Issue 147 Sept 1st to December 1st 2020
Chain’s Page & Handybus
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Recovery in Mind
News from the Hungerford Surgery
Where to start? Since our last CHAIN contribution the worldwide pandemic that is Covid-19 struck in February/March of this year and I think you all know the rest. It has been the most challenging few months of our professional careers in General Practice and our clinical (GPs, nurses and health care assistants) and administration teams have had to rapidly adapt and come to terms with a huge raft of changes to the way in which we work and deliver healthcare services to our patients.
It has also been very challenging for you, our patients, and we are very grateful to the support you have all given the surgery staff. We also thank the various community groups, particularly the volunteers of the Hungerford Self-Isolation Support Group led by Geordie Taylor and the staff at Boots, for working closely with us provide patients with their healthcare needs.
Things continue to slowly return to what is being termed ‘the new normal’ but at the time of writing Covid-19 continues to ‘set the agenda’ and change is ever present in our daily lives. One thing that is here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future, is our use of telephone triage to intitially ascertain how we can best help our patients. Whatever your healthcare needs and concerns, the Hungerford Surgery is very much here for you and ready to help and support in whichever way we can so please don’t hesitate to contact us via our website, via email or via telephone.
2020 Patient Survey:
The results of the 2020 GP Patient Survey have been published and can be viewed at www.gp-patient.co.uk We are extremely pleased with the feedback, particularly that 96% of respondents describe their overall experience of this GP practice as good and 100% felt their needs were met during their last general practice appointment. Of course there are always areas where we can improve but to be placed 8th out of 50 practices in the Berkshire West CCG area, according to our patients, is an achievement to be proud of.
In addition the government will be making stocks of the seasonal flu vaccine available to those aged between 50 and 65 years not in an at risk group from November onwards.
If you are unsure about your eligibility please check:
Seasonal Flu Immunisation Campaign 2020/21
** THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS ALL PROVISIONAL AND SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION **
** PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR THE MOST RECENT UPDATES THE SURGERY**
The high demand for Flu vaccination cannot be underestimated and even more so given current circumstaf the following groups
We are planning changes to our usual drop in ‘Flu Saturdays’ which are provisionally scheduled in October although dates/times are yet to be confirmed. Please note the following:
The clinics will be held at the John of Gaunt Academy School, Priory Road, Hungerford, RG17 0AN and our sincere thanks to the Mr Hawthorne, Head Teacher
and his team for helping to arrange this.
The clinics will run with pre-booked appointments only order to help us manage the numbers attending at any one time and to observe the social distancing, track and trace and infection control regulations.
Appointment times will be sent out to patients in due course and as
soon as details have been finalised
At our Saturday clinics we will only be vaccinating patients aged 12 and over.
Please wear a mask / face covering when attending the clinic.
DO NOT ATTEND IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN APPOINTMENT
If you are registered disabled, have restricted mobility or are high risk (shielded), the surgery will be making alternative provisions to administer your flu vaccine. You will be contacted in due course with more information.
Check our website regularly for updates and ensure we have updated contact details for you and your family including a mobile number and email if possible.
Chain’s Editor understands that posters will be up around the town.
If he gets a copy it will also be in CHAN’s notice board under the bridge and on the front page of our website (EASY to SEE). Check from late September frequently in case changes have to be made.
In Google just enter CHAIN HUNGERFORD & we are top of the list.
For the purists these are the full words http://www.hungerford.org.uk/chaininfo/