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PRACTICE AND DISPENSARY UPDATE. Please read changes that come into effect from Monday 15th June.
Bottisham Medical Practice Dispensary has been experiencing unprecedented demand on its service, along with resource issues due to the current Coronavirus pandemic. We have had to make some significant changes to how we work in order to continue to provide this essential service to our community and ensure we are keeping both patients and staff as safe as possible.
Dispensary Service Update – Important Information
The Dispensary Service at Bottisham Medical Practice is currently working with a reduced capacity. We have had a small group of volunteers working with the practice over the last couple of months, delivering medication to the door which has helped ease the pressures. Since the easing of lockdown we have seen volunteers going back to work along with patients not always being in to receive the medication due to them going back to work and, unfortunately, it has not been working as efficiently as we would have liked over the last 3 weeks.
With this in mind, and the fact we are now seeing repeat requests reduce to what it was before the lockdown, we are going to revert back to normal opening from Monday 15 June 2020. All repeat prescriptions submitted up to 5pm Thursday 11 June will be delivered. Everything from Friday 12 June will need to be collected. We will be open from 8.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday. Please note we will close for lunch between 12 and 2pm every day.
The only exception to this is those patients who are shielding. Over the past weeks you will have received details of your community volunteers through your letterbox. (Alternatively, log on to your local Parish Council website where you will be able to find details.) Please phone the person in your area who will be happy to help arrange pick up of your medication. If you are struggling to arrange for someone to pick up your medication, or there is no one in your area, please contact the reception team at Bottisham Medical Practice who will help arrange a delivery.
Due to reduced staffing numbers, please bear with us as there may be a longer wait at the dispensary hatch. We ask that only one person at a time comes into dispensary, otherwise please queue outside until the dispensary area has been vacated. We are still working to a 5 working day turnaround, and we ask that you do not attend the practice to collect early as this increases the pressure on the dispensary team along with unnecessary footfall in the practice.
If you have spoken to a GP and they have issued an acute prescription for collection, please allow at least 3 hours for this to be received by dispensary and dispensed. Again, this will help reduce footfall ensuring patients only attend once.
Until staff levels return to normal you will not be able to contact dispensary direct by phone, but will be directed to our enquiries line (Option 4). A message will be taken and a call returned at a quieter time of day and when it is safe to enter the dispensary, adhering to social distancing.
We would like to say a huge thank you to all our patients for your support during this time, and all of the volunteers who have done an amazing job of providing the delivery service.
HELP FOR SHIELDING PATIENTS
If you are shielding or self-isolating and you are having difficulties getting the help you need, please use the links below to find volunteers within your village.
The Wilbrahams & Six Mile Bottom
The practice is still providing GP services and we would like to remind patients who have any acute conditions which are of concern to still contact the practice so we can review and refer where appropriate, ensuring you are getting the medical attention you need as early as possible.
We would like to say a huge thank you to all those who are volunteering their services to help the practice as this is the reason it is possible for us to offer a delivery service.
Lastly, we would like to say a huge thank you for all the donations of PPE and little luxury items of chocolates and plants to the practice, we have been touched by your generosity and apologise we have not able to make a personal written thank you to individuals. It is hugely appreciated by all the staff and has really helped in maintaining staff morale at this challenging time. We really appreciate how lucky we are to work in a community with such a cohesive and proactive local support network. The community is doing an amazing job of looking after each other.
With best wishes to you all during these difficult times. Stay safe.
Rowena Pilsworth, Practice Business Manager
And all the Partners and Staff at Bottisham Medical Practice
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or a hospital if you have symptoms. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)
The NHS across the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will be better prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases, if the public follows Public Health England advice.
The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of patients and staff which may mean your patient experience is subject to change.
The advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer is to stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
• a high temperature or
• a new continuous cough
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or a hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
• you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
• your condition gets worse
• your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Stay At Home advice can be found here.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
• Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Information remains subject to regular change and updates. More information can be found on the NHS website here.
Isolation - providing proof of coronavirus absence from work
If your employer is requiring evidence that you cannot work in the current coronavirus epidemic due to an underlying health condition please use the document provided below - they should not require a Med3 (doctor's certificate) at this time.
Letter for employer
Help in Swaffham Bulbeck
Below is a leaflet that may be of some help to Swaffham Bulbeck residents.
Covid-19 Help available in Swaffham Bulbeck
Try the NHS App
If you’re a patient at our practice you can now use the new NHS App, a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet.
You can use the NHS App to check your symptoms and get instant advice, order repeat prescriptions, view your GP medical record and more.
If you already use SystmOnline you can continue to use it. You can use the NHS App as well.
For more information go to www.nhs.uk/nhsapp
Morning, Evening and Weekend Appointments Now Available Including Cervical Screening and Phlebotomy Appointments
Click Here for Extended Access Locations, Services and Opening Times
Evening and weekend appointments available
All our patients now have access to more pre-bookable evening and weekend GP and nurse appointments.
To book an appointment, contact our reception team who will be able to book an appointment for you, or direct you to where you can do this online.
Appointments may not be at this practice, but if you talk to our receptionists, they will help you find the right service and at a time that is convenient.
If you would like to find out more please go to www.openlater.co.uk
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