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Guidance note for patients requesting PPE exemption letters

 

We are aware that some patients might be understandably anxious about the Government’s recent announcements around the use of face masks in various public settings.

 

GPs are unfortunately not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face mask.

 

The government guidance on exemptions suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption therefore it is sufficient for an individual to self-declare this.

 

The responsibility for issuing exemptions lies with the transport provider not your GP. Similarly, practices are under no obligation to provide letters of support for anyone who does not fall under the list of exemptions but considers them to have another reason to be exempted.

 

Government advice on the use of face coverings can be found here:

 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#face-coverings

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

Some people don’t have to wear a face covering including for health, age or equality reasons. Some transport staff may not wear a face covering if it is not required for their job.

 

We hope that this guidance provides some reassurance for you on this issue. 

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If you have further questions please contact our reception team.

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Coronavirus

Appointments

In keeping with current guidance and to reduce the risk to patients and staff, if a patient is attending the surgery can you please wear your own face mask or face covering, thank you.

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******Due to latest Coronavirus Covid-19 advice we are changing the way we are working******

We are no longer booking routine appointments for the foreseeable future and the daily walk-in emergency clinic has been changed.

If you feel you need to see a doctor or a nurse please do NOT come to the surgery until you have spoken to a doctor or nurse over the phone and they have agreed that it is safe and sensible to do so.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this difficult time.

“Lockdown will be a difficult and unsafe time for many people. If you are experiencing domestic abuse: physical, emotional, psychological, financial, sexual or stalking, please go to gdass.org.uk or call 01452 726 570 for advice and support and always call 999 in an emergency”.

From Thursday 19.03.2020 we shall be exclusively working from Yorkley Health Centre. This is for GP/nurse appointments and Dispensary.

 

DISPENSARY CHANGES  -

For all patients

Please do not come in to the surgery in person to order your medication, but order them by phone (0300 421 1215) or online.

Due to the current situation, please allow 72 hours  before collecting your medication.

For patients that collect their medications from the practice

From Thursday 19.03.2020 we will only be dispensing from Yorkley Health Centre.

The opening hours will change to 9.00-11.30am and 3pm-6pm Mon – Fri.

 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation at this difficult time.

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Changes to Bream Surgery opening hours

Please note that as from 2 December 2019, Bream Surgery will be closed on Monday mornings and open at 1.30pm. Our surgery opening times can be found in the Opening Times tab.

 

Text Messages

You can now register to receive information by text message on your phone regarding appointments and health care. This service is due to be launched in the Summer of 2020. If you wish to register for this messaging service please fill out the consent form.

Flu Vaccines

If you are eligible for a Flu Vaccine and missed our Flu Clinics this year, please make an appointment with our nurse to have your vaccine. Click here to read more about the 2019 flu vaccines

GP Patient Survey 2019

We are delighted with the results of the recently published NHS GP Patient Survey 2019. Click here to see the results

Prescription Price Increase

As from 1st April 2019 prescriptions will be £9 per item. Prepayment certificates for 3 months will be £29.10 and for 12 months they will be £104.00

Over The Counter Medicine - change on prescribing

In May 2018 the CCG confirmed change on prescribing of Over the Counter Medicines. For more info please see this leaflet Over the Counter Medicines

NHS Prescription Ordering Line

Patients are now able to order their repeat prescriptions directly via the Local Gloucester Service NHS Prescription Ordering Line on 0300 421 1215. Please note that our Dispensary won't be able to take any repeat prescription orders via the phone any longer.

Changes to Monday Emergency Surgeries

From 16th April 2018 emergency appointments on Mondays (for problems that can't wait until the next available routine appointment) can be booked on the day, either by telephone from 9am onwards, or by calling into either surgery to make the appointment. These emergency appointments will be at Yorkley Health Centre.

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

The GDPR applies from 25 May 2018. For more information please look below in the separate GDPR link and/or Practice Policies .

Improved Access to GP & Nurse Appointments

Did you know that there are now extra GP and nurse appointments during normal hours and additional appointments at one of the Forest of Dean surgeries between 6.30 pm and 8 pm on weekdays and also on Saturday mornings? 

This is part of the Improved Access Scheme organised between the Forest surgeries. 

Click here or contact reception for further information.

Care Quality Commission – read our latest inspection report

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