IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM CHEVELEY PARK MEDICAL CENTRE
Following the Government announcement on Saturday 31st October 2020, the UK is now facing a second lockdown starting this Thursday. While Scotland is set to continue with its 5-tier system and Wales is still due to come out of its ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown on Monday 9th November, residents in England now face a new set of rules which will remain in place until December 2nd.
A rise in cases across the country has led to these new restrictions but we can all still do our bit, not only to protect ourselves, but also others around us. The importance of social distancing and regular hand washing still remain top priorities. It's also important to use face coverings when using public transport (for example, commuting to work) or when shopping for essentials.
The NHS however, does remain open – so it’s vital that if you require a doctor, or have treatment arranged, you must still attend any booked appointments unless directed otherwise by your medical professional.
We are here for you should you need us for any urgent issue, but we will be reducing face to face routine reviews and non-urgent procedures unless the clinician feels it is necessary. This is to protect patients and avoid unnecessary contact during the lockdown period. Flu vaccinations will still go ahead as it is vital we continue to do what we can to protect patients.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding. Keep Safe!
2020/21 FLU SEASON
This year it is more important than ever to have a flu vaccination. The eligibility criteria has been expanded to include everyone in an ‘at risk’ category and all those over the age of 50, although those at risk will be prioritised.
For more information about the NHS Flu Campaign, please go to: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/
NHS England have issued the following statement:
“Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.”
Who is eligible for a free annual NHS Flu Vaccination?
- people with certain medical conditions(including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
- pregnant women
- children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
- shielded patients [and their households – opportunistically]
- adults 65 years and over
- adults 50 to 64yrs [available November and December vaccine permitting]
- year 7 children [aged 11 years on 31/8/20]
- children in primary school [via school programme]
- frontline health or social care workers [to receive from employer]
We would like to thank you for all your support and understanding during this difficult time. As our economy is opening up, the NHS is still experiencing unprecedented pressures and demand. Hospitals have not restarted all their usual services. We at Cheveley Park Medical Centre are working extremely hard to give you the best service we can whilst maintaining rigorous hygiene and social distancing standards.
We are currently experiencing enormous telephone demand and now allocate timed telephone slots, which will operate the same way as an appointment, if you miss your call you will not be called back, so please ensure we have the correct contact details and that you are available for the call. There are ways you can help us cope with this challenging time by:
Ordering your prescription online and on time – it takes 2 working days to process a prescription.
Booking your non-urgent telephone appointment online.
Use our e-consultation service (available via our website www.cheveleyparkmedicalcentre.co.uk ) for all fit note requests, medication queries and minor ailments (eg rashes, hayfever etc).
Considering the most appropriate service to use such as: www.nhs.uk, pharmacies, online 111, opticians, dentist.
Thank you for your co-operation.Drs Jeffery & Telford
A helpline has been set up for patients attending CDDFT who may be worried about accessing their treatment or investigative appointments during the COVID-19 pandemic. This number can be called by patients or practices for cancer-related appointment advice.
01207 594 466
On-line prescription requests save time and face to face contact. Register for online access now - ring reception for details.