The Weavers Practice Notice Board

 

As of Tuesday, the 30th November 2021, the telephone number for Gt Harwood which is: 01254 617580 will no longer be in use. If you need to contact us please ring 01254 884217


Appointment Update:

Our appointment booking system has been reviewed and updated recently. These changes include being able to pre book telephone appointments and certain Face to Face appointments up to 2 weeks in advance.

In the first instance you will be offered the next available routine telephone or if appropriate a Face to Face appointment. We are still offering book on the day appointments, but these will be for NEW EMERGENCY PROBLEMS ONLY.

We have a range of clinical staff including Nurses, Health Care Assistants and a Physiotherapist who work alongside our GP’s, so it is important that you give the receptionists as much information as possible so they can book you into the most appropriate slot to deal with your problem.

Although Covid 19 restrictions are lifting within the community, we as a GP Practice are within a Health Care Setting and are still advised to follow safety guidelines.

TELEPHONE NUMBER:

As of Tuesday, the 30th November 2021, the telephone number for Gt Harwood which is: 01254 617580 will no longer be in use.

We have updated our telephones so both Rishton and Gt Harwood can be on the same system. Unfortunately, this means we cannot keep telephone number 01254 617580. If you need to contact us, please dial 01254 884217. This number will ring across both sites and your call will be answered by the next available receptionist at either site.

Originally this number was scheduled to end in September, and then it got put back to October. Some of you may have received messages or seen information in practice or on social media to this effect.

The reason behind the “push backs” was to enable us to increase our telephone capacity for calls. We can now clarify extra lines have now been added and the 30th November will be the last day you can ring 617580.

We sincerely apologise for any confusion this may have caused.

FLU VACCINE:

We are currently waiting for more vaccines to arrive. These are scheduled for November, but we have no definite delivery date yet so are unable to schedule clinics in advance.

We have a limited number of vaccines from previous deliveries and have a few small clinics within our Nurse sessions in the interim.

Thank you in advance for your patience.

EMAILS:

* With immediate effect* The Weavers Practice is no longer accepting requests for medications, work related notes or appointments by email. We are also not accepting any clinical photographs that have not been requested by our nurses or GPs so we would request that you contact the practice by phone to have an appropriate appointment made for you.  If your email is regarding appointment requests, clinical advice, work related notes or medications then please ring the practice on 01254 884217.

ZERO TOLERANCE:

Please note, our staff are here to help you. Any form of abuse or threatening behaviour, either verbal or physical will not be tolerated. If any of our staff members are subjected to abuse in any form – service will be refused and may result in you being removed from our list. Serious incidents will be reported to the police and you may be prosecuted.

Step 4 NHS guidance:

NHS Patients, Staff and Visitors Must Continue to Wear Face Coverings in Healthcare Settings

England’s Chief Nurse has today reminded the public that everyone accessing or visiting healthcare settings must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules.

Covid restrictions will end in many settings in England from Monday.

However, Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance are set to remain in place for all staff and visitors.

That means NHS visitor guidance will stay in place across all health services including hospitals, GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure patients and staff are protected.

Staff, patients and visitors will also be expected to continue to follow social distancing rules when visiting any care setting as well as using face coverings, mask and other personal protection equipment.

The NHS will continue to support staff in ensuring that the guidance is followed in all healthcare settings.

Chief Nursing Officer for England, Ruth May said: “Face coverings and social distancing measures will remain in place across healthcare settings so that the most vulnerable people can continue to safely attend hospital, their GP surgery, pharmacy or any other healthcare settings for advice, care and treatment.

“And it is important for the public to continue to play their part when visiting NHS and care settings to help protect our staff and patients, particularly those who may be more vulnerable to infections.

“As restrictions are lifted in many places on Monday everyone has a part to play in helping to control Covid by getting vaccinated and acting responsibly.

“It is vital that in healthcare settings, we do all we can to reduce the risk of infection for those working in our services and those who need our care.”

 

UPDATED PRIVACY NOTICE: Please read.

The Weavers Practice is supporting vital health and care planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital. You can choose whether your confidential information is used for these purposes. For more information about this, please see the following link:

General Practice Data for Planning and Research: GP Practice Privacy Notice – NHS Digital

Our full updated privacy notice can be found on the “Quick Links” section under “Confidentiality” on our home page.

Data collections start on the 1st July 2021, so if you DO NOT want your data to be shared with NHS Digital please register your Type 1 Opt-out with your GP Practice by the 23rd June 2021.

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

VACCINATIONS

Anybody aged 18 and over is now eligible for a  Covid-19 vaccine. Please use the link below to book your vaccine.

Book or manage your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

You can book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy now, or wait to be invited to go to a local NHS service.

FACE to FACE APPOINTMENTS

It has been announced in the news that from Monday 17th May GP Surgeries will be expected to offer Face to Face appointments.

At the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic most of our appointments in the first instance, were triaged by way of telephone or video consultation except for Urgent blood tests, ECG’s, Childhood Immunisations, and Injections for ongoing medical treatment which we continued to provide a face to face service for.

Throughout the pandemic we have continued to see patients who, after a triage assessment needed a face to face appointment, and for the time being this will remain the same. To provide a safe environment for our staff and patients, social distancing measures still need to be followed and adhered to and because of this we need to limit footfall within our waiting rooms. We are however, constantly reviewing these measures and aim to increase our face to face appointments on a step by step basis over the coming months.

We are also in the process of making plans to review our current services which (include appointments) and reinstate services which were stopped at the beginning of the pandemic. I’m sure you can appreciate that this will take a little time to do it safely, so we would like to take the opportunity to thank you in advance for your understanding and support throughout the past year and your patience during the coming months.

If you are asked to attend the surgery either by a member of our admin team or a clinician you must wear a face covering that covers both your mouth and nose.

PLEASE NOTE WE ARE NOT ABLE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH A MASK AS OUR STOCK IS LIMITED.

If you any have symptoms of coronavirus:

  • A high temperature of 37.8 or above
  • A new continuous cough
  • A loss of, or change to your sense of smell or taste.

STAY AT HOME AND GET A TEST – DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY.

You can find information on how to get a test at:  www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

Check your symptoms and get the latest advice by going online to: 111.nhs.uk/covid-19

If you do not have access to the internet you can call 111.

We can all help stop the spread of Coronavirus by:

  • Staying at home wherever possible
  • Washing our hands regularly
  • Limit contact time with other people
  • Keep our distance (at least 2 metres apart)
  • Wear a face covering in enclosed spaces