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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. Those who are most at risk from Covid-19 and the people that provide care to them are being prioritised first. Please do not contact us for your vaccine – wait to be called.  In line with national guidance and to protect those who are the most as risk first, the vaccine is initially being offered in the community to people aged over 80. You will be contacted when it’s your turn for a vaccine.   Even if you are fit and healthy, you are still at risk of getting Covid-19, being vaccinated can greatly reduce your risk of getting the virus so please do attend your appointment when called.

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

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-2-december-2020/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-2-december-2020

If you are in Cohorts 1-5 and have not yet been called, you can book an appointment by going on https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination (you will need your NHS number)or calling 119 as can those who are eligible for Carer's Allowance, or those who are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of Covid-19 mortality and therefore clinically vulnerable.

Update February 2021

All NHS services are under severe pressure at the moment, as we look after increasing numbers of patients who are sick with covid-19 and other seasonal illnesses.

 

We are also delivering the huge and vitally important covid-19 vaccination programme.

 

So that it can focus on these really important issues, you GP will understandably be prioritising urgent cases.

 

This means that when you contact your local practice, they will have an initial conversation with you to understand how urgent your health needs are.

 

If you have an issue that is not urgent, you may to wait longer than usual until your problem or concern can be dealt with.

 

Do please make sure that you continue to get in touch with us if you need to. This is particularly important if:

 

· your problem is urgent;

· you have long term condition that is getting worse

· you are worried about symptoms that might indicate cancer

 

Please also remember you can call NHS 111 for urgent concerns, and 999 for serious emergencies.

 

Your local pharmacist can also help with minor complaints

 

For adults with mental health problems including depression and anxiety, you can refer yourself directly to the local wellbeing service, via their website: https://www.hpft.nhs.uk/contact-us/ 

 

If you’re experiencing a mental health crisis, call this freephone number: 0800 6444 101.

 

HertsHelp: https://www.hertshelp.net/HertsHelp.aspx

Advice re minor illness: https://www.hct.nhs.uk/children-and-families/minor-illness/

or https://hertsvalleysccg.nhs.uk/application/files/1716/0941/0098/Help_your_Child_Stay_Well_This_Winter_FINAL.pdf 

 

Contraceptive pill: age 16 years or older, order on-line though the SH:24 contraceptive service via https://sh24.org.uk/contraception/order  Discreet delivery to your home.

Emergency contraception: age 16 years or older, order free and confidential emergency contraception on-line from SH:24 https://sh24.org.uk/ec_now_order/age_and_postcode/new Discreet delivery to your home.

Testing for STIs with no symptoms: order a free test through the SH:24 home testing service https://sh24.org.uk/orders/new  Discreet delivery to your home. Please note that low risk individuals will be sent tests for Chlamydia / Gonorrhoea but not HIV / Syphilis as these are less likely to be necessary. 

HIV/Syphilis Testing: order online from Free Testing HIV https://freetesting.hiv/ 

If you have symptoms contact Sexual Health Hertfordshire on 0300 008 5522 as soon as possible. If anyone is under 18 or unable to use online services please call 0300 008 5522

 

Thank you very much for helping us all manage under these very difficult circumstances.