Flu Clinics: 50-64 year old patients
As you may have heard the government have announced that patients aged between 50-64 years old will be eligible for a free flu vaccination from their GP Practice as part of the flu vaccination programme.
This is a great opportunity for us to protect even more of our patients at a time where there are additional health risks associated with Covid-19 (coronavirus).
We urge that if you fall under this eligible category to not contact us for an appointment. We will contact you in due course as we need time to plan and order the vaccinations.
We urge anyone who’s in a clinical risk group to take up the vaccination offer when they receive it. It will give them a much-needed layer of protection and there is absolutely no evidence that getting a flu vaccine increases the risk of getting Covid-19
We are asking our patients to make a note of the freephone crisis helpline number in case you should need it in the event of a mental health crisis. The freephone crisis helpline number, 0800 0516171, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for anyone, of any age, living in North Yorkshire. Callers are diverted to local crisis teams by following a series of options. Further information is available at www.tewv.nhs.uk/crisisadvice.
All patients who are Under 65 with a long term health condition and patients who are Over 65 can now book their Flu Vaccination!!
There are a few things to still remember:
- All appointments need to be pre-booked; this can be done by calling the surgery.
- You must arrive on time as social distancing measures still apply and we have limited capacity inside the building.
- Ensure loose fitting clothing is worn to assist with getting to the vaccination site.
- Masks must be worn at all times, unless there is a clinical reason.
- Do not attend the surgery if you have a cough, high temperature, change in taste or smell, or if anyone in your household has these symptoms.
Please note that people in the 50 - 64 year old age group will not be vaccinated until at least December, providing there is sufficient vaccines, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50 - 64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.
Changes to prescribing over-the-counter medications
Our GPs will no longer prescribe medicines that can bought over-the-counter from your pharmacy or supermarket for minor, short-term health concerns like coughs and colds.
By visiting your local pharmacy instead, you can save yourself time and help to free up GP appointments for those most in need.
Changes to GP surgery services during COVID-19
An open letter to patients from North Yorkshire CCG:
Protected Time for Learning (PTL) Dates:
The Practice is supported by NHS Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group to provide and facilitate important training and learning events for practice staff to help them keep up to date with relevant information to carry out their jobs and continue to deliver the services at the practice.
When the practice is closed, there will be an On-Call GP service running during these events and the date will be displayed in the surgery premises, on the main entrance door, main reception areas and on the NHS Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group website.
Patients will need to collect repeat prescriptions outside of these times and any awaited test results will be available
the following day after 14.00pm.
In cases of medically urgent problems, please phone the practice and your call will be forwarded onto the On-Call GP service.
OOH contact number: 0300 123 0762.
Named Accountable GP
For many years we have run a "Usual Doctor" system where one of the Doctors in the practice takes responsibility for your care. Recently the Government has wanted this extending to all practices and so this has been changed to the "named accountable GP".
From our and your point of view this has made no difference, however so that you are aware of who is responsible for your care your prescription repeat ordering slip will tell you.
If you do not have repeat prescriptions you can contact the surgery and ask one of the receptionists.
You are of course free to see any of the GPs but it is helpful to know who is "your doctor" as any queries or letters or messages will go to that person.
Care Home Choices
Please find a link below to Care Choices, here you will find a list of registered care homes in the area:
Eastfield Medical Centre does not endorse any of the care homes listed, it is provided as a helpful tool should you need it.