New Patients - May 2021

    (29 Apr 2021)

     

    From 1st May 2021, The Corner Surgery (along with other local surgeries) will not be registering new patients who are already registered with a GP surgery locally, & who still live within that GP surgery's registered practice area. 

    This decision has been supported by Southport & Formby CCG, who produced guidance to this effect to promote the stability of patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    In addition, a fellow North Southport GP surgery is currently being merged with another surgery in Central Southport.  We are confident that this surgery remains in very good hands so we would encourage their patients to remain registered with them, even if there have been some technical issues in the short term.  However, we have received a significant number of registration requests from patients at that surgery in recent weeks, & one of the technical issues is that their patient records are not transferring successfully using the usual electronic method.  This means that we have to wait a number of weeks for the records to arrive from Primary Care Support England, which could have implications for the quality & safety of patient care in the meantime.

    We will review this decision on a monthly basis alongside the other local surgeries who have made a similar decision, & we will continue to take exceptional patient circumstances into account on a case-by-case basis. 

    Thank you very much in anticipation of your support.

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    Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccination

    (13 Dec 2020)

     

    *** UPDATE 22/03/2021 - we have started calling patients from JCVI Priority Groups 7-9 - we will also be offering second doses for Groups 1-9 in the coming weeks - please note, the practices in North & Central Southport are not taking part in Phase 2 of the vaccination programme (adults aged under 50) - instead, we will focus on catching up with any chronic disease management that has been delayed by the pandemic ***

     

    The Corner Surgery has joined with the other practices in North & Central Southport to set up a Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site.  The project is being co-ordinated by Southport & Formby CCG on our behalf.  Please do not contact us with any questions about the vaccination programme - the NHS will get in touch when it is your turn to be vaccinated.

    Vaccination is taking place at Southport Centre for Health & Wellbeing, 44-46 Houghton Street, PR9 0PQ.  There are car park facilities & signs/marshalls will be available to help you navigate around the site.  Please arrive as close as possible to your appointment time & please wear a face covering.  If necessary, you may bring one other person with you as a chaperone.  Please do not attend if you are unwell on the day or following isolation rules.

    The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination & Immunisation (JCVI) about who is most at risk from Coronavirus.  When each delivery of vaccine is received, it will be shared out fairly between practices in North & Central Southport. You may be required to remain on site for 15 minutes post-vaccination & a second dose of vaccine will be required; usually after 12 weeks.

    Phase 1 - JCVI Priority Groups

    1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
    2. all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
    3. all those 75 years of age and over
    4. all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
    5. all those 65 years of age and over
    6. all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
    7. all those 60 years of age and over
    8. all those 55 years of age and over
    9. all those 50 years of age and over

    Please note, there are a number of other vaccination sites who may offer you an appointment too: the large national sites, the community pharmacy sites & the Southport hospital site (health & social care workers are being vaccinated at the latter). The speed with which we can work through the JCVI priority cohorts is limited by the amount of vaccine that our site is allocated, & the need to vaccinate care home patients/staff first (no other sites are helping us with this & Southport has an unusually large care home population).

    The Corner Surgery & our staff are excited to be taking part in this project, which should finally help us to move on from the pandemic & return to normal life.  However, in order for us to prioritise the project & supply staff as vaccinators, some of our less urgent activity at the Surgery is likely to be postponed from time to time.  Thank you very much in anticipation of your support & understanding.

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    Sefton Self Care Medicines Policy

    (01 Nov 2020)

    The Corner Surgery has been asked to promote the Sefton Self Care Medicines Policy to our patients:

    Sefton Medicines Self Care Policy

    This Policy is a list of over-the-counter medicines that are no longer recommended to be routinely prescribed by GPs, nurses or pharmacists. There are some exceptions included in the policy and our more vulnerable patients are reminded to use the Care at the Chemist service:

    Care at the Chemist Service Details

    The Care at the Chemist service ensures that patients who do not normally pay for their prescriptions have quick, easy and free access to medicines for range of minor illnesses and ailments without the need for a doctor’s appointment.  Please watch the following video for details of the services provided at local pharmacies:

    Many unnecessary visits to the GP or to the A&E department can be avoided through self care. When it comes to treating minor ailments and illnesses, it is important to examine your options. By simply visiting your local pharmacist and having a well stocked medicine cabinet, many conditions can be better managed at home.

