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CORONAVIRUS - UPDATE 22/07/20

Face masks/coverings

As from July 24th 2020 everyone is required to wear a face covering when entering a shop or business. This is in addition to wearing one on public transport. If you feel you are unable to wear a mask for auditory/sensory/breathing reasons, please see the government website for guidance on exemptions https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#exemptions-face-coverings or www.keepsafe.org.uk/mask and download an exemption card for you to show if asked why you are not wearing one. Please note, it is NOT the responsibility of the Surgery to issue anyone with an exemption letter or certificate.

 

UPDATE 06/07/20

Children (0-18) and shielding

The majority of children who have been previously identified as ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ will no longer need to shield.

Does my child need to continue shielding?

Children should continue to shield until 31 July. From Saturday 1 August, the guidance will be paused so clinically vulnerable people of all ages will no longer need to be advised to shield.

Children will only be removed from the shielded patient list by their GP or specialist doctor following consultation with the child and their family. Specialists and GPs will be asked to contact children and their families to discuss this over the summer. Families do not need to take any immediate action. We expect these consultations to happen over the summer.

Children who are removed will not be advised to shield again if government guidance on shielding is changed in the future.

If your child is transitioning to adult services before 31 July, you should have a discussion with their current and future specialist to determine whether your child should continue shielding.

GPs and specialist clinicians have been informed of the changing guidance.

Why is this changing?

The original shielded patients list was intended to identify people with conditions that put them at highest clinical risk from Covid-19, based on the evidence available at the time. It was developed early in the outbreak when there was less evidence and data on the groups most at risk from Covid-19.

Specialists in the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health (RCPCH) have looked at the most recent evidence specific to children and developed specific guidance. The Chief Medical Officer and senior clinicians have reviewed the guidance and are confident in their findings and advice.

The latest evidence shows that risks to children are low and only those with a certain medical conditions are likely to be advised to shield if shielding needs to be reintroduced in the future.

Can my child return to school/nursery?

Children should continue to shield until 31 July. From 1 August, following the pausing of guidance, children will be able to return to school or nursey in line with their peers and school terms.

More information

Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health (RCPCH) guidance: https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/covid-19-shielding-guidance-children-young-people#introduction

Shielding guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

Education guidance: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/education-and-childcare

Mental health and wellbeing advice: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

UPDATE (30/06/20)

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy, or hospital. If you have these symptoms, use the 111 coronavirus service to find out what to do.

 

Source: National Health Service

We are asking that patients wear a face mask/covering when attending either Sheffield Road Surgery or Worsbrough Health Centre to help stop spreading the virus.

UPDATE (25/05/20)

“This practice is supporting vital coronavirus (COVID-19) planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital. For more information about this see:  

https://digital.nhs.uk/coronavirus/gpes-data-for-pandemic-planning-and-research/general-practice-transparency-notice 

  
 UPDATE
(06/04/20)

We will be open as normal at Sheffield Road surgery i.e. 8.00am to 6.30pm.  However, our branch site will close Good Friday and Easter Monday.

UPDATE (30/03/20)

Change to opening times - Sheffield Road will be open from 8.00am to 6.30pm until further notice

UPDATE (25/03/20)

The Practice has decided to lock the main door at Sheffield Road, as we cannot let any more than 2 people in at a time. However, if you need to access the building, please use the intercom on your right hand side (2nd button). Our receptionist will then go through a screening process with you using the intercom.

UPDATE (19/03/20)

In view of the Coronavirus the practice have put the following in place:

Removed the online booking option

Deactivated booking appointments through the automated telephone system

We will contact patients prior to their appointment to avoid them attending if they have any signs or symptoms of Coronavirus

ANYONE WITH SIGNS OR SYMPTOMS PLEASE SEE NHS111/CORONA - PLEASE DO NOT VISIT THE SURGERY


Coronavirus

Please DO NOT enter the surgery if you’ve been to China in the past 2 weeks.

