GP Practices

GP practices are open and providing appointments for their registered patients.

You will find your GP practice will continue throughout the winter months to triage over the phone or online first. Should you clinically need it a face-to-face appointment will be arranged.

Zoning in GP practices is still in place so that patients with symptoms of COVID-19 are seen separately from those with no clinical suspicion of COVID-19, using separate entrances and consultation rooms. Please wear a mask if you are able and follow and signs or guidance in place if you do need to visit a GP practice.

Some hot sites remain in place. These are dedicated facilities specifically for patients who may have COVID-19 to attend, following telephone triage.

Community Services

All our community services are continuing to run as normal, with staff and teams following infection  control guidance.

Flu Vaccine

You can still attend your flu vaccine appointments. Having the flu jab not only protects you, but others around you. If you have a flu vaccine booked with your GP Practice – please still attend.

The flu jab is free to:

  • People 65 years of age or over
  • Pregnant women
  • People living with certain medical conditions
  • People living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
  • Those who receive a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if they fall ill
  • Young children – children are often called “super spreaders” and we know that even with the best intentions, children frequently forget to wash their hands or to cover their mouths and noses when they sneeze or cough – take up the offer of a free childhood flu vaccination.

By vaccinating children, we not only help protect them from a nasty illness but also reduce the risk of spreading the virus and protecting siblings, parents, grandparents and other vulnerable people and reduces the impact of flu on the rest of the wider community.

Screening

You can still attend your screening appointments during November for:

  • Bowel cancer screening
  • Breast cancer screening
  • Cervical cancer screening
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) programme
  • Diabetic Eye Screening (DESP)
  • Antenatal and newborn screening (ANNB)

You will be contacted directly if there is any change to your appointment.

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