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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.

SURGERY OPENING TIMES

open_sign_and_clockThe surgery is open as follows:  

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00am - 6:00pm

Our clinic arrangement is similar to what it has always been.

 

Open Surgery;

What was previously known as our ‘open surgery’ both of a morning and afternoon daily is still present for urgent problems. The only difference is that instead of patients arriving at the practice and waiting in the waiting room, we now ask that you call the practice to book a telephone call back.

 

Pre-bookable Appointments;

Our pre-bookable daily face to face clinics for non-urgent problems are still present. The only difference is that they are now pre-bookable telephone appointments.

 

Face to Face GP Appointments;

Our daily face to face GP appointment clinics are still present, however, during the pandemic patients are booked into these appointments by a GP where clinically appropriate once the patient has been triaged over the telephone.

 

Face to Face Nurse Appointments;

Our daily face to face Nurse appointment clinics are still present, however, please DO NOT attend if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

 

In addition to the appointments via telephone, we are also making use of video consultations and the secure emailing of images.

 

If you require medical attention whilst the surgery is closed please call

111

 
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