Call 111 now if you've been:

  • to Wuhan in the last 14 days (even if you do not have symptoms)
  • to other parts of China, including Macau and Hong Kong, or to Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Republic of Korea or Malaysia in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it's mild)
  • In close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus
  • Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people. Tell 111 about any recent travel and any symptoms you have.

ADVICE FOR ANY TRAVELLERS WHO HAVE TRAVELLED FROM WUHAN, CHINA

www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

 (copy and paste into your browser)


 

Extended Hours

We have been offering extended hours from the 1st July 2019 with either a GP/Advanced Nurse Practitioner/Practice Nurse/Health Care Assistant.  We review the demand and change the sessions accordingly and at present we find the following days are more popular:

  • Monday from 7.00am
  • Tuesday from 7.00am
  • Wednesday from 7.30am
  • Friday from 7.00am

CHANGE TO OPENING TIMES:

From the 1st April 2019 our branch site (Worsbrough Health Centre) will be open every Thursday until 6.30pm and NOT 4.00pm


Antibiotic Campaign

Antibiotic resistance is not a distant threat but is in fact one of the most dangerous global crisis facing the world today.  Taking antibiotics when you don't need them puts you and your family at risk of developing infections which cannot be easily treated with antibiotics.  Without urgent action from all of us, common infections, minor injuries and routine operations will become much riskier.

We urge patients with long-term health conditions, pregnant women, children aged 2-3 years and over 65 years, to have a flu vaccination to help 'stay well this winter'.

 


Barnsley CCG as an organisation  have a responsibility for planning and buying healthcare to ensure that the people who live in the borough have access to the right type of services locally.

 We have been working with our local GP Practices  over the past year to put in place a change to how patients order their repeat prescriptions and we’d like your views and comments on this to help us to determine how effective this work has been.

 All of the information that you provide will be kept private and confidential and your details will not be shared. 

 The survey should take no longer than five minutes to complete and any comments and feedback that you can provide us with will be much appreciated. 

This can either be completed online via the link on our website at www.barnsleyccg.nhs.uk/haveyoursay or via paper copy and returned to us via the freepost address highlighted at the end. 

 The closing date for your feedback is Thursday 31st January and can access via this link  http://www.barnsleyccg.nhs.uk/haveyoursay

If you have any questions or experience any issues with the survey please contact us via the details provided below;

Advice line: 01226 433771

(9am - 4pm, Monday to Friday)

Email: barnsleyccg.MOSW@nhs.net

 



i-HEART Service

 

The i-HEART service was initially developed in 2015 to provide extended access to Primary Care services to patients registered with a Barnsley-based GP. The aim of the services was to deliver improved access medical advice, resulting in improved health outcomes.

 

However, we also recognise some areas of the service no longer address the needs of our patients. Our priority continues to be the delivery of safe and effective care however based on our review findings we do not feel the current telephone triage service being delivered by i-HEART meets all of these fundamental requirements.

 

So please note i-HEART is changing. We have introduced a number of new measures which will change the way in which the service is delivered. The following changes will come into effect from Monday 1st October 2018.

 

  • Patients registered with a Barnsley GP can access the i-HEART service by calling the telephone number 01226 242419 between 4.00pm – 6.00pm Monday to Friday and 8.00am – 9.30am during weekends and on Bank Holidays
  • The i-HEART have evening clinic times between 6.30pm -10.30pm Monday-Friday and 10.00am - 1.00pm during the weekend and bank holiday. 
  • Patients requiring non-emergency medical attention should call their GP in the first instance or NHS 111 outside of the i-HEART opening hours.

General Data General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) - implemented 25th May 2018

We are committed to ensure that your privacy is protected and compliant with GDPR.  We hold your personal/medical data and sometimes it is shared with other health professions in relation to medical care.  Please advise a member of our team should you wish to dissent from sharing.


When to order your repeat prescriptions

We recommend ordering your repeat medications 7 -10 days before your supply is due to run out.


This gives enough time for us to issue your repeat prescription and time for you to collect or have your items delivered from your pharmacist. We work with you and your pharmacist to ensure you get your items safely and on time.

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