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FLU VACCINE FOR 50 -64 YEAR OLDS

We have been asking for several months for any information with regards to the flu vaccination for this new flu vaccine age bracket. We heard, like you, on Friday 20th November via media news, that we are to start giving the jabs from the 1st December. Until this announcement we have been under strict orders not to order any vaccinations and indeed the vaccine has not been available to order even if we tried. We placed an immediate order early on 20th November, following the media announcement, and we were told the following:

'If you are enquiring about ordering additional vaccines for the 50-64 Non At-Risk Cohort. Please await guidance from DHSC due to be issued today which will provide clarification as to how to access stock for this Cohort.'

No further guidance was sent so we resent our order and was told that 2 of the companies on the DHSC list did not have any vaccine available. Thankfully one company did and we have managed to get the maximum we are able to order which is not even half of the number we actually have in the 50 - 64 category. As we are not told when the delivery date will be, we cannot set up any clinics until we are in receipt of the vaccine or have a confirmed date of delivery.

 

Please do not contact the surgery as we will let you know when there are vaccines and clinics available. We have several meetings, and based on the little information we have, we hope to send texts to this cohort of patients and if you confirm back we will send a letter to you confirming the date and time of the clinic. We already know we will not receive the 2,360 necessary vaccines as can only order a maximum of 1000 per surgery, so the response back from the texts will be on a first come first served basis.


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    'HARPENDEN CARES'

    Harpenden Town Council is supporting a new initiative called Harpenden Cares, It is a community-led response to the Coronavirus involving many of our fantastic voluntary groups including out very own Harpenden Health PCN Social Prescriber. They are already supporting many of our local patients who are at risk, or shielding at home. They are offering help and advice where needed and have proven to be a trusted source of information. Click on the following link for further information:

    https://harpendencares.org/

     

    If you are a Redbourn patient, why not call the 'Redbourn Corona Volunteer Group.' It is funded by St Albans Council. Simply call  01582 794550 between 9am  - 12pm  

    For all our patients who are in the medically, extremely vulnerable high-risk category , click on this link: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable for government support. You can register on behalf of someone if they can not do it themselves.

    You can also register for one of the local volunteer support schemes at https://www.communities1st.org.uk/COVID19support

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    Appointments during the Pandemic

    On the 4th June we moved to a new Clinical Computer System called EMIS. This affects our usual online digital services and necessitates a change for all patients to either register with the new online service called 'Patient Access' and/or download the NHS App. Both are linked to our clinical system and your records. Please look at our Online Services page for more information. If you do not wish to use our online facilities, please continue to request your repeat prescribing in the same way you have done in the past and please continue to call the practice on the phone if you wish to speak to a clinician.

    On-line bookable telephone appointments for GPs are available again, although we are unable to set them too far in advance due short notice self-isolation and other unforeseeable Covid related national changes to Primary Care. If you book a telephone consultation , please be aware that the slot time is not exact and that a GP will aim to call patients within an hour of that allotted time.

    We are now part of a Primary Care Network (Harpenden Health PCN) and all practices need to be on the same clinical system, hence the move to a new system called 'EMIS'. A huge upheaval for the practice and staff particularly in light of the COVID Pandemic, however we are excited by this as already benefitting our patients e.g. more after hours appointments available in Harpenden and St Albans. Also 111 and Herts urgent Care are now able to book directly into our system.

    We thank you for your patience and kindness during these vital necessary changes.

    Please use our 'NEW' ONLINE CONSULT SERVICE. Our patients do not have to register for this service , simply click on the link and away you go. Patients can use this as an alternative to contacting us by phone enabling patients to make any request or general enquiry as long as it is not urgent. Also by using this service many patients find they do not need to contact the practice as the service is full of self-help information, videos, photos and where to get the appropriate treatment, support or medication. You can also request a non-urgent telephone appointment this way and we aim to get back to you within 2 working days.

    If you do need to ring the practice for an appointment, our receptionists will ask you questions to ascertain a little as to why you need an appointment. This is done under the guidance and training of the clinical team and it ensures we signpost you to the correct clinician and that all our patients are cared for effectively and appropriately. This can sometimes lead to longer waiting times on the phones but we have a full team answering calls and you will get through.

    If you have concerns you may have Covid symptoms or have become poorly with Covid, please call 111 or use their online services. Please always seek help, do not suffer in silence.

    Wherever possible, this consultation will be over the phone. If a GP feels they need to see you they may ask you to have a video consultation or if you need to be examined you will be invited to make an appointment with them or another clinician. If it is a video call the GP will send a text with a link and invite.

    If you are invited to come to the surgery, you may be asked to remain in your car until called by the clinician. We have a new intercom entry system to allow access into the surgery. If you do not have a car or you come by taxi you will be invited in by one of the reception team to sit in the waiting room. Seating is very limited due to the need for social distancing and the need for a safe flow of patients entering and leaving the building. Please When attending the practice please ensure you are wearing a face mask at all times. You will then be invited to go straight through to the clinicians consulting room.

     

    Please see the Online Service webpage for details of how to access the new online services or how to download the NHS app

    Repeat prescriptions

    We aim to send all prescriptions, including repeat prescriptions, through the electronic prescription service (EPS) to your nominated pharmacy. If you do not have a nominated pharmacy please ensure you choose one online or ask your usual pharmacy to set this up for you. You can also order your prescription direct through the pharmacy.

