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Welcome to the Garden City Practice

We are located at Birdcroft Road, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL8 6EH

The practice is dedicated to providing exceptional patient care and has a strong team of GPs, nurses, a healthcare assistant all supported by a fantastic team of receptionists and administrators.

This surgery website has been designed to make it easy for you to access the information you need from opening times to being able to book an appointment online and a wide range of health related information. Please have a look around and feel free to send us feedback as we can use this to develop and improve the information we provide. 

We would also be grateful for reviews to be posted on Google - please use the following link:

https://g.page/r/CTyMUzccIZRjEAg/review

 

Guidance on covid infection preventon and control at the practice from 19 July

We remain open to care for all our patients and to continue to work to keep people safe from catching Covid-19. We can all help with this is by continuing to wear a face-covering in our practice and we are asking all patients to do that, as well as our staff; and keeping social distancing rules in place. Keeping our staff safe is essential to keep operating efficiently.

We are also continuing to make sure we don’t have large numbers of patients in our waiting areas and on the premises – again this is about reducing the chance of infection when there are rising rates in the community.

The various measures we have taken, including increased use of personal protective equipment, patients wearing face masks, holding more virtual consultations, social distancing and extra premises cleans have helped protect staff, patients and visitors over the past year. Taking these steps has also enabled us to continue providing many of the non-urgent services that would otherwise have been postponed.

We want to make sure you can all be confident about accessing or visiting local healthcare services safely. 

Thank you for your understanding and your co-operation with this – it makes a huge difference.

Extended Access

Patients are now able to access extended GP services between 6.30-8.00pm Mondays to Fridays, and between 8.00am to 4.00pm on Saturdays and from 8.00am to 2.00pm on Sundays.  This service is open 365 days of the year, including Bank Holidays. These extra appointments will all be at Spring House Medical Centre (across the road from the QEII Hospital - Ascots Lane AL7 4HL).  To find out more, or to book an appointment, please speak to one of our reception team or visit the following website:

Ephedra Healthcare Ltd - www.ephedrahealthcare.co.uk

It is likely that you will not see/speak to a GP or nurse from this practice at one of these appointments, but be assured they have full access to your notes and can complete tasks as if working from our practice.  Do ask our reception team when you call if you would like one of these Extended Access appointments.  There are a few same day appointments on Saturday and Sunday at the Extended Access hub - please call 01707 294358 to book these.

 

Covid Vaccine

The Covid-19 vaccine is now being rolled out across Hertfordshire. 

This priority list is as follows:

  1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
  2. all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
  3. all those 75 years of age and over
  4. all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  5. all those 65 years of age and over
  6. all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
  7. all those 60 years of age and over
  8. all those 55 years of age and over
  9. all those 50 years of age and over
  10. all those 18 years of age and over

Please book an appointment at a Mass Vaccination Centre by going on https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination (you will need your NHS number), or by calling 119 and by checking the following link for walk-in appointments: 

https://covid.healthierfuture.org.uk/events/vaccination-walk-in-clinic-times

COVID-19 vaccination status

You will be able to access your COVID vaccination status via the NHS app

You do not need to attend or phone the surgery to register for the App 👍

https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/nhs-app/

In addition, it is now possible to request a copy of the letter via the NHS website, or by calling 119.  People should note that it may take up to five working days to arrive by post. People should wait five working days AFTER they have had their second dose for the system to be updated. 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/covid-status-letter/