Take part in the CLIMB STUDY
The Acorn is taking part in the CLIMB study, a National Health Data Consent Survey, looking at your views on consent and data sharing.
Patients and staff at the practice can complete this, so if anyone could spare 15/20 minutes to complete this survey at www.climbproject.org.uk, selecting the Acorn from the drop down list of practices signed up to this study, it would be very much appreciated.
Acorn Surgery is taking part in the national PRINCIPLE clinical trial, which aims to find low-risk treatments for older people with COVID-19 that can be taken at home.
To be eligible to join the trial you will need to have experienced symptoms that are likely to be caused by COVID-19 for fewer than 15 days.
The trial is open to people aged 65 or over, or aged 50–64 with an underlying health condition.
If you are registered at the Acorn Surgery and would like more information, please contact us on email@example.com.
You can also join the trial online, even if you are not currently registered with our practice. For full details, visit http://www.principletrial.org
Until further notice, our Reception Desk is CLOSED for face-to-face contact with patients and visitors.
These measures have been taken to control the risk of cross infection of the Coronavirus, and to keep our staff and patients safe as the virus continues to spread. We urge our patients and their families to follow the guidance on social distancing and self isolation where this is recommended. The virus is indiscriminate and the risk of infection increases daily as the virus spreads. People may be infectious before the symptoms develop and are therefore putting others at risk.
If you have an enquiry please LEAVE THE BUILDING and use one of the alternatives below to contact us:
for general enquiries firstname.lastname@example.org
for prescription queries email@example.com
If you need advice about a health concern, use our
e-CONSULTING SERVICE www.doctorlink.com
Alternatively you can telephone on 01480 483100 but please be aware that there may be a long wait to be answered as the demand on our telephone system is currently very high.
We invite you to register for DoctorLink - an online consultation service for rapid access to the right care for your needs, including appointments at your GP Practice. Input your symptoms 24/7 and when a consultation is needed, you'll be booked in for an appointment. Quick and easy to use and you can use DoctorLink to save having to phone into the Practice and possibly getting stuck in a queue during busy times. Click this link for access - DoctorLink
Prescriptions during the Pandemic:
Due to the current pandemic and the additional workload GP Practices are under as a result, from Monday 16th March 2020 we will move to the recommended guideline of processing prescription requests to 3 working days. For infection control purposes we will not be accepting paper requests for repeat prescriptions and ask that all patients use SystmOnline to organise their repeat medication OR email firstname.lastname@example.org to request your repeat medication.
If you do not have access to email or the internet, you can contact your usual Pharmacy and ask them to order your prescription on your behalf for the time being.
As usual, for safety reasons, we will not accept prescription requests over the phone.
Thank you for your understanding of these minor changes to our service, which we have made in order to keep our patients and staff as safe as possible during the Coronavirus pandemic.
If you need a 'sick note' for your employer or the job centre, you can obtain this via the NHS111 online website https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/caring-carers-and-long-term-conditions/when-do-i-need-a-fit-note/
For anyone who suffers with chronic breathlessness and is isolating at home during the Coronavirus pandemic, this leaflet has been made available to help with management of symptoms. Click HERE to access this useful information.
How to explain Coronavirus to children - a useful podcast from a TV doctor - link is here https://www.heart.co.uk/podcasts/kids-guide-coronavirus-dr-ranj/
Information on the situation with schools and colleges during the pandemic is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers
Information on the Coronavirus has been translated into 50 languages. Please CLICK HERE to access this information provided by Doctors of the World.
Information on use of Ibuprofen in cases of COVID-19
In recent weeks there has been concern about the use of Ibuprofen in cases of COVID-19. Please see below for latest guidance on this topic:
Ibuprofen and coronavirus (COVID-19) The Commission on Human Medicines’ Expert Working Group on coronavirus (COVID-19) has concluded that there is currently insufficient evidence to establish a link between use of ibuprofen, or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and contracting or worsening of COVID-19.Patients can take paracetamol or ibuprofen when self-medicating for symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever and headache, and should follow NHS advice if they have any questions or if symptoms get worse. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
“Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives” now available in many additional languages. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-information-leaflet and also now available as a web page https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-information-leaflet/coronavirus-stay-at-home-protect-the-nhs-save-lives-web-version
Patients can find information via the NHS WEBSITE
If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms please go to 111 ONLINE
DO NOT ATTEND YOUR GP SURGERY
Please follow the new NHS advice to self-isolate at home for 7 days if you have:
Fever AND / OR
New persistent cough
Loss of taste/smell
If your symptoms are manageable at home and you would not ordinarily require medical attention please do not call 111 unless your condition deteriorates.
