all GPs and practice teams across both counties.

The government guidance on exemptions suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption therefore it is sufficient for an individual to self-declare this.

The responsibility for issuing exemptions lies with the transport provider not your GP. Similarly, practices are under no obligation to provide letters of support for anyone who does not fall under the list of exemptions but considers them to have another reason to be exempted.

Government advice on the use of face coverings can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#face-coverings

Some peopledon't have to wear a face covering including for health, age or equality reasons. Some transport staff may not wear a face covering if it is not required for their job.

We hope that this guidance provides some reassurance for you on this issue.

Yours sincerely,

Penny

Dr Penelope West, Medical Secretary, Gloucestershire LMC

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eConsult:

We are excited to announce that we have started using eConsult for our patients. The service will be available on the practice website and will allow patients to ask for advice about their health conditions, symptoms or request sick notes, GP letters and fit notes online. eConsult is available around the clock, day or night, and on the weekend. You can go to our practice website, click on the ‘Contact our doctors online’ button and tell us what you want advice or help for. Then you fill out a quick online form and the practice will get back to you by the end of the next working day with the next steps. This means you won’t need to come into the surgery unless you need a face to face appointment. You may receive a call, email or text from the surgery with next steps, or to let you know your prescription is ready to collect.

Please do not use this service to request medication, if you need to order medication you can call the prescription ordering line on: 0300 421 1215 or alternatively you can order your medication through your nominated pharmacy.

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Coronavirus:

Everyone visiting the surgery is required to wear their own face covering before entering the building.

If you ask to see a GP at the surgery you will initially be offered a telephone appointment - A clinician will then call you and will book you in for a face to face appointment if required.  This will help us to minimise the amount of patients in the surgery and in the waiting room at any one time.

If you have an appointment at the surgery or need to collect something please knock on the door and a member of staff will answer ASAP.

Our childhood immunisation clinic is still continuing on a Tuesday Afternoon but they will be booked appointments instead of a walk in clinic.

please telephone 01452 891110.

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Improved Access

As of November 1st 2019 we will be offering improved access appointments across the PCN (Kingholm, Gloucester Health Access Centre, Partners in health & Gloucester city health centre) GP appointments will be available 18:30 - 20:00 Monday-Friday, 08:00-12:00 Saturday & Limited appointments on Sunday.

Nurses appointments are available during usual core working hours 08:00-18:30 Monday-Friday.

These appointments are for anyone with a new acute problem, such as tonsillitis or an ear infection or a long-term condition that has become worse eg a chest condition – and needs treating urgently. If you have a complex ongoing problem, it is probably best to follow up with your usual GP who knows you best.

The doctor or nurse that sees you will need your consent to access your medical records for the purpose of the consultation. The Receptionist booking the appointment will check that you give consent. Without your consent, they will not be able to see you in this clinic.

Tests and Referrals to the Hospital will still be dealt with by your own surgery.

Improved Access Poster

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Gloucester Park Run

The surgery has signed up to be a park run practice. There is a park run every Saturday at 9am at Gloucester Park.

You can find more about being a parkrun practice here

For more details about our local parkrun in Gloucester park here

Involvement in this initiative will help practices:

  • Improve the health and wellbeing of practice staff
  • improve the health and wellbeing of patients, reducing the need for lifelong medication
  • Raise awareness amongst the parkrun community of services that practices provide
  • Help develop a local community and environment centred around wellness generation
  • Support the UK-wide movement to scale up social prescribing activities.

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Relocation to Quayside House

We will be relocating in early 2021 to a new purpose built facility as part of the Gloucester Quayside regeneration development. This provides a unique opportunity to improve patient services and working conditions for staff, and address the inadequacies of the current accommodation to respond to the increasing population in the Gloucester locality.

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Order your prescriptions over the phone

You can order your prescriptions over the phone from the NHS Prescription ordering line (POL), we hope this will be a convenient way in which our patients can order there repeat medication. The phone line will be open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm and will cost a normal local rate.

Tel: 0300 421 1215

prescription odering line.pdf

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Dr A Loader, sexual health clinic

Dr A Loader will be holding a Sexual health clinic on a Wednesday afternoon between 3-5pm, the clinic will include: a confidential sexual health screening service, Advice on all things sexual health, Emergency contraception, all types of contraception & referrals if required. These will be pre-booked appointments and clinics will be open to all patients even if they are not registered at the surgery.  This clinic is part of a wider network of clinics being made available throughout Gloucester.

poster for sexual health clinic.pdf

PracticeClinic TimesAll age / Under 25
Cheltenham Road SurgeryMondayUnder 25
Minchinhampton, The SurgeryTuesday & ThursdayUnder 25
Phoenix SurgeryThursdayUnder 25
Hucclecote SurgeryTuesdayUnder 25
Romney House SurgeryThursdayUnder 25
Yorkleigh SurgeryMondayUnder 25
Church Street PracticeMonday & ThursdayUnder 25
Portland PracticeMondayAll Age
Churchdown SurgeryMondayUnder 25
Mythe Medical Practice (Watledge)Mon-Fri PMAll Age
Walnut Tree (May Lane)ThursdayUnder 25
Hadwen MedicalThursdayAll Age

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