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Thaxted Surgery, along with all other surgeries in West Essex, will be closed for training on Tuesday, May 18 from 1230 pm, reopening at 8.00 am on Wednesday, May 19. Please call 111 for medical advice or 999 in an emergency.

Bank Holiday Monday 3rd May and 31st May

Thaxted Surgery will be closed on Monday May 3rd May and Monday 31st May. If you require medical advice please call 111 or 999 in an emergency.

Please see the link below for information regarding the COVID vaccination and blood clots. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-and-blood-clotting/covid-19-vaccination-and-blood-clotting

Easter Weekend

Thaxted Surgery will be closed from Friday 2nd April to Monday 5th April inclusive for the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. If you require medical advice please call 111 or in case of emergencies 999.

COVID vaccinations - for up to date information on the vaccination campaign please see under Further Information.

Telephone Lines

We are aware of the frustration regarding the telephone lines and the difficulty getting through to the surgery. Unfortunately, we are unable to reinstate on line bookings until the guidance changes. In the meantime our phones are extremely busy and our receptionists are working as hard as they can answering the phones constantly. If your query is regarding prescriptions you can email into dispensary on weccg.f81131-dispensary@nhs.net. If your query is an admin one you can also email in on WECCG.f81131-reception@nhs.net. Thank you for understanding during these busy times.

COVID Scam

There have been a number of reports in the press about scammers trying to exploit fears about Covid-19 to extort money or steal bank details or other information.

The COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge on the NHS and is only available through your GP or authorised centres. We will never ask for:

  • your bank account or card details
  • your pin or banking password
  • copies of personal documents to prove your eligibility for a vaccine, such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips

If you get a suspicious email or phone call, Report It

COVID Vaccines - for information please see p3 in Further Information Section

Repeat Medication - please don't telephone the surgery to order repeat medication. The Prescriptions tab at the top of the website has the details of how to order your repeat medication.

Face Coverings: In order to help keep patients and staff safe Thaxted Surgery asks that anyone coming into the surgery wears a face covering over their nose and mouth - this does not have to be a mask, a scarf or bandana can also be worn.

Attending the Surgery: Please only come into the surgery to attend a booked appointment or to collect medication, once you have been advised that it is ready. For all other enquiries please phone first.

In order to limit the number of people in the surgery at any one time and to maintain safe social distancing could all visitors to the surgery come alone if possible rather than accompanied by friends or family. Thank you

Please see below a link to a template for a medical certificate for patients who are currently self-isolating. There is no need to contact the surgery - please download and complete as required.

Medical Certificate for Covid-19

Where to get Help and Support.
The Council for Voluntary Services (CVSU) and UDC has set up a dedicated service to identify those in need and to co-ordinate the volunteer help to support them.  If you need help or wish to offer your services, please contact CVSU:

communityresponse@uttlesford.gov.uk or tel: 03333 408 2118 (8am to 8pm Monday to Friday)

Corona Virus.  

Help us keep our more vulnerable patients safe, and our staff well so that they can continue to provide a service in Thaxted.  

From Monday March 23rd, NHS instructs that only patients who have booked appointments should proceed beyond the entrance lobby.  Call us. Don't drop in. 

Allow 5 days from ordering for medication collection, and call first to check it is ready.  When you arrive to collect, please give your name to the staff member at the door who may ask you to return in 15 to 30 minutes depending on how busy we are.    

This is hard for all of us, and we are diverting as many staff as possible to phones and medication collection, but please bear with us. Keeping our most vulnerable patients safe when they need to see a doctor or nurse has to be our priority. 

If you have a new but persistent cough OR fever OR loss of/ change in smell or taste please do NOT come into Thaxted Surgery.  Check https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19. and if it deteriorates ring 111.  

Testing for Coronavirus

Testing is now open to any member of the public with COVID-19 symptoms by visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus or calling 119 to book a test.

For general information on Corona Virus see https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Flu 2020

Flu will be delivered slightly differently this year at Thaxted. We will be holding our Fluathon on Saturday 17th October, here at the surgery and will aim to vaccinate the bulk of our "at risk group" then. The "at risk group" are those who are usually invited for a flu vaccination (see criteria below). Appointments will be pre bookable and we ask that everyone arrives on time - we will not be able to squeeze you in if you are too early or too late. Please stick to your appointment time as close as possible.

We will be operating a queuing system outside of the surgery and will utilise all entrances and exits in order to maintain social distancing. We will not be offering refreshments this year I am afraid.

We will offer separate clinics for those patients who were advised to shield and will be contacting this group directly with times and booking instructions.

The new cohort announced this year will be done during November and December 2020 – but we will endeavour to get this done as soon as we are advised how to source the additional vaccination required. This cohort includes healthy patients aged 50 to 64, who did not qualify for a flu jab in the past, as well as the household members of shielding patients. Currently, this cohort has not been confirmed by NHS England – we await further guidance

Please see below for the definition of the "at risk group"

Qualifying criteria for those aged 18 - 64

 

  • chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitiso
  • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  • chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five
  • chronic liver diseaseo chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease,
  • learning disability
  • diabetes
  • splenic dysfunction or asplenia
  • a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment)
  • morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
  • all pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)
  • people living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities
  • those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill


     
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