Face coverings

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic the surgery is asking visitors to the practice to please wear their own face covering. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Bank Holiday Closure

The surgery will be closed on Monday the 25th of May 2020 due to the Spring Bank Holiday and will not reopen until 9am on Tuesday the 26th of May 2020.

If you need urgent medical advice between 6pm on Friday the 22nd of May 2020 and 8am on Tuesday the 26th of May 2020 please ring NHS 111 and after 8am on Tuesday the 26th of May 2020 please ring 01207 561736 and you will be directed to the on call GP.

If you have a serious medical emergency please contact the emergency services by dialing 999 or 112. Thank you.

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Advice For Parents

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Spring Newsletter 2020

Newsletter Spring 2020

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Coronavirus COVID-19

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COVID-19

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, NHS England has given national and local guidance that patients should not attend the surgery unless given an appointment. This is to ensure the safety of the community, patients and staff.

If you have a cough or fever and are well, self-isolate for 7 days. If you need more advice please call 111.

When telephoning the surgery you will be asked questions by reception staff to direct you to the best place for care. This may be a telephone consultation with the GP or Advanced Nurse Practitioner.

Patients with online access can use the service to book a telephone consultation and request prescriptions. Patients can also use e-consult which is available via the practice website at www.chopwellmedicalpractice.nhs.uk

There is an external prescription box located at the main car park gates for prescription requests which will be checked two times a day.

If you are asked to attend the surgery please listen to the instructions you are given carefully.

We appreciate your understanding in these pressured times.

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Coronavirus COVID-19

The NHS is well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases and has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

Check online at gov.uk and at nhs.uk for advice on your travel and contact history and the latest COVID-19 information before attending the practice.

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Car Park

Message for all visitors to the surgery:

The car park will remain closed for the rest of today due to the snow. Provided that there is an improvement in the weather tomorrow morning the gates will be reopened then.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

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Thinking about stopping smoking?

If you are thinking about stopping smoking in 2020 but would like some support then why not arrange an appointment at the surgery’s stop smoking clinic. This service is run by our Health Care Assistant who gives patients the encouragement they need to help them to quit smoking. The first appointment that each patient attends will last approximately 20 minutes with each appointment that follows only lasting 10 minutes.

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Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

The opening hours for the surgery over the Christmas and New Year holidays are as follows:

Monday the 23rd of December 2019 – 9am to 1pm then 2pm to 6pm
Tuesday the 24th of December 2019 – 9am to 1pm then 2pm to 6pm
Wednesday the 25th of December 2019 – Closed
Thursday the 26th of December 2019 – Closed
Friday the 27th of December 2019 – 9am to 1pm then 2pm to 6pm
Saturday the 28th of December 2019 – Closed
Sunday the 29th of December 2019 – Closed
Monday the 30th of December 2019 – 9am to 1pm then 2pm to 6pm
Tuesday the 31st of December 2019 – 9am to 1pm then 2pm to 6pm
Wednesday the 1st of January 2020 – Closed
Thursday the 2nd of January 2020 – 9am to 1pm
Friday the 3rd of January 2020 – 9am to 1pm then 2pm to 6pm

Could all patients who are due their prescriptions to be issued during this time please request the items early. Thank you.

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Flu vaccine for patients under the age of 65

The flu vaccine for patients under the age of 65 will be available from the surgery after the 28th of October 2019.

Flu is an infectious and common viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes.

The flu vaccine

A flu vaccine is available free on the NHS for:
anyone over the age of 65
pregnant women
children and adults with an underlying health condition (particularly long-term heart or respiratory disease)
children and adults with weakened immune systems

It is given as an annual injection to:
adults over the age of 18 at risk of flu (including everyone over 65)
children aged six months to two years at risk of flu

The flu vaccine is also given as an annual nasal spray to:
children aged two to 18 years at risk of flu
healthy children aged two, three and four years old

Despite popular belief, the flu vaccine cannot give you flu as it doesn’t contain the active virus needed to do this.

If you think you need the vaccine, talk to your GP or practice nurse.

It’s not the same as the common cold. Flu is caused by a different group of viruses. Symptoms tend to be more severe and last longer.

You can catch flu – short for influenza – all year round, but it is especially common in winter, which is why it is also known as “seasonal flu”.

Flu causes a sudden high temperature, headache and general aches and pains, tiredness and a sore throat. You can also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a cough.

Flu symptoms can make you feel so exhausted and unwell that you have to stay in bed and rest until you feel better.

When to see a doctor

If you are otherwise fit and healthy, there is usually no need to see a doctor if you have flu-like symptoms.

The best remedy is to rest at home, keep warm and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

You can take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower a high temperature and relieve aches.

You should see a doctor if you have flu-like symptoms and you:
are aged 65 or over
are pregnant
have a long-term medical condition such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease or a neurological disease
have a weakened immune system

This is because flu can be more serious for you, and your doctor may want to prescribe antiviral medication.

Antiviral medicine can lessen the symptoms of flu and shorten its duration, but treatment needs to begin soon after flu symptoms start for it to be effective.

Antibiotics are of no use in the treatment of flu because it is caused by a virus and not by bacteria.

How long does flu last?

If you have flu, you generally start to feel ill within a few days of being infected.

Symptoms peak after two to three days and you should begin to feel much better after a week or so, although you may feel tired for much longer.

You are usually infectious – that is, able to pass flu on to others – a day before your symptoms start and for a further five or six days. Children and people with weaker immune systems, such as cancer patients, may remain infectious for longer.

Elderly people and anyone with certain long-term medical conditions are more likely to have a bad case of flu, and are also more likely to develop a serious complication such as a chest infection.

In the UK, about 600 people a year die from a complication of seasonal flu. This rises to around 13,000 during an epidemic.

Preventing the spread of flu

The flu virus is spread in small droplets of fluid coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person. These droplets can travel a metre or so and infect anyone within range who breathes them in.

Flu can also spread if someone with the virus transfers it on their fingers. For example, if you have flu and you touch your nose or eyes and then touch someone else, you may pass the virus on to them.

Similarly, if you have flu and touch hard surfaces such as door handles with unwashed hands, other people who touch the surface after you can pick up the infection.

You can stop yourself catching flu or spreading it to others by being careful with your hygiene.

Always wash your hands regularly with soap and water, as well as:
regularly cleaning surfaces such as your computer keyboard, telephone and door handles to get rid of germs
using tissues to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
putting used tissues in a bin as soon as possible
You can also help stop the spread of flu by avoiding all unnecessary contact with other people while you’re infectious. You should stay off work until you are no longer infectious and you’re feeling better.

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