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OVERSEAS COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

Oxford Health, who manage Buckinghamshire’s mass vaccination site, launched an overseas vaccination service on 28 February. This will enable people who have been vaccinated abroad to get their vaccination records updated in the UK. They can also be offered a suitable vaccination on site if one is due.

People can book appointments via the NHS webpage link here: Tell the NHS about Covid-19 Vaccinations given Abroad and can also view information about which vaccines the NHS can update information on.  

Note: Someone else can book on another’s behalf, but the patient MUST attend the appointment with the relevant form of identification and evidence of vaccinations received.

General Practice Data for Planning and Research

From 1st September 2021 NHS Digital will be collecting GP data for planning and research purposes.  This has been approved by the British Medical Association, the Royal College of General Practitioners, and the National Data Guardian. For more information please follow the link below:

National Data Opt-Out - NHS Digital

You can opt in or out at any time.  This will not adversely affect your medical care in any way.

Current Government Advice about Travel and Covid Vaccination Records:

There are three ways to access your Covid vaccination details for travel purposes - via the NHS App, via the NHS website, and via 119.  Please follow the link below for the latest information.

Providing evidence of your COVID vaccination status

 

We are unable to issue this certificate at the practice.

 

Please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad for further information.

 

Proof of your vaccination status will be available in the NHS app from 17th May 2021 and in some of the other apps that provide you with Patient online services.  If you already have access to your coded medical record  via the Patient Access website, you may use this.

 

Alternatively, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine.  The letter may to take another 5 days to reach you, or more if postal services are affected.  Please take account of this when making your plans. 

SUSPENSION OF SERVICES

Due to staff shortages in the Practice Nursing Team we are currently unable to provide the following services:

1. Travel Vaccination Service:

Patients are advised to contact a travel clinic for advice on vaccines that may be required for travel purposes.  This is a private service (non-NHS) and a fee will be payable.  (if you require Hepatitis A or Typhoid vaccination this may be given at the surgery but only with evidence of a risk assessment provided by the travel clinic.)

MASTA Travel Clinics:

Hemel Hempstead, Bennetts End Surgery, HP3 9LY, Tel: 01442 236733

Stoke Poges, The Lanes Practice, SL2 4JW, Tel: 01753 662244

2. Ear wax removal:

Patients are advised to soften wax in the ear and contact a clinic providing this service for further advice if they wish.  This is a private service (non-NHS) and a fee will be payable.

Hearing Centres:

Chalfont Hearing, Little Chalfont, Tel: 01494 765144

Aston Hearing,Amersham, Tel: 01494 733840

 *Please note that none of the above services are endorsed by The New Surgery and are purely examples of services offered outside of the practice.  It is an individual's decision if you wish to use any of the above services, or others, for which you will have to pay a fee.

Practice Manager, The New Surgery

January 2019

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YOUNG ONSET DEMENTIA COURSES

Care in Mind, part of Bucks Mind, is launching courses for people with Young Onset Dementia (under age 65) to encourage continued wellbeing.  Please use the Dementia Support link in the right-hand menu to see more information.

What is the free NHS Health Check?

Are you at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease or certain forms of dementia?

The good news is that these conditions can often be prevented, even if you have a family history of them. An NHS Health Check can help you identify potential risks early and give you personalised advice so you can take action to reduce your chances of developing these health problems.

The NHS Health Check programme is a national programme to inform you of your risk of cardiovascular disease. It is a 20 minute check where blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI and lifestyle are assessed by a healthcare professional. ToHealth’s bespoke health check software is being used in the checks which clearly explains to you your results, patients can then be referred immediately into appropriate lifestyle services where requested.

You can have an NHS Health Check if:

  • you are aged between 40 and 74
  • you have not been diagnosed with heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, or had a stroke
  • you have not had an NHS Health Check in the last 5 years

Local clinics are available in Chesham and the surrounding area - click the link below to book an appointment at your chosen location:

NHS Health Checks in Buckinghamshire

How Do You Communicate? 