    Any prescriptions not sent through EPS will need to be collected at the practice. If you haven’t nominated a pharmacy we will ask you to do so. Please wherever possible use our on-line system for ordering repeat prescriptions rather than coming to the practice to drop the prescription off. If you do drop the prescription off at the surgery please ensure it is in a sealed envelope. Prescriptions will be turned around as soon as we are able but please be advised that Pharmacies make take longer than usual to dispense them due to the high number of requests. Please allow 2-3 working days for repeat prescriptions.

     

    If you currently manage your own prescription requests and your prescription can’t be sent through EPS to a nominated pharmacy you will need to contact the GP practice

    Please be aware that home deliveries by community pharmacy is not an NHS funded service. Some pharmacies do offer a delivery service which you may be charged for.

     

     

    Registering as a new patient with the Practice

    Please either use our website registration facility or pick up a registration for and either post these through the front door in a sealed envelope, post them through the royal mail, or email them to us at elmsmedical@nhs.net

     

     

    Letters and other documents

    Wherever possible we will send any requested letters, test results or any other documents via your direct personal email. Please double check with the Elms team that we have an appropriate and up to date email address. By giving us this information we will accept this as consent to send data to your home email address. If you don’t have an email address then please come to the surgery wearing a mask, use the intercom to let us know you are here and we will pass the requested documents to you. If you are housebound we will try and post these to you, however be aware you may be asked to post a self-addressed envelope to the practice so that this can be actioned. Completion of forms and letter requests will take between 5 – 10 working days dependent on urgency and direct care of patient. There is a fee for letters and completion of forms and this will have to be paid for in advance, so please request our surgery BACs details and send a copy of your BACs transaction to confirm payment has been made. This is a new system for us so please be patient.

     

    We want to ensure we have a safe and efficient service not only as we deal with the Coronavirus challenges but also moving ahead, continuing to meet demand, ensuring our continued high quality of care for all our patients.

     

    Thank you for your continued support and kindness.

     

    KEEP SAFE AND WELL


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    The Elms Medical Practice is now a Teaching & Training Practice

    Health Education England has approved The Elms Medical Practice for teaching and training within the East of England Deanery. This means we are able to host newly qualified doctors within their Foundation years, as well as those undertaking General Practice training. 

    We have also established strong links with other educational institutions and provide training to:

    ·     Physician Associate trainees (University of Hertfordshire)

    ·     Final Year Medical Students (University of Cambridge)

    ·     Year 5 Medical Students (University College London)

    ·     Year 5 Medical Students (Kings College London)

     The practice team are enthusiastic about the delivery of high-quality teaching and training, and are supported by a dedicated team of educators and administrative support:

    Dr David Hemsi (Associate Trainer)

    Dr Charlotte Allam (Associate Trainer)

    Dr Rebecca May (Associate Trainer)

    Dr Ellen Sibly (Associate Trainer)

    Dr Vidya Kanthi (Associate Trainer)

    Mrs Sarah Brindley (Practice Manager – Education Non-Clinical Lead)

    Miss Emma Heaton (Deputy Manager)
     
    Appointments with our learners may be offered to you and booked only with your consent. All learners are closely supervised by a named GP Partner. For training purposes, learners may require video recordings of some consultations and again, only with your consent. These are used solely for teaching and confidentiality is upheld between both the learner and GP educator.  

    We hope you will support our commitment to the teaching and training of undergraduate and postgraduate healthcare professionals, and we would welcome any feedback regarding your experiences with them.


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    BABY IMMUNISATIONS

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    MEASLES OUTBREAK IN LOCALITY 2019

    Please call us to check your child/teenager is vaccinated with the 2 doses - we can provide any missing vaccinations at your convenience

    For more info please read the following Public Health leaflet and link below:

    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/measles/

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    Heart Age Campaign

    This is to increase awareness of heart health and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, the campaign encourages adults to complete the ‘One You Heart Age Test’ which reveals your heart age compared to your real age and gives advice on how to lower it. Click HERE to link to the Heart Age Campaign website.


    Improving Access in our Locality

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    Gluten Free products are no longer available on prescription in Hertfordshire

    Do you get gluten-free foods on prescription? Gluten-free foods are no longer available on prescription.
    You can buy these foods from supermarkets, pharmacies and online without a prescription.
    For more information please contact us at hvccgpatientfeedback@nhs.net or 01442 898865

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    PHONE SYSTEM SEPT 2020 - phone call report CLICK HERE

    The phone fault we had on the new system has been resolved.

    Please be aware that we receive 100 - 200 calls an hour and although we have 3-5 receptionists answering the phones, complex calls can sometimes take longer and can cause significant delays. With such high volumes of calls a wait on the phone for 20 minutes is quite normal, but please be assured that the team are working hard to get to your call as soon as they can. If your call is not urgent why not use our 'ONLINE CONSULT' instead (see Home Page). Our patients do not need to register for this, simply click on the link and use. Its quick and easy to use with useful information and help and has direct access to the surgery. This is monitored during the working week between 09:00 - 16:00

    Option 1 for medical emergencies and for urgent requests that must be actioned the same day.

    Option 2 for routine nurse appointments and general enquiries for patients who do not have access to the internet or struggle using the internet.

    We thank you for your patience.


    What happens when you are referred by your GP to a specialist

    Please can you take a moment by accessing the link above and answer the surveys about changes the CCG is proposing on access for IVF, gluten free foods, over the counter medications, female sterilisation, vasectomy and being fit for surgery (i.e. BMI and smoking policy).

    These are very important issues and it is important that patients have a say. The deadline is 14th September. Thank you in advance for your time on this.


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