    Embracing self care is all about the little things people can do every day to live well and be healthy. Being active, eating well, stopping smoking, limiting alcohol to recommended levels, and learning when to treat common ailments without the need for a doctor’s appointment are all ways to embrace self care.

    The Corner Surgery is now expected to adhere to the Sefton Medicines Self Care Policy (indeed, this has been included as a performance indicator in our contract with the NHS) so we thank you in anticipation of your support with this requirement.

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    Autumn 2020 Newsletter - COVID-19 Special Edition

    (01 Nov 2020)

     

    We have published a special edition of our practice newsletter to inform patients about the main changes that have taken place at the surgery in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.  We are aware that patients are unable to access our newsletters as readily because fewer patients are attending the surgery in person at present, so we have posted a copy to the majority of our older patients & those with chronic diseases.  If you have not received this already, please click here to read the newsletter.  Thank you very much for your ongoing support.

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    Flu Jabs 2020

    (25 Aug 2020)

     

    Updated 21/12/2020 - please see in bold below...

    Flu vaccination provides the best protection against an unpredictable virus that infects many people each year & can cause serious illness & death. For more information & to find out if you are eligible for a free NHS flu jab, please visit www.nhs.uk/flujab 

    We are proud of how successful our flu vaccination campaign is every year, thanks to our staff and patients alike.  We are determined not to let the COVID-19 pandemic affect this but we must also respect the new social distancing and infection control requirements.  Therefore, we need to do things a little differently this year:

    1. We are contacting a cohort of eligible patients who either declined a flu jab last year or received a flu jab at a pharmacy, to find out their intentions for this year - this will ensure that only patients who want us to administer a flu jab are invited for an appointment;
    2. Other eligible patients will receive a letter inviting them to a flu jab appointment on a specific day & time, most of which will be on a Saturday - this will avoid patients needing to contact the surgery to arrange their flu jab, keeping our phone lines free for other matters;
    3. We have been asked to prioritise any patients who were told to practice social shielding during the national COVID-19 lockdown, & those who are carers - we are aiming to vaccinate such patients, indeed all eligible patients who want a flu jab by the end of October;
    4. Patients who reside in a care home or are listed on our housebound register will be offered a home visit instead - we are working with other local practices on this scheme to reduce the number of our staff visiting patients & thus reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission;
    5. Patients who are also eligible for a pneumococcal (pneumonia) or shingles vaccine will be offered one of these at the same time as their flu jab - this will reduce the need to invite such patients back on another day & so free up nursing team appointments at the surgery.

    The criteria for a FREE NHS FLU JAB have now been expanded to include ALL PATIENTS AGED 50-64 (including those who will be aged 50 by 31st March 2021).  We have been able to secure an additional supply of flu vaccine & so we are holding an additional flu vaccination clinic on SATURDAY 9TH JANUARY 2021.  It is definitely not too late to be vaccinated on that date so PLEASE ARRANGE YOUR APPOINTMENT NOW.  To reduce pressure on our telephone lines, the easiest way is to book using ONLINE ACCESS, e.g. THE NHS APP - for details, please click here.  If you do need to ring instead, please avoid the early morning rush by ringing after 10am - thank you.

    If you have a separate appointment at the surgery between now & the day of your flu jab appointment, we will endeavour to administer your flu jab then instead - the fewer trips that any patient needs to make to the surgery, the better, to support social distancing. 

    On the day of your appointment, please:

    • Do not attend if you have any symptoms of coronavirus: i.e. a fever, or a new persistent cough, or a change to your sense of smell or taste;
    • Do wear loose fitting clothing that can be easily removed from the arms, and a face covering if possible, as per the latest government guidance;
    • Do not arrive more than 5 minutes earlier than your allocated appointment time or more than 10 minutes after, or we may be unable to allow you inside;
    • Do not attend with another person, unless this is required to assist with your mobility or understanding, or they are attending at the same time;
    • Do follow the signs to the rear emergency exit, where you will be greeted by one of our reception staff who will advise you what to do next.
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