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Notification from the practice

It is with extreme sadness that we share this announcement. No words could describe how devastating this news has been for all who knew Lorraine ( Loz to us). Her kind, bubbly and infectious character has left a huge hole, she has been the heart and soul of our work family for many years and we will miss her terribly.

Our little lady with the biggest heart       Rest in peace Lozzie

Loved by all at Trent Meadows x

Our team will be paying our respects to Loz on Monday 7th December. The surgery will be closed from noon onwards and cover from our out of hours service will be available to all patients during this time. We thank you for your understanding.

17th January 1969 – 19th November 2020

It is with deep sadness we announce that Trent Meadows Medical Practice has lost a dedicated colleague to Covid-19.

Lorraine Holmes, secretarial manager, sadly passed away on Thursday 19 November 2020.

Lorraine worked at the practice for 24 years and was a much loved colleague.

On behalf of our member practices and the CCG, I would like to offer our sincere condolences to Lorraine’s family.

Lorraine was integral to the soul of the practice, and she will be deeply missed.  She was the longest serving member of the Trent Meadows family, of 24 years, and our thoughts are with her colleagues who are devastated by this news.

Regards
Dr Rachel Gallyot
Clinical Chair
East Staffordshire CCG

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Update from East Staffordshire CCG

Trent Meadows Practice is currently operational to give advice over the phone, although will not be able to see patients face to face.

Those with pre-booked appointments or who need to see a clinician will be contacted to make alternative arrangements. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Prescriptions – please order these in the normal way either through online services, drop off collection at Branston or via your pharmacist.

Midwifery – Our midwife is contacting all patients booked in this week to make alternative arrangements.

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Flu jabs for over 65’s – all appointments filled

ALL of our over 65 flu vaccinations have now been filled. We do not have any further stocks to enable us to book any additional appointments. Our telephone lines are extremely busy with patients requesting the vaccination. Please can we kindly ask that you refrain from calling the practice, we have no more appointments available at this time.

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Supporting your recovery after COVID-19

As you find yourself recovering from COVID-19 you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind.

These changes should get better over time, some may take longer than others, but there are things you can do to help.

Your COVID Recovery helps you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery. Find out more information at www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk 

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Have you taken part in clinical research in the West Midlands?

Have you taken part in clinical research in the West Midlands?

If so, please complete our Participant in Research Experience Survey (PRES), which is now is now open. PRES helps us to identify positive participant experiences and highlight areas where improvement is required, to ensure research participants have the best possible experience of taking part. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeGRsR4LxJe7_44FMQ_PnzAZK_XTggrx2tbur6AA0Go-iyYGw/viewform

The survey is open until end March 2021.

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Important Practice Update

Dear Patients,

We hope this update finds you well. Over these strange months there has been many changes for all of us and we have entered into what feels like ‘the new normal’. However evidence suggests that cases of COVID 19 are rising again and is a significant reminder that we must all continue to follow National guidance at this time.

At the practice we are continuing a total triage system, meaning that accessing our service either by telephone or online remains in place and a clinician will assess your immediate needs, we are finding that the majority of issues can be dealt with over the telephone or video consultation quickly and safely, those patients that do require further examination are invited to an appointment by the Clinician usually on the same day.

Routine nurse appointments remain limited but are continuing currently, it is important that patients with long term medical conditions continue with their care management alongside patients who are due their cervical screening. We can assure all our patients that your safety is paramount and are infection control procedures are carried out routinely within the practice.

Whilst we continue to follow National guidelines we assure you all our team are in practice and working hard. Whilst some changes have been made in light of the pandemic our service access remains unchanged and our capacity for appointments has not been reduced. If we encounter any capacity issues or staff shortages during the next few weeks / months we will aim to notify our patients via social media and our website as done previously.

Our flu clinics are scheduled to go ahead at this time and we still have appointments available for flu eligible patients under 65, you can book these online or by calling the surgery. If you are attending our flu clinics please ensure you wear a face mask, attend at the correct time and ensure you are wearing suitable clothing that allows access to the injection site. By following these measures we will aim to get you in and out of the surgery quickly and as safely as possible. We have still not been advised when we are able to invite over 50’s patients for their flu jab as per the new government directive, we were told previously that these could be expected in November, however to date no new information has been provided to us.

