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PCR testing 

We are currently seeing patients face to face but if you have any respritory symptoms you will be required to get a PCR test (not just a laterflow test) before we can see you face to face.  This is to protect our clinical and non-clinical teams; as we can only service you with a full team but even more importantly it protects vulnerable patients in our waiting room.  We have heard that the red hub service is at capacity.  A really high percentage of our patients have been double vaccinated but the numbers are definately on the rise again both in our patients and our team.  At the request of the doctors, if requested to get a PCR test by one of our reception members please do.  

Flu Vaccination program

We currently have over 65 flu clinics available to book into; please contact the surgery on 01283 703318

Our first clinic for 50 to 64 years and clinically vulnerable is on the afternoon of Wednesday 17th November (the surgery is closed that afternoon for training - so only flu vaccinations will take place) please contact the surgery to book in. 

Covid Booster program

You can register and book to have your covid booster 5 months after your 2nd vaccination - but the vaccination will not be administered until 182 days (approx. 6 months) after your 2nd vaccine. You should receive a text or letter from NHSE asking you to book your appointment.  This can be done by calling 119 or visiting https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/book-or-manage-a-booster-dose-of-the-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine/ 

We are not doing the booster program at the surgery. 

Information on what's happing in the surgery regarding face to face appointments can be found here

Medicines orderline -  

For many years we have not accepted prescription requests over the telephone due to patient safety, but working with the established Medicines orderline from 18th August you will be able to call the dedicated line 0115 855 0260 between 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday for you repeat prescription request.  We have taken on board patient feedback on implementing this service.  For more information click here

It is important to highlight the dangers a child faces when left unsupervised
for even a short period of time and in the shallowest of water.

It is wonderful to be able to enjoy the outdoors, having fun in water, in a pool and on the beach—but it is important to be aware of the risk that water poses to children and babies.
• Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related death for under-fives.
• On average, 13 children die each year.
• 90% of the children that die are aged 1-4 years.
• 40% of these deaths are in the bath.
• Pond, paddling pool and swimming pool risks increase as child gets older & more mobile.

For more information click here or visit the Prescription tab.

Information regarding Type 1 Opt-out preference (advice updated) 

Click here for information on how to change your opt-out preferences.  If you chose to do the type 1 Opt-out you can download the form here and return this to the surgery before 23rd August 2021 for the first data extract on 1st September 2021.Additional information (29/07/2021) 

Different options for Opting out
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Vaccination Passports - You can use the NHS App which will automatically show your Covid vaccination records or you can call 119 and ask for a letter to be sent out as confirmation. 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad 

Blood appointments 
Blood appointments at other venues

Vaccination Passports - latest information 04/06/2021

For more information please click here  information is automatically placed on your NHS App this will be done centrally by NHS Digital.  For physical copies of your Covid Vaccinations your are required to call 119 and they will send you out a letter. 

Update 17th May 2021

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do#may-whats-changed 

Update 12th April 2021

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do 

Update 22nd February 2021

It has been announced the potential roll out of loosening of the Lockdown regulations for more information visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus  

Update 5th January 2021

We have now gone into a national lockdown https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/949536/NationalLockdownGuidance.pdf 

Update 24th December 2020

At the moment we are in tier 3 so on very high alert - for more information please go to: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-3-very-high-alert

Update 1st December 2020

Urgent Appointments

If you have an urgent medical problem that you feel needs attention on the same day, please ring as early in the morning as possible. From December 2020 you are required to call 111 First before attending an A & E department unless it is a medical emergency then you should still call 999 for the ambulance service.  If in doubt call 999.

Update - 30th October 2020

What can Derbyshire Residents do from Saturday 31st October?

All remaining areas of Derbyshire currently in level 1 of the Government's Covid alert system are being moved to "high" alert in tier 2.

It means people in Amber Valley, Bolsover, Derbyshire Dales, South Derbyshire and the remaining wards in the High Peak will have to follower tighter restrictions from Saturday. They join Erewash, Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire and Glossopdale in the High Peak which already have tier 2 restrictions in place.

The important things you should be doing to avoid contracting the virus and passing it on are:

  • DO NOT mix indoors with anyone who isn't in their household or support bubble whether at home, someone else’s home, pubs, restaurants, hotels or other hospitality venues, leisure venues or shops.
  • Stick to the rule of 6 outdoors this includes children.
  • Wash their hands regularly.
  • Wear a face covering when required, unless exempt.
  • Stay 2m apart from people not in their household or support bubble.
  • Only book a test if they have one or more of the main symptoms: a high temperature, new continuous cough or change to taste or smell

At Willington Surgery we would still ask you to only visit the surgery if you have a pre-booked appointment or essential paperwork (which you can place in the box outside). If you do attend the surgery for an appointment we would ask that only the patient enters the building.  All other enquiries should be done via the telephone, your systmonline account, by downloading or using the NHS app or via our Online consult system which can be found on here

We are all in this together and we can make a difference.

