Welcome to The Blackdown Practice
Coronavirus - Advice for Patients
PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE SURGERY IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE CORONAVIRUS.
You should self-isolate if you have a new continuous cough OR a fever OR a loss of/change in smell or taste. You should stay at home for 10 days, or longer if you still have symptoms other than a cough or loss of sense of smell or taste. Members of your household should also self isolate for 14 days as per the current guidelines. For further guidance, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus or if you require medical advice visit the NHS 111 website. https://111.nhs.uk/
In line with government guidance, patients entering the surgery should now wear a face covering unless they are exempt from doing so.
The Blackdown Support Group have provided each surgery with locally made face coverings which are available for a minimum £4 donation. If needed, please ask at Reception.
For full governement guidance regarding the wearing of face coverings in public places, please visit: Government Guidance on Face Coverings
Important Update to Dispensing Services & Appointments
Churchinford Surgery has now reopened for both the collection of prescriptions and also GP appointments. All appointments should still currently be requested by telephoning the surgery, and in most cases will be reviewed by a clinician initially. The doctor/nurse will then decide upon the appropriate course of action, including whether it is necessary to visit the surgery.
We are operating a one at a time system in the lobby for the collection of prescriptions. At present, the telephones will still be put through to Hemyock for appointments.
From the 6th July 2020, prescriptions can be collected at the following times:
No prescription collections
Thank you to Churchinford patients for their continued understanding and support.
From the 15 June 2020, we will be opening Hemyock dispensary back to its normal working hours. However, while things are still settling the telephone line 01823 680007 will be open 10:00hrs-12:00hrs and 14:00hrs-16:00hrs
We are operating a one in at a time system in the lobby.
UPDATE - DISPENSARY DELIVERIES
Thank you to all the BSG volunteers who have supported the Practice and their patients over the last 3 months and who are continuing to do so
From the 15 June 2020 volunteers will continue to deliver to those patients who:
- Are considered to be a ‘shielded’ patient by NHS England;
- Are effectively shielding themselves because they live with a ‘shielded’ patient;
- Would experience serious difficulty due to their illness or mobility to get to the surgery and others cannot collect on their behalf.
From the 15 June 2020, all three sites will be open for patients to collect their medicines.
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.
Due to the current public health situation, we are not booking face to face routine appointments for non-urgent matters. This is because we need to keep appointments available for patients who are acutely unwell and also to prepare for the possibility of there being less staff available to run clinics in the practice. However, if you have an urgent problem that means you need to be seen, please ring the surgery and ask to book a telephone appointment with a clinician.
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 31/07/2020)