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Supplementary Privacy Notice on COVID-19

PRACTICE CLOSED:

The Practice will be closed on Monday 31st May and will reopen on Tuesday 1st June. If you require medical advice please contact NHS 111.

Please note the surgery will be closed for Staff Training on the following dates;

Wednesday 19th May 2021, 12.30pm - 6pm

Thursday 24th June 2021, 12.30pm - 6pm

Wednesday 21st July, 12.30pm - 6pm

Wednesday 18th August, 12.30pm - 6pm

Thursday 23rd September, 12.30pm - 6pm

If you require medical attention please contact NHS 111.

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19);

As many of you may know the Covid vaccination programme is now underway. The vaccinations are currently being offered at the Richardson Community Hospital in Barnard Castle via our PCN. Our staff are working through the cohorts of patients and inviting these in turn to arrange appointments;

  • Those aged over 80 years, living in a care home or frontline health care worker
  • Those aged over 75 years
  • Those aged over 70 years
  • Adults on the NHS Shielded patient list
  • Those aged over 65 years
  • Adults under 65 years with long term conditions, adults who provide regular care for an elderly or disabled person or younger adults in long stay nursing and residential settings
  • Those aged 50-64 will be offered it later.

We would ask that patients do not contact the practice to request an appointment.

The practice continues to limit the number of patients in the waiting room at any time. We have also reduced and limited the seating within the waiting room. However if you need to sit down whilst waiting to be seen please notify a member of staff.

Clinic arrangements unchanged with initial GP contact being via telephone.

IMPORTANT: Please DO NOT attend the surgery if you have tested positive for Covid-19 or are awaiting results of a Covid Swab. We have seen an increase in patients coming down and trying to enter the premises when they should be isolating.

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OPEN SURGERY TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED;

 

This is a precautionary measure in relation to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Please refer to our 'Opening Times' page for more information relating to appointments.

**Wherever possible please contact the surgery by telephone for any general enquiries or to request a repeat prescription**

 

Please contact the surgery through "econsult" or call reception and ask for a telephone call back with a GP. We envisage being able to resolve many problems in this manner, however, please be assured that if the GP needs to see you face to face, they will advise you of this on the call and book you in appropriately.

 

We have made this decision as a precautionary measure to keep our patients and team members safe.

 

We appreciate your understanding, Old Forge

CARE NAVIGATION

Our receptionists are here to help you get to the right service. Please don't be offended if they ask what the problem is when you call to make an appointment. The receptionist might suggest other professionals that could help you such as: Opticians, Pharmacist, Nurse, Family Services or Support Groups. Thank you for your co-operation with this.

New Patient Registrationregister_now

If you live within our practice area and would like to register please ask for a registration form and information pack at reception. Forms are also available to download from the above "Registering Online" tab.

We also require one form of photo identification and proof of address. You will be asked to complete a simple health questionnaire so that the doctors and nurses have some information about you immediately.  An appointment will be made for a new patient health check at the time of registering with the practice.

Health checks provide an assessment of your height, weight, blood pressure and discussion/advice about lifestyle such as diet, smoking, alcohol consumption and levels of physical activity. You will be required to bring a urine sample with you

If you are on repeat prescriptions for on-going medicines you will be asked to make an appointment with the doctor. We suggest that you try to obtain a month’s supply of your medicines from your previous practice to give us time to process your new repeat prescriptions.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact any member of the team.

Guide to GP Services

The Royal College of General Practitioners has produced a useful guide for patients about the services on offer at GP Surgeries and how to access them.  You can download the guide below.

pdf A Patient Guide to GP Services

 
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