Sorry there has been such a long gap between communications. It has felt as if we are all a bit stuck at times.
As I’m sure you are aware we have been busy in the surgery trying to pick up as much routine work as possible, managing emerging health problems and long standing ones, while still keeping everyone as safe as possible from Covid. This has not been easy, I would love for nothing more than to throw the doors open, declare it over and go back to busy face to face surgeries, but that will be a while yet I am afraid. For the foreseeable future we will continue to operate a phone first service. This means that anyone making contact will be given a telephone consultation with the doctor in the first instance. If necessary the GP will then arrange to see you face to face at an appropriate time. These telephone consultations can be arranged by phoning the surgery, or via the online booking system.
If you have a concern about your health please get in touch, we are open normal hours and will find a way to manage appropriately any issues you raise. However please do not use e mail for your initial contact – the Practice e mail address is very busy and we may miss something if we are not looking out for it.
The flu vaccination service has gone well. We used public halls to arrange social distanced attendance and although allocating all the appointments was a lot of work for staff we feel it was worth it and the clinics ran like clockwork, thanks to everyone doing as asked and arriving at the correct time. Flu vaccine is now available to the additional age group 60-64, so if this applies to you and we have not phoned you please get in touch.
Next up of course will be the Covid vaccine. We have signed up with the Health Board to deliver this locally and plan to use the same arrangements as for flu. We have been advised that vaccination of Care Home residents and health and social care workers will begin on December 8th and it will be offered to those aged over 80 living at home in early January.
Finally, Christmas looms. The surgery will be closed on December 25th and 28th, and January 1st and 4th for the usual public holidays. Please ensure you request sufficient medication to cover this period. If you require medical assistance when the surgery is closed please call 111 to access NHS24.
With very best wishes for Christmas and New Year, and let’s hope 2021 is a better year for us all.