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PLEASE NOTE - ANY PATIENTS ATTENDING THE SURGERY WILL NEED TO WEAR A FACE COVERING OR MASK BEFORE ENTERING THE BUILDING - WE APPRECIATE YOUR CO-OPERATION DURING THIS TIME

CORONAVIRUS

FACE MASK EXEMPTIONS

We are aware that some patients might be understandably anxious about the Government’s recent announcements around the use of face masks/coverings 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/covering.

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.

Read more here: 15 July Exemption Letter

 

Any concerns that you may have been exposed to or become infected with the novel coronavirus you should phone NHS 111 and NOT attend the GP surgery, Pharmacy or hospital Emergency Department unless you are seriously ill.

FLU VACCINATIONS - If you are aged 65 and over ONLY we have our first clinic on Saturday 12 September 2020 - Please ring the surgery to book an appointment.  Further dates will be available for the other age groups in October 2020.

Your Medicines, Your NHS

Did you know every year in mid Essex an estimated £2 million of unused medicines are wasted?

In March 2019 the Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group launched a new campaign around reducing the amount of local medicine waste.

This waste means that people living in mid Essex do not benefit from additional services or treatments that this money could have been better spent on. The £2 million wasted on medicines each year could pay for 566 new hips, 139 more breast cancer drug treatment courses for or 61 more community nurses.

When patients receive medicines that are not intended for them or that have been discontinued, there is also a safety risk in that the medicine may be inadvertently taken by somebody else or taken by the patient without realising it is no longer required. So reducing the wastage of medicines benefits patients from a safety perspective as well as a cost perspective.

That’s why they have launched a campaign called ‘Your Medicines, Your NHS’ to make the public aware of all the big costs involved in prescriptions.

In the first phase of the campaign patients are being encouraged to open their prescription bag in the pharmacy and see if they still need all items in the bag, and if not to hand surplus items back to pharmacy staff before leaving. (If you notice you have surplus after you have left the pharmacy it cannot be returned for use by anyone else, even if it hasn’t been opened.) Patients can reorder the surplus items next time if they still need them.

Paula Wilkinson, Chief Pharmacist for Mid Essex CCG, said: “We are encouraging everyone to reduce medicines wastage. Things can change between putting in your request for repeat medicines and when you collect them and although you are taking your medicines as prescribed stocks may build up. So play your part – ‘Open the Bag’ and hand back any medicines that you do not need.

“The public can get involved by making a pledge to support the campaign or by sending out social media messages with relevant hashtags.’

The official hashtag is #YourMedicinesYourNHS – if you would like to support this campaign please tweet @MidEssexCCG using the official hashtag

 

PLEASE NOTE THE SURGERY IS NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENT REGISTRATIONS IN THE IMMEDIATE COGGESHALL AREA.  

SEE OUR NEW ONLINE APPOINTMENT BOOKING SERVICE

 
NB appropriate bookings with doctors include
Illness
Suspected illness
Follow up to previous appointment/lab results
Medication review.
 
Appropriate bookings with nurse:
Smears
Childhood/baby immunisations.
Pill check
Dressings, removal of sutures
Ear syringe
Suspected urinary infection
Travel immunisation
Chronic disease management
 
Minor surgery, coil removal or insertion CANNOT be booked online
 
If you need medical help outside surgery hours please ring 01376 561242 and you will be given the out of hours number for NHS 111 which is 111.  For real emergencies use Accident and Emergency.
Please try and use NHS services wisely, thank you.
 
 
STOP SMOKING CAMPAIGN - Provide the community service provider are working with the practice and will be contacting patients in regard to stop smoking.  If you need any help with stopping smoking Castle Pharmacy in Coggeshall also have their own advisors.
 

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 Coronavirus

PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE SURGERY

All requests for an appointment are now being triaged by a doctor or another clinician first.  When you ring the surgery, please expect to have to wait for a clinician to call you back and please ensure that we have the correct details to contact you. 

If the clinician requires you to attend the surgery would you please use a face covering before entering the building. Thank you



In the interests of patient and staff safety, we are no longer accepting paper prescriptions. All medication will need to be ordered:

via the NHS App or Patient Access Online

or email your request to

coggeshall.dispensary@nhs.net

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ORDERING MEDICINES

On receipt of your repeat prescription we need at least 48 hours to prepare your medication for your collection, however, please do not order it too early as this will disrupt the supply chain and will contribute to medicine shortages.  Our dispensary is working hard to make sure we are prepared for the coming weeks and we will do our absolute best to ensure continuity of supply. 

If you are a dispensing patient who is being shielded (at highest risk of severe illness) please check back to this website for further details about


AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY OPENING HOURS

Saturday  29 August 2020 - Closed

Sunday    30 August 2020 - Closed

Monday    31 August 2020 - Closed

Tuesday   01 September 2020 - Open as normal

Please ring the surgery on  01376 561242 for details of the out of hours service 111 or extended access on Saturday and Sundays between 8am and 8pm.


Next GP SHUTDOWN - Wednesday 30 September 2020 from 12pm

The surgery will be closed from 12pm on this day for local Clinical Commissioning Group training.  Please ring the surgery on  01376 561242 for details of the out of hours service 111

The surgery will open as normal from 8am on Thursday 1 October 2020



Mental Health Crisis Phone Line - The 24hr phone line offers immediate and specialist support to adults experiencing mental health crisis - Anyone in need can dial 111 at any time and select the option of mental health crisis (option 2).  Callers will be connected to a trained member of staff.

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