Do you need information in a different format?         

Do you need support?    Easy Read      LARGE Print    Sign Language      Braille

Email or SMS text    Other communication support

Please tell us so that we can help you in the future.

 

Online Services

Online appointments, prescriptions etc may now be found via the Online Services link in the menu at the top of the page.  Please note that the Prescription link is for the original website prescription service (manually entered by the patient.) 

The top appointments link takes you to our newer Front Desk online appointments and repeat prescriptions service, which integrates with the surgery system and which requires a separate sign-up and login. This is the system which will be developed in the future.

Only fully registered patients may sign up for this service: if you have completed a pre-registration form on the website you must visit the surgery with your identification documents to complete your registration before signing up for online services. 

Online Services - Current and Planned

Online services can now include a limited access to your electronic medical record via the Summary Care Record.  Your medication, allergies, adverse reactions and immunisations are now available to view via the online appointments and prescriptions system.  You must have already signed up to the online appointments and prescriptions service, however for this part of the service a separate ID-verified process is also required before access can be enabled.   Please bring one photo ID and one proof of address to the surgery and complete the consent form available. 

A wider access to the coded parts of your medical record is also available via a separate service.  This includes the above items from the Summary Care Record but extends into coded information in your record from consultations, test results, referrals etc.  If you require access to the coded record please bring one photo ID and one proof of address to the surgery and complete the consent form available after reading the information sheet.

Summary Care Record

The Summary Care Record went live at the New Surgery on Thursday 30th October 2014. All non-dissenting patients have had an electronic Summary Care Record created for them automatically.  This contains your current medication, any allergies you may have, and any bad reactions to medicines you may have had recorded. Only NHS staff directly involved in your care will have access to the Summary Care Record, and only with your express permission (except in an emergency).  Further information and a link to the opt-out form are available via the Summary Care Record link and the SCR: your questions link to the right under Further Information.    

New Electronic Prescription Service:

Benefits:

  • This is a new service which will particularly benefit patients whose medication rarely changes and who routinely use the same pharmacy to collect their medication.
  • You (or your pharmacy) will not have not visit your GP practice to collect the prescription.  Your GP will send the prescription electronically to the pharmacy you choose, saving you time.
  • The prescription is an electronic message so there is no paper prescription to lose.
  • You will have more choice about where to get your medicines from because they can be collected from a pharmacy close to where you live, work or shop.
  • The GP can electronically cancel and issue a new prescription without you having to return to the practice, saving you extra trips.
  • You can change your nominated pharmacy at any time, either at the GP surgery or at the pharmacy.

For more information, see the information sheet A New Way to Get Your Medicines and Appliances on the Prescriptions page.

Please read the literature and complete the nomination form when you are next at the surgery if you would like to benefit from this system, or call the surgery to set your nomination.

Measles Epidemic

It is never too late to be vaccinated against measles.  Parents of unvaccinated children, teenagers and young adults who have missed out on MMR should urgently arrange for them to be vaccinated by their GP surgery who have extra stocks of vaccine available now.

If you are unsure of your child's vaccination status, please speak to reception who can check their record.  Children who have had only a single dose will require a booster, and those who have never been vaccinated will require 2 doses of MMR vaccine for complete protection. 

Waiting Times

Occasionally both GPs and nurses will see patients who need extra consulting time, and this may result in extended waits for other patients.  We apologise in advance for this.  If you feel you are unable to wait to see your usual GP please speak to reception.

Complaints and Comments

If you have a complaint, concern, or even a comment or suggestion about the service you have received from the doctors or any staff working in the practice, please let us know.  Where there is concern about the safety of an adult, child or young person or of suspected abuse this can also be received by reception staff.  Please request a form from reception.  Staff are available to assist with completion if required.

Like To Register?

New to the area and would like to join our practice? We would be happy to help you. Fill in our registration forms and come see us. Find out more

 

(Site updated 31/03/2022)
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