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WHEN VISITING THE SURGERY:

  • PLEASE WEAR A FACE COVERING WHEN VISITING THE SURGERY

In line with current Government guidance patients are required to continue to wear a face covering in all healthcare settings. Face coverings primarily protect others, so doing so – unless exempt – is key to preventing spread of infection.

  • CONTINUE TO RESPECT SOCIAL DISTANCING AND TRY TO MAINTAIN A 2M DISTANCE FROM OTHERS WHERE POSSIBLE

 

Practice Updates

COVID VACCINATIONS 

20/12/21

We have plenty of appointments this week at Monksfield Surgery for covid vaccinations.

This can be for any dose you are eligible to receive - 1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster.

Please book online wherever possible, or by clicking the link in the text if we have messaged you. Alternatively give us a ring if you prefer.

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas!

COVID VACCINATIONS THIS WEEKEND

16/12/21

We have now received our vaccines and therefore, because the supply is now guaranteed, we will be holding booked clinics instead of our proposed drop in sessions this weekend.

PLEASE DO NOT DROP IN AND PLEASE LET ANY FRIENDS / FAMILY YOU HAVE TOLD ABOUT THIS WEEKEND KNOW ABOUT THIS CHANGE FROM DROP IN TO APPOINTMENT ONLY.

We realise this may not be as convenient to some people, however we believe that this way we can ensure better social distancing due to how easily the new variant seems to be able to spread; therefore reducing any risk of Omicron being transmitted. It should also avoid the inconvenience to patients who might have had to stand in a large queue for some time for the drop in clinics.

Please read the "Waiting after your COVID-19 vaccination" leaflet below for important information after you have received your vaccination:

Waiting after your COVID-19 vaccination leaflet

This weekend, please use any of the local free parking facilities if you are able to, so that any less mobile patients can use our limited car parking.

We will be holding lots of clinics at both Abbey House and Monksfield surgeries over the next few weeks and do now have plenty of vaccines for anyone who wants to be vaccinated after the weekend.

All appointments will be available to book via on-line services and we ask that you book via this method wherever possible.

If you do not currently have an appointment, are eligible and do not have access to on-line services, please give us a ring to book in. Please be aware that our phone lines will be extremely busy as we are dealing with on-going medical care as well as the vaccination programme.

Thank you all for your patience and assistance.

 

COVID-19 BOOSTER UPDATE 

13/12/21

Further to the announcement last night regarding boosters to tackle Omicron, we ask that you do NOT phone the surgery this week to try and book your booster. This is news to us also and we will need time to work out how we can try to facilitate extra appointments. If we have not invited you for your booster already we strongly advise you to book an appointment by calling 119 or via the following link:

 http://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-walk-in-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-site

If you prefer to wait to receive your booster with us, we will contact you as soon as possible. 

 

COVID-19 BOOSTERS 

8/12/21

Update on the Official government guidance on the rollout of the additional vaccination programme and how this will be made operational in practice:-

Booster vaccinations eligibility has been expanded to include all adults aged 18-39 years old.

Booster vaccinations will be offered in order of descending age groups with priority being given to the vaccination of older adults and those in a COVID19 at risk group.

Severely immunosuppressed individuals who have completed their primary course (3 vaccinations) will be offered a booster dose from 3months post 3rd vaccination.

Those severely immunosuppressed individuals who have not yet had a 3rd vaccination will be offered one as soon as possible and a further booster dose 3months later.

Our clinics are now fully booked until 18th December.  Once more clinics become available WE WILL CONTACT YOU - Eligible patients will be contacted by the practice in order of descending age groups (oldest first) and those in a COVID-19 at risk group.

We will contact you to book an appointment either via text or telephone call.

If you haven’t already consented to be contacted via text message may we suggest that you contact the practice to organise this as it is the simplest, most effective way of the practice sending mass communications.

 

If you would prefer to attend a local mass vaccination clinic for your vaccination please follow the link below to book an appointment:-

https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-walk-in-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-site

 

If you have an appointment already booked with the practice for a Covid vaccination or booster but have subsequently had your vaccination elsewhere please cancel your appointment with us to allow us to provide the much needed appointment time and vaccine to another patient.

You can cancel by calling our dedicated cancellation line  01327 708566 or by emailing us  at info.ahmp@nhs.net

 

We are proud to say that, as well as offering core medical services throughout the pandemic, we have also vaccinated the following cohorts (figures as at 23rd November):-

 

1st vaccine

Age Group: 80y+ 96.8 %

Age Group: 75-79y 97.8 %

Age Group: 70-74y 96.9 %

Age Group: 65-69y 95.0 %

Age Group: 16-64y with underlying health conditions 86.5 %

 

2nd vaccine

Age Group: 80y+ 96.4 %

Age Group: 75-79y 97.6 %

Age Group: 70-74y 96.5 %

Age Group: 65-69y 94.9 %

Age Group: 16-64y with underlying health conditions 84.3 %

 

Booster vaccine

Age Group: 80y+ 73.9 %

Age Group: 75-79y 75.9 %

Age Group: 70-74y 61.0 %

 

We are very proud of this achievement which is a testimony to the hard work and dedication of all of our staff who have strived to provide a vaccination service whilst continuing to provide the best of care for our patients in core medical services.

 

07/10/21

COVID-19 Boosters

NHS guidance is that all individuals who fall into the following cohorts should receive a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Those living in residential care homes for older adults
  • All adults aged 50 years or over
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • All those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions and adult carers
  • Adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals

The booster vaccine dose should be offered no earlier than six months after your 2nd vaccine. All boosters will be the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine irrespective of which vaccine was given previously.

When you become eligible to receive your booster you will receive an invitation to make an appointment. Most people will receive either a text message or a letter, either from their GP Surgery or the national NHS vaccination programme. Vaccinations will be held at local vaccination sites e.g. GP surgeries, vaccination centres and hospitals.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

22/09/21

 

21/09/21

Supporting patients following events in Afghanistan

We are conscious that some patients registered at Abbey House Medical Practice may be affected by current events in Afghanistan.  Abbey House Medical Practice is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners as one which specialises in the care of military veterans and their families. All the team have been trained in the care of military veterans and their families. If recent events have affected you and you wish to seek help, please come forward.

 

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. See Opt-out options.

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.

 

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.

 

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:

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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.

Patient Participation Group

Did you know we have a Patient Participation Group?

The purpose of the Patient Participation Group is to help us access and use your ideas for new projects, and gaining your views as to how the practice can improve and develop.

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