At this point in time GPs CANNOT test for the coronavirus which causes COVID-19
UPDATE ON SHIELDING AND SOCIAL DISTANCING (7/4/2020)
Patients at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, including anyone over age 70, anyone under 70 who would qualify for a flu jab on health grounds, and pregnant women, are advised to stringently follow social distancing measures. These patients DO NOT need to shield (ie. stay completely at home and do not go out for 12 weeks) but should socially distance themselves to prevent cross infection of the Coronavirus - in line with Government guidelines.
There are other patients who, due to their health condition or current treatment, are at VERY HIGH RISK who are advised to shield and these people are likely to have received a letter regarding shielding. The Government is currently identifying a broader group of patients who may also receive a letter in due course. This letter will come direct from the Government and not the GP Practice.
For detailed information please visit the Gov.uk website
In the meantime you may find information at these links useful - Every Mind Matters and the NHS mental health and wellbeing advice website. If you live alone and don't have anyone, including family, friends, neighbours or community groups to provide support with getting food or medicine, you can contact www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable or call 0800 0288327, the Government’s dedicated helpline. Please note that this is for those people who don't have any means of support, not specifically for those patients who are shielding.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU LIVE IN A HOUSEHOLD WITH SOMEONE WHO DEVELOPS SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS
Please click on this link for updated information, thank you. CLICK HERE
See link for British Sign Language Users to infomation on Coronavirus
Diarrhoea and Vomiting
If you or a family member are suffering with Diarrhoea and Vomiting, this can usually be treated at home.
Click on the link to find out how. SELF CARE FOR D&V
Changes to your details?
Please make sure you inform us of any changes to your details so we can update your medical record, including email address and, in particular, any change to your mobile phone number.
Cervical screening saves 4,500 lives in England every year. If you are eligible to an NHS smear test, you will be sent a letter from the National Screening Programme. Please make an appointment with one of our nurses to have this vital test.
Don't miss out on your flu jab. If you are eligible to a free NHS flu vaccination - ie. if you are a Carer, or have a long term condition such as diabetes, asthma, COPD, have had cancer treatment, have a compromised immune system, are over aged 65 or aren't sure if you are eligible, PLEASE CONTACT US ASAP. We have vaccine in stock for all our eligible patients. Please keep safe from the Flu Virus and be vaccinated.
Flu Vaccination for our Over Aged 65 Patients
SYSTMONLINE LOGIN - to order your repeat prescription and book online appointments
NHS Health checks
Want to have a Health MOT? Click the link to see if you are eligible to a free NHS HEALTH CHECK
SOCIAL MEDIA - follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates and news straight to your phone!
Follow us on Facebook Twitter and Instagram to keep up with all our latest news and events.
Protect your data and beware of scams - Alert from NHS England
Meningitis Now - Download the App
Information for Parents - Vaccinating your child
The GP partners wholeheartedly recommend vaccinations as per the government recommendations (and indeed have had their own children vaccinated). However, if you chose not to vaccinate your child, this information leaflet from the World Health Organisation has some important information for parents to consider.
If you choose not to vaccinate your child
Sepsis - Caring for Children under 5 years
SSAFA - The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association - Forces Help
Little Troopers - Supporting All Children of British Armed Forces
Are you living with a long-term condition?
NHS Choices has published a guide for people living with long-term conditions to support their self-care. Click here for more information on this very useful NHS guide
Join the Acorn and raise awareness for prostate and breast cancer
Click here for more information on prostate cancer and what you can do to help raise awareness for a great cause.
Click here for more information on breast cancer and here to find out how to detect cancer early.
Please see the relevant section under Clinics & Services
Have you consented to data sharing?
Find out more here
and also there is a simple guide to Care.data here
Friends and Family Test
What is The NHS Friends and Family Test?
We want you to receive the best possible experience from the service we offer. The NHS Friends and Family Test is a way of gathering your feedback so we can continually review our services and make improvements where appropriate. It is based on one simple question:
“How likely are you to recommend our service to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?”
Your feedback will help us learn more about what you think of your experience, for example, what you like and what you think we could improve. Ultimately you’re helping us to make changes that will ensure we can offer you the best possible care. If you prefer to give us your comments anonymously then please do so. If you do leave your contact details then we might get in touch to talk to you about your feedback so we can better understand your views and ideas.