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Coronavirus - Advice for Patients
PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE SURGERY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE CORONAVIRUS.
You should self-isolate and arrange a Covid test if you have a new continuous cough OR a fever OR a loss of/change in smell or taste. All household members should isolate if anyone in the household tests positive for Covid. Please do not visit the surgery if you have received a positive Covid result in the last 14 days, are awaiting a Covid test result, or you have been instructed to isolate by Track and Trace.
For further guidance, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus or if you require medical advice visit the NHS 111 website. https://111.nhs.uk/
PLEASE WEAR A FACE COVERING IF VISITING THE SURGERY
In line with government guidance, patients entering the surgery should now wear a face covering unless they are exempt from doing so.
For full government guidance regarding the wearing of face coverings in public places, please visit: Government Guidance on Face Coverings
COVID vaccination – update as of 16/5/2021
Wednesday 19 May-Friday 21 May - we are finishing our 2nd dose Pfizer clinics at our Primary Care Network clinics in Cullompton.
We received guidance on the 15/5/21 asking us to bring forward any 2nd dose AstraZeneca clinics for those 50 years of age and over and/or those in clinical at risk groups* where the patient is booked into an appointment after the 25/5/2021. We are currently confirming when we are able to get the vaccines delivered to enable us to do this and will be contacting patients as soon as possible.
Please be aware that this requirement to bring the 2nd doses forwards may mean that we need to have some sites open for vaccination clinics and prescription collections only for a couple of weeks. Urgent clinical matters may need to be dealt with from one site only.
We had intended to offer our patients aged 38 or over (before 1 July 2021) appointments at our Primary Care Network clinics in Cullompton for their first dose as soon as deliveries were confirmed. However, the change in vaccination choice in different age groups under 50 and the need to bring the 2nd doses forwards for a significant number of patients, means it is now advised that patients aged 38 or over before 1 July 2021 book an appointment at one of the mass vaccination centres; this is either at Taunton Racecourse or Greendale Business Park in Exeter. You can do this by going on line https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or telephoning 119.
*Please note if you are under 50 years of age, not in a clinical at risk group and have had your first dose of vaccine, the advice at the moment is still to have your second dose at 12 weeks. If this changes you will be notified.
The patient vaccination guide for adults can be found here.
The guide for patients who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding can be found here.
There is updated guidance relating to the Astra Zeneca vaccine and the issue of blood clotting and this information can be found by clicking here.
For general information following your vaccination, please click here.
We are confident that our website will provide clear and concise help and give our patients the information they require in an easy and convenient format. It has been designed with the patient’s needs at the forefront of everything, from checking surgery times to letting us know what you think of us.
Please contact the surgery as normal if you have a medical problem or concern. Initially, your request will be triaged by a telephone call with a clinician and they will then decide on the most appropriate course of action. The clinician will determine if a face to face appointment is needed, and if so will arrange an appointment for you to visit the surgery.
For urgent problems that mean you will need to be seen, please ring the surgery and ask to book a telephone appointment with a clinician. This will enable us to offer you the most effective service that you require.
Our dedicated team are here to treat those minor ailments that occur as well as providing specialist management of long-term conditions and clinics covering a wide range of healthcare issues. The technology also means you can now do a lot of things from the comfort of your home such as order a repeat prescription or cancel an appointment.
Partners in Care
Once registered, patients and healthcare professionals work together to ensure the most appropriate care is provided. This partnership philosophy extends even further and our active patient group exists to make sure that patient needs and the practice offering are always heading in the same direction.
The practice was rated Outstanding at its last inspection in June 2016. You can read the report here -> CQC Inspection report
(Site updated 16/05/2021)