Welcome to Elm Tree Surgery
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Message from Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BSW CCG)
Public advised to wait for coronavirus vaccine call
People living in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire who are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine should wait to be contacted by the NHS, instead of calling local hospitals or GP practices directly.
The advice comes as the region prepares to deliver the first batch of vaccines for Covid-19, which were officially approved for use by the medicines regulator last week.
First in line for the vaccine will be people aged 80 and over, as well as care home staff and the frontline NHS workers most at-risk.
The rollout of the vaccine is a huge logistical challenge, and comes at a time when the NHS is already managing ongoing coronavirus-related challenges, as well as traditional winter pressures.
Local people can show their support for the operation by waiting to be contacted with instructions of how to receive the vaccine, while continuing to observe the current social distancing guidance.
The physical process of giving the vaccine to the one million people living in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire will be a marathon and not a sprint, with vaccination happening over the next few months.
More information on the vaccine can be found online at www.nhs.uk
Flu Vaccinations Update - Elm Tree Surgery, Shrivenham
In light of the Covid pandemic more people than ever will be eligible and want to be vaccinated against flu – which we would clearly encourage. Because of the greatly increased numbers and the necessity to maintain social distancing, the planning is more complicated than in previous years. We hope to hold several flu vaccination clinics in Shrivenham Memorial Hall and we will contact patients to invite them to attend a specific session depending on their age and clinical needs.
We will be initially concentrating on the most vulnerable (especially those patients who were shielding and their households), then the over 65s and those between 18-64 who have specific underlying medical conditions, followed by children aged 2-3 and those children between 12-17 with specific underlying medical conditions. Children aged 4-11 will be vaccinated under the school’s vaccination program and finally those aged 50-64 (expected to be November/December but not yet confirmed).
We will contact patients directly as soon as the clinics have been finalised, so please do not contact the surgery with any requests about flu vaccinations until then.
Elm Tree Surgery
An Update from Elm Tree Surgery
The last few months have been a very challenging time for the NHS including general practice, and we would like to thank all our patients for being so accommodating and accepting of the changes we have had to implement.
We have now moved to a total triage model, so most consultations are on the telephone or via a video link, but we are offering face to face consultations where appropriate, after discussion with a doctor or nurse, or for most nursing procedures including immunisations, blood tests and dressings. The surgery has always remained open and we are now able to resume all the normal services as previously, with the exceptions of minor surgery, ear syringing and spirometry. Please do book for blood tests, annual review of chronic conditions, maternity care, coils, smears, implants, new baby checks, all immunisations and other checks as before.
Many patients have stayed away from general practice because of the Covid virus, but we don’t want any physical or mental health problems to be missed or forgotten, so please do call us if you have any medical concerns. We have the recommended PPE and strict cleansing procedures are in place. Please always wear a suitable face covering or mask when entering the surgery. Access to the building is now strictly by invitation. If you have acute or repeat medications to collect you will be contacted via a text or phone call when your medications are ready to collect.
We have made some changes to the annual reviews of long term conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease. All or part of the review will now be via the telephone, and the date of the review will be aligned with the month of your birthday. This will make it simpler for everyone to know when the review is due and to make sure the repeat prescriptions match the review dates, but it may mean some patients have their next review slightly later or earlier than usual.
We have a new telephone system which should make it much easier to get through to the surgery, and which will give the caller a list of options so you can find the service you want more quickly and easily. Please bear with us over the next few weeks while we all get used to the new phone system.
We also encourage everyone to sign up for the NHS app. Once signed in, you will be able to access a range of services including booking a telephone appointment, requesting repeat prescriptions, or viewing your medical record, as well as being able to access the vast amount of excellent information and support available from the NHS. In time, there will be the facility to have on-line consultations which will often advise on self-management or give you quick, convenient and simple information and advice or alternatives to an appointment with a doctor or nurse. You can search for “NHS App” or use this link: https://digital.nhs.uk/services/nhs-app. You will then need to contact the surgery to complete the registration process.
We would also like to pay tribute to our wonderful clinical and especially the non-clinical staff all of whom have rapidly adapted to the changing circumstances and have continued to have the welfare and safety of the patients and community as our priority. The whole community has been brilliant in protecting the vulnerable and providing practical help and support, especially the staff at the Shrivenham Pharmacy, and the local Parish Councils, and the army of volunteers organised so ably by Councillor Chris Hand and his colleagues.
Thank you too for the Thursday ‘clap for carers’.
The Partners, Elm Tree Surgery
Our dedicated team are here to treat those minor ailments that occur as well as providing specialist management of long-term conditions and clinics covering a wide range of healthcare issues. The technology also means you can now do a lot of things from the comfort of your home such as order a repeat prescription or cancel an appointment.
Partners in Care
Once registered, patients and healthcare professionals work together to ensure the most appropriate care is provided. This partnership philosophy extends even further and our active patient group exists to make sure that patient needs and the practice offering are always heading in the same direction.
Please let reception know if you cannot manage the stairs to the first floor consulting rooms. There is access for wheelchairs to all ground floor consulting rooms and the toilets.
(Site updated 26/08/2020)