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Flu for 50-64 year olds.

We are now able to offer the flu vaccination to this new cohort and will be holding a 2nd Fluathon on December 12th to do so. All appointments must be pre booked - we are not offering a walk in clinic. Please contact the surgery to book an appointment.  

Fluathon 2020 - thank you to all our patients who attended the fluathon on Saturday. We apologise to those patients whose appointments we had to cancel at short notice due to a lack of u65 flu vaccinations. The supplier of this vaccine changed their delivery dates at the last minute leaving us short on the day. We will contact you to make an appointment as soon as we have the vaccines in.

Flu 2020 - see further information section.  Patients who were on the shielding list will be contacted directly by us with clinic times and how to book.

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

Bank holiday: We are open Bank Holiday Friday 8th May  as normal. 

Medication Delivery for Patients 

If you are isolating under the current guidelines for Coronavirus and unable to come in and collect your medication contact one of our volunteers.  The link below takes you to a list of volunteers, their contact numbers and the areas they are covering. Please contact them directly to arrange delivery.

Contact List

Medical Certificate for Self-Isolation

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/

Carers - local information

Do you provide unpaid support to a partner, child, relative or friend who couldn’t manage to live independently or whose well-being would deteriorate without your help? This could be due to frailty, disability or serious health condition, mental ill health or substance misuse.  

If so, you are a carer. 

Let us know and we can: 
  • direct you to sources of support and advice
  • offer health checks and flu jabs to keep you healthy,
  • be alert to the health risks carers can face when we see you
  • be sympathetic in finding appointments when you are able to attend.

 

Who looks after carers?  Here are some places to start. 

Dementia Adventure

Free seminar for family/unpaid carers who support someone living with dementia. The Crafton Centre  Stansted Mountfitchet, Wednesday 7th November.  

Alzheimer’s Society Care Navigator - Available in the Surgery

A Family Care Navigator from the Alzheimer’s society comes to the surgery once a month.  They offer 30 minute appointments and can help patients and their carers access help and support. Appointments can booked at reception.

Uttlesford Fronline

This online portal, also available on a tablet in the surgery waitingroom, can help you access a wide range of local support services, including 3rd sector organisations like CAB.

Carers First  www.carersfirst.org.uk 

A service commissioned by NHS West Essex CCG specifically to provide support for carers

Care Navigation Service : 0300 303 9988 or e-mail carenavigation@nhs.net 

This service, commissioned by West Essex CCG, provides access to community agents, and Age Concern staff who can meet patients and carers for a holistic assessment of their needs for help and support.

Age UK Toe Nail Cutting Service and Hearing Help Essex

Age UK come to the surgery monthly to cut toe-nails for people can no longer cut their own.  Similarly, Hearing Help Essex come in periodically to help patients with hearing aids.  Call 01245 423333 for Toe-Nail cutting services, 01245 496347 for Hearing Help.  Please note that the toe-nail cutting service does incur a charge.



 
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