During this time, may we ask that patient make note of the following:

  • Currently we are not booking any GP / clinical bookings in advance of more than 3 days (exception of nurse clinics). If you are unwell or require a routine appointment we ask that you book online or telephone the surgery close to the date or on the day you know you are able to speak to us for a consultation. (ACP appointments are available online most days, ACP’s can examine, assess and prescribe)
  • If you have a face to face appointment at the practice, please do not attend with family members or friends. 1 person to 1 appointment unless you are attending with a child or are a registered carer.
  • Patients requesting fit notes, these are no longer GP appointments, we ask you to call the surgery in the morning and our reception team will add your request to the duty Dr’s morning lists, (please refrain from booking online clinical appointments to request these)
  • Minor surgeries, ear syringing,  HGV medicals, Spirometry and Travel clinics remain suspended as per National Guidance.
  • Please ensure if you are attending the surgery for an appointment you wear a face mask, our reception team continue screening at the doors and routinely provide a temperature check before being permitted into the surgery.

Whilst we would not prevent patients from accessing our services, we would once again please ask that our services are used appropriately. Many minor conditions can be treated by self-care and over the counter medication. We please ask that you consult with your pharmacy first or access advice from NHS.UK for minor conditions before contacting the practice. We will not routinely book appointments for cold sores, diarrhoea, sore throats, itchy rashes as a result of allergic reaction, colds, fungal nail infections etc..

We sincerely hope pandemic levels remain managable over the forth coming weeks / months. In light of any government announcments or further lock down measures we will update you as soon as possible about our services.

Take care and stay safe

On behalf of the GP Partners

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Flu Vaccination (Children)

We now have clinics open for booking child nasal flu vaccines.

Currently, these are 14th, 15th and 21st September. We will be adding more as we receive more stocks.

Eligibility as follows:

Children aged 2 or 3 on 31 August 2020 – that is, children born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2018

AND

children aged 2 to 17 with long-term health conditions

Please note: School age children will offered their vaccination in school.

Please contact our reception to book yours. Thank you

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Message from Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent CCG

Please note that people in the 50 to 64-year-old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50 to 64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from flu, you will be invited earlier.

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Book your free NHS flu jab

Its been a tough few months but before we know it flu season will be upon us again.

If you are in a high risk category, you still need to make sure you are protected from seasonal flu.

Patients in the high risk categories will once again be eligible to get their FREE flu vaccine at their practice from early September 2020 to protect them from seasonal flu.

High risk categories include:

  • Adults 65 and over
  • People with certain medical conditions (including children un at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
  • Pregnant women
  • People living with someone who’s at hight risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
  • Children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
  • Children in primary school
  • Children in year 7 (secondary school)
  • Frontline health or social care workers

To book your flu jab, please contact the reception team who will be more than happy to help.

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Your Flu jab 2020

It’s been a tough year and with Flu season fast approaching it is more important than ever that we begin preparations to ensure our flu vaccinations are carried out as promptly and as safely as possible. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalisations and even the risk of flu-related death in children.

  • We will commence clinics at the end of September at both Branston and Stretton
  • We ask patients attending clinic to arrive at their specified time, to please wear a face covering and ensure your clothing allows a clinician easy access to your injection site (left or right arm)
  • We ask that only the individual requiring their vaccination attends practice for their appointment ( only carers with prior arrangement will be permitted access to accompany an appointment)
  • All attending patients will be screened on entry to the practice.

We understand that some patients will feel reluctant to attend the practice,  We can reassure you that we taking all recommended precautions so that we can protect both patients and staff. Our team will  be

  • operating a one system around the practice to prevent delays and allow for distancing
  • our team will be wearing PPE
  • all hygiene control measures will be in place for every visit
  • Please note our reception desk will be closed to enquiries and bookings during these clinics

To find out if you are eligible for the flu vaccination please follow this link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/

We ask where possible to please book your flu vaccination appointment online ensuring you book in the correct slot OVER 65 years of age or UNDER 65 years of age as applicable, alternatively please call the practice on 01283 845555 after 10.00am for flu bookings.

Childrens nasal sprays will be available and we will update you as soon as we have information of their delivery time, currently we will only be taking bookings for the flu jab.