New Newsletter - Spring 2021
Please see attached latest copy of the practice newsletter Spring Newsletter 2021
News 02/02/2021 - Update on the COVID Vaccination Programme.
We have received a high number of calls over the last few days as patients are now receiving their invitation letters in relation to the COVID vaccination programme. Please note if you do not wish to take up this invitation as part of the national programme you do not need to do anything further and do not need to inform us of this, this includes if you would prefer to wait for a more local appointment at one of our local PCN clinics. All patients will be sent invitations from us as and when appointments become available. We acknowledge that a number of patients have questions about the programme however we do need to keep the phone lines as clear as possible for the patients who are acutely unwell.
News 26/01/2021 - Update on the COVID Vaccination Programme.
We are delighted that Severn Fields Medical Centre has now been approved as a hub site for the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines, and clinics for all Shrewsbury GP practice patients are starting there this week.
We are in the process of sending out text messages inviting patients over 70 to book their COVID-19 vaccination (if you do not have a mobile number, you will be contacted in another way). We are working through inviting a large list of patients, starting with the extremely vulnerable, then moving down the ages from 79 to 70. Your invite is on the way, please do not ring us.
The text you receive will ask you to visit a link starting with “book.nhs.me”. Please rest assured that this is a legitimate invitation and a safe link to follow. You will be asked to confirm your date of birth only. For more information about this, please visit https://support.accurx.com/en/articles/4794856-i-have-been-invited-to-book-my-covid-19-vaccination-through-a-book-nhs-me-link-is-this-legitimate
News 05/01/2020 - Update on the COVID vaccination Programme.
The NHS has started the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination programme. When it is the right time for you to receive your vaccine, you will receive an invitation to come forward.
We respectfully ask patients NOT to ring the surgery as we cannot answer questions about timescales at present, there is no waiting list we.
The NHS is prioritising the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. When it is your turn to receive it you will be contacted. This may be by phone or letter from your GP or national NHS booking service.
We will invite patients when we have vaccines available, or when there are appointments at the vaccination centre at SaTH. These factors are unfortunately not in our control.
Whilst we understand patients desire to have the vaccine as soon as possible, we are receiving many calls which in turn adds additional pressure on an already stretched service.
News 04/11/2020 - Updated Guidance for Clinically Vulnerable Patients (Previously Shielding)
Click link for updated government guidance
News 21/10/2020 -** We have been made aware that patients are struggling to get through on our phone lines and this has been the case for the past few days. We believe we may be experiencing a technical issue with our phone provider and this has been raised with them. Please bear with us whilst we try to resolve the issue. If your request is non-urgent and can wait then please contact us again next week when hopefully the issue will have been resolved- we will keep you updated **
1st October 2020 - New Practice Address
We are so pleased and proud to confirm that Riverside Medical Practice has now moved to our new home on Barker Street.
9th September - New Riverside Branding
Please see attached update on new Branding for new practice New Riverside Branding information
Updated Guidance - Shielding Patients **1st August 2020
In light of the updated shielding guidance we thought it might be helpful to have an overview on what these new changes mean for patients on the shielding list. Patient Information - Whats changed?
Updated Guidance - Face Coverings 25/07/2020
In light of the implementation of the new government guidelines regarding face coverings we are recommending that patients and visitors wear face coverings when in the practice. Please note that this is preferable but not mandatory and we acknowledge that there will always be exceptions and exclusions - regardless you will continue to be welcomed as normal. We will continue to operate the intercom system for the foreseeable future, however will be able to accommodate more patients waiting inside with these new precautions. We thank you for your support.
Following the Governments most recent announcement we are receiving an increased number of requests, from patients, asking for letters of exemption from their GP to wear face coverings in various public settings.
The current Government guidance suggests that there is NO requirement for evidence of exemption and that is should be sufficient for someone to declare that they are eligible for an exemption directly with the person questioning them. Therefore Practices are NOT required to provide letters of support for those who fall under the list of exceptions.
To help support patients we are created these links below:-
Patients are able to create their own personalised exception cards following this link Face Covering Exemption Cards
Coronavirus - Information for Patients - Updated 22/04/2020.
The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
What to do if you have symptoms
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
- a high temperature
- a new continuous cough
DO NOT GO TO A GP SURGERY, PHARMACY OR HOSPITAL.
You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
Read the advice about staying at home
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
USE THE 111 CORONAVIRUS SERVICE
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
PLEASE SEE ADVICE FOR PARENTS BELOW
Covid advice for parents when child unwell or injured.
COVID A book for children
Riverside Medical Practice receive GOOD CQC rating 10/10/2019.
On Wednesday 4th September the Care Quality Commission (CQC) undertook an announced focused inspection on Riverside Medical Practice. As a practice we are proud to confirm the practice has retained its 'Good' rating in all areas. To see a full copy of the report please click on the link Riverside CQC Report
Breaking News - New Building Secured 07/06/2019 - Press Release
We invite you to share in our exciting news about our new premises.