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If you are attending the surgery:

Wear a mask - Socially distance - Do not arrive early for appointments.

       

Do not attend the surgery if you have:

  • A temperature
  • A new cough
  • A loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19

Only attend the surgery if you have been requested to by a member of staff.

 

 

PRACTICE UPDATES

21/07/21

Pfizer Appointments Available

We have appointments available this week and next week at Monksfield Surgery for Pfizer vaccinations. If you are a patient of Abbey House Medical Practice and would like to book in, then please phone us on 01327 877770.

If you are not a patient at our Practice but would like to book an appointment for your vaccination, then please email us on info.ahmp@nhs.net with the following information:

- Full Name

- Date of Birth

- Telephone number

- Whether this is your 1st or 2nd dose (if 2nd, please include the date of your 1st)

- NHS no if known

A member of our team will then email you back with an appointment date and time.

Thank you.

16/07/21

Update on COVID-19 safety measures

 

Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance are set to remain in place for all staff and visitors after 19th July.

That means NHS visitor guidance will stay in place across all health services including hospitals, GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure patients and staff are protected.

Staff, patients and visitors will also be expected to continue to follow social distancing rules when visiting any care setting as well as using face coverings, mask and other personal protection equipment.

Please click here to view the BMA poster for face masks in the practice.

14/07/21

Covid vaccinations given outside of the UK

The practice can record your covid vaccinations in your medical records if documented proof is supplied.

However, this data will not be captured in the NHS app/travel passport and will not be visible and therefore cannot be used as proof of covid vaccination status for travel/events.

This is due to the current design of the NHS app and cannot be resolved by the practice

Patients are advised to keep all of their original vaccination documents as proof until NHS Digital are able to update the NHS app/travel passport to capture this particular type of data.

07/07/21

Update from NGH 

If you are a patient at Northampton General Hospital and have any questions or queries about an outpatient appointment, when your planned operation is expected to take place, or if you want to cancel or rearrange an appointment with the hospital, please contact their Outpatient Contact Centre on 01604 545555. We do not have access to the hospital booking system and will not be able to provide you with the information you need. Thank you.

07/06/21

Opting Out

Your health records contain a type of data called confidential patient information. Currently this data can be used to help with research and planning. If you don’t want your identifiable patient data to be shared for purposes except for your own care, you can opt-out by registering a Type 1 Opt-out or a National Data Opt-out, or both. Your individual care will not be affected if you opt-out using either option. Both Opt-out options are explained here.

More information about Type 1 Opt-outs is in the GP Data for Planning and Research Transparency Notice, including a form that you can complete and send to your GP practice. 

If you register a Type 1 Opt-out after this collection has started, no more of your data will be shared with NHS Digital. They will however still hold the patient data which was shared with them before you registered the Type 1 Opt-out.
 
If you do not want NHS Digital to share your identifiable patient data with anyone else for purposes beyond your own care, then you can also register a National Data Opt-out.

For more information regarding your confidential information and to choose if data from your health records is shared for research and planning please click this link.

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Practice Update- Covid

Your practice is delighted to be undertaking the largest vaccination programme in the history of the NHS. They are balancing this programme whilst continuing to be open and managing your other clinical needs. Please do be reassured that if you need medical attention, your practice is here for you and will determine the best way to support you based on your symptoms. We are experiencing delays in answering phone calls due to the significant increase of calls.

Here are a few ideas to decrease the number of phone calls being made to the surgery:

  • Sign up to our online service so you can book an appointment online.
  • Use self-care for minor ailments/injuries.
  • Avoid calling first thing on Monday morning.
  • For minor health concerns visit a local pharmacy. 
  • Ensure you have checked our website before contacting the practice.

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DoctorLink

Abbey House Surgery would like to invite you to join DoctorLink

We have been looking at how we can improve access to Practice Services; DoctorLink is our new online service where you can access advice and appointments online.

Registration is simple and you can register here:

Visit DoctorLink

For all urgent appointments, we ask that you undertake a symptom assessment through DoctorLink.

The symptom checker will ask you a number of questions to help identify your problem.

The outcome of your assessment will direct you to the right treatment, whether emergency care, your GP, nurse or self care.

If your outcome indicates that an appointment is required, you simply click on request appointment link.

Once the request has been submitted, you will then be contacted by the Practice Team, to arrange an appointment within the identified time frame (as outlined in the outcome of your symptom checker).

The information you provide will be shared with our clinical team (where appropriate) and will assist in providing robust information of your problem to the required clinical team member prior to your appointment.

 

 

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