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Please be aware from 1st March 2019 this practice will no longer provide a travel advice / vaccination service for adults or children. General travel advice can be found on the NATHNAC website and in our clinics and service pages. We do give details about alternative services in the area that patients can use to obtain travel advice  and vaccinations, which may incur a fee. We will not continue to stock or administer vaccines at this surgery, however.

IF YOU REQUIRE A  GP DURING THE TIME THE SURGERY IS CLOSED CALL NHS 111, OR IF YOU FEEL IT IS AN EMERGENCY 999.

From the 1st of December 2018 this practice will no longer offer ear irrigation for the removal of wax as a routine procedure. A leaflet detailing how to instill eardrops that are purchased over the counter from your usual pharmacist, is available at reception.

This leaflet will help you (or your carer) to use eardrops appropriately for up to 7 days – to enable ear wax to be expelled naturally from the ears. Other self-use methods to remove ear wax are also included in the leaflet information.

Patients who have examinations or hearing aid fittings at a hospital, may still be eligible to have an ear irrigation procedure booked, upon production of their hospital appointment letter to reception staff. If you feel that you fit this criteria, but do not have a booked appointment letter to produce, you may discuss with a GP during a telephone consultation (booked as usual via reception).

Other agencies ( eg. Pharmacies)may offer ear syringing as a service but as it is a non NHS procedure, it may incur a charge, which is at the discretion of the agency providing it.

 IF YOU NEED URGENT ADVICE FROM A DOCTOR CALL THE PRACTICE NUMBER, TO BE REDIRECTED AS USUAL WHEN THE PRACTICE IS CLOSED.

PLEASE NOTE - from Saturday the 7th of April 2018, the surgery will be closed on Saturdays. We will still continue to be open weekdays from 8am to 8pm.

Patients needing care on Saturdays or Sundays  that will not wait till Monday should continue to  call NHS 111  as usually advised.

IF YOU FEEL YOU HAVE A LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCY THEN PLEASE CALL 999 

ACCESS TO  GP APPOINTMENTS

Practices  in the SHP Federation are working in partnership to provide additional GP appointments between 6.30pm – 8pm during the week and also over the weekend, If you need access to an evening or weekend non-urgent appointment, please call and speak to the receptionist at your registered practice during normal opening hours.  

Your appointment may be with another practice in the area and may not be at your registered practice.

From Friday 1st September 2017 the Surgery will be open for pre-booked GP appointments till 7.45 pm Monday to Friday. The Surgery doors will close at 8pm. Appointments can be booked on the usual telephone number or at the reception desk.

If all of our appointments are fully booked, patients may be offered an appointment with another GP practice within the locality.

From the 1/4/2015 all patients will be allocated an accountable General Practitioner (GP) as required by NHS England. This accountable GP would be responsible for coordinating your care if applicable. If you wish to be notified about who your accountable GP is, please contact reception on the usual contact numbers. If you wish to change your accountable GP, you can ask at reception for an application form to do so.   If you wish to opt out of the allocation of an accountable GP please let reception staff know.

Please note- this is an eight partner GP practice and any patient can book to see any Gp they prefer – this will not change.

 

From the 1st of April 2016 we will  be able to offer extended online access to detailed coded records, for some patients aged over 18 years. For more information and a downloadable leaflet - please see our  Statement of Intent to offer online services by following the link under further information. You can also ring the surgery to speak to a receptionist on the telephone number above.

 

In Times of Bereavement

In the unfortunate event that a person has passed away, there are three things that must be done in the first few days;

  • Get a medical certificate from your GP or hospital doctor (this is necessary to register the death)
  • Register the death within 5 days (8 days in Scotland). You will then receive the necessary documents for the funeral.
  • Make the necessary funeral arrangements.

Register the death

If the death has been reported to the coroner (or Procurator Fiscal in Scotland) they must give permission before registering the death.

You can register the death if you are a relative, a witness to the death, a hospital administrator or the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors.

You can use the ‘Register a Death’ page on the gov.uk website that will guide you through the process. This will also explain the registration process for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Arrange the funeral

The funeral can usually only take place after the death is registered. Most people use a funeral director, though you can arrange a funeral yourself.

Funeral directors

Choose a funeral director who’s a member of one of the following:

These organisations have codes of practice - they must give you a price list when asked.

Some local councils run their own funeral services, for example for non-religious burials. The British Humanist Association can also help with non-religious funerals.

Arranging the funeral yourself

Contact the Cemeteries and Crematorium Department of your local council to arrange a funeral yourself.

Funeral costs

Funeral costs can include:

  • funeral director fees
  • things the funeral director pays for on your behalf (called ‘disbursements’ or ‘third-party costs’), for example, crematorium or cemetery fees, or a newspaper announcement about the death
  • local authority burial or cremation fees

Funeral directors may list all these costs in their quotes.



 
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