Update - 13th May 2020

UK Governments COVID-19 Recovery Strategy

What can Derbyshire Residents do from WEDNESDAY 13th MAY?

We are now in a new phase in the Coronavirus pandemic. Changes announced show a subtle shift in what we, as Derbyshire residents can do. Importantly, there are no drastic alterations which should hopefully minimise the risk of a second wave of the virus.

The new changes allow us to exercise more and further from our homes. They underline the need to work from home where possible and the increased importance of following all hygiene advice.

We would like to thank you for all you’ve done so far; this new plan needs us all to work together to prevent a rise in cases and further deaths.Some Things are UNCHANGED

1) If you develop symptoms, however mild, you and your household should self- isolate

2) You should protect yourself and your household from the virus

- Keep your hands and face as clean as possible. Wash your hands, avoid touching your face

- Keep your distance. Keep 2 meters away from other people. Avoid crowds

- Avoid being face to face with people outside your household.

- Wash your clothes regularly

- Keep indoor places well-ventilated; open the windows when you can.

3) If you are in the higher risk group e.g. > 70s or pregnant you should continue to take extra care with the above measures

4) If you have received a letter, or been informed by your doctor, that you are in the SHIELDED’ group you should continue to stay at home.

There have been some SUBTLE CHANGES

1) Workers should continue to work from home BUT

- If you are unable to work from home, you can travel to work IF your workplace is permitted to be open

- Workplaces should be ‘COVID-19 Secure’ by ensuring appropriate protection for employees e.g. social distancing, personal protection, keep workspaces well ventilated

- You should AVOID public transport where possible aim to cycle / walk to work

2) You can now exercise as many times each day as you wish.

- You can drive to open spaces within England to exercise

3) You can now meet up with one other person from outside your household.

- Provided you maintain social distancing rules i.e. keep 2meters apart

4) People should aim to wear a homemade cloth face-covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing might not be possible e.g. on public transport or in some shops. You can find out how to make one here.

The exceptions are children <2 and those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly e.g. primary age children unassisted, or those with respiratory conditions.

Update March 2020 - Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

STAY AT HOME. There are very specific reasons why you can go out but otherwise you should stay at home. The reasons are for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)

If you are self-isolating, then SELF-ISOLATE which means that you must not leave your home if you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or live with someone who does.

If you are self-isolating, you must:

  • not leave your home for any reason, other than to exercise once a day – but stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people
  • not go out to buy food or collect medicine – order them by phone or online, or ask someone else to drop them off at your home
  • not have visitors, such as friends and family, in your home
  • You can use your garden, if you have one.

Stay at home for 7 days if you live alone and have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough

No matter how mild the symptoms are.

If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.  The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. 

It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already.  Staying home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 isolation period.

If you can move any vulnerable individuals (such as elderly and those with underlying and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

If you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Read our advice about staying at home.

Urgent advice: Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

MED3 forms - information for your employer on why you do not need a MED3 (sick note) for Coronavirus Covid-19 symptoms can be found here

We have been made aware of some inaccurate information circulating regarding special 'rescue packs' for patients with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Please do not contact your GP practice for a rescue pack. You should continue to manage your condition in the usual way and if you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19, go to https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 before doing anything else.

Do you want to help others in your community but don't know how? You can visit the Derbyshire County Council website https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/social-health/health-and-wellbeing/health-protection/disease-control/coronavirus/community-response-unit/community-response-unit.aspx the Derby City website https://www.derby.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid19/impacts-council-services-facilities/how-you-can-help/ or the national site which will link you locally at https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHS to find out more about click here NHS Call for volunteer army

For information on Coronavirus and other illnesses please visit our online consultation platform. 

Our online consult information and contact system is now live.  By clicking on the image you will be taken to a website with information on multiple health subjects, including video help by Dr Sarah Jarvis who is a regular advisor on Radio 2 Jeremy Vine show.  This site also enables you to contact the surgery electronically for none urgent requests, appointments or information.   

https://www.online-consult.co.uk/org/willington-surgery

NHS App - Making it easier to book appointments

Once you have registered for the NHS app you can book appointments online directly from your smartphone, you can even have your ID checked without visiting the practice.  You can also view the symptom checker to help you navigate to the best person to help or review your vaccinations etc...

It easy to do just visit the Apple or Google Play store and download for free.

NHS App

Check out the Patient Participation Group's Surgery Information Booklet

Our PPG have worked hard to create an information booklet to answer common questions and give information about the surgery.  They have distributed a copy to most of our patients homes.  For ease you can also download a copy by Clicking here

Dentist at Willington Surgery

The Practice @ Willington Dental Surgery is on the first floor of our surgery building. More information about their services can be found here.

 

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