Practice Announcement - 19th July 2021
As the government has now announced the end of the remaining lockdown rules from Monday 19th July, both Leominster practices have reviewed their policies. Our priority is to keep our staff and patients safe and we ask that you support us by following the guidance below.
· Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG are recommending the continued use of face coverings for patients and staff whilst in a health or care setting. We may have particularly vulnerable patients or staff members and need to do all we can to protect them. Therefore face coverings are still required when attending the practices.
· Our doors will be fully opened but we still ask that where possible you communicate with the practice online or by telephone and attend alone for your appointments if possible to avoid increasing the numbers within the building unnecessarily.
· Telephone consultation/triage and screening prior to face to face appointments will continue
· Please do not enter the building if you have been in contact with a positive case or if you have any symptoms such as new continuous cough, temperature, changes to sense of taste or smell or if you have recently returned from and amber/red country and should be isolating.
In line with NHS guidance and rising Covid case numbers, we are managing patient flow into our building with a doorbell entrance system. Your patience is appreciated as we continue to work together to keep everyone safe.
Thank you for your continued cooperation
Dr Camila Rogers MBChB, BmedSc Hons, DRCOG, MRCGP
Camila graduated in medicine from the University of Birmingham in 2013 and achieved her ambition to become a General Practioner in 2020. She was inspired by the compassion of her family GP in the small South Birmingham village she grew up in and strives to provide holistic care and continuity to families from all walks of life.
She has now relocated to a rural village in Worcestershire to enjoy life hiking in the outdoors with her husband and toddler and also enjoys climbing, camping and surfing.
PRACTICE ANNOUCEMENT -
We are pleased to announce that The Marches Surgery and Westfield Surgery plan to join forces as a single new practice from April 2022. The partners of the two surgeries have given careful deliberation to this decision and are unanimous in their support of it. The proposal has been approved by Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG and has their full support.
The merger will, above all, secure the future of primary care services in Leominster, providing resilience for generations to come. It will allow the new practice to make the best possible use of the proposed new premises that are being planned for Leominster and which, it is hoped, will be completed in 2023.
Patients and staff will be consulted to ensure their views contribute to the development of the newly merged practice.
A key priority will be preserving the best of traditional family medicine with continuity of care and access to clinicians who know, and are known by, their patients. This will be combined with new innovative approaches to providing health care and support. In working to prepare for merger the new practice will aim to improve all aspects of its services to the population it serves.
The branch surgery at Bodenham will not be affected and will continue to operate as normal.
Comments and questions about our new organisation are welcome. Patients can feedback through Patient Participation Groups or email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to either practice. We will not be able to respond individually but will publish responses through news bulletins, on our websites and on our social media (Facebook) pages
Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status for travelling abroad
If you're planning to travel abroad, you can get proof that you've been vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19). This is your COVID-19 vaccination status.
Some countries may also require a negative COVID-19 test result. Always check the entry requirements for the country you are visiting before you book your travel. There is step by step travel advice on GOV.UK.
Who can get a COVID-19 vaccination status
You can get your COVID-19 vaccination status if all the following apply:
you have had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine
you were vaccinated at a GP surgery, vaccination centre or hospital in England
you are aged 16 or older
Currently a "full course" means you have had 2 doses of any approved COVID-19 vaccine.
Children under the age of 16 cannot get a COVID-19 vaccination status. They may need to show a negative test result instead. Check the entry requirements for the country you’re visiting.
Do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters showing your vaccine record.
You can choose how to get your COVID-19 vaccination status by.....
Downloading the NHS APP
Visiting the NHS Website
By calling 119 for a letter
IMPORTANT SURVEY -
The Marches Surgery would be grateful if as many as possible could complete the below survey as we seek to develop a new medical centre for Leominster.
*Your views are very important to us as we plan for the future.*
Please click on link below or copy and paste into search bar:
Covid-19 Vaccination Programme
The Marches Surgery team is very pleased to be involved with the roll out of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history.
Covid vaccination services run by family doctors and their teams started across Herefordshire and Worcestershire in mid-December.
The last few weeks have seen practice teams working rapidly to redesign sites and put in place safe processes to meet the tough logistical challenges of offering the vaccination.
The covid vaccine roll-out is being co-ordinated by GP-led primary care networks (PCN), which are groups of general practices working more closely together. Patients living in our PCN (Herefordshire North and West) are being invited to receive the vaccine at Bridge Street Sports Centre.
Patients are being contacted in priority groups when it is their turn to receive the vaccine. Please do not telephone the practice directly to ask for an appointment - an invitation will be sent to you over the coming days and weeks as more vaccine arrives.
We look forward to seeing many of our patients for their vaccination in the coming weeks.
Research and Surveillance Centre Practice
We are proud to have signed up to the Royal College of GPs Research & Surveillance Centre, which will mean we are contributing data about disease levels to this national centre which is the main one monitoring disease activity and outbreaks in our country. The data is all anonymous.
Convalescent Plasma Clinical Trial
We are keen to support the trials of using convalescent plasma (from those who have already had Covid-19) to treat new patients. If you might be interested, please register your interest via the link:
We are delighted to announce that two new doctors have joined our team at The Marches Surgery. Dr Isabel Lane will be undertaking 7 surgeries per week, and Dr Catherine Boyce 4 surgeries per week.
At such a difficult time, it is a very positive development that Izzy and Cathy are joining us. They both feel enthusiastic to be starting with us, as do we.
The Marches Surgery has worked hard to ensure we can continue to offer a safe service to our patients during this time. If you have a problem and need to speak with us, please contact the surgery via telephone.
Patients cannot visit the surgery unless it is for a pre-booked appointment that has been confirmed by The Marches or Bodenham Surgery.
If you are attending the surgery please come alone if possible, wearing a face covering or mask, this does not apply to children under 11.
For out of hours please phone NHS 111 if you need medical advice when the surgeries are closed.
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:
- Stay at home if you can
- Limit contact with other people
- Keep your distance from people not in your household. (2 metres apart where possible)
- Wash your hands regularly.
- DO NO leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
For the latest up to date information surrounding Coronavirus please visit: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Patient Participation Group
Engaging the involvement of our patients is a very helpful process to ensuring our services are shaped to best meet patients' needs.
To help us with this we invite any patient who would like to contribute to the practice to join our informal and friendly Patient Participation Group (PPG)
Due to COVID-19 the next PPG meeting will be held virtually! The meeting will take place on:
Wednesday 12th August at 6pm.
We'd like to thank our PPG members for their understanding. If you have any questions, queries or comments please email these to email@example.com and one of our team will get back to you.
In order to gather a truly representative sample of patients together, we welcome patients from all manner of diverse backgrounds including young people, students, workers, retired people, people with long term conditions, and people from non-British ethnic groups.
If you are interested in joining the PPG, or are happy for us to contact you occasionally by email as part of an on line patient representation group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that no medical information or questions can be responded to by means of this route of communication with the practice. If you have a concern of a medical nature, please call to make an appointment to talk to a doctor or a nurse.
The PRINCIPLE TRIAL-
Join a COVID-19 clinical trial
The PRINCIPLE trial aims to find treatments that reduce hospital admission and improve symptoms for people with COVID-19.
You could be eligible to join if
- You have had these symptoms for fewer than 15 days:
- a continuous new or worsening cough
- and/or a high temperature
- OR have a positive test for SARS-Co-V2 infection with
COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days
- You are aged 50 to 64 with a pre-existing illness
- You are aged 65 and above