Halt on all non-urgent blood tests!

National shortage of blood collection tube

All non-urgent community blood testing by GPs and other health services has been stopped by NHS England today as the nationwide shortage of blood collection tubes became “critical”.

We have been advised that all non-urgent blood testing must be suspended until after 17th September 2021.

All urgent bloods tests will continue.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Vacancy – Healthcare Assistant Maternity Cover

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A TEMPORARY VACANCY TO COVER MATERNITY LEAVE WHICH WE ANTICIPATE COMMENCING MID TO END NOVEMBER

We are looking to recruit a part-time Health Care Assistant to provide a friendly, confident and professional service to our patients. Please note that this is to cover maternity leave and will be for approximately 7 months.

For more information please see NHS jobs listing A1457-21-7669

https://beta.jobs.nhs.uk/candidate/jobadvert/A1457-21-7669

Face Masks – July 21

Despite lockdown restrictions lifting in the community from 19 July, measures will remain unchanged in healthcare settings, including your GP practice. Please continue to help us to help you by wearing a face covering when entering our buildings, washing your hands using the facilities provided and maintaining social distancing.

Restrictions remain and inside all our premises and you still need to wear a mask, wash your hands and follow social distancing. Our practice has put in place comprehensive measures for staff and patients for the wearing of face masks and face coverings whilst at our surgery. All patients and visitors should continue to wear a face covering on entrance to our buildings and throughout the duration of their visit.

The face coverings can be a scarf, homemade face mask or one that has been purchased. The measures continue to be an important part, alongside social distancing, of reducing the spread of Covid-19 and to keep our patients and communities safe.

We do understand that it can be frustrating, but we do know that when patients come to see us they are often sick and vulnerable, so we feel it would be wrong to not take these small precautions that can protect people.

Mask Exemptions for Airline Passengers in Relation to COVID-19

We are aware that some airlines are asking for medical evidence to support mask exemptions for passengers.

Government guidance clearly states that there is no requirement to have written evidence for an exemption for face covering rules and that people do not need to ask for proof from a doctor.

NHS Digital – update

The data held in the GP medical records of patients is used every day to support health and care planning and research in England, helping to find better treatments and improve patient outcomes for everyone. 

For more information about how data is used, and how to opt out if you choose to, please see our page General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR).

Vaccine Passport

From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available from: 

  • the NHS App which you can download from app stores 
  • the NHS website (from 17 May 2021)

It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified so you can use these services.

If you cannot access these online services, and you have had two vaccines, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you had your second dose more than five working days ago. It may take seven working days for the letter to arrive.

This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status.

When you’re planning your travel, check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is time to get  proof of your vaccination status before you leave.

NHS App to be used as Covid-19 passport from May 17

PPG Meeting – Cancelled

We are particularly fortunate to have a very active Patient Participation Group (PPG) at Appletree. It is becoming increasingly important that the patients’ collective voice is heard when it comes to the design and delivery of healthcare.
The PPG:

  • Works with the Practice to offer the patient perspective on the services it provides.
  • Helps to improve communication between the Practice and the patient population.
  • Encourages patients to take more responsibility for their health.
  • Provides practical support for others in the community.

A PPG is NOT the Practice’s complaint system (there is a robust complaints procedure in place); nor is it a forum to air personal issues. But neither is it a Doctors fan club. To be valuable the PPG must have the confidence to challenge the Practice in line with any issue brought forward. It should be self organising and patient led.

The benefits of an effective PPG are felt by the patients, the Practice and the wider community in which it operates.

If you are interested in learning more about the PPG please ask for a leaflet at reception. Alternatively you are very welcome to attend a meeting. The Group meets bi-monthly and the dates are published on the Practice web site.

Next Meeting:  Cancelled until further notice